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Epson Home Cinema 3010 - Review Summary 2

Posted on October 8, 2013 by Art Feierman

The Very Bottom Line on the Home Cinema 3010 projector

The Home Cinema 3010 is definitely my favorite new projector of the year so far. I'm expecting a few more of those, but most of those other projectors that offer potential greatness are going to be about 2-5 times the price of the Home Cinema 3010 and 3010e.

Choose your Epson - the only real difference between the Home Cinema 3010 and 3010e is the "e" has wireless HDMI, a very nice touch that can save you a chunk of money if you are paying installers to run wire. It's $400 more, since the $1799 doesn't include the 2 pair of 3D glasses, that come with the standard Home Cinema 3010.

I don't think you can go wrong with this Epson, at this price point.

As a big fan of 3D HDTV, I will own a 3D projector shortly. If I can't find one I can rationalize to replace my old JVC, you better believe I'll just hang on to my JVC and buy one of these for my 3D usage. My rooms are used to more than one projector, and my JVC is used to sharing the room.

If you enjoy the Epson Home Cinema 3010 as much as I have enjoyed watching it while working this review, it will be one of your all time favorite decisons. Have fun with this one!

Epson Home Cinema 3010 Projector: Pros and Cons

Epson Home Cinema 3010 Projector: Pros

  • Brightest 3D projector we've reviewed to date, and the first that has good 3D brightness on an average sized (100" to 110") and surfaced screen, even with a little ambient light!
  • Handles large screens for 2D viewing.
  • Very good overall color
  • Skin tones are very good post calibration, not bad at all, even without
  • Very good shadow detail
  • Excellent lamp life (4000 hours/5000 hours)
  • HDMI 1.4a inputs (2) allows for support for Blu-ray 3D content
  • 2 pair of 3D glasses included
  • Two 10 watt speakers provide respectable audio when not hooked up to a surround sound system, great out back for a summer festival, or in any room for a quick setup
  • Dynamic iris for black level performance that's very good for the price range
  • Excellent 2 year warranty with replacement program
  • Good looking projector
  • Excellent value proposition overall! And a very good value proposition even considering it as a 2D only projector

Epson Home Cinema 3010 Projector: Cons

  • Black level performance is good but not "ultra-high-contrast"
  • No lens shift
  • Only front feet adjustable, and having rear adjustable would simplify for some layouts
  • Minor 3D artifacts including crosstalk
  • Could be quieter in full power mode
  • Lacks CFI - creative frame interpolation

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