Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB Home Theater Projector Review

Calibration & 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 HC5030 UB‘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 HC5030 UB still manages more than 1700 lumens!

For your convenience we repeat the Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB‘s brightness and color temp measurements from the Performance page.

Let’s take a look at the numbers:

Color Temperature

Color Temp over IRE Range (Pre calibration): THX
30 IRE 7164
50 IRE 7170
80 IRE 7172
100 IRE 7012

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:
Dynamic 1890 @ 6702
Living Room 1473 @ 8088
Natural 804 @ 7132, 572 in Eco lamp mode (default)
Cinema 804 @ 7041, 572 in Eco lamp mode (default)
THX 804 @ 7012, 572 in Eco lamp mode (default)

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

Basic Settings

Settings for Measurements
Cinema Dynamic Living Room Natural THX
Contrast = (0) -2 -1 -1 -1 +1
Brightness = (0) 1 0 1 1 0
Color Temp = (0) 6500 6500 7500 6500 6500
Auto Iris Off High Speed Off Off Off

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 HC5030 UB projector, most of these default settings were fairly close to ideal, with only contrast altered more than slightly in most modes.

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

Greyscale Calibration based on THX Mode, placed in User Memory 1

Color Temp over IRE Range (Post calibration)
20 IRE 6719
30 IRE 6515
40 IRE 6474
50 IRE 6539
60 IRE 6503
70 IRE 6509
80 IRE 6564
90 IRE 6528
100 IRE 6517

Average gamma =   2.18

RGB Settings

HC5030 UB Post Calibration settings:
Rec. 709 (Memory 1) Quick Cal of Dynamic (Memory 2)
Offset
R = 1 0
G = -3 0
B = 0 0
Gain
R = 0 0
G = 4 -10
B = -6 0

To the left are Mike’s adjustments for the THX and Dynamic modes. Again the goal of “best” is a great looking 6500K grayscale, and the goal of “brightest” is to improve a bright mode in terms of color accuracy, but without compromising brightness significantly.

Gamma:                             2.2     2.0 (default)
Lumens:                678@6517    1706@7036

That covers the calibration data, except for CMS.  More on that  to be mentioned in my blog.

Mike’s calibration comments: Overall, the 5030 UB is very similar in performance to the 5010.  Lumen output is slightly higher in Dynamic mode with the 5030 UB, but the biggest increase (169 lumens) is in the better picture quality modes (Cinema, THX, Natural).  Grayscale is okay right out of the box and is virtually the same in THX, Cinema and Natural modes, with the correct red levels in the higher IREs, but it’s deficient in green and has too much blue.  It calibrated extremely well (see graph), with Delta E under 2 for the entire range.  This is an improvement over the 5010 we tested, which had a huge jump at 100 IRE as the red tapped out.  The gamma settings are more accurate than they were with the 5010, with the average gamma coming in at only 0.02 less than the preset value (2.18 vs. 2.2).  Similarly, setting gamma at 2.3 yielded an average gamma of 2.27.  There are extensive gamma settings available, but, like the 3020e, the simple gamma setting is so good, most people won’t need to use them.

The Quick Cal of Dynamic reduces the green that’s apparent in whites, but it causes a rapid drop in lumen output and also starts to look too red with light grays.  Living Room mode has a better picture and its output of over 1400 lumens is probably sufficient for most uses.

The color gamut is quite good by default in THX mode, with Red too high in absolute luminance and Green being off the Rec. 709 target mark.  Blue was fairly good, but oversaturated.  The secondaries were generally good, with only Magenta being noticeably off the mark in hue.  Green and red couldn’t be completely moved into alignment with the CMS, but they were close enough and everything in normal viewing appeared accurate.  Skin tones were better than the 3020, but the skin tone setting is subtle enough that if you think there’s a touch too much red, you can tone it down with that control.

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  • Nocturnaloner

    Art, are there any more advanced settings available to subscribers?

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Hi there. Yes, that’s one of the major bonus features of the subscriber area. We have a lot of more detailed calibration information for many of our reviews, just waiting to be posted. It’s not up quite yet–we’re still transitioning to the new website–but all of that info is on its way. Be sure to subscribe so you have access to it all.

      • Nocturnaloner

        Ok, great. I joined last night, so I was wondering where the subscriber stuff was. Any chance to get the 5030 advanced settings up this week? That seems to be the hot projector this season, and mine is on the way.

        • ProjectorReviews.com

          Yes, absolutely this week. We understand the urgency and will start getting that stuff up ASAP–starting with the 5030 and the other hottest projectors on the market right now! Thanks for subscribing!

          • lcrenshaw7

            Hey Art, I joined and I am logged in but it is still not showing the advanced calibration information. When I go to that page It is telling me to register, but it is showing that I am logged in at the top right of the screen. What should I do?

          • ProjectorReviews.com

            Still having trouble? Let us know.

        • ProjectorReviews.com

          Hey there, so guess what: We’ve posted the first of the advanced calibration information in the members only area… the info for the HC5030UB! Since you asked specifically, check it out and let us know if you have any issues. -a

          • Nocturnaloner

            Unfortunately, I still can’t see it. It’s there in the dropdown, but I get the subscriber content message even though I’m logged in.

          • ProjectorReviews.com

            Sorry for the confusion. We’re looking into it as we speak, and we’ll have that fixed right away.

          • Nocturnaloner

            Generally, the way that user access plugins in WordPress work, is that you have user groups, such as registered users, and then you have a tag in the code that you use to designate part of your article as members only. If that’s the case, then either we’re not in the right user group, or the tags around the subscriber content are incorrectly formed. Of course on a site with as many plugins as this one, there could also be a plugin conflict, so in that case you have to turn them off one by one, until it starts working.

          • ProjectorReviews.com

            Hi Nocturnaloner, Yes, thanks. Our problem lies elsewhere, however. I’m being told by our developer (and agreed by folks at rackspace, that the problem is cache related. We hope to have it resolved in the next 24-72 hours. We have had intermittent luck, via emptying the cache. Hang in there a little longer. If you need the “advanced calibration” info right away – namely the CMS calibration of individual colors, let me know and I’ll email it to you. thanks! -art

          • Nocturnaloner

            Art, I probably won’t have the projector in place until Friday night or Saturday morning, so no worries here. I appreciate the responsiveness.

          • Nocturnaloner

            Interesting. Is it because of a cache that is built into the WordPress template, like JetPack, or is it at the server level, which would be Rackspace’s doing?

          • http://www.projectorreviews.com/members/art/ Art Feierman

            Hi Noct… there were two cache’s Rackspace immediately recommended Varnish, which is running at the server level. They also recommended adding W3 Total Cache on the site side. As of last evening W3 Total Cache was pulled down. The site’s response times got a little worse, but still look very good, and we think it cleaned up some/most of the subscriber problems, but I haven’t gotten an update from the developer today. Still other cache problems, links and images in reviews are fine, links and images in blogs are Missing In Action.
            But, this is really off topic. If you want to continue, let’s do it by email: reviewer @ projectorreviews.com. thanks -art

          • Nocturnaloner

            Art, please email me the advanced settings for the Epson 5030ub. Thanks!

        • Nocturnaloner

          Still no go this morning.

  • lcrenshaw7

    Art, could you please email me the advanced calibration settings?

  • Alad

    Hey Art, I too would like the advanced calibration settings. I paid the piper then the option to view disappeared. Can you email them to me as well?

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Still having trouble? Let us know if so.

      • mpls1981

        Hi, I tried registering and there was no option to pay or to view the advance settings for the 5030 once registered.

        • ProjectorReviews.com

          Hi, We have a paid subscriber area. And we have an email newsletter registration area. They are completely different. Those who subscriber have access to the advanced calibration pages of those projectors that have them. (almost all over $1000 home projectors reviewed in the last 15 months, and a few under $1000 projectors.

          Other than that, there’s only the email sign up. We’re still building a list (we launched the new site only 2.5 months ago). First monthly email should be out in March.

          If you have signed up as a paid subscriber, you should have access. If you did sign up and pay and can’t open those pages, please get back to us, asap, and we’ll look into it. If you simply left your email address in the Register to our email, that will not get you access to those calibration pages, or the videos that we are producing exclusively for subscribers, including the full length (10-12 minute) versions of several short (4 minute overviews).

          Sorry for the confusion. -art

  • Mike

    Great review. I would like to try some of your settings, however I do not see where I can do this in the menu. The basic settings on contrast and brightness are easy, it’s the grey scale calibration/ color temp values that I need. Thanks