There’s no denying that the iPod is the de-facto digital audio player right now and if you want to quickly and conveniently share the music on it you’re spoilt for choice with numerous speaker docks available, such as the Acoustic Authority iRhythm set we reviewed here. However, these are all tailor-made for the iPod so if you’ve got a digital music player from a different brand, such as the Creative Zen Vision: M you’re out of luck. Not so with the, Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod/mp3, which as its name suggests, will work with any music playing device that features a standard 3.5mm input jack.
The concept of a sending music from your iPod wirelessly is not new. The Griffin iTrip and other similar products do the same but they work by broadcasting an FM signal, which a) produces relatively poor sounding interference prone audio and b) is officially illegal in the UK. The Logitech Wireless system however, employs Bluetooth, which in its 1.2 guise is capable of streaming audio comfortably.
Logitech claims that its system is simple to set up and it’s not wrong. The package contains two main parts. The first is a small white box. This is the transmitter and sits on top of your iPod or other player. It’s white and obviously designed to match the styling of the iPod, so won’t match if you’ve got a black one. But the black and white contrasts well so it’s not necessarily a style killer.
The jack on the underneath of the box can be slid from the centre to the side depending on where the headphone socket on your device is located. However, on the 5th Gen iPod used for testing, the transmitter flopped down unless the iPod was held upright.
The transmitter won’t drain your iPod battery as it contains its own and will turn itself off if it doesn’t detect a input signal. It has its own charger with a small plug on the side - an orange light indicates a charge, which turns off when charging is complete.
It's activated by holding down a button, though this is rather small and fiddly and I needed to use my nail to get it to depress. This glows red then switches to blue once it has established a connection to the receiver, which occurs immediately.
The receiver part is a small black box with an aerial at the rear that can be angled upwards. If it seems odd to colour the transmitter white and the receiver black I wuld imagine that it’s because most iPods are white and most hi-fi equipment is black so there is some logic there.