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InFocus IN82 Projector InFocus IN82
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4000:1 Contrast Ratio
1500 Lumens
Street Price: n/a
$3,999 MSRP

InFocus Play Big IN82
Home Theater Projector

Bill Livolsi, November 15, 2007

Distribution

As mentioned earlier, the InFocus IN82 is available from custom home theater design/installers. It is typically not sold on the Internet, and it is not in open distribution. This is either an advantage or an unfortunate limitation depending on the type of buyer you are.

InFocus IN82 Remote

The advantage to buying from a professional designer/installer is that you usually get the entire home theater system completely installed, with all video and audio systems optimally calibrated, without you ever having to lift a screwdriver or run a wire. They will do all of the installation, wiring, and drywall work. They can calibrate your projector and balance your multi-channel audio system. They can install complex electric screens with auto masking and powered drapes. They can install seating that vibrates with the explosions on the screen if you want them. They can do controlled indirect lighting, acoustical treatments, decorative Art Deco accents, movie posters and popcorn machines. They can program all of your equipment to be controlled by a master control system or universal remote. And they can teach you how to use it all once they've installed it.

Basically, if you have a lot of money to put into a full-blown high end home theater, then using a professional designer/installer will save you a tremendous amount of time and energy. For buyers who don't want to turn the installation of a complex home theater system into a full time job, using the professional installer is the only way to go.

Now of course, professional installers need to be paid for their services and expertise just like everyone else. They usually get compensated in one of two ways. First, they may bill you directly for their design and installation time. Second, they may do your job based on your commitment to buy products from them. The products they offer you are those they can make sufficient profit margins on to justify undertaking your project. Most of the products sold by custom installers are in limited distribution and not available on the Internet. The reason is simple--they don't want to sell their customer a $5,000 product, only to have the customer find the exact same product online for only $3,000 the very next day.

The IN82 is one of many products in restricted distribution that have been priced with sufficient margin to dealer/installers that they can make a reasonable living by spec'ing it into custom home theater jobs. When you buy the IN82, you are paying not only for the projector, but for the expertise and installation labor you get from the people you buy it from. As a total package, it can be a great value if you don't want to install it yourself. But if you are a do-it-yourself home theater hobbyist who does not want to pay for design and installation services, the IN82 is probably not the projector for you.

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