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Sony DMX-WL1Sony's well-featured DMX-WL1 lacks the competition's stability and won't match the quality of an HDMI cable, but in situations where it works, it delivers fine quality for most users.
[ Music ] >> David Katzmaier: Hi. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET.com, and I'm standing with the Sony DMXWL1. This is a wireless HGMI system. One of the first two on the market. Sony, along with Geffen, the first companies to perfect this wireless HGMI transmission. It's not perfect yet. We'll get to that in a second. First of all, I want to let you know that this system does work with all TV's. Unlike some Sony proprietary products, this one does work with any Sony TV or non-Sony TV. So that's something, though, right off the bat. The system consists of a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter is the big thing under here. The receiver is this little guy here. The receiver sits next to the TV. The transmitter is, goes next to all your gear on the other side of the room. The range between the two is supposedly 65 feet, although in testing it wasn't quite that far. One of the cool things about this system is it does have a lot of features. Sony put four HGMI inputs on the back of the transmitter along with a component video input and even an optical digital audio output so you can connect an AV receiver, which is really cool. On the other end of the receiver, it's output is just a single HGMI jack. So you just plug that into your TV, and all the switching is handled via the transmitter. To facilitate that operation, you got a remote control on this device. The remote can, obviously, switch between the different devices connected to the transmitter and also control using its universal command system, the gear that can actually be stashed across the room out of sight. Sony's transmission did tend to break up a little bit when they were at the end of their range especially if we put the receiver itself behind a television or in an area that was a little bit less easy to see, but again when they were moved closer together, the system was a little bit better overall than the Geffen in terms of picture quality. It didn't introduce any faults contouring. It wasn't perfect. It wasn't as good as an HGMI cable overall, but again, the video quality was very good in the system, and I think it's pretty good for a first gen device. That's a quick look at the Sony DMXWL1, and I'm David Katzmaier. [ Music ]