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OLED text displays

Post by John Bowen » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:25 pm

To those of you who have been asking about having OLED displays for your Solaris - there is a display that we could possibly make work in the Solaris. The parts cost from Mouser would be $750 (plus tax & shipping) for 5 of the displays. I’m not sure what other modifications or adapter we would need to make, but I would like to see how many owners would be willing to pay for OLED displays. My guess is there would be some costs in addition to the bare part - connector pins have to be soldered on, and we’d need to investigate if it would be an easy solution to adapt in software. We might also need to design an adapter card. Total cost would probably run $850-$900?

Anyway, if there are enough owners interested, I can see how many I could order, which could reduce the component part by a little ( 1 unit is $153, but buying 5 they are $149.63, etc. plus tax and shipping, of course!).

Let me know here - post below.

John B.

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Re: OLED text displays

Post by John Bowen » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:31 pm

Also, just as a F.Y.I.

RE: OLED graphic display - I copied these from the gearslutz thread:


" IMO there are not many advantages to switch the LCDs to OLED displays. Maybe better contrast and viewing angles, but that is it. With OLED displays, you pay more and also get reduced lifetime for the display. I am surprised about the hype of moving to OLED displays, and various OLED replacement displays appearing for various old synths. There is nothing wrong with the LCD displays used in Solaris or other gear. If I was to start a company to build synthesizers or other gear, I would also use this type of LCD displays, definitely not OLEDs in a product that should have a long lifetime. LCDs are used in all studio gear, look gorgeous and very readable and affordable because they are widely used."

" I agree that there are not many advantages to switch to OLED, but I think the few ones are good.
Viewing angle and estetics means something and I would pay extra for it. But LCD's won't prevent me from buying Solaris.
What do you know about lifespan of OLED modules?"

" Part of my day job as a researcher is to study lifetime of OLED technologies with different stress methods. Based on some of my findings, I would not buy OLED products for my personal use. The quality of light or picture may be good, but lifetime not so. I consider synthesizers to be products that should keep working for 20 years or so."

" Thanks for this! Very good information.
I always thought OLED=better and more durable."


You can read the whole thing here:

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/electro ... laris+2017

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Re: OLED text displays

Post by david » Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:55 am

John Bowen wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:25 pm
To those of you who have been asking about having OLED displays for your Solaris - there is a display that we could possibly make work in the Solaris. The parts cost from Mouser would be $750 (plus tax & shipping) for 5 of the displays. I’m not sure what other modifications or adapter we would need to make, but I would like to see how many owners would be willing to pay for OLED displays. My guess is there would be some costs in addition to the bare part - connector pins have to be soldered on, and we’d need to investigate if it would be an easy solution to adapt in software. We might also need to design an adapter card. Total cost would probably run $850-$900?

Anyway, if there are enough owners interested, I can see how many I could order, which could reduce the component part by a little ( 1 unit is $153, but buying 5 they are $149.63, etc. plus tax and shipping, of course!).

Let me know here - post below.

John B.
Would it be user installed or we would have to send the synth to you? Either way I would do it!

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Re: OLED text displays

Post by david » Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:56 am

You should post this in the Facebook group so those that don’t visit the forum can see it.

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Re: OLED text displays

Post by John Bowen » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:23 pm

david wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:56 am
You should post this in the Facebook group so those that don’t visit the forum can see it.
I’ve posted this now in the Solaris FB Group.

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Re: OLED text displays

Post by nts » Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:45 pm

Would be very interested, esp. if I could get blue on white, or vice versa; and if the job could be done in the field and reversible to the original displays. I'd then simply keep the originals in-case the new OLEDs started to fail.

Its a gorgeous synth, but these displays would add a nice touch to an already elegant and stunning design.

I recently replaced an old original "el-backlit" LED screen in a Korg Wavestation AD with a new full-OLED panel, and the difference is quite stunning and very attractive.

I'm in!

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Re: OLED text displays

Post by normanion » Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:24 am

For me, in my setup, viewing angle is very important so I'm in.

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