The Art of Home Theater Projectors

InFocus SP8602 projector review update

The InFocus has left the building.

Greetings all.  Actually, the review has gone quite nicely, but for one thing.  The maximum lumens I have been able to measure with the SP8602 is 952, and that’s dynamic mode, lens at full wide angle, etc.  The problem is, InFocus says this particular projector should be doing more.  They ran the serial number against their QC process and said this unit should hit 1100 lumens, a significant difference.

So, we’re on hold, but just for a few days.  I overnighted the review unit back to InFocus – so they could run some of their own measurements.  Most likely it will return by this Wednesday, but, if they still are not happy, most likely a 2nd (brighter?) 8602 will arrive.  BTW the optics in the InFocus have a lot of brightness range.  Despite having less zoom range, the drop from wide angle to telephoto is greater than most projectors with 2:1 zooms.  That meant more extra lumens going from mid-point (where we do most measurements) to wide angle, and far fewer, going to telephoto.  Of course, all the numbers will be in the full InFocus SP8602 home theater projector review.

That’s good.  it there is an extra 15% more brightness, it will impact my opinion of the InFocus Sp8602.   I’ll keep  you all posted as the story develops. -art

PS. other than the brightness – let me say the InFocus SP8602 has exceptionally good color, and a very sharp image.  Blacks are much better than the old IN83, but still not up to today’s best performing projectors. Still, it gets up there into the ultra-high contrast category, even if it still can’t match the blacks of the best of the lower cost projectors, the Epson.  On the other hand, it’s got plenty of other things going for it!

News And Comments

  • Bernie Troitsky

    Hi Art:
    Any updates on the InFocus? I’ve been projectorless for about 5 months now and patiently waiting for the SP8602. After numerous delays, we don’t seem to be getting any closer. There was an initial small shipment of the units and nothing since. There are some deals on the BenQ W6000 and Epson 8500 and they are available for immediate delivery. Can you comment on which projector of the three you prefer based on what you’ve seen to date?

  • Bernie Troitsky

    Hi Art.
    Well I made the plunge and bought the BenQ W6000. I couldn’t justify spending double for the Infocus while thinking that the whole industry might make major adjustments with LED bulbs and 3D capability. The W6000 ran all of 8 hours and then cratered. They couriered a replacement out 2 days later and so far so good. The only thing I have noticed is way too many things to adjust/tweak and a lot of digital noise on 480i and even 720P satellite TV. Not sure how to get rid of it. 1080P blue ray is excellent and the audible noise is way less than me old Infocus 7205.

  • Gary J. Svehla

    Art, it is now the 27th, I pulled the trigger with my home theater guys to purchase the 8602 yesterday and can still cancel before MONDAY. Therefore your review will make the difference between my purchasing a great or flawed projector. I am dying for that review to be published. And even if it might not appear in time, can you at least offer a quick thumbs up or down. Here is an issue, be aware of that. For instance, what about the lumens and what you found and what Infocus promised. Are regular models 15% brighter than you found with your first unit? Just answering that question is a biggie. Help me out here before I commit to a projector that perhaps I should reconsider.