The Home Cinema 5030 UB is the third generation of this 5xxx series of UB - "Ultra Black" projectors. This 5030 UB and before it, the 5020 UB have added minor features and improved performance over their predecessors. While there are no great changes this year, we can say that this year's Home Cinema 5030UB does put a slightly better image on the screen than last years.
Seems about the same as last year's which had been a real bump up from the older still, 5010 UB. This year we have the same RF glasses. The unit I have here is brighter than the 5020 UB I have here, but the 5020 has 1100 hours on the lamp, which should account for all of the difference. Nothing mentioned by Epson would make me expect a brightness increase this year.
So how bright is 3D? In my dedicated home theater, I can fill my 124" diagonal screen with 3D and call it acceptable. Oh, a bit brighter would definitely be nice, but, it's probably still brighter than most cineplexes. At 100" diagonal I could actually consider calling it reasonably bright. Again, more lumens would be better, but in 3D Dynamic, no one's going to complain. 3D THX mode I found the picture not quite bright enough for my fairly demanding taste, to use at my full 124" maximum screen size.
Home Cinema 5030 UB Color in 3D. The 3D THX and 3D Cinema modes offer better color than 3D Dynamic, who's color is certainly watchable, but hardly close to calibrated colors. That said, I spend more time in 3D dynamic, for movies, due to the extra brightness. This will be a matter of your personal choice.
This is the brightest 3D projector in its class!