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IOGEAR Wireless HDMI Kit GWAV8141K Review

IOGEAR Wireless HDMI Kit GWAV8141K Review

For a long time we've been big fans of anything that can circumvent the inherent difficulties of HDMI cables, and that includes providing wireless solutions that can remove the cable altogether between the source and the display. The trick, of course, is that the solution has to actually work. IOGEAR recently released its take on the wireless HDMI revolution with its Wireless HD Kit (GWAV8141K). This kit eliminates the need to drill holes to complete a job. It also takes you out of the attic, especially if you couple it with a handy PowerBridge Total Solutions Kit, which makes for easy installation of 120V power behind your flat panel television. The new IOGEAR wireless solution allows installers to customize any living space and offer the ability to wirelessly transmit any source, be it Blu-ray, DVD, DVR, laptop or other media streaming device, directly to your HDTV or projector.

For a long time we've been big fans of anything that can circumvent the inherent difficulties of HDMI cables, and that includes providing wireless solutions like the reliable IOGEAR Wireless HDMI Kit.

— June 29, 2010 09:30 in AV Gadget Reviews

Smart Products Spot 2 for Earphones First Look

Smart Products Spot 2 for Earphones First Look

If you use earbuds inevitably you're going to have to shove earbuds into your pocket or into a bag and deal with a tangled mess of wires later. If you use your iPod to work out, this may happen on a daily basis. The Smart Products Spot 2 for Earphones offers a solution that requires very little input on your part and is guaranteed to keep you tangle free. Is that worth $13? We're betting a lot of you will say yes.

The Smart Products Spot 2 for Earphones solution requires very little input on your part and is guaranteed to keep your earbud wires tangle free. Is that worth $13? We're betting some will say yes.

— May 31, 2010 13:25 in AV Gadget Reviews

Pioneer Line of iPhone/iPod Docks First Look

Pioneer Line of iPhone/iPod Docks First Look

So, what do you want out of an iPod dock? Everyone wants full iPod/iPhone integration and all of the Pioneer offerings have that. If you want better sound quality they have one with an integrated subwoofer. If you want connectivity, they've got one with two iPod docks, integrated Bluetooth, and DLNA certification. If you want an all-in-one box, they've got one that upconverts DVDs to 1080p and wakes you up in time for class. While you'll need to do your research to make sure which Pioneer model is right for you, you're going to find that there is something there for everyone.

All of the Pioneer offerings have full iPhone integration. They've got models with an integrated sub; one with two iPod docks, Bluetooth, and DLNA; and one that upconverts DVDs via HDMI.

— May 25, 2010 16:40 in AV Gadget Reviews

Cables To Go TrueLink WirelessHD Kit Preview

Cables To Go TrueLink WirelessHD Kit Preview

The Cables To Go TrueLink WirelessHD kit is plug and play with no setup or software required. It is HDMI 1.3 compatible and supports true 1080p video and 7.1 audio. There are power buttons on both the transmitter and the receiver so that if you decide to conserve power you can. There is an auto power function that automatically turns off the attached component when the transmitter is turned off. On each device there is a single HDMI connection. While we wish there would be more, it seems to be the standard with this first generation devices. In the box you get not only the receiver and transmitter but also a pair of 1.2 meter HDMI cables, a remote, and a wall bracket for the receiver. While $500 may give some sticker shock, it is actually pretty competitive in this market for this type of solution.

The Cables To Go TrueLink WirelessHD kit is plug and play with no setup or software required. It is HDMI 1.3 compatible and supports true 1080p video and 7.1 audio. At $500, it is quite competitive.

— May 09, 2010 17:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

ViewSonic 10" Digital Photo Frame VFD1020-12 First Look

ViewSonic 10" Digital Photo Frame VFD1020-12 First Look

Digital photo frames come in all sizes and kinds these days. ViewSonic's latest iteration is a 10" model, the VFD1020-12 digital photo frame, and is one of the brighter photo frames we've seen to date. We've experienced photo frames that try to do too much, some that do too little, and some that are unwieldy in how they allow you to upload and manage your photos. The ViewSonic strikes a nice balance between possessing features that a photo frame should certainly have, and avoiding the ones that turn it into a bit of a hassle. What will be telling in the near future is how quickly the prices on these frames will go down, given that for the price of a two you can have an iPad, which would do nicely as a photo frame if set upon a dock above the fireplace or piano.

Digital photo frames come in all sizes and kinds these days. ViewSonic's latest iteration is a 10" model, the VFD1020-12 digital photo frame, and is one of the brighter photo frames we've seen to date

— May 07, 2010 01:10 in AV Gadget Reviews

Slappa M.A.S.K. Custom Build Backpack First Look

Slappa M.A.S.K. Custom Build Backpack First Look

We do a fair amount of traveling, and when we do it's important to carry along a decent complement of electronics. When Slappa announced their new M.A.S.K. Custom Build Backpack, we were interested in taking it for a spin. Our interest stemmed from its level of customization and the amount of compartments and storage it offered. This is one backpack that you can really make your own.

When Slappa announced their M.A.S.K. Custom Build Backpack, we were interested in taking it for a spin. Our interest stemmed from its level of customization and the amount of compartments it had.

— April 19, 2010 15:34 in AV Gadget Reviews

Vincent Audio C-60 CD Transport First Look

Vincent Audio C-60 CD Transport First Look

The Vincent Audio C-60 CD Transport takes a Reeses Peanutbutter cup approach to design - they mixed their solid state with their tubes. The C-60 has a solid state/tube output stage that can be selected from the front of the unit or from the least useful remote we've seen in a long time. Will it sell? At $4695 a pop, we're guessing they don't have to sell too many to turn a profit.

The C-60 has a solid state/tube output stage that can be selected from the front of the unit or from the least useful remote we've seen in a long time. Will it sell? At $4695 a pop not to us.

— April 05, 2010 04:05 in AV Gadget Reviews

BTX Field-Terminable HDMI Cable Preview

BTX Field-Terminable HDMI Cable Preview

Field-termination of HDMI cables has been a dream of custom installers for a while. BTX Technologies has finally figured it out. Supporting HDMI 1.4, 1080p, 12-bit color to 39 feet, and a reasonable price tag, BTX's crimp solution is not only convenient and first on the scene, but they aren't raking you over the coals for it. The only question we have? How well does it actually work?

HDMI 1.4, 1080p, 12-bit color to 39 feet, and a reasonable price tag, BTX's field crimp HDMI solution is not only convenient and first on the scene, but they aren't raking you over the coals for it.

— April 01, 2010 07:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Atlona AT-HDAiR Wireless HDMI/VGA Adapter Review

Atlona AT-HDAiR Wireless HDMI/VGA Adapter Review

Wireless seems to be all the rage these days, and why not. HDMI is a pain, and for boardroom presentations to in-home viewing of computer-based streaming content, a wireless connection, like that from the Atlona AT-HDAiR system, is going to save you lots of hassle and make for a very convenient way to turn any television into a home media center.

HDMI is a pain. For boardroom presentations to in-home viewing of PC-based streaming content, a wireless connection, like that from the Atlona AT-HDAiR system, is going to save you lots of hassle.

— February 21, 2010 17:45 in AV Gadget Reviews

ZAGGbox Media Server Preview

ZAGGbox Media Server Preview

What is the ZAGGbox? While it hasn't been released yet and details are a little sketchy, it looks to be a recording device with universal remote and streaming capabilities. With a terabyte of storage, 4 USB ports for more, 3 HD and 2 SD inputs, and the ability to stream to your phone, it's got a lot of people talking. But will it have a lot a people buying? For us the real problem is the complete lack of HDMI inputs - likely due to the limitations of HDCP copy protection. Without them, the ZAGGbox can never receive HD audio and most Blu-ray players don't upconvert over component. If the ZAGGbox doesn't have a guide (and we don't think it will), then how interested is the public going to be in having both a DVR and a ZAGGbox? We're not sure.

The ZAGGbox is a recording device with universal remote and streaming capabilities. It has a terabyte of storage, 4 USB ports for more, 3 HD and 2 SD inputs, and the ability to stream to your phone.

— February 01, 2010 06:35 in AV Gadget Reviews

Sanus Elements ELM803 In-Wall Low Voltage Box Preview

Sanus Elements ELM803 In-Wall Low Voltage Box Preview

The new Sanus Elements ELM803 In-Wall Low Voltage Box provides 56" cubic inches of space behind your new wall mounted flat panel. Of course, the box provides a triangular space in your wall that is a total of 2.5" deep so don't be confused by the cubic measurement - not all of that will be usable. Still, at $25 this is a solution that may be too convenient and too economical for even the most ardent of DIYers to pass up.

The new Sanus Elements ELM803 In-Wall Low Voltage Box provides 56" cubic inches of space behind your new wall mounted flat panel. At $25 this is a solution that may be too convenient to pass up.

— January 12, 2010 03:55 in AV Gadget Reviews

Sanus Elements ELM4 Series HDMI 1.3B Pivoting Connector Cables Preview

Sanus Elements ELM4 Series HDMI 1.3B Pivoting Connector Cables Preview

The new Sanus Elements ELM4 series 1.3b HDMI cables has a connector on every cable which swivels a full 180 degrees. This means that you cable not only will make a 90 degree turn without a problem, but can make lesser turns if necessary to allow access for other cables. The end of the connector is only an inch to the swivel hinge so you should have little problem getting that flat panel right up on the wall.

The new Sanus Elements ELM4 series 1.3b HDMI cables has a connector on every cable which swivels a full 180 degrees. The end of the connector is only an inch to the swivel hinge.

— January 11, 2010 01:45 in AV Gadget Reviews

Bheestie Bag Personal Electronic Water Removal System Review

Bheestie Bag Personal Electronic Water Removal System Review

We've all had that sinking feeling when we hear the plop of an electrical device hitting the water. The Bheestie company decided to do something about this problem by inventing a bag with little pellets in it. This bag is compact enough to be taken nearly anywhere. The directions are simple - place waterlogged device in bag, seal tightly, wait. While they didn't add "pray" onto the end of that, you probably won't need to be reminded to do so (especially if it is your brand new iPhone).

We've all had that sinking feeling when we hear the plop of an electrical device hitting the water. The Bheestie company decided to do something about this problem by inventing a bag with little

— January 08, 2010 07:15 in AV Gadget Reviews

PSP Go, Portable Media Bliss with DRM Coal for Your Stocking

PSP Go, Portable Media Bliss with DRM Coal for Your Stocking

It's Christmas, like any dad I wanted to get the perfect gift for my son, Bruce. My son often sees his dad playing with the PlayStation 3 and when I'm feeling generous I even give Bruce a try. So, I thought… what would be better than giving my boy the smaller, portable offspring of the PS3 itself – PlayStation Portable. A crash course in PSP was a lesson in portable media and state of DRM today. But despite its heavy reliance on Sony and its DRM, I decided on the latest PSP called "Go" for a variety of reasons.

I thought… what would be better than giving my boy the smaller, portable offspring of the PS3 itself – PlayStation Portable. A crash course in PSP was a lesson in portable media and state of DRM.

— December 22, 2009 03:20 in AV Gadget Reviews