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Epson 6030UB and 5030UB win Editor's Choice

Epson's new generation Home Cinema 5030UB and Pro Cinema 6030UB win our top Editor's Choice awards....

These two projectors, in reality two marketing variations of the same physical projector, have achieved a new benchmark in image quality for the money. The projectors are capable of an image purity and integrity that has not heretofore been delivered at this price point.

The Home Cinema 5030UB is priced at $2,599, and for the money nothing exceeds its picture quality. This top video performer is backed by Epson's excellent warranty program, which itself is hard to beat. For do-it-yourselfers, the value is outstanding.

The Pro Cinema 6030UB is the same projector with several features added...anamorphic stretch, an additional lamp, a ceiling mount, a cable cover, and a third year of warranty. But perhaps worth more than all of those extras is the fact that the 6030UB is sold by resellers who are trained and capable of assisting you with calibration, and with the design and installation of your new home theater. They can help with a variety of issues from helping identify optimum screen size and type for your room, ideal throw distance calculations, audio system integration and support, room sound absorption treatments, and pretty much everything that goes into a full-performance home theater. The extra money you spend on the 6030UB can hook you up with a host of support services that many buyers will find extremely helpful.

Both the 5030UB and the 6030UB are outstanding values for what they deliver. We are pleased to give them our Editor's Choice Awards. We extend our congratulations to the team at Epson for the latest significant contributions they've made to our industry.

Evan Powell


Comments (5) Post a Comment
Lucious Bappa Rozario Posted Nov 15, 2013 6:41 PM PST
It is realy happy to know your choice. But in Bangladesh Epson has no market because price. Hitachi, Vivitek and Optoma taking all market with there very chiper price. How we can build it with only quality.
Terry Gerkovich Posted Nov 20, 2013 7:39 PM PST
What about dust blobs on the internal components such as the LCD panels? Is that not an issue on the higher end Epsons? I have an Epson 8350 and have had many issues with dust blobs. They create faint soft color circles only noticeable on black screens. I know this is a known issue with the 8350. It evidently is not well sealed to prevent this. I have heard Sony and some other brands do not have this problem. Are the 5030UB and 6030UB better designed to prevents this problem. I never see it discussed by reviewers, but in the real world after hours of usage it is a real problem. Once you see the blobs you cannot easily ignore them.
Ken Posted Nov 30, 2013 11:26 PM PST

I am in the market for a projector (home). Why would I pay an extra $0.6k for the Panasonic PTAE8000EZ Full-HD 3D Home Cinema Projector? Is it worth it?


David A. Posted Dec 5, 2013 2:33 PM PST
The Epsons are great PJs and would probably have had a great shot at the title anyway, but with no competition from Panasonic, sort of anticlimactic. Was Sony's VPL-HW55ES considered?
Bill Livolsi Posted Jan 10, 2014 10:49 AM PST
Terry - There's no good solution to this problem. Reviewers see a projector for a couple hundred hours at most, so long-term problems like dust blobs and premature lamp failure are usually invisible to us. We rely in large part on actual users like yourself for information about a projector's long-term quirks.

David - We felt that the Epson models deserve the Editor's Choice award regardless of the HW55's performance. That said, we're still waiting on a review sample of the HW55, but a review is definitely on our schedule.