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01/08/2015 at 00:00
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Hey dialroma,You may want to check out the discussions in the following forum – https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_forum/22/Sound-development

29/01/2015 at 02:48
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Thanks for posting this report, Tomas! And thanks to all participants too! 🙂

15/01/2015 at 02:36
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Thanks for your vote of confidence, SmXpress. In the meantime, stay tune for updates on our audio blok. Check out the discussion thread and share your ideas and feedback below: https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/22/2289/Sound-development/Sennheiser-audio-blok-development-questionscomments

14/01/2015 at 02:52
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Hi iionas,Nice suggestions though much of them have been brought up before. On our part, we’re actually in the midst of developing an audio blok and we love to hear your ideas and feedback. Check out the thread below: https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/22/2289/Sound-development/Sennheiser-audio-blok-development-questionscomments

12/01/2015 at 04:18
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Hi nammyxo,I believe this idea has been brought up before. On our part, we’re considering to include mics for our sound blok which could prove beneficial to the scenario you’ve mentioned. If you have any further ideas on this, feel free to share on the following thread – https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/22/2289/Sound-development/Sennheiser-audio-blok-development-questionscomments

In reply to: FM Blok

05/01/2015 at 03:34
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Cool idea Moemen! We’re actually in the midst of developing an audio blok. Do check out the thread and share your ideas/feedback here – https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/22/2289/Sound-development/Sennheiser-audio-blok-development-questionscomments

In reply to: block of the sound

13/12/2014 at 23:41
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Hi eyal_x,This idea has been suggested before. We’re also already begun hardware development on an audio blok. Perhaps, you may want to check out the thread and share some inputs there – https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/22/2289/Sound-development/Sennheiser-audio-blok-development-questionscomments

In reply to: Prototype v1.0

24/11/2014 at 05:14
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Cool!Good to know.and @xander – the sharing comes from the fact you have a second audio jack.The thought came from one of the challenges to use two input jacks so that you could quickly share a call or music by plugging in a second headset.Having the extra ins and outs also creates some other cool possibilities too.

In reply to: Prototype v1.0

20/11/2014 at 20:19
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Yah, both of those are options but none of them strike me as ideal.In the first, you have to have an adapter to just plug into the phone which is annoying and makes it less easy to share your music with your friends via the second port(unless they have the adapter too). In the second, the phone would have a weird lump in it which maybe some people wouldn’t care about but for me risks ruing the sleekness and low profile of the entire phone.What do you think?Which way would you prefer?-LanceR

18/11/2014 at 03:20
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Hi guys,Just want to share that we’re running a challenge on combining the sound blok to wireless in-ears. Perhaps, you may want to share some of your ideas. Here’s the link -> https://community.phonebloks.com/challenge/view/12/_How-to-combine-the-sound-blok-to-wireless-in-earsCheers!Rosmadi

In reply to: Wifi Sound

18/11/2014 at 03:20
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Hi guys,Just want to share that we’re running a challenge on combining the sound blok to wireless in-ears. Perhaps, you may want to share some of your ideas. Here’s the link -> https://community.phonebloks.com/challenge/view/12/_How-to-combine-the-sound-blok-to-wireless-in-earsCheers!Rosmadi

In reply to: Wireless earbuds

18/11/2014 at 03:20
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Hi guys,Just want to share that we’re running a challenge on combining the sound blok to wireless in-ears. Perhaps, you may want to share some of your ideas. Here’s the link -> https://community.phonebloks.com/challenge/view/12/_How-to-combine-the-sound-blok-to-wireless-in-earsCheers!Rosmadi

13/11/2014 at 03:30
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Thanks for all these great suggestions! Do keep ’em coming! 🙂

13/11/2014 at 03:26
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Nice suggestion, csguzey! As you may know, we’re already begun hardware development on an audio blok. Perhaps, you may want to check out the thread and share some inputs there – https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/22/2289/Sound-development/Sennheiser-audio-blok-development-questionscomments

In reply to: Audio recording blok

10/11/2014 at 06:31
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Perhaps, this could be one of the functions of our audio blok? Click on the following link and submit your idea! :)https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/22/2324/Sound-development/Three-tiny-buttons-so-many-possibilities

In reply to: FM transmitter

In reply to: Sennheiser sound block

10/11/2014 at 05:58
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Thanks for your suggestion, zago! Coincidentally, we’ve created another thread on buttons. Perhaps, you may want to contribute some ideas there as well :)Here’s the link – https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/22/2324/Sound-development/Three-tiny-buttons-so-many-possibilitiesCheers!Rosmadi

In reply to: Mic power

10/11/2014 at 05:30
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Hi Digassmen,The mic is definitely an important aspect for an audio blok. We’ve mentioned this before in an earlier thread and recently, we’ve even posted a blog post on our audio blok development. Check out the post and contribute your comments in the discussion:Blog post -http://blog.phonebloks.com/post/100149300288/sennheiser-to-build-audio-module-prototype-byDiscussion – https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/22/2289/Sound-development/Sennheiser-audio-blok-development-questionscomments?selected_post=12220#c12220Cheers!-Rosmadi

01/11/2014 at 02:35
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@acheron – We’re definitely going for high quality for our reference design, but we may be limited by physics and current battery technology.Increasing the quality of the amp means you’re probably going to need more power and with cell phones that’s a bit of an issue because everyone wants long battery life.We’re thinking of getting the best amp we can into such a small package and hopefully adding some levels of power consumption vs. audio output quality tradeoff that the user can select, i.e. you can opt for worse quality output to extend your battery life when you’re on a phone call or consume more power but get higher quality output when your listening to music with your nice headphones.I think this should be possible, but we’re still trying to work out the [email protected]_kershaw: wow – you definitely have a cool use case that at least I haven’t thought about before.We’ll definitely keep that in mind as we move forward.I’m glad I asked and thanks for your [email protected] – Good question.We’re looking at the ARA spec pretty heavily because really it’s the only hardware spec that exist for a modular phone to date.And your question really hits the nail on the head – currently, the ARA spec has bars at the top and bottom, preventing us from putting a jack there :/There are a couple of non-ideal ways around it, like extending the jack higher than these bars, using right angle connectors for the phone plug and sticking them out the side but really it’s not an ideal situation at all.But I agree – we really want to put the jacks vertically for the exact use case you mention.- LanceR

30/10/2014 at 05:10
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Interesting idea, joventango!

29/10/2014 at 19:35
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That’s kinda a neat idea – just have wire connection points on your phone.I mean, you could hook anything up to them for either input and/or output, mostly for hobbyist, but not even just hobbiest in audio.Like controlling a servo, making a DIY moisture meter, or really anything.It reminds me some of the ideas being kicked around the ARA forums about an arduino-esque breadboard module.But to go back to your use case, would taking a TRS plug that you already have, fanning those wires out, connecting those bare wires to whatever had pig tails (bare wires, as from a speaker, cut headphone chords, etc.) and then plug them into the existing jack on the phone work as a solution or is your point more for the convenience of it?Also, I’m a bit curious about the specifics of your use case because there might be something really interesting there – like what speakers you’re using, what you’re trying to do with them, etc.You are probably not the only one with this problem so I really want to understand the nature of it and how it comes to [email protected] – Yah, I always have that problem too.Really the problem is purely mechanical – you basically have a cantilever through which your wire runs.Really the only thing to do is make sure you beef it up with added support I guess.Or change the connector to one which is a little bit lower profile so you don’t get as much bending.But we would need an industry change for that to be viable.For the moment, TS/TRS/TRRS are what we got for certain applications.- LanceR

24/10/2014 at 04:46
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tofan wrote: i have a idea … couple days ago i was watch a video about “Sharp Aquos Crystal” and this phone have something special … he don’t have a ear speaker … the whole glass front panel is vibrating …so you can put your ear anywhere on display and you can hear Nice idea, tofan! Anyway, here’s a blog link with the latest developments on our sound blok-> http://blog.phonebloks.com/post/100149300288/sennheiser-to-build-audio-module-prototype-byAnd here’s the discussion thread in the Sound development forum -> https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/22/2289/Sound-development/Sennheiser-audio-blok-development-questionscomments?selected_post=12257#c12257Feel free to comment and share your feedback!

22/10/2014 at 04:26
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@brendan – I see what you mean.Having a wireless module whose sole responsibility is for higher quality audio would be cool, cuz let’s face it – Bluetooth’s quality is, well, meh, WiFi can be very latent and glitchy and NFC is well, near-field.In fact, Sennheiser did experiment with higher quality wireless in our devices back in the day in the MX W1 using Kleer technology.Unfortunately, it’s a proprietary standard and so it’s harder for the entire audio industry to be convinced to buy into [email protected], mitch and djposh – It is annoying when companies not only make their own connectors but then don’t really sell them to anyone else.Not only that, but sometimes they change around the pin configuration, bias voltages for microphones, connector SHAPE, blah blah blah.And then buying adapter to convert between all of them – It’s just too much!You basically hit on a deeper point – standards must be so great because there are so many of them!Maybe a good thing to ask is what headphones/devices do you love and when or with what devices have you had trouble connecting them in particular?Follow up question as well – given that, what specific connectors would you like to see on the phone?You mention three, but which ones?Keep ’em comin’!- Lance

21/10/2014 at 04:23
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Hi guys,Check out the latest developments on our sound blok. Here’s our blog post -> http://blog.phonebloks.com/post/100149300288/sennheiser-to-build-audio-module-prototype-byAnd here’s the discussion thread for you to comment and share any feedback -> https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/22/2289/Sound-development/Sennheiser-audio-blok-development-questionscommentsLet’s shape the future of audio together!

21/10/2014 at 03:25
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Hey Brendan,The community definitely said that wireless connectivity is a desirable feature and who could argue? I hate cords myself.I assume by saying: brendan_kershaw wrote: how about having a sennheiser home theatre system that can wirelessly dock speciffically to your phonebloks audio bloks?] you mean that the audio blok could “pair” wirelessly (to borrow a term from Bluetooth parlance but not necessarily meaning Bluetooth) to your home system without having to take it off the phone? (Please, correct me if I’m wrong.)I agree this would be awesome! In fact, their are a number of ways this could be accomplished and it might not even need to be built into the sound module itself, i.e. other modules might be able to do it for us and take care of so much more, like these guys: http://blog.phonebloks.com/post/99308049453/a-look-inside-one-of-the-first-project-ara).But if there’s a super important benefit that you can think of in having wireless connectivity in the audio module itself in stead of relying on another wireless module (like WiFi, BT, etc.), please let us know!Thanks Brendan!- LanceR

20/10/2014 at 08:08
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Hi Brad,Check out the latest developments on our sound blok. Here’s our blog post -> http://blog.phonebloks.com/post/100149300288/sennheiser-to-build-audio-module-prototype-byAnd here’s the discussion thread in the Sound development forum -> https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/(…)-questionscomments?selected_post=12206#c12206Feel free to comment and share your feedback! Cheers!Rosmadi

20/10/2014 at 08:06
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Hey guys,Check out the latest developments on our sound blok. Here’s our blog post -> http://blog.phonebloks.com/post/100149300288/sennheiser-to-build-audio-module-prototype-byAnd here’s the discussion thread in the Sound development forum -> https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/(…)-questionscomments?selected_post=12206#c12206Feel free to comment and share your feedback! Cheers!Rosmadi

In reply to: radio block

20/10/2014 at 08:05
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Hi guys,Check out the latest developments on our sound blok. Here’s our blog post -> http://blog.phonebloks.com/post/100149300288/sennheiser-to-build-audio-module-prototype-byAnd here’s the discussion thread in the Sound development forum -> https://community.phonebloks.com/forum/view_topic/22/2289/Sound-development/Sennheiser-audio-blok-development-questionscomments?selected_post=12206#c12206Feel free to comment and share your feedback! Cheers!Rosmadi

17/10/2014 at 23:54
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Good question 0x00a368!That’s true, there is no hardware specification with Phonebloks, just the (awesome) idea of a modular world.But that shouldn’t stop us from prototyping and getting our hands dirty!The picture above is actually what we’ll be using for initial development.Here, the board in the middle is the one with our DSPs and small micro-controller and takes I2S and I2C input and has a couple of buttons for control, output for display or a small touchscreen or trackpad, etc.- basically, hardware the community has expressed interest in.As you can see, it’s bigger and more full-featured than we’ll probably need in the end.The board all the way to the right would simulate our “endo” and some other “modules” that one can assume would exist already, like the applications processor, USB interface, WiFi/ethernet, bigger display etc and simulates the rest of the phone.We’ll use these boards (and the one to the left which actually just connects the two) to experiment with functionality, test things in the field, and really play around with the idea without having to worry about conforming to a specific interface standard, both in terms of electrical and mechanical specifications.Once standards do come out and settle down a bit, for example Google’s project ARA and their MDK 2.0 (which we’ve looked at to try and glean how such a system would be organized), we’ll just take what we have (and filtering out what didn’t work and adding what we decided we needed but didn’t have) and make another revision of the boards above with that standard’s specific interface circuitry in that standard’s form factor.Hope that answered your question, which was great by the way.+1 for you, which by my math makes you 0x00a369 :-)If not, let me know.Cheers,- LanceR

16/10/2014 at 03:59
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Thanks frozzen! We’ve already developed several headphones/earphones with active noise cancellation. For this sound blok, minimizing background noise is definitely high on our list too 🙂

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