The Epson Home Cinema 5030UB/Ube, Pro Cinema 6030UB: Why They Won
Epson’s UB projectors are once again our top pick in this price Class. The HC5030UB and the HC5030Ube are identical but for the extra $200 for the “e” which gets you wireless HDMI. That can make for a real savings if it saves you a lot of additional installation costs. The Pro Cinema 6030UB, of course, is sold only by local authorized dealers, and has only minor differences from the HC5030UB, notably it comes in a black case rather than mostly white with black. And, as a Pro Cinema projector, it comes with a ceiling mount, a spare lamp, and a 3rd year of warranty with a 3rd year of rapid replacement program. Like the HC’s the Pro comes with two pair of Epson’s 3D glasses.
Why the top award? First it’s a great value proposition. From a performance standpoint, it’s the bargain in the class with the standard 5030UB now officially $2499 Black level performance – the “holy grail” of home theater performance is excellent and is unbeatable in this price range, and for that matter, many projectors at $5K, $10K, and more. There are only a few projectors that do better at blacks and the least expensive of those is our Runner-Up in the more expensive price Class, and that one sells for twice the price. The Epsons look pretty great out of the box and calibrate beautifully, producing about as accurate a picture as we get to see.
Although not the brightest “home theater” projectors calibrated, they are capable of roughly 800 lumens when calibrated, and that’s enough for a 130” diagonal screen without breaking a sweat. When I watch movies on it, I’m usually at 124” diagonal, so I can attest to the lumens to spare. Low power costs about 1/3 of the lumens, and even that does a respectable job at 124” diagonal.