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Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod

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My test unit also sported an infrared port, presumably for a remote control, and its own set of playback control buttons. However, I understand the unit shipping with the portable player transmitter lacks these. Common to all receivers is the central connect button and red activity LED.

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With the transmitter's battery charged and the receiver connected to the mains and to my hi-fi, I plugged the broadcast unit into my notebook, sat upstairs and opened iTunes. I selected an internet radio station - Radio Paradise - and with bated breath I pressed and held the button on the transmitter.

The button's mechanism is so soft it's not easy to tell whether you have pressed it, but after a four seconds or so the activity light begins flashing red, a sign it's negotiating a connection with the receiver. Two seconds later I could head eclectic rock'n'roll flowing from my speakers downstairs and the LED light was now a steady blue.

Logitech claims the transmitter's battery lasts for up to 8 hours - pretty much what I observed - and to preserve its charge, the unit will, after a short time, drop into stand-by mode if it doesn't sense a jack connection.

The sound quality is dependent on the audio source, of course, but the 128Kbps audio stream from Radio Paradise, plus a variety of WAV, AAC and MP3 tracks stored on my PowerBook all produced entirely acceptable results to listeners sitting in front of the hi-fi. Maybe a pair of 'golden ears' could discern a quality drop, but I couldn't. Clearly, WMS is sending and reconverting an analogue signal into digital, transmitting it then converting it back into the analogue domain, but I found no apparent drop in quality to ordinary ears.

I could complain that there's no way of controlling your computer, but that's unfair. This product's for portable music players, which almost by definition incorporate their own controls. Logitech offers a WMS package for PCs, which includes an infrared remote control and sends back control data to the USB-connected transmitter.

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