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Epson 6040UB Projector Conclusion

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Nothing captures the true movie-going experience like a big screen and projector. Thanks to Epson's Pro Cinema 6040UB you can bring that cinema-like experience home and get a taste of some of the best features that 4K/UltraHD content has to offer.

Epson’s Pro Cinema 6040UB is hands down an outstanding projector...

Epson’s Pro Cinema 6040UB is hands down an outstanding projector that properly sits at the top of Epson’s midrange lineup. The 6040UB’s combo-punch of 4K-Enhancement pixel-shifting technology, DCI-P3 color, and HDR compatibility makes it a knockout in just about any setup. In fact, Epson's 4K-Enhancement technology is so good that you won't really notice difference in resolution with a true 4K projector.

Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB Projector

Epson's Pro Cinema 6040UB 4K-enhanced projector is an incredible value

There's no question that $3,699 is a sizeable investment to make in the ever-changing projector and display landscape. However, to get all this performance in a projector under $4,000 makes the Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB one of our no-brainer recommendations. The only things that users should note before making the plunge is that the 6040UB won’t support some of the newer HDR standards coming over the horizon and you’ll lose full DCI-P3 color support when you pump up the brightness settings to their max. Those are by no means show-stoppers.

This Epson projector is highly recommended!

The Score Card

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Theo is a serious audiophile and home theater enthusiast—a passion he's enjoyed for over 20 years. He heads up many of our speaker system and receiver reviews as well as covering the latest in streaming technologies and Ultra HD video.

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Recent Forum Posts:

BMXTRIX posts on October 23, 2018 12:21
ProWeb, post: 1275789, member: 86586
Is Epson Home Cinema 5040UB similar to Epson 6040UB?
They are identical. The 6040 typically comes with a mount and a spare lamp and support for an anamorphic lens, which is RARELY purchased as it is over $1,000 to get and the zoom memory works better if you happen to be using a 2.35 screen.

The 6040 is black, the 5040 is white. Otherwise, my understanding is that they are 100% identical for hardware and software.

The vast majority of purchases are the 5040. Best Buy and other custom shops generally sell the 6040 as there is a bit more profit for them there, which they rightly deserve for the effort, but if you are doing it yourself, the 5040 is a fine way to go.
BMXTRIX posts on March 24, 2018 00:33
From the review:
“I used a 90-inch 1.1 gain screen and a 120-inch 0.8 gain grey screen for my viewing and could instantly call up my custom settings for each screen at the press of a button.”

Generally speaking, all reviewers will be using 1.78 screens because the projectors they use will be 1.78 aspect ratio. It is unusual for any reviewer to use an odd aspect ratio that doesn't match the native ratio of the projector. If they are using a different aspect ratio, it would need to be noted. But not when they are using 1.78.

Referencing the gain also matters as that will make the image appear brighter/dimmer depending on the size that is worked with.

IMO - The use of the smaller 90“ screen is almost completely out of date as people can get 75” flat panels for under two grand these days. Most people start about 100“ and most manufacturers shoot for use between about 100” and 150“ without much issue. About 120” seems to be a very common sweet spot for size.

When it really matters, you want to find a review that covers different lumen ratings for the projector. Both calibrated ratings, and maximum ratings to see if you will have issues. The target goal is at least 15 calibrated lumens per square foot of screen space. So, take your screen size, in square feet, based upon the aspect ratio of the projector, and then multiply it by 15. That's how many lumens you should be shooting for as a minimum. Some reviewers fail to deliver this number, and I consider that bad on their part as it is an incredibly important number in projector reviews. Nits and lux are worthless measurements, and measuring incidence light is meaningless to people buying. It is only good for calibration for that person, for that screen.
WookieGR posts on March 22, 2018 10:34
It frustrates me to no end when people reviewing projectors never say what screen they're using, it's aspect ration or its size. A 158“ diag 2.35:1 home theater screen at around 12 foot wide will not the look the same as your run of the mill entry level 100” diag 16x9 screen.
Schrodinger23 posts on February 03, 2018 13:36
TheoN, post: 1231831, member: 68072
@Schrodinger23 there won't be any such problems with this projector.

As you're probably well aware, when talking about the projector side of things, some consumers hear HDR and mistakenly think that a projector can somehow generate the type of light output they see on an LED and hit 1,000 Nits.

When I spoke with the folks at Epson, the specific context they were discussing was putting the 6040UB projector in a room with poor light control. As we know, those situations are tough on projection installations. In those types of installations, where you'll need to bump up the light output to compensate for poor light control, you'll end up taking a DCI-P3 color hit.

Thanks Theo.
BMXTRIX posts on February 03, 2018 11:54
Solid review. A slight clarification is that doubling 1080p isn't 3840x2160, but somewhere in between. These 1080p pixel shifting models are only reaching halfway to 4K resolution. Which is fine as they still look really good.

Two items not mentioned that I think are really important:
PRO: The Epson has motorized lens memory and preset recall making it one of only a few projectors on the market that can support a 2.35 and 1.78 screen out of the box. (JVC being another)
CON: Only has a 10Gb/s HDMI input which limits the accepted input formats.

2018 should see a ton of entries into the 4K (faux-K) marketplace now that we finally have a 4K DLP chip on the market. So, Optoma, Vivitek, BenQ and others are lining up their DLP models with the new DLP chip inside of it and are hitting sub $2,000 price points all over the place.

The problem being that Epson does contrast worlds better, and JVC does an even better job then Epson.

I still remain firm that unless you need that extra light output, that JVC is the way to go. From their entry level RS440 on up, their use of 18Gb/s HDMI 2.0 inputs vs. Epson's 10Gb/s allows for higher color depth inputs and they are working on their 5th generation of 4K projectors vs. Epson still working with their first generation.

The best part of the article was really saying, flat out, that 4K is still, very much, a growing technology and has a lot of details to get figured out before it will be truly standardized across the board. Getting more HDR support and several true standards adopted and supported is going to be critical to the format as is ensuring full Rec2020 support on the products.

The 6040 isn't exactly a new model anymore, but it does remain one of the best. More notably in the 5040 version that comes in around $2,500.
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