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Charge & Listen to Superior Sounding Music on iOS Devices with a Battery-free DAC & Amplifier.
Charge & Listen to Superior Sounding Music on iOS Devices with a Battery-free DAC & Amplifier.
162 backers pledged AU$ 13,865 to help bring this project to life.
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Wizician: Get your Audio Jack Back! MFi Adapter • DAC • Amp

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What is a prototype?

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We are already working on the tooling and production of Wizician and Wizician+ to meet our obligation to the Apple Stores. This all happened during our MFi PPID review and Apple engineers were blown away as how well Wizician sounded and wanted it in the stores. We are excited!

Come February, you could purchase Wizician+ from the Apple Store for US$99 and US$79 for Wizician. For the next few days, you could purchase Wizician+ for US$57 and have it in January before anyone else! Don’t need 2 charging ports? Get Wizician for only US$46

For those that asked how Wizician amplifies and improves the sound, we have added a video in the gallery. Please take a look. We also hit the streets asking a few people to compare listening to their music with Wizician and here what they said.

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Meet Wizician & Wizician+  The only MFi lightning adapter with built in DAC and AMP and featuring not one but two Lightning input ports so you can use a 3.5mm audio jack headphone or a Lightning headphone and have the additional input to charge your phone while using your headphones.

Both include a Digital-to-Analogue Converter and Amplifier that is small, light, battery free and connects to your headphones in seconds via Lightning port and makes any headphones sound amazing with clearer, louder, richer-sounding music and superior bass.

We have selected our MFi certified manufacturer and have been granted a PPID for Wizician, which simply means a preliminary approval based on our prototype and using Apple genuine C68 and C37 connector/port. This approval is a big milestone that allows us to certify the final production unit in 2 or 3 weeks.

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At one end it has a short cable with an 8-pin lightning connector and on the other a 3.5mm audio jack input where you could plug your headphone or even a speaker and a pass-through charging via lightning so you can charge or sync your mobile device while listening to music. Wizician Plus has an additional Lightning input port so you can plug headphones with either a 3.5mm audio jack or a those with a lightning connector.

Many of us have come to rely on our phones as our primary listening devices, they hold thousands of songs and they are easy to use but cramming so many features into one device comes at a cost and that cost is sound quality. 

Listening to music on a smart phone sounds a bit flat, doesn't quite have the edge or the impact you would expect? Try to drive a high-end pair of headphones with your phone’s built-in Digital-to-Analogue Converter and Amplifier (DAC & Amp), and things get even less optimal.

With the release of the newest iPhone, Apple killed the headphone jack. While Apple ships with the iPhone 7 an adaptor so you can plug your existing headphones into the Lightning cable. This is simply an adapter that does noting to improve the iPhone sound quality and does not allow you to listen to music and charge/sync your iPhone and you are still using the iPhone’s built-in DAC/Amp (Digital-to-Analogue Converter and Amplifier), which does not deliver the quality sound you would expect because the iPhone's Amp & DAC is not designed for optimal quality to keep size and cost down.

Wizician on the other hand is not just an adapter, It’s a tiny DAC & Amplifier which can produce the kind of premium quality audio that you expect from hi-end audio equipment used by audiophiles and sound producers.

And with Wizician you can now use your favourite 3.5mm audio jack headphones and get amazing quality sound by bypassing the iPhone builtin DAC & Amp and utilising the amazing DAC & Amp in Wizician for clearer, louder, richer-sounding music with a superior bass.

Wizician plugs into the 8-pin Lightning port of your iPhone, iPad or iPod’s and allows you to connect any headphone with a 3.5mm audio jack. It also allows you to charge and sync your mobile device at the same time.

Wizician is also a DAC: ‘A digital-to-analogue converter” and also houses an amplifier to deliver amazing sounding music on the go. In addition Wizician is a Lightning to Audio Jack adapter and a charging Hub all wrapped into a small, feather weight, battery-free device. The PCB is designed using Apple official E68 lightning connector and Apple C37 Lightning Port.

Small but powerful
Small but powerful
Our working prototype is the hard part. The outer casing and mass production is easy with your support. Thank You.
Our working prototype is the hard part. The outer casing and mass production is easy with your support. Thank You.

With Wizician your audio jack and standard lightning cable can be used simultaneously on the iPhone 7. With Wizician Plus, you get two female Lightning ports so you can use one to charge and another to connect a Lightning headphones.

Wizician Plus includes an extra Lightning port and weighs 2g more
Wizician Plus includes an extra Lightning port and weighs 2g more

If you are an iPhone 7 User, you can benefit from Wizician with its amazing DAC & Amplifier and have the ability to use your favourite headphones with the 3.5mm audio jack and all with an additional port to charge your phone at the same time. iPhone 6, 5, iPad or iPod Users can benefit from listening to better sounding music on their mobile devices.

DAC, Amplifier. Audio and Lightning double sided PCB
DAC, Amplifier. Audio and Lightning double sided PCB

The high quality components in Wizician will give your music a greater sense of space, enabling you to hear more clearly the separate instruments, voices and melodies. Detail is greater, so the subtle nuances in vocal intonation or the way a note is played can be heard more easily. Grip on the lower frequencies will also be better, so bass notes should sound more tuneful, driving their own rhythm, rather than just being heavy and loud. All of this leads to a more emotionally engaging, and therefore enjoyable experience.

Image showing Wizician Plus with two female Lightning Ports
Image showing Wizician Plus with two female Lightning Ports

Wizician will have 3 control buttons that perform 14 different functions. Volume Controls; Playlist advance and replay; pause/play and Siri to name a few. Wizician is also equipped with a MIC for hands-free calls and Wizician + comes with two female Lightning ports to allow those with a lightning headphones to listen and charge at the same time.

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Different countries have different tax policies. All international duties, taxes, or clearing fees levied by the destination country are not included in the above prices. We have no control over these charges, nor can we predict what they may be. Customs policies vary widely from country to country; you should contact your local customs office for more information. When customs clearance procedures are required, it can cause delays beyond our original delivery estimates. If the destination country levies duty or taxes and you refuse to pay your country’s duties your package will be abandoned. If that happens, we can neither ship another package nor issue a refund.

Risks and challenges

We’ve worked hard over the last few months to get Wizician to this point and we've successfully completed critical milestones including fully working prototypes with the help of many knowledgeable people.

We have interviewed, visited and selected a very reputable manufacturer who offers great engineering support and development tools. What remains is completing the manufacturing phase and so we're confident that manufacturing risk is at a minimum.

Thank you for reading this far - let's make this happen!

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