About this project
Is listening to music with your phone an everyday thing for you? If so, are you happy with the sound quality? Actually, high sound quality is readily achievable. You don't need any loudspeaker or stereo set, but an AQUA. Let AQUA fulfill your heart's desire for studio-quality music anytime, anywhere. Whatever you're doing, jogging, on your way to work, or just chillaxing, enjoy an exquisite listening experience with AQUA!
Listening to music has become an indispensable part of life. Never is there a shortage of people saving up to buy pricy headphones, just to enjoy clarity and high quality music. The price of those high-end headphones, however, isn't usually friendly or readily affordable. Do I have to spend so much money to enjoy quality music?
We believe the pleasure gained from listening to music is priceless. HiFi amplifiers for headphones are supposed to be affordable for everyone! Our team has been working tirelessly and going through countless hours of trial and error.
And finally, AQUA was born.
Battery-free. No need to recharge. Mini in size. Stylish metallic design. AQUA definitely meets all your needs for high quality music.
AQUA is the world's only battery-free amplifier especially designed for headphones. Through MicroUSB and iOS Lightning, AQUA connects directly to mobile devices such as phones and tablets. With its stylish design, it's your best friend for high quality music. It allows you to have awesome listening experience anytime, anywhere.
Do you know that normally, however great the sound quality is, when it's played from a phone, it becomes 16bit/48kHz music. Hey that's lousy, right? It's like you're listening to music with some clothes in your ears. Pretty nasty, huh?
But with AQUA, you easily take away the clothes and get to enjoy the best sound. The built-in high quality DAC supports 24bit/192kHz. Your great music can be heard and felt. Every single detail!
Forget about time:
AQUA needs no battery, hence no need to worry about recharging at all! Simply connect AQUA with your phone and headphones. Enjoy great music and fun anytime, anywhere, as long as your phone is on.
High-end Headphone Level of Sound Quality:
AQUA, wIth the built-in high quality DAC (digital to analog converter,) and HiFi sound performance, gives your more than CD quality (16-bit/44.1kHz.) AQUA presents 24-bit/192kHz quality sounds. You can get the best listening experience without turning up the volume to 100. Crystal clear and full sound.
Exclusively for Headphones:
We've designed for headphones an exclusive chip that amplifies 60mW circumaural headphones and earbuds with ease. No matter if you're using a $30 headphone or better ones, you can feel the upgrade with AQUA.
More than audio, we'd like to surprise you visually and sensationally. Cast aside cheap plastic material, we use aluminum to forge AQUA's exquisite look. Like Apple, we adopt CNC machining, because we view AQUA as not just an amplifier, but also a fashionable accessory.
World's Lightest Amplifier:
To make everyone enjoy perfect user experience, we minimize AQUA as best as we could. The line-like design makes it feel like part of the headphones. Plus the less than 1-dollar weight: 16g only! Users will forget that they're using AQUA. Who says amplifiers need to be huge?
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We've met all the stretch goals! Every backer who pledges and chooses at least one AQUA will receive the following rewards:
1. Remote Volume Control Goal: 150K (REACHED!)
We heard you :) Aside from the existing play/pause button, there will be volume control/fast forward/rewind buttons on both Lightning and Micro-USB versions to meet your needs.
2. Leather Case Goal: 180K (REACHED!)
Classic leather case to go with your stylish AQUA.
3. Colorful AQUA Goal: 220K (REACHED!)
When this goal's reached, AQUA will be available in 3 colors: silver, space gray, and the existing gold. Excellent complement for your phone(s).
4. Take Me with You Goal: 260K (REACHED!)
A light and easy-to-carry case for you to keep your earbuds and AQUA together.
NEXUM is a Taiwanese team, striving to bring high quality music to the world. We believe that good music can cheer people up and change their attitudes towards life. We've been focusing on developing audio products to deliver great music in a simple and affordable way. AQUA is the first product you acquired form us, and your first step to improve your music. NEXUM will never cease to impress and enhance your music experience in any way possible.
Risks and challenges
As of now, AQUA's production-related arragements have been made. We'll be able to deliver the rewards to you should we reach our funding goal. The only possible exception will be: we revise AQUA after discussing with Apple pertaining Apple MFi certification. We'll keep you in the loop through updates.
We sincerely hope enjoying music can be easy and elegant. Join us on the project to help us make it happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Anyone who wants to switch from Micro-USB to Lightning, please cancel the pledge and make a new one. We're sorry we can't secure your early bird price.
USB audio digital decoding.
To present detailed and delicate sound with headphones requires many things. An amplifier is one of them. The purpose of AQUA is to enhance the sound source by using hi-fi codec to make a difference in your overall listeninig experience.
Sorry. It's currently not supportive of Windows Phones.
That's right. AQUA can only be connected to Lightning or Micro-USB.
Take iPhone 6 as an example, an hour of music playing consumes 6% power.
Sorry. It's currently not supportive of an adapter audio-wise.
We'd not consider a Bluetooth version before finding an effective solution to improve the sound quality of compressed files.
It won't work audio-wise. Sorry.
Yes, it is. Simple note that it's for Micro-USB to USB only. AQUALightning doesn't work this way.
The spec of AQUA is 50mW / 32ohm.
Aqua can also connect to active speakers.
We don't have plans to develop type-c models for now.
You can still receive calls for sure, but the inline mic of your earbuds (if any) won't work, while the built-in mic of the phone will still do
AQUA works with iOS systems that support USB audio. So only iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch with Lightning. Not compatible with iPod nano.
We'll send you a survey to confirm your choice of color/ combination and address after the project's successfully funded. No worries!
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