The Epson Dwelling Cinema 5050UB is a critical house theater projector for critical house theater fanatics. It contains a motorized lens with horizontal and vertical lens shift, plus ample zoom. Its 4K enhancement expertise affords plenty of element. Its greatest profit over inexpensive 4K projectors, nonetheless, is a wonderful distinction ratio for deep, darkish shadows and shiny, popping highlights.

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Excellent total image qualityExcellent distinction ratioMotorized lensAmple lens shift and motorized zoom

There are only some disappointments, and so they’re minor. It does not fairly have the colour or razor-sharp element of its direct competitor, the LG HU810P. That is to not say the 5050 is not sharp and colourful. It’s, only a bit much less so — though I appreciated the Epson’s total image high quality much more than that of the LG. The 5050UB can be an absolute unit, a number of occasions bigger than any of the projectors I’ve reviewed within the final 12 months (together with the LG).

In sum, the Dwelling Cinema 5050UB is a wonderful all-around projector that appears incredible with all content material. It affords a big step up in image high quality over inexpensive projectors, just like the Optoma UHD35, whereas providing anybody with a devoted house theater a projector worthy of the house.

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Specs 4(Okay) days

Native decision: 4K enhancement (1920×1080 x2)HDR-compatible: Yes4K-compatible: Yes3D-compatible: YesLumens spec: 2,600Zoom: Motorized (2.1x)Lens shift: Motorized H/VLamp life (Medium mode): 4,000 hours

The 5050UB is a 4K- and HDR-compatible projector. As such, it could actually settle for 4K and HDR alerts, although understand that no projector can do HDR very properly. 

Like all Epson projectors the 5050UB makes use of an LCD mild engine, not the DLP that is present in most different projectors. Those used on the 5050UB aren’t technically 4K native decision. As an alternative, they seem to be a expertise known as “4K enhancement” that “shifts every pixel diagonally to double Full HD decision,” in keeping with Epson. That is achieved in a short time, so it is only a higher-resolution picture to the attention. Here is a deeper dive into the expertise. The quick model: It appeared loads sharp to me, if not fairly as razor-like because the DLP-powered LG; see under for particulars.

One of many 5050’s most notable options that units it other than inexpensive projectors is a motorized lens. This affords ±96.3% vertical and ±47.1% horizontal motion, which must be sufficient to let the 5050 slot in nearly any house. There’s additionally a big motorized zoom of two.1x. 

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Epson claims the 5050UB can produce 2,600 lumens. I really measured barely greater than that… within the much less correct Dynamic colour mode. Within the extra correct Brilliant Cinema mode I measured roughly 192 nits, or about 1,732 lumens. This places it among the many brightest projectors we have ever measured. 

Lamp life is on the low facet. Even within the Eco mode, Epson charges it at as much as 5,000 hours. Some projectors of comparable brightness we have reviewed within the final 12 months have been able to upward of 15,000 hours of their most lamp-conserving modes. That mentioned, 5,000 hours remains to be over three years of use at 4 hours an evening.

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Connectability

HDMI inputs: two HDMI 2.0PC enter: Analog RGBUSB ports: twoAudio enter and output: NoDigital audio output: NoInternet: LAN12v set off: YesRS-232 distant port: YesRemote: Backlit

Each HDMI inputs are HDMI 2.0 and may settle for as much as 4K60. As you may count on from its meant use as a projector for a devoted theater, it lacks an audio out. Epson assumes, rightly in my view, that anybody getting a 5050 would have a conventional projector association with both a receiver or not less than a soundbar for audio.

Alongside the identical traces, there are many management choices for house automation techniques, together with a 12v set off, RS-232 and a LAN port.

The distant is a giant boy (similar to the projector it controls) and has a pleasing amber backlight. When you’ve got a 2.35:1 display, as I do, you may attain for this distant for extra than simply on and off, since you may zoom the projector and fill the display with 2.35:1 content material with out getting off the sofa. That is all the time a bonus.

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Image high quality comparisons

LG HU810P

The LG HU810P is essentially the most notable competitors for the 5050. They’re the identical value however the HU810P makes use of newer expertise, particularly two lasers and a phosphor as a substitute of the 5050’s extra conventional lamp. I linked each utilizing a Monoprice 1×4 distribution amplifier, and considered them side-by-side on a 12-foot-wide 1.0-gain display.

Proper off the bat, each are nice projectors, however their strengths and weaknesses are virtually polar opposites.

So far as mild output goes, they’re very comparable. Of their respective most correct modes, the LG can do 166.3 nits to the Epson’s 192. Objectively, that is a good bit of distinction, however subjectively, side-by-side, they each simply look shiny. So we’ll name that kind of a tie.

Colour, although, goes to the LG. The lasers, with assist from a phosphor, are completely deeper and richer. Throw on some HDR content material and the deep crimson reds and vibrant purples are far past what the 5050UB can produce. That is form of like saying a Porsche is slower than a Ferrari, nonetheless, for the reason that 5050UB isn’t any slouch within the colour division. By itself it seems to be nice, the LG on this regard seems to be higher. 

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It is a comparable story with element. The LG makes use of a 4K DLP chip to create a picture, and element is that expertise’s essential energy in comparison with LCD with pixel shifting, which is what Epson makes use of. The picture simply seems to be somewhat sharper, particularly with movement. Nevertheless, should you’re not watching them facet by facet, I am unsure you’d discover. The 5050UB actually does not look comfortable, it is undoubtedly 4K to my eye. 

The following facet of image high quality is the place the tide turns towards the Epson by lots. In a phrase, or technically two: distinction ratio. Even with out utilizing its iris, the native distinction of the 5050UB’s three LCD chips is considerably increased than the LG — 10 occasions increased. So the picture has considerably extra punch and is much less washed out. Even should you dial the LG’s lasers and iris again as a lot as attainable, it solely simply matches the Epson’s black degree whereas that projector is in its brightest and most colour temperature-accurate mode. 

Which is to say, the Epson’s black ranges are roughly the identical whereas on the similar time (in the identical mode) it’s able to having highlights or shiny components of the identical picture which are seven occasions brighter than when the LG’s lasers are dialed all the best way down and the iris is closed. Flipping that round, should you match their mild outputs, the Epson’s black ranges in the identical mode are 9 occasions darker. 

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What does this appear to be? A simple instance is watching any film with letterbox bars. If I set the projectors to be roughly the identical brightness total, the letterbox bars on the LG are grey. If I match their letterbox bars by decreasing the LG’s laser energy and shutting its iris, it finally ends up wanting dim in comparison with the Epson.

So when watching any content material, the deep blacks of the 5050UB, whereas sustaining shiny highlights, make for an especially pleasing picture. 

Cost your folks admission

The Dwelling Cinema 5050UB is a wonderful projector. At $3,000 it is actually not low cost, however for these seeking to purchase a PJ for a devoted house theater or a light-controlled lounge that may do its black ranges justice, the picture high quality is certainly a step above inexpensive projectors. Is it, say, over twice nearly as good because the $1,300 Optoma UHD35? Maybe. The Optoma is superb for the worth, however that is actually the caveat: “for the worth.” It holds its personal, nevertheless it has a approach worse distinction ratio and does not deal with HDR practically in addition to the Epson. 

I feel most individuals can be completely content material with the UHD35. However for fanatics searching for a extra “house cinema” expertise the… oh wait, I simply mentioned the title of the factor within the factor. Let me attempt that once more. For these searching for a extra “house theater” expertise, the Epson Dwelling Cinema 5050UB does nearly every thing proper and appears incredible.

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Consequence

Rating

Black luminance (0%)

0.046

Common

Peak white luminance (100%)

192.3

Good

Derived lumens

1732

Good

Avg. grayscale error (10-100%)

7.624

Poor

Darkish grey error (20%)

6.223

Common

Brilliant grey error (70%)

7.432

Poor

Avg. colour error

3.636

Common

Crimson error

3.527

Common

Inexperienced error

2.199

Good

Blue error

4.345

Common

Cyan error

5.111

Common

Magenta error

2.461

Good

Yellow error

4.173

Common

Avg. saturations error

8.34

Poor

Avg. colour checker error

8.5

Poor

Enter lag (Recreation mode)

28.4

Good

Measurement Notes

I discovered the Brilliant Cinema colour mode supplied the most effective mixture of sunshine output and accuracy. Within the six-color temperature mode, the 5050UB was fairly spot on D65 throughout the grayscale vary. As well as, all main and secondary colours have been spot on their Rec. 709 targets. This is among the most correct projectors we have reviewed within the final 12 months. 

The native distinction ratio was glorious for a projector, with a mean of 5,203:1 throughout varied modes. For comparability, the second finest distinction ratio we have measured lately was the BenQ HT2050A with a local distinction ratio of two,094:1.

With the lamp mode (known as Energy Consumption) set to Excessive and the iris off, the 5050UB places out a formidable 192.3 nits, or roughly 1,732 lumens. The Eco mode drops the sunshine output by about 30%. Should you activate the iris, which opens with shiny pictures and closes with darkish pictures, the dynamic distinction ratio rockets up past 100,000:1.

Whereas the Brilliant Cinema mode appeared higher total, the Cinema mode supplied wider colours for HDR content material. Nevertheless, it was additionally a lot dimmer. I did not discover the ~10% better colour gamut for ~60% much less mild to be a worthy trade-off, however be at liberty to test it out. The distinction ratio was about 40% higher on this mode as properly, which was solely barely noticeable. 

Should you want much more mild, the Dynamic colour mode places out a formidable 323.6 nits, roughly 2,914 lumens, although the general picture is not nearly as good or correct. 

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