The receiver contains twin phono outputs and a mini-jack output so you can either hook it up to an amplifier or to powered speakers. A switch on the back can be moved between Fixed and Variable. The latter is used for systems that don’t have their own volume control but in the main you’ll be using Fixed, which outputs a full line-out signal. The receiver has a number of buttons on the top, but none of these, save for the Connect and Mute control, will do anything, unless you have one of Logitech’s Music Anywhere products. The receiver requires power so you’ll need to find a spare socket for a wall plug near your stereo.
When plugged in the first time all you need to do is pair the transmitter and receiver, which is simply done by pressing and holding down the connect button on the receiver. The light above this button flashes red when trying to connect, a solid red if the connection fails and a solid blue when connected. The only time I ever saw a solid red was because I hadn’t turned actually on the transmitter. Once it is on it connects immediately every time. Press play on your device and music will stream out of your speakers. Neat.
As soon as this happened I was immediately impressed, first by the ease of set-up and secondly by the sound quality. With no settings or information to enter, it’s essentially plug-and-play.
I tested the system by hooking up first to my separates amplifier in the lounge and later to a mini-system in the bedroom. My first impressions of the sound quality was that it was pleasingly strong, with no hiss, fade, or other nonsense that you get from the FM transmitters.
I normally connect my iPod to my amp by a mini-jack to phone connector and I was keen to see if I could discern any difference in sound quality. Sitting down and conducting A/B testing, using a variety of music ranging from bass heavy to primarily vocal, the wireless Logitech sounded that bit more compressed compared to the physical connection. There was a slight loss of response at the high end and even more so at the low end, with bass sounding that bit lighter and woollier.
I have to stress though that it wasn’t a night and day situation, and I had to listen carefully to detect these differences. I would say that it was less of a difference than there is between a 128Kb MP3 file and 192Kb one, so if you have trouble telling between those then you’ll be perfectly happy with the sound quality from the Logitech Wireless system. Of course, if you’re truly concerned about quality then what are you doing listening to compressed music anyway? For casual listening then, the Logitech does a more than good enough job.