Setting up the WHD6215 is simple. There’s a real plug ‘n’ play feel when connecting your kit and switching between them couldn’t be simpler. A small, slim remote is included in the box that features just four buttons – one for each HDMI input labelled 1, 2, 3 and 4 – plus a power-saving standby button.
We hooked up a Sky HD receiver and 3D Blu-ray player to the transmitter in a living room roughly five metres from the ZyXEL receiver, which was hooked up to a 55in Samsung TV.
At first the two units took a moment to lock on to the signal, requiring a reboots of the Blu-ray player and transmitter, but once sorted the system delivered a solid, reliable connection no matter how many obstacles and bodies we threw in its way.
First up it handled the 1080p 3D signals of Thor on Blu-ray with no trouble at all. The picture is as crisp and clean as it would be with a direct HDMI connection, with no break-up or interference, and you lose none of 3D’s immersive impact. Every last pixel of the movie’s intricate CG detail is reproduced with pin-sharp clarity and colours maintain their smoothness and natural fidelity.
After flicking to Sky on another input we got more of the same, with pictures from BBC HD looking every bit as clean and sharp as they do over a traditional wired connection.
To test out its range we then took the receiver upstairs and hooked it up to another TV in the bedroom, and as expected it didn’t want to know. The receiver’s light just blinked continuously to denote no connection. That’s because the 60GHz band used by Wireless HD usually requires line of sight between transmitter and receiver, and it’s not designed for use over distances longer than 10 metres.
The WHD6215 does exactly what it says on the tin, beaming high-definition signals to your TV on the other side of the room without fuss or interference. The transmitter and receiver form a solid, reliable connection that results in picture and sound quality that’s identical to that of a regular wired connection. It’s the ideal solution if you have mounted your TV on the wall and only want a single HDMI cable connected to it, and with four HDMI inputs there are more than enough connections for most AV systems.
That said, the inherent limitations of the Wireless HD standard rule out using this system to beam HD to other rooms around the house, which might come as a disappointment to some. It’s also rather expensive for something with such a specific use. But when it comes to its core job, you can’t deny that the WHD6215 does it very well indeed.