- Extremely accurate BT.2020 colors directly out-of-the-box
- Very clean, sharp, deep and detailed image
- Better than average Native Contrast for a .47” based DLP
- Supports 3D content and it is one of the few laser UST projectors that does
- Extremely easy to calibrate with a plethora of calibration controls and options
- Very bright to overcome just about any ambient light issues you may have with the right screen such as the Spectra Projection Ambient Light Rejecting Screens
- eARC compatible with Dolby Atmos
- Game Mode features a ~30ms lag time for playing first person shooter type games
- Comes with a 4K Amazon FireTV Stick, which plugs into a nice recessed housing on back with its own dedicated HDMI and USB connections. This is much better than most built in smart tv app operating systems and also doesn’t take up valuable processing and memory resources from the projector itself
- Native on/off contrast could be better and more in line with the new ALPD 4.0 RGB USTs
- No built-in Smart TV apps, however it does come with a 4K Amazon FireTV Stick, which occupies one of the USB ports and one of the HDMI ports.
- With an approximate 80 millisecond gaming lag time, this is not the first choice for competitive gamers. However, for casual gamers, who just want to play in 4K, this projector is more than suitable.
- Would like to see user picture adjustments (brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness), white balance and Color Management System (CMS) Controls available in all modes for tweakability.
- Fans are just a little noisy and can be heard in more quiet passages in movies, etc.
Highlights Direct from AWOL-Vision:
Coupled with amazing audio immersion on the new AWOL LTV-3500 projector you can enjoy a dramatic 4K movie theater experience from anywhere to take your watching experience to new heights!
The AWOL Vision LTV-3500 provides colorful images that are sharp with zero loss of fine details. You can watch a movie on any screen or even a wall to experience brighter colors, sparkling whites along with intense black levels and contrast. You’ll get accurate colors near reference with its RGB Tri-Laser light sources, all without a color or phosphor wheel like the other DLPs.
IT’S EVEN BETTER THAN THE CINEMA! - It’s powered with a cutting edge Tri-Chroma Pure Laser engine, all without a color wheel. The LTV-3500 projector covers an astonishing 107% of the Rec.2020 color standard, which is the standard for ultra-high definition TV systems.
AMAZINGLY CLEAR 4K RESOLUTION AND DETAIL- The AWOL provides 4K UHD HDR10 and HDR10+ image processing. It projects its images with the clarity and precision of native 4K at 8.3 million discrete pixels. It can be installed mere inches away from the wall and it can project up to a huge 150” image.
DON'T BUY A TV AND SETTLE FOR SMALL- The LTV-3500 has a maximum projected image size of 150 inches coupled with an Ultra Short Throw distance. The AWOL can help you rid yourself of a rat’s nest of messy wires too.
FELLOW GAMERS, REJOICE! - When switched into Game Mode, the AWOL provides its lowest lag times of about 30ms. This ensures that all of your game action is rendered in real-time. It's safer for your eyes too, which means you’ll get to play all day long.
Motion Estimation/Motion Compensation (MEMC) - With built in MEMC Technology, these RGB laser projectors deliver smooth motion with all content and during scene transitions. Even games with high-speed, fast-moving images appear clear with no trails or ghosting. This is ideal for gaming, watching fast panning sports and your favorite blockbuster action flicks. With the LTV-3500, you can see your home team win the game, all with stunning colors and in 4K UHD.
EXPERIENCE OUT OF THIS WORLD AUDIO- Get instantly immersed with a Dolby ATMOS mix with this AWOL Vision projector. With eARC via the HDMI ports, the AWOL can enable Dolby ATMOS along with its lossless audio data direct to your external A/V Receiver or favorite soundbar. The stereo speakers create 36 Watts of exceptional audio envelopment which enhances your home cinema experience even more!
ANYWHERE THERE’S A WALL, YOU HAVE YOUR SCREEN - Feel free to put your AWOL almost anywhere since it comes designed for hassle free installation and simple connectivity options. All you need is “A Wall” for your AWOL!
WE’VE PATENTED A POCKET FOR YOUR STREAMING STICK - This one of a kind design allows you to connect and hide the included 4K FireTV stick inside the back of the projector.
8 POINT WARPING INSTALLATION CORRECTION - You aren’t stuck with a fixed focus lens design with the AWOL. It is equipped with an electrically motorized lens and features up to an 8 point zone correction technology which allows you to make very small adjustments to the picture size in the selected zone. It can be tweaked to perfection from your remote on the couch, all without any physical hassles!
THE LTV-3500 HAS APPROXIMATELY A 25,000 HOUR+ LIFE ON THE LASERS - It has a much longer lifespan than typical UHP lamps. The true RGB laser light source provides up to 25,000+ hours of viewing enjoyment, all without needing to replace a lamp.
Personally, we like the design of this AWOL LTV-3500 with its gray exterior, sleek lines and rounded chassis with a gold accent trim. The exit area from the lens where the RGB laser beauties reside has ridges all the way to the top of the chassis on all sides. This helps reduce any light reflections back into the room or onto the screen, like we can sometimes see with other USTs like the Samsung LSP9T. There are perforated rectangular holes throughout all sides to ensure great airflow and cooling, but it also adds to the design aesthetic. When looked at from the side it does resemble the front of a bass boat though, haha! There are no visible buttons to break up the smooth surface, although if you look closely there is a touch sensitive membrane style power button on the top front right of the LTV-3500.
This projector is definitely larger when compared to other, cheaper built USTs, but it’s about the same size as other higher end 4K RGB Laser USTs, such as the aforementioned LSP9T. The measurements are 23.6” x 13.9” x 5.7” and the weight is about 27 lbs.
When you look at this RGB Laser Projection TV, you can see that AWOL-Vision put a lot of time and effort and paid attention to the design when creating this projector.
Installation, Throw Ratio, Zoom:
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Projector to Screen Alignment
Because the AWOL Vision LTV-3500 lacks a motorized lens you need to manually move the projector to align it with the screen.
Move the projector back and forth to adjust the size of the projected screen to be smaller and inside the screen borders. You’ll need to move the UST projector to the left or right to adjust its angle and use the angle adjuster feet to make the screen rectangular.
As with most other USTs, there is an electronically adjustable motor focus mechanism built into the LTV-3500, so it is very easy to adjust focus based on your screen size up to 150”. Go to Settings>Light>Focus and use Up or Down on the circular navigation wheel on the remote to adjust the focus settings for the sharpest image on screen. We wish you could turn on a cross hatch test pattern from the menu, or input one from an external source like a calibration disc or pattern generator. The built in test pattern for focus with the circles isn’t very good in our opinion.
- N/A. USTs are fixed zoom and rely on physically moving the projector forward and backwards to make their images smaller and larger.
Geometric Correction/Warping/H & V Keystone
Correcting keystone: Keystoning refers to the situation where the projected image becomes a trapezoid due to angled projection.
- There are usually no horizontal or vertical keystone adjustments with UST projectors. To set up and correct geometric distortions, all settings should initially be done manually by physically realigning the placement of the projector and adjusting the feet, in relation to the screen surface. If this doesn’t align the image completely and properly, then your only option is to proceed to adjust the 8 point warping electronically.
- To manually correct this:
- 1. Press the Settings button on the remote control then go to the Light Menu > Manual Correction.
- 2. Press the up/down/left/right arrows on the remote control to go to the zone to be corrected.
- 3. Press the center Select button on the remote to select a zone, then use the arrows again to move it in the direction you want the image to go. Hit Select again to save the position. Do this for all zones needing correction.
- When done, press the BACK BUTTON to save and exit.
Laser Light Source
The LTV-3500 utilizes a full RGB (Red, Green, Blue) laser light engine, so unlike laser phosphor based designs which are paired with a yellow phosphor wheel, this design is capable of reaching the full BT.2020 Color Gamut, which is even wider than what just about every Hollywood movie released in today with DCI-P3. It comes with a life expectancy of at least 25,000+ hours. This is dependent on the laser power and modes used throughout its lifetime.
This AWOL UST boasts a brightness of 3,500 ANSI lumens making it work very well in rooms with lots of ambient light from windows and lighting fixtures, such as your living room. When you pair this with a proper ultra short throw, Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) screen, you've got a viable television replacement while increasing its size exponentially!
- With ambient light from light fixtures and windows, as in a typical living room environment:
- The LTV-3500 has more than enough lumens to punch through non-direct ambient lighting conditions with even some brightness left over. We have tested this UST on both an ALR and plain white acoustically transparent screens and in both instances the image was very watchable and the image. It was still discernible as far as colors, contrast and image fidelity. The ALR screen is obviously the best choice in this situation.
- With lights off in a dedicated, light controlled environment:
- When you turn off the lights and control ambient light, the projected image takes on a whole new dimension of colors and depth. This UST is one of the best performers we have ever seen colors, especially with 4K UHD HDR Blurays and Video Streams! When compared to the other RGB Laser projectors we have experienced, the AWOL LTV-3500 holds the crown when you see the deep, accurate colors it reproduces for the first time. This projector has a very accurate image out of the box. It has great inter-image ANSI contrast, resulting in a sharp, detailed 3-dimensional depth of image. A standard neutral white screen is your best choice if you plan to install this in a dedicated and light controlled environment.
The AWOL LTV-3500 uses a true RGB (Red, Green, Blue) laser system, which allows it to achieve 107% of the BT.2020 color space. Other competitors that use blue laser phosphor may employ a color wheel which has RGBRGB, RGBY or RGBW segments to increase overall brightness, but at the expense and sacrifice of total color volume as compared to true spectrally accurate RGB lasers. These are not as ideal for color rendition and can be much better in a home theater environment, not just in a living room. We truly wish more affordable standard throw projectors would start using RGB lasers. It has already been shown with these USTs that they can indeed be included in an affordable package, so there are no excuses anymore as to why they can’t be used in your standard throw home theater projector!
This LTV-3500 RGB laser TV is advertised at 1,000,000:1 dynamic on/off contrast ratio.
Measurements were done using CalMAN calibration software with a SpectraCal C6 colorimeter and a SpectraCal VideoForge Pro test pattern generator.
Sharpness, Detail, Clarity
Sharpness in displays is usually a rudimentary edge enhancement processing feature which, if not done well, can result in severe edge outlining, especially on straight lines and the outlines of objects in the image. This is known as “ringing” or “haloing”, as can be seen in the below examples. Very few manufacturers and displays do sharpness in a helpful way which makes the image appear to have more detail or sharper lines without distortion. A good example of doing it right would be DarbeeVision, which if used judiciously makes the image appear more detailed, 3-dimensional and with more contrast without causing white lines (ringing) around objects. Sony’s Reality Creation is that and so much more.
One of the biggest and most important things we can say about this AWOL LTV-3500 is that it's amazingly sharp and detailed with a great lens and optical system! It produces a very sharp image with a very high level of detail. The brightness and ANSI contrast gives a depth to the image that is not seen on many other USTs or any other projection technologies. The focusing can get razor sharp without looking overly enhanced digitally. Even with standard SDR TV type images from streaming or cable TV, it takes on a new dimension of realism that appears almost 3D in some scenes. It also has a ton of sharpness and clarity which gives the AWOL a nice, unique image without overblown colors and cold grayscale when compared to other RGB laser USTs.
The LTV-3500 projector supports MEMC (Motion Estimation Motion Compensation). It doesn’t give a lot of SOE (Soap Opera Effect) when used. There are three adjustable settings to the amount of MEMC you want to employ, Low/Medium/High or you can turn it off altogether, which purists like us prefer to preserve that cinematic feel and motion of 24 frames per second film. We did set it to Low setting for some of our watching and SOE wasn’t too egregious. It helped some when watching some TV shows and sports and it had no issues keeping up with fast moving motion across the screen.
The AWOL-Vision LTV-3500 uses the superior Texas Instruments 0.47 inch DMD ECD chipset, as opposed to the 0.47 inch DMD pico chipset being used in many of its competitors. This chip uses 4-way 4K eShift configuration to render 4K UHD on screen.
Gaming Input Lag
The LTV-3500 features a dedicated Game mode, which normally disables the projector's processing as much as possible to provide a low-latency response for serious gamers. If you’re a gamer, the input lag isn’t considered too high, around 30ms in this mode. If you are a first-person shooter, you will find it fairly responsive and can be pretty competitive at this lag speed. Good motion handling also helps make the Game mode work better. The AWOL renders 4K graphics nicely, sharing the same accurate and colorful look of movies on this projector. Since this projector is based on an HDMI 2.0 chip, you will be restricted to 4K at 60p though.
With its HDMI eARC, the AWOL LTV-3500 enables Dolby ATMOS with lossless audio data to your AVR or external soundbar. You can also use the built in 36W stereo speakers for decent audio immersion which can enhance your home theater experience better than the tiny speakers found in flat panel TVs or the underpowered speakers in many other USTs.
You can choose either Dolby Atmos or DTS Virtual X on the AWOL. These are turned off by default. LTV-3500, with its impressive 36W sound system, can be as loud as many smaller soundbars, but we noticed that it was very bass heavy and bloated, making it hard to hear voices. We fixed this by turning on the ATMOS processing and there is also a User mode which then allows you to adjust the typical frequency ranges on basic equalizers. These methods help make the dialog much more legible. It doesn’t really give you any sort of realistic sound field though. USTs like the BenQ V7050i were much better in this regard, featuring a treVolo-tuned 5W x 2 built-in virtual surround speaker system which employs acoustic and psychoacoustic sciences to balance sound qualities.
The projector is measuring about 36dB which is pretty quiet in operation even when standing right next to the LTV-3500. Any type of ambient noise in the room makes it hardly audible when you sit at your normal seating position, at least it was in our case.
The remote for this projector is very nice. It is made of a unique rose colored aluminum. It reminds us of the Rose Gold iPhone our wife had. It is of a minimalist design, as many are nowadays. It looks and functions similarly to many remotes from Hisense. It is long, light and rectangular with a rounded bottom. It has direct access to features buttons you can hit so you don’t have to dig into many layers of the Android menu.
The remote includes buttons to turn the projector on and off, select sources, go to the projector’s settings, see source signal info, adjust brightness of the lasers, go to the Android Home Screen, navigate the menus with the typical circular pad with a center ENTER button and of course includes mute and volume controls.
This projector does not have any integrated applications built into the unit itself, but it solves this problem by including an Amazon FireTV 4K HDMI dongle. It lets you stream from every major streaming service, as is usual with these streaming box implementations. The cool feature of this AWOL is that it has a nice covered and recessed area in the back where the FireTV stick plugs into a dedicated HDMI input with its own USB power supply port. It works in conjunction with this projector’s remote mentioned above using CEC.
A downside is it is using one of the 3 HDMI inputs, leaving you with 2 HDMIs left. This isn’t an issue if you route all your HDMI sources through something such as a source switching AV Receiver and plug its output to this projector, but for those that use it like a TV with all of your sources plugged into it (DVR, UHD Bluray Player, Streamer), you may run out of inputs.
User Interface and Menu System
The User Interface and Menus are consistent with other BenQ projectors, with a few different options and omissions, so those that have experience with them should be right at home when perusing the menus and using the remote.
The AWOL LTV-3500 has three HDMI inputs, of which HDMI-2 supports eARC. There’s also an optical audio out, 2 USB Type A-1 (2.0/Power Supply 1.5A) jacks, ethernet LAN, 1 optical S/PDIF, 1 composite A/V in as well as Bluetooth.
- Best for bright environments such as board rooms, rooms with many windows or light fixtures. Graphic presentations to highlight colorful charts, Slideshows, etc.
- It boosts up the peak brightness and over saturates the colors to make them “pop” in bright rooms.
- Looks overly bright and peaked with vibrant, unnatural colors.
- This mode usually creates a very green and sometimes blue image as they are the two colors that give the most brightness.
- Best for rooms with more subtle ambient light, such as sconces on dimmers, but nothing too overpowering that would wash out the screen. Good for non-critical movie, sports and TV watching, where you may want some ambient light to multitask or to interact with other people.
- This mode basically just boosts up the blue to give a more cool looking presentation that is more pleasing to the eye, and also helps overcome the small amount of ambient light. Black levels may be slightly elevated as well.
- Looks similar to the Sport and Game modes, but with a cooler blue, more TV style image giving higher brightness, to help alleviate the effects of room lighting. It has a more natural tone to it than Vivid Mode.
- This is the mode for the serious home theater enthusiast who watches in a dedicated, light controlled blacked out room and wants the image to be rendered as close to the film maker’s intent as the manufacturer allows.
- This is the most accurate mode out of the box with colors and grayscale before any calibration. The Movie Mode is usually supposed to be close to the UHD Alliance standards to preserve the creative intent of the content creator.
- This mode should defeat all processing in the projector and is supposed to be calibrated closest to the standards, without being overly bright or clipped in either the high or low ends of the spectrum.
- This mode looks more “celluloid and film-like”, to some seeming flatter and less dynamic in its default settings. It is the least bright of all the modes. Colors seem more muted than other modes, but in reality are closer to the standards, which most are not used to being exposed to.
- As the name implies, it is for watching sports in your cinema.
- This increases the projector’s color gamut and brightness at the expense of overall accuracy, to give your sports fields and courts a more vibrant experience. This also has increased motion interpolation for smoother movement, but we feel this is a compromise we weren’t willing to make because we don't like the Soap Opera Effect, even with sports.
- This mode looks similar in its appearance to Standard and Game modes in how it presents itself, but has some boosted colors and brightness to allow you to watch with some lights on in the room while you interact with your fellow fans.
- This mode defeats much of its built in video processing to get to its rated 30ms lag time.
- It appears much like the Standard Mode in its presentation.
- You can get basically the same effect with other modes by turning off all the “features” such as MEMC, MPEG Filters, etc.
- Only supports 4K 60p gaming, in this or any mode, with its HDMI 2.0 inputs.
User (SDR & HDR)
- Allows and recalls the settings you can customize based on your personal preferences, or calibrated values.
- This is the only user-definable mode to use if any of the available picture modes are not suitable for your needs.
- It looks most like the Standard Mode at its default settings.
The first measurements we did were some quick lumen measurements while in Bright Lamp HDR Mode, center screen only. These are the values we measured:
- VIVID: 3,636
- STANDARD: 3,560
- SPORT: 2,994
- MOVIE: 2,474
- GAME: 3,192
- USER: 3,145
Two-Point White Balance
Next up was a quick tweak on the two point white balance. It was so quick and easy. A couple clicks on the Gains (80%) and Offsets (30%) and it fell right into place. It usually takes a few iterations of going back and forth as each one affects the other when adjusted, but with the LTV-3500, it was maybe twice around the block and we were done with great results!
After the two point white balance, we moved on to grayscale tracking across the entire range from 0 to 100% stimulus (IRE to us old CRT geezers!). Boy was we shocked when we saw that it tracked so well at all levels! You don’t even need a 10+ point grayscale adjustment with performance like this!
Grayscale tracked very well, even with only a quick 2-point white balance being done. EOTF followed the ST2084 curve better than any UST we have tested to date. Most roll off much earlier, giving them a flatter appearance.
I measured the Native ON/OFF Contrast Ratio next. It is on par with the other 0.47” XPR DLPs, if not a little higher at 1120:1. The 0.47” DLPs are usually in the 800-1,000:1 range, so we guess this is really good, considering the extreme brightness too. The negative effects of low on/off contrast only show up in extremely dark scenes without any other bright images in the scene to bias our eyes. we didn’t get a chance to measure ANSI Contrast during this very quick first look, but the inter-image ANSI contrast appears outstanding in perception. It appeared better than the prior UST we measured at 458:1, which at the time we thought looked outstanding, so we are thinking the LTV-3500 would measure in the 500+:1 range.
Color Management System (CMS)
As soon as we cracked this bad boy open and fired it up, it was clear that the colors weren’t just another “me too” over-saturated BT.2020 RGB Laser UST projector. The AWOL LTV-3500 is spec’d to cover an incredible 107% of the BT2020 color gamut. Out of the box the 50% saturation points for BT.2020 were nearly spot on and it took very little adjustment to get them perfectly within their respective boxes. This was by far the easiest and best UST to calibrate, especially its Color Management System (CMS).
BT.709 Saturation Sweeps inside BT.2020 Gamut
This next test resulted in another surprise. It wasn’t just the grayscale tracking great with only a two point White Balance being performed. The same held true for the color calibrations. After only doing the 50% Saturation point CMS adjustments, the color tracking sweeps also fell right into line! This is a tough feat to pull off while in HDR BT.2020 mode because it has to do a lot of remapping and compression to go from full BT.2020 all the way down to BT.709.
DCI-P3 Saturation Sweeps inside BT.2020 Gamut
Moving on to some wider color gamut material, like what we currently get with the state of the industry on almost all UHD material, from streaming to optical UHD HDR Bluray disc based content, we checked the coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut within the format’s BT.2020 specifications. The DCI-P3 Saturation Sweeps tracked nearly identical to the BT.709 sweeps and follow a similar proper phase alignment.
BT.2020 Saturation Sweeps
Now we transition to the pinnacle of the industry specs, the widest gamut available today and for the foreseeable future, BT.2020. The BT.2020 Saturation Sweeps once again look very similar to the others, showing that great care was given to the color tracking accuracy on this unit. These results were achieved with only adjusting the CMS at the respective color’s 50% saturation points, which is incredible! Most manufacturers just seem to want to get the 100% saturation points to fall into their respective boxes, or they way oversaturate using the laser diode’s native color, and don’t give any thought or care whatsoever as to how well their product tracks those colors from D65 reference white point all the way out to their respective peaks, and every point in between.
Color Checker Analysis
This is a real torture test for dipslays, especially projectors, but it actually performed quite well, despite many of the reference boxes not being met, unlike the saturation sweeps. we are sure we could get these much more in line with more time to dial in each and every color to the best possible extent, but considering these results are so good with such minimal initial testing and calibration time that we were able to spend, we are needless to say very shocked at these results!
After a down and dirty interim calibration, you can see the culmination of everything mentioned in prior comments as to how great this UST really is, especially when compared to its competition. So far, this UST has no peer in its price range. The only one we have seen (but not had the opportunity to test or calibrate yet, unfortunately) that seems to compare or best this unit would be the Sony VPL-VW1000ES SXRD UST, but that is still 3-5 times the cost of this AWOL! It has better blacks of course, but the LTV-3500 clearly bested it with its sharpness, depth and detail, as well as of course its overall brightness which can really help with HDR content.
I haven’t seen the EOTF Curve on other USTs track this well to date. The only quibble we have on this unit would be the native on/off contrast and black floor. If there is anything that can be done on it, then it would not only be the best DLP UST projector to date, it would be one of the best projectors in the under $25K Class, UST or otherwise! We have shared this sentiment with the powers that be and their chief engineer at AWOL.They have agreed to see what they can do about this before initial release, Probably via a firmware update.
Summing Up The AWOL LTV-3500
To sum all this up, needless to say the LTV-3500 off the bat shows a bright, vibrant image. It does lean a little blue out of the box, as most projectors do, but this is easily corrected with even a small bit of calibration.
It not only has incredible, saturated and vibrant colors, it does so without the typical overblown colors of every other RGB laser UST we have seen. Unlike those units, the AWOL is very near accurate straight out of the box.
After your first impressions of the sheer brightness and vibrancy of the colors wears off, you start to see how incredibly sharp, detailed and deep the image appears to be as well. Most other displays with RGB lasers which have blown out colors without the lasers being as purposefully in control and tamed as the AWOL engineers designed this exemplary unit to be, have more of a oversaturated and smeared look, almost like water colors that run past the lines of where they’re supposed to be. This is clearly not the case with the LTV-3500 UST.
In the limited time we had with this, even with its MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation) setting off, we saw what appeared to be good motion handling with very little judder. We here at ProjectorScreen.com are not fans of what is known as the “Soap Opera Effect”, so we hesitate to turn on these settings.
One negative, which plagues all recent single chip DLPs, UST and standard throw alike, is that we did find that the Native contrast and black floor is noticeable, even in a 0% full field black image. We like to equate this to the raster you’d see if not calibrated properly in the old CRT projectors that we used to install, setup and calibrate routinely and extensively. The On/Off Contrast could definitely be better for greater performance in darker scenes. The direct competitor of the AWOL, the Samsung LSP9T, is able to combine both high lumens (2,800) with great for its class native contrast at about 2,300:1. What makes up somewhat for this shortcoming is that it has fantastic ANSI/inter-image contrast which gives this an absolutely stunning picture in the midrange levels where there are both bright and dark content on the screen at the same time.
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