The InFocus IN8606HD is a 1080p home video projector that boasts 2,500 lumens maximum output, a claimed 10,000:1 on/off contrast ratio, and a street price well below $1000. Its 1.5:1 zoom lens makes it easier to set up, while a 10W mono speaker provides a built-in sound option when nothing else is available. The long-life lamp can last 6,000 hours in the projector's Eco mode, and inexpensive replacements make the projector a good value over the long run. The IN8606HD also includes some higher-end features, such as ISF Day and Night modes, a 12V trigger and 144Hz Triple Flash 3D plus a VESA 3D sync port.
The IN8606HD starts up for the first time in Presentation mode, the name of which is a clue that the projector isn't purpose-built for home video. Presentation mode measures 1085 lumens and is ideal for TV and video use in rooms with a lot of ambient light despite a slight blue tint. If home theater is more your cup of tea, the IN8606HD's Movie mode at 703 lumens has unusually accurate color right out of the box, so you can start watching right away.
With a quality HD source, the IN8606HD's image in Movie mode is quite good. Light output is significantly lower than in the brightest image modes, but contrast is higher, shadow detail is better, and the image is more natural and balanced. If you can spare the light output, Movie mode is where you'll want to spend most of your viewing time.
The IN8606HD has Full HD 3D compatibility and uses 144Hz DLP Link glasses, which are not included. The 3D image is clean and clear, just as we've come to expect from the latest generation of DLP Link. But the IN8606HD also includes a VESA 3D sync port, so you can connect an emitter for infrared or radio-frequency 3D glasses if you prefer those technologies.
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