Light output. The IN8606HD's brightest mode, called Bright, clocked in at 1830 lumens on our projector. White balance in Bright mode is tinted towards green, which makes it a mode best reserved for those times when you really truly need the extra light output, but it does get the job done in a bright room.
Presentation mode, at 1085 lumens, has much better color than Bright mode. The picture is slightly bluish, but not offensively so, and both black level and contrast are greatly improved. Presentation mode is an excellent choice for watching TV or movies in a room with mild to moderate ambient light.
The IN8606HD best mode for home theater is Movie, at 703 lumens. Movie mode is where you'll find the best shadow detail, as well as the best color accuracy and the most natural-looking image.
There are other image presets, as well: TV (712 lumens), sRGB (576 lumens), Game (723 lumens), and Blackboard, which inverts the image so black is white and vice versa.
If any image mode is too bright, you can engage Eco mode to reduce light output by 24%. Eco mode also engages Dynamic Dimming, a feature that reduces lamp power and image brightness in response to on-screen content -- like an iris, only lamp-driven.
The IN8606HD's long 1.5:1 zoom lens loses 21% of its total light output when used at the telephoto end of its range (the smallest image for a given throw distance). That's typical of 1.5:1 zoom lenses, but it does mean you should consider placement if you're working in a room where maximum light output is a concern.
Contrast. Bright projectors tend to have so-so black levels, and the IN8606HD is a bright projector. Its black level is not noticeably worse than most of its competitors, but if you use the projector in a home theater environment you will be able to see black bars quite clearly. The projector's default 2.4 gamma in Movie mode can tend to crush deep shadow detail and contributes to closed-off mid-tones, but switching to 2.2 gamma reduces these effects while also raising black level a touch.
Color. In addition to respectable color in Movie mode, the IN8606HD offers RGB Gain/Bias adjustments for fine-tuning white balance and a full color management system so you can adjust the gamut.
Input lag. The IN8606HD measured 33 milliseconds of input lag in every image mode. This is equivalent to two frames of a 60 fps signal. The projector's Game mode does not decrease lag, but 33 ms is already quite good.
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