Epson's new Pro Cinema 6030UB replaces the 6020UB we reviewed last year. Consider the Pro Cinema 6030UB to be a straight replacement for last year's top Epson projector.
This new Epson 6030UB replaces last year's model with performance enhancements
As part of their Pro Cinema series, this projector will be sold by Epson's authorized local dealer network, not online. It is very similar to Epson's online sold Home Cinema 5030UB, but finished in a black case not the Home Cinema's usual white with black trim. Look for increased contrast, and improved blacks over last years model.
The Pro Cinema 6030UB will have the usual 3 year warranty and replacement program. It will also support two anamorphic lens modes (something the Home Cinema 5030UB can't do).
There's no boost in brightness, the PC6030UB claims the same 2400 lumens as the previous model. Last year 2400 lumens was as bright as the Epsons got, but this year, that just puts it in the middle of Epson's expanded Pro Cinema line which now also offers three brighter projectors with 4000, 5200 and 6000 lumens respectively.
Rear panel inputs of the Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB
Other features of the Pro Cinema 6030UB include THX modes (2D and 3D), ISF certification, Super-Resolution which is Epson's "dynamic detail enhancement", picture in picture, an a new black and white mode optimized for black and white movies.
Plenty of lumens for 3D performance, and apparently new improved 2D to 3D conversion.
This Pro Cinema 6030 is perhaps Epson's classic projector for a home theater environment. You just don't need the power of the three brighter Epsons unless you have a huge screen (think 150 - 200" diagonal) or a room with lots of lighting issues. Like its predecessor, it should prove a great projector for your dedicated theater, with performance mostly rivaling much more expensive projectors. Pricing should be under $4000 with all those extras - ceiling mount, 2 pair of 3D glasses, and a spare lamp, oh yes, also a cable cover!