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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hi Guys,

I'm currently on an InFocus IN78 and looking at upgrading to a 1080p DLP projector. Whilst I'm still happy with the IN78, I'm hoping a 1080p would give me a slightly sharper image. Better black levels would be essential but I probably won't be using the auto iris function so I need to look at static contrast rates etc.

I've been looking at the Infocus SP8602 but not sure if it's going to be much better than mine if set to static iris. Also not sure if going to 1080p would really be beneficial on a 77" screen?

Are there any other 1080p DLP projectors that could better the SP8602 at under $5000 currently?

Appreciate any advice, thanks!
post #2 of 9
My BenQ W5000 was a big improvement over my IN76, and my current Planar 8150 was an improvement over that.
post #3 of 9
You need to remember that the SP8602 uses .65" DMD. If you want the sharpness your IN78 is giving you and more you'll want to seek out a projector with the .95" DMD. The BenQ W5000, W9000, W10000, or W20000 would all be great improvements. You could also look into finding a Marantz VP-11S1 or a VP11S2.

I also own the Planar PD8150 and I LOVE it.
post #4 of 9
On a 77" screen, you would have to be pretty darn close to resolve 1080p, and thus really take advantage of it. What is your distance for viewing?
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your comments

The Planar looks like a decent pj, just a pity it's nowhere to be found! This again gives the impression that DLP hasn't moved on much in the last few years apart from now having a dynamic iris. My IN78 has a darkchip3 and the IN76 has a darkchip2 which in itself might make quite a difference. Wonder how the darkchip3/720p compares to darkchip3/1080p. Is it essentially the same chip or completely different in terms of black levels, contrast etc?

Jason, that's exactly what I was thinking with 77". I'm sitting about 90-95" from the screen.
post #6 of 9
I'd say contrast and color were the biggest improvements between my IN76 and either the BenQ or Planar. Yes sharpness improved too (noticeably) but I'd say the other two had a bigger overall impact.

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Originally Posted by rocsen View Post

The Planar looks like a decent pj, just a pity it's nowhere to be found!

It's sold as the Runco LS-5 now, Planar rolled all their HT projectors under the Runco brand a while back.

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This again gives the impression that DLP hasn't moved on much in the last few years apart from now having a dynamic iris. My IN78 has a darkchip3 and the IN76 has a darkchip2 which in itself might make quite a difference. Wonder how the darkchip3/720p compares to darkchip3/1080p. Is it essentially the same chip or completely different in terms of black levels, contrast etc?

As far as I know it's entirely different, there's more difference than resolution between a 720p DC2 and a 1080p DC2. That's essentially the change I made, a DC2 720p IN76 to a DC2 1080p W5000. The W5000 was significantly better in every aspect IMO. And the Planar was another good leap again over the W5000.

I really don't know how they decide on their DCx nomenclature, but my perspective is that they essentially restarted the numbering with the 1080p chips. That they didn't just start making higher resolutions of older chips, but rather continued development with the larger resolutions.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Interesting, thanks. Can't find the Runco anywhere either! Besides, it seems above my budget. Might have to look at some of the BenQ's although the Infocus SP8602 got a better review on projectorreviews

On the other hand maybe I'll just hang on to the In78 for now. Only 160 hours on the lamp and not even sure I'll benefit much from 1080p
post #8 of 9
I was under the impression the 8602 was no longer in production.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by stanger89 View Post

I was under the impression the 8602 was no longer in production.

That's correct but there are still a few demo units floating about
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