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KanexPro WHDI30M Wireless HDMI Extender Kit for HD Home Theater Review

KanexPro WHDI30M Wireless HDMI Extender Kit for HD Home Theater

KanexPro WHDI30M Wireless HDMI Extender Kit for HD Home Theater

The KanexPro WHDI30M Wireless HDMI Extender Kit is a powerful wireless HD solution for your home theater setup. It has all the necessary features that make for a great Wireless HD kit. Using WHDI, the KanexPro can broadcast compatible HD signals up to a distance of 50 feet (15 meters). And within that distance it has no requirement for line of sight. It also supports a multitude of formats.

The wireless HD system comes with built in support for Dolby Digital, DTS-HD and Dolby True HD Audio. These format compatibilities highlight its position in the market as a high-end product for serious a/v enthusiasts. Its HDMI connection also supports High Speed HDMI standards, ensuring great color depth, lossless HD audio and proper lip sync.

KanexPro can transmit 1080p @60Hz signals without any compression or quality loss. This makes it great addition to those who don’t want to go through the hassle of installing wires. It give you the clean look of a professionally installed home theatre system without the problems of getting one actually installed at your home.

The KanexPro WHDI30M Wireless HDMI Extender Kit  has flat looking, non-descript black plastic bodies for both its transmitter and receiver. Both the units require a constant supply of power from the included power adapters. Both the transmitter and the receiver have single HDMI ports of respective types. Their black color and simple design ensures that they can easily be hidden from view and won’t attract much attention even if left out in the open.

Since the HDMI in and out ports on the transmitter and receiver respectively are class compliant — this kit is compatible with any HDMI capable input and out device. This means you can connect your HDTV or HD projector to your Xbox, Playstation, Blu-Ray player and more without having to worry about wires and/or compatibility.

There is practically no setup required from the users side. Once both units have been successfully connected to respective devices and powered, they will find each other automatically and start transmitting your video to its intended destination.

Even though the kit is a little on the expensive side, it has the Apogee brand to back it up. This is a high quality kit that sits apart from the other kits that have more features but lower quality. One of the best things about the kit in fact is its long range that does not need line of sight. This gives the user a certain amount of flexibility in terms of placing the transmitter and receiver.

KanexPro WHDI30M Wireless HDMI Extender Kit is clearly meant for the high-end market. User reviews are overall positive. Buyers are especially happy with the quality of video that is delivers. With no visible lag even at the highest HD resolution, it is also perfect gaming on larger screens using your console.


Peerless HDS100 HD Wireless Multimedia Center – Black Review

Peerless HDS100 HD Wireless Multimedia Center - Black

Peerless HDS100 HD Wireless Multimedia Center - Black

The Peerless HDS100 HD Wireless Multimedia Center is a good-looking, sleek Wireless HD video kit. Unlike most of its peers, it works via its own secured WiFi network, which allows it to coexist with any other wireless setup. Thankfully though, the setup is completely painless. There are no manual network settings to be fiddled with. Both the transmitter and the receiver connect and stream automatically.

It can connect multiple inputs and comes with its own IR remote control for switching inputs. The remote can control the inputs from wherever in the house you are. Moreover, since it works over WiFi, it has no problems covering very long distances through multiple walls and other constructions. These features make it one of the best Wireless HD a/v options out there right now.

Starting out, the package consists of everything you need to get started. It has the transmitter and receiver units with a stand for each; the respective power adapters; the remote control for switching inputs; 15-pin D-sub to RCA female component video breakout cable; 1 component to VGA adapter; 1 IR blast for extended IR range and the installation guide and the manuals.

The Peerless HDS100 HD Wireless Multimedia Center works over the IEEE 802.11n 5GHz frequency, making it a strong network that is available all over an average sized, multi-storied house. It has an overall range of 131 feet (40m) with no line of sight required. It will in fact behave just like WiFi routers and give you access to the signal even through multiple walls. It can broadcast signals to up to 4 wireless receivers, making it perfect for various different entertainment areas in a house like the games room, living room, patio and office. It has easy multi-room and multi-display setup. So you can have different content running on different screen for up to 4 different places. They will all be part of the same private network and will be controlled by a single transmitter unit.

It has multiple inputs that include HDMI, Component, Composite, PC to TV and LAN ports. It has a broadcast capacity of full 1080p HD at 60Hz (1920x1080pixels). It can broadcast a 5.1 DTS surround sound signal along with the video, making it a good home entertainment solution. Additionally, the kit supports lower resolutions and analog inputs to make sure that all your multimedia devices are take care of.

The receiver also has multiple outputs, making sure that you can connect all kinds of displays and projectors to your wireless setup. This makes the whole setup extremely flexible, letting you use both digital and analog, HD and non-HD devices on both ends. It’s a good solution for home a/v enthusiasts and hobbyists.

Overall, the Peerless HDS100 HD Wireless Multimedia Center is a flexible and strong wireless HD solution. It would be a good fit for large homes with multiple displays to serve from multiple sources with a mix of analog/digital, hd/non-hd devices. Customer reviews suggest very good performance albeit a high cost. However, most find it worth the cost to have the flexibility that it offers.


VIZIO XWH200 Universal Wireless HD Video and Audio Kit (Black) Review

VIZIO XWH200 Universal Wireless HD Video and Audio Kit (Black)

VIZIO XWH200 Universal Wireless HD Video and Audio Kit (Black)

The VIZIO XWH200 Universal Wireless HD Video and Audio Kit is a well-designed two-piece transmitter-receiver kit that is easy to install and operate. The transmitter supports up to 4 HDMI input devices and the receiver has standard HDMI output that connects to most HDTV’s and other display devices like projectors that have HDMI input.

One of the main advantages of this kit from VIZIO is that it has a sleek design and it does not stand out like a sore thumb in the living room. However, it does seem to need line of sight to work properly unless you have the two units placed very close by together.

Another plus point is that the XWH200 works over the 60GHz frequency range, which successfully avoids interfering with your WiFi and other wireless devices in the house like wireless speakers. It also ensures that you get a clean signal all the way. The specifications say that you can transmit and HD video signal up to 30 feet away when inside the same room. So the company seems to suggest that a full wall might block the signal but light furniture is fine. In real life scenarios, most users have maintained line of sight and have reported facing problems only when a person stands directly in front of the unit. Walking in between them is not a problem.

The VIZIO XWH200 Universal Wireless HD Video and Audio Kit units have wedge type designs with smooth black finish all around. The transmitter is wider and more ‘wedge’ like because of the larger size of its components. It has four HDMI inputs in a row and a power input. It has a small selection button on the front right beside the VIZIO logo. Other than that little bit, the face is completely clean and smooth. The transmitter is smaller and more triangular than wedge. It is easily hidden behind your HDTV and is completely non-descript thanks to its finish. Even if you keep it visible, it should look right at home beside your other A/V components.

The package comes with the two units, the power units for each of the units and two 3 feet HDMI cables for connecting one input device and one output device to the kit. Set up is simple and automatic. All you hav to do is connect the receiver to the TV and connect a device to the transmitter and switch everything on. The TV should be able to detect the HDMI input or you can manually select the port that you have used.

Customer reviews suggest that the VIZIO XWH200 Universal Wireless HD Video and Audio Kit does work with most A/V equipment with some hiccups for specific models. Overall ratings are good with many 5 star reviews of the device on places like Amazon. One of the main complaints is the necessity of line of sight for this device to work. It works with Xbox, PS3 and most laptops with HDMI out pretty well and that serves the connecting purpose for most use case scenarios.