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Logitech rolls out clever wireless products for the home

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August 23, 2005

Logitech rolls out clever wireless products for the home

Logitech rolls out clever wireless products for the home

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August 24, 2005 The wireless opportunity seems to abound everywhere, and the opportunity to long time computer accessory company Logitech announced three products today that will enable ingenious wireless home entertainment possibilities. The products include a system that wirelessly links an iPod to the home-entertainment system, a set of wireless headphones for PC users and system which can stream any format of digital audio from the PC to a home stereo system or to a separate speaker system. No wireless network is needed; everything required is in the box.

The Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod

The Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod allows people, in a matter of minutes, to wirelessly connect their iPod or MP3 player to a stereo or speaker system, share their digital music out loud, and control the music using their player as a remote control.

The Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod is a complete, two-piece, plug-and-play solution: a music transmitter connects to any portable music player's standard headphone port and a music receiver plugs into a home stereo receiver or multimedia speakers through an RCA port or a 3.5 mm jack. There's no complicated home network needed.

"The goal with this product is to make it easy for portable music player owners to share their music collections through their high-quality home-entertainment speakers," said a Logitech spokesperson. "The Wireless Music System for iPod is perfect for dinner parties. From the couch or dining room table, people can skip tracks or hop from playlist to playlist, using their player as a remote control."

The Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod relies upon the Logitech Music Anywhere wireless technology to deliver a reliable, persistent connection and ultimate plug-and-play simplicity. The transmitter and receiver are paired at manufacturing, ensuring they will instantly connect when plugged in, and remain connected. This proprietary technology provides crystal-clear digital audio quality and features adaptive frequency hopping, helping the products overcome any potential wireless interference. The music transmitter sends audio streams directly to the receiver at a range of up to 10 meters (33 feet).

The Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod will be available in the U.S. and Europe, beginning in October. The suggested retail price is US$149.99.

Logitech Wireless Headphones for PC

Logitech Wireless Headphones for PC offer people the freedom to unleash themselves from their PC as they listen to their digital music collection, Internet radio, or subscription music services.

Setup is simple. The Logitech Wireless Headphones for PC come with everything people need to wirelessly stream music in minutes: a small transmitter that connects to the USB port on a computer, and the headphones, which include an integrated wireless receiver. With a range of up to 50 meters (165 feet), it allows people to experience digital music from virtually anywhere around the home.

"The Wireless Headphones for PC eliminate the nuisance of cords, giving people the freedom to comfortably move around in front of the computer, or even walk into the other room, while still listening to music or any number of audio applications on the PC," said a Logitech spokesperson. "The simplicity of the system and the quality of the audio are unmatched. Without the cords to tie them down, people will forget they're wearing the headphones."

The Logitech Wireless Headphones for PC take advantage of the simplicity offered by the architecture of the Logitech Music Anywhere wireless technology. The transmitter and receiver are paired at manufacturing, ensuring they will instantly connect when plugged in. The proprietary technology provides crystal-clear digital audio quality and features adaptive frequency hopping, helping the product overcome any potential wireless interference. The USB-based PC transmitter can stream any format of audio, including Internet radio, directly to the receiver.

With a lightweight, behind-the-head design, the Logitech Wireless Headphones for PC provide a secure and comfortable fit. The headphones' 40 mm full-range neodymium drivers provide rich stereo audio with enhanced bass performance. With the included software, the headphones' integrated controls, located on the right earpiece, enable people to adjust the volume, as well as play, pause and skip tracks forward and back in today's most popular media players, including Windows Media Player, Musicmatch, WinAmp, iTunes, and RealPlayer.

The Logitech Wireless Headphones for PC will be available in the U.S. and in Europe, beginning in October. The suggested retail price is $129.99.

Logitech Wireless Music System for PC

Experiencing digital music just got easier. The Logitech Wireless Music System for PC, can stream any format of digital audio from the PC to a home stereo system or to a separate speaker system. No wireless network is needed; everything required is in the box.

The Logitech Wireless Music System for PC is a simple, three-piece solution: a USB music transmitter that connects to the PC; a music receiver that plugs into a home stereo receiver or multimedia speakers through a standard RCA port or a 3.5 mm jack; and a wireless remote control. In a matter of minutes, people can enjoy all of their PC audio, including their entire digital music collection, MP3 subscription service, and Internet radio, in virtually any room in the home.

"The digital music revolution has given people new flexibility in how they purchase and organize their digital music -- but for most people, that music is held captive on a PC," said a Logitech spokesperson. "With the Wireless Music System for PC, people can enjoy their favorite playlists or Internet radio on their living room entertainment system. The product takes less than five minutes to set up, and it works without any cables or adapters, without a Wi-Fi network, and without any restrictions on file format."

The Logitech Wireless Music System for PC is targeted at the growing number of people who are buying digital music tracks and subscription services through online music stores such as Apple's iTunes or Musicmatch. A recent study by Parks Associates showed that two-thirds of online U.S. households listen to music on a home computer. And whether they use a portable player or not, most people don't have a good way to get their online music from the PC to their entertainment center.

The simplicity of the Logitech Wireless Music System for PC is due to the architecture of the Logitech Music Anywhere wireless technology. The transmitter and receiver are paired at manufacturing, ensuring they will instantly connect when plugged in. The proprietary technology provides crystal-clear digital audio quality and features adaptive frequency hopping, helping the product overcome any potential wireless interference. The USB-based PC music transmitter sends audio streams directly to the music receiver at a range of up to 100 meters (330 feet). The Logitech Wireless Music System for PC also includes software that allows people to easily switch back and forth between listening to music on the PC and wirelessly streaming it to another room.

The system's infrared remote allows people to control their music files from their living room couch, even though the files reside on the PC in another room. About the size of a credit card, the remote features controls such as volume up or down, mute, play, pause, skip forward and back. The remote works with today's most popular media players, including iTunes, Windows Media Player, Musicmatch, WinAmp, and RealPlayer -- there's no need to install a new player.

The Logitech Wireless Music System for PC will be available in stores and online beginning in September in the U.S. and in Europe. Its suggested retail price in the U.S. is US$149.99. Logitech will make additional receivers available for people who want to stream their music to multiple rooms in the house. The additional receivers will be available online at www.logitech.com, for US$79.99.

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