Last night a Logitech Wireless DJ saved my dinner party

We've seen enough wireless music streaming gadgets to last us several Buddhist lifetimes.This new Logitech one, however, grabbed our attention because

We've seen enough wireless music streaming gadgets to last us several Buddhist lifetimes.

This new Logitech one, however, grabbed our attention because it takes the ingenious Sonos route of putting a display on the remote control - so you can simply dial up your PC's music library in the same way you'd select tunes on an iPod.

The system’s a four part affair, with a USB dongle that broadcasts songs from your Windows-only PC, a receiver that plugs in to your stereo's phono jacks, an LCD-packing remote control for controlling everything, and some Logitech StreamPoint software for your computer.

Format support looks decent, with MP3, WMA and AAC all supported (including their DRM-ed counteparts).

Once set up - which should be simple seeing as it uses RF and should automatically work - it does a Ronseal job, DJ-ing music up to 50 metres from one room to another. Or from one side of the lounge to the other.

The remote is moderately sexy as remotes go, giving Logitech's Harmony range a nod on the design front and adding a mechanical scrollwheel for browsing your library. It comes with a charging dock, and has a one-week battery life.

Connection-wise, you get a 3.5mm jack and stereo phonos, making it a perfect partner for the Ferguson Hill FH007s we've just been drooling over (see link below). You can also add three or more receivers for a total of four receiving rooms, though the extra receivers cost an outrageous £70 a pop.

Best of all is the 'add to playlist' option, so that - as Logi puts it - 'people can pass the remote at a dinner party and everyone can be the DJ.' We couldn't have put it better ourselves. Everyone loves DJ-ing in between the bruschetta and the blancmange, don't they?

Essentials

Logitech Wireless DJ Music System, Logitech Wireless Music System Add-on Receiver

Price: £180, £70

On sale: Late Septmber

Contact: Logitech

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