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Estimated VK-X first shipment date: December 26th, 2018

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

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Armand

Great Job

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Thank you for the detailed update, I have Pre ordered the customisable option and am very excited to get my hands on these. I have a few concerns regarding the LED light on the underside of the cups, two things really I imagine you are giving consideration to; 1. The brightness of the LED; please consider the various use cases ie flying in a dark aeroplane cabin or listening next to a sleeping partner in a dark room with a bright LED that cannot be dimmed or turned off would be bothersome. 2. The colour of the LED; there is… Read more »

Francesco
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Francesco

Hi! I can’t wait to get these.
When do you plan to send the leather and alluminium samples?

Erik
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Erik

Hi Aedle team, it al looks very promising. Thanks a lot for the good work you did already. I just wondered if the NCF will work if the battery is dead and you use the headset as a cabled one

Rowan
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Rowan

Hello,
Didn’t hear anything from you guys since this post and the thank you email i received after the campaign.
Any news? We really can’t wait to get our hands on these ????????
I remember you were expecting to send it by November ? Right?

Keep us posted please
Thanks