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InFocus IN8606HD Projector InFocus IN8606HD
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10000:1 Contrast Ratio
2500 Lumens
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InFocus IN8606HD Projector Review

Bill Livolsi, May 22, 2014

Setup and Configuration

The combination of lens and offset make the IN8606HD ideal for either table placement or a ceiling mount. The 1.5:1 manual zoom lens, rare among inexpensive video projectors, allows the projector to display a 100" diagonal image from 10' 1" to 15' 2" of throw. The lens has a fixed throw offset of 14% of image height, so the bottom edge of that 100" diagonal image will be 7" above the lens centerline if the projector is table mounted (or 7" below if ceiling mounted).

The IN8606HD also includes a 12V trigger, which is especially useful if you have a motorized screen. The 12V trigger can be used with a number of other accessories and is typically found on more costly home theater models, so its inclusion in the IN8606HD is a pleasant surprise.

As for screen selection, it depends largely on application. In a dark theater, Movie mode's 703 lumens are enough to light a 120" diagonal 1.3 gain screen to 21 foot-Lamberts, giving you a poppy, compelling picture. If you want to use Eco-mode, you can get similar screen brightness by using a 100" diagonal screen instead of a 120"; this also allows you to switch into high lamp mode when watching 3D. In moderate ambient light, Presentation mode's 1085 lumens will create a compelling picture on an 80" diagonal screen, but attempting to use the projector on a larger screen or in brighter light would require Bright mode.

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Comments (3) Post a Comment
Chris Cushing Posted May 23, 2014 8:38 AM PST
To quote an InFocus engineer on the AVS forum who helped design this projector:

"Indeed IN8606HD colorwheel speed is 2X but when I made that statement I said it applied to a 1080p60 input. It also applies to 1080i30. However at the slower blu-ray movie 24 fps rate colorwheel speed is 4X with 2D material and 6X for 3D. And that brings up another point. You must use 3D glasses compatible with 144HZ left eye right eye switching. I agree if your main interest is gaming and your game box or PC is set for 60fps and you are sensitive to RBE 2X might be problematic for you."


It would be great if you could somehow verify his claims and add the results to this review.
Leandro Posted May 23, 2014 1:23 PM PST
Thanks for the review. One month I have been looking at this projector and yesterday I started to compare to the W1070 ago. Today I decided to buy the Benq.
Sergio Valente Posted Feb 26, 2015 4:41 AM PST
I am looking for a review of the Vivitek H1185HD. Not found any useful at any specialized sites, unfortunately.

This one, based in the rumor that they uses the same base units, Infocus and Vivitek, can reflect truly how the Vivitek performs?



ps. a link to a good review for Vivitek projector will be very appreciated too. Thanks.

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