You will need power for the Wireless Receiver (the standard and the amplified versions) so that it can receive and then pass the signal along to your desired player. (Don't worry, you can switch it off when not in use.) We hooked our standard Wireless Receiver up to a stereo system using left and right RCA analog audio cables (which are included with the Wireless Receiver). The receiver also has play/pause and skip forward and back buttons on top, which will work with iTunes and most other media players you have loaded on your computer.
We really liked that the Wireless Receiver includes all the cables you'll need to connect it to your receiver or external speakers. Inside the box you'll find two RCA analog audio patch cables as well as a 1/8-inch-to-RCA audio adapter. The receiver does require its own power source, which is also included.
If your computer does not switch sound over to the transmitter automatically, you'll have to manually change this depending on your operating system. Windows users can navigate to Control Panel > Sounds & Audio and select Eos; Mac users need to head to System Preferences and select Eos under the Sounds settings.
During our testing we were impressed with the range at which the transmitter was able to broadcast. Eos claims a 150-foot range, and our testing definitely flirted with that measurement. Even better, the Eos was able to work through numerous walls and even two floors.
Like all devices that operate on the 2.4GHz spectrum, we did experience some interference with our wireless router. We recommend setting your router to a separate channel to avoid drops in performance.
Our only few complaints with the Eos Converge system is that the transmitter is larger than we wanted. Ideally, we would have liked to have seen a USB dongle (as we saw with the Sound Blaster), but the range would have suffered as a result.
Also, we think the Converge system is missing a remote control. Even though the Sound Blaster system has limited Mac functionality with its remote, it does provide plenty of control when using a PC. The Sound Blaster can be found online for around $150, yet the Eos will cost you a minimum of $200.