Infocus Play Big IN76

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    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Excellent performance in both Standard Definition and High Definition, Attractive design, wide array of inputs

Cons

  • Too expensive

Bottom Line

If you're in the market for a good all-round projector that will suit all your film and gaming needs, the InFocus Play Big IN76 will do the job nicely. However, it's expensive and there are other projectors on the market that perform just as well, but cost a lot less.

Would you buy this?

The InFocus Play Big IN76 DLP projector fits the bill if you're looking for a projector that can beautifully display high definition content. At the same time, it's also does a good job at displaying DVDs. Its native resolution of 1280x720 makes it ideal for 720p high definition sources, but it can also display other resolutions up to 1080i.

High definition

We connected the IN76 to an Xbox 360 console to test its ability to display the 720p and 1080i formats. Displaying high definition content is definitely the IN76's strong suit and our tests didn't show up any problems with image quality. We ran gaming tests with Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 and didn't find any pixelation or over-sharpening issues. Colours were excellent and black levels were superb. We tested at 1080i using the Empire State Building scene from King Kong HD-DVD. Again, its performance was impressive. The scaling to 1080i has been implemented well as we didn't notice any loss of definition of clarity. For running high definition content, this unit will definitely do a great job.

Standard definition

To test the IN76 in standard definition we used three DVD playback tests. The first was the Philips CE2006 Demo DVD which contains a wealth of tests that are excellent for highlighting the inadequacies of any display device. We also ran Digital Video Essentials, another DVD of the same ilk, which has more specialised still image test patterns. Our last test was a real world test using the lobby scene from The Matrix. The colour tests on the Philips CE2006 Demo DVD were top notch with good separation. The contrast tests showed rich blacks with a good transition from light to dark. In our sharpness tests the IN76 garnered excellent results. Images were clear and consistent and fine details were drawn well, without over-sharpening.

Digital Video Essentials reiterated the high quality of the projected image. There was a slight discolouration on the black on white test, but this did not have an impact on DVD viewing.

In our Matrix test we were quite happy with the quality of the display. Many projectors have problems properly drawing the textures of the lobby walls without exhibiting some form of discolouration. The IN76 had no problem at all in this test. It also exhibited excellent performance while displaying motion. There was good detail in the myriad debris and no pixelation or artifacts. Even though this model is targeted at high definition users, it's good to see that it also does well when displaying standard definition content.

Design

The InFocus Play Big IN76 comes in a piano black finish with an equally attractive remote control. The heat vents are situated on either side of the unit in order to dissipate heat more efficiently. They also add to the attractiveness of the unit. The ports are located on the back of the unit and consist of HDMI, component, composite, S-Video, and a DVI/M1-DA connection. Considering this unit is designed specifically for home theatre setups with viewing DVD video in mind, these connections should be sufficient for most people. The top of the unit employs a minimalist approach. There are only a handful of function buttons and also a focus/zoom ring for the lens. Measuring 360mm (width) x 360mm (depth) x 120mm (height), this is a reasonably large DLP projector.

The throw distance of the IN76 is quite good and should be suitable for most homes. The unit can be ceiling-mounted or rested on a coffee table, but the latter is more suitable. The keystone correction is fairly good, although there is a certain level at which it no longer helps and some slight warping of the image can still occur. In keeping with the theme of simplicity, InFocus has done an excellent job with the user interface. The image customisation options are user-friendly and easy to understand. Rainbow effect was fairly minimal thanks to the 6 segment, 4 speed colour wheel.

If you're in the market for a good all-round projector that will suit all your film and gaming needs, the InFocus Play Big IN76 will do the job nicely. However, it should be noted that there are also other projectors on the market that will do the job just as well, but for a considerably lower price. With the IN76 you are paying for style and design, both of which it has in abundance.

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