China Pt. 2 (An Update from the Creator)
It’s David here again, I’ve been in China for 2 weeks now helping to coordinate the final stages of our project with Chia.
We’ve been building and preparing all of our components of which we will be sending to our Amsterdam warehouse for delivery in June ready for final assembly and delivery to you in July.
Our 50 units (25 stereo sets), ready for test and review will also be built over the next week in time for my return in June.
This brings us back to the backers ‘first look’ idea. We’re glad to have received such positive feedback from you in the comments section. And we do agree that those who have been most vocal and even those who have been our biggest critics would be most appropriate to receive our 5 reallocated stereo sets.
But as we promised in our last update (in the interest of transparency and authenticity), we are leaving this entirely in your hands and we will allow backers, and backers only, to nominate.
Since many of you have already nominated backers for the ‘first look’ test & review in the comments section and we’d like to rule out all possibility of outside influence by using an online poll, we will be counting your nominations via Kickstarter. We urge those of you who have not already nominated backers to please do so in the comments before our next update, Wednesday 3rd June.
Here’s 5 backer suggestions who have already shown support from others, who have shown interest themselves and those who we feel would be most appropriate.
- Lee Gibson
- Szabolcs Boszormenyi
- Marsha Tyszler
- Craig Trickett
For more information on the backers ‘first look’ idea, please visit our previous update.
The week before last we talked about the carry case, this week we’ve had the chance to finalise the external in-line control.
External In-line Control
One driver for implementing this accessory was the missing mute function, which has now been included in the button functions. The other was adding a mic so that the FS-X could be used as a speaker phone. We have thought long and hard about it in this last stage, and we’ve decided not implement the mic feature after all.
The FS-X has more power and more dynamic range (particularly bass) than envisaged. This increased spectrum introduces issues with a plug-in type mic, particularly with echo cancellation. And from a visual perspective, the implementation in a cable looks rather cheap, clunky, and it detracts from what is an overall robust and stylish product.
We understand this will disappoint some but on the other hand, the mute function has been incorporated into the button. We’ve been able to do this because other button functions are no longer necessary. For example, we no longer need a pairing button as the stereo pairing is now automatic during dual power on.
We answered a question from @Peter J in our last update about whether the FS-X’s battery-life will degrade if used continuously as a desktop speaker, plugged into the mains.
We explained that using the FS-X in this way, there is no need for mains power as the FS-X can be used as a desktop speaker with USB cabled power.
We forgot to mention that our Li-iOn polymer battery is not like a niMH battery (where it will remember a charge level).
Using an FS-X as a tethered desktop, as we said, would trickle charge from around 90% to full. And with a Li-iOn polymer battery, this does not amount to a full cycle. In fact one of the characteristics of this type of battery is it doesn't like to be fully discharged.
So summing up, using the FS-X in this way, it will not degrade the battery.
Next week we’ll be talking more about the accessories, providing lots more pictures, the backers ‘first look’ results, as well as answering some of your FAQs.
Here’s a reminder of our 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 3rd June.
All the best,
David Archer and The Frankenspiel Team