Wires are the bane of our lives. Our test room is absolutely awash with them, and even our various living rooms aren’t nearly as ‘cable tidy’ as they should be. Especially if our long-suffering other halves had their way.
Which is why we - and those other halves we mentioned - are pretty pumped today to be checking out the DVDO Air: a brilliantly simple Wi-Fi video system with the potential to make cables a thing of the past. Well, kind of.
The £350 DVDO Air package chiefly comprises a transmitter unit you attach via a supplied HDMI cable to your HD source, and a receiver unit you attach via another supplied HDMI cable to your display. Both the receiver and transmitter units are powered, so between the plug cables and the HDMI cables we guess you can’t call the system completely cable-free. But, of course, the point is that you don’t have to trail a huge cable all the way between your video source and your video playback device - a particularly major issue if you’re using a projection set up.
The DVDO Air’s packaging is at pains to illustrate other scenarios where its wireless functionality could come in massively handy, too. There are photos depicting a "Difficult Installation" featuring a TV hanging on a brick wall; a kitchen scenario showing a little TV perched on a breakfast bar with no cables going into it; and a patio scenario with a TV mounted on an external (though covered) wall.
To be honest it’s hard to imagine this latter set up getting much use in the climate-challenged UK. But we certainly know of people who have external projection systems, or who want to be able to use a portable TV outside when the weather permits. In fact, the more you think about it, the more liberating not having to physically connect a source to a screen starts to look.
No loss situation
But surely you’ll have to accept some sort of compromise to your video quality when using the DVDO Air’s transmission system, right? Actually, no. At least in theory. For the DVDO Air uses the Wireless HD standard, which remarkably enables the LOSSLESS, full-rate (4Gbps) wireless transmission of full 1080p HD and even full HD active 3D video.
What’s more, the DVDO Air system also supports the broadcast of lossless (192kHz) 7.1 audio, meaning that you could if you wish attach the receiver unit to an AV receiver before looping the video through from the AV receiver to your video display. Hell, if your installation is really awkward or your hatred of cables is truly obsessive you could even use one DVDO Air system to send video and audio from your source to your AV receiver, while another DVDO Air system sends video on from your AV receiver to your display.