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VK-X Production

December 2018

 

Hi everyone,

Lucas here, and I hope that you are doing well!

Here is an update on the production and final delivery of the VK-X, which is divided into two parts. As a first step, I will introduce you to what has happened and what we have been working on since my last update. In a second time, I will present the updated schedule, so that you have an idea of the next steps.

 

 

(1) What has happened since our last update?

 

 

Delivery of the first components in Paris ✔️

 

We have started and continue to receive VK-X components at our workshop, which allows us to organize the final assembly and make the first subassemblies to save time. Here are the major deliveries (I am not talking about screws and manufacturing consumables) received at the workshop:

  • The VK-X custom batteries, see my article here
  • PRIMO microphones of the Noise Canceling system, see my presentation article here
  • The acoustic fiber of the VK-X, which will be cut and placed in front of the speakers
  • The drivers of the VK-X (pictures will be published soon)

 

 

Finalizing the VK-X passive sound signature setting ✔️

 

Alexandre just published a first article about it yesterday. We have definitely settled the sound signature, and are extremely satisfied, with the whole team, of the result. You can discover the full article here.

 

 

Finalization of the tests on the intelligence of the VK-X ✔️

 

Control of volume, tracks, active noise reduction, automatic standby, operation of the charging system, analog / digital switch of the headphones depending on the devices connected and the cables used. All these functions must be verified and tested to be certain that our VK-X will work as we wish. These tests were all performed, and have been definitively validated. We will devote an article in the coming weeks.

 

 

Error in routing the USB-C cable: a delay of 2 weeks to ensure the production of the correct cable

 

In our intelligence tests of the VK-X, we realized that our USB-C cable for production had a wrong routing, and reversed the left channel with the right channel. This error was due to our supplier, and was corrected to obtain the good routing, which caused a delay of 2 weeks for the production of this cable. The delivery initially scheduled for December 26, 2018 at the latest will only take place around January 15, 2019.

 

 

Detection of a slight RF noise caused by the electronic cards: a delay estimated at 3 weeks for the rapid re-development that will be carried out

 

We originally estimated a delivery of the main electronic board assembled with electronic components between December 20 and 26 in Paris, with a risk of delay that may extend until January 10. Unfortunately, this delay was aggravated by the detection of a slight RF noise caused by the electronic test cards, never detected before.

To solve this problem, we have been able to expand the size of the circuit board to space out the circuits and components, which highly limits the risk of RF noise.

The new planning for the production of the electronic card is therefore the following:

(1) On December 28, 2018, we will be able to test in Paris the new card design model on a serie of 30 models, which will allow us to make sure that the noise has disappeared or has become inaudible. As we are 95% certain of the validity of this solution, we have taken a risk, and decided to launch the production of all the new electronic cards in China as planned, which will be ready for January 4, 2018.

(2) Since the electronic components are now all ready and available, the assembly of the card will be done, for a delivery of all units in Paris around January 15, 2019.

In the alternative where the slight RF noise persisted after this change (5% risk), we will be forced to launch a new card production in early January. In this case, this production would be directly produced and assembled in France, for delivery to the workshop planned for January 22, 2019, with the certainty of eliminating the slight RF noise.

 

 

(2) Our updated production schedule: delivery scheduled between January 25 and February 8, 2019

 

 

What are the effects of the delays I just presented on the final delivery of the VK-X?

We originally planned to deliver the first VK-Xs on December 26, 2018, and to spread shipments until January 17, 2019, by batches of 100 units. Due to the delays that we unfortunately encountered, we decided to adopt a different strategy, namely: execute all the subassemblies before the delivery of the electronic cards. This way, we will only need to place the cards and to perform quality tests once the electronic cards will be received. As a result, the delivery range will be significantly reduced, and we expect to ship the first headphones by January 25, 2019, and calibrate deliveries until February 8 only.

Please find below is our production schedule, adapted to the new constraints we encountered:

 

 

 

(3) What is next: more articles and pictures to come

 

 

We are extremely sorry for this additional delay, which has increased the pressure on the entire team. In the coming weeks, we will take a little break for the holidays, and focus on the first assemblies of the VK-X to advance as soon as possible on this front, so we will be able to ship the VK-X as soon as possible in January.

I will do my best to send you a maximum of pictures of the parts and different stages of the assembly so that you can see the VK-X come to life, and we plan to publish other articles, especially on the VK-X sound signature. In this regard, do you have any requests, or curiosities, that you would like us to address in future articles? Thank you for posting them in comment below and / or upvoting those that interest you too, it will help us guide our publications.

 

The whole team wishes you a very happy holiday season!🎄

We are of course available to answer your questions: the holidays and the assembly of the VK-X may delay our answers a little compared to what we usually do, but we will answer 🙂

 

Alexandre, Baptiste, Béatrice, Lucas

 

EOLE Beta

Announcing our High-Definition Bluetooth module

 

Hello everyone,

 

Lucas here, and I hope you are doing well 🙂

Today, I am proud to announce for the first time EOLE, our High-Definition Bluetooth module!

 

 

What is EOLE?

 

 

EOLE is a 3.5 cm diameter elegant aluminum medallion that will allow all our ODS earphones to be used wireless. Baptiste was originally inspired by pocket watches when conceiving EOLE and wanted something discrete and simple. Following our previous products names that come from various mythologies, we decided to name it of the name of the famous Wind God to symbolize its wireless technology.

EOLE was developed mechanically and electronically at the end of 2017, but we put its development on hold to concentrate all our efforts on the VK-X. Today, I am happy to announce that we just finished the assembly of the first 80 Eole Beta units at our workshop.

 

 

What are EOLE’s main features?

 

 

Fully Compatible with our ODS range of in-ear headphones

Thanks to our MMCX connectors standard, EOLE will be fully compatible with all our ODS in-ear headphones (ODS-1, ODS-D, ODS-1 Essential, ODS-D Essential), but also with all MMCX earbuds of the market. A list of compatible earphones will be published later on.

A Travel Companion

With a 10 hours autonomy (8 days in sleep mode!), EOLE will connect by Bluetooth with both iOS and Android devices to accompany you throughout your day whether you want to listen to your music or to take calls directly thanks to its built-in microphone.

High-Definition Sound

EOLE will be a High-Resolution Bluetooth module that features the following major audiophile Bluetooth codecs: Aptx HD, Aptx, AAC. You might be surprised by its sound quality: our 24 bit DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) is likely to be superior to your device’s DAC when used wired, thus offering you an impressive listening experience.

 

 

When will it be launched?

 

 

EOLE will be officially launched in 2019, but we decided with Baptiste that we would offer for the first time a discounted and limited Beta edition to our users, thus allowing us to collect feedback on the product before its public launch. We produced 80 EOLE Beta modules for that purpose, that will be available on our website for private orders on Thursday, December 6th. Those modules will be made available alone (in case you already own one of our ODS earphones), and in bundles with our ODS-1 and ODS-D earphones.

 

 

The 80 private beta orders will allow you
to benefit from 20% to 35% discounts 
on EOLE
and its bundles’ future public prices.

 

 

What is an aëdle Beta product?

 

 

By ordering a Beta EOLE module, you can benefit from a discount and be the first to own our new product, and enroll in our EOLE Beta program. We will ask you to share your feedback on EOLE through a dedicated form in the next months to help us do minor adjustments and guide our communication around it before its public launch.

 

 

 

Please let us know if you have any question or comment, by posting it on this article or by contacting us by email at baptiste@aedle.net or at lucas@aedle.net! I will publish next week a new article that will let you know more about EOLE.

 

I wish you a great day,

Lucas