Big House, Cheap Audio

The Eos multiroom sound system isn't slick, but it won't stress your budget

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For several years now I’ve had Sonos envy. Several of my friends own these high-end multiroom audio systems; when dinner-party conversation lags, we pass the handheld controller around the table to play memorable songs and reminisce. (Okay, a bit strange, but this is Silicon Valley.) Unfortunately, Sonos systems are complicated and costly: Just the starter pack, with the wireless controller and boxes to hook up two rooms, sets you back US $1000, and that’s without speakers.

So when I heard that a company named IntelliTouch, in San Diego, would soon offer a low-cost multiroom audio system called Eos, I was excited. ”Low” is a relative term, of course. The Eos Wireless starter pack—a base station, a remote speaker unit, an audio cable for hooking up other components, and a remote—lists for $250 but sells for as low as $150. (The controller is built into the speaker.) Additional speakers are about $130 each.

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Digging Into the New QD-OLED TVs

Formerly rival technologies have come together in Samsung displays

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Television screen displaying closeup of crystals

Sony's A95K televisions incorporate Samsung's new QD-OLED display technology.

Televisions and computer monitors with QD-OLED displays are now on store shelves. The image quality is—as expected—impressive, with amazing black levels, wide viewing angles, a broad color gamut, and high brightness. The products include:

All these products use display panels manufactured by Samsung but have their own unique display assembly, operating system, and electronics.

I took apart a 55-inch Samsung S95B to learn just how these new displays are put together (destroying it in the process). I found an extremely thin OLED backplane that generates blue light with an equally thin QD color-converting structure that completes the optical stack. I used a UV light source, a microscope, and a spectrometer to learn a lot about how these displays work.

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