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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030

3-LCD 1080p high-definition projector

16 Reviews | 5 questions - 18 answers

Item # 278HC2030

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Our take on the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030

It's hard to imagine a better introduction to home theater projectors than Epson's Home Cinema 2030. Its big, bright, crisp picture makes every movie feel like you're sitting in a cinema. And watching life-sized images of high-impact sports at home will keep you and your buddies cheering even when your team is losing.

Big-screen thrills on a budget

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030

It's hard to imagine a better introduction to home theater projectors than Epson's Home Cinema 2030. Its big, bright, crisp picture makes every movie feel like you're sitting in a cinema. And watching life-sized images of high-impact sports at home will keep you and your buddies cheering even when your team is losing.

There's more than just impressive image size going on here. Over the past couple years Epson has really nailed the 3-LCD technology at the heart of the 2030. Separate red, green, and blue image chips produce rich, realistic colors. Each chip has full 1080p resolution to reveal lifelike textures and details in every scene. The 2030 can also do a nice job with 3D video, but if you want to experience it you'll need to spring for some 3D glasses as none are included.

Designed for real-world living rooms

The Home Cinema 2030 has a room-friendly design to go along with its wallet-friendly price. Several picture setting presets make it easy to get a high-quality picture under different room and lighting conditions without fussing or fiddling.

For example, Living Room mode is intended for use in a living room with some lamps or other lights on. The color balance is intentionally shaded slightly toward the "cool" or blue end of the spectrum, to compensate for the yellowish light from typical room lighting. On the other hand, If you plan to watch mostly movies in a darkened or dimly lit room, you'll probably prefer the Cinema mode, which lowers the projector's overall light output and automatically engages the dynamic iris, which adjusts light output on a scene-by-scene basis to maximize picture contrast and black levels.

Quick, easy setup means showtime can be anytime

For spur-of-the-moment or "event" viewing, the 2030 sets up easily on a table. Or you can get a bracket and ceiling-mount it. Two HDMI inputs are available for your high-definition sources, and there's also a standard PC input. One of the HDMI inputs is MHL-compatible, which means you can watch up to 1080p-quality video by connecting your smartphone, or a media streamer like the Roku Streaming Stick — a plug 'n' play way to access services like Netflix® and Hulu®. Use the USB input to connect your camera or a thumb drive — the projector's internal software lets you run slide shows without connecting a computer.

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Product Highlights:

  • high-definition home theater projector
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
  • 3LCD, 3-chip technology (1920 x 1080 pixels each)
  • 3D-ready projector (Epson RF active 3D glasses sold separately)
  • 15,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • light output: 2000 lumens
  • dynamic iris for enhanced contrast and black level
  • 1.2X zoom lens (manual zoom/focus)
  • horizontal and vertical keystone correction
  • 200-watt UHE lamp (lasts up to 6000 hours in Eco mode)
  • quiet cooling fan (29 dB in Eco mode)
  • built-in speaker
  • remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 3 video inputs, including:
    • 2 HDMI
    • 1 composite video
  • PC input
  • USB input for connecting a camera, thumb drive, or storage device
  • RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
  • MHL-compatible HDMI input for viewing photos/videos from a compatible smartphone
  • stereo minijack output for connecting a home audio system
  • detachable power cord
  • 11-3/4"W x 4-1/4"H x 10-3/4"D
  • weight: 6.2 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years parts & labor — in-home or carry-in service (90 days on lamp)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Note: projectors don't include any type of built-in TV tuner, but they can display signals from an HDTV tuner, satellite receiver or cable box

Great product excellent picture.

Bill, Westminster, MD

What's in the Box:

  • Video projector
  • 10' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Manual/Registration on CD-ROM
  • Quick Setup
  • Extra Care Home Service booklet

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(16 Reviews)

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030

Bill from Westminster, MD on 4/14/2016

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Great product excellent picture.

Pros: Bright and sharp picture!

Cons: Room sizing not as flexible to configure with existing screen. Had to move position of ceiling mount.

Super bright and a huge improvement over my old one

Robert from Bowie, MD on 2/1/2016

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I bought this projector to replace my dead 720p projector that lasted for 12-13 years. This one is way cheaper than that one was, but I am not expecting it to last as long. Things are just made with a bit less quality any more. Still this thing is bright. I can have the lights all the way up in my theater room and the picture is awesome. With the lights down, it it amazing and can just draw you into the picture. It has a shorter throw than my old projector so I had to drill new holes in the ceiling. This was not unexpected, but it would have been nice if it had a better distance adjuster to cover a wider range. The keystone adjustment worked perfect. My only real complaint is that when I fast forward on our DVR, there is a weird clicking sound from the projector. Other than that, the projector is pretty quiet, but that is just odd, and I am not sure what is causing it. I do not use the sound as that would seem odd to me.

Pros: Cheap, bright, easy to hang (light weight), lots of inputs

Cons: loud when fast forwarding from a DirecTV DVR, bright white in a dark theater room is odd

Great projector

Nick from West liberty KY on 1/29/2016

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Love it. I have it projecting on white wall and picture is amazing. Would recommend home theater setup for sound.

Pros: Amazing picture, easy to setup and use

Cons: Sound

Great Projector Amazing Picture

Michael from New Jersey on 11/14/2015

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I am really impressed with how crystal clear the picture is! I mean it literally blows my old projector out of this world. I haven't tried the 3D yet, but I plan to order the glasses soon! Overall for the money it is the best quality you can get! I Highly Recommend this projector!

Pros: Amazing Picture, Extremely easy set up, Best value For You Money!

Cons: The little speakers that are in this projector simply do not cut it. In Normal mode, you can barely hear them, even on the highest setting. I highly suggest you get a sound bar at minimal to enhance your movie projecting experience!


Joel from Puerto Rico on 11/12/2015

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I love this projector

Pros: Picture quality, 3d is good,price

Cons: None!!!

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030

JShah from North Carolina on 11/9/2015

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Very nice projector for the price. The fan could be quieter but thats only the real complaint.

Pros: Price, picture quality

Cons: Fan noise

Prepare To Be Dazzled

Tim M. from College Grove, TN on 11/2/2014

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From my research, the Epson 2030 looked to be the best candidate to replace the failing DLP projector used for work presentations. When I learned that a quality LCD equipped unit could be had at this price point I got an approval to make the purchase. Everything from presentations, browser sessions, DISH DVR programs and Blu Ray discs all look amazing. The size and the clarity of the image was quite a surprise too; I had it in my mind that a projector would fall short due to limitations of the type of delivery. There is nothing ever distracting in the projected image as there was with the old DLP unit. That the unit has pretty good speakers built in is a nice bonus. The controls and adjustments are simple to use, whether local to the unit or by the remote control. This was one of the easiest purchases we have ever made.

Pros: Image quality, quiet operation, easy-to-use

Cons: Need to find a carrying case

Great projector

Dida from Tennessee on 11/1/2014

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Easy hook up, nice controls and good looking case. I especially like to built in lens cover as it will be hard to lose this one! I have not used it for a home theater projector, just as a slide show projector for pictures, home movies and powerpoint presentations at our quarterly family gatherings.

Pros: Light in weight and quick hook-up. Built in lens cover. Quit...

Cons: Needs a caring case and a more flexible power cord.

Grear projector

Richard M from Coxsackie, NY on 10/3/2014

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For the price and being a 2000 lum projector it's color lum output is great. So far it has been great.

Pros: .

Cons: I wish you could change the HDMI input aspect ratio. I use it on a 4::3 screen at times and I have to use the video input. Clear but not as great as HDMI.


Starship from Lincoln, NE on 9/7/2014

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Inexpensive way to put a large picture in a difficult area location.

Pros: Excellent service and delivery. Nice picture. Easy to set up.

Cons: None.

Picture perfect

MDL from Lantana, Florida on 8/14/2014

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Install was great. Beautiful picture



Great little projector

Mike from Philadelphia PA on 3/4/2014

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I needed a high resolution projector for presenting finacial data in meetings (a lot of columns). This really did the trick and was very clear and bright. I was very pleased at how easy it was to get setup.



Love it so far

Dalea from Round Rock, TX on 3/3/2014

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I had this projector for couple of weeks. It has very good picture quality and detailed image. Yet to try the 3D pictures.




Brian from Charlottesville on 1/9/2014

Great for the price

Pros: Good value


Awesome Projector

Bob from Overland Park, KS on 11/28/2013

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It's always hard to put something together without trying it out first but it came together perfect. Love the projector. Haven't tried the 3D yet but I'm guessing there won't be any negative impressions.

Pros: Easy set up. No book necessary.

Cons: Didn't have the projector screen sensor port.

epson projector

Anonymous from fishersville va on 11/20/2013

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love it's picture quality is phenomenal




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Type 3-LCD
3D-Capable Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio 15,000:1
Dynamic Iris Yes
Approximate Lamp Life 5000 hrs (6000 ECO)
Bulb Wattage 200 Watts
Brightness (in ANSI Lumens) 2000 lm
Vertical Lens Shift No
Horizontal Lens Shift No
Vertical Keystone Correction Yes
Horizontal Keystone Correction Yes
Width (inches) 11-3/4
Height (inches) 4-1/4
Depth (inches) 10-3/4
Weight 6.2 lbs
Parts Warranty 2 Years (90 Days lamp)
Labor Warranty 2 Years (90 Days lamp)
Type of Warranty Service In-home or Carry-in
Total Video Inputs 3
HDMI Inputs 2
Wireless HDMI Input No
Component Video Inputs None
S-Video Inputs None
Composite Video Inputs 1
USB Media Port Yes
PC Input Yes
RS-232 Port 1

Product Research


3LCD, 3-chip Technology: The Home Cinema 2030 features 3LCD, 3-chip technology to give you rich, vibrant images for enjoying spectacular movies, games, and sporting events in your home, or to deliver sizzling business presentations at the office. This technology requires 25% less electricity per lumen of brightness when compared to 1-chip DLP projectors.

Projection Lamp: The projector uses an energy-efficient 200-watt Ultra High Efficiency (UHE) lamp with a life span of approximately 5,000 hours in the Normal Mode. In the ECO mode, the life span is increased to approximately 6,000 hours. The lamp (Part # V13H010L78) and air filter (Part #V13H134A32 ) are the only user-serviceable parts.

Fan Cooled: The projection lamp is kept cool by a fan. The fan noise level is 37dB in Normal mode and 29dB in ECO mode. If the projector is to be used at an altitude above 4921 feet (1500 meters), the High Altitude Mode should be turned on so the fan can properly cool the projector at the high altitude air pressure.

Lens: The Home Cinema 2030 features a F1.58-1.72 lens with a focal length of 16.9mm to 20.28mm. It has a manual focus and a manual zoom ratio of 1.0 to 1.2. The projector automatically compensates for vertical keystone distortion (+/- 30°) when it is tilted upward or downward. Manual horizontal keystone adjustments (+/- 30°) can be made using the top-mounted slide control. The projector does not have a lens shift feature.

Light Output: In the normal mode, the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 outputs 2,000 lumens of white light and 2,000 lumens of color light for bright, balanced colorful images. The white light output is measured using ISO 21118, a more rigid standard than the ANSI lumens rating used by many competitors. Light output in the ECO mode is 1,400 lumens. The projector is capable of a dynamic contrast ratio up to 15,000:1.

1080P Native Resolution: The PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 has a native resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080; 16:9 aspect ratio). The total number of pixels is 2,073,600 dots (1920 x 1080) x 3. You can resize the picture by changing the aspect ratio to 4:3 or 16:10.

Projection Distance: The distance at which you place the projector from the screen determines the approximate size of the image. The projection distance can be determined from this chart:

Screen/Image Size Projection Distance (wide to tele)
16:9 Aspect Ratio 4:3 Aspect Ratio 16:10 Aspect Ratio
50 inches 53 to 64 inches 65 to 78 inches 57 to 69 inches
80 inches 85 to 103 inches 105 to 126 inches 93 to 111 inches
100 inches 107 to 129 inches 131 to 158 inches 116 to 139 inches
150 inches 161 to 194 inches 198 to 238 inches 175 to 210 inches

Multiple Sources: The PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 has inputs for multiple sources to give you lots of choices. For connecting to your video equipment, the unit features two HDMI (Ver.1.4) inputs and a composite video input w/ a stereo RCA input. You can also connect your computer to the projector via the VGA input (D-Sub 15-pin).

MHL Compatible: The HDMI 1 input is designed for the connection of select mobile phones and other portable electronic devices using the new MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) standard. Simply plug your MHL certified smartphone into the unit's HDMI1 input using the HDMI cable that is included with your mobile phone. MHL allows you to display full 1080p video and still images from your mobile smartphone. The included IR remote can be used to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Menu navigation). Your MHL compliant device will also charge while connected to the projectors HDMI 1 input. To find MHL-certified devices, go to

3D Ready: Epson's advanced Bright 3D Drive technology enhances the brightness giving you theater-quality 3D images in your home. To view 3D content, you must first connect a 3D-compatible video device to one of the HDMI ports. You will also need Epson RF Active Shutter 3D glasses (278RF3DG, sold separately) for each viewer.

Compatible Video Formats: The projector supports analog video in NTSC, PAL, and SECAM formats, and it automatically adjusts to the incoming signal. It can receive these formats as composite or component video. The projector also supports digital video (SDTV, HDTV) and various monitor display formats. Digital video is accepted by HDMI. The PC port accepts analog RGB computer monitor signals.

Video Input Format Refresh Rate (Hz) Resolution
Composite Video NTSC 60 720 x 480
PAL 50/60 720 x 576
Analog RGB (computer display) VGA 60/72/75/85 640 x 480
SVGA 56/60/72/75/85 800 x 600
XGA 60/70/75/85 1024 x 768
SXGA 70/75/85 1152 x 864
60/75/85 1280 x 960
1280 x 1024
WXGA 60 1280 x 768
1360 x 768
60/75/85 1280 x 800
HDMI (2D) VGA 60 640 x 480
SDTV 480i 60 720 x 480
576i 50 720 x 576
480p 60 720 x 480
576p 50 720 x 576
HDTV 720p 50/60 1280 x 720
1080i 1920 x 1080
1080p 24//30/50/60
HDMI (3D) 720p 50/60 1280 x 720 Frame Pack/Side-by-Side/Tope&Bottom))
1080i 1920 x 1080 (Side by Side)
24 1920 x 1080 (Frame Pack/Side-by-Side)

USB Storage Devices: Using the projector's USB (type-A) port on the rear panel, you can connect a USB storage device; such as a USB flash drive, USB hard drive, USB card reader, or digital camera to project JPEG still images (up to 8192 x 8192). The device must be USB Mass Storage Class compatible, and the images formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. The images can be displayed in full-screen manually one at a time, or automatically in a slide show with custom settings.

Auto Iris: The Auto Iris system constantly controls the light output based on the gamma and black/white levels of the projected content to give you perfectly adjusted images and deepest blacks. Using the remote, you can select either Normal or High Speed to indicate how quickly you would like the projector to respond to changes in the brightness of the image.

Color Modes: The PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 offers seven color modes to optimize viewing for different environments and image content. The Color Mode adjusts the brightness, contrast, and color for the best possible picture. A different color mode can be selected for each input source. You can select from the following choices:

  • Auto: automatically adjusts to the brightness of your surroundings
  • Dynamic: for projecting the brightest picture available
  • Living Room: for watching television programs during the day
  • Natural:
  • Cinema: for viewing movies in a dimly lit room
  • 3D Dynamic: for projecting the brightest 3D picture available (3D mode only)
  • 3D Cinema: for viewing 3D movies in a dimly lit room (3D mode only)

Advanced Color Adjustments: In addition to the Color Modes, you can manually adjust the projector's Brightness, Contrast, Color Saturation, Tint, Sharpness, and Color Temperature. You can also go a step further and individually adjust the gain, saturation, and brightness for each color; red (R), green (G), blue (B), cyan (C), magenta (M), and yellow (Y) components.

Adjustable Image Size & Lens Projection Distance: The PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 projector can produce an image that is adjustable between 34" and 328" (measured diagonally). The projector's adjustable lens provides a wide range of placement possibilities for a given screen size. The projection distance (distance from lens to screen) range is 2.75' to 36.4'.

Built-in Speaker + Audio Output: The Home Cinema 2030 has a built-in, rear-panel mono speaker. It also features a stereo 3.5mm audio output to connect an external AV receiver or powered speaker.

Remote Control: In addition to the control panel, the projector can be controlled by the supplied wireless remote control, which has a range of approximately 19.7'. The projector has infrared receivers on the front and rear to give you control from most anywhere in the room. An RS-232C port is included for connecting the projector to a 3rd party A/V controller or automation system.

HDMI Link: When you connect HDMI CEC-compatible devices, such as a receiver or Blu-ray player, to the projector via HDMI cables, you can control them using the HDMI-Link control buttons on the projector's remote control. You can register the devices you want to operate in the HDMI Link section of the projector's menu.

Sleep Mode: The projector turns off automatically when no video signal is received for a preset amount of time. You can set the sleep mode to 5, 10, or 30 minutes.

Warranty and Extra Care Home Service: The projector is covered by a 2-year parts and labor warranty, while the lamp is covered for 90 days. Included with the warranty, Epson offers Extra Care Home Service. A replacement unit (in most cases, a refurbished unit) will be shipped to you immediately. (A credit card is required for security deposit.) If it's important that you receive your original projector back, you should use the basic carry-in service instead of Home Service.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Excellent specs. Has the number of lumens wanted for outdoor movies. Has great resolution and a very sharp picture. Can add wireless capability later. The picture quality of this projector is amazing. Even on an interior wall the clarity and color are outstanding. The built-in speaker works well for a smaller room, but you can easily connect this unit to your sound system. Very happy with purchase. [ Lee  Jan 03, 2016 ]
Upgrade from a previous 1080UB projector I have had for the last 8 years. Been a great unit, time to update the equipment now. [ R  Dec 31, 2015 ]

5 questions already asked

I have not experienced any issues with compatibility from my Epson 2030. I'm running a 7.1 setup with an Onkyo receiver (2013 model), and it works fantastic. Control of HDMI components through HDMI works; i.e., receiver powers on when Epson is powered on. Difficult to know if your connection trouble is due to your projector or receiver. Could range anywhere from a firmware issue in the receiver to the output on the projector failing or simply a bad HDMI cable. Whatever the problem stems from, you can feel comfortable going with the Epson. [ MATTHEW  Feb 23, 2016 ]
It is very simple, all it needs to be compatible is an HDMI port that runs from receiver to the projector. I would buy a new receiver if yours in that old, of course, if you can afford it. I WENT WITH AN ONYKO 636 about 13 months ago for $499 after extensiver research and I love it. [ CHRISTOPHER  Feb 23, 2016 ]
No. It does not. But if you purchase a mounting kit separately, the unit has screw holes to secure onto the mounting kit. [ Benny  Oct 01, 2015 ]
No. It has feet on its base which are adjusted manually for leveling the image. There are mounting holes on the bottom of the unit which are standardized for easy attachment of aftermarket drop down tube mounts for ceiling mounting. [ MATTHEW  Oct 01, 2015 ]
Not that I recall. I had purchased to replace an old Panasonic projector that went bad and it fit perfectly into my existing ceiling mount. Hope this helps [ Carla  Oct 01, 2015 ]
No. It does not come with mounting equipment. It's made to be placed on a table top. I purchased a ceiling mount online and it works great. Hope this helps. Randy [ RANDY  Oct 01, 2015 ]
Great projector, no it does not include mounting hardware. [ Tim  Oct 01, 2015 ]
No, built in stand is for set up on flat surface such as a table. [ Avram  Oct 01, 2015 ]
No it does not. [ ROBERT  Oct 01, 2015 ]
Yes i'ts absolutely possible it just depends on your transmitter interface and input [ DANIEL  May 17, 2015 ]
Hello - No, there is no way to address this projector with Bluetooth. It does have a build in speaker to play audio from the connected source. A projector this good deserves a decent audio system if possible. I connect HDMI and power and I'm ready for the full effect. [ Tim  May 17, 2015 ]
I don't think it will work. Even when I plug in my own wifi transmitted it didn't recognize it. I think it does have a audio out if you are not plug in the Hdmi. But this a very good product [ Benny  May 17, 2015 ]
To the best of my knowledge-no. The only wireless connectivity is RF with the 3D glasses. You could output from the audio out jack on projector to a Bluetooth transmitter which will be picked up by Bluetooth speakers. Can be done for a very reasonable price, and with very little hassle if you do a quick search. Sorry, not allowed to give specific references on equipment, stores, or prices. Excellent projector for the money. I have been pleased with it, and have had no issues. I hope that helps. [ MATTHEW  May 17, 2015 ]
3.5 mm to rca cable [ GERMAN  Sep 29, 2017 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff  Apr 03, 2014 ]  Staff
Epson is the best. [ Malcolm  Jan 02, 2014 ]
Kevin, thanks for replying.I will be playing this projector in the living room which has some light from the drawn curtains. I am not so concerned about the 3D because it is still difficult/expensive to rent 3D movies:) It sure is a good benefit.i just want my blu-ray movies to show beautifully, bright,crisp with good color and contrast for the next 5 years.the rebate ends soon i believe, so i wanted to take a decision soon between this or the epson 3020. [ Sameer  Dec 23, 2013 ]
Honestly I've not installed the projector yet. From what I've been told the contrast ratio is fine if you have a home theater room with no windows that can be blacked out. If you have windows that let in some light or your sharing a partially lit game room/family room I'd consider the higher contrast ratio...but you lose 3D capability unless you go two models up. If you are willing to wait I may have the projector setup in a week or two with the screen. [ KEVIN  Dec 23, 2013 ]