Are you looking for an all-in-one home theater projector? It’s a great option for any mixed media room. You get onboard speakers, crisp images, and a streaming interface that makes these projectors a breeze to use. Two models to compare are the VAVA vs the Epson LS300.
Both projectors are advertised as coming with everything you need to immerse yourself in movies at home. The VAVA produces more detailed images and produces incredible audio (>>> Check on ProjectorScreen). The LS300 is easier to install, it doesn’t need a screen. It also has a brighter picture, it’s something to consider if you don’t have a dedicated entertainment room.
So, which project should you take home? If you’re undecided, it helps to take a closer look at what you get with each model.
VAVA vs Epson LS300 Specifications:
|Brightness (Lumens)||2,500 ANSI||3,600 ANSI|
|Throw Distance||1.4' - 2.5'||0.1' - 1.3'|
|Screen size||80" - 150"||61" - 120"|
|Internal Speakers||30.0 Watts × 2||5.0 Watts × 2|
The LS300 produces a brighter picture. Compared to the 2,500 lumens light source on the VAVA, images are brighter with the LS300. It comes with a 3,600 lumens light capable of handling most ambient light. If you are looking for a projector for outdoor movies, the higher lumens rating on the LS300 makes it the better option.
Image quality is better overall with the VAVA. While the LS300 is a full HD projector, the VAVA takes it to the next level. You get amazing 4K images with over 8 million pixels per frame. Images are crisp and detailed.
Best Image Quality: VAVA
Portability and Ease of Setup
Both projectors are lightweight and designed for easy portability. You aren’t going to have a problem moving either model around. They also have an ultra-short throw distance. You only need around one foot of space between the projectors and screen for 100” images.
The LS300 does have a slightly shorter throw ratio. It gives you a little more flexibility in small spaces. You also don’t need to use a screen. The LS300 casts full HD images on white walls. Add in its compact size and durable construction, and you get a projector you can take almost anywhere.
Most portable and Easiest to Setup: Epson LS300
Audio quality isn’t a feature you normally worry about in a home theater projector. However, these models come with built-in sound systems. The LS300 boasts a Yamaha sound system, and Dolby Audio ensures crisp realistic audio.
The VAVA comes with an onboard 60 watt Harman Kardon soundbar. You get audio that matches the immersive 4K images.
Best Audio Quality: VAVA
You may not need to connect external speakers, especially with the VAV, but you still have external devices. You get plenty of HDMI ports with each model, along with wireless and Bluetooth connectivity.
The LS300 offers a little more. It comes with built-in Chromecast. You can cast streaming content from your Apple and Android devices. The projector also comes with voice search and Google Assistant.
Best in Connectivity: Epson LS300
The VAVA is an ultra-short-throw projector with a flexible installation. Its throw ratio, around one foot, ensures you can cast 100” images in small spaces. The short-throw distance also helps to balance out the relatively low lumens light source. You don’t have to worry about the light growing dimmer as it travels across longer distances. Vertical lens shift and manual lens focus make it easier to center onscreen images.
It’s hard to find any faults with the projector’s image quality. A dynamic contrast ratio, combined with HDR10 and ALPD 3.0 Cinematic technology ensures realistic colors. 4K images have depth and dimension, and you will see every detail as images appear on the screen. The vibrant details and vivid images will make you feel like you are in the theater. The only downside is the three-segmented color wheel. It can cause colors to bleed or fade.
It’s hard to find a 4K projector with exceptional sound quality. The VAVA delivers with its integrated Harman Kardon soundbar. You get crisp and even tones across the audio spectrum. Whether it’s dialogue or sound effects, you will feel like you are in the middle of the action.
- Easy and flexible installation
- 4K native resolution
- Ultra-short throw distance
- Immersive and accurate colors
- Uses a smart Android operating system
- The relatively low lumens rating may not be bright enough for all types of ambient light, even with the short throw distance
Epson LS300 Review
If you want a projector that’s a breeze to set up and operate, the Epson LS300 is a model you want to look at. It’s surprisingly lightweight, around 20lbs, considering everything that’s packed inside. The LS300 is close to having an entire home theater setup in one convenient device.
The Android TV interface allows you to start streaming content from your favorite services. Hulu, Disney+, and more are ready to go. Google Assistant and voice control make operating the projector a breeze. You may not need to use the included remote. You also have plenty of ports for your external devices.
A 3LCD display produces crisp, bright images. The multi-array laser diode allows you to stream content onto a blank wall. While you don’t need to use a screen with the LS300, adding one only improves image quality.
- You can use the projector with or without a screen
- Sharp, bright images
- Full HD resolution
- Ultra-short throw ratio
- Compatible with most streaming services
- Movie lovers may not be satisfied with the lower full-HD resolution
The VAVA and Epson LS300 each have something different to offer. The VAVA produces detailed 4K images with bright colors. It also comes with an impressive built-in sound system. You may not need to connect external speakers (>>> Find on ProjectorScreen).
With the Epson LS300, the resolution is only full HD, but it also comes with an Android interface. It’s also ready to start streaming content out of the box. Best of all, you don’t need to use a screen with the Epson projector.
Deciding between the two models comes down to what you need in a home theater projector.