InFocus IN82 Home Theater Projector Review - General Performance

October 4, 2007

IN82 Menus

Ahh, classic InFocus menus. From time to time InFocus adds additional needed controls as projectors evolve, but InFocus is sticking to what works for them.

We'll start with the Primary Menu. Hit the Menu button, and a small menu appears. It's simple, there is an Exit option, or you can select Picture, Settings or (source) Info. Move the cursor to Picture, and press the Select button to get started, bringing up the Picture menu. (Many manufacturers call that the Image menu.) You can use the up and down arrow keys to move from the Picture Menu to other main menus. It should be noted, that menus will automatically close after 60 seconds of non-use.

One thing about the Picture menu on most projectors, and that is, it has a ton of controls. The IN82 is no exception, as you can see from the photo here. I'm not going to run through all of them (especially obvious ones like brightness and contrast), but focus briefly on those needing comment. Image shift will allow you to move the actual data on the image up and down on the screen. For example, if watchina a letterboxed movie (black bars, top and bottom), you could move the whole movie up so that the top of the actual movie is flush with the screen top. This is cool, if you can raise your screen to match, eliminating the letter box. Still this is something few will do, even those with a motorized screen that allows you to stop it at any point.

Presets allow you to select saved settings - more on this, below. Brilliant Color is a TI DLP chip feature, that gives extra "oomph" to the image. It can be nice, when dealing with ambient light, or where color accuracy, balance, and the desire for the most film-like image are not that important. It is a fixed setting, and gives the picture some extra pizazz, but is definitely less natural.

Gamma, as seen here, lets you chose between gamma balances such as CRT (too dark in my opinion), Film (best for movies), Video, etc.

Overscan lets you slightly crop content to remove artifacts that may show up around the edges (most common on low def TV sources.

And that takes us to the last item, the Advanced menu, which, of course adds a whole additional list of adjustments, as shown here. It is in the advanced section, that you'll find some critical adjustment controls. But, most important among them are the Color Temperature (defaults to 6500K, but also offers 7500K and 9300K), and the Color Control, which is where you finetune the color balance of the projector, with separate gain and offset controls for each of Red, Green, and Blue. Unlike some competitors, the IN82 does not offer end users any control of secondary colors; Cyan, Yellow, and Magenta. I'm sure more extensive controls are in the service menu which is protected, and used by professional calibrators.

Also on the Advanced menu is the Iris control. This is a manual iris that you can close down (let less light through the projector), to increase contrast somewhat, and to dim the projector down if, for example you are using a smaller screen.

OK, enough with the Picture controls already! Time to move on. The next Main Menu is the

The Settings Menu lets you do a number of usual things, including select your language choice for the menus, put in a start up logo. (Such as Feierman Theater), select sources (the remote has only 3 direct source buttons, so you can select, here, which ones the remote's buttons will work), enter the Service Menu (some items are only accessable with a passcode, for technicians and calibrators. You can also program the custom key on the remote, with a favorite feature you use a lot. The Service menu also allows you to reset the lamp hours after replacing the lamp.

Perhaps most important, though is the System sub-menu. From here you can reposition the menus on the screen (OSD), select orientation (ceiling mount, etc.), and the all important Lamp Power, adjusting between bright lamp and low power. You can also engage/set the Power Save and Sleep Timer functions.

Finally, that leaves only the Source Info menu, which is pretty basic.

One really great thing about InFocus is that their manual goes through every menu and menu feature. This helps make their manuals about as good as one can find out there. Kudos to InFocus.

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