China Pt. 1 (an Update from the Creator)
It’s David here, I’m currently in China helping coordinate the final stages of our project with Chia.
That’s Chia in the photo below, marching down our assembly line where our final production sample units and final components are being built. We’re aiming for around 50 perfectly-built units (25 stereo sets), ready for test and review by the time I return to Amsterdam beginning of June. And in accordance with our timeline, by the time I return we should have also delivered all of our components to our Amsterdam warehouse for final assembly and of course, delivery to you in July.
This brings us to our first point, the sample units.
We’ve got lots of blogs lined up who will be reviewing the FS-X before, during and after we ship to you. Of course this will help us market the product but our main focus right now is to give you backers something to sink your teeth into whilst you wait for delivery. And most of all facts, tests and opinions from independent and unbiased sources.
But we’d really welcome your feedback too, after all, you’ve been more involved (and for longer) than any reviewer could be. That’s why the team and I have come up with another idea.
The idea is, we could reallocate some of these sample stereo units and send them to a select few backers (as if you’re one of the blogs).
In the interest of transparency and authenticity, we’d be happy to leave this in your hands and allow all backers to nominate approximately 5 of you, using an online poll, to select those of who you feel would be the most appropriate.
These 5 backers will receive a ‘first look’ at the FS-X, along with other reputable blogs - some of which have seen the original version of the FS-X.
Those backers who receive the sample FS-Xs will be asked to return them once delivery commences in July. Or to feel free to keep them as a trade-in for their units (not including all other accessories).
Please let us know what you think in the comments!
I’d like to highlight a question by @Peter J about the battery functions of the FS-X.
@Peter J asked “Does anyone know how a battery such as the one in the FSX is degraded (if at all) when left plugged in, running from mains power all the time, and only unplugged for the odd outing here and there? I will most likely have these for desktop speakers but obviously want them to last when unleashed from the mains.”
This is a good question and it draws attention to a feature we haven’t previously mentioned - the FS-X can be used as a desktop speaker with USB cabled power (not USB audio).
In this case, when the battery is full, it will only be charged when the level falls to around 90%, it will then trickle-charge back to full.
Using the FS-X in this way, there is no need for wall charging. And if you wish to pick up an FS-X to go out and about, you are always safe with sufficient charge and therefore sufficient playtime.
This will not degrade overall battery lifetime.
There is also a power saving function implemented for these scenarios. So that when no sound is detected for 15 mins, the unit will go into standby mode and the power draw is extremely low.
The FS-X will check its voltage, and if the level is low and sufficient current is available, it will accept its full charge (2.1A) of up to 90%. When this level is reached, it will trickle-charge to full.
What happens if the charging current is lower? It is quite sophisticated - it will back off and charge at a lower rate, around 500 mA. If it detects a subsequent higher current, it will raise its charge rate.
Next week we’ll be talking more about other accessories, the backers ‘first look’, as well as answering some of your FAQs.
Here’s a reminder of our new timeline:
Now to End of May
Finalising project in China
- Providing final specs and pictures of all accessories (carry case, fast-charger, cables)
- Completing pre-production and build of units for test & review
- Delivery of all components to Amsterdam warehouse
Test & review of production FS-Xs by reputable blogs
Finalising project in Amsterdam
- Final assembly of all FS-X units from components
- Packaging of units and accessories in gift boxes to be sent worldwide
Delivery of all units to backers
Your next update will be no later than a week from now, Wednesday 27th May.
All the best,
David Archer and The Frankenspiel Team