The Art of Home Theater Projectors

Epson's Home Cinema 3020 and 3020e – Their new low cost 3D projectors


Epson's Home Cinema 3020 - Great family room projector

OK, pricing is still not set, best we can tell, but the Home Cinema 3020 and 3020e, probably won’t be more than last year’s 3010 and 3010e.  So far, though Epson has not indicated the new prices.  Let me clarify.  Last year’s two versions (3010 and 3010e) were $1599 and $1799.  the “e” version is the one with the wireless HDMI (5 inputs and Digital Audio this year, up from 2/0).  Last year, the base version came with two pair of 3D glasses, while the “e” version came with wireless, but no glasses.   This year all of Epson’s 3D projectors will come standard with 2 pair of 3D active glasses (newer and lighter, and rechargeable).

So, pricing may shift a bit, due to the addition of the glasses with the “e” version.

So, “what else is new?”

Let’s start with brightness.  Looks like a small lift there.  I’m looking for 2300 lumens up from 2200 lumens.  That sounds like minor improvements in design, rather than changing anything major like the lamp.  Still, for those of us who love 3D, we’ll take every extra 100 lumens we can find.

And since the Home Cinema 3020 and 3020e projectors are designed first and foremost for a family room type environment, every lumen counts, even in 2D, when there’s a decent amount of ambient light. BTW, we’re talking 2300 lumens of white, and also 2300 lumens of Color light output (see our new video about the new SID color brightness standards).

What else…?

The usual long life lamp (up to 5000 hours), the usual excellent 2 year warranty with 2 years of replacement program.  New 2D to 3D conversion abilities.  There’s more, too.

Ah, let’s not forget a pair of 10 watt speakers (as before).  Great if you want to move the projector from room to room, or the summer night movie festival in your back yard!

As mentioned 2 pair of the new Epson 3D glasses are included with both projectors.

And of course, the Home Cinema 3020e comes with that wireless HDMI – it’s uncompressed, and you get five HDMI inputs as well as a digital audio input.  That’s a big improvement over last year’s 3010e who’s transmitter had only a limited 2 HDMI inputs, and no digital audio.

So, looks like we have a pair of improved projectors for Epson’s “low end” of 3D capable models.  One thing I’m not sure of is dynamic features in 3D.  Rumor has it that the 5020 and 6020 versions now support dynamic iris and other features while in 3D.  I have not been able to confirm or deny that ability for these 3020 projectors.   I really hope they have allowed at least the dynamic iris to stay engaged in 3D.  We shall see.

Good, that gives me stuff to ask Epson at my meeting with them at CEDIA next week!

Bottom line:  I expect some price shifting, but whether they will cost less than the older 3010s, I can only guess at this time.  I say that, since the Home Cinema 3020 and 3020e will be at least incrementally better, with a few more features.  We shall have to wait until Sept 5th for the official pricing!   I meet with Epson on the 6th, so I will be sharing a lot more with you from CEDIA.

Hang in there!  Lots of fun new projectors being announced and shown at CEDIA this year! -art

News And Comments

  • Jim Chatterton

    Is the near future 4k or 3-D

    • Lisa Feierman

      For me, both. The Sony VPL-VW1000ES is my idea of a projector. Maybe I can get a student loan… -art

      You can have both! It’s just not very affordable – yet. Though Mitsubishi it is said, may have one at CEDIA next week.

  • Kevin Prouten

    Do you know if the new glasses will be backward compatible with the 3010 ?

    and if not how about Panasonics new glasses ?

    also is the cross talk going to be reduced on the new models ?

    • Lisa Feierman

      Yes to less crosstalk, backward compatible, I don’t think so, but since I have a 5010 here, and one of the new ones arrives in a week, I’ll see if the old glasses work with the new, and the new with the old. But, don’t expect the new ones to work with the old, because they are RF. It’s possible that Epson could support both RF and IR, so that they could work with the old glasses.. We shall see. -art
      PS. I believe the Panasonic’s are RF as well, I suspect they will be compatible. That too, I’ll advise of in the reviews. -art

  • Matthieu

    Will the 3020 have Lens Shift?

    • Lisa Feierman

      No, the 3020 looks and cooks like last year’s 3010, except for some improvements in 3D, misc., and a few more lumens. There’s keystone correction but no lens shift.

  • Elliott Hutchcraft

    Just curious if you think all the Epsons might have lower lag, or if you think it is only the 6020. I almost bought one last year for my theater room, but it is also my game room, so that would not have worked well for me.

    • Lisa Feierman

      Per Epson the 3020 models should also have lower lag. As to the HC5020 projectors, they will be identical to the 6020 in that regard. I don’t know what it is about Epson’s inherent design of the 5010 last year resulted in rather weak lag time numbers relative to serious high speed gamers.

      However, they heard the message – that they needed to improve a good deal just to be decently fast enough. How good? Don’t know yet, but either a 3020 or a 5020 is supposed to arrive here, by Oct 1. I’ll do a basic lag time test using my macbook pro, and report it in my real, “first look” blog. BTW I don’t know how precise a matchbook pro is, for these measurements, so the projectors will also go to one of our gaming-projector-bloggers, so they can remeasure, and do battle using the projector. -art

  • Alex

    The issue with the lag in last year’s models is that all of the video processing was hardware-routed through the CFI-3D chip – including for 2D content – which added about 40ms of additional lag to the video. This hardware design was the reason why the issue could not be corrected via a firmware update. Epson have promised that this design will be updated this year, but I guess only time will tell.

    • Lisa Feierman

      Alex, correct, Epson has said to me that lag times are noticeably improved. I’m expecting something better than 50 ms. How much better – I don’t know. -art

  • Buck

    I am looking to get a projector for a dedicated theater room. I would much rather get a projector double the cost but all the stuff that goes along with a movie room is more than i excpected. I am looking for something in this price range now, comparing the BenQ, Acer, 8700UB (referb for same cost) ect. Is this my best option? My only other experience with projectors is a panny 900. My throw is 16.5 feet, 100% light controlled room, lens shift not necessary. Not to put you on the spot but for $1500. +/- with my room what would Mr. Art get!

  • Ashok

    Hi Art feierman,
    Please let me know if the glasses of 5010 works with 5020 and backwords

    • Lisa Feierman

      Ashok, they do not. Epson switched from IR to RF. I don’t see any way to deal with that. I’m meeting with Epson at CES, and plan to discuss. I sent them a recent email perhaps 2 weeks ago, suggesting that they do something nice for 3010 / 5010 owners who have switched to the newer projectors. Of course, most people doing that – say going from a 3010 or 5010 to the 5020, probably will be selling their older projector, and most likely the buyer will want the 3D glasses… It would be cool, though (as I will suggest), that anyone doing that can send in their old glasses for the new ones. That would not be beyond the scope of what Epson could do. Their concern, if anything is probably longer term. Few will have upgraded in just one year. Many may upgrade over 2 or 3 years. But, I’m also thinking that they could do a trade in with old glasses, and $40 per pair, or something like that. Still a bargain compared to new glasses.

      We shall see! -art

  • Dave


    Does the 5020 support 1080/24p?

    • Lisa Feierman

      Greetings dbott1 (David?), Yes, the 5020 (and 3020, 6020 projectors as well) supports 1080/24. They also support the 3D versions. -art