Nyrius NAVS500 HD 1080p HDMI Digital Wireless Audio Video Sender Transmitter & Receiver System with IR Remote Extender Review
The Nyrius NAVS500 HD is a wireless HDMI extender kit that can send uncompressed HD video and audio signals wirelessly from the source to the display. It has a minimal lag, good image quality with brilliant colors and is very well designed.
This kit comes with an HDMI cable of its own and an IR extender for increasing the range of the remote control. It has a receiver and a transmitter and both require to be powered at all times to be operational. Since both are HDMI based, they have to be powered separately with their own power adapters. The HDMI technology does include bus power like USB does.
Once you connect the transmitter to your source (a set top box or a blu-ray player) and the receiver to your display (HDTV or HD projector), you can switch on the units. After connecting and switching them both on, the set up is completely automatic. Usually the pair does not take long to find each other. However, the process can go on for a few minutes depending on the setup and whether or not there is interference coming from somewhere.
The physical set up of the kit is easy because there’s no line of sight and it has a very long range — 1080p video up to 100ft. You can even the transmitter in the adjacent room and the connection will still be strong through a wall. Signal is expected to degrade as more walls and distance come in to play. The IR extender ensures that your HD devices can be controlled from anywhere within a wide range.
The Nyrius NAVS500 HD supports multiple resolutions. So you can broadcast full 1080p HD quality video as well as 1080i wide format videos, 720p, 720i, 576p, 576i, 480p and 480i videos. That covers almost all common video standards found in computers and home entertainment devices. If your computer/laptop has HDMI out, you can also beam that audio and video to your display. This kit has no visible lag and hence is perfect for playing HD games on a large screen. It also supports all of the popular gaming consoles like Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii.
Buyer reviews suggests that it works with most TV boxes but you should check online to see whether this kit has any specific issues with your cable box. PC and console game players seem to have no delay problems and the same goes for people running movies off PC’s and/or DVD and Blu-ray players.
The overall experience with the kit is very good. The image quality is clean and sharp. The audio stays in sync at all times. User reviews talk about using this kit in multiple different scenarios and it works through them all. Thus, the Nyrius NAVS500 HD is a very good deal given its no frills high performance and reasonable price.
Date: December 16, 2011