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

Nyrius NAVS500 - A Wireless HDMI Connectivity Solution For Your Home Theater

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Nyrius NAVS500 Wireless HDMI Connection System - Box

Nyrius NAVS500 Wireless HDMI Connection System - Box

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Nyrius NAVS500 Wireless HDMI Connection System - Transmitter

Nyrius NAVS500 Wireless HDMI Connection System - Transmitter

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Nyrius NAVS500 Wireless HDMI Connection System - Receiver

Nyrius NAVS500 Wireless HDMI Connection System - Receiver

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The Nyrius NAVS500 High Definition Digital Wireless Audio/Video Sender and Remote Extender allows the wireless transmission of HDMI signals up to 100 feet between an HDMI source, such as Blu-ray Disc player, and destination, such an HDMI-equipped home theater receiver or HDTV. The NAVS500 is compatible with video resolutions up to 1080p, and also includes support for Dolby and DTS surround sound audio. In addition the Nyrius NAVS500 can also be used as an IR remote extender.

Product Description

1. Wireless extension of HDMI via WHDI transmision format, of up to 1080p resolution video (NTSC and PAL compatible) up to 30 meters (100 feet) indoors.

2. HDMI 1.3 compatibility (does not support 3D or Audio Return Channel).

3. Supports standard Dolby Digital (including EX) and DTS (including ES and ES-Matrix) surround sound audio formats, as well as 2-channel PCM, but does not support Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio.

4. Indicator LEDs provide operational status.

5. Internal Omni-Directional Antennas

6. A/V Connector: One Female 19-pin HDMI, Sender and Receiver.

7. USB Port provided for Firmware Update installation, as well as Keyboard or Mouse connectivity (for PCs).

8. Power Connector: One 5V DC input jack, Sender and Receiver.

9. Power Switch: One switch, Sender and Receiver.

10. Package Includes: Sender/Receiver units and stands, DC power adapters, (1) 6-ft HDMI cable, (1) IR extender cable, User's Manual.

Setting up Nyrius NAVS500

For HDMI wireless signal transmission, first connect an HDMI cable from a source device, such as a Blu-ray Disc player or HD Cable/Satellite Box to the NAVS500 transmitter unit. Then, connect an HDMI cable to the Receiving unit and either a video display device, such as TV or video projector, or a HDMI-equipped home theater receiver. Also, besides the HDMI cables, you will still need to connect the Sender and Receiver units to AC power, using the provided 5V DC power adapters, in order for them to operate.

Also, if you want to extend your IR remote control signal, first connect the provided IR blaster cable to the IR input on the transmitter unit and place the blaster end of the cable in front the IR sensor on your source device.

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 by turning on your source and display device first, then power on the Sender and Receiver units.

Performance

I found that the Nyrius NAVS500 High Definition Digital Wireless Audio/Video Sender and Remote Extender works, but there are factors to take into consideration.

I was able to verify that I was indeed receiving both a 1080p video signal to my video display, as well as being able to receive Dolby, DTS, and PCM audio formats. However, I also found that soundtracks using Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio were down-res'd to standard Dolby Digital and DTS before signal transmission.

Using the remote extender feature, you can point your remote control to the NAVS500 receiver unit and it will send the commands back wirelessly to the NAVS500 transmitter unit, to which the IR blaster cable is connected to, enabling control of your source device, such as playback functions on a Blu-ray Disc player, or channel changing functions on a cable/satellite box.

After working with the Nyrius NAVS500 with several components, I found that it was easy to set up and use. Not having to run an HDMI cable across the room meant that I could place one source component, such as a Blu-ray Disc player, farther away from the TV or home theater receiver, or even in the next room. The only real limitation is that you still have to plug the sender and receiver units into AC power. In addition, another limitation is that the Sender unit only has one HDMI input. In other words, you can only connect one source device to the transmitter unit.

However, another connection option that is very practical, is to connect all your sources to a home theater receiver and then connect the HDMI output of your home theater the Nyrius NAVS500 transmitter. This way you can use your home theater receiver as the central connection hub for all your sources and use just the one HDMI output connect to the NAVS500 transmitter to send those signals wirelessly to your TV or video projector using the NAVS500 system.

Final Take

Although the Nyrius NAVS500 provides convenient wireless connectivity between a source device and a display or home theater receiver, it is rather expensive, with a suggested price of $399.99, and will not pass 3D or Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio signals. However, it was indicated that forthcoming firmware updates would add 3D and possibly Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio compatibility.

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