DVDO Air3 WirelessHD Adapter - Review and Photos

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DVDO Air3 WirelessHD Adapter - Photo Illustrated Review

DVDO Air3 - Box - Front and Rear Views
DVDO Air3 - Photo of the Front and Rear Views of the Box. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The DVDO Air3 is a wireless HDMI connection solution. The way the Air3 works is that you plug a compact HDMI transmitter into an HDMI-output-equipped Laptop, Blu-ray Disc player, Home Theater Receiver, or MHL-compatible portable device, and the transmitter will send both audio and video wirelessly from your source device to a companion Wireless Receiver that you physically connect to your Home Theater Receiver, TV, or video projector via a standard HDMI cable.

To start off my review of the DVDO Air3 is a short series of up-close product photos.

Pictured on this page both front and rear view of box that it comes in when you purchase it.

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DVDO Air3 - Package Contents

DVDO Air3 - Package Contents
DVDO Air3 - Photo of Box Contents. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at everything you get in the DVD0 Air3 package.

Starting on the back is the illustrated user guide.

The additional items shown include (from left to right) are a pair of Wall/Ceiling Mount Brackets, AC power adapter for the transmitter, the wireless transmitter, USB power cable, USB power supply for the receiver, the wireless receiver, two HDMI cables, mounting screws, and a sheet with wall adhesive pads,

The features and specifications of the include:

1. Compatibility with any Home Theater Receivers, HDTV, HD-Monitor, or Video Projector with HDMI inputs, and PCs, Blu-ray Disc players, DVD players, Network Media Players, or other entertainment devices that have HDMI outputs.

2. Wireless transmission technology: WiHD (60 GHz transmission frequency - 2 Channel system)

3. Can wirelessly transmit video resolutions up to 1080p (1920x1080 pixels) in either 2D or 3D (designed to be used within the same room). Wireless transmission range: Approximately 40 feet. However,  a transmission distance of about 65-feet has been demonstrated in a trade show environment (watch video).

4. Can wirelessly transmit, via WiHD, Dolby Digital/DTS , Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio bitstreams and PCM audio (2 to 8-channels) uncompressed audio.

5. HDMI-MHL,HDCP, and CEC compatible. On the other hand, the DVDO Air3 is not Audio Return Channel (ARC) compatible.

6. HDMI cables and AC Adapters included.

7. Transmitter and Receiver Dimensions: (W,H,D) 4 x 3.5 x 1 inches.

8. Mounting options for Transmitter: Top of Stack or component, Table, Ceiling, Wall

9. Mounting options for Receiver: Table, Wall, Ceiling, Back of TV.

10. Suggested Price: $199.99

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DVDO Air3 - Transmitter and Receiver Front and Rear Views

DVDO Air3 - Transmitter and Receiver Front and Rear Views
DVDO Air3 - Front and Rear Views of Transmitter and Receiver. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

This page shows a close-up of the both front and rear views of the Wireless Transmitter (left photo) and Wireless Receiver (right photo).

Starting with the transmitter, looking at the rear view, are a control button used to manually synch the transmitter with the receiver (if necessary). Also the control button on both the transmitter and receiver can be used to synch together multiple transmitters and receivers (contact DVDO Air3 for more details).

The LED status indicator tell use if the transmitter or receiver are working(fast blinking - searching, slow blinking - connected, solid - receiving signal).

Just to the right of the control button and link LED is the HDMI input (this is where you connect one of the provide HDMI cables from your source device to the transmitter), and a service port (manufacturer or dealer use only). Finally, just to the right of the DVDO Air3 Transmitter Logo is the AC adapter power receptacle.

Moving over to the photo of the rear view of the receiver is a similar arrangement. The control and LED status link indicator is next to the WiHD logo, the HDMI output (this is where you connect the other provided HDMI cable from the receiver to your destination or display device, such as TV or video projector.

Finally, just to right of the HDMI output is a USB connection. This is were you plug in mini-USB end of the provide USB cable. The other end of the cable connects to the provided USB cable which, in-turn, can either plug into an available USB port on your destination device, if you have one available, or into the provided AC power adapter for connection to an AC outlet or power strip.

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DVDO Air3 - Transmitter Hook-up Example

DVDO Air3 - Transmitter Hook-up Example
DVDO Air3 - Photo of Transmitter Hook-up. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

This page shows how the DVD Air3 wireless transmitter can be connected to a source device, in this case a Blu-ray Disc player.

The transmitter is connected to one of the HDMI outputs on the back of the Blu-ray Disc player.

For the purposes of this review, I just placed the transmitter on top of the Blu-ray Disc player. However, it can be mounted or placed in a number of different locations as mention in my features overview, as long as you can connect it to your source device using an HDMI cable.

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DVDO Air3 - Receiver Hook-up Example

DVDO Air3 - Receiver Hook-up Example
DVDO Air3 - Photo of Receiver Hook-up. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

This page shows how DVD Air3 wireless receiver can be connected to a video projector (of course it can be connected to a TV in same manner.

As shown, for the purposes of this review, the receiver is placed near the projector and connected to one of the projector's HDMI inputs via the additionally provided HDMI cable.

Review Summary

Setting up and using the DVDO Air3 is easy. First, both the transmitter and receiver units are extremely compact, allowing easy placement on a shelf, back of TV, wall, or even ceiling without standing out as an eyesore.

Once you settle on a placement option, and with all of all of your other components powered off, all you have to do is connect the wireless transmitter to your source device and power outlet, then connect the wireless receiver to your TV or video projector, then turn everything on and it should all synch up automatically.

If you have any difficulty, check your your HDMI cable connetions and also make sure the units are within about a 40-foot distance (although it is possible that a connection can be linked with as much as a 60 foot distance). Also, although line-of-sight is not required (signals can be automatically rerouted to bounce of walls in order to reach its destination), line-of-site does make it easier, if that type of setup is possible.

For testing, I had both a Bluy-ray Disc player up and running and used a video projector as my displayer device.

Video resolutions up full 1080p and both 2D and 3D signals were sent through the system with no difficulty or hesitation.

However, it is important to note that the DVDO Air3 is not 4K Ultra HD compatible at the current time.

Also, I had no problem accessing standard Dolby/DTS, Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio, or uncompressed PCM audio. Also, using both wired HDMI and wireless HDMI connection via the DVDO Air3, I did not experience any audio delay or lipsynch issues that could be attributed to the DVDO Air3.

However, one thing to point out is that since a DVDO Air3 transmitter only has one input available for transmission, if you have a home theater receiver that has HDMI switching in the mix, you should connect all of your source devices to your home theater receiver, then connect the HDMI output of your receiver to the DVDO Air3 transmitter, and send that final signal to your video display device.

If you are looking for a way to eliminate long HDMI cable runs within a room, and/or would like to place your HDMI-enabled source devices away from your home theater receiver or TV/video projector, and 4K is not an issue, then the DVDO Air3 may just the wireless HDMI solution to consider.

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Additional Equipment Used for this Review

Video Projector: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080p 2D/3D Video Projector (on review loan)

Blu-ray Disc Player: OPPO Digital BDP-103D Darbee Edition.

Home Theater Receiver: Onkyo TX-SR705

Read my previous reviews of devices that provide wireless HDMI connectivity:

Altona LinkCast Wireless HD Audio/Video System.

Nyrius NAVS500 Hi-Def Digital Wireless A/V Sender and Remote Extender

Cables To Go - TruLink 1-Port 60 GHz WirelessHD Kit

GefenTV - Wireless for HDMI 60GHz Extender