[REVIEW] Kanex iAdapt HDMI V2 Mini DP
Now that every 2010 Mac and some Windows PC supports audio through mini display ports -- and feeding them to a HDMI-equipped TV -- Apogee has stepped up to introduce its own adapter cable. The iAdapt HMDI V2 Mini can put full audio and video together in a single pipe. Read on to see what more can the HDMI Adapter do.
There’s nothing much to say with iAdapt HDMI V2’s design aside from it is well-built. It clearly matches up the current aluminum and white spread of most Mac Lines. The cable is thick and unlikely to break unless you’ll bend to an unreasonable angle. The Apogee does not require extra cables to get started as it assumes that you already have a HDMI wire. Naturally, it’s easy to get started with a Mini DP connected to an HDMI. A new MacBook Pro equipped with Mac OS X Snow Leopard recognizes TV resolutions. The iAdapt was set to the right 1080p resolution and refresh rate immediately after plugging in.
Image and Audio Quality
Your image quality may vary depending on the TV set you use. Using a two-year old Samsung LNT-4069FX 40-inch LCD, the colors were vibrant and the details were sharp. If you’re using a Mac with a lower resolution than the TV, you might like to use display spanning if you want the crispest picture expected for a 1080p digital source. Though dependent on the source material setup, the audio quality is also straightforward. Good thing, Apogee supports a wide range of audio including the raw LPCM (Linear Pulse Code Modulation), compressed Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. However, Apple’s support for surround is still limited. That being said, do not expect to hear from 5.1 channel and beyond.
The only catch of iAdapt HDMI V2 Mini is the technology where it is incorporated. Macs introduced before 2010 can bring the video with them, but the audio. So if you want quality sound from an older system, you might need a 3.5mm-to-RCA or optical audio cable to plug into your receiver.
If you’re eager to get a Mac’s video output to a TV with minimum cabling, the iAdapt HDMI V2 Mini is an easy choice. It’s competitive at $30 and slightly cheaper than Apple’s $35 Moshi HDMI Adapter. You can enjoy the results if you own a 2010-introduced Mac or certain Windows PC, but learn to accept that your audio may not reach all TV channels without the right content and home theater system.View Article Source »