DVDO Air Hands On: Wireless HD I Never Expected
DVDO Air hits Europe at ISE 2013, delivering the best quality wireless HD ever experienced by integrator Joe Whitaker.
At CES 2013 I walked into a demo featuring the biggest names in home theater: Stewart Filmscreen, Kaleidescape and Digital Projection. It was one of those demonstrations showing off products you already know and respect and have probably seen a million times (I know I had).
Little did I know that DVDO was a partner in this demo showing the power of HDMI without wires. I just so happened to glance up and see a DVDO Air wireless distribution product in the mix. Seriously, these vaunted brands were trusting wireless technology to showcase a high-end screen, projector and movie server?!
The answer is you would have never known the difference. Pushing a signal comparable to a high-end HDMI cable, the DVDO Air was able to deliver all available content that was thrown at it. No wires, just Air!
DVDO is exhibiting at the Home Cinema Europe stand 1-N53 with ADA, BitWise, D-Box, D-Tools, Display Development, Fortress, Schneider Optics, RBH, Screen Innovations and Tributaries. For more coverage of ISE 2013, visit www.cepro.com/ise.
This was an eye opener—HDMI may actually be a viable solution, even for this video snob. I have seen many manufactures attempt and fail to meet this standard or just come up with an “acceptable” product for tough retrofit applications.
The quality was astonishing. Any of the hiccups that HDMI can cause were not evident. I was actually a little taken back that I had not put the DVDO Air myself to this type of test. Honestly, I never thought to take wireless technology to this extreme, thinking I’d never implement it in a client’s home anyway.
My thought was that this product was perfect for conference rooms and other non-mission-critical areas where you just could not run a wire to a display.
Now I recognize that DVDO Air is a high-end theater-grade HDMI replacement.
Moving forward I will be promoting this product in our own business, but I will also now be paying more attention to those wireless technologies that claim to deliver the world. I now know some actually can.
And Europe, get ready for this game-changer. See it at ISE 2013 in the Home Cinema Europe stand, Hall 1 - N53. The company also will be demonstrating for the first time its new Quick6 fast HDMI switch.
With over 20 years of experience in home systems installation and design as well as being an award winning product designer, Joe Whitaker currently is principal of the integration firm thethoughtfulhome.com. He is a current member of the CEDIA board of directors first elected in 2013 and is a frequent contributor to CE Pro magazine. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org
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