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The Summit X TWS - Wireless Earbuds Done Right!

Our Stunning TWS earbuds with super high-quality sound. 1-2 months battery with one charge, latest tech, ​and power bank functionality.

The Summit X TWS - Wireless Earbuds Done Right!

Our Stunning TWS earbuds with super high-quality sound. 1-2 months battery with one charge, latest tech, ​and power bank functionality.

SEK 57,890
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71
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 21 2019 2:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

What if you could get superb High Resolution Sound quality and up to 2 months use on a single charge of the box? 

Get stable connection via the latest tech and even be able to use the box as a power bank for your phone for that important call/video? 

 You can with SUMMIT X!  All this and it's still small enough to comfortable to wear in a normal jeans pocket! 

With SUMMIT X - You'll Get

  •  Superior High Resolution Sound quality in a pair of ergonomic earbuds with stable connectivity and fast data speed. 
  •  Automatic Pairing with 2 devices and seamless switching to the one currently in use.
  • We provide enormous power in the box for about 2 months use for the average user on a single charge. It's able to charge the earbuds 25 times providing about 120h use time without having to recharge the box compared to the common 27-30 hours.
  • Each Earbud has on average 6 hours of use before needing recharge.
  •  Clear LED indication on both box and earbuds for charging, pairing etc. Earbuds fully charges in 30 min and even just a 5-minute charge gives 1-hour use from flat. The box has a transparent lid so charge status of earbuds can be observed when lid is closed.
  • Box with USB-C port (USB-A to USB-C cable provided) enabling you to use it as an emergency power bank. 
  • Ergonomically designed ear-tips in a range of shapes and sizes, enough variants so you will find the type that fit your ears.  
  •  Active Voice Monitoring for hands-free voice assistance functions. 
  • The Box is comfortable to wear in your pocket as well as in your hand thanks to its rubberised anti-slip finish and rounded form.
  • Supports "Share Me" function to connect two pairs of earbuds. Listen to music with a friend or watch a movie on an iPad together.

Our goal when deciding to develop a TWS was, to put it simply, creating the worlds best earbuds.

 There are good TWS earbuds out there, but none that provides all the features and specifications we want in one package. The majority use a too slow CODEC resulting in poor lip-sync and supports low resolution music only, and some have an unstable connection. Most provide poor ergonomics and gives dismal battery performance.  None comes with all the specifications, ergonomics and usability we want - Born was the idea of Summit X.

 We started by looking at a range of existing TWS´s to see what cost savings and shortcuts most on the market takes and looked at what we can improve upon if we decide not simply re-hash and re-packet existing solutions.

We went back to the basics – What performance can and should we demand? We understood that if we custom make batteries and use the latest tech, we can massively increase capacity. 

Design Philosophy

Every aspect and detail of Summit X TWS has been carefully considered and refined to create the ultimate portable wireless headset product. The ergonomic design, the features  and high specifications ensures day after day performance and comfort with virtually no fatigue.  

Our design concept is to use the best components available and provide features from a usability and user perspective. We use fresh ideas and not simply rehash what others have done because it is cheaper to do so. We started by using our already tested and superb sounding earbuds prototype and will update it with the latest Airoha AB1532 chipset with Bluetooth 5,0+EDR connection for the best data transmission speed and stable connection. 

All TWS will have drop-outs if you work hard for it by covering the earbuds when in use. After all, it is the same with anything using an antenna – if you cover it too much – it'll stop working. If you don’t believe us, try putting your wi-fi router in your fridge and then go surf the net. But we are confident we have achieved the most stable connection possible.

The design of the silicone Hook and Fins allows for secure fit regardless of ear type. Ear-tip fit options have been carefully selected, leading to better audio quality.  We tested countless versions and will supply both silicone and memory foam tips in various sizes to ensure that everyone can get a good fit. 

Earbuds:

Earbud Photo in charge status. Lights are not on during normal use
Earbud Photo in charge status. Lights are not on during normal use

 The premium balanced armature speakers can accurately reproduce high resolution 24 bit- 96KHz HD audio transmission. Our Earbuds are also backwards compatible so if your bluetooth device is not HD compatible, it will still work. Some Andriods have already 24bit/96KHz capability but current IOS devices don´t, however, new IOS is expected in september and the rumour is that they will then have HD ability. But even for current IOS users,  there is a benefit straight away with this type of transmission speed. It mean less lag and delay times and hence, less problems with the sound coming after what happens on the screen when watching a movie and the like (hence forth referred to as lip-sync). 

They deliver a rich soundscape with deep lows, crystal clear mids and highs with accurate soundstage placement. They were selected amongst many contenders to achieve the most accurate response, sound stage image and low 3rd harmonic distortions – resulting in clear, natural sound.   

  •  Our earbuds will use the new Airoha AB1532 chipset for fast transmission between device and receiver in Bluetooth 5.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate). Signs of an old and slow codec is lip-sync problems watching video and inferior audio quality due to data compression.
  • Naturally Water resistant to IPX6 rating.
  • Summit X TWS are true stereo, which means they work in stereo for both music listening and during a phone call. They can also be paired individually and used as a mono Bluetooth headset. 
  • The Summit X use two microphones with Airohas AB1532's new generation echo cancellation and noise reduction schemes for much improved audio quality of voice calls.
  • They can be paired with two separate devices and switch seamlessly between those (for example, paired both with a Computer/iPad and a Mobile). 
  •  Real tactile multifunction button to operate functions.
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Carry Case, Batteries & Charging:

Charging Box,  Hook and Fin variants both fits
Charging Box, Hook and Fin variants both fits
  • The Summit X Earbuds has about 6 hours of talk and use time and has Fast charging ability. It takes about 30 minutes to charge the 40mAh battery in the earbuds from flat to full – but even after only 5 minutes charge, they have enough power for about 1-hour use.
  • When fully charged the box will have power for about 1 month (heavy users) to 2 months (average user) due to the high capacity battery. This allows the Summit X earbuds to be recharged about 25 times before the storage box needs recharging. 
  • The charging box can be used as an Emergency Power Bank with an easy-to-read LED indicator, so you’ll always know how much battery the case has.
  • The sturdy carrying case is lined with a rubberized material to be non-slippery and to feel more comfortable when carried in your hands and pockets. 
  • The box is fitted with a transparent lid which enables you to see the LED charge status of your Summit X at a glance. Each earbud is securely held in place against the chargeing ports with magnets. 
  • We future-proof the charge box by using USB-C connector. A USB-A to USB-C charge cable is included.
  • We have designed the box so you can use a strap for carrying. You can secure it to jeans, bags or extend the strap and use as a lanyard and carry it around your neck.
Actual measurements of charge box
Actual measurements of charge box
Visual size comparison between a standard house key and prototype box
Visual size comparison between a standard house key and prototype box

Eartips & Ergonomics

Ear hook & Ear Fin in different shape ears
Ear hook & Ear Fin in different shape ears

The design of the silicone Hook and Fins allows for secure fit regardless of ear type and ear-tip fit options have been carefully selected, leading to better audio quality.  We tested countless versions and decided to supply 18 silicone and memory foam tips in various sizes to ensure that everyone can get a perfect fit. This means good passive noise cancellation and correct sound delivery

Ear-Tip Evaluation
Ear-Tip Evaluation

 A correct fit is half the battle with getting good sound and staying comfortable all day.  The other half requires you to wear them correctly. When inserted properly, they should feel snug, secure and comfortable. Active noise cancellation is not working well with In-Ear headphones as the emitting point is so close to the eardrum. The technology also affects the sound negatively with hiss and compression so naturally we want to avoid it.

Why We Need Your Help!

Creating new moulds needed for the charging box to fit the latest technology, and the large custom designed high-capacity battery is expensive. To help us finance this cost, and in the end get a superior product – we need You! In return for your pledge, you have the opportunity to get the Summit X at a massive saving.  

In the development we are up to next phase, which is to move to mass production, being capable of producing many units, with all the same level of quality. This requires important investment – to create moulds, prepare assembly and test bench, and secure components which have a large MOQ (Minimum Order Quantities). The pre-orders secured here will help us go through this first stage, but that's not all. 

By pledging on Kickstarter, you are showing us that you share our vision and enthusiasm for Summit X – a TWS as it should be done! We invite you to take part in achieving Audio Nirvana with us as cabin crew for this fantastic journey, building the future of TWS Earbuds!

 “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” –Steve Jobs

If so, why do nearly all TWS´ fall short? We can make a better TWS! 

Project Timeline

From reaching Kickstarter goal to start of delivery – approximately 2-3 months. We have put the delivery date to August in the Rewards as to not disappoint anyone but in all likelihood, we can ship earlier. We will naturally be in continuous communication with the community regarding any updates.

The Summit X development Story 

It all started down at the local pub where we discussed a TWS with LED status lights and a transparent lid so one could see if earbuds have charged or not – without opening the box. The idea came after seeing someone quite frequently opening their box just to see if the earbuds really was charging and if enough charging had been reached.  

The original pub drawing of the LED and transparent-lid idea
The original pub drawing of the LED and transparent-lid idea

 After contacting some of our manufacturers who were already producing TWS´s, we sourced our first working earbuds to use as a prototype platform, seen below.

The working embryo to Summit X – but we wanted to develop further, using this as a platform.
The working embryo to Summit X – but we wanted to develop further, using this as a platform.

 The first prototype certainly achieved what we wanted in terms of LED's and lid transparency but left us underwhelmed in terms of other performance aspects, for example stability in connectivity. The sound was OK but nothing remarkable. 

We tested a few different chipsets and speaker combinations until we were ready for prototype 2, seen here just having been delivered.  

Delivery of working prototypes for tests
Delivery of working prototypes for tests

 The prototype 2 is a good working TWS, connectivity and sound were both improved, but we wondered: What would it take to make It truly great?  We took TWS´s apart and looked at every detail, tested variations, tested again to see what can be improved upon.

Checking that Airoha 1532 chipset will fit
Checking that Airoha 1532 chipset will fit

 Since we started the re-development of the this prototype, the latest update and better chipset Airoha AB1532 have recently come out and we have confirmed with our manufacturer that we can use this in the earbuds without causing any issues.  

We decided to re-design the box from the prototype (pictured in the prototype pictures above) so it can hold a massive custom made battery. We knew we wanted much more battery capacity than the industry standard of 500mA.

Prototype charge box disassembled for redevelopment to fit larger battery
Prototype charge box disassembled for redevelopment to fit larger battery

We realised that if we make the charge box in an oval shape, we can fit a much larger battery capacity. We wanted 2000mAh of actual useable power. It meant custom make batteries with the help of a battery manufacturer specialising in custom productions. plus we wanted to include USB-C and a strap holder but retain a transparent lid, however,  we want to have an indentation to both enable easier grip and also fit logotype:

New charge box idea sketch
New charge box idea sketch

 After CAD drawing, off to the 3D printer to test:

Jan is 3D test printing 1st version of Summit X charger box prototype
Jan is 3D test printing 1st version of Summit X charger box prototype
Comparing new box shape with old and earbud holder insert adjustments
Comparing new box shape with old and earbud holder insert adjustments

After conducting a few tests we concluded we need to increase the size with approx. 2-3 mm for the battery to fit as seen below. Obviously the earbud holder insert will be designed to match the above green new oval shape.

Charging Box Design showing USB-C, Strap holder and lid opening button
Charging Box Design showing USB-C, Strap holder and lid opening button

And here is how the Summit X charge box design sheet and measurements will be. The factory is now CAD programming it and test 3D printing in their much higher quality printer to make sure it all works before the process of making injection moulds commence.

Design sheet of new charge box
Design sheet of new charge box

All technical hurdles are solved so we are now ready for actual production! 

Meet the Team

MOC Sport AB is a Swedish Company that specialise in unique concepts, design and development, as well as re-developing products until they´re the very best they can be. MOC Sport AB has operated since 2013 with a wide range of successful products. Our product development team consists of:

Jan Fjellström, Hawkan Manderstedt & Mats Vallström
Jan Fjellström, Hawkan Manderstedt & Mats Vallström

Jan Fjellström is our materials and product expert. His background is in clothing design and manufacturing and he has previously founded brands such as North Bend, Gneis and Weather Station. He also created clothes for the film crew of the James Bond movie “Die another Day”.  Jan is our go-to guy when it comes to understanding what materials to use, how they interact, fit together and where to source them. 

Hawkan Manderstedt has a background as a musician/audio engineer with several album-mixes, behind him and a set of “Golden Ears”.  He is looking after the performance specifications of the TWS earbuds and is also handling communications and updates with Kickstarter. Headphones is a passion of his and he freely admits to being an audio-nerd.

At the drawing table you find Mats Vallström, who has worked as a Graphic Designer/Art Director and CTO for more than 35 years and has a huge knowledge of how things will translate from drawings to real life. His background includes everything from logotypes, layout and maintenance of networks to clothing design. He ensures all things looks and feels as good as we want them to when they come from the factory. 

Together we all brain-stormed the feature wish list, feasibility, overall concepts, designs and specifications. The Summit X is a collective child born out of all our wishes!

Risks and challenges

Risk of project total failure: Hardly any. MOC Sport AB is an existing company with long experience and previous success’ in developing and manufacturing a large range of products. We will see this product through with or without Kickstart and backer help, but the process would be much longer and harder. So, having backers is truly a Win-Win for us all. Of course, if the sun goes supernova, it will be hard to deliver, but you probably won’t care if that happens.
In particular, we identify the following challenges:
- The new charging box has been made using cad drawings, 3d renderings, ​and printing but switching to mold injected parts is required for mass production. We have anticipated all known challenges and designed our parts for injection, but only when we have the first injected parts will we know for sure that they match our requirements in terms of weight and strength. Failing on this would mean a delay while we solve the issue.

At the end of the day, the MOC Sport AB’s team firmly believes in doing the right thing. We do not take our backers' faith in us or their invaluable support lightly. We, therefore, pledge to always be upfront and honest when it comes to your order - no matter how good or bad the news. Keeping that in mind - we'd much rather under-promise and over-deliver than sloppily execute the other way around. We feel that a more conservative approach is better for holding ourselves accountable to the commitments we make and stand behind.

Supply Chain Risk
Component delays and unexpected shortages can occur, but we’ve been building a thorough forecast with our key suppliers to help mitigate that risk. However, should unforeseen challenges present themselves, we’ll always keep you informed immediately and work quickly to solve the problem.

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Long-lasting design

Due to A-grade battery quality giving more charge cycles and fewer cycles used per period due to the amount of mAh, these TWS Earbuds has a substantially prolonged life span​

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    The Double Edition - Save 40%

    This is the one to go for! Get a pair yourself and get one set as the perfect gift for someone you care about and make a huge saving on both pairs. Save 40% off the normal price for two.

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