Each wireless speaker comes ready to plug right into a wall outlet. While we thought this sort of electrical outlet-mounting design was interesting, we can't imagine anyone wanting the location of a speaker far below a desirable listening height. Thankfully, you can detach the prong from the speaker, although it will only give you around 3 feet of slack. Also, we had a lot of difficulty trying to tuck the wire back into the speaker and reattaching the power adapter.
The EOS system will support any iPod that has a standard 30-pin dock connector. Included in the packaging are various dock adapters to support your specific version of the iPod. The system will also work with the iPhone and the iPod Touch, however, the iPhone will need to enter "flight mode" in order to perform correctly. This is an automatic feature of the phone that will engage once it's placed in the base station.
Setting up the system is quite easy. After you've placed your iPod on the base station dock and powered on all your wireless speakers, the system will automatically sync with all speakers that are within range. Should an external speaker not link up, it's probably out of range. IntelliTouch claims you'll get up to a 300-foot range outdoors as opposed to a 150-foot range indoors. We found the outdoor assessment to be accurate, but as far as indoor performance is concerned, it's really going to rely on how many walls are located in between the base and speaker. There's a "Range EX" button on the rear of the base station that is supposed to extend the reach, but we barely noticed a difference when we turned it on during our testing.
Sound quality is about average compared with other iPod speaker docks we've tested (and that's a pretty low bar to begin with). The system provides a rich bass-heavy sound and takes advantage of the SRS Wow! dynamic sound technology. The system performed much better with rock tracks like Jimmy Eat World's "Clarity" CD than it did with much more bass-driven music from Head Automatica's "Decadence" record.
We should add another note on the overall performance of the EOS system. We noticed that not all of the speakers will sync up at the same time, so if you have more than one wireless speaker within listening distance from one another, you may catch a bit of a delay when listening to music. This effect may deter some consumers from using multiple speakers in the same room, which is a setup we would have liked to have been able to do.
Priced around $250, the EOS system can run you up to $640 if you're interested in maximizing all of its wireless streaming potential. That latter amount certainly isn't worth the mediocre sound performance and delay issues. That said, your options for wireless iPod audio streaming are a bit limited. The better sounding Klipsch RoomGroove ($300) can stream music, but only to another unit. A two-room setup would essentially cost you a whopping $600. Likewise, it should be noted that both Sony and Panasonic offer proprietary streaming capabilities within their respective home theater systems. Meanwhile, the Linksys Wireless Home Audio system includes iPod access from other rooms (with an accessory), and there are plenty of non-iPod digital audio streamers that can pull files directly from a networked PC. But if it's all about getting your iPod music to another room at a reasonable price, the IntelliTouch EOS Digital Wireless Multi-Room Audio System is certainly worth considering.