VAVA 4K UST laser TV home theatre projector review

VAVA 4K UST laser TV home theatre projector review
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Feast your eyes on awe-inspiring visuals with deeper colors, higher contrast, fuller saturation, and sharper imagery. The VAVA’s 3000: 1 native contrast far exceeds the standard 2000: 1 native contrast found in movie theaters. Adjust your projection from between 80 to 150 inches on the fly, you can enjoy a cinematic experience from the comfort of your own home. Can you watch movie on this? ! Get details in VAVA 4K UST laser TV home theatre projector review.

Pros & Cons

PROS

  • Ultra short throw distance
  • Speakers provide cinema-quality sound
  • Multiple inputs
  • HDR10 offers huge color range
  • Up to 150 inch projection size
  • Bright enough even in daylight
  • Nicely crafted

CONS

  • Louder fans than manufacturers claim
  • Old Android 7.1 OS
  • Awful app store
  • Side-loading apps doesn’t work
  • Poor menu navigation
  • Some ambiguous menu options

Specification – VAVA 4K UST laser TV home theatre projector

  • > 25000 Hours Long Lifetime
  • Smart Android 7.1 System
  • 150” Big Screen Home Theater
  • 0.233:1 Ultra Short Throw Rate
  • ALPD 3.0 Technology
  • 60W Harman Kardon Speakers
  • Wide Color Gamut
  • Diffused Light for Eye Protection

Display Type: DLP
Light Source: Laser (ALPD3.0)
Throw Rate: 0.233
Projection Size: up to 150″
Resolution: 4K
Brightness: 2500 lumen (100%CLO)/6000 lumen (Light Source)
Luminance Uniformity: > 88%
Contrast Ratio: > 300:1(ANSI)/ > 3000:1(FOFO)
Color Gamut: Rec.709

Smart TV System
System: Android 7.1
App Store: Aptoide
EMMC: 32GB
RAM: 2GB
Motion Detection: Yes
HDR10: Yes
Keystone Correction: Yes (8 point)
Electric Focus: Yes
Multiscreen: Yes

Audio
Speaker: Harman Kardon, 60W
Bluetooth In: Yes (connects with phone)
Bluetooth Out: Yes (connects with Bluetooth speaker)
Dolby Audio: Yes
dts-HD: Yes

Interfaces
HDMI: 3
USB: 1
Video In: AV3.5
Audio Out: 1 Line out (3.5mm) and 1 S/PDIF
RJ45: 1

Power
Input: 100 to 240V AC, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption: ≤360W
Standby Power Consumption: < 0.5W

Others
Dimensions: 533 x 368 x 107mm
Noise: < 32dB
Working Temperature: 0 to 40℃
Storage Temperature: -20 to 65℃

In the box

1 x 4K Projector (VA-LT002)
1 x Bluetooth Remote
1 x 1.5m Power Cord
2 x AAA Battery
1 x Cleaning Cloth
1 x Product Manual

Price and availability

This Vava UST projector retails at $2,799 in the US. If you do manage to ship it elsewhere, you may need to supplement its smart OS with a localized streaming stick, given its US-centric operating system.

It’s a good sight cheaper than our best projector pick, the $6,000 LG HU85LA CineBeam, though a touch more expensive than its runner up, the HU80KSW. You’re probably paying a similar amount, or not too much less, for an equivalently performing television with 60W audio – and all in all you’re getting a level of performance worth the asking price.

Who is this for – VAVA 4K UST laser TV home theatre projector

Good for

You want quality audio thrown in. The Vava 4K projector comes with 60W audio from Harman Kardon, ensuring you’re not skimping on sound to get a large picture.

You want a massive projection. With a maximum image size of 150 inches, your films and sports matches can truly go super-size, all while retaining a quality picture.

You don’t want a TV taking up space. The Vava projector isn’t overly small, but its demure design means it won’t dominate the living room, and it certainly doesn’t take up as much wall space as a television when not in use.

Not good for

You’re on a tight budget. The Vava projector’s $2,799 retail price will seem pretty steep to some, and you’ll be able to get a decently specced television for about half the price – even if that means missing out on the projection size, high brightness, and 60W soundbar included here.

You have a lot of light leakage. If your living room struggles to keep out light sources, you may struggle to see a huge amount of detail in the picture – even if this Vava 4K projector does better than most on that front.

You’re a keen gamer. Projectors famously struggle with input lag, and you won’t have a competitive advantage here. (We’re told by Vava that input lag is between 70-120ms.)

Compare VAVA 4K UST laser TV home theatre projector (review)

VAVA VA-LT002 WhiteVAVA VA-LT002 BlackVAVA Projector Screen
HighlightsSleek modern 4K UHD projector, Laser TV home theatre projector, ultra-short throw, integrated Harman Kardon soundbarAward-winner in UST projector, Awe-inspiring imagery in any environment, ultra-short throw projection ideal for TV replacement, sharp 4K resolutionPerfect pair with ultra-short-throw projector, stunning visuals anytime, representive customer support
Picture QualityTruely 4K resolution with HDR 10+, 1,500,000:1 image contrast ratio, ALPD3.0 technology, DLP display technology4K UHD, 3000: 1 native contrast, Laser (ALPD3.0) technology, DLP display technology/
Connectivity TechnologyBluetooth, USB, Triple HDMI , Wi-Fi, OpticalBluetooth, USB, Triple HDMI , Wi-Fi, Optical/
Image Brightness2500 ANSI lumen, 6000 light source lumen2500 ANSI lumen, 6000 light source lumen/
Light Source LifeUp to 25,000 hoursUp to 25,000 hours/
Audio System60W Harman Kardon Speaker, Lossless dts-HD and Dolby Audio60W Harman Kardon Speaker, Lossless dts-HD and Dolby Audio/
Throw DistanceCast a 100 inch image from only 7.2 inches awayCast a 100 inch image from only 7.2 inches away/
Mounting TypeTabletopTabletopFixed Frame – Wall Mounted
Max Projection Sizeup to 150″up to 150″up to 100″
Dimensions20.98 x 14.49 x 4.21 inches20.98 x 14.49 x 4.21 inches60.63 x 12.60 x 5.12 inches

VAVA 4K UST laser TV home theatre projector review

Build

The Vava 4K projector certainly has a winning appearance. With soft edges, an inoffensive white/gray (or black/gray) coloring, and a soft fabric mesh covering the front and sides, it’s one projector that should fit in easily with the decor.

Design

The left and right sides of the projector house the cooling fans, with a plastic grille to cover the fans themselves. These grilles come in a colorway sympathetic to the overall design, thus this test unit has black grilles.  It tips the scales at a hefty 31 lbs. the footprint is 20.98 x 14.49 inches, while its height is 4.21 inches.

Ports

As with most projectors, ports are hidden at the back, facing the wall, which is great for a clean appearance, though any jutting cables or streaming sticks can prevent the projector getting more than around 5 inches from the wall, though you shouldn’t need to get any closer.

The ports at the rear include three HDMI 2.0 ports, with one support eARC for connecting an external soundbar (if you wish to). There are also audio input and output ports, for connecting to a wider audio setup or using the Vava projector as a speaker from another device source. There’s an Ethernet port, too, for connecting to the internet, S/PDIF, and a single USB port.

Display

The VAVA can project a display up to 120 inches diagonally. Take the minimum and maximum display sizes into account when selecting this projector. You’ll need a wall big enough to either project directly onto or to accommodate a projection screen.

Remote

The remote is also sleek, with an identical two-tone color scheme and a minimal button layout, including volume, home, back, menu, power, mute, and navigation buttons. The Vava logo is inscribed at the bottom end of the remote, and identical upside down, which is a pleasing touch. It requires two AAA batteries (included, as is a cleaning cloth for the projector lens).

Supported apps

You’ll find a relatively basic Android 7.1 operating system, despite there being an Android 10 OS for smart TVs these days. It’s mostly simple to use, though, with a home menu that lists HDMI inputs (very handy) as well as the App Store, File Manager, and Multi-Screen (for casting). There is a huge amount of app support, including (but not limited to) Disney Plus, Now TV, YouTube TV, JustWatch, Syfy, Amazon Prime Video, AMC, Showtime, BBC News, ESPN, iflix, Deezer, DC Universe, HBO Go, HBO Now, and HBO Max.

Image quality

  • 4K projection
  • 2.500 lumens brightness
  • Limited HDR

The Vava 4K projector boasts a peak brightness of 2,500 lumens, which is what we’d expect for this price point (the ‘peak’ being the brightest that individual sections of the projection can go). 

While some truly high-end models, like the Epson LS100, offer up to 4,000 nits, the Vava projector is certainly capable of bright and vivid images. (The specs for the projector cite 6,000 lumens for the light source, but what’s important is the brightness of the image on the wall or screen itself.)

HD images

HD images look rich and detailed, even on the larger end of the Vava projector’s 80-150-inch picture. Upscaling an HD/SDR stream of Black Panther feels seamless, with smooth motion on both opening shots on a basketball court and an aerial assault on a convoy of trucks. Colors are distinct, and clearly benefit from the brightness of the projection, too, especially with the purple and blue skies of the ‘spirit plane’.

Audio performance

  • 60W speakers from Harman Kardon
  • Detailed sound
  • No Dolby Atmos

The Vava projector doesn’t slump in the sound department, either. With an integrated 60W soundbar, courtesy of audio specialists Harman Kardon, you’re getting some decent heft and detail for a projector. 

The sound, however, is a more straightforward story. Vava’s projector comes with a 60W Harman Kardon stereo soundbar inside, along with support for Dolby audio and dts-HD. It slaps. Even at a moderate volume, I’d go to the kitchen (the other end of my apartment) to load up on snacks and would be able to hear it, maybe even a little too much. While in the same room as the projector, that same volume didn’t feel overpowering, but it really carried through my hallway, which is both impressive and a little troubling (sorry neighbors). 

Luminary Light Source

The VAVA 4K projector uses an incredible 6000 lumens (light source) to produce a bright image even with ambient lighting; you no longer need a pitch black room to get a good image

Easy Installation

Ultra short throw projection eliminates the need for additional hardware and professional installation. Not only is the installation quick and painless, but your viewing experience will be safe from interruptions.

VAVA 4K UST laser TV home theatre projector customer review

Excellent choice.

Absolutely easy to set up and use. Paired it with Apple TV. Surprisingly good image quality with very decent sound (way above average TV sound), although it’s used with a Sonos ARC system. The effect of large screen size (130 in) on the wall is terrific. Tried to use on a 100 in pull-down screen, it didn’t work well at all as the screen is not flat. Got the unit with $600 discount at Bestbuy, worth it. We have multiple TV units (55 to 85in from plasma to oled), somehow we are constantly drawn to the projection for watch movies.

By Norrie at Best Buy

Customer asks on VAVA 4K UST laser TV home theatre projector

Q: Is a short-throw 4K projector worth the money?

4K Projectors are superlative in terms of sharpness, flexibility, and quality as well as everything that will create home theatre. To be trustworthy these projectors aren’t expensive at all. If you purchase a 4k projector then it would be an effective investment.

Q: Are Short Throw Projectors really good?

If you are keen to have the best and crystal clear image quality short throw screen and light-rejecting projectors are optimal. These projectors’ sound quality and flexibility are incomparable.

Q: Does a 4K projector operate on a wall?

Yes, 4K Projector operates on walls. But you will fail to get the best result from this projector. If you are not a movie addict then you can mount it on the wall. Otherwise, you shouldn’t.

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