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VK-X Development

August 2018

 

Good afternoon everyone,

 

It’s Lucas here. Today, I am happy to write this update to let you know where we are as we have been working hard on production as soon as the ring belt on July 24th, marking the end of the Indiegogo funding campaign. Please do not hesitate to comment and ask questions!

 


 

 

Project Status

 

We are currently still on schedule for a delivery in November 2018, but as production advances, we will have more accuracy and I will let you know if something changes.

 

More precisely, half of the toolings (mainly the ones for simple plastic components) were already produced before the end of the campaign. In order to validate the other half (and especially the aluminum cups mold), Baptiste is currently finalizing another VK-X mechanical prototype since we took the time to run another prototype round and decided to do so to make sure everything is working properly before launching the last key toolings and molds production. 

 

We plan to have the very first set of complete VK-X post-tooling samples in September, which will allow us to do minor adjustments if needed and to refine the sound signature before launching the definitive components production.

 

To date, the only development part that could potentially lead to (tiny) delays is the electronic part. We basically had to change the whole conception since one of the main components of the previous electronic card prevented the LDAC implementation that was unlocked thanks to your support. LDAC will be, indeed, implemented (we are currently finalizing the agreement with SONY), and we are doing our best to limit the effect of its implementation in terms of delay.

 


 

 

Major Updates

 

I take this opportunity to share with you some great news that occurred in the past month 🙂

 

The VK-X will also feature Digital Audio with USB-C

 

This feature was not planned, but we went the extra mile so our users can enjoy digital audio on their headphones. It means that the VK-X could be used without any bandwidth limitation through its USB-C cable and could bypass your phone DAC (Digital to Audio Converter, often not really performing for phones). Alternatively, our USB-C to 3.5mm jack will enable our users to listen without battery as planned.

 

Hard Case Pouch

 

Yes, the VK-X pouch will be a Hard Case Pouch! It was not planned originally, but we listened to your feedbacks and started a late development to do it. Please find a first trial prototype picture below

 

 

 


 

 
 

Made To Order

 

The swatch books are ready and only one tricky color still needs to be adjusted a little: Dark Bronze. For those who decided to go with the VK-X Made To Order option, we should ship the swatch books in the first week of September and will send you shortly an email to confirm your delivery address. For those who decided to go with the Serie Editions, it is still time to change and upgrade to a Made To Order VK-X if you would like!

 


 

 

Last but not least, we plan with Baptiste to run a couple of webinars and to write more specific and detailed articles in September and October, and we would like to know what topics you would be interested to be covered.

Please just post your ideas as comments below and upvote/downvote to help us decide the most important ones!

 

 

I am at your disposition, as well as our team, to respond to any of your comments or questions!

Have a great day,

Lucas

 

PS. VK-X first batch units are still available for pre-orders and live on our website. Do not hesitate to have a look at the full description and features, and spread the love! 

VK-X Development

July 2018

 

Good afternoon everyone,

 

It’s Lucas here. I hope that you are doing well. The last few weeks have been a lot of work for our team, which explains why we haven’t posted as frequently on the blog.

 

Today, we are a week from the end of the Indiegogo campaign and, as we have obtained our financial goal, I wanted to take a moment to talk a little bit about the development of the VK-X.

 


Mechanics

 

The prototyping is finished. Our main news is that, after many tests on the shape of the headphone headband, we have achieved great results in terms of comfort on different sizes of heads, without adding additional rotation. Therefore, this summer we will launch the production of a number of different mechanical parts: the headphone headbands, aluminum cups, plastic parts. The machining of these pieces is done in China, where Baptiste will go by the end of the month to make the molds necessary for their production.

 


Electronics and LDAC Codec

 

The prototyping of the electronic card is finished and we are starting the test plan. In a few words, it is a question of testing one by one all the features of the VK-X: pairing, control buttons, load management, LED lighting, etc …

 

One of the VK-X “Doughnut” electronic card prototypes

 

Regarding the LDAC codec, its implementation has a significant cost that is explained by a necessary re-engineering of some motherboard components of the current electronic card and the payment of LDAC license to Sony who holds the rights to this codec. For this reason, we decided at the beginning of the campaign to reach a goal of $ 200,000 of funding. I do not think we’ll reach that goal by the end of the campaign (we’re currently at $ 183,000), but Baptiste is currently trying to find ways to do that because we think it’s is an important feature for the VK-X to enjoy the best sound quality currently available in Bluetooth.

 

 

Sound

 

As we have explained in the past, sound is the last thing we work on during product development. Indeed, the sound signature is closely tied to the design of the final acoustic chamber, the shape of the pads, the placement of components, etc. The final design of the VK-X series will be completed this summer and we will have a better idea concerning sound production. Nevertheless, we have already made the first tests on the existing prototype (see Baptiste below) from different speakers and different acoustic grids to get a head start.

 

 

 

 

Made-to-order

 

Our team member Paul is currently designing and launching the final version of the color chart that we will send to our clients who chose this option in August. It’s possible that the color chart does not look exactly the same as the photos you’ve seen. Indeed, we realized that the format of the booklet we had originally envisioned would not be the most practical to make a decision on the color and style of the headphones. It It is much more practical to be able to mix and match the swatches of color and aluminum so as to get a real idea of what the color combinations would like together. As a result, Paul has reimagined the shape of the color chart, which will probably be in the form of a small box containing two fans, one for leather, the other for aluminum. These fans will be free to be manipulated and brought closer to one another to facilitate the choice. In addition, I am working on a small simulation on our site that will allow to quickly visualize 3D renderings of the VK-X by selecting the different combinations of leather and aluminum possible.

 

 

 

 

I am at your disposition, as well as our team, to respond to any of your comments or questions!

Have a great day,

Lucas