Logitech Wireless DJ: Hands All Over the Music Streaming System (Verdict: Poor Man's Sonos)

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I had some cozy time in a hotel bedroom with a preproduction Logitech Wireless DJ. This music streaming system uses Extended Data Rate Bluetooth to let your PC, the fancy remote and the receiver talk. Yes, Bluetooth, even if the spec sheet doesn't admit it. That's because this system is practically dummy proof, and aimed at those who don't really care about the tech behind the music. You do, though, don't you? Jump for more pictures of the remote and more details of this pretty little setup.

The DJ's USB dongle communicates with the remote and the receiver (300 foot range, by Logi's measure.) Software on the PC called Streampoint, launches iTunes, or WMP in the background and pushes the music to the player. The cool thing is that you can use your iTunes and WMP playlists, and DRM'd content, too. Over at CNet, John Falcone likes it, referring to it as the "Poor Man's Sonos." But doesn't like the remote's scroll wheel. I didn't like the fact that the bluetooth receiver and remote can't be used with a laptop's built-in Bluetooth module. The system supports MP3, WMA, AAC, and Internet Radio. I can't remember if the remote can control multiple modules, but I think it can. Hits the streets in September, and costs a surprisingly high $249.

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I currently just use a ATI Remote Wonder (RF) for navigating songs on MusicMatch on our music server. This looked interesting, especially since I love the idea of having a screen to see what is playing and fully control the music app. That said ... $250?! That is about twice as much as I would be willing to entertain.