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Radically upgrade your sound and music experience with this 100dB HiFi Bluetooth speaker/portable audio monitor. 50 hours playtime!
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China Pt. 3 (An Update from the Creator)

Posted by Frankenspiel Ltd. (Creator)
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Hello everyone,

David here, the final stages of the project in China have been progressing well.

It’s been an extremely busy week and I’ve been quite tied up so I haven’t had a chance to revisit our manufacturers to take pictures of the sample FS-Xs or the mass production components, such as the drivers and shells. It’s important not to lose a day in these final stages, but I will be returning over the next week to make sure everything is in place, ready to ship so I’ll do my best to take some pictures then.

We have been mostly working on preparing the electronics boards for mass production. These boards will go into production over the next week and we’ll ship them out immediately.

This has been quite a tricky process as up until now, the electronic boards have all been soldered by hand. The FS-X has 150 chips! All of which need to be carefully applied to the boards.

So naturally, when we transferred this work to a machine, there was a considerable amount of tiny adjustments to make sure it was perfect.

We’re using ‘Surface-mount Technology’ (SMT). SMT is a method for producing electronic circuits in which the components are mounted or placed directly onto the surface of printed circuit boards (PCBs). In basic terms, the chips and circuit boards are prepared, printed on a conveyor belt then pressed together in an oven-like system.

Thankfully, after some very late nights, we’ve mastered this process and we’re ready to mass produce our electronic boards.

I need to close down a few things here in China before I leave and make sure all of our components are on their way to Amsterdam. So I’m aiming to return to London around the time of our next update, Wednesday 10th June. Then I’ll be flying to Amsterdam to coordinate and complete final assembly towards the end of June, in time for delivery to you in July.

Fastcharger

We’ve also had the chance to finalise the fastcharger. It’s considerably more robust than our prototype and has an Apple-esque design.

This is a one of our favourite features of the FS-X, bringing the charge time down to just 50 minutes for 50 hours of playtime.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Backers ‘First Look’

Here are your 5 choices who’ve received the most nominations from other backers over the past two weeks. We have not counted those backers who have expressed they do not wish to take part.

1. bsl100 

2. Lee Gibson 

3. Craig Trickett 

4. Szabolcs Boszormenyi 

5. John H. Halpern, M.D.

A member of our team will be in touch next week to confirm participation.

BackerKit

Please ignore this section of the update if you do not want to edit your BackerKit choices and/or address.

You can still review your add-ons, accessories, frontframe plates, and edit your choices. We have not yet locked these down.

If you’d like to do so, please visit https://frankenspielfs-x.backerkit.com/. Login and navigate to the review page. This page will list the details of your pledge, from here you’ll be able to edit your choices. If you can’t remember your password, just enter your Kickstarter email address and they’ll send you a new invite. It’s important for us to lock these down so we can prepare your orders for shipping so can you please complete this by our next update, Wednesday 10th June.

Remember: after next week, you will no longer be able to change your details. So if you intend to do so, please do this now.

Here’s a reminder of our timeline - as stated earlier in this update, we’re still closing down a few things in China from last month. However, this will not affect scheduled delivery for July.

June

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

July

Delivery of all units to backers

Your next update will be no later than a week from now, Wednesday 10th June.

All the best,

David Archer and The Frankenspiel Team

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    1. Zooik on

      So... No one else has a camera phone...
      Just say it out load. You are bullshitting us. I've backed several things. Electronic things and none take this time to make.
      Just say it out loud that you fucked us.
      "I'm in China and can't take photos with my phone but I can build a speaker".
      No. Just no.
      You're a cunt. Period.

    2. Marsha Tyszler
      Superbacker
      on

      @Frankenspiel, I said long ago that I didn't quite understand why white was being chosen for the charger. I seem to recall that you and/or some backers felt it was easier to see when it's plugged in odd, dark places. However, for many of us for whom this logic doesn't apply, it'll look like we just bought some inexpensive charger from eBay rather than being matched to our beautiful FS-X components. I always felt it should match the cabinets -- or be black at the very least. Only Apple branded items can get away with white because they did it first whereas anyone else who does it is just seen as a knock-off (even if it's s great, high quality charger -- nobody can see the parts inside to determine that). As other stated, I don't get the blue piece, but I suspect that is temporary and will eventually be made white. So as I said ages ago, I really do wish the chargers would have a color option: black, white and/or color of cabinet. I wouldn't suggest delaying the whole project if it takes longer to produce more colors. However, if you decide to make other colors, you could give people the option to get white now or wait for black, etc.

      Also, will the chargers/cords have your logo on it?

      Sounds like things are moving along. Keep going!

      @Stephen Burke, they aren't all hand soldered! Read again! They only did "some" boards like that up until they properly aligned their SMT machinery to precisely fit/cure the many teeny parts. It would be crazy expensive and take forever if they soldered them all by hand! I wish! ;-)

      @winners, congrats! Can't wait to hear your impressions! :-D

    3. Laurence Freedman on

      Though I am happy with the Apple-esque styling of the charger, I have to agree with Sam, the coloring of it is simply terrible. It indeed looks like a cheap knockoff with that color scheme and should be changed to a sleek black.

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      Maikel Lodewijk on

      WTF!? Every phone has got a camera in it and can upload it straight to internet. But you didn't manage to keep your promise to shoot a couple of photo's... I call you B$...

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      Michael S. on

      I still don't fully understand why frankenspiel needs its own charger... Seems to be a lot of effort for a cheap thing that already exists...
      http://www.amazon.com/RAVPower®-Foldable-Blackberry-Bluetooth-batteries/dp/B00OQ1I2C2

    6. Marcus Sundman on

      "this will not affect scheduled delivery" -- Hah! You say that every time. And then the scheduled delivery time comes and goes while nothing happens. And you make up a new delivery time. And again there are complications which will "not affect" the schedule. Ad infinitum. Somehow all your schedules (including the first one over a year ago when you said you were almost ready to ship) take into account unforeseen circumstances, yet somehow nothing actually happens. Ever.
      And you always make it sound like you have done a lot, when in hindsight it's obvious that you did not. Like when you made it sound like you took lots of photos already at the last update and just needed a bit of time (a week?!) to put them together for this update. Or when you made it sound like you had made a good comparison video and it turned out you really hadn't and instead sent some inexplicably bad excuse for a video taken in your bedroom (probably chosen to make sure that the room is small enough that any tiny speaker would be loud).
      This turned into a joke a long time before Christmas, and this year it's been a farce, and now it's turning into fraud.

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      Stephen Burke on

      Hand soldered, wow. I would have expected surface mount components, hope the QA is up to scratch to confirm the quality.

    8. Sam Camacho on

      The blue color makes it look especially bad, but that's just my opinion.

    9. Sam Camacho on

      I know the color of the charger doesn't matter all that much as far as performance or anything, but it would definitely look better black and sleek, the pictures above not only make it look like a generic, ugly, tacky charger but also it doesn't even match any versions the FS - X. I just really hope that's not the final version of the charger, but if it is, oh well.

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      Alain on

      @Creators: tips for the future. You could have ask your manufacturer to take a photo and then sending it to you by a fast and new communication tool called email.
      Feel free to contact me for any help.