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Yes, wall plates aren't the sexiest of HT products but the Sanus ELM806 in-wall cable management solution looks to be one of the most useful. With an integrated, in-wall power run, for $100 you can get power to your display with a minimum of hassle. Recessed wall plates, dual power outlets behind the display, and low-voltage pass-through makes the ELM806 a one stop solution for you new flat panel display.
ATON is a name that you may not be familiar with, but if you're in the market for a speaker selector, it's one you may want to learn. A subsidiary of Nortek Technology, ATON's siblings include more familiar names like Furman, Niles, Panamax, Speakercraft, and Sunfire. While ATON does offer a variety of equipment, including speakers, their core focus is on Audio/Video routing systems. The DLA6 being previewed here is ATON's most capable speaker selector, with the ability to deliver audio to as many as six zones. Now you can have smart usage of those two unused amplifier channels of your 7.1 A/V receiver. Imagine feeding audio into the whole home with ease without having to add more amplification. We like this solution a lot!
IOGEAR released their new Wireless 3D Digital Kit. The kit comes with a 2-input transmitter and a small receiver that can mount underneath or even behind a flat screen TV. Both units require external power and, as of right now, the system is designed so that only one receiver can be connected to a transmitter. Sure, you can probably get another cable box, but is that going to be enough? Enough when you have a Blu-ray player, DVR, and maybe even a gaming system in your main room?
DVDO's new Quick6 HDMI switch is a high-performance HDMI switcher that features InstaPrevue technology, which enables a live picture-in-picture preview of each connected HDMI device. The Quick6 HDMI switch includes six 300MHz HDMI inputs, MHL support, InstaPrevue, and InstaPort - and let's you use all that technology without having to replace an existing AV receiver. The product's dual HDMI outputs can also be used to drive two displays simultaneously - and independently with different sources (in Matrix mode). Custom installers will likely love the Quick6 HDMI switch as it seems to be an ideal product for new and existing home theater setups with multiple HDMI sources and displays.
The only knock we can find against the IOGEAR 3D Complete+ 2D-to-3D Converter is that we can't know how well it will perform in the real world from the specs. We're certainly interested in seeing the 2D-to-3D conversion in action. We're impressed that IOGEAR included full upscaling for those that aren't as interested in 3D as in maximizing their 2D experience. If the 3D Complete+ tests well on our measurement suite, it could be the next go-to product for 2D and 3D lovers alike.
The GW3DHDKIT Wireless 3D Digital Kit from IOGEAR is really meant for a second display. Supporting full 1080p and 3D, it makes it very easy to send your high definition content from one room to another. While it could be used in a room to send to a main display (and would be fine as long as you aren't sending anything greater than 5.1 audio), we think it is best utilized to increase the number of places you can see the same content. Pair this with an RF universal remote, and you'll be able to seamlessly walk from one room to another with your content following you. Now all you have to worry about is finding your remote.
At $399, the DVDO AIR isn't the cheapest option out there, but it is surely in the lower half of the market. On top of that, it has size (we think, exact dimensions haven't been provided yet) going for it. With uncompressed 1080p and 3D plus 7.1 surround sound transmitting over 60GHz, the DVDO AIR looks to be a good, interference-free, solution for those that absolutely can't run a wire. The DVDO AIR is shipping now and looks to be a very competitive solution to your wireless HDMI needs.
Is the WA-5030 worth $400? With a complete wireless solution including stereo 30 watt amps, we're guessing that a lot of people will say yes. But if you think you might need an additional WA-50 receiver (without the amps) sometime down the line, you are better off buying the WA-50 set with an additional WA-5030 receiver (with amps) for the same price. Either way, you are getting uncompressed, CD-quality audio streamed digitally up to 300 feet. That's pretty impressive.
The Cables to Go TruLink High Speed HDMI Active Optical Cable has a USB breakout cable at the display end to power the "active" part of the cable. This allows for very clean installations with runs up to (eventually) 100 meters. With the optical cable's natural flexibility, interference resistance, and ability to perform at long runs, it seems to be a great solution for challenging installations. Supporting nearly all the latest HDMI features including 3D, 4K, and CEC, the only thing it is missing is Audio Return Channel and Ethernet support. But these are unlikely to be needed in any installation requiring a $200 10 meter cable or $300 20 meter cable.