Last week’s announcement about using out manufacturing partner’s consumer product as a starting point for Muse received a largely positive response. So now it’s time to take the first steps down this new path!
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Even though we’re taking a new approach, the work we’ve done so far has not been in vain. We’ve already done a lot of testing in-office, including with the Cleer Flow II and rough prototypes that were based on our requests from the manufacturer. So even though we have a new starting point, the goal is still the same: we want to build an amazing set of cans that incorporates as much community feedback as possible.
Since we can’t wait to present some of the fun we have in mind, we’ll keep recapping these specs to a minimum. But you can click below if you want to a recap of the target specifications that have been decided so far!
Click here to see the target specifications that we've come up with so far!
|chipset model||Qualcomm QCC5124|
|AMP||Maxim Integrated MAX97220A|
|drive units||2x ø40mm Ironless Driver|
|diaphragm material||Natural fiber material|
|magnet material||GrandSun magnet for their proprietary solution|
|Bluetooth profile||A2DP / AVRCP / HFP / HSP|
|Google Fast Pair||Yes|
|supported formats||aptX, aptX HD, apt X Adaptive AAC, cVc|
|charging port||USB Type-C|
|audio port||3.5mm minijack|
|passive mode (playback with cable when no battery)||Yes (full bypass)|
|frequency range||20Hz – 20kHz|
|total harmonic distortion||< 1%|
|Hi-Res certification||possible, TBD|
|THX certification||possible, TBD|
|ANC (active noise canceling)||Yes|
|ANC level||XX dB|
|standby battery life||1000h|
|music playback battery life, ANC off||TBD|
|music playback battery life, ANC on||TBD|
|noise canceling microphones||Yes (4x)|
|smart assistant||Google Assistant|
|show battery level on smartphone||Yes|
|smartphone app||TBD (will need to be developed)|
|weight||target: < 270g|
Testing and feedback
We have our work cut out for us, redesigning the electronics to incorporate all of the above. But if we are going to re-use some of the Flow II’s components, we’ll need to test them and decide which parts meet our expectations and which parts have to go. And that’s where you come in!
We can only test so much passing the Flow II around the office. We need more hands-, eyes-, and ears-on experiences to base our decisions on. So we’re sending out Cleer Flow II’s to community members for testing and feedback!
With about 7 500 accounts on this forum we obviously can’t send a pair of cans to everyone, so we’re holding a contest to see who here is best at giving feedback.
If you think you have what it takes to thoroughly test the Flow II and if you think you can clearly put your findings into words, then here’s what you can do to become one of the testers:
Write a review of an audio product.
Headphones, speakers, amplifiers, and the like are all fair game! Focus on the things that you think are important. It can be as long or short as you want, but I don’t think we need to explain that just “I tried these headphones. They suck.” is not likely to win…
Post your review as a reply in this topic.
It needs to be posted before 23:59 CEST on Friday the 25th of October 2019, at which time this topic will be locked and no more submissions will be accepted.
Winners will be picked in two ways: 5 winners will be chosen by Eve, and 5 will be chosen by the community.
Every community member can help by hitting the Like button on the reviews they like! Voting this way will be available through noon CEST on Monday the 28th of October 2019 at which time the likes will be tallied. We know it’s easy to vote early and never return, but please return the weekend after the contest closes to add likes to late entries. That way they have a fair shot at winning!
If we receive a very large number of entries, we may increase the amount of winners accordingly. If we feel someone is abusing these fairly simple rules or goes against the spirit of the competition we may decided to exclude them from participation. Play fair!
Please only post a reply if you’re entering a review. Other posts will be removed to keep this contest topic clean. If you want to express how awesome a review is, do it with your Like button!
Good luck everyone!