Shipping Update / Final Specifications / Lessons Learned / SubWoofer
Firstly we’d like to address what has been coming out of the comments, especially in the last few days, the worry that the final FS-X that emerges will disappoint and fail to live up to its promise.
This is precisely the same concern that we have had in the back of our minds and this is what drives us. Yes, we admit to promising significant improvements in performance midway through the campaign. But in terms of both features and build quality, we obsess about getting things absolutely right. We have now achieved those enhancements to the FS-X.
If we are to overcome all the fears and misapprehensions, we have to keep on obsessing and keep on taking the flack while we concentrate on getting things absolutely right. We will never release a product, regardless of a few negative comments, if we don’t think it is perfect.
We are not immune to criticism, nor unaware of just how frustrating the wait has been. But we are almost there now, and we feel confident that the FS-X will not disappoint, not in terms of features, nor in terms of build quality.
We're pleased to give you a shipping date.
The evaluation and thorough testing of the new components has now been completed and we couldn't be more satisfied with the results. Our production partner is now in a position to begin final assembly and does not expect any further hold ups. They will start shipping at the end of this month.
Final Specifications - will it have been worth the wait?
As you are all aware, the final spec of the FS-X exceeds the spec indicated in the original project. Actually that should read "far exceeds". There have been several important improvements, which we'll post shortly, but the main one lies in the output power of the audio (significantly louder, but still with no distortion).
Some of you have suggested that perhaps to save time, we should revert to the less ambitious original spec. However, you may remember that we did make extra output power (boost to max SPL without distortion in Update #14) a stretch goal, and we have now incorporated this into the final design so that there would be absolutely no benefit or time saved at this stage in reverting back to the original.
Our aim with the FS-X is to produce a truly advanced mobile speaker which relies for wireless operation only on standard Bluetooth so that it works with all your Bluetooth audio devices. We are confident that when you get the FS-X into your hands you will be able to enjoy a sound and music experience that, until now, has not been possible in a Bluetooth speaker.
Right now we are doing measurements on:-
- peak current
- peak voltage
- RMS (audio power)
We will publish our figures, (just as we did at the start of the campaign). First to Backers, then publicly. What we can already say is the numbers are surprising. Unlike the FS-1 which was governed because of USB, the FS-X is not. Irrespective of its size, the FS-X puts out an awful lot of power, it puts out a lot of current and a lot of voltage. Instantaneous yes, but sustained enough for good bass.
Current is important for audio, higher current is what gives the magnetised voice coil (speaker driver) its rich sound, not voltage. This what the whole of the delay has been about - ( much) better sound.
So, was the wait worth it?
The judgement will be yours to make.
Would we do it differently next time out?
As far as our obsession with breakthrough features and build quality - no. As far as introducing step changes in features midway through - yes.
A silver lining in the cloud of the wait is that it has given our engineering team a chance to push on with other projects including development of the new SubWoofer.
For us, one of the main lessons of the FS-X has been not to introduce significant specification/feature creep into the project because of the possible effects on timing. For this reason we will shortly pre-publish the main planned features to our FS-X backers and ask for feedback on them before project launch. This should ensure we take Backers wishes into account without it leading to a lengthening of the project timeline.
All the best,
The Frankenspiel Team