Main Concerns and Questions from Backers
Thank you for your feedback in these recent weeks.
We’d like to clear up a few FAQs that we’ve seen in the comments section, updates and social media. We hope this will answer some of your questions, if you have any more concerns, please mention them in the comments below.
“Will we receive the FS-X before Christmas?”
We are sorry to say that we won’t be able to deliver the FS-X before Christmas. Although we will be in production before Christmas and although we will do everything in our power to get your units to you ASAP, it’s not certain we can ship the units before the New Year. For this reason, we prefer to say that shipment will begin January 2015.
“Due to the busy period of Chinese New Year, does this mean we won’t receive our products before Spring 2015?”
This is not the case. Although Chinese New Year does occasionally fall in the month of January. In 2015, it will be on February 19th which means we would only lose between 16th to 27th February - but we plan to have the FS-X in your hands, before then anyway!
“We are disappointed with the infrequency of updates.”
We understand and sympathise with your concerns and lack of trust with infrequent updates.
We wanted to not appear to ‘buy our time’ with unnecessary updates which didn’t answer your questions and that were not to do with important issues, such as engineering and shipping. We wanted to only update you when we had made clear progress.
But, for many of you, we understand that is not the way you’d like us to be. So regardless of how big or small our update is, our next update will be posted on Monday 15th December (2 weeks from now) or before.
“Where is the demo video?”
We plan to film and release our demo video in the next few weeks. A sample run of FS-Xs will be in production in the next fews days, following this, we will receive some in to our warehouse in Amsterdam. From there we will film the video. This demo will also include a first look at the new subwoofer and a comparison of the FS-X against recent competitive models.
Please feel free to suggest a popular competitive model which you’d like us to use for the comparison video in the comments sections below.
“How is the FS-X any different to an off-the-shelf product?”
- We’ve ensured the whole audio pathway is digital and can be used as a single or stereo units to achieve highest possible HiFi quality when streaming from any standard Bluetooth A2DP device.
- It's no secret which Amp we're using, but normally that goes into very low power speakers. We needed to go WAY beyond that, we needed higher power from lower current. Doing this, we’ve achieved something that no other speaker on the market can.
- Again, it's no secret we use BMR drivers, but we have had to augment the basic behaviour with advanced digital signal processing, in order to get respectable bass while retaining clear mid range and brilliant highs.
- We’ve reinforced tuning so that we can deliver a good bass line, crystal clear vocals, brilliant highs, and a quiet background. All of the above, within power management limitations. And with this we’ve safeguarded the right balance between power output and power consumption so we have hard-hitting sound, as well as long battery life.
But that’s not all, when our demo is released in the next few weeks, we will also highlight and demonstrate some new features that we’ve implemented to really make the FS-X an outstanding product.
Other notes from the Frankenspiel team based on Backers comments
In hindsight, maybe we shouldn’t have pushed the boundaries. And maybe we should have stuck to our original design goals - then released an FS-X 2. However, this is what Frankenspiel is all about - pushing the boundaries of music tech to deliver the highest of quality audio products. And we aim to use alternative platforms like Kickstarter to keep our prices low, whilst enabling us to compete with the major corporations, who are monopolising the market today with overpriced, low-quality products. And now with downloadable software update implementation, the FS-X won’t get left behind or replaced by a new product - giving you, more for your money.
Thank you for your patience, this has been a hard past few months but what drives us is looking forward to receiving your feedback, once you’ve received the product. We’ve gone to great lengths to implement a budget speaker of this quality and we truly believe we are making a breakthrough in music tech. Thanks again, you are funding a dream who for some of us have been working at for many years. We can’t wait to make this dream a reality.
All the best,
The Frankenspiel Team