August 9, 2006 In keeping with its history of introducing cutting edge computer peripherals (such as the first cordless mouse, trackball etcetera), Swiss-based Logitech has unveiled a wireless DJ Music System, which makes it easy to stream digital music from a PC to any stereo system or powered speakers and control it all from the long-range Wireless DJ remote. The system plays any PC audio format, including MP3, iTunes (AAC), WMA, Internet radio and podcasts and the Wireless DJ remote with its display and scroll wheel, makes it easy to navigate an entire music collection from anywhere in the home. According to a recent worldwide survey, 40 percent of online households play music on their PC and 33 percent listen to Internet radio streams. However, less than 10 percent of these people are playing this music through their stereo. Existing solutions that bridge this divide are complex to set up, support only a limited number of music formats, or are priced out of reach for most consumers. That’s about to change as the Logitech Wireless DJ Music System will be available next month for US$250 with additional Wireless Music System Add-On Receivers going for US$80 each (one per room to a total of four).
Logitech's Music Anywhere wireless technology works throughout the home, without requiring an existing wireless network. The transmitter plugs into a USB port on the PC and the Music Receiver/Dock is connected to a stereo system using standard RCA connectors, or to powered multimedia speakers using the 3.5 mm headphone jack output. Once the setup is complete, the Wireless DJ Music System streams music directly to the receiver, at a range of up to 50 meters (150 feet). The multi-room remote automatically connects to the PC and offers the same wireless range.
What makes the Wireless DJ Music System unique are the Wireless DJ remote and the Logitech StreamPoint software. The remote's blue backlighted liquid-crystal display (LCD) and mechanical scroll wheel make it easy to browse through an entire digital music collection, select a song, playlist or Internet radio station of choice, and see what's playing on the screen. The Wireless DJ remote also includes an active playlist feature, called the DJ List, which allows people to add songs or albums to the queue without stopping the music -- people can pass the remote at a dinner party and everyone can be the DJ. Featuring a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the remote is quickly recharged in the Music Receiver/Dock and offers up to one week of battery life under normal usage.
The Logitech StreamPoint software runs on the PC and aggregates audio files, playlists, and favorite Internet radio stations from iTunes, Windows Media Player and Musicmatch Jukebox, creating a unified music library that can be easily viewed and accessed by the Wireless DJ remote.
Pricing and Availability
The Logitech Wireless DJ Music System will be available in the U.S. and Europe in late September. Its suggested retail price is US$249.99. Logitech also offers the Wireless Music System Add-On Receiver, for a suggested retail price of US$79.99 (U.S.), which allows people to enjoy their PC music in additional rooms (up to a total of 4).