SoundBridge HomeMusic Review

The slim, cylindrical SoundBridge HomeMusic can be connected to any music system or set of speakers using an ordinary audio cable. It can then connect to a wireless network, allowing you to stream your iTunes music (transmit it wirelessly) from your Mac to that set of speakers.

The initial setup process is slightly marred by the poor manual, which doesn’t really explain how to install the Firefly software that controls the HomeMusic, or how to enter your network password using the handheld remote control. It took us a few minutes of trial-and-error before we stumbled on the menu option that allows you to enter your password (and we were most definitely not impressed to discover that technical support is available only through a premium-rate phone number).

Still, once we got past that little hurdle, the HomeMusic worked very well. It’s a little more expensive than Apple’s own Airport Express (£65) but it also provides some additional features that Airport Express lacks. The most important features here are the small LCD screen on the front of the HomeMusic and its remote control. These allow you to browse through your music collection and choose songs from the comfort of your sofa (the Airport Express doesn’t have a remote control, so you have to go back to your Mac in order to select songs in iTunes).

The only real drawback with the HomeMusic is that it can’t play songs that you’ve bought and downloaded from the iTunes Store. To be fair, though, that’s Apple’s fault rather than Pinnacle’s.

OUR VERDICT

If you’ve got a lot of iTunes downloads then the lack of playback for iTunes-bought songs is obviously going to be a problem. But if you still prefer to buy music on CD and then copy it onto your Mac, the SoundBridge HomeMusic is an excellent addition to your home.

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