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May 12, 2019 4:20 PM
NEED HELP!! So I purchased a new Epson 5040UB a few weeks ago and have now mounted it on the ceiling where my old Sanyo PLV-70 used to be.
I have hooked up the computer to the projector via an DVI output from the computer to a VGA adapter and ran the VGA cable and plugged it into the "PC" plug on the back of the Epson 5040UB.
After a little tweaking, the picture is flat out amazing!
It's vibrant, rich, unbelievable blacks yet bright!! I am very pleased with the projector . . . . now here is my issue that I need expert advise on!
I have an older tuner / tv receiver box. It's a RCA DT-100.
It was top of the line 15+ years ago and it displays HD.
So the problem is the DT-100 only has a VGA video out. No HDMI, S-video component rca jacks etc.
The projector has no more VGA (PC) input slots on the Epson 5040UB. Only HDMI imputs #1 and #2. So I purchased a 35ft long HDMI cable and plugged it into the projector HDMI input #1. Other end was plugged into a VGA to HDMI adapter with a USB power supply and into the back of the RCA DT-100.
No picture : ( Tried HDMI imput #2 No picture : ( Also tried the VGA to HDMI adapter with a different USB cord plug. All don't work.
Is there something I'm missing with the correct conversion from VGA to HDMI signal converting??
By the way, I did plug the RCA DT-100 into the projector via the VGA from the DT-100 into the projector's "PC" imput. The picture was very good but thought there might be better quality if it was run through one of the HDMI imputs.
There has to be a way to make this work! Thoughts anyone??????
Feb 24, 2019 11:44 PM
Thank you for the perspective on Epson's business model and their push for cheaper lamps. While I agree that many of their lamps are in the $50 range, the one for the 5040UB is not. Best prices for Epson brand lamps are more than $200! Non-OEM lamp assemblies are less and of course, bare lamps are much less, but also less convenient to replace. My luck with reliability and/or brightness on non-OEM lamp assemblies has been rather poor over the years, and as a result I am sticking with only Epson brand lamps for my projector.
In our home theater with considerable ambient light, we run the 5040UB in Bright Cinema mode most of the time. On the positive note, the completely redesigned light engine and cooling on this latest model allows the fan to run very quietly at this power setting compared to the previous 5030UB projector. But the drawback of constantly running at the higher power setting is a shorter lamp life. We currently average about 1000 hours on our 5040UB and have replaced the lamp 3 times in less than 2 years.
Bottom line is that we already have spent almost 1/3 of the projector purchase price (when the projector model was new, the lamps cost even more) on lamps with many more to be replaced over our projected 5 year usage time-frame.
I will continue to hope that competitive pressure will keep Epson trying to reduce the total cost of ownership for this class of home theater enthusiasts. Being able to buy a projector that will last the entire time-span between model upgrades without further investment, is something that would create more projector demand over large flat panel TVs. If Epson is trying to take the inkjet printer business model (sell cheap projectors and make all the profit on replacement lamps) I will likely eventually change my home theater to a large direct view flat panel as their prices come down.
BTW, I love our 110" diagonal home theater setup, and Epson has made it truly a pleasure to watch!
Feb 23, 2019 2:21 PM
Any rumors as to when Epson will announce a new laser light source model to advance the 5040UB model? Now that they have the short throw LS100 on the market, I am thinking that they are gaining experience with how the laser light engine performs and what the reliability really might be.
We have always had the Epson Home Cinema projectors in our home theater, and the upgraded models are always a very welcome improvement. Our home theater has a good deal of ambient light during the day, so a bright projector combined with our ALR screen is a must. The brightness of the laser projectors, and not having to constantly replace expensive projector lamps is something that would greatly improve our home theater experience!
Nov 22, 2018 8:24 AM
I am having this same issue, did you ever figure this out?
Jun 21, 2018 3:29 PM
I have a JVC DLA-HD1, I purchased it new in 2007. I'm considering swapping it out for the Epson 5040 UB or Sony VW285ES. Do you think the quality increase is significant enough to warrant the price of either of the new projectors. Sometimes the old stuff is as good or better than the new stuff. (It's for a dedicated theater with total control of ambient light, with 120 inch Stewart)
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