So after having this projector for a couple of days I though I would jot down some of my observations:
- Picture quality is really good. I'm using a vividstorm floor rising ALR screen and everything looks amazing. From Directv content to 4K movies, I am amazed at how clean and bright everything looks. Contrast is pretty good also. I was previously using an Optoma gt5600 and a Viewsonic PX800HD and the Vava blows them away. There were details in some dark scenes that I was able to see that I couldn't before with the Optoma or Viewsonic. I am not any kind of of video expert nor do I claim to be, but even my elderly parents could immediately see the difference in picture quality compared to the other projectors. The image is also pretty bright as I can even turn on overhead lights directly above my screen and the picture still looks good.
- Fan noise is not bad at all for me. There is no coil whine or anything like that. While it is not whisper quiet, I really don't notice it unless there is a really quiet scene playing.
- Some people mentioned they wished the Vava would boot to last used HDMI input. The Vava has the option to connect to any one of the HDMI inputs you choose after booting up. They must have added this ability in a firmware update or something.
- HDR content. When playing back HDR content, the picture brightness dims significantly. I don't have any way to measure it, but it is really dark. Luckily you can fix it by just upping the brightness in image settings, but I think that may negatively affect how the HDR looks.
- HDMI connection issues. The way I have my setup is that I connect my Directv and Nvidia Shield to my Nakamichi Shockwafe 7.1 DTS-X soundbar. Then I have the video output from the soundbar to the Vava projector. When I start up the Vava, it tries to connect to my soundbar through HDMI 1 where it is plugged in, but it always fails. Then when I retry connection is works, but takes like a minute or so before content is actually displayed. Then it mutes my soundbar multiple times for some reason, so I have to keep un-muting. The delay in picture and the constant muting also happens when I try switch between the Directv and Nividia Shield through my soundbar. I have tried multiple different cables and the problems still happen. I have read about other users having HDMI handshake issues.
- Built in soundbar. I don't really have the need for this since I have my Nakamichi soundbar, but I decided to try it out. I was very surprised at how good it sounded. While obviously missing deep bass, the built in soundbar had very good midrange and dialog was very clean and easy to understand. It can get pretty loud without any audio distortion also.
Let me know if you have any other questions about this projector. There still isn't much info out on the Vava yet, so I will do what I can to provide the info so people can make a decision on if they want to purchase this projector or not. So far, even with the HDMI issues, I am happy with this projector.