Feeds
90%

Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod

Music streaming made easy?

Intelligent flash storage arrays

With the iPod transmitter in my Vision:M device, I had full control of the system - just set your amplifier to a suitable high volume and reduce the volume control on your player until you get the sound level you like. Whatever track I selected, if the device can decode the format to an analog signal, WMS can beam it to your hi-fi.

logitech wireless music system for iPod

Moving my MP3 player around my three-storey home, I found only one location where the sound began to break up, but that may have been a result of the metal around it - radiator, bath, washing machine, boiler - than the distance. Whatever the cause, I wouldn't expect to be controlling my hi-fi from the bathroom under normal circumstances. Like my other remote controls, I'd leave my iPod in the living room.

Logitech sells standalone receivers, but you can only transmit to one at a time, thanks to the limitations of Bluetooth's pairing system. One transmitter can remember and talk to ten separate receivers. Pairing the devices is a painless process, but you do have to do it each time you want to change output locations. So WMS isn't a substitute for a multi-room rig like Sonos' Digital Music System, for example.

Verdict

Logitech's WMS for iPod is a great way to turn an MP3 player into a stereo's remote control and music source. My only quibble, perhaps, is the price. Logitech wants £100 for the package - the same price, according to its website, as the PC version, which includes a control-equipped receiver unit and a remote control, which of course you don't need with the iPod version.

WMS also lacks the flexibility and support for multi-room set-ups that other, Wi-Fi based music streaming systems do, such as Apple's £89 Airport Express. On the other hand, it does work with your favourite portable music player and allows you to change what you're listening to at any time without the need to buy expensive add-on controller units.

For that, it wins my vote, and while it's about four times the price of a dock - and a lot more than a RCA-to-3.5mm adaptor cable - it beats having to get up from the sofa whenever you want to change songs. Yes, you can get a dock and Apple's remote control for around £45 - less than half the price of the WMS - but that's only a viable solution if you can see the player's screen. And if you don't own an iPod, it's no solution in any case. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

90%

Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod

Turn your MP3 player into your hi-fi's remote control and music source...
Price: £100/$150 - further receivers cost $80 each RRP

More from The Register

next story
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.