Epson Home Cinema 5040UB Review – A Cut Above The Rest

Epson Home Cinema 5040UB Review

I’ve checked out the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB 1080p 3D 3LCD Home Theater Projector with 4K Enhancement today. It was supposed to be a step into the future, but was it a step too far? Epson in their pre-release chatter had touted this Projector to be a real leap forward. They where talking about it in almost legendary terms even before anyone had tried it. So did it measure up? Or was it yet another example of a manufacturer getting really excited over nothing? Find out here

PROS:

  • 4K Enhancement
  • 1080p
  • Excellent 3D
  • Beautiful Picture
  • High-Dynamic Range
  • Wide Range of Connections
  • 1,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio

 

CONS:

  • 2500 Lumens

 

Size/Design:

The measurements are 17.7 inches by 20.5 inches by 7.6 inches and it weighs 24.3 pounds. So this is a really chunky piece of equipment. It’s weighty, so if you did want to carry it around you’d probably want to drive. That said, it’s definitely durable because they’ve gone for a very thick reinforced build. You could drop this and it would just smile at you. The size definitely takes away from the portability but it’s intended to mimic the Theater so it’ll stand or fall on whether it does that. You get 2 HDMI connections, along with 4K connection, VGA, and USB.So you can hook up your Phone, Tablet, Laptop. Computer or Games Console.

 

Performance:

Contrast Ratio:

We’re talking next level stuff here. 1,000,000-1 Contrast Ratio. This is what determines the boldness, and the vitality of blacks and whites. Just to give you an idea, a Theatre would have screens with Contrast Ratio’s this high. You’ve heard many times i’m sure, manufacturers saying you’ll get a Cinematic experience with their product. It’s usually not true and even when the claim is partially accurate, the cinema is still better. Here you get a Contrast Ratio that is right up there with movie theatres. Awesome stuff.

 

Native Resolution:

You get 1080p so it’s full HD and there are no distortions or rainbow effects. But that is only part of the story. What really determines the quality of images is the color technology and on this model it’s outrageously good. It starts with the 16 piece glass Lens, which delivers outstanding quality. It’s a very intricate design that allows to no color leakage so the Lens will reflect supremely realistic images. Next you get the whole gamut of the sRGB color space. sRGB was a range of colors developed by Microsoft in 1996 as a standard. There are well over 1 Billion colors in the sRGB color space, and this explains the large amount of clarity and realism in the picture delivered from the 5040UB. The pictures are some of the most outstanding I’ve seen on a Projector. In 3D, they’re of equal quality.

 

4K Enhancement:

The intention here by Epson in Epson Home Cinema 5040UB is the prepare you for all future technological developments. In that vain, they’ve added 4K Enhancement. This means that if you had a 4K device like a 4K TV or a 4K box connected, then the 5040UB would upscale the images to 4K standard. In case anyone was wondering, 4K is 4000 pixels.

 

HDR Compatible:

HDR stands for High-Dynamic Range and it’s the new buzzword in the Projection world. HDR boosts brightness and realism and in the future you’re going to see an internet that’s full of HDR content. Right now you can only get it from a few sites. These include Netflix and Amazon though so HDR content is easy to find. When you do find it, you’ll be able to stream the content onto this Projector and watch HDR in all it’s glory. Very few Projectors are HDR compatible but most will be in around 5 years time.

 

Lumens:

I almost had a heart attack when I saw the amount of Lumens this thing has,. What’s a man gotta do to get perfection in a Projector? You already get an outstandingly good picture, along with futuristic inclusions like 4K enhancement and HDR compatibility. So why couldn’t they have just thrown in a few more Lumens than 2500? Well sadly they didn’t. and that is reality. In reality you’ll need darkness if you’re going to take this outside. And if you’re viewing indoors in the afternoon, you’ll need to draw the curtains.

 

Powered Lens Position Memory:

Another glimpse into the future. All the 4K Projectors will have this included. It’s a usability function that allows you to preset Lens positions. So say you set the screen to 150 inches and it’s in widescreen. Then you had to unplug the Projector to go travelling on business or to a friends house. When you get there you’d usually have to do the set-up all over again. And, you might not get it completely right. With Powered Lens Psoition Memory you could store up to 10 image sizes and Lens positions, and these will be available to you at the touch of a button.

 

Final Thoughts:

What more can I say? It’s not cheap but neither is the Theater and you have to travel to go there. The pictures here are just incredible and they have to be seen to be believed. Even without use of the 4K enhancement or the HDR, there’s so much realism here. The 16 piece Lens is exquisite and the color technology with over 1 billion colors supplies the ultimate in imagery. But it’s the 1,000,000-1 Contrast Ratio that really sets this apart from almost everything else. Blacks and whites look so bold and bright. They really stand out and when you watch old movies like Mean Streets and The Godfather they look brand new. The Lens Memory adds an ease of use that you don’t see much, so the only bad point about this is the Lumens., What wouldn’t I give to have had 3500 on here instead of 2500? Still, it’s difficult to have any major complaint here. One of the best Projectors on the market. Period. Thank you for reading.

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