Hi everyone. Well, I received the SP8602 yesterday and have to say my first impressions are that it is extremely impressive.
My previous projectors have been an IN80 (X10) and laterly the IN83, which I last used on Sunday.
Can't claim to know much about the competition and I will not attempt to breakdown the performance of different attributes of the picture, but in terms of overall picture quality, based on only a few hours viewing, it seems a huge leap forward from the IN83.
The main thing that strikes you is the amazing 3D quality of the image - it is hugely immersive and has incredible depth compared to the IN83, which wasn't bad itself.
That's not a side-by-side comparison, but it is very obvious that the picture has more pop. I swapped my IN80 for the IN83 and have to say that the difference I noticed was much more subtle.
The SP8602 picture is very sharp, not sure if it is minimally less sharp that the IN83, but if so it is more than made up for by the overall picture.
It has a very natural feel and I immediately found myself noticing tiny elements of a scene I'd not noticed on the IN83.
Movement seems to be handled beautifully smoothly as well.
Having read Art's initial review I was a bit worried about the lumens compared with the IN83.
But again on initial impressions the brightness is more than adequate and not really noticeable, probably because the other aspects of the overall image - very bright colors and much improved contrast - make up for it.
To clarify though, my feeling is that, unless you plan to watch a lot in a less than dark room, the brightness of this projector isn't an issue.
The best thing I can say about the dynamic iris is that I haven't really noticed it doing its stuff, so it must be fairly smooth.
Another really evident improvement over the IN83 is, from what I've viewed so far, improved performance in dark or murky scenes.
I always found the IN83 suffered a bit from banding (if that's what you call it) and a sort of bluey-black hue in low-light but low contrast scenes.
So far, this projector looks far more impressive. Again, you can judge its success on the fact it isn't noticeable. It was on the IN83. I will update this if I find out otherwise. Might be too early to tell.
Could be my imagination and will need to be confirmed from longer viewing, but the projector also seems to cope with live sport better too.
My IN83 seemed to judder quite a lot on soccer, but I didn't see this last night on the new projector. Again, I'll need to provide an update on this later, as it may have been luck.
On to the design.
Have to say describing it as a beast is about right. It may not be much bigger than the IN83 in terms of overall size, but the boxy shape makes it appear pretty huge, even when you're prepared for it.
I've got a big room, so in a small room it would look gigantic.
That said, it is an acquired taste and even my wife seems to think it is quite funky in a retro kind of way. At the very least it has character, which is a good thing.
Placement flexibility is much, much better obviously and the first thing to strike me when setting it up in the same position as the IN83 was how big the image could be in comparison. That's got to be handy.
Adjusting the image takes some getting used to from the old swivel stand, but it is actually pretty well designed, as is the very neat remote control.
I actually think the blue ring around the lens is quite neat and a nice touch, plus you can turn it off, so no problem if you don't like it.
Will be interesting to see what the reviews are like. Art's initial thoughts seem a bit unsure, which surprises me based on what I've seen.
In summary, I think that, much like the IN83, there will be competitors with better black levels, better brightness etc, but that, for overall image, the SP8602 will just have that special secret-ingredient x-factor that's hard to describe in stats.