Originally Posted by SaintJD
The odd thing is that, on my IN83, which is supposedly a lot brighter, I used to prefer the iris on 90 or 100 for the bright colors, but the richness of colors and pop of the pictures on the new unit is more stunning at 70 than at 100 and it is still amply bright, be it with that film-like intimacy.
I really appreciate your continuing efforts to report your ongoing observations.
I notice the you mentioned that your IN83 is "supposedly a lot brighter". Nevertheless, although there are trade-offs I take it that you can still actually see a noticeable decrease in the brightness of the 8602 versus the IN83?
I currently have an InFocus 7205 (published 1,100 lumens) in a light-controlled home theater using a 120" Firehawk screen. I have over 3,000 hours on my lamp and yet I find that even in the low power mode I am still getting ample brightness, even on those occasions were I have the lights turned on for watching sports with friends.
I have to admit that Art's preliminary findings regarding the low brightness readings on his first test unit have given me serious cause for concern about the suitability of this projector for my needs. Although most of the time I'm watching movies with the ambient light controlled very well, occasionally I like the ability to be able to turn up the lights for parties, etc.
Based on your observations, do you think that for a screen of 120", and with the lights tuned up a bit, whether the image would be watchable, or clearly washed out, especially after there are say a thousand hours on the lamp?
By the way, I'd also be interested in knowing how large your screen is.
As was mentioned earlier, in the past InFocus' published brightness specifications were considered conservative by professionals, i.e slightly understated. If their new management adheres to a similar policy regarding claimed brightness one would conclude the new 8602 would have comparable or slightly greater lumens than my 7205. However, based on Art's initial findings this may be merely wishful thinking on my part.
I invite any thoughts you or other owners may have regarding brightness issues on a moderately large screen.