Epson Home Cinema 5040UB Projector

Last updated: March 11, 2021

The Epson Home Cinema 5O40UB projector uses built-in technology to upscale to 4K resolution. You'll get true-to-life colors, although the slower HDMI port puts it slightly behind other models.

We looked at the top Home Theatre Projectors and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Home Theatre Projector you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: True-to-life colors, can upscale to 4K resolution.

In our analysis of 11 expert reviews, the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB Projector placed 7th when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Get exceptional, color-rich performance and immersive images with the Home Cinema 5040UB. Epson PRO-UHD 3LCD home theater projectors deliver a groundbreaking combination of color, contrast and resolution for the ultimate entertainment experience. Every detail comes alive with 4K Enhancement Technology (1), which accepts 4K UHD content and upscales non-4K content. An advanced, 3-Chip, 3LCD design means no color wheel, white segment or rainbow effect. With HDR10 (2) and L*a*b* Ultra Wide Color Gamut, movies look extraordinary. Plus, get 100% Balanced Color Brightness, with 2,500 lumens equal color/white brightness (4), and an UltraBlack contrast ratio up to 1,000,000:1.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

If you want a projector that looks great with 1080p content but can also display the improved color and HDR highlight details in 4K content, the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB does a great job for its price. This projector uses 1080p LCD panels with an optical shift to simulate a 4K resolution. It supports HDR10 playback and covers almost as much of the DCI color gamut as the JVC, with contrast ratios that are similar to those of the Sony.
The Epson gives you those features, along with an HDMI 2.0 input, slightly more accurate colors, the ability to display more of the HDTV color gamut, fully automated lens control (supporting screen aspect ratios other than 16:9 without letterboxing), the ability to display the expanded DCI/P3 color gamut used in Ultra HD Blu-ray and some streaming content, an analog D-sub 15 input, a pixel-shift feature that attempts to display more detail from 4K content, and a slight overall bump in image quality (which you may not notice).

What reviewers didn't like

It isn’t as future-proof as the JVC, with only a 10.2 Gbps HDMI 2.0 input.
Overall the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB provides improvements over the Sony VPL-HW45ES, but with standard content you might find the 50 percent price increase harder to justify.
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