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Epson 5030UB review posted

If you're interested in great home theater, don't fail to check out the Epson 5030UB...

We've just posted Bill's review of the Epson Home Cinema 5030UB. Soon to follow will be reviews of the Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB and 4030. Those should be up by early next week.

Also, since you'll want to know how the Epson 5030UB stacks up against the Panasonic AE8000, that shootout is in the mill, and should be posted by this Friday.

UPDATE, Friday PM, 11/8: Well, I was certain we'd get the shootout done by today, but too many details to shake out. We'll get it done by Monday night. Thanks for your patience.

UPDATE, Monday AM, 11/11: We've encountered some issues that need further exploration, so the shootout article is on hold until we sort it out. On top of that, Bill is out sick, so the 6030UB and 4030 reviews we had planned to post by tomorrow will be delayed a bit. When it rains it pours!

Evan Powell


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Kelvin Posted Nov 8, 2013 11:21 AM PST
Excellent review as always on what looks to be an great projector!

Question regarding this part of the review as far as setup goes:

"using the telephoto end of the zoom lens, which can reduce light output by up to 44%"

At what distance in feet does this come into play? The calculator in you site recommends 14 feet (10 - 22 range) for a 105 inch screen.

Thanks in advance!
Victor Posted Nov 11, 2013 12:23 AM PST
how much?
Evan Powell, Editor Posted Nov 11, 2013 9:45 AM PST
Victor: We don't sell projectors or quote prices. Please ask Epson dealers for their current prices.

Kelvin: On all of the long zoom lenses we've seen, including this one, the curtailment of light is a straight line between maximum wide angle and max telephoto. In other words, if the lens loses 44% across the whole range as this one does, it would lose 22% if you set it at the mid-point between max telephoto and max wide angle.
Kelvin Posted Nov 11, 2013 11:25 AM PST
Thanks Evan!

So if I want to preserve as much of the brightness as possible, then I should set up the projector as close to the screen as possible so that not much of the zoom feature is used right?

Thanks again and keep up the great work!!!
Evan Powell (Editor) Posted Nov 11, 2013 2:13 PM PST
Kelvin, if you truly want to maximize light output and that is your only concern, then yes, you need to set the projector as close to the screen as possible and set the zoom lens to max wide angle. However, maximizing light output is not the most important objective most of the time. This projector has ample light output for most home theater applications. You can afford to give up a bit of light for other benefits. The farther back you set the projector, the narrower the angle of projected light, which translates to a more uniform brightness on the screen. (Light is not bouncing off the sides of the screen at wide angles, but more of it bounces back to the viewers). Also, the optical sweet spot of a zoom lens tends to be in the middle of the zoom range, not the widest angle setting. So if your room and screen size allow you to set the projector back a bit more than the closet possible location, you get some benefits from doing that. Life is a bunch of trade-offs, and that is as true of projectors as anything else.
Romel Posted Nov 12, 2013 7:47 PM PST

I understand that the Epson 6030 and the 5030 are basically the same projector with the 6030 giving you a few extras for the extra $$. I was told that the 6030 can provide a better picture because it allows for better calibration via the ISF settings that the 5030 does not have. So, my question is does the 6030 ISF calibration allow it to obtain a better picture than the 5030 or does the ISF settings allow for a quicker and easier calibration without any improvement in picture quality as long as you take the time to properly calibrate the 5030? Thanks....