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Epson Pro Cinema 6010 Home Theater Projector Mini Review

Posted on February 14, 2012 by Art Feierman
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Epson PC6010 "Projector Reviews TV" Video Summary The Epson Pro Cinema 6010 is the big brother to the Epson Home Cinema 5010 reviewed late last year.  These two home theater projectors are similar in almost all ways with the Pro version having a few extra features, a different method of distribution, and it comes with some extra accessories. While I have received a Pro Cinema 6010 projector from Epson to work with, and I've been watching it, it was decided the two projectors are too simiar to go through the entire review process again. The differences, with two exceptions, are slight. This mini review of the Pro Cinema 6010, therefore, will focus primarily on the differences, with the goal of helping you decide if this Pro Cinema 6010 makes more sense for you, than the 5010. Click for the full Home Cinema 5010 review. Please note, as this goes live, most of the images in this review have been taken using the 5010, not this 6010. Any Pro Cinema 6010 images to be added, will be so noted.

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Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6010 Specs
Price 3999
Technology 3LCD
Native Resolution 1080p (1920x1080)
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 2400
Contrast 200,000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 2.10:1
Lens Shift Yes
Lamp Life 4000 hours at full power, 5000 hours in eco mode - Estimated replacement
Weight 18
Warranty 3 Year Parts and Labor, 3 year fast (2nd day) replacement program

Epson Pro Cinema 6010 Projector Overview

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Epson PC6010 "Projector Reviews TV" Video Summary

To begin, we'll start by positioning the Pro Cinema 6010 projector for you, compared to both the Home Cinema 5010 and Home Cinema 5010e. As pointed out in the 5010 review, that projector has a MAP (and street) price of $2699. The 5010e is $300 more at $2999. Although both are 3D capapble, neither comes with 3D glasses.

On the other hand, the Pro Cinema 6010 - which has an MSRP of $3999, does come with two pair of Epson 3D glasses. It also comes with a spare lamp, and a ceiling mount, and a cable cover!

That's not all the extra goodies, though. The Pro Cinema 6010 comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty compared to the Home series 2 year warranty. Epson provides their fast replacement program for all three years on the Pro Cinema 6010, compared with only 2 years replacement with the 5010 and 5010e. More on the warranty, in the Special Features section.

The 6010 starts out with a few extra goodies.  First of all, it is THX certified.  This is a real plus.  It pretty much guarantees excellent color right out of the box.  The Home Cinema 5010, right out of the box with its natural setting, was very good but quite honestly, the Pro Cinema 6010 in THX mode is just plain better!

Epson Home Cinema 6010 Projector Highlights

  • 2D and 3D capable with best in class brightness for 3D
  • THX modes in both 2D and 3D for great "out of the box" performance
  • Full color management system for excellent color and skin tones
  • Ultra High contrast projector with superb black level performance in 2D
  • 480hz D9 LCD panels - the latest and greatest, and fastest
  • Rated 2400 lumens, brightest rated home theater projector under $5,000
  • Suitable for theater or family room
  • Excellent placement flexibility
  • Excellent life lamp
  • Zoom lens with wide range, lens shift, for placement flexibilty
  • 2 HDMI 1.4a inputs (Blu-ray 3D compatible)
  • Split screen, two choices of sizes, both can be hi-res
  • Great 3 year warranty with replacement program
  • Very good price/performance

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