JBL Control 2.4G: Music Anywhere in Your Wireless Network

JBL Control 2.4G: Music Anywhere in Your Wireless Network

Oct 15, 2008

When we have been asked before about options for wirelessly streaming music around the house we blogged about the Sonos and Squeezebox to name a few. There is also the Roku. The one thing in common with these solutions is that you need speakers attached to them, either after the fact in the case of Sonos and Roku or from the manufacturer like with the Squeezebox. JBL is doing something a little bit different and removing the control portion from the equation, or at least from the immediate area.

The JBL control 2.4G can do a number of things. Replace the surround channels in a multichannel home theater, act as a second-room music system or as a primary speaker system for any audio source....and do it all wirelessly. It is more the second and third options that interest us.

Because you only have to deal with two speakers, which are only 9" x 6-1/8" x 5-1/2", you can discretely set them up on the patio when you are having a BBQ, the kitchen as a secondary stereo or even the bathroom for some tunes to go with your bubbles. Because the transmitter is built into the left speaker, all you have to do is find a plug for it. The disadvantage with the JBL compared to the Sonos, Squeezebox or Roku is that there is no way to control the music coming out of it. It is simply something to play back audio, control will have to be dealt with at the source. A deal breaker if you are looking for a compact replacement to the mentioned systems, but still a very nice option to get whole house synchronized audio without expensive retrofits of wiring and built in speakers.

-via Gear Crave

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