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VK-1, VK-2, VK-X

A design chronology

 

Hello everyone,

 

Lucas here: I hope you are doing well! It has been a while since I wanted to take VK-X’s upcoming public launch on April, 8th opportunity to publish a short article dedicated to our VK design chronology.

The VK series is the first headphone design we ever launched with a first product, the VK-1 back in 2013. For us, this serie is the definition of what high-end headphones should look like, a definition that relies on 3 fundamental pillars: Timelessness, Heritage, Technology. It was designed in collaboration with designer Eugeni Quitllet.

 

What does “VK” stands for?

 

“VK” for “Valkyrie” came as a name to us when we were looking for a name for our first creation, the VK-1 back in 2013. At that time, as we were bringing to the market the first headphones with such a unique design and vision, we were an unknown brand starting our “fight” against audio giants. “Valkyrie” symbolizes our first battle, since Valkyries are, in Norse mythology, female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live.

 

 

Discover the VK chronology

 

 

 

The VK-1, as I said, was the genesis of aëdle. They were the first headphones ever assembled in France (our workshop was located in Brittany at the time) out of such noble materials: Genuine Lambskin Leather and Aircraft Grade Machined Aluminum. Its timeless design was acclaimed internationally and won a Red Dot Design Award in 2015. Both production and sales of the VK-1 were stopped in early 2017. More info about the VK-1 could be found on our website

 

 

 

With the VK-2, we updated the VK-1 based on all what we had learned from the VK-1 experience and from our users, while keeping the exact same design. The new conception made the VK handier (foldable flat earpads, removable earpads, headband stitches on the sides), improved its solidity, and featured a sound signature a bit more neutral / audiophile. More info about the VK-2 could be found on our website

 

 

 

The VK-X is the natural wireless successor of the VK-2. Very few modifications were made in terms of design, except :

  • The addition of minimal buttons and LEDs to control and understand the new wireless features
  • The removal and replacement of the 3.5mm jack port with a USB-C port
  • An over-ear earpad design instead of an on-ear design to improve comfort and isolation

 

Its development was funded by our community of users thanks to an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in June 2018. More info about the VK-X could be found on our website and on the Indiegogo page

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Got mine today. Not very comfortable. 1. The arch of the headband is much flatter than that on the website, so the earpads don’t come down far enough. The hard headband presses on the top of my head. Can the headband be reshaped? 2. I asked prior to purchase about the earpad dimensions (sent a dimensioned drawing of my ear) – I was told the inside diameter of the earpads was 57mm. It’s actually 47mm. The outside is 80mm. I have another brand of over ear headphones – the pads on those are 54 internal, 102 external. They just cover… Read more »

Nigel Buckland
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Hi, I just got mine but I don’t know how long to do the first charge for and for recharging also ? Please update me as soon as possible please. Thanks Nigel.

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Hey Dear Aedle Team
I have a Problem with the Battery. It is just able to load on 60% and I let it pluged in the whole night. When the VK-X is connected to the iphone and I look at the battery life on the I phone it is 60% and it lasted for 9 hrs.

thanks for the quick answer

cheers