• The HD8600 has a 1080p resolution and can accept 24p sources.
• PureMotion2 processing allows you to reduce judder for smoother motion in film sources.
• Dual lamp modes allow you to tailor the projector's light output to suit your viewing environment.
• It has three HDMI inputs, as well as 12-volt triggers and an RS-232 port.
• Three lens options are available, as are ISF calibration modes.
• An anamorphic mode is available, if you'd like to mate the projector with an anamorphic lens system.
• The zoom, focus and lens-shift controls are manual, not motorized.
• The horizontal lens-shift function is limited.
• The company opted for a 48Hz output mode, instead of 96Hz, with 24p
Blu-ray sources. In general, 96Hz proves to be more effective.
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Compare the Optoma HD8600 against its competition by reading the reviews for the JVC DLA-HD100 1080p 3-chip D-ILA front projector reviewed by reviewed by Jeremy Kipnis and the Sony VPL-VW60 Bravia SXRD 1080p cinema projector reviewed by Andrew Robinson. Learn more about projectors by visiting our All Things Video Projector section.
Much like Epson does with its Pro Cinema versus Home Cinema lines,
Optoma targets different projectors at different markets. The HD8600 is
aimed specifically at the custom-installation market and sold
exclusively through AVAD. In its standard-lens configuration, it has an
MSRP of $7,499 (the cost is $8,499 for the short-throw lens and $8,999
for the long-throw lens), which pits this DLP model against top
performers from companies like JVC and Sony. The HD8600 offers
comparable features and, by all accounts I've seen, more than holds its
own in the performance realm. Its higher light output makes it a good
choice for someone who plans to use a larger-than-average screen in a
dedicated theater environment.