Production / Budget-Friendly Stand / Labelling / IP Rating - IP65 / Bluetooth Specs / What’s Next
Coming soon to a warehouse near you, hundreds of FS-X speakers!
We’re getting very excited to send you your FS-Xs. You may remember that we plan to bulk ship from China to warehouses in Hong Kong, Holland, UK and the US. From there the FS-Xs will be delivered to your individual destinations. As we speak, our team is preparing the warehouses from where your orders will be fulfilled.
Sadly we’ve got another slight delay, this time with our production partner. They are very busy in the run-up to Christmas, working with many other products of other manufacturers and have had to put our production back a few days. Slotting us in isn’t as simple as it was in the summer, so we are now planned for the first week of October. This is another consequence of the technical problem that delayed our production date, we have to put our hand up on this, we can’t blame our production partner.
However, in brighter news, we have no more tech problems. Hooray!
We know some of you in past comments have mentioned making a stand with a thread, clamp, or something similar. We’ve been using a low budget stand which works with suction-pads. Its very simple, works very well with the FS-X’s very smooth surface, and because of the second suction-pad at the bottom you can attach it to any smooth surface. It will be available in black (plastic) only. Please let us know in the comments section if you think this is interesting.
We understand that some of you are anxious about the labelling on the box which will be used to deliver to you.
We will be taking care of import duty during the bulk import phase. The exception is Hong Kong, from where we will ship to backers in Asia and Australasia. We have no choice but to ship directly from the Hong Kong warehouse to these backers’ address.
All we can say is that we have individually noted everyone’s concerns and we will do all we can to ensure no problems occur.
IP Rating - IP65
One non-acoustic feature we can confirm is the IP rating.
The IP Code, International Protection Marking, classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against the intrusion of dust and water. The standard aims to provide users more detailed information. The digits (characteristic numerals) indicate conformity with certain conditions.
We have previously confirmed that the FS-X (subject to final tests carried out on the production models) would be rated at either IP64 or IP65.
In all the upheavals (because of the delay and other issues) we put it to one side, and kind of left it there, and it was just a few days ago we realized we still needed to publish the number. We can now proudly confirm that the FS-X is rated at IP65!
This means that it is totally protected against dust and protected against low pressure jets of water from all directions. (Usual warning though - this does not mean you can immerse your FS-X in water, or play it under the shower.)
We still want to keep the final acoustic specs under wraps (all will be revealed), but here are your final Bluetooth specs:
Bluetooth 3.0 With EDR Enhanced Data Rate specifically for higher audio bandwidth.
Low-latency audio – Stereo mode < 1 millisecond (synchronised stereo)
- We will be issuing the full, final acoustic specs in the next update.
- We will post a video showing stereo operation and pairing.
- We will be providing you with delivery dates for your country.
- We will give you a final chance to change your address in consideration to the final delivery dates.
So don’t forget, there’s still time to change your address if you need to! Please refer to Update #43 for instructions on how to do this.
All the best,
The Frankenspiel Team