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Radically upgrade your sound and music experience with this 100dB HiFi Bluetooth speaker/portable audio monitor. 50 hours playtime!
Radically upgrade your sound and music experience with this 100dB HiFi Bluetooth speaker/portable audio monitor. 50 hours playtime!
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    1. Kaniawati Zainal Abidin
      Superbacker
      about 18 hours ago

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount

    2. bazpoint 5 days ago

      Oh yeah, it's totally dead. The only real question is whether it was ever a real project or just a scam all along. Either way, those posting demands for refunds below are, to use an old expression, pissing in the wind. I only came here today to have a look because I randomly came accross a pair of Frankenspiel FS-1s (their previous non-bluetooth model)in Cash Converters (a UK pawn shop basically). They were £35 - I was almost tempted to pick them up to see what could have been, but thought better of it in the end.

    3. Bernard Cooper
      Superbacker
      5 days ago

      Long time backer, first time poster. Just got OSSICed. Checking back on my other campaigns that failed or are in limbo to rub some more salt in the wounds :/

      I take it this campaign is still deader than a dodo....

    4. Sven Hanl 7 days ago

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

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      Jeremy Lambert 7 days ago

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

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      Adam Eisner on May 21

      Anyone see project Ossic? Even worse than FS-X!

    7. Missing avatar

      Seirei on May 16

      I have not received my reward. Please refund.
      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

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      Jeffrey A. Bernstein on May 14

      I am backer #984
      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand an immediate full refund for my pledge amount.

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      Adam Eisner on May 14

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

    10. David Goetschmann on May 14

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

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      samson millward on May 12

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

    12. Kevin A Pearson on May 11

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

    13. Adrian Lee on May 10

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

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      Tom Paridaens on May 10

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

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      Kevin Johnson on May 9

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

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      Sungmin Kim on May 9

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

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      LO! on May 7

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

    18. Lee Gibson on May 2

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

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      Jeroen Saelens on April 28

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

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      arn on April 27

      So whats the latest on this ? I had stopped looking many months ago.

      So far, this has been my biggest failed participation on Kickstarter.

    21. Dennes Jeremy Schäffler on April 27

      Just wanna spread some love for the awesome comunity ... checking back every other yea

    22. Adrian Joss on March 31

      Just to let you all know I have been awarded judgement against David Archer, for the case I raised through the small claims court. Getting the money however may still prove to be difficult.

    23. John H. Halpern, M.D.
      Superbacker
      on March 23

      Bsl100- I’ll power up my set and retest them. Last time I used them the issue of dropped connection happened more when the charge was low...definitely still prototype stability but so much to like otherwise.

      Meanwhile, get this! I showed off the prototypes to a friend of mine who directly ordered a set himself even though I warned him that there could still be project failure and definitely more delay. He didn’t purchase through crowdsourcing but directly. Since nothing was delivered, he has filed a grievance with American Express. I’ve asked him now to send me the various emails he’s been getting from the creator begging him to not proceed with a credit reversal. Allegedly, these messages state that he hopes to provide a refund directly on his own and somehow to make everyone whole. It’s laughable. But when I get ahold of those emails oh I’ll post them here to enjoy with some popcorn since that’s all we’re ever going to get out of vaporspiel.

    24. Lee Gibson on March 21

      I've not backed another Kickstarter project, they have no control and are just brokers taking a cut. Pretty sure their income must be massively down.

    25. Jason Emery on March 10

      Was just thinking about this project and decided to check in. Looks like nothing's changed :(

    26. Sarah Baskerville
      Superbacker
      on March 3

      Has this project finally died a death?

    27. Adrian Joss on February 28

      I Like @James have commenced legal action against David Archer personally, I will keep you all updated.

    28. Jason Emery, Jester of Valoria on February 28

      I can agree with bsl, though I've never heard them. The idea of a custom high-range speaker like this which works in bridged stereo is great.

      But, it was probably finally killed off by the endless proliferation of me-too speakers and, now, smart speakers which support Alexa and the like. When they realized they couldn't sell it to much of anyone outside of the campaign, that probably put the nail in the coffin after the weird dalliance to, probably, make it work with some online system.

      Still, in some wacky way we'll always have the campaign and the wild rollercoaster ride.

      The most frustrating part was that I held off getting a speaker with the hope that someday this would ship. Finally, a few weeks ago, I backed the Aviox 20. It might not be quite as nice, but I'm pretty sure they'll ship in March.

      This KS, though, is one of a couple that made me back a lot fewer projects in the past year. I was surprised to look back. Just some Dwarven Forge tiles, a few games, and some books (such as the excellent Draw Like A Boss). It's taught me not to go after pipe dreams as much and to research the companies more.

      One of these days one of the bigger scam companies on here will get caught and we'll be able to say we were part of that, watching it unfold. Sure, they got a hundred bucks, but we got tickets to a bizarre freak show. Like Frakenspeil.

      To this day, if he'd just ship -something- I think all would be forgiven. But likely he couldn't even afford the shipping even if he had 1,000 of these lying around his garage. And might be scared of someone tracking him down. That must be a hard thing to live with if you really cared about it and stuck your own neck out.

    29. Matthew Dearden on February 19

      Just an update. Kickstarter made a shit ton of money from this and other projects that failed. They are both scam artists and deserve a swift kick up the arse. Disgraceful and dishonest. Sort your shit out.

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      bsl100 on February 9

      Hello John H and fellow backers. I got an email regarding Mikel Larrea’s post amd was reminded about this painful campaign all over again.

      I pulled out the review samples out of the attic and charged them. If you recall, I had reviewed the FS-X pair and had noted how smooth they had sounded. As I had mentioned, one of my samples cannot play at max normal volumes as it keeps cutting off. So, I reduced the volume about 3-4 notches on my cell phone and played some music on the pair.

      In dual mode, the FS-C really shine and I keep wondering ‘what if’ ? These would have been ideal to take on your travels or for small gatherings in your backyard for background music. Their sound quality are like mini studio monitors.

      Speaker tech has really progressed in the past few years. Almost all speakers now have true wireless stereo. The FS-X would have been one of first and would have had a real ‘KICKSTART’ compared to the rest. Really sad that David ran out funds and trustworthy suppliers. Maybe David did not have a technical team in place and just depended on suppliers from China. Really sad.

      How are your updated FS-X pair faring John H ?

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      Pieter van den Akker on February 1

      I still want those speakers....please some kind of update! Are you still working on it?

    32. John H. Halpern, M.D.
      Superbacker
      on January 23

      Typical reply from Kickstarter. They wrote "we expect and encourage creators to be honest with their backers about project delays when they arise."
      Really? that's their expectation, is it? And who cares if such expectations are not backed by any real consequences? No one, of course.

    33. Kevin A Pearson on January 21

      Here's the reply from Kickstarter:

      Support (Kickstarter)
      Jan 19, 2:59 PM EST
      Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for following up, and sorry to hear that backing this project has turned into a frustrating experience for you. Kickstarter’s mission is to help support creative freedom and independence. Our site operates on a system of trust – we expect and encourage creators to be honest with their backers about project delays when they arise. While we provide a platform for creators to fund their projects, we don’t step into the actual creative process itself or manage the fulfillment and shipment of rewards.

      If you haven’t already, it might be helpful to read through our Terms of use, which outlines the responsibilities of backers and creators.

      We hope that helps to answer your question. Please let us know if we can help with anything else in the meantime.

      Best,
      Gary

      In other words "not our problem"

    34. John Higley on January 21

      I have not received my reward. Please refund.
      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

    35. Marsha Tyszler
      Superbacker
      on January 18

      Totally crazy. What happened here?! I’d also like to know if any of my fellow Bringrr backers (https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/backings/19223199) are here too. If you guys think this project has been a crazy ride, have a looksie at my comments in the Bringrr page to get a sense of what the heck happened ( . . . or rather, has NOT happened, lol) to that project. It was about to begin production, the CEO ran away and another staff member took over as CEO (we had no information about him and likely was not qualified to lead a company), he claimed the old CEO stole our funds, he totally redesigned the product without our permission (or I should say supposedly redesigned — we never saw any proof of his work beyond a few CAD files), he claimed to raise some money from an external source, we occasionally heard a load of bull from him when I spoke up along with some others, and then poof, nothing! That’s the short of it. That campaign was also launched in 2014. I’d like to know where Kickstarter is and why they haven’t come to support backers from two campaigns that clearly broke the KS TOS on many levels. Kickstarter should hold these campaigns liable and give us refunds!

      Sigh.

    36. Kevin A Pearson on January 12

      I sent this to Kickstarter as a last attempt to get some closure:

      Hi, I backed Frankenspiel FS-X Speaker 4 years ago.
      We have had various promises and outright lies from the creator but now have had no response from the creator for over a year.
      Please can you declare this project officially cancelled?
      You've said you will reach out to the creator several times and this project has been reported by many Backers over the years, with no results.
      How long can this continue?
      It's time to officially put us out of our misery so we can all move on.
      Kickstarter owes us that much at the very least.
      Please do not fob me off with the usual stock email; I've already got three of them!

      I'll post their reply, if they bother.

    37. Kaniawati Zainal Abidin
      Superbacker
      on January 2

      Feel that this project is died & they ran away as I saw the last update was January 2017 & no update to the backer... Really wish the project owner 'brave up' and tell the backer what actually has happened...

    38. Lee Sharanjit Tamber on December 27

      Hi there
      Is it too late to ask for a refund?!

    39. Kevin A Pearson on December 23

      Hi everyone, Just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas.
      I'll check back in again for Christmas 2018 as I'm sure we will still be waiting then :-)

    40. Sarah Baskerville
      Superbacker
      on December 20

      Am thinking this project is truly dead in the water by now. Never ever going to see my money back.

    41. John H. Halpern, M.D.
      Superbacker
      on December 14

      What a greedy little bugger of a Creator here, too. All along.
      It’s obvious he long ago ran out of cash...
      But there were several of us who probably would have invested in this 2-3 years ago. I guess I’m grateful none of us did that: we’d have lost even more $. But part of me thinks with sone additional backer $ and know-how, this could have been salvaged. David Archer: the old refrain is “better to be a part of something than to have a whole lot of nothing.”
      So many Backers here are just plumb brilliant at what they do. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all: you are hands down some of the funniest/wittiest Backers in the Kickstarter community and we all deserved MUCH better treatment from the Creator and especially Kickstarter.

    42. Simon Ho
      Superbacker
      on December 13

      Fuck this Frankenspiel

    43. John H. Halpern, M.D.
      Superbacker
      on December 11

      Frankenspiel FS-X: the Bluetooth speaker that can't!

    44. Edward Wilcox on December 5

      Yeah this is dead... Mark this as yet another reason I don't back on kickstarter or any crowd source anymore.

    45. J
      Superbacker
      on December 4

      Dear KS Creator,

      Due to the missed deadline of this project I supported, my address in your system is no longer valid.

      Please update and ship reward to the address I sent you in Messages some time ago with no confirmation yet. I look forward to a response.

      Best,
      J

    46. Peter J on November 29

      I'm genuinely wondering if the guy is still alive!

    47. Lee Gibson on November 26, 2017

      That's not his real company address, that's what I would term as a front.
      https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/BbZJ0pIbwXLeNHmBVILVt9iS_QY/appointments

    48. Lee Gibson on November 26, 2017

      We should go back to the old Celtic traditions, where the people you have wronged stand outside and don't eat, the trick being that under the old Celtic law neither can he!

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