The SP8602 from InFocus, is a major departure from recent InFocus home theater projectors. Last year InFocus, an Oregon based company was taken private. This is their first new home theater effort. Gone are the cool flying saucer shaped projectors. The SP8602 (SP short for ScreenPlay, InFocus' old designator for home theater projectors), is a large, commercial looking unit. Oh, it's not that bad, but, let me put it this way. It's the same physical box as their 7000 lumen commercial projector.
One thing InFocus has always done well, and that's color accuracy. For whatever reason, most InFocus home theater projectors, over the years, seemed to start out with pretty good color, out of the box. Better still, they have calibrated beautifully. The absolute best color I've seen from any projector I've reviewed was from last year's InFocus IN83, so I expected great things of the SP8602.
The color is excellent, not as perfect as the IN83's but about as good as anything else I've seen recently. Brightness - a hallmark of the old IN83, isn't as impressive, but the SP8602 puts out about 800 lumens in "best" mode with Brilliant Color off, and 1059 with it on. The brightest mode delivers over 1100 lumens.
Physical placement is good, not exceptional. While the projector does have lens shift, it isn't designed to be rear shelf mounted. Lens shift is different than most projectors but let's you place the projector between the top of the screen surface and a respectable distance above (varies depending on screen size).
Black level performance is very good, not great. Like most of the best DLP projectors with dynamic irises, it is competitive with some of the "ultra-high" contrast. Put it all together, and you have a really bright projector for movie viewing, more "brightest" mode lumens than most, and great color with good blacks and excellent shadow detail. The dynamic iris, however is a little rough. Not as bad as some, it works well enough most of the time, but sometimes it is a little too noticeable. InFocus has advised they are working on improving the firmware.