Pros Truly plug'n'play; no SqueezeNetwork to join, no driver updates, no IP address set-up, no wires. No kidding.
Cons Not compatible with Linux.
Summary I really stumbled across the Xmod while trying to decide between a Logitech Squeezebox Duet or a base Sonos system to stream music from my PC to home stereo. I looked at numerous wired/wireless bridges, the older Logitech Wirless DJ, Slim Devices Squeezebox, and the newer Sonos and Duet. The integrity of a big-box sales guy led me to the Xmod. It's amazing Creative doesn't try to get more exposure for this thing -- it's really an awesome product.
I made the mental preparations to become 6 hundred bucks poorer when a sales guy at Best Buy (of all places) actually disuades me from buying the Sonos. Said I should really check out a solution from Creative Labs if I'm only looking to stream PC music to one or 2 locations. About 4 days later I had the Xmod Wireless hooked up and running.
Set-up is really brainless. The transmitter plugs in to your PC via USB, basically becoming an external soundcard (it will be recognized by Windows as a new soundcard). The receiver connects to your audio system (whether home theatre, dedicated audio system, etc.) via RCA jacks. Seriously, it took less than 5 minutes to install. I booted my PC -- the hardware was recognized immediately -- and opened Pandora. Flipped the switch on my stereo, made a few volume adjustments and Pandora was streaming through my house.
Sound quality is exceptional for both Internet radio and lossless formats. Not really CD quality, but that's to be expected. In the 2 months that I've been using the Xmod, have never had static, drop-off or frequency interruption (read that 2.4 ghz wireless phones can interfere with the signal--ours are 5.8 ghz). The remotes (yes, "remotes"--it comes with 2 of 'em) have good range, but are very basic. Skip forward or back, volume, play and pause are about all I really need, and about all these guys really can deliver. If you want a full-color screen with menu, you'll need to drop 3- to 7 hundred bucks more for the Logitech or Sonos.
The Xmod Wireless is a basic system for a bargain price, yet delivers a lot of quality in performance and build. You could spend hundreds, and in the case of Sonos, thousands of dollars more, but if you're not trying to make a statement about your income bracket or social status the Xmod will do a very, very good job for you.
Pros Easy to set up and flexible - you can plug the receiver in via the in line port or the normal old red and white input ports on pretty much every speaker system or receiver etc... Brainless setup and no software to load etc...
Cons None so far
Summary My buddy had this for playing his Itunes library at parties in his house. I wanted to go with something that someone I knew was already using and IT WAS A GREAT DECISION.
I now have the transmitter at both our house and cabin. I can now play anything from my laptop including Itunes, my sirius subscription, and ofcourse ITUNES RADIO on my speakers in both my house (2 different levels) and on both the porch at our cabin and the stereo receiver/speakers in our cabin. Just buy an additional receiver and add speakers or a receiver wherever you like! By the way you can also buy instead the ipod version and the RECEIVERS work with both/either setup. I prefer the plug in to the laptop/computer transmitter so i can listen to sirius or itunes radio etc... You will figure out how best to use it/them for yourself so I say just spend the $$ or go find it on EBAY ASAP.
Pros I did find a work-around, which is to unplug the USB connection and run line-out audio into the transmitter's line-in jack . This delivers clean sound, but with no remote control of music selection.
Cons This device connects via USB to your computer. Unfortunately, music played from the computer is interrupted with occasional snaps and pops
Summary Creative Labs' knowledge base reveals snaps and pops to be a common problem, depending on your computer, operating system and other intstalled devices. If you are an unlucky one whose computer set up is not compatible, forget it.Creative Labs' knowledge base reveals this to be a common problem, depending on your computer, operating system and other intstalled devices. If you are an unlucky one whose computer set up is not compatible, forget it.
Disappointing not to have it fully functioning, but enjoying good sound through the work-around.
Pros Worked right out of the box. Did exactly what I wanted it to. Seems well made. Controls and hardware of sturdy contruction.
Cons Nothning yet. I have only been using it for a day.
Summary I don't know why there are not more products like this. It is a simple an elegant thing to be able to wirelessly transmit audio from one device to another. In my case I want to send music from Itunes on my computer to my stereo receiver. There are a lot of networking options that can achieve this but they tend to be expensive and complicated. I just want to listen to the music on my computer through my stereo which I have wired speakers from, throughout the house. I was previously using the Soundcast ACT 211 transmitter and an ACR 212 receiver combo to achieve this. This worked great for a couple of years but suddenly stopped working. I was going and try and replace my transmitter but the product has been discontinued and I could not find it reasonably priced at resellers. After I lot of research I stumbled upon this product. It was exactly what I wanted and more. I also found it online for $60.00!
The Xmod system has the additional feature that allows you to control your music via remote by routing the Xmod transmitter through a computer USB port. This looks like a it could be a very useful feature. I cannot comment on it though because I connected the transmitter directly as the same as Steve Simmer in a previous review. I use the remote app on my IPOD Touch to control Itunes from anywhere in the house. That in combination of being able to easily transmit my music collection wirelessly to my stereo make it an unbeatable combo. I have a Linksys Wireless G router in the same room as the Xmod and a cordless phone using DECT 6.0. I have had no interference problems as of yet. I also live in a townhome where I have neighbors on either side with no interference as well.
So in my opinion if you want to be able to send music wirelessly from one device to a stereo this is a great way to go. The USB control looks like a great option but I did not need it.