The Teradek Ace 800 is being touted as an affordable, zero-delay, HD wireless video system with a range of up to 800 ft. Teradek says that it is designed with the same reliability and performance as the Teradek Bolt line.
It looks to me as the Ace 800 is almost a bridge between the Ace 500 and the Bolt series.
ZERO-DELAY HD QUALITY
Teradek claims that the Ace 800 can provide HD picture quality with zero delay. It features an intelligent RF design that enables users to transmit over the 5GHz band.
You can end 1080p60 video from one transmitter to up to four receivers simultaneously, but please be aware that this only works when using Ace 800 RX units.
- Lossless 1080p video quality
- Zero delay video transmission
- SDI input with SDI & HDMI output
- Multicast capable up to 4 receivers
Construction & Design
The Ace 800 has an aluminum-milled chassis and 2-pin locking power connector
The wireless system has been designed to adapt to whatever camera rig you are using. The 800 features three built-in ¼-20” mounting points for camera arms or hot shoes and an optional mounting bracket.
Unfortunately, if you want to power the Ace from a small-sized battery you need to purchase an optional battery plate that can attach directly to your transmitter. These plates include dual Sony L-Series and Canon LP-E6, BP-U, and BP-9. You can also power the receiver with optional Gold or V-Mount battery plates.
Ins & Outs
The Ace 800 transmitter only has an SDI In and an SDI OUT. The RX unit has both HDMI and SDI outputs. I would have preferred to have sen Teradek put an HDMI input on the TX unit as this would have increased its versatility and allow users to move it between different camera systems that may only have HDMI or SDI outputs.
Lack of Compatibility
One thing that surprised me was that the Ace 800 is not compatible with other Teradek Bolt or Ace products. This means you cannot mix and match it with other Teradek systems, which does diminish its versatility.
The closest competition arguably comes from the Vaxis Storm 800 3G-SDI & HDMI Wireless Transmission Kit ($1,850 USD). The Vaxis Storm 800 has both SDI and HDMI inputs on the TX and SDI and HDMI outputs on the RX.
The Teradek Ace 800 set retails for $2490 USD, but at the moment you can buy it for $1,990 USD on B&H.