During quarantine I finally assembled the home theater of my dreams. OK, not quite, but the key components are there: a 4K projector pointed at a 100-inch framed screen (, if you're interested).
The projector I chose normally sells for $2,799, but right now you can get a deal that's close to the all-time low: While supplies last, BuyDig has thewith promo code CHEAPSK8. That code will work with the black or white model, and it also includes a CPS two-year extended warranty. (The manufacturer's warranty is one year.)
The Vava 4K blasts a beautiful, mammoth image on the wall and solves a number of the challenges normally associated with projector setups. It's an ultra-short-throw model, meaning you can park it right below your screen or wall. That eliminates the hassles of a traditional ceiling mount, which are considerable.
What's more, the Vava features a built-in Harman Kardon soundbar, one with both Dolby and DTS audio support. That means you can dispense with additional audio gear (and the remote and cabling that goes with it). I find the sound quality to be excellent overall, though a "real" home theater would certainly benefit from a traditional surround setup.
The projector runs a specialized version of Android, but it's clunky and limited; the remote doesn't even have playback control buttons. Trust me when I say you'll want to plug in your preferred Fire TV or Roku streamer. There are three HDMI inputs, so you'll also have room for your game console and another device. (One of them is HDMI ARC in case you want to expand beyond the built-in sound system.)
Here's what else I've learned in my several months of ownership:
- It's a breeze to set up and operate, proof positive to me that UST projectors are the wave of the future. One box, one wall, done.
- It produces a bright, sharp picture -- one you can see easily even in a well-lit room (though obviously darker is always better).
- There's limited CEC support. I'm able to use my Roku remote to adjust volume, but not to power the projector on or off.
- Although I initially found the projector's low-level fan noise distracting, I honestly don't notice it anymore. Just be aware that the noise is there.
- UST projectors are less forgiving on uneven walls than traditional projectors. For the best overall experience, you'll probably want to invest in a proper screen. (You could also .)
- Planet Earth II in 4K at 100 inches is the best de-stressor ever.
And you don't have to stop at 100 inches; you're limited only by the amount of wall space you have. The Vava can project an image as large as 150 inches. (And, at minimum, 80 inches.) That's some serious home theater right there.
Sure, you could buy a pretty good 75-inch TV for half the price. But if you're looking to indulge your home-theater dreams, it's worth busting open the piggy bank for this thing.
Originally published last year. Updated to reflect new pricing and more hands-on experience. Removed expired bonus deal.
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