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HT Projector Review Update 11/15

Well, some good news folks, the Epson Home Cinema 5010 has just arrived...

The review of the Epson 5010 will commence tomorrow morning. This review will not only include an evaluation of the 5010, but a side by side comparison with the Panasonic AE7000, and perhaps the Mitsubishi HC7800 if it arrives anytime soon.

As you know, we've got the Thanksgiving holiday weekend coming up. That means we only have half a week in the office next week. It is going to be too much of a rush to get this lengthy review done prior to Thanksgiving. So assuming there is no technical difficulty with the review sample, my guess is that the review will be completed and posted by Wednesday, the 30th, or about two weeks from now.

Evan Powell

Reader Comments(26 comments)

Posted Nov 15, 2011 8:41 PM PST

By Tom

Work some overtime and, as they say, "getter done!!!" LOL

Would love the review before Thanksgiving but understandable with the holidays.

Posted Nov 16, 2011 4:52 AM PST

By Toby

glad to hear the Epson has finally arrived - initial impressions would be great as I'm waiting to pull the trigger on a 3D projector and was hoping your comparison would help me decide between the Panny & Epson

Posted Nov 16, 2011 9:57 AM PST

By Chris

Yes, initial impressions would be awesome... we are all waiting hour by hour for a review so "two weeks" seems like an eternity!

Posted Nov 16, 2011 4:35 PM PST

By Jeremy

Chris nailed it... oh the many times and ways I have tried to use Google to find more information on this projector. ( lists a ship date of Nov 30 for the TW8000, btw)

Please tell us anything! :) Unboxing pictures, whatever, heh...

Posted Nov 16, 2011 6:52 PM PST

By Tom

Yep... my choice is between the Panny and Epson as well; however, I haven't heard such about the Mitsubishi.

Posted Nov 16, 2011 7:20 PM PST

By Rick

Any word on when (if) the Epson 61000 will be released? That's the one I'm waiting for.

Posted Nov 16, 2011 7:49 PM PST

By Claes Erlandsson

Would be nice to have the Sony VPL-HW30ES in the comparison too. Any reason that isn't included? I choosing between the VPL-HW30ESm the PT-AE7000 and the 5010/6010.

Posted Nov 17, 2011 10:41 AM PST

By Scott

Any initial impressions/initial comparisons posted before Thanksgiving between the Epson and Panny would be most appreciated! Thx!

Posted Nov 17, 2011 3:14 PM PST

By Reuben

We as readers command you to not take Thanksgiving off.


Posted Nov 17, 2011 6:58 PM PST

By Jeff

I am planning on buying the 5010 or the AE7000. I am building my theater and I am going to use a 2.35 screen. I will also use the room for 16:9 material. In your comparison can you please address how each unit adjusts between the 2.35 and 16:9 ratios.

Posted Nov 17, 2011 7:27 PM PST

By Tom

They did a comparison between the Sony and the Panasonic already with the Panny winning, so if the Panny beats the Epson as well, you have your answer. :)

Posted Nov 18, 2011 2:20 PM PST

By James Greenberg

I and my family very much appreciate the great work Evan Powell, Bill Livolsi & the rest of the team at Projector Central do for us. Without you we would have no idea which projector to buy. Thank you for helping enrich our lives.

Posted Nov 20, 2011 8:20 AM PST

By Maui

Aloha, How many projectors has your team processed,? Is this your full time job?

Come on you can do better than 2 plus weeks to review a simple projector.

Mr Bell & Howell.....

Posted Nov 20, 2011 8:23 AM PST

By Maui

I would like some clarification on this 2.35 screen as well Especially when used with HDTV.. Lens memory powered zoom..?

Will the hDTV content zoom to fit 2.35 screen with these projectors?

Posted Nov 21, 2011 10:32 AM PST

By Adam Krauss

Evan - If you have the "e" model, I am interested in a critic of the wireless HDMI functionality for the 5010. I also havent seen much discussion of this with the 3010. I am looking to retro fit the projector for a ceiling mount in a finished room and the couple hundred bucks extra for the wireless must be weighed against having an electrician snake 25 foot HDMI cable through the wall and ceiling that has glued on "acoustic" type tiles. If the wireless transmitter is plugged into my receiver's HDMI out, will it serve to transmit all of my source components to the projector ? I have read some issues about the X-Box 360 not working with wireless HDMI, due to built in security protection ? Audio transmission is not an issue, because that would be hard wired to the receiver from the source components and out to the speaker system. Thanks.

Posted Nov 22, 2011 5:58 PM PST

By Tom

I agree. I am interested in the capacity of the wireless. Can it truly send a full 1080p 3D image with no loss?

If so, that would be a huge positive for me as I don't want to have to run a new 1.4 hdmi through the wall and ceiling.

Posted Nov 23, 2011 7:41 AM PST

By Theo Kwant

On wireless HDMI between AV receiver (ONKYO 808) and EPSON TW5000 beamer. I tried 15 meter HDMI 1.4 cable with repeaters/boosters/conditioners, 15 m dual UTP cable and ASUS WiCast wireless HDMI kit. As long as HDCP (blu-ray)does not come into play,it works fine with 1080p. The problem resides in the ONKYO, as when taken out, BD player direct,The HDMI link works fine.

Posted Nov 23, 2011 5:59 PM PST

By Toyzrme

Greatly looking forward to your review of the 5010 and comparison to the Panny - ready to pull the trigger on one or the other before Christmas! FYI I called Epson about 2 weeks ago on the 5010e, and the rep I talked to said the WirelessHD does *not* support 1080p 3D, only 1080p (and I *think* 720p 3D). Might want to confirm that on your own. So no 'e' for me. Thanks for all the GREAT information - very well done - without your site, I wouldn't be confident enough to sink this kind of money on a whim!

Posted Nov 26, 2011 9:27 AM PST

By Tom

I'm very anxious for this review and the side-by-side comparison. Been holding off on my purchase.

Hopefully you can review the frame interpolation technologies for both as well. I currently have a Panasonic PTAE-2000U and I don't like the jittery frames when there is a lot of action. I know the 480hz will help as well.

Posted Nov 27, 2011 7:59 AM PST

By Kem

Please comment on : 3D with Xbox360/PS3. Does this PJ do 3D with non 3D games like movie content. Any issues running at 1080p games. thx

Posted Nov 28, 2011 8:36 AM PST

By Chad

There are some impatient people on here and unfortuneatly, I am another one of them, I have checked for an update every day for past 13 days, I have a feeling that I will still be picking up the ae-7000 after everything is said and done!! Actually am more curious to see the picture quality comparison for say the panasonic ae-7000 to the epson 61000, in 2d! Wonder just how much better it will be!! Im sure next high end epson projector will be something equivalent to the 61000 with 3d!!!

Posted Nov 29, 2011 6:36 PM PST

By John

Agreed.. I'm one of the impatient ones as well. Counting the hours until tomorrow.. I love this site!

Posted Nov 29, 2011 9:03 PM PST

By john hooley

Will you be getting a 6010 to review?

Posted Nov 30, 2011 3:04 PM PST

By Toby

where is the review???

Posted Nov 30, 2011 3:23 PM PST

By Carl

Where's the review? ;)

Posted Dec 4, 2011 10:43 AM PST

By alex

When will we see a review of the acer 9500 pj as it has the goods we all want

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