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VK-X SHIPPING SCHEDULE

Updated 14.05.2019

 

Hello everyone,

Lucas here, I hope you are doing well. Please find in this article:

  • Our shipping schedule
  • Information about how shipping works

 

We are indeed fully concentrated on assembling, soldering, flashing the software, performing quality control checks and shipping the VK-X to our 720 first backers. Unfortunately, this process is taking more time than expected since each pair of headphones, as we realized, takes at least 2 hours to be entirely completed and then shipped. We are now 9 people working almost full time on headphone production (Baptiste and I also need to do other tasks related to running the company).

Shipping schedule (updated on 14.05.2019):

  • Batch 2: from 23rd of February until 1st of March ~ 90 units 
  • Batch 3: from 2nd of March until 12th of March ~ 90 units ✅
  • Batch 4: from 13rd of March until 1st of April ~ 100 units 
  • Batch 5: from 2nd of April until 14th of April ~ 110 units 
  • Batch 6: from 15th of April until 30th of April ~ 110 units 
  • Batch 7: from 1st of May until 14th of May~ 130 units ✅

 

Please note that you can check which batch is being shipped on the blog’s header to see if we are ahead or behind schedule.

As a reminder, please find below additional information about shipping:

  • A couple of days before your batch shipment begins, I will ask you to confirm your shipping address
  • All shipments will feature a tracking number and will be delivered with signature only
  • You will receive an email notification once your VK-X has been shipped

 

I am sorry for those delays and I understand the impatience of you all. We are doing our best, and the first feedbacks are great so far: we look forward to delivering your VK-X 🙂

I am at your disposition if you have any other questions and will be happy to help: please just comment!

I wish you a great weekend,

Lucas

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.