Epson Home Cinema 5020 Projector Calibration and Settings

Below are the calibration settings Mike ended up with in doing a grayscale calibration, and general settings.  Although the Epson has a very good THX mode, if other HC5020’s are consistent with this one, they can be slightly improved.  See Mike’s notes at the bottom regarding the finer points.

Dynamic mode is the brightest but with very strong greens. Reducing the green makes for a major viewing improvement, but the HC5020 UB still manages more than 1700 lumens!

For your convenience we repeat the Epson Home Cinema 5020’s brightness and color temp measurements from the Performance page.

Let’s take a look at the numbers:

Epson Home Cinema 5020 Color Temperature

Color Temp over IRE Range (Pre calibration): THX
30 IRE7164
50 IRE7170
80 IRE7172
100 IRE7012

Before we provide our settings, let’s see what we started out with: Pre calibration, these are the color temperatures over the grayscale range.

Lumen Output and Color Temp at 100 IRE
Dynamic1890 @ 6702
Living Room1473 @ 8088
Natural804 @ 7132, 572 in Eco lamp mode (default)
CInema804 @ 7041, 572 in Eco lamp mode (default)
THX804 @ 7012, 572 in Eco lamp mode (default)

Here’s a look at the other modes, just reporting on White – (100 IRE).


Epson Home Cinema 5020 Basic Settings

In addition to calibrating Red Green and Blue for a correct grayscale balance (6500K), there are a number of other settings that come into play. Typically Contrast and Brightness (white balance and black balance), need to be done first. Color saturation and gamma also need adjustment. In the case of the HC5020 projector, most of these default settings were fairly close to ideal, with only contrast altered more than slightly in most modes.

Settings for measurements (default values are in parenthesis):

CinemaDynamicLivvng RoomNaturalTHX
Contrast (0)-2-1-1-1-1
Brightness (0)10111
Color Temp (0)65006500750065006500
Auto IrisOffHigh SpeedOffOffOff

Color Saturation all settings 0
Lamp Mode=Normal (unless noted otherwise)
Auto Iris Off.
All other settings at default (untouched)

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