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Nyrius Aries Home+ review: Now you can cut the HDMI cord, too

Michael Brown | Feb. 26, 2015
There are few things I like better than discovering simple, easy, and inexpensive ways to get things done. Asking your cable or satellite-TV service provider to set you up with a means of streaming video from your set-top box in one room to a TV in another fits the first two criteria, but they'll stick you with a monthly service charge and equipment-rental fees. Here's a solution you'll need to pay for just once: the Nyrius Aries Home+ Wireless HD Transmitter.

As I found with the Iogear, the Aries Home+ is truly a plug-and-play affair: Connect the HDMI cables, plug in the power cables, and the transmitter and receiver sync up in fairly short order. I had no problem streaming 1080p video and Dolby Digital surround sound to almost every room in my home, despite the double-thick walls of my home theater, where I located the Aries Home+ transmitter. Video quality, being uncompressed, is excellent. And while I would have preferred to be able to stream a Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack from a Blu-ray player to my remote TV, I have no real complaints about the quality of the audio I did hear.

Is it a good value?

The manufacturer's suggested price for the Aries Home+ is $250, which is $38 cheaper than the street price of the Iogear Wireless 5x2 HD Matrix. If you don't need the extra features the Iogear offers — three additional HDMI inputs, the ability to handle analog audio and video, and the dual remote controls — the Aries Home+ is a better value. I'm sure prices will drop once the new device has been on the market for a while, but I would have liked to have seen a bigger pricing delta right out of the gate.

 

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