Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 3LCD Video Projector

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 Photos

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Front View with Included Accessories
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Front View Photo with Accessories. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

To start off this photo profile of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 3LCD video projector, is look at the projector and the accessories it comes with

Starting the back is the Extra-Care brochure, quick setup guide, registration, CD-ROM (User Manual), and remote control.

Sitting on the table is the detachable power cord.

The basic features of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 include:

1. 3LCD video projector with (1980x1080) 1080p native pixel resolution, 16x9, 4x3, and 2.35:1 aspect ratio compatible.

2. Light output: Maximum 2,000 Lumens (both color and b&w - standard mode), Contrast Ratio: up to 15,000:1 (2D - standard mode), Lamp life: Up to 5,000 hours (standard mode) - 6,000 hours (eco mode).

3. 3D display capability (Active Shutter system, glasses require optional purchase).

4. Unit dimensions: (W)11.69 x (D)9.72 x (H)4.13 inches; Weight: 6.2 lb lbs.

5. Suggested Price: $999.00

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 - Front View

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Photo of Front View
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Front View. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Show above is a front view of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 Video Projector.

Starting on the left side is the air exhaust vent.

Moving left, past the Epson logo, is the Lens. Just below to the left of lens is the adjustable front foot, and just below the right side of the lens is the front remote control sensor.

Just above the lens, in recessed compartments, are the Focus and Zoom controls, a horizontal keystone correction slider, and a lens cover slider (shown in this photo in its retracted position.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 - Top View

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Photo of Top View
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Top View. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page is a top view of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 that shows the onboard menu access and navigation controls, as well as the lens controls. Also, on the right side, there is a removable lid that provides access to the projector lamp for replacement purposes.

For close-up look at, and explanation of, the lens controls, proceed to the next photo...

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 - Lens Controls

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Photo of Lens Controls
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Lens Controls. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page are the Focus/Zoom and horizontal keystone adjustments of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector.

The zoom and focus controls the are large rings located just to the rear of the lens, and to rear of those controls is the horizontal keystone slider control.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 - Onboard Controls

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Photo of Onboard Controls
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Onboard Controls. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page are the on-board controls for the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030. These controls are also duplicated on the wireless remote control, which is shown later in this profile.

Starting on left is the power indicator, followed by the standby power button, and Source Select button - every push of this buttons accesses another input source.

Moving to the right are the menu access and navigation controls. It is also important to note that the two vertical buttons also do double duty as the Keystone Correction control, while the left and right buttons also function as volume controls for the built-in speaker system.

Finally, on the bottom left are the lamp and temperature status indicator lights.

For a look at the rear panel and an explanation of the provided connections, proceed to the next photo...

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 - Rear View

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Photo of Rear
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Rear. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the entire rear panel of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector.

The left side is taken up by various input and control connections, while the AC receptacle and is located on the on the bottom.

Also, the "grill" areas to the right side of the connection panel is where the built-in loudspeaker is located.

For more details on the video input and control connections, proceed to the next photo...

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 - Rear Panel Connections

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Photo of Rear Panel Connections
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Rear Panel Connections. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up look at the connections provided on the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector.

Starting on the top left are two HDMI inputs. These inputs allow the connection of an HDMI or DVI source. Sources with DVI outputs can be connected to an HDMI input of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 via a DVI-HDMI adapter cable.

Also, as an added bonus, the HDMI 1 input is MHL-enabled, which means that you can connect MHL-compatible devices, such as some smartphones, tablets, and Roku Streaming Stick.

Continuing to the right is a PC (VGA) monitor input (which also doubles as a Component Video input via an optional adapter plug/cable ).

Next is a set of Composite Video (yellow) and analog stereo inputs, followed on the far right of this photo with a 3.5mm audio output for connection to an external audio system, as well as both a mini-USB (for service only), and standard USB port (can be used access compatible media files from a flash drive or external hard drive).

Moving down to the bottom left is AC power receptacle provided for the provided detachable power cord, followed by the rear mounted remote control sensor, and an RS232-C interface connection that is used for custom installation control systems.

For a look at the remote control provided with the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector, proceed to the next photo.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 - Remote Control

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Photo of Remote Control
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Remote Control. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The Remote Control for the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 allows control of most of the functions of the projector via onscreen menus.

This remote is easily fits in the palm of the palm of any hand and features self-explanatory buttons. However,the buttons are small and the remote control is not backlit, so it may be a little cumbersome to use in a dark room. However, one added bonus is that if you have a Roku Streaming stick plugged into the projector, you can use this same remote to navigate through most of the Roku setup and app navigation menus.

Beginning across the top (area in black) is power button, as well the input select buttons. There is also a LAN access button. To use this option, you must purchase the optional Epson USB Wireless LAN module. This option allows you to configure the 2030 to be able to wirlessly access compatible content from network-connected devices, such as a PC or laptop.

Below the playback tranport controls (used with devices connected via HDMI link, as well as the HDMI (HDMI-CEC) access, and Volume Controls.

The area in the center of the remote control contains the Menu access and navigation buttons.

Next is a row that includes the 2D/3D toggle, Color Mode, and Fast/Fine controls.

The rest of the buttons in this area are 3D format, RGBCMY (color settings menu access), Auto Iris, Slide Show, Pattern (displays projection test patterns), Aspect Ratio, and AV Mute (mute both picture and sound).

For a sampling of the onscreen menus, proceed to the next group of photos...

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 - Image Settings Menu

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Photo of Image Settings Menu
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Image Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is the Image Settings Menu.

1. Color Mode: A series of preset color, contrast, and brightness settings: Auto (automatically adjusts settings based on room lighting), Cinema (viewing movies in a dark room), Dynamic (when high brightness is desired), Living Room, Natural, 3D Dynamic (boosts brightness when viewing 3D in a room with some ambient light), 3D Cinema (sets brightness for viewing 3D in darkened room).

2. Brightness: Manual Adjustment to make the image brighter or darker.

3. Contrast: Manually changes the level of dark to light.

4. Color Saturation: Provides manual setting of the degree of all colors together.

5. Tint: Adjusts the amount of green and magenta in the image.

6. Sharpness: Adjusts the degree of edge definition in the image. This setting should be use sparingly as it can display edge artifacts.

7. Color Temperature: Provides manual adjustment of the Warmness (more red - outdoor look) or Blueness (more blue - indoor look) of the image.

8. Advanced: Choosing this option takes the user to a submenu that allows more precise color controls that allow increasing or decreasing color saturation of each color (Red, Green, Blue or Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) individually.

9. Power Consumption: This option allows control of lamp light output. Normal provides a bright image that is suitable for 3D viewing or viewing when there is some ambient light present. The ECO mode reduces the light output from the lamp, but is bright enough for most home theater viewing in a darkened room. The ECO setting also saves power and extends lamp life.

10. Auto Iris: Automatically adjusts the projector light output according to the brightness of the image.

12. Reset: Cancels all user made image settings.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 - Signal Settings Menu

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Photo of Signal Settings Menu
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Signal Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Signal Settings Menu for the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector:

1. 3D Setup: Goes to a submenu that provides the following options -

3D Display - Turns 3D display function on or off. Access to this function via the 2D/3D button on the remote control is also available.

3D Format - In the Auto position, the projector can, in most cases, detect the incoming 3D format signal. However, if the 3D signal is not automatically detected, you can select 2D (always displays a 2D image, even with 3D sources), Side-by-Side (incoming 3D signal has the left and right eye images displayed side-by-side), and Top and Bottom (incoming 3D signal has the left and right eye images displayed on the top and bottom).

3D Depth - Adjusts the degree of 3D Depth desired.

Diagonal Screen Size - This allows you to tell the projector what size screen you using. Doing this helps to optimize 3D display performance, such as reducing crosstalk (halo, ghosting) effects.

3D Brightness - Adjusts brightness of 3D images. Note: The projector also provides automatic brightness/contrast compensation when 3D images are detect.

Inverse 3D Glasses: - This setting reverses the 3D glasses LCD shutter sequence if 3D images are incorrectly displayed with the background being in front of the foreground. The Inverse function reverses the error so that the 3D planes are displayed correctly.

3D Viewing Notice - Turns the 3D viewing warning and health notice on and off when 3D images are detected.

2. Aspect Ratio: Allows the setting of the projector's aspect ratio. The options are:

Normal - Sets aspect ratio and image size for PC-based images.

16:9 - Converts all incoming signals to the 16:9 aspect ratio. Incoming 4:3 images are stretched.

Full - All incoming images are reformatted to fill the screen, regardless of the aspect ratio of the incoming signal. 4:3 signals are stretched horizontally and 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 signals are stretched vertically.

Native - Displays all incoming images with no aspect ratio modification.

3. Noise Reduction Reduces flickering and other artifacts due from interlace to progressive conversion.

4. Overscan: Sets the border border between the edges of the image and the screen display area.

5. HDMI Video Range: Enables the user to match the projector's video range to that of the incoming signal. Leave this set to Normal for most cases.

6. Image Processing: This setting provides two additional video processing opitons, Fast and Fine. The Fast setting displays images quicker so as to minimize any delay time, but may result in slight loss of quality, Fine insures that the images are displayed at the highest quality possible.

7. Reset Resets the above settings to factory defaults.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 - Info Menu

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Photo of Info Menu
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Info Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this final look at the Epson 2030's on screen menu system is a look at the Info Menu. This is the menu tells the user the lamp hours used, technical specifications of current incoming source signal that is being viewed, and additional information.

1. Lamp Hours: Displays the number of numbers the Lamp used. The indicator will show 0 hours until 10 hours have been used. As you can see, at the time this photo was taken, 47 Lamp Hours had been used.

2. Source: This shows what input is currently being accessed and viewed. Input source options include: HDMI 1, HDMI 2, Component, PC, Video.

3. Input Signal: Shows what type of video signal standard is being detected. In this case it is RGB-Video.

4. Resolution: Displays the pixel resolution of the input signal. In this case, the pixel resolution of the incoming video signal in this illustration is 1280x720.

5. Scan Mode: This shows whether the incoming signal is Interlaced or Progressive.

6. Refresh Rate: This provides information on the refresh rate of the incoming signal. It important to note that 59.93Hz is a correct number - in common practice, this is referred to as a 60Hz refresh rate.

7. 3D Format: Displays the incoming 3D format detected. As you can see here, there is no 3D signal detected currently.

8. Sync Info: Displays video signal/projector synch details.

9. Deep Color: Displays the deep color depth information from HDMI sources. Deep Color is not always present.

10. Status: Displays any error information.

11. Serial Number: The serial number of the projector.

12. Version: This display what firmware version is currently installed.

Final Take

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030, in terms of features and connectivity, offers quite a bit for the price. Also, with its strong light output, this projector can be viewed in settings that may have some degree of ambient light or that cannot be completely dark.

For more on the Home Cinema 2030's features, as well as its performance, the also check out my Review and Video Performance Tests.