DVDO Air WirelessHD System Reviewed
By: Brian Kahn,
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When I moved into my home a few years ago, I mounted my television using an existing wall mount on a tile-covered wall. The prior owners had already run component video cables from the equipment cabinet, and I could not run an HDMI cable without ripping up the wall. I tried some mail-order HDMI-to-component video converters with mixed results at best. I looked at wireless HDMI units, but with most units priced around the $1,000 mark, I did not pursue an HDMI connection to my television until I heard about the new DVDO Air.
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Given DVDO's long history of manufacturing high-quality video processors, I had high hopes for their first wireless product. At $399, the DVDO Air was priced substantially less than anticipated. The system is HDMI 1.4a compatible, so 1080p, 3D and 7.1 high-resolution audio streams and CEC are supported. Wireless transmission is via 60 GHz radio signals, which should minimize interference with or by other consumer wireless devices, such as cordless phones and Wi-Fi networks. The range is stated as 30 meters for line of sight and ten meters for non-line of sight. The DVDO Air comes with transmitter and receiver units, wall-wart-style power supplies and two different mounts, which provide the option of mounting the receiver unit either on top of the TV or on the wall behind. The transmitter and receiver units have a clean, modern tubular design, with black mesh bodies approximately two inches in diameter and eight inches long, with the receiver unit being slightly smaller than the transmitter.
Setting up the system was an exercise in simplicity. Simply connect the transmitter and receiver units to the components you wish to connect and power up the units. It is as simple as that. A WiHD-enabled laptop can also be used as a source instead of the DVDO Air transmitter. This connection is only slightly more complex because of security protocols. To enable a WiHD laptop connection, you will need turn the DVDO Air transmitter off and use your laptop's software to scan for the DVDO Air receiver to connect.
Read about the high points and low points of the DVDO Air on Page 2.