Have you ever wanted to watch a Blu-ray, Sky or Virgin Media in a room it’s not installed? Well now you can with the HDJuiceBox Lite Kit from Aclasstechnology – and here is our review.
The NEW HDJuiceBox Lite allows you to transmit HD HDMI Video anywhere in your home using existing power sockets; saving you the hassles of rewiring. The system consists of a receiver and a transmitter that deliver H.264 HD video and audio from SKY HD boxes, Set Top Boxes, Blu-ray disc players, video game consoles etc. to compatible HDTV displays located near power outlets. The HDJuicebox Lite receiver is easily connected to your HDTV via HDMITM cable while your AV source equipment is connected directly to the HDJuicebox lite transmitter.
This means no expensive rewiring of the house or office is necessary. It supports full IR pass-thru so that the source can be controlled, via a remote, from any receiver location.
Specifications and Features
- H.264 compression technology
- Incorporates HDMITM technology
- Supports up to 1920 x 1080 @60i/50i/23.98p/24p resolution
- Incorporates SmartLink PLC with 500Mbps PHY rate
- Supports optimal QoS for video streaming
- Supports video source remote control
- Supports Dual HDMI Input Switching
- Back channel to support remote IR control for original video player Supports HDMI video interfaces
- HDCP Compliant
- Transmitter Dimensions – 182mm(W) x 32mm (H) x 97mm (D)
- Receiver Dimensions – 182mm (W) x 32mm (H) x 97mm (D)
What’s in the Box?
- HDJuiceBox Lite Transmitter
- HDJuiceBox Lite Receiver
- 2 x 1.5M HDMI Cables
- 1 x IR Transmitter cable
- 1 x IR Receiver cable
- 1 x Remote Control (batteries included)
- 2 x Power Cord
- 1 x User Manual
A Closer Look
The remote is very simple – it has a power button, a source 1 button and a source 2 button.
The Transmitter box has a Source and a Power button on the front of the unit.
The rear of the Transmitter box has the power port, a reset switch, two HDMI inputs, an HDMI output and an IR out port.
You can also wall mount it if you wished.
The Receiver box has a Source and a Power button on the front of the unit.
The rear of the Receiver box has the power port, a reset switch, an HDMI output and an IR in port.
You can also wall mount it if you wished too.
Both the transmitter and receiver units are easy to set up – just plug them into the power and connect up whatever source devices you want to use. There is an IR port which connects an IR blaster with two sensors on it which can be used to place the sensor on each source device so that you can use the source devices remote control in the room you want to watch the TV in. This is extremely useful because it means that unlike other devices on the market, you can change channels, or pause a Blu-ray without having to go back to the room the source devices reside in.
The receiver also has an IR blaster than can be used so that you can hide the transmitter and only need the IR blaster sensor visible to use the receiver remote control to change the source between source 1 and source 2.
Both units have a simple set of LEDs on the front to tell you if the units are on and connected.
The units use powerline technology to distribute the signal between rooms, so there are a few things that you need to be aware of before hand. The first one being that the units works better if they are plugged in directly to the wall socket and not into an extender strip. During my testing I tried both and whilst I got it working in the next room off of an extender, when I tried in a room further away I couldn’t get a signal as it was too degraded. The second one being that like all powerline devices they work on the premise that the electric cables throughout your house are connected and of good enough quality to pass a signal. The further away you are from the source, and if there are issues with your cabling, the more the signal could degrade.
Just keep in mind that you can only watch whatever the set to box or Blu-ray player is watching, so if someone wants to change the channel in the source room you have to watch that too.
Overall I found the kit very easy to setup and use and has enabled me to watch things in other rooms in my house without the need for me to either put in expensive cabling, or to get another set top box installed.
The NEW HDJuiceBox Lite Kit from Aclasstechnology retails for £299 and is highly recommended to enhance your viewing throughout your house.