First look: InFocus SP8602 home theater projector

The InFocus SP8602 is a big, bad home theater projector. It’s hanging from my ceiling, hooked up to a Harmon Kardon Blu-ray player and a TiVo HD. Needless to say, life is good at the Burns homestead. Click through for my initial impressions of this $5,000 1080p projector.


  • Great color saturation
  • Good – but not great – black levels
  • Lots of detail
  • Enough inputs
  • It looks like a $5K projector
  • Good remote


  • Horrible film smoothing
  • Manual lens controls are hidden under a panel – look nice, but hard to fine tune when you have to snap the panel back into place

Stay tuned for the full review. Any suggestions for test material?