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Epson Home Cinema 2030—A Projector That Won't Break the Bank

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It's always interesting to see how many people would like to start building a home theater, but then get stopped in their tracks by the prices of the equipment involved. I must admit it can be challenging, but I strongly believe there is always a solution for any budget. So I am pleased to announce that Epson has released an entry-level home-theater projector that packs a lot for its reasonably small price.

Epson is calling it the Home Cinema 2030, a compact and sleek 1080p projector that can handle not only 2D but also 3D content. It uses 3LCD (3-chip technology) delivering 2000 lumens of color brightness and 2000 lumens of white brightness. It sports two HDMI inputs, component and composite video inputs, and USB 2.0. But the big feature offered by this little projector is that it supports MHL-enabled devices with full 1080p video and 7.1-channel audio. So anyone with a Roku stick can plug it in the projector, and bingo!—you've got yourself a smart PJ. You can now stream Netflix using the projector's remote (great idea for an outdoor projector).


The Home Cinema 2030 is expected to hit select retailers nationwide in early September at a whipping $999 MSRP. Epson offers a two-year limited warranty with toll-free access to Epson's PrivateLine priority technical support, 90-day limited lamp warranty, and free two-business-day exchange with Extra CareSM Home Service.

Who says getting a projector can't be affordable?

Specs

Projection System: Epson 3LCD, 3-chip technology
Projection Method: Front / rear / ceiling mount
Product Color: White and Gray
Driving Method: Epson Poly-silicon TFT Active Matrix
Projected Output: 2D, 3D, Full HD 1080p
Pixel Number: 2,073,600 dots (1920 x 1080) x 3
Color Brightness (Color Light Ouput): 2000 lumens1
White Brightness (White Light Output): 2000 lumens1
Aspect Ratio: Native 16:9 widescreen
Native Resolution: Native 1080p (1920 x 1080)
Resize: 16:10, 4:3
Lamp Type: E-TORL™ 200 W UHE

Lamp Life:
•ECO mode: Up to 6000 hours2
•Normal mode: Up to 5000 hours2

Throw Ratio Range: 1.22 (Zoom: Wide) – 1.47 (Zoom: Tele)
Size (projected distance): 34" – 328"

Keystone Correction:
•Vertical: ±30 degrees (Auto)
•Horizontal: ±30 degrees (Slide bar)

Contrast Ratio: Up to 15,000:1
Color Reproduction: Full-color (1.07 billion colors)
Color Processing: Full 10-bits

Projection Lens

Type: Manual focus / Manual zoom
F-number: 1.58 – 1.72
Focal Length: 16.9 – 20.28 mm
Zoom Ratio: 1.0 – 1.2 manual
Other

Display Performance: 1920 x 1080 native 1080p; HD, 2D, 3D

Input Signal:
•Composite: NTSC / NTSC4.43 / PAL / M-PAL / N-PAL / PAL60 / SECAM
•Component: 480i / 576i / 480p / 576p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p
•HDMI: TMDS

Terminal Inputs:
•2 HDMI
•1 RCA (composite)
•3 RCA (component)
•2 RCA (1 audio L/R) stereo
•1 VGA D-sub 15 pin (computer input)
•1 USB Type A
•1 RS-232c (DB-9 pin)

Video Compatibility:
•2D: WXGA 60Hz, WXGA, SXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA
•3D: 720p 50/60Hz, 1080i 50/60Hz, 1080p 50/60/24Hz
Computer Compatibility: PC, Mac®
Speaker: 2 W Mono
Media Format: 16:9

Power Consumption:
•ECO mode: 234 W
•Normal mode: 283 W
•Standby: 0.36 W
Fan Noise: 29 dB – 37 dB
Security: Kensington Security Lock Port
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It would be great if these 3-panel LCD's had perfect alignment right out of the box. It's still a crap shoot in 2013 and you'd think they could laser align their LCD chips at the factory by now.
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Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman View Post

It would be great if these 3-panel LCD's had perfect alignment right out of the box. It's still a crap shoot in 2013 and you'd think they could laser align their LCD chips at the factory by now.

You bring up a good point Dan. I don't think this projector will get the laser alignment treatment, even though as you mentioned, in 2013....they should. In any case, all projectors do need some form of calibration.
Edited by VinnyS - 9/5/13 at 10:33am
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Originally Posted by VinnyS View Post

•3D: 720p 50/60Hz, 1080i 50/60Hz, 1080p 50/60/24Hz

Is this a mistake? Current HDMI 1.4 TVs/projectors are limited to 1080p 24fps or 720p 60fps for 3D. If true, this is big news for a lot of PC gamers (including me) who hope to play in 1080p 3D on a projector. Although it's not a DLP, which is a concern when we're talking active 3D.
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Originally Posted by Airion View Post

Is this a mistake? Current HDMI 1.4 TVs/projectors are limited to 1080p 24fps or 720p 60fps for 3D. If true, this is big news for a lot of PC gamers (including me) who hope to play in 1080p 3D on a projector. Although it's not a DLP, which is a concern when we're talking active 3D.

it has hdmi 2.0, so probably...
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Originally Posted by fierce_gt View Post

it has hdmi 2.0

What's your source? I've found zero mention of this on the web.

It has 2 HDMI inputs, and USB 2.0, but I fear HDMI 2.0 is a mistake.
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From http://www.projectorreviews.com/epson/home-cinema-2030/tour.php:
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The two HDMI's are 1.4 compliant

Epson's website contains the same information as above. http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product/Specifications.do?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&sku=V11H561020:
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3D: 720p 50/60Hz, 1080i 50/60Hz, 1080p 50/60/24Hz

However, I suspect this refers to side by side and top/bottom content. In other words, 3D processing of a 60hz 1080p 2D image. If so, disappointing and misleading. Perhaps not intentional though.
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Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman View Post

It would be great if these 3-panel LCD's had perfect alignment right out of the box. It's still a crap shoot in 2013 and you'd think they could laser align their LCD chips at the factory by now.

We've been using Epson LCD's for the past 5 years and have not once had a panel alignment issue.
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