Last week at CES, Linksys announced their Wireless Home Audio system and to say ‘confusing’, might be an understatement. There are a variety of kits and components to choose from, but what’s really important to understand is that their intention, as complicated as it maybe, is to ‘unwire’ your music.
First up is the Director (DMC250). This device connects to your tunes over your home’s network, can connect directly to any pair of speakers, includes 50 watts of power per channel and a 3.5-inch color LCD screen. If you so opt, there is also a ‘sold separately’ iPod dock. Cost: $450
Next is the Player (DMP100). It plugs into any powered speakers or stereo system and accepts wireless audio from the Director. Cost: $300
The Controller (DMRW1000) is a touchscreen remote that connects with the Director over WiFi and allows you to view and control the music at hand. It also includes an iPod like ‘thumbwheel’. Cost: $350
Last on the list is the Conductor (DMC350). It’s similar to the Director, but in place of the amplifier is a built-in CD player and speakers. It can play or receive wireless streams and thanks to the 7-inch touchscreen you can easily navigate your computer or Rhapsody’s music library. The Conductor is not yet available for purchase. Cost: TBD
Linksys’ Wireless Home Audio component are available here and start at about $300.