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Epson 5020 PowerLite Cinema For Home-Incredible Picture And Fair Value

The Good: The 5020 Epson projector delivers excellent images in dark-room and adequate output even for rooms with less light. It has great colour accuracy and many exciting features like vertical and horizontal lens shift, 3D glass’s two pairs and motorized cover of lens.

The Bad: Some competitors offer deeper colours in black levels. It requires auto iris and the WirelessHD option isn’t a good value.

The Bottom Line: the product gives a very good picture quality at an appropriate price for it. It’s quite versatile for dark rooms and moderately lit ones.

Quick Specifications

Projector type LCD projector
3D Yes ( 3D glasses (2pcs) included )
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Image brightness 2400 ANSI lumens

General

Manufacturer   Epson
Part Number V11H527020
Projector  Type LCD projector – High Definition 1080p
3D Yes ( 3D glasses (2pcs) included )
Features Theater Mode , Dynamic Mode , 2D to 3D Conversion , Auto Vertical Keystone , Split Screen , 4:3 aspect ratio support , 16:10 aspect ratio support , 16:9 aspect ratio support , EPSON 3LCD technology , Side-by-Side

Display

Image Brightness 2400 ANSI lumens
Image Size 29.9 in – 300 in
Throw Ratio 1.34 – 2.87:1
Resolution Full HD – 1920 x 1080
Native Aspect Ratio Widescreen
Color Support 1.07 billion colors

Lens / Optical
Lens Aperture   Manual  F/2.0 – 3.17
Zoom Type Manual
Zoom Factor 2.1x
Keystone Correction Direction  Vertical
Vertical Keystone Correction -30 / +30
Lens Shift Direction Horizontal, Vertical
Vertical Lens Shift 96% / 96%
Horizontal Lens Shift 47% / 47%

Video Input

Analog Video Format NTSC, SECAM,PAL,PAL-M, PAL-N,PAL 60,NTSC 4.43
Analog Video Signal RGB, Composite video, Component video
Digital Video Standard High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
Video Modes 1080i, 1080p, 480p, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480i

Expansion / Connectivity

Interfaces

  • 1 x Component video input – RCA X 3
  • 1 x Composite video input – RCA
  • 1 x Audio line-in – RCA X 2
  • 1 x Serial RS-232C – 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9) ( Management )
  • 1 x VGA input – 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
  • 2 x HDMI input – 19 pin HDMI Type A
  • 1 x Sync – RJ-45

Operation

Lamp Type  E-TORL UHE 230 Watt
Lamp Life Cycle 4000 hour(s) / 5000 hour(s) (economic mode)
Power Device Power supply – Internal
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Consumption Operational 364 Watt
Power Consumption Operational (standby)  27 Watt
Max operating temperature 95 °F
Min operating temperature  41 °F
Sound emission 32 dB
Sound Emission (economic mode)  22 dB

Included Accessories

Projector accessories 3D active glasses charging adapter, 2 x 3D active glasses, Air filter, 2 x cable covers, Wireless remote control

Miscellaneous

Security Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support 2 years warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty – 2 years,
Limited warranty – 3D glasses – 1 year

 

Where To Buy:

  • Projector People
  • Amazon.com
  • Abt Electronics
  • US-Appliance

The first impression about the projector is that of some luxury car and an attractive one indeed. Quality of image is excellent with awesome black levels and great light output. When compared to cheaper Epson versions, there’s big jump where picture quality is concerned but from 5020 to next higher levels, for instance, VPL-HW50ES by Sony, the leap isn’t that big. This product represents itself as the most balanced between image quality and price. So if some versatile projector is being sought and the requirements don’t include ultimate picture quality in a dark room, then one should go for it.

Its Design Compared With Epson 3020

The Epson 5020 makes quite a comparison with the BMW M3 where black fins and front grill is concerned. 5020 is better than the Epson 3020 model in that it doesn’t leak any light out from the side. Other than the fins, Fujinon lens are the next important characteristic, which is large and furnished with a lens cover that is motorized. Though, its size at 6.2 inch height, 15,6-in depth and 18.4i-in width, is about the same as 3020’s whereas the remote accompanying both the models is identical too.

Some Features And Comparisons With Competitors
Among the different technologies related to projection, i.e. LCos, DLP and LCD, Epson takes up the LCD. 5020 has 3LCD system that uses different panels of RGB for generating image. It’s iris is improved and much less noisy when matching it with that of 3020.

Epson 5020 comes with RF shutter glasses’ two pairs and if additional glasses are needed, they could be from any manufacturer and would be compatible with Epson 5020.

The 5020 Projector also has some step-ups from that of 3020, the first one being a high contrast ratio. Epson addresses its system as UltraBlack. It also includes the effect of Soap Opera and lumens specification to be slightly higher. Other than this, onboard speakers as in the lesser models are missing in 5020.

Epson’s Setup Options:

Epson includes many setup options which compare to that of the much expensive Sony. The horizontal and vertical lens can shift to make it simple to be set up, like Sony. Focus rings and zoom are built-in features. Though unlike JVC, Epson 5020’s all manual and not power-controlled. This product has bit of a higher throw ratio compared to step-down 3020, while still displaying screen size of maximum 300-in.

Different Settings Available:

THX certification is another feature in 5020 not found in 3020. “set-it-and-forget-it picture mode” is designed to join the Cinema, Dynamic and Natural modes. While getting the 3D content activated, it offers three options again: 3D THX, 3D Cinema and 3D Dynamics. For setups more advanced, projector provides you with many controls like Gamma settings and Color Management.

Connectivity Features:

This projector offers quite decent selection concerning inputs and includes double HDMI ports, VGA adapter and AV jacks. USB port designed for 3D glasses’ charging, is included too. Paying additional $300 will get you WirelessHD system which can transmit signals of 1080p in place of HDMI cable. It also consists of audio jack which is optical, onboard wireless receiver and transmitter hub, including an HDMI output and HDMI inputs five in number. The HDMI system is expected to perform as good as the 3020e.

Quality Of Pictures-Colors And Light
The picture in dark room is good like JVC DLA-X35 and the VPL-HW50 by Sony for much less money. The slightly darker black level overall is an only significant advantage shown by the two models just mentioned.

The colors of 3020 Epson are good but black levels are quite ordinary, a problem not passed on to 5020. The results tend to be incredible, though $1000 extra is paid. Comparing with two Epsons and JVC, its output potential of light outdoes all others when lights are turned on.

Adjustments Regarding Levels Of Blackness And White Surroundings:

The feature of auto iris will have to be used to get black levels at their best. The sound when iris opens and closes is much less than in 3020 but might be audible while some quiet passage of a movie is playing. Talking about the starkness associated to images, the black levels of 5020 capture most of it but the JVC leads both the Epson models here.

Watching the last movie in the series of Harry Potter, a room with furniture everywhere looks insignificant on 3020 whereas with 5020 , the same room really pops. The iris in Epson helps to generate much shade and light whereas JVC looks somewhat less exciting, though it might appeal to viewers who want more natural quality. The blackness, darker in JVC, makes the image look washed-out to a lesser extent than that of 5020’s even though Epson does perform really good.

In darker parts of the movie, e.g. where Voldemort gathers his army over a hill, JVC has quite a dark background while Epson picks out faces better and also lights up the surroundings a bit. In short, JVC clings to accuracy and retains the naturalness of the atmosphere created.

The light out delivered by Epson is excellent. With full bore, Dynamic mode shown on a fully white screen has capability of 80-fL, about twice that of Sony or JVC’s ability.

Extent Of Accuracy In Color:

Describing the colour, it should be said that the color has moved to being excellent, as compared to the very good quality of 3020. Where the direct comparison of A/B is made between 5020 and JVC, there is quite little difference between the two, except for black levels. Basically it’s not the color accuracy variance that is observed in some scenes, it is the difference due to black levels and the effects in turn on colour perception.

In the scene of “resurrection” from Harry Potter last movie, where Harry wakes up in the white and cavernous room and sees Dumbledore, both 5020 and JVC showed that overt green associated with 3020 could be rejected and an advantage on 3020 includes the lack of overt blue shades in black areas.

Video Processing Features:

5020 performs excellent where video processing is concerned. When its feature regarding frame interpolation is engaged, the test on motion resolution scored 650 lines. The result is twice better than when interpolation is turned off but that also means that you will have to experience the effect of Soap Opera along as well. It’s therefore recommended to keep the feature off and only turn it on while watching supports and such material that’s originating on video.

The Bright Lighting Of The Projector:

it is a bright projector and competes better against the ambient light while filling the screen. When 5020 was compared to JVC in the same ambient lighting, there was just no competition‒Epson was better and brighter in almost all aspects. Comparing with 3020 also showed the better quality of this projector under review. Just to make it clear, all projectors perform better in total darkness and 5020 acts the same way. Also, like all most others, the Dynamic mode suffers from an extra green cast. The latter problem could be somewhat resolved by moving to a bit dimmer room.

3D Images:

Whether you watch Green Hornet or Hugo, Epson proves that it’s able to show great 3D images with about no crosstalk with Epson glasses as well as no noticeable flicker. The YOUniversals glasses work well with the projector too.

Conclusion:

Though our projector in review still has competitors that provide more deep colors in the black level, its WirelessHD option doesn’t come with good value and an auto iris is badly required, still the product is designed to generate good quality images, is versatile for both the dimly lit and dark rooms and with all these excellent features, it comes at a reasonable price.

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