Wireless HDMI Unveiled at CEDIA
Is your home theater system plagued by way too many wires? Well, if they have HDMI connections, you may be in luck. At least three companies unveiled wireless HDMI products at CEDIA* Expo in Denver, CO this week; Monster Cable, Belkin and Gefen. Monster Cable's transmitter and receiver combo has an MSRP of $699 and is expected in late 2009. Belkin's FlyWire Wireless system is expected to ship in November with an MSRP of $1499.99, but you can pre-order now for $999. Lastly, Gefen has two wireless HDMI devices; the first one is scheduled to ship late September with an estimated price of $700, while the second one is scheduled for November release with an estimated price of $1000. But before you jump at the chance to have wireless HDMI, as with any first-generation products, do your research! There are no industry standards at the moment and as such, the devices are using different wireless chipsets and/or encoding technologies, thus making cross-compatibility unlikely.
*CEDIA stands for Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association and "is an international trade association of companies that specialize in planning and installing electronic systems for the home."