The Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 Wireless HDMI Kit Reviewed

Nyrius Aries Home+ NAVS502 Wireless HDMI Kit
Nyrius Aries Home+ NAVS502 Wireless HDMI Kit. Image provided by Amazon
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Introduction To The Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502

Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - Retail Box
Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - Retail Box. Image provided by Amazon.com

The Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 is a wireless HDMI system that allows you to connect up to two HDMI source components to an HDMI transmitter/switcher. The switcher can then send audio/video signals to two video display devices. One output connection is wired, and one connection can be made wirelessly.

The way the switcher works is that you plug your source devices, such as HDMI-output-equipped Laptop, Blu-ray Disc player, Home Theater Receiver, or compatible HDMI-equipped source device, and the transmitter will send both audio and video wirelessly from your source device to a companion Wireless Receiver that you connect to your Home Theater Receiver, TV, or video projector via a standard HDMI cable.

Shown in the above photo is the box that the Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 package comes in.

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Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - Package Contents and Features

Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - Package Contents
Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - Package Contents. Photo by Robert Silva for Lifewire

Shown in the above photo is everything you get in the Nyrius NAVS502 package.

Starting on the left is the wireless HDMI receiver (with its AC adapter), IR extender cable, and IR extender instruction sheet.

Moving to the center is the HDMI switcher/wireless transmitter, HDMI cable (6ft), and Quick Start Guide.

Moving to the right is the AC adapter for the transmitter, remote control, batteries, and wall mounting hardware.

Features of the Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 include:

  • Two HDMI inputs with one Wired-HDMI output and wireless transmission of the same selected source to a receiver. HDMI 1.4 compatibility (stated to support 3D, but does not support Audio Return Channel).
  • Video Compatibility includes WHDI transmission format support from 480p to 1080p resolution video (480i resolution video is not compatible) up to 30 meters (100 feet) indoors. NOTE: The Nyrius Model NAVS502 is not 4K Compatible at the present time.
  • Audio Compatibility: Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound audio formats with bitrates up to 6 Mbps, as well as 2-channel PCM.
  • Indicator LEDs provide operational status feedback.
  • Internal omni-directional Antennas are provided for better transmission/reception coverage.
  • Two HDMI inputs/One HDMI output are provided on the on Transmitter, and one HDMI output is provided on the receiver.
  • A USB Port is provided for firmware update installation, as well as Keyboard or Mouse connectivity (for PCs).
  • Power Connectors include one 5V DC input jack each for the Sender and Receiver.
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Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - The Transmitter/Switcher

Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - Transmitter/Switcher - Front and Rear Views
Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - Photo of the Front and Rear Views of the Transmitter/Switcher. Photo by Robert Silva for Lifewire

Shown above are a close-up of the front, side, and rear views of the Nyrius NAVS502 transmitter/switcher.

On the left is the front of the transmitter which has the remote control sensor and led power and status indicators.

Moving to the right, the second view shows the side view that has onboard power and source- selection buttons.

The third view is the opposite side of the transmitter, which shows the unit's ventilation holes.

Finally, on the far right is a rear view of the transmitter, which shows (from mid-point to the bottom), a mini-USB port (for firmware update installation only), followed a physical HDMI output and two HDMI inputs. Below the HDMI inputs is the power receptacle for the power adapter.

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Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - The Receiver

Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - Receiver Front and Rear Views
Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - Front and Rear Views of Wireless Receiver. Photo by Robert Silva for Lifewire

Shown above is a close-up of the front and rear view of the Wireless Receiver provided with the NAVS502.

The left image shows the top of the wireless receiver, which features the LED status indicators, the source selection button, and power button.

On the top right is a photo of the front of the wireless receiver which shows the front mounted IR sensor.

Moving to the bottom left is a rear view of the receiver with includes a mini-USB connection (for firmware updates only), a physical HDMI output connection for your display device.

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Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - Setup, Performance, Bottom Line

Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - Remote Control
Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 - Remote Control. Photo by Robert Silva for Lifewire

Shown above is a look at the remote control provided with the Nyrius NAVS502.

As you can see there is much to it - on the top left is the Power/Standby button, followed by the IR extender activation button, and an INFO button (displays active source, resolution, and wireless transmission channel on your video display screen.

Moving down to the middle of the remote is the input source selection button (you have a choice of two sources).

Setup

To set up the NAVS502, first connect up to two HDMI cables from source devices, such as a Blu-ray Disc player, Cable/Satellite Box, or even a media streamer, such as a Roku Box, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV to the NAVS502 transmitter unit. Then, connect an HDMI cable from the transmitter to your main (or closest) TV or video projector.

Next place the provided Receiving unit next to a second video display device, such as TV or video projector, or a HDMI-equipped home theater receiver. Then connect an HDMI cable from the receiving unit to the intended display device.

In addition to the HDMI cables, you will still need to connect the power adapters to both the Switcher/Transmitter and Receiving units.

If you want to extend your IR remote control signal, first connect the provided IR sensor cable to the IR input on the transmitter unit and place the sensor end of the cable so that remote can "see" it.

After connecting everything, turn on both your source and display device, you should see the video signal come through. If not, try changing the power-on sequence. You can do this by turning on your source and display device first, then power on the Sender and Receiver units.

Performance

The NAVS502 performs well but there are factors to take into consideration.

On one hand, I was to verify that I was indeed receiving a 1080p video signal to my video display, as well as being able to receive Dolby, DTS, and PCM audio formats.

However, the Nyrius NAVS502 system does not appear to transfer Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio bitstreams. This means that on Blu-ray Discs, your player will automatically downscale its audio output to a standard Dolby Digital or DTS bitstream for transfer through the Nyrius Aries Home+ system.

Sometimes, there is a little hesitation on the wireless side for both the video and audio signal to kick-in, once locked on, I did not find any audio/video sync issues, which is definitely a good thing. Also, the video quality is the same as what you would get through a wired connection - I did not perceive difference alternating between wired and wireless.

On the other hand, although Nyrius states that the Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 is 3D compatible, I was not able to get that feature to work with the wireless receiver using two different 3D-enabled Blu-ray disc players alternately connected to the transmitter, and also having the wireless receiver alternately connected to two different 3D-enabled video projectors. However, when I connected either projectors to the wired HDMI output on the transmitter, I was able to view 3D content.

That being said, if transmitting 3D wirelessly is not a concern, not having to run an HDMI cable across the room, or to a TV or video projector in another room, is a great convenience, but there is some flexibility limitation - Although the transmitter has two HDMI inputs, and even though there is both a wired HDMI output on the transmitter, and signals can also be sent an additional destination via wireless transmission, you cannot display separate sources on the TV connected to the wired HDMI output and the wireless HDMI receiver at the same time. In other words, both destinations will display the same source content that is selected on the transmitter unit.

The Bottom Line

If you have two TVs in different locations (or a TV and Video projector in the same room) and would like to get rid of some HDMI cable clutter, the Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502  is one solution that might work for you, as it enables you to connect one of your video displays via standard HDMI wired connection, and also transmit that same source signal to another video display at the same time, or if one of video display devices is off, you can still watch a source on the other display, whether through wired connection or wireless transmission.

However, the Nyrius Aries Home+ Model NAVS502 may not be the solution if you have one, or two, 4K TVs, or, based on my experience with the system, have a 3D TV or video projector that you like to connect wirelessly (although the wired option for 3D does work).

Also, keep in mind that the if you have two TVs with different display resolutions, for example, one TV is 1080p and the other is 720p, if you are operating both at the same time, the wired and wireless output will default to the lowest common resolution. In addition, the wireless transmission feature is not compatible with 480i resolution signals.

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