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Brite-View Air SyncHD|DX (BV-2822) Uncompressed 1080p HD Video/ Audio Wireless Transmission Kit (Multiple Inputs) – Black Review

brite-View Air SyncHD|DX (BV-2822) Uncompressed 1080p HD Video/ Audio Wireless Transmission Kit (Multiple Inputs) - Black

brite-View Air SyncHD|DX (BV-2822) Uncompressed 1080p HD Video/ Audio Wireless Transmission Kit (Multiple Inputs) - Black

The Brite-View Air SyncHD|DX BV-2822 is a two-pice wireless HD audio/video transmitter kit. It is one of the latest additions to Brite-View’s Air SyncHD line of wireless HD products. One of the main reasons for considering it is that the transmitter enables you to connect up to 6 different source devices. It has 4 HDMI inputs and 2 component and composite audio/video inputs. Put together, you have your gaming console, desktop, Blu-Ray player, set-top box and more connected to the transmitter unit at the same time and switch at will.

In addition to having up to 6 possible inputs, it also allows for hybrid transmission. It has both wired and wireless transmission features and user both at the same time or channel them separately. It works at a quality of 1080i for up to 100 feet and 1080p up to 66 feet. One problem is that it requires line of sight to achieve this. So you cannot place the transmitter and receiver in a way that where there’s something solid in between them like thick furniture or wall. However, for setups where both need to be installed in the same room the BV-2822 should work just fine.

One of the best things about the Brite-View Air SyncHD|DX BV-2822 is it is sets up automatically. All you have to do is connect your display and source devices to the receiver and the transmitter respectively. The rest happens automatically as they find each other and pair up. Transmission starts up within seconds. It is plug-n-play in the true sense of the term. One thing to keep in mind (as pointed out by one of the users as well) is that the status LEDs will continue to Flash unless you turn your TV on after connecting it to the receiver and choosing the receiver as input. This happens because the BriV-2822 waits to detect a working signal flow to show you that everything is working as it should.

Even though it has a long range, there is no quality loss in signal transmission as long as both units are within range and have line of sight. Even if people walk in between the two units, there won’t be any signal drops.

The Brite-View Air SyncHD|DX BV-2822 is especially a good deal for those who own multiple gaming consoles, players and HD cable boxes. Its 1080p HD @60Hz gives you some of the best image qualities ever. And the under 1ms latency translates to lag-free performance, which makes it perfect for gaming. Customers who have bough it for connecting their gaming consoles to their HDTV’s have left glowing reviews of its ease of use and perfect image quality.

Both units need external power supply to be operational. Both come with their own power adapters for this purpose. The package also includes cables and an IR remote control for switching between sources from the couch. Over all, it is an very well-built wireless HD kit that has all the necessary features required for a versatile home set up.


ASUS WiCast EW2000 Wireless HD Video Transmitter and Receiver Review

ASUS WiCast EW2000 Wireless HD Video Transmitter and Receiver

ASUS WiCast EW2000 Wireless HD Video Transmitter and Receiver`

The Asus WiCast EW2000 is a wireless HD transceiver that can broadcast wireless HD video signals from your laptop to TV. It comes in the usual transmitter-receiver pair and both have HDMI connections for connecting to their respective devices. Both units have a fully black finish with a glossy finished cover on top bearing the Asus branding.

Both units need a constant power supply for operating. The receiver unit that connects with the TV comes with a power adapter for this. The transmitter unit can either be powered via USB or via its own power adapter. Using USB power will ensure that you don’t have to tied down to one place but you have to sacrifice two USB ports for it. The video signal is sent VIA HDMI and it also transmits the audio. It supports the transmission of up to 8 different channels of audio to the receiving unit.

The package comes with all the necessary cables. There’s the transmitter and the receiver; a short HDMI cable for connecting your laptop/desktop to the transmitter; a long HDMI cable for connecting the receiver to the TV/Projector; a mini-USB to dual USB cable for powering the transmitter from the laptop and two power adapters. Asus also thoughtfully includes a travel pouch for carrying the Wicast EW2000 around with you.

The EW2000 is based on WHDI (1.4) technology and has a data throughput of 3Gb/s. If you can maintain a line of sight, the range will go up to 33 feet. It supports full 1080p @60Hz while still maintain 1ms latency. This latency also makes it perfect for gaming. It make it much easier to play all your computer games on a larger screen because there are no wires to run.

The Asus WiCast EW2000 operates over a 5.15 ~ 5.85GHz frequency, which allows it to avoid interference from other wireless devices in the vicinity.

Transmitting HD videos wirelessly creates no deterioration in the quality and the image quality remains the same as compared to standard HDMI wires. The best thing about the EW2000 is that since it is HDMI based, the units are truly plug n play. There’s no need to install any drives on your computer and the transmitter and receiver pair up automatically. There’s no need for any human intervention. The pairing happens very quickly so there’s no waiting period either. It supports playback from Blu-Ray players as well.

Average buyer rating for the Asus WiCast EW2000 is quite high. People find the effortless set up extremely helpful. They are also happy with the quality that this system maintains. One of the only complaints about it is that the transmitter takes up two USB ports when it is using USB power to run. The units have a good build quality and are sturdily built to last through prolonged usage.


WHDI Wireless 5GHz HDMI Extender Transmitter/Receiver Kit Review

WHDI Wireless 5GHz HDMI Extender Transmitter/Receiver Kits HD TV PC Video 1080P

WHDI Wireless 5GHz HDMI Extender Transmitter/Receiver Kits HD TV PC Video 1080P

This is an unbranded WHDI based Wireless 5GHz HDMI Extender Transmitter/Receiver Kit that supports a full 1080p HD resolution. Even though it is not from a specific brand, it has all the features that you can ask for in a kit like this.

It comes in two parts — the transmitter and the receiver. They are both similarly designed and have provisions to be propped up vertically. The design is flat and sleek, which makes it look quite good. All the connecting ports are along the sides of the boxes. And since the stand is rotating, you can also lay them both flat down to get a stacked set up.

The list of supported features is pretty impressive. The kit supports HD video resolutions of up to 1080p and that too at 60Hz. If you are looking to have a set up that requires the kit to transmit through walls, it will give you a range of about 10m, which is roughly 32 feet. With line of sight available, it can go up to 20m, which is about 65 feet. Given that the other products in the market feature a maximum range of 30 feet at line of sight, this kit definitely poses some advantages over the others.

Specifications and Features

  • Instant Wireless HD transmission
  • Transmission range up to 20m (65.6 ft) with line of sight
  • Transmission range up to 10m (32.8 ft) through walls
  • Video Resolutions up to 1080P @ 60Hz
  • Supports HDMI 1.3 and HDCP 1.2 Protocols

Another useful feature on this Wireless 5GHz HDMI Extender Transmitter/Receiver Kit is its support for HDMI 1.3 and HDCP 1.2. HDMI 1.3 ensures that you get fully synced video and audio and there’s no lag in that regard. HDCP support ensures that you can playback HD content that is encrypted with this standard. A lot HD content now required HDCP support to prevent piracy. This becomes an issue when your wireless HD kit does not come with HDCP support.

Even though these units boast of very high-end features, they still maintain a price point of below $200. This shows in the housing, which is all-plastic and the small parts like the switches and buttons.

However, the kit does come with its own HDMI cable and two power adapters — one each for the two units. Both the transmitter and the receiver require a steady power supply during operation. Which why they need to have a permanent set up and be plugged in at all times. The receiving unit looks the same as the transmitter except that it only has one HDMI out port that is meant to go to the HDTV or projector, whichever you are using. The Transmitter has a physical switch for switching between inputs on one side and the ports are on the other side.

The units operate over a 5GHz frequency, which should be able to dodge most of the other domestic wireless networks and hence be free of interference.

Overall, this Wireless 5GHz HDMI Extender Transmitter/Receiver Kit has a good price to performance ratio. If you are not looking to own a branded piece, then this is something you can easily go for.


Gefen EXT-WHDMI Wireless HDMI Extender Review

Gefen EXT-WHDMI Wireless HDMI Extender

Gefen EXT-WHDMI Wireless HDMI Extender

The Gefen EXT-WHDMI Wireless HDMI Extender is your basic Wireless HD two-piece transceiver kit. It uses WHDI to send full HD video content of up to 1080p over the air. It also supports fully Dolby 5.1 surround sound, which you can hook up to your home theater sound system for the full effect.

The kit consists of the usual two pieces — transmitter and receiver. The transmitter has one antenna, two HDMI inputs, one component video in and a pair of stereo audio in out. It requires a constant 5V DC power supply to be operational. Its design is conducive to permanent set ups and not meant to be moved around.

The receiving unit has two antennas (for better reception it seems), one HDMI out and one pair of stereo audio out. It too requires a constant 5V DC power supply to remain operational. You will have to install it permanently near your display or projector.

Both units have a very good built and exude quality. The antennas and the housing — all of it stands out from the flimsy plastic wireless HD transceiver kits that are usually found on the market. Both feature metal housings with minimal controls that are situated on the front of the units.

Since you can plug in up to 3 different sources (2 HDMI + 1 Component Video), the transmitter unit has a source selecting button with labeled LED indicators to show you which source you are on at the moment.

The Gefen EXT-WHDMI Wireless HDMI Extender uses a feature called Ultra-Wideband to enable support for large amounts of the data that need to be transmitted for full HD videos. It has a range of 30 feet if you are using line of sight. The distance will have to be shortened if the signal is going through a wall to an adjacent room. However, that also means that the kit can also easily work without line of sight.

The WHDI chip shows its presence during the operation in terms of no visible lag and good picture quality. Not compatibility issues have been reported so far and it works with PS3, Xbox, general DVD and Blu-Ray players. It would also work with computers and laptops that have HDMI ouput. It also features support for HDMI 1.3 Lip Sync features and is compliant with HDCP. This means you can also transmit HD content that requires the transmission path to support content protection. This feature is often left out in wireless hd kits and hence many of them cannot transmit protected HD content.

Buyer reviews are very positive with special mention of the lag free performance and the picture quality. The only setback in the performance is that it can support only 1080i at 60Hz. For 1080p it will switch to 24Hz.

The Gefen EXT-WHDMI Wireless HDMI Extender delivers a solid performance and is very well built with streamlined features. The price higher than all competing models but the reliability and HDCP support makes up for it for the buyers.


Sony DMXWL1 BRAVIA Wireless HD Link Review

Sony DMXWL1 BRAVIA Wireless HD Link

Sony DMXWL1 BRAVIA Wireless HD Link

The Sony DMXWL1 Bravia Wireless HD Link is a wireless HD transmission kit that is specially designed to compliment Sony’s Bravia line of HD LCD TV’s. It has a normal, two-piece transmitter-receiver setup with a long range that makes sense for large rooms and multi-room setups.

The DMXWL1 has a glossy black finish on both units and the receiver unit is slightly smaller than the transmission unit. The transmitter comes with its own stand and it has 5 different inputs to plug all our devices in to. There are 4 HDMI-in ports and 1 component video port. All inputs support up to 1080i HD video streams. You can switch between inputs with the provided remote. The remote also supposedly works for your Bravia TV, so you do not need to juggle between two remote control units.

Features & Specifications: -

  • Wireless HD transmission of video and audio to your compatible Sony HDTV from up to 65 feet away
  • Real-time transmission for true gaming experience
  • Support up to 5 HD sources (4HDMI, 1 component video)
  • Control your BRAVIA HDTV and connected equipment with the included remote control
  • Easy to mount receiver remains concealed behind your compatible BRAVIA HDTV

Multiple input options allow you plug in the many devices that you would like to connect to your HDTV such as a Blu-ray or DVD player, your gaming console, your laptop, etc. Each device can now have its own dedicated input port so that you don’t have to manually plug and unplug different peripherals. Set up is really simple because all your have to do is plug in all the sources in to the 4 HDMI and 1 Component Video ports.

The transmitter also has a digital and analog audio out options for connecting it to your surround sound system separately. The receiver has one HDMI out that needs to be connected to the display (HDTV, Projector, etc.). Since it has an HDMI out, it can easily be connected to TV’s and displays other than Sony’s Bravia line.

The Sony DMXWL1 Bravia Wireless HD Link has a long range of 65 feet, which is more than twice the range of competing wireless HD connecting kits. The kit broadcasts over a  5GHz frequency which might cause interference with some WiFi routers and other wireless devices that operate over the 5GHz frequency. It requires a line of sight option to ensure that there’s a clear signal down to the receiver. This is okay for large halls and living rooms but it limits the setup to one room and this won’t cover multi-room setups. The picture quality on the DMXWL1 is really great and it does do justice to all the HD inputs that it receives. There’s no visible lag and it is okay for gaming setups with consoles like the Xbox 360 and the PS3.

Buyer reviews feature some complaints about compatibility issues with various sources. In some cases, either the video or the audio is not transmitted properly and the signal drops at times. These problems are very likely to be firmware issues and will hopefully be fixed through an update soon. The reviews also note the clear picture quality and negligible signal lag during gaming. The simple plug n play set up of the Sony DMXWL1 Bravia Wireless HD Link is also a big advantage point, as is the long range that allow for really flexible setups.


HP Wireless TV Connect Review

HP Wireless TV Connect

HP Wireless TV Connect

The HP Wireless TV Connect is a wireless HD connection kit that uses Amimon’s WHDI technology to broadcast HD signals over a wireless connection. It comes in the usual transmitter & receiver pair and it is optimized for use with desktops and laptops.

The transmitter and the receiver are designed as simple black boxes with a matte finish and strategically placed heat vents. The transmitter and the receiver units both have a nicely styled vertical stands to sit on. The transmitter also comes with a hanging bracket or clip that can allows it to be clipped on the back of the lid, somewhat like how webcams can be clipped on to laptop screens.

Set up is extremely simple since the connection is over HDMI, which is a dedicated display port. It is purely plug and play without any drivers. This also means that it can work on any computer with an HDMI out regardless of the OS.

Both units require external power. The receiver unit comes it with its own power source and it needs to stay powered at all times to be operational. The transmitter draws power from a free USB port on the computer. Both require HDMI ports to connect to. HP has thoughtfully added a USB splitter cable so that the USB port used for powering the device does not become blocked altogether and can be used by other devices. However, this device will only be able to use the USB port for data transfer and not for drawing power.

The box also contains the stands, the clip, two HDMI cables, power adapter for the receiver and a USB cable.

The kit supports video resolutions of up to 1080p @60Hz. Audio support includes S/PDIF DTS HD, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby, Digital Plus, AC-3 (5.1 channel) and HCDP 1.0. It has a transmission range of up to 5 meters (about 17 feet), which is often enough for a multi-room setup. There is no requirement for line of sight, which is a problem for many other Wireless HD kits like this.

The HP Wireless TV Connect can thus transmit full HD audio and video, including surround sound for your home theatre system. The HP TV connect is good for streaming HD videos and movies from your laptop and also for sharing photos and using your HDTV or projector as an external display for more workspace. Buyers have also reported good gaming experience through the kit because of almost negligible lag.

Since the transmitter is a large box, it is better suited to permanent set ups between your desktop and HDTV even though it is encouraged for use with laptops. However, the transmitter does not need to connect to anything other than the laptop for power and input, there are no wires tying your laptop down to one spot and you can easily move around.

Buyer reviews note that the HP Wireless TV Connect also works for computers with only VGA ports through a VGA to HDMI converter but the resolution will not reach HD because of the limitations of the VGA standard. Picture quality over HDMI is quite good with vivid colors.


Brite-View Air SyncHD (BV-2322) Uncompressed 1080p Video/ Audio Wireless Transmission Kit Review

Brite-View Air SyncHD (BV-2322) Uncompressed 1080p Video/ Audio Wireless Transmission Kit Review

Brite-View Air SyncHD (BV-2322) Uncompressed 1080p Video/ Audio Wireless Transmission Kit Review

Brite-View has been consistently bringing out newer wireless HD solutions since last year and the Brite-View Air SyncHD BV2322 is yet another such product. It is a standard plug-n-play wireless HD transmission kit that comes in a receiver and transmission pair. This pair is meant more for wirelessly connecting home theater components but it can also be used with computers. It uses Amimon’s WHDI wireless HD transmission technology.

The kit comes complete with the receiver, the transmitter, two power adapters (one for each piece), an HDMI cable, a remote, two more cables for connecting other sources to the transmitter and receiver and some screws for mounting. It is good to see that Brite-View has thoughtfully included everything that the user might need to do a complete set up at home.

Both the transmitter and the receiver have alternative inputs so that you can set it up with multiple sources. The included remote helps you choose between them. The base station has an HDMI in port, where you can plug in something that is located close to your TV, like your cable box. And the transmitter you can use for sources that are situated far away from the TV, like game consoles and HTPC’s. If your PC or laptop has an HDMI out, you can easily connect it to the transmitter.

The BV2322 has a range of 100-feet at 1080i and 66-feet at 1080p. It supports 1080p@ 60hz and also 1080i @ WIDE mode. It comes with an IR remote for controlling it between the different modes and sources. It is a completely plug-n-play solution with no set up. You can also create loop-through connections whereby you can transmit the signal through wireless and wired connections. The only problem is that it requires line of sight and hence you will need to have an open line of space between the transmitter and the receiver. However, the long range makes it a perfect way to stream HD videos to the outdoors from the living room — for example to the pool side where a lot of people entertain their guests.

It has a 1ms delay, which makes it absolutely imperceptible and perfect for gaming. It supports HDMI 1.3, making for very smooth HD video performance. And since it is over HDMI, there’s no software to be installed anywhere. Since all the components come with the package, setup is quite simple.

Buyer reviews for the Air SyncHD BV-23322 are generally positive with most people very satisfied with the range and some have also had good results with multi-room and multi-level setups. There have even been full masonry walls between the transmission line. A lot of users have also used the transmitter with HDMI switchers and have had good results. Some of the problems with reception and jitters were fixed by repositioning the transmitter and the receiver. Overall, compared to some of the other kits, it is slightly more expensive but the image quality and the flexibility are worth it.


Veebeam HD | Wireless PC to TV link | 1080p Review

Veebeam HD | Wireless PC to TV link | 1080p

Veebeam HD | Wireless PC to TV link | 1080p

The Veebeam HD Wireless PC To TV Link is a wireless HD PC to TV kit that streams your computers contents over to the TV. It is a completely plug-n-play set up although it does allow you to choose between two modes of streaming. It has a sleek and simple design that consists of the receiving base that connects to your TV and the PC dongle that goes in to the USB drive of your computer.

Since the USB hub powers the dongle, there are no problems with having power cables dangling from the side of your laptop or computer, adding to the clutter. The base station however needs to be powered, which is not a problem because it has to be connected to your TV or projector with wires anyway.

System Requirements:
  • OS – Works with Mac OS X (10.5, 10.6), Windows 7 and Vista
  • CPU – Ideal for laptop computers (requires 2.2 GHz or greater Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel i3, i5, and i7).
  • Memory – 2GB
  • Not compatible with Netbooks.
Features:
  • Streams Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and any other Internet site or media application, to your TV 
  • In-room only. Wireless USB signal cannot transmit through walls
What’s included:
  • Built-in wireless PC to TV link.
  • Easy to set up, easy to use
  • Compatible with Mac OS X (10.5, 10.6), Windows 7, Vista and XP
  • Ideal for laptops
  • Use laptop keyboard & track pad to control playback
  • Plays 1080p HD movie files
  • Optical audio output for surround sound
  • HDMI connector
  • Displays photos and desktop in HD
  • Veebeam HD Player
  • Veebeam Wireless USB adaptor
  • AC/DC Wall/Mains power supply
  • Composite audio/video cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Veebeam HD Software (download required)
  • (for best results use HDMI cable, sold separately)

Set up is easy and the Veebeam HD supports both Mac OS X and Windows, which is an advantage over many other similar devices that have only Windows support. It is advisable to check the website for updated drivers for your OS. Once the drivers are in place and the base station is powered and connected to the TV, the dongle can simply be plugged in for automatic set up where the receiver base and the dongle transmitter find and connected to each other unassisted.

Once you plug the dongle in, you can choose between two modes. The first and the default mode (called Screencast by Veebeam) is your basic mirror setup where the TV will mirror your screen and will show what is on the screen at the moment. This is good for sharing things like images, websites, etc. The other one is the extended mode called Video Play-To in this case. It gives you separate screen in addition to your own screen so that you can display something on the TV whilst having your laptop’s screen free for other work.

The only major disadvantage that the Veebeam poses is the 2-second delay. For some reason, the Veebeam is one of the rare new wireless HD models that have a pronounced lag that cannot be corrected. This makes gaming on the Veebeam impossible, at least those games where the players needs to react to the visuals.

The base station has composite video out, Digital audio out (S/PDIF), HDMI out and stereo RCA outs. Having two different types of video outputs makes it easier to use the Veebeam in different scenarios.

The biggest issue that buyers have with the device is the lag that stops them from using it as a second screen for work and gaming. However, if you are just watching a movie or watching online videos or simply streaming music, then it should be fine. Another minor issue  is that it needs to be in the same room as the base station. This is common to a lot of other wireless HD kits and hence doesn’t figure as much in user reviews. For those who want headache free PC or Mac wireless HD streaming capabilities, The Veebeam HD would be a good option.