AWOL Vision is a new brand from Elevation Technology Partners, founded by co-founders Andy Zhao and Steven Shulman. It has its own internal software, support and mechanical and industrial technology teams, Shulman tells me, but has a relationship with Hisense in China. Hisense introduced the world’s first laser TV in 2014. Shulman tells me that AWOL owns the intellectual property for its branded projectors and has discretion over the pricing, sales and service of the products. Fortunately, the company recently fixed a number of minor bugs and annoyances that appeared in the first round of devices that shipped to Indiegogo backers just a few weeks ago.
The AWOL Vision LTV-3000 Pro, which sells for $3,999, is one of two new 4K UHD UST additions to the company’s projector lineup. The LTV-3000 Pro is a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160p) ultra-short throw home theater projector. AWOL Visions states the projector’s light output at 3,000 maximum lumens, compared to 2,600 maximum lumens for the previous model.
The projector features the same powerful RGB triple laser light sources introduced in the previous projectors; Not only does this eliminate the phosphor wheel, but the LTV-3000 Pro can also display 107% of the BT.2020 color space.
Like all previous models, the LTV-3000 Pro supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and HLG. AWOL Vision states the projector’s contrast at 2500:1 when using the company’s Enhanced Adaptive Black Level setting.
The LTV-3000 Pro has a powerful 36-watt sound system that can produce very dynamic sound. In addition to the increase in brightness announced by the company, the projector’s biggest innovation is its compatibility with smart home control, with support for the PJLink, Control4, SAVANT and Crestron control and management protocols.