DVDO Air, a wireless HDMI connector, launches next month and promises to banish those pesky HDMI cables to the back of a dusty drawer.
Allowing for wireless transmission of uncompressed 1080p video, DVDO Air also supports 3D video (720p and 1080p) and can support 7.1 lossless surround sound to an HDTV display. We’ll take ten.
The DVDO Air transmitter connects any source with an HDMI output – Blu-ray player, Sky+ HD box, Xbox 360, Freeview recorder you name it – and then pings the data across the room to a separate DVDO Air receiver, which you then plug into your TV.
If you’ve got a laptop with WiHD, you can also stream content to the receiver this way as well, though you’ll need to power the DVDO Air transmitter off first. Apparently the receiver won’t recognise transmissions from different devices on the fly, so you’ll need to turn it off/on again in order for it to recognise the WiHD connection.
DVDO Air is ideal for wall-mounted screens where you don’t want unsightly umbilical cords trailing out of the back and sides. It also gives you the freedom to rearrange your living room, placing your gadgets and set-top boxes practically wherever you want, up to 10 metres.
You can also ‘hide’ the Air receiver unit behind TVs and ‘bounce’ the signal from the transmitter off of the wall though for best results a direct line of sight is what you want.
DVDO Air transmits HD content over the 60 GHz band, which apparently provides an ‘interference-free operation,’ – certainly way above the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies Wi-Fi channels currently operate. Full specs are as follows:
DVDO Air specifications
- 60GHz band – 6 channels available
- Supports up to 3D 1080p
- Latency 2ms
- Max throughput 4Gbps
- WiHD certified
- Inputs/Outputs: HDMI 1.4a with CEC support
- HDCP 2.0
- Range up to 10m non line of sight; up to 30m line of sight
- 2D support: 480i/p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 7ch surround
- 3D support: 720p 50/59.94/60. 1080p 23.98/24
- Frame packing Side by Side, Top/Bottom, Sensio, Real ID
- Audio: 8ch PCM up to 192kHz, Dolby 5.1 up to 48kHz
There’s no entry for dimensions but looking at the pics above you can gauge their size using the HDMI slot for reference.
The price for DVDO Air when it launches in the UK next month will be around the £350 mark. It’s not cheap, so you’ll have to weigh up the cost over just how aesthetically displeasing cables trailing everywhere is. If you’re interested, Karma AV has details on UK stockists.