Epson 2030 Home Demo

I had the chance to bring the Epson 2030 home this weekend to get a test in our home theater.  Again, on first impression I am impressed and its a great little home theater projector.

One quick reminder as before, I am not a professional reviewer, I am just putting info out there to help the average user get a look at the projector and some features :) … without all that technical talk that makes my head hurt after awhile :) … all that technical info is good and very necessary, but sometimes a simple look is nice too…

Setup: Our setup out of the box, plugged in, running and mounted to the ceiling was about 8-10 minutes, if that… but remember we already have a dedicated ceiling mount, so we did save some time by already having that up and knowing how to quickly connect it…

Epson 2030 in the box

Epson 2030 in the box

Epson 2030 with mount ready for ceiling

Epson 2030 with mount ready for ceiling

…funny story on a side note here, our almost 2 year old daughter was “helping” and grabbed the remote for our Epson 720 that was disconnected at sitting on the counter at this point…I thought, hey no problem, its not connected – until the Epson 2030 turned on a second later… yes, she knows how to work a remote! … and apparently all Epson remotes are universal :) … ok anyways

We played with the viewing settings to see which mode we would want to watch most – and for our setup – ceiling mounted, projecting onto a 120″ Vapex Tensioned Electric screen 11 feet away, we preferred ECO lamp mode and Cinema viewing mode.  Where we have the unit mounted, right in front of a support beam  – some fan noise bounces off and feels louder then it is, and Cinema mode is much quieter on the fan.

Epson 2030 mounted in our home theater

Epson 2030 mounted in our home theater

I should note, at the 11 foot mark where our mount it, our Epson 720 only projects a 100 inch image – but the Epson 2030 gave us a full 120 inch image… making it very hard to not want the upgrade! For your next question, the lens is 5-6 inches from the ceiling – the mount is 5 inches high, plus a little…

So now came time for a movie!  Since it was 730pm Friday night, the movie of choice was “Brave” … a nightly staple in our house for the previously mentioned toddler :) … here are 4 screen shots of Merida on her horse Angus towards the beginning… the scene itself turned out a little fuzzier then i anticipated, but you can see the difference in the 4 viewing modes available for the Epson 2030 – Dynamic, Living Room, Natural and Cinema

Brave in Dynamic Mode

Brave in Dynamic Mode

Brave in Living Room Mode

Brave in Living Room Mode

Brave in Natural Mode

Brave in Natural Mode

 

Brave in Cinema Mode

Brave in Cinema Mode

We took another set on the next scene – just for a calmer shot – same four modes

Second Brave shot in Dynamic

Second Brave shot in Dynamic mode

Second Brave shot in Living Room mode

Second Brave shot in Living Room mode

Second Brave shot in Natural mode

Second Brave shot in Natural mode

Second Brave shot in Cinema mode

Second Brave shot in Cinema mode

When looking through the Epson 2030 settings later, we noticed that Cinema mode operates in 1280 x 720 which is not its full 1080p mode of course, but its a balance of saving the lamp on some things and watching them in Cinema mode with a quieter fan, or watching something in full 1080p Dynamic mode, with a little more fan noise.  **update – after some extra research at the office, we discovered the image coming from our blu-ray player was only projecting in 1280×720 – Cinema mode on the Epson 2030 is still 1080p.  Apologies for the error, we are updating our blu-ray player settings now.**

Living room mode would also be very acceptable as a 1080p solution, as it was still very bright, just maybe a little easier on the eyes during the really bright scenes…but again it would depend on your preference for the fan noise. The noise would not stop me from buying this projector.  Our feeling was that if you were going to have a Superbowl party and wanted the full 1080p Dynamic mode experience, there would be enough sound coming from the game and your party that you wouldn’t notice it :)

Another comparison, since as mentioned we watch Brave every night… the Living room mode and even Cinema mode compared closely to our 1080p television we usually watch the movie on.  It was just as bright and crisp to watch.  Obviously Cinema mode is a little less bright, but still very pretty for the animated feature.

One last thing we watched was the Packers/Redskins game Sunday… in our house this is the game of the year!  Two die hard fans, one for each team and the biggest argument is usually who’s team our daughter and dogs are routing for… they are routing for the Packers with me of course :)

Packers vs Redskins Sunday September 16th

Packers vs Redskins Sunday September 16th

Anyways though – again, Cinema mode, the picture was beautiful and crisp.  Dynamic mode was insane – so bright and with a 120″ image, you get real close to the players… and there was no hearing fan noise from the Epson 2030 this time with these fans :)

Thats all for now- enjoy! … and remember – friends dont let friends watch football on a small screen :)

 

**update – for those that were asking about offset, etc – our current setup of our Vapex 120″ Tensioned Electric screen has the Cinema White material 12 inches from the ceiling – with the Epson 2030, the lens was about 6 inches from the ceiling on our mount, as opposed to our Epson 720 where the lens is 8 inches from the ceiling.  We did not adjust the screen height and no issues**

Home theater pictures and designs to inspire

Another installment in the home theater pictures series!

Every so often its fun to take a few moments and look at the pictures our customers have sent us of not just the products they purchased from Visual Apex, but also the designs they have created in their own home theater.

Everyone has their ideal setup, and their own space – its amazing to see what can be done with an empty room!

First up – Brian – simple screen set up, but check out those speakers!

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Next up, Robert and a home theater that looks to be blended right into their living space – always an option if you don’t have a dedicated room – there are so many options for projectors and screens to make it work :)

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While Ronald’s adaptation looks to be a basement, its still a unique sized space put to great use!  Who needs storage when you can have a home theater :)

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Randall however, has a batcave in the making with dark sleek lines to his room, and some comfy looking chairs :)

home theater

Hows this for an entrance into a movie room?  Nice Home theater setup Robert! curtains and lite stairs beneath the rows of chairs – literally like a theater!

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no matter what your design, what your passion is, your home theater should be something unique to you.  It should be a room you want to spend time in and invite people over to view movies or sporting events in.  The sky is the limit on design and innovation when you are in control of your home theater.

Just don’t forget to take pictures!  Home theater pictures make us very happy – we love to see how you have made your own home theater.

See you next time!   -M

Home Theater Pictures

Well here we are again – its time for another installment of Home Theater Pictures from our customers and friends :) …seeing everyone’s designs and creations is such a great part of what we do.  I love how different and unique everyone’s ideas are!

First up – something I think is pretty cool!  Brent built a 26 seat movie theater!  How do you get in?  Bring non-perishable food items for the local food bank!  He says “we’ve given them several hundreds of pounds of food.”  Nicely done!

26 seat Home Theater

Felix sent us this image – very well done room, simple and elegant :) If you don’t have a separate dedicated space, or even if you do – you don’t have to make it elaborate down to every detail to be great!  …and I definitely want to curl up on that couch and watch a movie!

Comfy Home Theater

Already have a great TV for day to day shows and sports, but really want to get that big screen feel for movie night?  Check out Chris’ solution here – pretty cool way to have the best of both worlds :)  Another good option if you are short on space, but big on electronics :)

Best of both

But you have a full room to dedicate to your own theater you say?  Well great!  Check this out!  seriously – how awesome did Jerod do here? Pretty awesome – tiered seating and all – just like in your local theater! Its warm and cozy, but dark to make for a very enjoyable movie experience :)

Dark Awesome

Lastly for today – Carl – who sent us this pic of what looks and feels like a split room with a bar at one end and a theater at the other!  …I’m in!  I’m sure you could have kids along, but this could be a great adults only night for action movies with a good beer…and maybe some nachos :)

Bar and Theater

Alrighty – that’s it for home theater pictures today, more to come soon.  Have a safe holiday weekend everyone – and enjoy your movie time!

See you next time!   -M

Home Theater Pictures

Round two of our quest to bring you more inspiration for your home theater by seeing what others have done!

You know we love seeing your home theater pictures.  We are collecting more everyday.

Love Lost in Space? How about Star Trek? Sci-fi in general?  Check our Don’s design! Panasonic Home theater projector and a 120″ screen. He went all out to design the perfect space feel for his room, complete with a star studded ceiling to make you feel at home…if you feel home should be in space :) … either way, its cool!

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How about this one from Ed – Panasonic home theater projector with a VApex 92″ Fixed Frame screen – simple but nicely done! Even the ceiling –

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Do you have home theater pictures to share? Send them to us!  We are always looking for ideas to pass on, and love seeing the finished product of your hard work and dreams.

Lastly for today – David completed his home theater with an Epson projector and a VApex 106″ fixed frame screen.  …not only does this look comfy, the wall sconces add to the movie room feel.

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Thats all for today for home theater pictures.  Keep sending us your pictures, and we’ll keep posting in between posts about our favorites movies, projectors and other av news and fun stuff to pass along.

 

Home Theater Pictures

Over the years we have received many pictures of completed Home Theater’s from our customers.

We love seeing pictures from our customers!  Its always fun to see the end result of a design process and to see how each unique space is used.

First, here are a couple of home theater pictures from previous customer JD and his home theater.  JD purchased the Epson 8700UB and one of our VApex Fixed Frame Screens. Here i really like how the screen itself is framed within the columns of their design.

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Next here are some home theater pictures from the Pierce Family who purchased the Epson 1080UB and an Elite Screen.  I personally like all the little touches to the room, especially the “step” to make the second row of seating higher.

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More to come, as we have tons of pictures from our customers and friends! :)