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The Dash - Wireless Smart In-Ear Headphones

post #1 of 6
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Anybody see this yet?

 

They look incredible. I WISH I had the money to get in on the $199 price. I just hope my financial situation has improved by the time these hit the market.

 

Anyway, they're on Kickstarter right now, and man these things are rocking quite a list of features!

 

Check em out:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hellobragi/the-dash-wireless-smart-in-ear-headphones

 

post #2 of 6

Yeah! I just backed them at the 199 reward. Seriously if these perform as good as they look it's a complete steal.

But i can see some flaws. Security first and foremost, like i need these to "not get lost when im in the water or pop out when i'm playing basketball/running/etc", thats something that they have to figure out. Also the battery life is pretty "MEH", but with the charging capabilities of the case, i believe i could live with it. The last thing that got me really worried is that if this company really does have all patents required to me this a success. *crossign fingers*. Hope they can deliver and that these are as good as they look!


Edited by KO95 - 2/14/14 at 1:25pm
post #3 of 6

They're promising a lot.  I'm not willing to jump on board until I read some reviews of the final product; notably the audio quality.  Theoretically neat though.

post #4 of 6

I just saw this on engadget. They have a lot of features and am surprised they were able to cram it all into a pretty small housing. I'm very interested in the reviews. Maybe another shell with an arm or something that goes behind the ear could help secure them better. 

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They're promising a lot.  I'm not willing to jump on board until I read some reviews of the final product; notably the audio quality.  Theoretically neat though.

 

Same here.  This is what they have to say about the sound:

 

 

The sound quality is dependent on a range of things. Your content has to be of a sufficient quality.

If your phone supports aptX, you will be able to transmit CD-like quality audio stream to The Dash. The Dash has a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) that can enhance the sound. It is able to do so well, since the DSP has been programmed with the characteristics (i.e. frequency response) of the transducer used in the system.

We know the actual characteristics of the transducer, because we have measured it inside The Dash chassis. Such a audio system is called an active system. Any regular headphone with a cable is a passive system. The phone that does the playback usually has a inferior Digital to Analog Converter (DAC), and has no idea of the characteristics of the target headphone. 
Because of the active system, we are able to provide better sound than a comparable passive system.

The Dash features a double acoustic chamber that significantly improves tonality of the mid frequencies and enables a powerful bass. 
The powerful bass is further improved by significantly reduced air leakage from the ear canal through smart design.

 

So, nothing of any substance really.  However, I don't feel that the typical Head-Fier is their target market for this!

 

 

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Same here.  This is what they have to say about the sound:

 

 

The sound quality is dependent on a range of things. Your content has to be of a sufficient quality.

If your phone supports aptX, you will be able to transmit CD-like quality audio stream to The Dash. The Dash has a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) that can enhance the sound. It is able to do so well, since the DSP has been programmed with the characteristics (i.e. frequency response) of the transducer used in the system.

We know the actual characteristics of the transducer, because we have measured it inside The Dash chassis. Such a audio system is called an active system. Any regular headphone with a cable is a passive system. The phone that does the playback usually has a inferior Digital to Analog Converter (DAC), and has no idea of the characteristics of the target headphone. 
Because of the active system, we are able to provide better sound than a comparable passive system.

The Dash features a double acoustic chamber that significantly improves tonality of the mid frequencies and enables a powerful bass. 
The powerful bass is further improved by significantly reduced air leakage from the ear canal through smart design.

 

So, nothing of any substance really.  However, I don't feel that the typical Head-Fier is their target market for this!

 

 

I tend to disagree that The Dash isn't for Head-Fi'ers!

I backed these long ago and have been following their development progress very closely. As of late, Nikolaj (the CEO of Bragi) reported that there is still some fine tuning needed on the software end, but he's extremely pleased with the hardware and overall sound as of the 5th and 6th iterations they've recently been working on. He also reported the the mics are producing awesome results overall too. The fit will also be great -- people who have tried on the prototypes at various tech conventions and in their Munich office (some lucky backers won a behind the scenes tour) have reported a very secure, comfortable fit (even while jumping, running, etc.), and the added leash will provide more security when people swim or do extreme sports.

Since a large portion of Bragi's staff worked at AKG for many years (including the CEO and other major players at Bragi), I know they'll produce high quality sound and fit that will please the majority of audiophiles. However, if anything, some audiophile "purists" may not be interested in all of the added smart features. I can report that many backers who are active on the Kickstarter comments are hardcore audiophiles who love tech as well -- and those are the audiophiles who The Dash will appeal to most.


Bragi has been obsessively working overtime to make every single feature of The Dash beyond perfect, so I have no doubts that The Dash will be amazing in all respects, including its sound. I'm sure they'll release more specific specs once they will go into production officially to begin fulfilling Kickstarter orders -- and that's slated to begin during mid-September as of now.

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