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Aperion Audio Zona Home Audio Link (HAL)

Aperion Audio Zona Home Audio Link (HAL)

Summary

  • Product Name: Zona Home Audio Link (HAL)
  • Manufacturer: Aperion Audio
  • Review Date: September 14, 2011 20:50
  • MSRP: $149
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
  • Buy Now
  • Uncompressed digital audio transmission: 16-bit depth and 48 KHz sampling rate when using up to three Aperion HAL Receivers
  • SNR: 91 dB / 85 dB when using three HAL Receivers simultaneously
  • Range: Up to 100 feet
  • Frequency band: 2.4 GHz
  • Send unit input: USB digital or stereo mini analog jack
  • Receive unit output: stereo mini analog jack
  • Auto-search/synch and dynamic channel selection
  • Forward error correction coding, error detection, and audio-specific error concealment
  • Diversity antennas for strong signals through walls and floors
  • Low latency: 18 ms
  • Unit Dimensions: 1” H x 3” Diameter
  • Individual Unit Weight: 2.7 oz
  • One year warranty

Executive Overview

We spend a lot of time encouraging people to use multiple subwoofers, but rarely explain just how that might be made easier in homes where running wires is cumbersome or near-impossible due to the layout of the room. Aperion Audio seems to have recognized this and is providing a solution with the Zona Home Audio Link (HAL). Aperion is pitching this affordable $149 solution to those for whom running wires across a room is going to present a significant detriment to buying surrounds or a subwoofer.

The Aperion HAL system works via a separate Send and Receive unit. The Send unit transmits high quality uncompressed audio up to 100 feet. Now this can be your surround channels, or just some music from your PC or any other audio source. This means you can stream music from your computer, your home theater, your MP3 player or any other audio source to almost any speaker system in your home! In particular, we think this will be primarily key for wireless surround speakers and subwoofers, however if you use one or two additional HAL Receivers you can stream a single audio source to up to three listening zones. In this way you can achieve a multi-room system without running wires (though there are perhaps better ways of doing this). In either case, the possibilities for this type of inexpensive system are all but limitless.

Zona Audio in

Key Features

  • Connect to your laptop or desktop computer’s USB port, or any "headphone" jack
  • No software needed, just plug and play
  • High quality digital audio: 16 bit / 48 kHz
  • Low latency robust signal
  • Free shipping
  • One year warranty

In the Box

  • (1) Zona HAL Send Unit
  • (1) Zona HAL Receive Unit
  • (2) USB Power Adapters
  • (2) Mini Stereo Plug to RCA Stereo Cables, 5 ft. length
  • (2) Stereo Mini Cables, 5 ft. length
  • (2) USB Extension Cables, 6.5 ft length
  • Quick Start Guide

For more information please visit www.aperionaudio.com.

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Recent Forum Posts:

Sometimes posts on September 15, 2011 16:02
zhimbo, post: 830846
Most recievers will correct for that. The auto-adjust will just think the surrounds are farther away.

I'm using an Aperion Zona wireless system for surrounds right now. My reciever thinks they're about 27 feet away (the physical distance is more like 7 ft).

That “sounds” about right.

Speed of sound at sea level is 1116.43701 feet / second.

0.018 * 1116.43701 = 20 feet.

So 7 + 20 = exactly 27 feet!
zhimbo posts on September 15, 2011 15:09
Sometimes, post: 830801
The 18 millisecond lag might be enough for sound-sync issues.

Most recievers will correct for that. The auto-adjust will just think the surrounds are farther away.

I'm using an Aperion Zona wireless system for surrounds right now. My reciever thinks they're about 27 feet away (the physical distance is more like 7 ft).
ned posts on September 15, 2011 15:04
great solution
Clint DeBoer posts on September 15, 2011 13:09
gliz, post: 830798
so could I use these to run my surround speakers? I bet then i would need 2 sets right?
You'd need one set, BUT it's not an amp, so you'd need powered speakers or a stereo amplifier as well. The send and receive units both have 1/8" stereo mini jacks that can be used with a cable that would give you stereo left/right RCAs.
Sometimes posts on September 15, 2011 10:56
18 ms Lag

The 18 millisecond lag might be enough for sound-sync issues.
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