As I have done in previous articles, today I'm going off topic and looking at something you won't see me writing about here at TweakTown. Like many of you, I too enjoy having a large format display for movie night, or more recently binge-watching GOT as we run up to the last season. For the last 3 years, I have used an Epson Home Cinema 2045 paired with a DIY 90" screen, and while both have served me well, I've not had the space to dedicate a room to home theatre. This means I suffer from typical issues like shadows, miles of wiring going from projector to receiver and having to remove the projector from its mount to change the bulbs every ~2000 hours.
Moving into Q2 of 2019, the market for Ultra Short Throw is about to heat up as Optoma, HiSense and LG are set to release their UST options that were shown off at CES 2019. Another solution that was shown off at that same time was from VAVA, a relatively unknown brand to most but have had success with, albeit much smaller products like their USB-C Dock, Robot Vacuum and Bluetooth Speaker. That said moving into an already crowded market isn't an easy task, yet VAVA has a solid game plan going in; Use all the latest and greatest technology available such as ALDP 3.0, 4K HDR10, Lasers and undercut the competition by releasing first and with a lower price.
That said, let's move into the capabilities and specifications of this device. At the top, we start with dimensions at 523x333x107mm or 20.5x13.1x4.2 inches followed by weight hovering around ~13.5 Kilo or 30Lbs. This is a DLP based system taking advantage of ALDP 3.0 at 10.5 lumens per watt, and with a throw rate of 0.233 we have a peak projection of 150". Resolution tops at 4K with support for HDR and a contrast ratio of >3000:1 thanks to its 6000 lumens, 2500 ANSI Laser source. Audio is supported by a Harmon/Kardon integrated soundbar with DTS and Dolby Audio capability while additional connectivity offered includes 3x HDMI a single USB and dual 3.5mm audio in/out ports. For network connectivity, we have an RJ45 port along with built-in Wi-Fi.
MSRP of the VAVA 4K UST Laser Projector hits $3500 but they are offering early bird discounts through a "guaranteed delivery" Indiegogo campaign you can visit here