About this project
With these high performance speaker drivers, the projection of sound captured by the headphones will be meaningfully upgraded. You will have the best of all worlds - the safest listening experience, added durability and amazing high fidelity sound.
What you will get with better drivers:
The AEGIS Story
We want to protect those we love. The trouble is that no one wants to admit they can’t hear, so it’s difficult to tell if someone is suffering from hearing loss. Our ears are exceptionally delicate, and today’s unsafe listening practices are damaging our long-term hearing. Sixteen-year-old Kingsley Cheng, with a dedicated initiative to help children, teens and adults protect themselves and those they love from noise-induced hearing loss, is set to revolutionize safe listening habits.
Introducing the AEGIS Pro
Whether it’s in our music or our gaming, the World Health Organization advocates we protect our hearing by "keeping the volume down." Now, with the volume limiting and noise cancelling technology of AEGIS PRO headphones, we can do just that. AEGIS PRO is the world’s first and only studio quality wireless headphones outfitted with our newly optimized jamsDEFENDER technology, a technology combining volume limiting, active noise cancellation and digital decibel equalizer.
Today’s music and gaming audio is recorded at different and sometimes unsafe volumes. Our AEGIS PRO digital decibel equalizer optimizes the originally recorded volume, while the 85db volume limiting circuitry ensures the audio, no matter how high the volume is cranked, retains its quality at safe levels.
You can now enjoy wireless listening freedom and mobility, while the active noise cancelling (ANC) system reduces unwanted, ambient sounds. You can increase productivity as you focus on your work, anywhere….anytime. You’ll hear nothing but your audio.
Our stylistic AEGIS PRO headphones are loaded with premium features for less money. AEGIS Acoustics is working to change the way the world listens to music and audio, all while protecting millions from hearing loss.
Noise-induced Hearing Loss
Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by two factors: loudness measured in db (decibels) and length of exposure. It is the combination that can lead to permanent hearing loss. Anyone listening to audio above 85db for extensive periods is at high risk.
Digital Decibel Equalizer TechnologyA risky imperfection with current generation volume-limiting technology is that the preset volume may read higher than the recommended safety level of 85dB.
Our digital decibel equalizer technology normalizes the source volume down to 0db before bringing it back up to a safeguarded level of 85db. Not found in other products, it is the safest and most consistent solution in the market today.
Our innovative active noise cancellation technology cancels out distracting, ambient noise up to 95%, improving both clarity and perception of volume. Immersed in your audio, no longer will you be distracted when listening to music or playing games in noisy environments.
Our dream is to promote responsible listening habits while enhancing the music, movies and/or gaming experience. The LED lights, an active monitoring system that lights in blue (indicating safe levels), yellow (indicating reasonable levels) and red (indicating unsafe levels), track and display listening duration. The LED’s are positioned on both ear cups, designed so parents can see and be assured their child is adhering to healthy listening durations. There is also a fun light show mode for illustration purposes. The lights can also be switched off entirely if necessary. The listening duration indicator continues to monitor duration, even when lights are off.
Active Noise Cancelling
Our advanced ANC technology works with four built-in microphones that intelligently analyzes your surroundings and reduces noise levels with an opposite frequency that cancels out ambient noise, thereby giving your 85db volume much more listenable clarity. The cutting edge system allows users an optimal choice of three different modes based on the acoustic environment: music, movies and gaming.
Dual Speaker Driver Design
It’s time for young and old alike to discover the perfectly balanced music and gaming audio produced by our two-way, dual driver design, strategically positioned in each ear chamber. Tuned with precision, the dedicated low frequency driver harvests a deep, smooth bass that blends into, rather than overwhelms, the audio, while the high frequency tweeter replicates crisp, natural vocals. You can now relax and fully engage in your favorite sounds.
Why is this so important? It’s all about what “audioholics” call the *dumbing down of audio,* a trend of new generation listeners preferring the hyper-compressed format of MP3’s because their ears have been corrupted by low-quality, tinny sound. Young listeners today are so used to audio presented in low quality forums that their perception of quality sound has been dramatically reduced. Unfortunately, this preference for corrupted sound can destroy their hearing.
Jonathan Berger, music professor at Stanford University who has conducted acoustic tests with incoming students, believes this preference for low-quality sound is a learned behavior. His studies suggest that the low-quality pops and crackles call up memories of listening to vinyl, transporting listeners back to the analog-listening days of their first experiences with audio.
Whether you prefer digital or analog, you know good sound when you hear it. Those who fell in love with the tinny, compressed sounds from their ear-buds simply don’t recognize quality audio. Nor do they understand that their hearing is at risk.
It’s time to change all that, and AEGIS PRO headphones are the best way to do so.
Dual ConnectivityOn vacation, at school or dancing in your room, you’ll not have wires snaking around your backpack, pocket or desk. You can pair and play AEGIS PRO with Bluetooth or any other compatible device, all with the mobility to move freely up to 30 feet from your source. You can enjoy 14 hours of wireless freedom with the built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery. A 3.5mm auxiliary jack allows you to activate wired listening* when necessary.
*To ensure volume levels do not exceed 85dB, safe listening is enforced continuously. The wired functionality will only work if the battery has a charge or is charging.
Additionally, convenient buttons on the ear cup let you manage your calls, playlist and volume on your Bluetooth-enabled phone. What if you get a call while you’re watching a movie, gaming or listening to music? One click on the headset instantly connects you to your call, the built in micrphone allows you to engage in crystal clear conversations. Click again and you can play, pause, skip tracks and/or make calls of your own.
Comfort and Durability
Every element is precisely tailored to each listener’s wants and needs. Distinctively shaped curves, durable frame structure, carefully selected hypoallergenic memory foam inside the ear cushions, perfect grip pressure on the adjustable, lush headband, foldable ear cups, the stylish design and our LED light show are all designed to soothe and stimulate the senses. AEGIS PRO provides the ultimate listening experience.
With our newly optimized jamsDEFENDER technology and precision-tuned dual speaker drivers, the introduction of AEGIS PRO represents a bold step forward in the evolution of high performance headphones for youth and adults alike.
This detailed mechanical structure shows a “behind the scenes” of AEGIS PRO headphones. Each is engineered for style, comfort and the ultimate fit. Every element is designed to make them the perfect headphones.
We believe the best way to address the problem of noise-induced hearing loss is to change the way audio is consumed by the young. With our strong passion for sound, which is how we got started with AEGIS PRO headphones, we have ensured that every detail of engineering is designed to perfection. Join us in this journey toward safe, sustainable sound.
Stretch Goal #2 reached - HIGH END SPEAKER DRIVERS!!!
What you will get with better drivers:
Stretch goal #1 reached: Hard Case!
$65k is achieved! Every single AEGIS Pro will come with a HARD CASE. It is a stylish and rigid EVA rubber hard case formed to protect and securely hold the AEGIS Pro in place. Inside it, there is an additional pocket to store the cables and the charger.
Why Kickstarter?Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, the third most common health problem in the United States. Today, 1.1 billion youth worldwide are at risk of developing hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices. Hearing is a precious gift, and its loss can negatively affect our educational, professional and social lives.
The magnitude of our dream of producing high-quality, SAFE sound is too large for us to do alone, so we’re bringing our mission to the Kickstarter community. Your pledge will contribute to our quest. Together, we can develop AEGIS PRO, headphones that will revolutionize auditory safety for the current generation, as well as for generations to come.
We’ve worked hard, engineering our headphones to be ready for high quality, high volume production. With fully functional working prototypes, all the electronic components and digital signal processing boards have been tested by dozens of acoustic engineers and comply with our design specifications.
With the technological challenges behind us, our production partner is waiting for our green light.
ALL WE NEED IS YOU!!
Your support and the backing from Kickstarter will enable us to fulfill our mission to bring safer volume technology to the public. With your pledge, we can:
1. Procure components for production.
2. Invest in mechanical tooling to reduce manufacturing costs.
3. Cover certification, compliance and testing costs (Bluetooth, Battery Certification: UN38.3, MSDS, FCC Certification, CA65 Certification, CPSIA Certification)
4. Fulfill our expectation to deliver the first production of AEGIS PRO headphones (10K units) in January, 2016. We are excited to keep our backers updated with our progress!
As an upcoming junior in high school, Kingsley hopes to help his father to establish AEGIS Acoustics as an international company that delivers audiophile quality products to consumers. He hopes to attend Stanford or the United States Naval Academy and is proud to be a co-founder of AEGIS.
Rayman Cheng, our co-founder, is a well-respected consumer electronics industry veteran with close to $10 billion of relevant procurement experience. After working as Chief Merchant in several high-profile consumer electronics companies, he now leads the sales and procurement functions of the company. He is an alumni at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.DR. ANTHONY LYE, CO-FOUNDER
Dr. Anthony Lye, our co-founder, is a serial entrepreneur in Asia. He is a graduate of Oxford University and Imperial College London. With his vast experience and practical foresight, he drives the business strategy and ensures sustainable growth of the company.
Risks and challenges
We will not release headphones that do not meet our high standards and are, therefore, committed to testing every single aspect of AEGIS PRO until our headphones are perfect.
We feel confident about our timeline and our manufacturing partner, a leading Tier 1 audio headphones' manufacturer based in Shenzhen. With 220 R&D staff and 18 years of high-end headphones' manufacturing experience, our partner holds 27 patents with an emphasis on noise cancellation technologies, as well as world class ISO 90001 & ISO 14001 manufacturing assembly lines capable of delivering 12,000 units of AEGIS PRO monthly.
We take your trust in us very seriously and have taken into consideration that component lead times and certification opportunities could cause potential delays in delivering AEGIS PRO to our backers on time. The risk is not whether you will get it, it is when you will get it, a risk present only if parts issues surface. We have taken steps to minimize those risks in order to deliver AEGIS PRO to our backers with full satisfaction.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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