Epson Home Cinema 3000 3LCD
- Horizontal and vertical lens shift
- 1080p resolution and 1.6x zoom
- Amazing picture quality
- Accepts 3D signals from different video devices such as cable TV and Blu-ray
- No speakers
- Long lag time
- No audio-out port
The line between home entertainment and home theater projectors has become pretty blur, and this projector is another example of that. Like home-entertainment models, it is bright enough to deliver a large high-quality image which can stand up to ambient light in your family room.
However, the projector does not include speakers meaning you will need to use an external sound system, which puts it pretty much into home-theater territory. The combination, together with its really high-quality image, makes it a compelling choice for either role. Anyone who is looking for a projector that will produce bright, bold image, even in extra-large screen sizes and bright living rooms, should definitely consider purchasing the Epson Home Cinema 3000.
It is really easy to install thanks to its extensive lens shift and 1.6x zoom. By striking a balance between features, price, and performance, this projector should appeal to many people in search for their next projector.
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Basics and Setup – A Lot of Pluses for This Projector
Three-chip LCD design of this projector implies two big advantages over DLP-based projectors. First of all, this design guarantees that the projector will not show any rainbow artifacts (blue-green-red flashes) that DLP-based models tend to show. Also, it ensures that the color brightness and white brightness of the projector match meaning you will not have to worry about differences between these two color qualities. Another plus would be the lensing system since this projector provides a 1.6x zoom.
This provides you with more flexibility than with many other models for how far you are able to put the projector from your screen for a certain size image. Moreover, its horizontal and vertical lens shift is less common and even more helpful feature that allows you move the image without having to move the projector, and without swiveling or tilting it.
Epson claims this projector is capable of shifting images by 60% of the screen height down or up from the center position, as well as 24% of the screen width right or left. Therefore, the Epson Home Cinema 3000 provides you with lots of flexibility and options for where you can put it in relation to the screen without having to attune the image shape using keystone correction (this step is best avoided as it can add artifacts).
At 6.4 x 16.1 x 12.6 inches (HWD), and 14 pounds 14 ounces, this projector is definitely intended for permanent installation. Even though Epson claims it is designed to fit on a bookshelf boasting front ventilation without need to leave any room behind it, all the connecting ports are on the back of the projector, so you will still need 2 or 3 inches of free space behind the projector for all the cables.
Besides the flexibility the projector’s lens shift offers, the setup, with manual zoom and focus, is standard. Image inputs include two HDMI connectors, composite and VGA video ports, a USB type-A port for connecting an optional Wi-Fi dongle or reading files from your USB memory devices, and a component video port that has three RCA connectors. Both HDMI connectors support 3D using video sources such as a cable or FiOS box, or a Blu-ray player.
The Viewing Experience – Vivid and Bright Picture
The main reason to buy a projector instead of a TV has always been picture size. However, many people who are new to this hobby are not ready to commit to some black-out cave for home-theater. This projector is perfect for those people, as the sheer vividness and brightness of its picture means that you are able to put up a bold, bright image in a room with imperfectly covered windows or white walls, such as a living room or spare bedroom.
When you start up this projector, you get a brilliant, big picture. The lumen rating is pretty conservative, as with many other home theater projectors from Epson, and Dynamic mode surpassed the expected 2300 lumens. And whilst the color is greenish, this mode is not unusable by any means. In fact, it would be a nice choice for television viewing in situations where precise color accuracy is not as vital as brightness.
However, the real highlight of the Epson Home Cinema 3000 is its Cinema mode. With the lamp at full power, Cinema mode produces more than 1700 lumens, and its color is accurate enough to start using right away, and black levels as well as contrast are surprisingly good for this powerful projector. The automatic iris is really useful in dark rooms as it noticeably enhances black levels.
Some Limitations to Consider
This projector is made for places where there is most likely to be loads of ambient light, such as media rooms, multi-purpose rooms, and living rooms. But, this high brightness that makes this projector appropriate for such places limits its black levels when you use it in a darkened home theater.
Furthermore, it is advisable to consider fan noise on this projector. This is not a problem if you run in Eco mode or in Medium mode, but it becomes much more noticeable in full power mode. The fan will sound louder for those who are sitting near the Home Cinema 3000. However, an easy way to reduce this noise would be to put the projector on a coffee table in front of your seats.
Another limitation with this model is the fact that it lacks Super Resolution, a great feature which improves the appearance of nice detail by performing limited, selective edge enhancement. Still, this doesn’t mean that this great projector doesn’t deliver all of the clarity and detail one expects from a HD picture, and its punchy, bright picture only improves that impression.