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

VK-X ANC MICROPHONES

PRIMO Noise Canceling Microphones received in Paris

 

Good afternoon everyone!

 

Lucas here. I hope my blog post finds you well. Last week, we received the microphones for the VK-X Noise Canceling system. I am happy to share some pictures of them and to present how we placed them. If you have any question, please post them below!

 

 

2,300 PRIMO Microphones

 

 

The Noise Canceling microphones are part of the components for which the sourcing was impacted due to this year’s electronic shortage. Luckily, Baptiste managed to find an identical reference from Japan-based and famous PRIMO brand and secured a 2,300 units stock that we received last week at the workshop. Each pair of VK-X headphones will house 2 PRIMO microphones for its Active Noise Canceling system. Those microphones are pretty small: 2mm wide and 6 mm round, – they did not clutter up the workshop yet, but we’re still counting 😉

 

 

 

 

How are they placed inside the VK-X?

 

 

Feed-Forward Noise Canceling microphones need to be perfectly isolated from the inside of the headphones to record properly the surrounding sound, which will be electronically canceled when playing your music. As you can see in the mechanical renders that Alexandre created for this post, we placed them on each earcup, behind the little 4 points grid located on the back side of the VK-X (the renders are showing the left side of the VK-X), which appeared to be an ideal compromise between design and recording position.

 

The ANC microphones are isolated from the inside of the headphone thanks to a custom Silicone Joint, itself held in the Internal Plastic Shell that fits inside the External Aluminum Cup.

 

 

 

How are they connected to the main Electronic Board?

 

 

Each ANC microphone is being soldered by hand at the workshop to its connexion cables as you can see on the close-up picture below. On the left side of the VK-X, the microphone is connected directly to the main “doughnut” electronic board. On the right side, the microphone is connected first to a small slave electronic board, that is then connected to the main electronic board through the headband.


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