Project overview and what’s next
It’s a new year.
We wish you all a happy 2017. For us, it’s a time to reflect on our journey so far.
But before we do that, here’s some... Read more
Moving Forward - A Message from the Creator
As you may already know, we have had a rocky month. However we are moving forward.
We have to maintain high energy levels to focus on project completion... Read more
So, why the delay? A message from the Creator
I know that many of you are disappointed that we have experienced significant delays with this project, and we are very sorry to have let you down. However,... Read more
The Final Batch
We will be a few weeks late on delivering the final batch.
For those of you who have already received your rewards, we can confirm that you will... Read more
September 2016 Shipment
We recognise that from an outsider's point of view, our recent updates come across slightly mad. We appreciate that you may find what we are doing hard to... Read more
Revised shipment with upgraded OS
We have had to wrestle with a dilemma; we don’t want to just deliver, we want to deliver well with a product that will be relevant in years... Read more
Final batch FAQs
Following from our last update, we can confirm we are still on target for a July 2016 shipment.
This will mean that the last backers will receive their... Read more
Shipment date for final batch
Progress has been made. It has been slower than we had hoped but we are refusing to take any shortcuts that would impose any further risks. Delivering the... Read more
We are pushing towards shipment for the final batch. We need another 2 to 3 weeks until we can return with a timeframe for delivery.
There are over... Read more
We are very busy beefing up our supply chain to be ready for the final batch, getting more hands on deck to help us speed things along and... Read more
First batch delivered! User guide & final batch
Thanks to those in the first batch who have reported their deliveries and tracking numbers in the comments section. We would love to hear how you are getting... Read more
1st batch out for delivery! Final batch coming soon
We can confirm that a few first batch rewards have been delivered in France, Austria, Netherlands, and Germany. For other countries, they are out on delivery.
Thanks to... Read more
Late change for free stand
Do you remember the free, budget-friendly stand that we added as a gift to every reward with at least 1 FS-X?
We previously offered a plastic swivel stand... Read more
The 1st batch arrived in our warehouse yesterday, here are a few photos of how they are delivered to us. To save space, cost and for maximum protection... Read more
Happy New Year! 100 units
Happy New Year! Thanks for your continued support.
Shipment has started. We are delivering 100 units, it is likely that some of you will receive your rewards before... Read more
Seasons greetings! Carrycases & packaging
We are pushing towards shipment and we are doing our very best to deliver as soon as possible. We will be working as many days as possible over... Read more
We have had a few speed bumps this month, some due to communication issues and misunderstandings in China.
Our team is working very hard on shipment and we... Read more
At present, there are no changes proposed or anything adverse to report. Our team is working very hard on shipment and we are expecting plenty of progress for... Read more
We are sharing the final packaging with you. There are 2000 stickers for our retail boxes, and the same number of User Guides, one for every box.
Our... Read more
Our team is preparing shipment.
This update is addressed to those 271 backers who have ordered a fastcharger.
Our latest testing on our accessories has shown that there... Read more
The team is working very hard on preparing shipment.
At present, there are no changes proposed or anything adverse to report. However, we intend to keep our promise... Read more
We have closed down the logistics and software updates. We are preparing reward groups with appropriate accessories.
We have created a new, visual user guide focused... Read more
By next week's update we are hoping to have closed down the logistics and software updates. We are also preparing reward groups with appropriate accessories.
Having told... Read more
We are still in the process of finalising the logistics and updates. We have experienced a few days slippage from our shipping estimates to our warehouse locations but... Read more
Delivery estimates / deadline to change your address
In this update we will be providing you with estimates for delivery and a deadline for changing your address.
In our previous update, we explained that we will... Read more
This update and next week’s update will be primarily focused on shipping.
We are currently in the process of updating and testing the build of another 1000 units.... Read more
This update, next week and the following week’s update will be primarily focused on shipping.
In September we completed in house testing of 40 line-assembled units with all... Read more
‘First Look’ backer, John. H. Halpern, M.D. has received his new pair of FS-Xs with all of our adjustments and improvements.
Here are his first thoughts:
We are... Read more
In our last update, we discussed sending 20 sets of final FS-Xs (all with the new improvements and adjustments) to bloggers and professional reviewers.
These are part of... Read more
Carry case / reviews
A reminder of what we are preparing:
- Backer reward and address database (BackerKit is now closed and we are preparing shipment. If you want to edit your address,... Read more
Button sequence demo
Over the next week or so we will be preparing our order files, logistics, picking and packaging. Throughout this process we will provide you with additional pictures, videos... Read more
We have completed our final phase of testing to ensure the FS-X is 100% ready for shipping.
In our next updates we will be able to provide you... Read more
Thanks to John H. Halpern, M.D. for sharing new recordings using his ‘First Look’ units.
The recordings are two .wav 48kHz/24bit files using a portable Zoom digital recorder... Read more
‘First Look’ Video & Other News
We’d like to say a big thanks to John H. Halpern, M.D. for sharing a video of his ‘First Look’ units, testing various music clips.
A reminder... Read more
Testing, then testing again
The software changes and bug fixes are now complete.
We are in the final phase of testing to ensure it is 100% ready for commercial purposes (testing was... Read more
Feedback Pt. 3
Over the past few days we’ve had the chance to talk to both John H. Halpern, M.D. and bsl100 who have both offered some excellent feedback.
bsl100’s recent... Read more
Feedback Pt. 2
All 5 backers from the ‘First Look’ have received their sets and have each commented with varied results.
We saw both positive and negative feedback. This has contributed... Read more
We have been Skyping with some of the ‘First Look’ backers to discuss their feedback in more detail. We will continue to organise Skype calls with those remaining... Read more
Reviews & Other News
We’d like to return to our previous comment in regards to future third party reviews.
We have always said it was our plan to have the FS-X tested... Read more
The first review has been published from Andrew Everard, Audio Editor of Gramophone with over 30 years experience as a consumer journalist.
You can read his review here... Read more
Backers ‘First Look’
We’ve received delivery confirmation from three of our ‘First Look’ backers based in the UK.
One is on its way to a backer in the USA - as... Read more
Reviews Incoming / Operating Instructions
The backers ‘First Look’ will be sent tomorrow and we are still on target to deliver all of your units this month. They are likely to be shipped... Read more
The Final Countdown
We’re moving onto the final few weeks of the project and everything is coming to a close!
Backers ‘First Look’
The Backers ‘First Look’, and other units for... Read more
China Pt. 5 (An Update from the Creator)
Our time in China is coming to an end and I’ll be flying back tomorrow evening.
We’re very happy to have closed everything down and we’re excited to... Read more
China Pt. 4 (An Update from the Creator)
We’re finishing up the last few things here in China.
I’ve rebooked my flight back to London for Thursday 18th June. Admittedly this does leave us with a... Read more
China Pt. 3 (An Update from the Creator)
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
Carry Case / Changing Your Address
David is flying to China from London today to help coordinate the final stages of our project with Chia (more detail on this in our last update). He’ll... Read more
David will be visiting our team in China this month to help in the final stages of our project. He’ll be making sure, above all that our new... Read more
Shipping / Stereo Pairing / Tone Generator
In this update we will be elaborating on a few things based on your recent comments.
Your rewards will be sent as gifts, directly from our Amsterdam... Read more
Tone Generator & Mono FS-X Demo
Thank you for your comments in response to our demo.
We've put together another quick, off-the-cuff video based on your comments to demonstrate the frequency response of the FS-X at... Read more
Demo (Comparison Video)
As you know, we’ve been wrestling with the comparison video for way too long.
This isn't the most exciting video we've made, our intention has been to simply... Read more
FS-X Mono Pairing
While you’re waiting for the full demo, here’s a quick video we've put together to show you just how easy it is to pair an FS-X with an... Read more
Other News (Demo Coming Very Soon)
We’ve been doing our best but we haven’t had the chance to finish the demo yet. We have started filming and we will be finished very soon.
But... Read more
Demo (Coming Soon)
The final production version of the boards have arrived from China and we're now building a new set of FS-X samples in our Amsterdam warehouse.
Here’s a picture... Read more
Final Production Specs
Chia has completed final tuning of the FS-X and we’re pleased to report that he has released the final FS-X hardware specs for production.
Rememberdespite this minor... Read more
Final Production Specs (Coming Soon)
Chia has been working hard on the final tuning of the FS-X, he’s almost there but he needs some more time to fix the production specs.
As soon... Read more
Timeline, Live Q&A and Other News
Here's a timeline of our projections for the final stages of this project. We have extended our estimates to counteract any possibility of unforeseen slippage.
Remember these dates are... Read more
An Update from the CTO & Head of Development Team
I'm Chia, CTO and Head of the Development Team for Frankenspiel.
In this update I will cover important information on the technical side of the FS-X, but more... Read more
General & FAQs
We have some very important information to communicate to you all. We want to make sure we are certain of our direction and we are on the same... Read more
How to Upgrade to the Stereo Set
Happy New Year!
We’re delighted to see that some of you have shown interest in upgrading from an individual FS-X to the stereo set.
Over the next week we will... Read more
General & FAQs
We hope you’ve had a very merry Christmas!
As we explained in the previous update, we’re waiting on our new sample boards/software so that we can put together... Read more
General & FAQs
We hope you are enjoying the lead up to Christmas.
We had initially wanted to surprise you with the demo video in this update but unfortunately we’ve not... Read more
How to Change Your Address (Before Thursday 11th December)
We understand due to delays, some of you have asked for another opportunity to change your address via BackerKit.
This update includes instructions of how to change your address, we... Read more
Main Concerns and Questions from Backers
Thank you for your feedback in these recent weeks.
We’d like to clear up a few FAQs that we’ve seen in the comments section, updates and social media. We hope... Read more
Engineering Issues & What's Next
The Integration of the software update to the Bluetooth chip is complete and is now in final testing. To reiterate what we said in the last update, this... Read more
Acoustic Specs / Changing Your Address Reminder / What’s Next
It’s not long now until these shelves and blue boxes in the picture below are full of your FS-Xs in warehouse locations all around the world! Our team has been... Read more
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... Read more
How To Change Your Address
We understand that there are some of you that have requested to change your postal address. We’ve received many of these requests on multiple platforms such as Kickstarter, emails, Facebook... Read more
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... Read more
Response to questions about shipping dates and Frankenspiel launch party cost
We’ve got two topics we wanted to clear up with you. And although we value your individual messages, we are receiving lots of them every day so we... Read more
Follow up on Frankenspiel event
Thanks to all those who came along to the party, we hope everybody enjoyed the entertainment. We were too busy to catch much more than a glimpse, the... Read more
Launch Party (Final Words)
For those of you attending our FS-X Launch Party at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes tonight, this update will include all the information you’ll need to have a fantastic night.... Read more
Catchup + reply to backer questions on comment page
With this update we're trying to catchup on unanswered questions on the comment page.
Approaching production shipment and launch of the FS-X, our team is busy... Read more
FRANKENSPIEL FS-X LAUNCH PARTY!
LIVE MUSIC / BOWLING / DANCING / PING PONG / KARAOKE / TABLE FOOTBALL / FOOD / BOOZE
We're throwing you a party!
To say thanks for all of your... Read more
Production/shipping delay + new fastcharger
Unfortunately we have had to postpone the production run which was planned for this last week. This is due to the fact that one of our main components... Read more
Max SPL level and first impressions: listening to wireless stereo FS-X
Here's some stuff you might like to read.
Max SPL level
We have now finished our max SPL measurements for the production version of the FS-X.
We will... Read more
Bluetooth (4.1 LE) pairing for single and stereo FS-X speakers + battery level indicator
Bluetooth pairing for single and stereo FS-X speakers + battery level indicator
We’ve spent a lot of time doing hands-on pairing and stereo pairing, testing it with an... Read more
Various (BackerKit, stickers, new logo and some China pics)
Here are a few points we would like to share with you:
A problem we did not anticipate is that we still have 10% of our backers... Read more
Soft neoprene carrycase
The soft neoprene carrycase prototypes are done, so we thought it would be a good time to show you the first pictures.
The carrycase is constructed from a... Read more
We're still on our shipping timeline, a lot is going but here's an update on several features.True wireless stereo
In all the tests we’ve done of the... Read more
Final mould modification
We're back! Actually we never went away, it’s just that we didn’t think you would have appreciated an update just for it’s own sake, without any real information... Read more
BackerKit for FS-X Online
Our BackerKit page has been approved so we‘ve just sent you your BackerKit invites! With your invite you can log in to BackerKit.
If you can’t find the invite... Read more
IP rating & BackerKit
Here's some info regarding the IP rating and BackerKit.
We want to clarify the situation in regard to IP ratings.
The IP Code, International Protection Marking,... Read more
So, we’ve reached the end of our campaign!
You’ve been wonderful!
We’re very gratefull for all your input, ideas and suggestions!
The feedback from you all during the... Read more
3rd Stretch Goal Reached! + free additions (and choices).
We've reached our 3rd stretch goal of £76.000!
As you know later this year we’re planning to introduce a miniature subwoofer.
Subject to reaching this third stretch goal... Read more
How to add your (2nd stretch goal) gift to your pledge amount and how you can change your pledge amount to do so!
Thought it would be useful to really spell out what the procedure is for adding (2nd stretch goal) gifts and add-ons.
To avoid the possibility of confusion, we’ve... Read more
Third Stretch Goal (support for future Frankenspiel subwoofer)
Here’s our 3rd stretch goal!
At the moment the user experience of the FS-X consists of either a single speaker or a (stereo) pair.
But later this year... Read more
Update on Second Stretch Goal (clarification and expansion of choices for 2nd stretch goal)
We’ve received a lot of comments about the options of the second stretch goal.
We listened to you and as a result we’re expanding the range of... Read more
2nd Stretch Goal Reached!
As of just now, we've reached our second stretch goal target of £66.000!
Thanks to all of you! Fantastic job!
If at the end of the project we... Read more
New review: from Hi-Fi World!
As you might know we've given FS-X to a few experts, reviewers and music fans to test and get their feedback.
This is a link to a review... Read more
Update on fastcharger (2 x 2.1A) and Y-cable.
Here’s a quick update on the fastcharger and Y cable.
Update on fastcharger
It’s obvious from the feedback we’re getting that a 3.1A (2.1A + 1A) capacity... Read more
We've just launched a Thunderclap campaign!
Support us by going to our Thunderclap page here (before 10am, Sunday 4th May) and sharing our message on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr.
Thanks... Read more
RE: THE PAIR - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - BLACK
So we realised that the black FS-Xs pairs have been very popular.
And we're receiving requests to add more of them.
We just want all of you to... Read more
Second Stretch Goal (external in-line control and boost to max SPL)
We’re back with a 2nd Stretch Goal!
This was scheduled for yesterday, but it got pushed back, we just ran out of time. Anyway...
If we reach £66.000... Read more
Quite a few of you have suggested having add-ons for the single & pair FS-X pledge reward tiers. This means that backers of these pledges can add additional funds to their... Read more
Our decision about AptX
We've received requests to consider adding AptX support to the FS-X specification.
The reasons put forward for this have been:
- it would add to the audio quality of... Read more
1st Stretch Goal Reached!
As of just now, we have reached our stretch goal target of £46.000!
Thanks to all the input you gave us we will be able to improve the... Read more
A lot of you have asked for a video showing a comparison between the FS-X and another well known Bluetooth speaker.
This video is a comparison of the... Read more
You've helped us reach our goal of £36,000!
Thank you so much for all of your continued support, we couldn't have done it without you.
However, it doesn’t stop there. We... Read more
First Stretch Goal (water- and dust- resistant)
You’ve been really great in getting us almost to our goal!
To thank you for this we’re introducing our first stretch goal:
The FS-X with its 50 hour... Read more
Special Edition Champagne Gold
We've created a video for the special edition champagne gold, which shows the FS-X being rotated in the hand, and lets you appreciate the colour from all angles.... Read more
FS-X Bluetooth Speaker: A Day Out
The FS-X is a great outdoor speaker, with a 50 hour battery life, it was built to last. So, Dave took it to Shoreditch to see what the people of... Read more
When we began designing the FS-X we left open the issue of using a mini/micro USB slot for the FS-X’s charging cable.
In the meantime the industry has... Read more
End of Our 1st Week
Today sees the end of our 1st week. We'd like to thank you for all of your support, we've already reached 55% of our £36,000 goal!
Why not join us... Read more
Today, on the sixth day, thanks to you all, we’ve reached the important milestone: 50% of our goal!
We really want to get this great little speaker out... Read more
Extra Early Bird Reward
Due to demand we have added an extra Early Bird Reward especially for those who specifically want 2 units in different colours.
The Frankenspiel team
Thank you everyone!
Today with our 131st backer, we passed the £10,000 mark. So, a profound thanks to all of you early backers of our FS-X Kickstarter project. Your contribution, whether it was... Read more