Sound & Quality Boost!
it's been a while since the last update, and here is why: I was busy improving the sound quality and didn't want to post half-baked news.
I have secured a new supplier for all electronic and technical components: The Berlin Boombox will feature MIVOC PRO (http://www.mivoc.com/) speakers and amplifier.
The new amplifier is more powerful, the speakers are smaller, heavier and have a much much much better sound.
Just from looking at the pictures below you get an idea of the difference of quality between the speakers.
MIVOC are a German company who operate their own factory in China, where the speakers and amplifier will be custom made for the Berlin Boombox. They will also supply everything else, like the Rotary knob, and the audio cable and packaging.
Left: MIVOC PRO speaker, right: old paper cone speaker
This new partnership with MIVOC is another example of the greatness of kickstarter.
Michael v. Keitz, owner of MIVOC from Solingen, Germany, heard about my kickstarter campaign and liked the project. He contacted me and offered to help me optimize and supply better components for the Berlin Boombox.
Since then he has been incredibly helpful, his audio engineers even helped me optimize the construction of the cardboard body. And they will design and manufacture the packaging for the Berlin Boombox.
I only now realize how crazy optimistic my original plan was to handle 5 different chinese suppliers, which proved difficult enough during the process of getting samples from them.
But the one thing that will be most important to you as a backer: the sound quality of the Berlin Boombox is really good now. I know that you all care about sound quality a lot, so I am happy about this. In fact, the audio people at MIVOC themselves were amazed how good a cardboard speaker could sound.
I will post an update on the tech specs soon.
I will order the manufacturing of the components today, and everyone at MIVOC is trying their best to meet the timeplan. However if it comes to another delay I am confident that the quantum leap in quality is well worth it.
While the components are being manufactured in China, I will design the user manual, packaging graphics, run print test on cardboard. I will contact all backers who ordered custom versions in time so we can work on the custom graphics. Then the cardboard will be printed and die-cut. As soon as the container from China arrives everything will be packaged and shipped.
work in progress at the MIVOC factory in China
A funny looking mockup with the new speakers and amplifier arrives at my studio.
The new speakers
The new amp (sample, final product will have fewer and smaller elements)
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Mar 26, 2012 - Apr 25, 2012 (30 days)
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Get access to a range of downloadable DJ-Mixes by my DJ friends Estimulo, Drei Farben House, Hilmatic, DJ Emilio, DJ Dance and others. Recorded exclusively for Berlin BoomboxEstimated delivery: Jun 2012
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A canvas bag with a Berlin Boombox design screenprinted in bold black and white. Plus exclusive access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes. For the hipster. (Add $5 for shipping outside the US)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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You will receive a BerlinBoombox as soon as they are manufactured. Consider this a pre-order for your very own Boombox at a special discount price (it will sell for $59 at retail after the kickstarter is finished). Plus exclusive access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes. (Add $10 for shipping outside the US)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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$100 or more This will get you the limited edition two-color BerlinBoombox exclusive to Kickstarter backers. Plus exclusive access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes. (Add $10 for international shipping outside the US.)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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A one-of-a-kind BerlinBoombox with graphics customized exclusively for you. The graphic art on the case is what makes the BerlinBoombox a real eye-catcher. I will customize the artwork to include your name, custom text or logotype and you can choose your own color combination. This is a great way for any company to get a BerlinBoombox matching their corporate design. Add $85 each if you want more than one of these. Plus exclusive access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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You will receive a one-of-a-kind BerlinBoombox with graphics customized exclusively for you (see $250 reward), plus, if you are in the Berlin area I will take you out to dinner and show you around Berlin-Mitte. And, on www.berlinboombox.com, you will be listed as an executive contributor. Add $75 each if you want more than one Boombox. Plus exclusive access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012