Wednesday, 30 December 2009
When the HDMI 1.4 spec was announced, 3D television and movies seemed to be the most commonly touted advancements. If you want 3D, they said, you need HDMI 1.4. Of course, things got a bit confusing later when the Blu-ray association announced the requirements to view 3D Blu-ray movies and lumped the PS3 in as a compatible player.
Evolved Sonic Solutions (ES2) has announced the availability of their new ES2 Stream 2 System. According to ES2, their newest wireless streaming system is capable of sending an audio signal up to a hundred feet without any loss in quality. ES2 also says that high definition sounds higher than CD quality can be sent as well.
HDMI 1.4 compatible devices are right around the corner, and the new capabilities are intriguing. 3D, 4K, and Ethernet over HDMI mean that the new standard may actually be something worth looking forward to. Wireworld is looking forward as well, with the addition of their new flagship HDMI cable.
The VideoLan from Woxter isn't a particularly new or innovative device, but a combination of existing technologies that simplifies the idea of video distribution in the home. The VideoLan is a multi-room HDMI extender that doesn’t require network cables, a wireless setup, or even coaxial cable. Using Aitana ++ chipset powerline technology from DS2, VideoLan is able to send a full HD signal throughout the house to be picked up at any power outlet.
Best Buy's Rocketfish brand is typically offered as a less expensive alternative for home theater and computer cables. If you've bought any sizable piece of hardware from the huge electronics chain and managed to get out without buying Monster cables, you've likely been proffered the cheaper Rocketfish cabling. Best Buy appears to be changing things up a bit with the Rocketfish brand though, as they're one of few companies to release a wireless HDMI solution.