AT A GLANCE
Excellent contrast and black level for LCD
Capable of powerful brightness
Good overall 2D and 3D performance
Wireless transmitter needs to be in same space as projector
Powerful light output and contrast combined with impressive 3D make the 5030UBe a great projector option at an affordable price.
When Sound & Vision reviewed the Epson 5030UBe’s predecessor, the 5020UBe, in 2013, we were impressed by its exceptional brightness and its ability to convey satisfying blacks. Clearly, LCD projection has come a long way in a short time. Home theater projectors like the 5020UBe tend to get reviewed in a cluster with models from companies like JVC and Sony, and while the Epson ultimately didn’t match its LCOS competition when it came to contrast (JVC) or color accuracy (Sony), overall it held
up extremely well—especially considering that the Epson cost several hundred dollars less and offers significantly greater brightness than either of those options.