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AWOL Vision: Pioneering a New Path In Projection

Posted on June 2, 2024 by Diane Jones
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When you hear the word AWOL, the first thing that comes to mind might be the definition which means “absent” or “missing”. AWOL can also mean not following the rules or taking a different path. But, for projector enthusiasts, the first thing they might think of when they hear the word AWOL might be AWOL Vision.

In less than five years, AWOL Vision has established itself as one of the leading manufacturers of Laser TVs and ultra short throw projectors, reshaping the landscape of home entertainment.

In this article, sponsored by AWOL Vision, we'll cover the company's inception and history and explain its innovative approach to building premium Laser TV solutions. We will also highlight some of the notable products and accessories available in their lineup and show you how AWOL Vision’s solutions can enhance the audio/video experience in both homes and commercial applications.

AWOL Vision Evolution and Path

AWOL Vision embodies its namesake, choosing to diverge from conventional norms and redefine the essence of home entertainment. In 2020, a group of passionate video and TV enthusiasts started the company with the belief that the best and most outstanding home entertainment systems should be available to everyone. The team behind AWOL Vision felt that, just like the term AWOL, the market was missing options that brought the best-in-class components and the most cutting-edge technologies available in one total package that was built at the highest of standards and without compromise. So, they chose to take a different path.

When developing their first ultra short throw projector, AWOL Vision charted their own course and completely changed the way most new projection products were being created. From September 2020 to January 2022, their engineering team engaged with hundreds of customers and actually listened to what those customers wanted. They launched an Indiegogo campaign in March of 2022 and what they heard during this process was that people want a home entertainment experience that is completely immersive - that makes you feel like you are part of the experience, not just watching it on a screen. AWOL Vision provides entertainment-enthusiasts, of all levels, the feeling they get being in a movie theater but from the comfort of their own home.  

"We envision a future where our innovative technology redefines how people connect with entertainment, blurring the lines between imagination and reality.”
Steven Shulman
President of AWOL Vision

From these efforts, AWOL vision launched their first 4K 3D triple Laser ultra short throw projectors: the LTV-3500 and the LTV-2500. These projectors offered vibrant colors, intelligent features, light-weight design, and easy installation. Another unique benefit AWOL Vision offers their customers is that they don’t charge for upgrades. Since they worked with them to build the products, they want them to continue to have the best experience possible at no additional charge.

In their pursuit of making the magic of home theater easier and more affordable for all, AWOL vision opened their first retail store in June of 2022, in Delrey Beach, Florida. 

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AWOL Vision Vanish Laser TV

In September of 2022, they launched the Vanish TV, a 120” rollable 4K UHD 3D Laser TV which consisted of a LTV3500, a 120-inch uprising screen and a custom cabinet. The Vanish TV makes it easy to turn any room into a home theater within minutes by removing the need for hanging a large screen on a wall. 

That month they also launched their first screen - a 150” Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) screen - one of the largest available on the market at the time. This ALR screen paired with the LTV-3500 could transform any room into a cinematic experience with its large projection surface and ability to produce a vibrant image, even in a room with ambient light

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AWOL Vision Laser Ambient Light Screens are available at sizes up to 150"

Today, AWOL Vision continues to innovate by including features like Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and Smart Home Integration into their products. They are also looking to see what is missing in the commercial market and are launching new products to help businesses and education settings also realize what is possible to increase productivity, elevate experiences, and take a different path, just as AWOL Vision has done for the home theater experience. 

Forging a New Path with a Different Approach

AWOL Vision believes two main things separate them from other Laser TV and ultra short throw projector manufacturers: their performance-first mindset and solution-based philosophy.

Performance-First Mindset

So, what truly sets AWOL Vision apart from the other manufacturers? When we spoke with the president of AWOL Vision, Steven Shulman, what really stood out to us was their performance-first mindset. Many other projectors will use some premium components, but then cut corners on other parts of the product. That is one of the “missing” pieces AWOL Vision recognized in the market and set out to change. 

They believe that in order to give their customers that fully immersive experience they told the team they were looking for, there was no room for short-cuts or skimping on the best-of-the-best on every piece of the products they built. 

AWOL Vision has researched and sought out the most outstanding components and latest technologies available across the globe, incorporating the best components available and utilizing the most cutting-edge technologies to deliver class-leading picture quality.

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AWOL Vision Laser TVs are packed with performance features 

AWOL Vision uses some of the industry's best suppliers for the projector's Laser light engine components. The LTV-3500 Pro has a Texas Instruments 0.47 Digital Micromirror Device (DMD), a NICHA RGB Laser diode light source, and a state-of-the-art Ricoh all-glass lens. Premium components, combined with great picture tuning, have resulted in performance that rivals any major projector manufacturer.

AWOL Vision has always chosen the best components and tried to incorporate the latest technologies, including Tri-Laser light sources, better optics, and features like Dolby Vision and HDR 10+.

One of the benefits of purchasing an AWOL Vision projector is the team is constantly looking for ways to continue to improve the picture/sound quality and user experience. AWOL Vision projector owners have benefited from the additional features that have been added via “over the air” firmware updates at no cost to them. These updates include:

  • Active 3D
  • Dolby Vision
  • Black Level Enhancement 
  • Increase contrast ratio 2.5x
  • Turbo Mode for Gaming at 8ms
  • Film Maker Mode 24 FPS
  • Professional Calibrated Settings mode
  • Control 4 compatible 
  • Aspect Ratio at 21:9 32:9 and 16:10
  • Center Channel Speaker 

AWOL Vision would place the value of these enhancements at $2,800. In addition, their prices have never gone up on all three AWOL Visions devices. If you were one of the first customers to buy an AWOL Vision projector, you would have the same features if you bought a unit today. The features above are one of the reasons why AWOL Vision projectors continue to be cutting-edge.

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AWOL Vision Laser TV are designed to deliver excellent performance even in room with ambient light

Many people believe that projectors can only be used in dark rooms that are set up only for viewing such as a “man cave” or a movie room. The reality is, very few homes these days have a dedicated home theater space. AWOL Vision is set to change that perception and again, bring the immersive, cinematic experience of a movie theater to the average home. AWOL Vision’s products are built and continually upgraded with this in mind, and they offer outstanding picture quality, even in rooms with ambient lighting. 

"We are committed to transforming your living room into a movie theater, ensuring that every moment of entertainment becomes a memorable and extraordinary journey.”
Steven Shulman
President of AWOL Vision

Solution-Based Philosophy

AWOL Vision was founded on a solution-based philosophy, not just a needs-based approach meaning that they wanted to provide the customer with everything needed for the optimal experience. 

While most companies just make a projector and leave it up to the consumer to determine how to set it up, AWOL Vision offers the total package - the projector along with the cabinetry it will be housed in, the perfect screen for that specific projector, and even the sound system that will support the ideal experience. 

Not only that but because of their solution-based philosophy, they offer a wealth of additional accessories for a gamut of use cases. They understand that each customer’s need and application is unique in how and where they want to utilize their entertainment. AWOL Vision still wants to stay true to its roots by providing the best possible experience, no matter the situation. In order to do that, they offer screens of different sizes, made of different materials, and available for various installation options. 

At the heart of an AWOL Vision Laser TV is the ultra-short-throw projector, and they offer three models. All AWOL Vision projectors are equipped with a high-performance RGB triple Laser light source that eliminates the phosphor wheel and allows the units to display 107% of the BT.2020 color space. AWOL Vision lists its native contrast ratios at 2,500:1 when using the company's Enhanced Adaptive Black Level setting.

In addition, all the models support Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG. They are bundled with an Amazon Fire TV Max, which allows users to access popular streaming services and smart apps.

As the chart below shows, the main difference between the three AWOL Vision projectors is brightness. Each projector can be purchased standalone or bundled with one of AWOL Vision's projection screens. 

AWOL Vision Laser TV Model Comparison
ModelLTV-2500LTV-3000 ProLTv-3500 Pro
Displayed Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)4K UHD (3840 x 2160)4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Light SourceRGB LaserRGB LaserRGB Laser
Color Space107% Rec2020107% Rec2020107% Rec2020
Brightness2000 ANSI lumens2400 ANSI lumens3300 ANSI lumens
Native Contrast2500:12500:12500:1
Len AssemblyRicoh F2.0 Glass LensRicoh F2.0 Glass LensRicoh F2.0 Glass Lens
HDR FormatsDolby Vision, HDR10+, HLG, HDR10Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HLG, HDR10Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HLG, HDR10
Screen Size36 Watt Stereo36 Watt Stereo36 Watt Stereo
Input Lag

15ms (4K@60hz)

8ms (1080P@120hz)

15ms (4K@60hz)

8ms (1080P@120hz)

15ms (4K@60hz)

8ms (1080P@120hz)

At the heart of an AWOL Vision Laser TV is the ultra short throw projector and they offer three models. With a retail price of $5499, the LTV-3500 Pro sits at the higher end within the AWOL Vision lineup. It is a step up from the award-winning LTV-3000 Pro we reviewed about a year ago. 

The projector utilizes a DLP (.045” DMD) with XPR to display 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) on-screen resolution, delivering stunningly sharp images. It uses a laser light source known for its longevity and superior color accuracy and is rated at an impressive 3500 ANSI lumens. This brightness ensures clear, vibrant images even in well-lit rooms. 

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The LTV-3500-Pro is AWOL Vision's flagship projector

The LTV-3500 Pro is probably one of the most full-featured, technologically advanced ultra-short-throw projectors on the market. When it comes to features, the AWOL Vision LTV3500 Pro checks every box. You would be hard-pressed to name a technology/feature found on a competitive model but not the LTV3500 Pro.

Based on our testing, the LTV-3500 Pro did not disappoint when it came to picture quality. In terms of color accuracy, black level, and image detail, the unit easily rivals the best Laser TVs on the market. To learn more about the LTV-3500 Pro, check out our upcoming review.

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While not as bright, the LTV-3000 Pro includes many of the features found the the LTV-3500 Pro

The AWOL Vision LTV-3000 Pro, which retails for $3,999, is also a 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160p) ultra short throw home theater projector. Its feature set is similar to the LTV3500 Pro but its rated brightness is 2400 ANSI lumens which is less than its big brother. 

The LTV-2500 is AWOL Vision’s entry level model but it is still feature packed. It incorporates most of the technologies and smart features found in the brighter, higher-end models. This 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160p) ultra short throw home theater projector brightness is rated at 2000 ANSI lumens.

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A high-performance projector is just one part of a Laser TV system. Another component that greatly impacts picture quality is the screen. AWOL Vision currently offers the five screen options listed below, all which offer Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) technology to ensure an excellent viewing experience no matter the room or lighting:

  • 100”-120” SWOL Vision Cinematic + ALR Motorized Floor Rising Acoustic Screen
  • 92”-120” VIVDSTORM ALR Motorized Floor Rising Screen
  • 100” - 120” Daylight ALR Screen
  • 100” - 150” Matte White Screen
  • 100”-150” Cinematic ALR Screen

In addition to offering screens which pair perfectly with their projectors, AWOL Vision also offers a variety of cabinetry options that not only look good, but significantly simplify installation because they are made specifically for their projectors. By providing the cabinetry that is perfect for the projector, there is no need to worry if the projector is at the right height or the right distance for the optimal setup. Currently there are three types of cabinets available including:

  • AWOL Station - the most affordable and simplified option, available in black and in both 100” and 120” sizes
  • AWOL Vision Smart Cabinet - which comes in 2 color options, walnut and white, and has three projection size options - 100”, 120”, and 150”. With this option, the projector slides out when in use and back into the cabinet when not in use - a great option to maintain the aesthetics of a room. 
  • AWOL Vision Vanish Laser TV Cabinet - this rollable cabinet can be moved from room to room and is available in black in both the 100” and 120” option. This cabinet can house a floor rising screen and projector, which can be purchased as a bundle, and with its ability to roll can be moved from room to room, making any space a home entertainment space.
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Sound quality is just as important as picture quality in a home entertainment system. While all AWOL Vision projectors have a high-quality sound system built in, some users are looking for an even bigger and more impactful audio solution.

AWOL Vision is launching a new sound system. The AWOL Vision True Wireless 5.1.2CH Dolby Atmos Home Theater Sound System delivers high performance in a true “plug and play” easy-to-setup package. Because this multichannel system is truly wireless, there is no need to deal with the hassle of awkward and unsightly speaker cables.

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AWOL Vision True Wireless 5.1.2CH Dolby Atmos Home Theatre Sound System

The True Wireless Audio system comprises four powered satellite speakers and a powered subwoofer. It can be used with the AWOL Vision projector’s exclusive Auto Center Channel Mode feature, allowing you to use your projector’s sound system as the center channel. The system is compatible with the latest immersive surround sound formats and supports 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X decoding. Their new sound system is compatible with AWOL Vision projection systems and works with other projectors and TVs.

AWOL Vision also offers other accessories, such as outdoor cases if the customer plans to take their entertainment experience outside, and 3D glasses for the ultimate immersive viewing experience.

Due to AWOL Visions' solution-based philosophy, they provided me with a 120-inch motorized floor rising screen ($2299 MSRP) outfitted with an ambient light-rejecting material. They also sent an AWOL Station cabinet to hold the projector and the screen ($1,199 MSRP). In an upcoming article, I will cover my experience with the entire AWOL Vision Laser TV solution. 

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    When the screen was lowered, the AWOL Vision did not block my view. 
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    The AWOL Vision system delivered bright colorful images even during middle of the day
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    The 120" motorized uprising ALR screen did an excellent job rejecting ambient light.

The Path Beyond Home Theater


Many people think Laser TVs are just for watching movies and TV shows. However, there are other applications where you could utilize an AWOL Vision projector to enhance your experience. A great example would be gaming.

In recent years, there has been a huge growth in the trend of using projectors for gaming, which makes a lot of sense to us. The level of immersion delivered by a projector and a massive projector screen can’t be matched with a gaming monitor or TV. Projecting onto a 120-inch screen will make you feel like you are really in the game.

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With gaming transitioning from 1080P resolutions to stunning 4K HDR imagery, it offers the player a much better and more realistic game play. Progressing from a limited palette of colors to lifelike environments boasting billions of shades, the advancements are truly remarkable.

Using a Laser TV projector for gaming gives the user the ability to project a flexible 50 to 150-inch image onto any surface in the home, with the projector positioned just inches away. 

Unlike conventional projectors that require dimly lit environments for optimal performance, UST laser projectors excel in well-lit or even daylight conditions without sacrificing image quality.

AWOL Vision stands out as a premier choice for gaming, delivering 107% of the BT.2020 color standard, encompassing nearly the entire range of colors perceptible to the human eye in nature.

Low input lag is also important, especially for fast-paced, FPS games, where reaction time is crucial. Their projectors also offer a minimal input delay as low as 8 ms (1080P@120p) to ensure seamless gameplay, which is crucial for action-packed games where split-second reactions are necessary.

While ultra-low lag is great, nobody likes being taken out by an adversary they couldn’t see. The good news is that many modern games have enhanced graphics in HDR. Certified by Dolby Vision and HDR 10+, AWOL Vision’s projectors guarantee unparalleled quality, with remarkable detail in dark areas and dazzling highlights so you can see your enemy in the game before they see you.

With a lifespan of 30,000 hours, AWOL Vision projectors offer the longevity to give gamers countless hours of gameplay enjoyment.

Commercial Application

AWOL Vision is not only forging a new path in the consumer projection market, they recognized that their outstanding products and unique approach could be applied to the commercial market as well.

We've all been in meeting spaces with flat-panel TVs, where you had to squint and try to read the information from the back of the room. Utilizing a larger projector-based display solution in conference rooms, classrooms, and other business environments can improve productivity and the experience.

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AWOL Vision Laser TVs are great options for meeting spaces and classrooms

While ultra-large flat panels are becoming more affordable in environments where screens exceed 100 inches, a Laser TV solution offers the best dollars-per-inch ratio. Gone are the days when you had to sit in the dark as you reviewed PowerPoint slides and Excel spreadsheets. When an ultra-short-throw projector is combined with an ambient light-rejecting screen, the Laser TV can be utilized even when the lights are on.

This makes an AWOL Vision Laser TV a great option for business and education settings, but they are also an excellent solution for other commercial applications like sports bars and museums. The possibilities are endless. Also, since the system utilizes an ultra-short-throw projector, the unit sits in the front of the room, making installation easier, and you don't ever have to worry about the image being blocked by the presenter or participants walking around the room.

What if you don't want to see the screen when the projector is off? Simple—install a retractable screen that descends from the ceiling or rises up from the cabinet when in use. When the presentation or web meeting is over, the screen retracts and disappears; you can even have more whiteboard space on the wall that is covered by the screen only when it's being used.

Large 21:9 aspect ratio displays are being utilized more and more in the business and education markets. The 21:9 display is optimal for collaboration in these environments because it provides a much wider viewing area and allows for more screen real estate to display the participants, presentations, multiple windows side-by-side, and more.

Another benefit to using an AWOL Vision projector in a business setting is that their Tri-laser light source can display colors that most flat panels cannot. This is beneficial when reviewing ad campaigns, artwork, graphics, and other materials where color accuracy is critical.

The latest hybrid workplace displays such as Google Meet and Teams are both set up to utilize a 21:9 display. However, most LED and OLED flat panels TVs are 16:9 and large 21:9 Micro LED Displays currently on the market can be cost prohibitive. For example, a 153 inch 21:9 LED video wall will likely cost well over $150,000. 

To fit the needs of the commercial market, AWOL Vision has added new features to their popular LTV-3500 Pro projector, the new model called LTV-3500 Max will be shown at the upcoming InfoComm conference. 

Those new features include:

  • HDBaseT 3.0 input. This latest HDBaseT technology ensures seamless, uncompressed, true 4K60 UHD video, audio, and control transmission over a single long-distance CAT cable. Having this input not only simplifies installation, but also reduces maintenance costs.
  • Cinemascope 2.35:1 and 21:9 aspect ratio to ensure the latest workspace display options, mentioned above, would work perfectly with the viewing area for optimal collaboration and content display.
  • Crestron Connected and XiO Cloud integration which allows devices across the organization to be managed from one central remote location via the secure XiO cloud. Because AWOL Vision has included this in their new professional series, their projectors are configured to connect to the cloud out-of-the-box. 


The Path Continues

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"We believe that entertainment must be taken to a new paradigm. We are here to communicate what could be possible for home entertainment. We are building it and inviting entertainment-enthusiasts of all kinds to level-up and experience digital projectors as what is next for them.” 
Steven Shulman
President of AWOL Vision

AWOL Vision has come a long way and certainly followed their own path to transcend traditional norms and emerge as a pioneering force in the realm of home entertainment in a very short amount of time. Through a relentless pursuit of excellence, innovative product offerings, and a commitment to customer-centricity, the company has revolutionized the way we perceive and experience entertainment. Their solution-based philosophy and performance-first mindset is allowing more and more people the opportunity to experience an outstanding visual and audio experience from the comfort of their own home. 

Not only that, with their focus on performance and holistic solutions, they are also bringing better solutions to the conference room, the classroom, and beyond. AWOL Vision continues to chart new paths and redefine what is possible, and we are excited to see what trail-blazing paths they continue to forge into the future!

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