Epson Pro Cinema 6020 UB Home Theater Projector Review

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Epson PC6020UB “Projector Reviews TV” Video Summary

The Epson Pro Cinema 6020 projector is nearly identical to the Epson Home Cinema 5020UB, which we reviewed in October 2012. We had both the 6020UB and 5020UB here, but to write two fully separate reviews on these two projectors made no real sense. After all, image quality and performance should be identical, except that the 6020 fully supports use of an anamorphic lens.

As such, the following pages discuss the 6020, but much of the text is taken directly from the Home Cinema 5020 review.

Epson Pro Cinema 6020 Projector Highlights

  • 2D and 3D capable with best in class brightness for both 2D and 3D
  • THX mode for excellent color, right out of the box
  • Great black level performance – as has been the case with each of it’s previous 4 generations
  • Rated 2400 lumens (and comes very close) making it very bright for a home projector targeted first for a dedicated home theater, but just as happy in a family room
  • Excellent placement flexibility thanks to a 2.1:1 zoom and lots of vertical and horizontal
  • Long life lamp, reasonably priced
  • Split screen capability
  • 3D glasses are RF – radio frequency – they stay in sync when you look away – and the new ones are very lightweight
  • Super-Resolution – a dynamic detail enhancement feature
  • Wireless HDMI (significantly improved)
  • 3 year warranty with replacement program for both years
  • Includes 2 pair of 3D glasses (active shutter) 3rd party glasses available
  • Excellent price/performance value
  • Black finish
  • Comes with spare lamp and ceiling mount

Epson Pro Cinema 6020 Projector Overview

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Epson PC6020UB “Projector Reviews TV” Video Summary

The Epson Pro Cinema 6020, aka the Epson 6020, aka the Pro Cinema 6020UB, is Epson’s second generation 3D capable projector. Like all Epson projectors, it is an LCD projector. Epson is the primary manufacturer of this LCD technology, with most of the worldwide marketshare.  They supply LCD panels to other manufacturers, including to their most direct competitor, the Panasonic PT-AE8000.  That Panasonic uses the same panels as this Epson Pro Cinema 6020 UB.

The Pro Cinema 6020 is virtually identical to its siblings, the Home Cinema 5020UB and 5020UBe (wireless HDMI capabilities), except that it comes in black (not white) and is only sold through Epson’s local dealer network. It has a MAP (minimum advertised price) of $3499, but for that price it comes bundled with a spare lamp, two pairs of 3D glasses, and a ceiling mount, plus a 3-year warranty with replacement instead of two.

Let’s talk brightness.  The claim of 2400 lumens makes this Epson Pro Cinema 6020 projector a light canon.  It is bright. Of the 3D capable home theater projectors, only the Panasonic ties it in terms of manufacturer specs (though the Epson did measure brighter, both calibrated and in “brightest” mode - but more on those numbers, on the Performance page.

The real competition for Epson’s HC6020UB are other 2D/3D projectors. That includes other major players besides the Panasonic PT-AE8000, including the Sony VPL-HW50ES, the Optoma HD8300, Sharp XV-Z30000, and JVC DLA-X30 (RS45).  Of course there are more expensive projectors as well, but all of these are essentially under $3500 street price, though some by only a few dollars.

Another Hot Product Award for Epson

The Epson Pro Cinema 6020 will share it’s Hot Product Award with both of its siblings; the Home Cinema 5020e and the Home Cinema 5020.  I realize the Pro Cinema 6020 has a slightly different value proposition, but this year, with the Pro Cinema models now sharing features like THX with the Pro, they are similar enough, and have a similar price performance ratio (when considering the various “Pro” value adds), to put them all together.

The HC6020 is designed for your home theatre.

But thanks to its brightness, the HC6020 is just as capable in those not so perfect “media rooms”, family rooms, living rooms, bonus rooms, etc.

In fact, this Epson is the brightest of all the over $1000, under $10,000 home theater projectors, with 3D, (and only 1 2D projector – Panasonic’s PT-AR100U) -we’ve ever reviewed.  (I’m not talking about those business projectors adapted (a bit) for the home. Those can be far brighter, but they do not approach “home theater” quality.

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