The VAVA LT002 Laser TV is an ultra short throw design, which typically makes measuring them challenging. This is the first review of mine since moving to Florida, and having Jason as my new independent ISF calibrator. As this was his first calibration of a projector for review purposes, the process was rather different than calibrating a projector in someone's home. For example, calibrating doesn't care about how many lumens a projector measures, but we do.
As a result of "new guy with new process," things are a bit different, but we'll get in sync quickly.
This time around, Jason did not measure specific brightness of each mode which is something we normally do, rather he concentrated on creating a calibrated mode, and measuring that.
The VAVA starts out claiming 2500 lumens. With most home theater projectors, of the DLP variety we expect calibrated results to be less than half of claim. With that in mind, the VAVA Laser TV did rather well!
There are two power modes: High and Standard. As mentioned elsewhere, there isn't that much difference - 7% to 8%, with Standard being a touch less bright but also quieter.
The VAVA measured, post calibration - at 1097 lumens in High, and 1017 in Standard. That's a barely visible difference, so folks are likely to make an easy choice, one way or another - a touch brighter, or a touch quieter.
Almost 1100 calibrated lumens is impressive for a 2500 lumen claim. There are plenty of 3000 lumen DLP home entertainment projectors that measure a bit less.
Combine that much brightness with an Ultra short throw design and a proper "ambient light rejecting " screen, and you can have one great, really large screen experience in most rooms with decent lighting control. (Forget it if you have sunlight pouring in everywhere, and no shades.)
At night, of course the VAVA looks even better even with some ambient light, than it does fighting more ambient light during the day.
Jason reports that all the other modes fit into two different brightness groups, but again the differences are slight. None of the uncalibrated modes is really significantly brighter than our calibrated mode. You can choose a mode with more pumped up color saturation, etc. to cut through ambient light better, but overall brightness remains close. That's true of most projectors' "dynamic", or "vivid" modes, or whatever they call their brightest, usually has higher saturation picture modes.
Bottom line on brightness: Considering price and type of projector, the VAVA performs surprisingly well. If I had to guess going in, based on some other 4K UHD DLP's reviewed in the last year or so, I would have expected only 750-1000 lumens at full power, so to get almost 1100 - good job for the most affordable 4K capable UST laser projector around.
In fairness, the LG HU85LA easily beat the VAVA in brightness, but then it sells for almost twice the price (and is a 3 laser design). All's fair.