Logitech Wireless DJ Music System Review
Logitech, which is showing off a rather progressive products of late, ventures into the realm of the connected home with their Wireless DJ Music System. Technically classified as a wireless bridge, the Wireless DJ will stream music from your PC to a receiver connected to your stereo or anything with RCA audio inputs. What separates the Wireless DJ other audio streamers is an affordable price of $ 220 U.S. with the ability to play music from your iTunes or Windows Media Player library – including DRM-protected music.
Features and design
Among the first inspection, there is no doubt that the team responsible for the Wireless DJ Music System based on the success of the Harmony remotes product line. The Wireless DJ remote is very stylish with its sleek lines, metallic body and blue LED display. The remote has a substantial feel to it that resonates an impression of quality.
There are three sections of controls on the Wireless DJ remote. The upper part has the skip back, play / pause and skip forward buttons, the middle section features a jog dial and select button to scroll through your playlists and songs along with four navigation buttons including back, home, and two buttons playlist. The third part of the remote is devoted to the volume settings. Powering the remote is an integrated lithium ion battery that recharges the remote receiver is connected to the base.
The Wireless DJ Music System uses the 2.4 GHz frequency band to wirelessly transmit the audio signal from your PC and the included transmitter, the base station receiver (which doubles as a charger remote control). You can install more than one receiver in different rooms for example, and then label the room using the StreamPoint software. The music system can stream music to the desired room temperature by simply selecting the area you want with the remote. Unfortunately you can not stream music to different rooms / zones at once like you can with the Sonos Music System: you can only listen to one zone at a time. Additional wireless receivers cost a spendy $ 80 each, nearly 1/3rd of the total system cost.
When it comes to music formats, the Wireless DJ certainly has its advantages and disadvantages. While the Wireless DJ can stream music from your iTunes, Musicmatch Jukebox 9.0 and Windows Media Player 9 (or higher) library, including DRM-protected songs, it is limited to the audio formats that iTunes and WMP support, such as WMA, AAC and MP3. The good news is that if you have a plug-in for your music player to other formats like FLAC or Ogg Vorbis support, then the Wireless DJ will play, as long as you’re in the PC control mode. Remember, the Wireless DJ Music System is an audio bridge, not a media streamer. This means it does not directly control the music per say, rather it is passing on what your music (like iTunes) is already playing, just send it through the Wireless DJ instead of your PC sound card.
The Wireless DJ Music System is compatible with Windows XP-based PCs, and Logitech recommends at least 1 GB of memory in that system. There is currently no support for Apple-based operating systems.
Install and use
Installing the Wireless DJ Music System is a fairly simple process. Just install the software, connect the transmitter to your PC via a USB connection, connect the receiver and remote control your music system or home theater receiver and you’re ready to roll. But make sure your receiver within range of the transmitter. The remote has a small icon, similar to what you would see on a mobile phone that will tell you the signal strength of the recipient.
We found the range of the Wireless DJ somewhat limited, only about 90ft from a wall. Now because it is not piggy-back on your homes WiFi network, you can possible interference from other electronics experience in the home such as microwaves and cordless phones. Even with a weak signal but we experienced few-if any dropouts when streaming music. The sound quality depends on the song quality more than anything.
The StreamPoint software works but is not very friendly to your PC. When running in the background, we found that a large part of our memory test systems like our music library for new tracks queries used. We recommend the automatic search and then manually run when you can. This causes the crippling effects to a minimum.
If you enjoy listening to podcasts and playlists, you must first add them to your Windows Media Player or iTunes software before you can play them back through the Wireless DJ. This includes internet radio stations that can actually be a daunting task with WMP to add for example. They Wireless DJ feels like it is designed specifically for WMP rather than Musicmatch Jukebox or iTunes, but it works – it’s just not as intuitive.
Another way you can play music or an audio file for that matter, to play through the Wireless DJ is by enabling the software on the PC control mode. Allows you to essentially control the music using the software installed on your PC versus using the remote. By doing so, the Wireless DJ will output any audio played on your PC while you are playing with music. This includes audio from your movies or even some of your games.
One of the biggest pitfalls of an audio bridge device is that it requires your PC to be switched at any time to work. Systems such as the Roku SoundBridge or Slim Devices Squeezebox can effectively operate independently with limited functionality if your PC is turned off, and the Wireless DJ can not. This includes the majority of streaming radio stations and podcasts. All media streamers without internal storage will require your PC to your music library to stay open.
There is an abundance of music streamers on the market, so you really have a lot of options to choose from. If you do not have a wireless network in your home, and would rather not spend much money on a system, then the Wireless DJ is a match made in heaven. And while not without its faults, the Wireless DJ is a very good performer that looks good and sounds great. If you have a wireless network, then you might want to look at the Slim Devices Squeezebox better wireless coverage, and more features, but it can not stream to other rooms, you would have to buy multiple units.
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