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Epson Home Cinema 2030 LCD 3D Projector Review

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Epson 2030 LCD 3D Projector Review Highlights

I have been reviewing projectors for SECRETS for a number of years and I have been reviewing Epson's Home Cinema line of projectors every year for quite a while now. In fact the Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 5020UBE 3D LCD Projector that I reviewed in 2013 was awarded a SECRETS Best of 2013 Product Award. I usually talk about how it's the best in the under-$3,000 category and how its performance is on par with projectors costing much more. The Epson Home Cinema 2030 offers excellent value and performance for your $900 investment. It is not designed for a high-performance home theater, but for portability and ease of use.

  • It offers a wide range of input options, great light output and many additional features.
  • It is the lightest and smallest projector I have reviewed.
  • The 3D glasses are light and comfortable.
  • Set-up is very straightforward.
  • Benchmark and Calibration Results: Grayscale tracking - good: Gamma and Color results not as solid.
  • Movie Content -Optical clarity, color, and brightness are quite good.
  • Black levels not great.
  • One of the best 3D displays-for 3D fans

I highly recommend this Epson 2030 Projector for a big-screen experience with a small investment.

Epson Home Cinema 2030 LCD 3D Projector

Introduction to the Epson Home Cinema 2030 LCD 3D Projector Review

I have been reviewing Epson's Home Cinema line of projectors every year for quite a while now. I usually talk about how it's the best in the under-$3,000 category and how its performance is on par with projectors costing much more.

EPSON HOME CINEMA 2030 LCD 3D PROJECTOR REVIEW SPECIFICATIONS

  • Design: Three-Chip LCD Projector
  • Panel type: C2Fine
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Anamorphic Lens Support: No
  • 3D Formats: Frame-Packing, Side-by-Side, Top-bottom
  • 2D-3D Conversion: Yes
  • Throw ratio: 1.22 – 1.47
  • Lens Shift: No
  • Light Output: 2,000 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 15,000:1
  • Iris Control: 2-speed Auto
  • Image Size: 34" – 328"
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI 1.4a (1 MHL), 1 Composite, 1 VGA, 1 RCA Stereo Audio, 1 USB
  • Audio Output: 1 3.5mm Stereo Mini-Jack
  • Control: 1 RS-232
  • Lamp Power: 200 Watts
  • Rated Lamp Life: 6,000 (ECO) / 5,000 Hours (Normal)
  • Dimensions: 4.25" H x 11.69" W x 9.72" D
  • Weight: 6.4 Pounds
  • Warranty: 2 Years, 90 Days Lamp
  • MSRP: $899.99 USD
  • 3D Glasses: RF, Sold Separately, $99/each
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Today, I'm doing something a bit different. Those of you awaiting a review of the Home Cinema 5030UB will have to hold on just a little longer. That projector will be in my theater soon but in the meantime, Epson was kind enough to send me the Home Cinema 2030. This is a budget model to be sure but in typical fashion, it packs a ton of features and performance in for a trifling $900.

Here's what you get with the Cinema 2030: 2,000 lumens of brightness, 3D, HDMI with MHL, USB with networking capability, and a built-in speaker. Here's what you'll have to move up in price for: lens shift, higher quality optics, lower black levels, THX certification, and wireless HDMI. If you're looking for a portable projector that works in a variety of environments, and can connect to any conceivable video source, I don't believe you'll have to look any further! Let's check it out.

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