For Sports, the VAVA does a great job. As long as your room lighting is under decent control, you can enjoy that football game (or even eight football games at once (DirecTV), on a 100 inch, 120 inch and possibly a larger screen, although I don’t think I can really recommend larger than 120” unless the room is very, very good (like a typical home theater).
My assorted images should give you a good idea of how much ambient light can be handled and still have a pretty great image on your screen.
Let me point this out. When we first landed at the new place, I set up the VAVA at 120” diagonal size, on a textured wall. Not ideal the texture was obvious when watching (it was only a couple of days until I set up the 120” diagonal screen in my new mini-theater). The VAVA despite a pretty bright room did well enough for my football viewing that first weekend.
Here are some images from my brighter than most living room with no shades on five sliding glass doors, and light blinds on three bay windows in the room (sunny day) and two at night, same setup.
VAVA Laser TV doing football on a sunny day, no screen. Still plenty of brightness (120” diagonal), for sports viewing.
As you can see in this first image, the ambient light is washing the image out slightly, but the game still looks nice and bright, vey watchable. (the ambient light was less of a distraction than the textured wall being used as a screen, in this case).
Another daytime image, same ambient light levels, but lower exposure to give you a better indication of what your eyes will adjust to seeing. The result is pretty good considering this is what the room looks like brightness wise.
This is the typical sunny day, daytime viewing in my new living room “home entertainment” setup. The room ambient looks like this for the daytime football photos in this room.
In these third and fourth images – Monday night football. It’s dark outside. Some lights on in the adjacent kitchen (left side), most of the rest of the light is reflecting back from the large image. The image is dynamic and rich in color. The reflected ambient light hasn’t little effect at all on the picture quality.
More Monday Night Football in the living room, 120” screen 1080i content from cable. Vibrant!
Note, these four living room images were taken with my iPhone, in real-time, which is why you see some blurring on some of the photos.
In addition here’s two more photos, this time taken at the rental property back in September, with the outside light coming in from behind the screen (sliders on the left, window on the right:
The VAVA laser TV doing sports – pre-calibration, afternoon ambient light.
I did not take additional sports images when the VAVA moved into my new mini-theater/testing room. Obviously in a almost fully darkened room the sports pops even more than the Monday Night Football images (and no textured walls)!
Bottom Line on Sports – A blast – get the proper screen, or put good shades on your windows, or both, but with a vibrant 120” football game on, you will be the envy of your neighbors!