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Eos: new wireless iPod speaker system

updated 04:00 pm EST, Mon January 8, 2007

IntelliTouch unveils Eos

IntelliTouch today announced "Eos," the world's first digital wireless "whole home" audio speaker system for iPod. Using WiFi-friendly technology, the Eos system links up to four stereo remote wireless speakers, establishing interference-free CD sound quality (48Khz). According to IntelliTouch, the GigaWave technology employs error correction and a unique frequency hopping scheme for a range of up to 150 feet (50 meters) through walls and ceilings in both indoor and outdoor environments. The Eos system features an iPod docking base station/transmitter that features two high performance stereo drivers and a ported sub-woofer. It also features SRS WOW sound enhancement technology to improve the dynamic audio performance of compressed and uncompressed audio by expanding the size of the audio image and creating a deep, rich bass response. It will ship in March--in black or white--for $300.

The Eos remote wireless speakers boast two high- performance stereo drivers and a ported subwoofer. The wireless remote speakers feature a removable, integrated power supply that allows the speaker to mount directly on a wall power outlet independently, without mounting brackets or other support. For convenience, users can also remove the power supply from its cavity on the rear of the cabinet, and place the remote speaker independently on a counter top or bookshelf.

"Our acoustic design team took solid aim at leaders in the category," said IntelliTouch Executive VP Jeff O'Shea. "As good as the sound quality is, what is truly phenomenal is Eos' audio link. The Eos system broadcasts impeccable CD quality sound throughout the home -- without the expense and hassle of tearing up drywall and running wires all over. Forget everything you've ever experienced with wireless speaker systems of the past; Eos' wireless technology has to be heard to be believed."

Other Eos wireless accessories include a weatherproof wireless outdoor amplifier, which features two audio zones with separate volume controls. The outdoor speaker allows users to broadcast and control high quality digital sound outside their home without running wires from the inside of any home. The weatherproof outdoor amp can be connected to any standard landscape or outdoor speakers on the market. Also available is a stand-alone transmitter/receiver bundle featuring the same Eos GigaWave wireless performance.

The Eos system will be available at retail in March 2007. The core system includes a docking station/transmitter with one wireless remote speaker ($300 MSRP). Additional Eos wireless speaker remotes, as well as the Eos weatherproof wireless outdoor amplifier and the stand-alone transmitter/receiver bundle are available separately for $130. Pre-orders will receive free shipping.

by MacNN Staff





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