The Epson Home Cinema 5010 splits the difference between value-oriented but decent performing 3D projectors like the Optoma HD33 (*Est. $1,400) and videophile-grade projectors that produce incrementally better picture quality than the Home Cinema 5010 at a more than incremental increase in cost. Its closest competition is the Panasonic PT-AE7000 (*Est. $3,000) , which earns its share of raves but sells for a couple of hundred dollars more.
Experts who have seen the Home Cinema 5010 are enthused about its picture quality. Black levels and colors are good from the start, and those who want to calibrate their projector will find that colors can be dialed in close to perfect. For 3D, brightness can be amped up to overcome the effect of the active-shutter 3D glasses without harming other picture attributes. Critics say that helps the Epson Home Cinema 5010 produce a 3D image that is more enveloping and more impressive than what's seen in many movie theaters. If cutting down on cord clutter is crucial, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5010e is identical, save for the inclusion of a wireless HDMI link.
Although there isn't a ton of feedback regarding the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5010, the two most thorough enthusiast sites have a whack at it. You can read those reports at ProjectorCentral.com and ProjectorReviews.com. ISF calibrator Tom Huffman offers his take as well at DisplayCalibrationsOnline.com. You can find lots of user -- and hope-to-be-user -- discussion at AVSForum.com.
Though the narrative can be rambling, no reviewer delves deeper into a projector's pros and cons than Art Feierman at ProjectorReviews.com. Here, Feierman has few nits to pick with the Epson Home Cinema 5010. He's says he's impressed with 3D performance, adding that there's not another 2D projector near the price of the 5010 that he likes better. It earns a Hot Product award.
Review: Epson Home Cinema 5010 Home Theater Projector Review, Art Feierman, Nov. 23, 2011
ProjectorCentral.com is a little more reserved in its praise of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5010 -- but only a little. Bill Livolsi benchmarks the projector against the Panasonic PT-AE7000 and finds that the picture quality of both is superb. Other factors might make one or the other better for certain users and situations. In any event, he says, "Epson's Home Cinema 5010 is a 3D projector done right."
Review: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5010, Bill Livolsi, Nov. 30, 2011
This highly technical review from an ISF certified calibrator will probably be useful only to the most savvy of videophiles. But after a bevy of test results, Tom Huffman calls the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5010 a near reference-quality projector that's the best LCD projector he has ever tested.
Review: Epson Powerlight Home Cinema 5010 LCD Projector, Tom Huffman
This lengthy thread at AVSForum.com covers the Epson Home Cinema 5010 and the very similar Home Cinema 6010. You'll find questions, answers, hints and reviews, short and detailed..
Review: Official Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5010 / 6010 thread, Contributors to AVSForum.com