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Emergence AS8 Holographic Speaker System

Editor's Rating
4.8?
Discovered on 2018-05-21

Enjoy ideal stereo in your entire listening space with the Emergence AS8 Holographic Speaker System. Using fractal based diffusion, these speakers eliminate perceivable room sound reflections by diffusing at the source. The AS8 comes with two satellite speakers with fractal dispersion lenses, creating holographic imaging. Likewise, the central amplifier/bass unit balances the sound stage. In addition, the Class D amplifier is both cool-running and power efficient thanks to its 120 watts of power. The speaker system also comes with an infrared remote control, allowing you to select the source, control the volume and mute. The AS8 also offers multiple connectivity options including analog, coaxial, optical and USB digital inputs. In fact, it can accept signals from almost any source including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi interfaces.

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James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
@Craig Stevens: Hi Craig, Kickstarter has just released funds on Friday and we already sent the wire transfer through to the factory. We expect to get the components mid July and we’ll be assembling and shipping the rewards right away from there. I estimate mid August for US deliveries and late August/early September for international deliveries. We also partnered with a great local t shirt company to make up our lower tier reward shirt rewards. Things are all in process and I’ll give another update once we have components in hand in a few weeks.
Craig Stevens
Review from Kickstarter
What is the estimated time frame for production, assembly and distribution?
James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
Also, as Tony mentioned, the speakers are upward facing but dust hasn’t been an issue in my experience. Likely the vibrations have ejected it, although one could use air in a can to blow the dust away as well.
James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Tony and everyone involved in our campaign. No need to worry, we are just awaiting Kickstarter to pay out the funds and we will begin production, assembly, and distribution right away. I’ve been actively scouting appropriate assembly spaces and found the perfect fit for our US headquarters at Tech City in Kingston NY. We will have a loading dock, storage area and specialized assembler rooms for our highly proficient staff. Lots of exciting gigs going on and I owe most of it to you all. No need to worry, my gratitude for you backers is endless. I’ll get those surveys sent out very soon, sorry for the delay.
tonymanou
Review from Kickstarter
Hello there, first of all: congratulations for your successful campaign! It has been a week already, and everyone went silent since then... is there a reason for us to be worried? Will you send us some kind of form to collect our address and preferences (I'm thinking about the plug type)?
Also I was wondering: on the long run, with those up-facing speakers, won't we face some kind of dust issues? Do you have any best practices about how can we clean the membrane up without damaging it?
Chris Liptau
Review from Kickstarter
Congratulations! I have to admit that a few weeks ago I was a bit sceptical about the success of the campaign but thanks to your hard work you found some powerful backers that supported the campaign. Now I hope that the development and production will go well and that we all can enjoy music with your speakers soon.
Ricardo Barrios
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Don't worry James, if he dropped is going to he his loss! You don't need backers without a backbone! Congratulations!!! Can't wait to receive my AS8!!!
Ryan
Review from Kickstarter
hurray! can't wait to get them!
James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
@Carsten: the fact that we have people invested enough in this technology to help back us to our funding goal is a red flag? I’m not sure I understand the logic there.
Carsten
Review from Kickstarter
Sorry, but 49,830$ from 4 backers yesterday is a red flag for me.
I'm out.
CHAMPs
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I sincerely hope that this project will be finalized. I cross the fingers.
James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Pete, Ryan, and other interested backers. I feel we will meet our goal. I’ve added a large pallet of AS8s to the rewards and have been demoing to larger institutions and the good news is that everyone who has heard the speakers has been instantly converted to a backer. I have another commitment for a large order that will come in today and a few smaller ones so I think we will get there. I’ve been working tirelessly on the back end providing demos to investors, major studios, producers, and audiophiles and we’ve been well enough received to get to the point we’re currently at. Just a few hours left in the campaign and only a few thousand left to raise. We’re in the endgame now my friends! Looking forward to the next steps.
Ryan
Review from Kickstarter
okay scratch that, didn't see that the campaign is so close to it's goal now (:
Ryan
Review from Kickstarter
While I would love to see this campaign get funded, I don't think extending will make much of a difference. The lack of backers/funding (when compared to other successful kickstarters) can probably be attributed to poor marketing and a poorly formatted campaign page/video. So perhaps a rethink of marketing and campaign video/page before a relaunch would be a better idea.
pete gurney
Review from Kickstarter
hello James,
i've backed many projects on kickstarter & indiegogo and several times the campaigns have been extended is this not something you could consider to make sure there is time to reach the target.
the only thing i didn't take notice of is if they were flexible or fixed campaigns.
and i think they had to be extended before the existing time limit ran out.
James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
@Craig Stevens: hey Craig, The isolation feet prevent vibration on hard surfaces, the QED copper cables are said to be a warmer, higher fidelity sound, and the Bluetooth 5 upgrade is a step up from the included Bluetooth 4.0 unit. It allows you to transmit a higher bitrate up to 32 bits, for a range of up to 30 meters.
Craig Stevens
Review from Kickstarter
Hi James What does the Audiophile Upgrade Kit do?
James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
@Ole Aarnseth: Hi Ole. Thanks for your comment and suggestions. I will look into them all. But for now, here are quotes and reviews of the Emergence AS8. some are from our video with AS8 inventor Joe Hayes: ttps://vimeo.com/263990610
Australian Popular Science: Weird and amazing'...The AS8 does generate the kind of sound we normally associate with large, floor standing speakers”
Digital Trends: “The Emergence speaker system is absolutely gorgeous, brandishing a strikingly unique design that would look at home on the mantle of Capt. Kirk’s cabin in the next Star Trek flick...the uniquely-modern styling alone may make these speakers a winner...one of the most intriguing little systems we’ve encountered in recent memory...they might just be the next big thing in small audio.”
John Storyk, acoustic architectural designer, wsdg.com - “Indeed very interesting concept with the potential of creating a new and exciting standard for speaker enclosures. The interaction of the speaker to the few environments that we placed the speaker in, created a particularly diffuse and pleasant audio response.”
Ralph Miccio, Head of Post Production at Good Company, NYC - "The AS8 speaker system has been a great addition to our multi-use post production suite at Good Company! The system currently resides in a room that is 50% brick and windows, and they sound absolutely great in the environment. It’s allowed us to forgo hanging any acoustical treatment, In addition to the great sound, the ease of use switching between work stations (via bluetooth) to monitor playback during supervised sessions, has been a bonus to our workflow.”
Dreamland Studios, Woodstock - Jerry Marotta “You can be anywhere in the room and you get really great stereo imaging". Engineer comparing AS8 with ProAc ”after getting the levels between the two right, it almost seems like the ProAcs were mono-collapsed, and they weren’t”.
Clubhouse Rhinebeck, NY, Paul Antonell - “Its a pretty cool idea that these could be put in a closet and sound good no matter where you are because fundamentally that’s what wrong with the recording business today. Every laptop with ProTools now in this country is in not a correct recording environment.” Ted Rothstein, speaker designer - the sound appears much bigger than the space between them (speakers)"
Garth Paine, Australian composer and associate professor in digital sound and interactive media at the School of Arts Media + Engineering, Univ. of Arizona - “Your sound system has a tremendous sound image – it has depth and clarity whilst not appearing to be so directional as to pinpoint the speaker location. It is an immersive and enjoyable listening experience!”
Danny Blume, Hidden Quarry Studios - "They defy what I know, or thought I knew about the physics of sound. They don't seem to be affected by the sound of the room, which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever."
David Laks, David Laks Productions - "With the AS8s you get perfect clarity; it's like putting on glasses when you're nearsighted."
Zach Alford Professional Drummer -"It's so crisp, and you really feel the space...the space between the instruments. Voices just sound great in them. The harmonics....everything's so clean. The clarity is just so remarkable."
Ole Aarnseth
Review from Kickstarter
Hi, I'm very intrigued by this new tech, and the potential this has for the future of audio reproduction. I have a few thoughts on promotion which I hope you don't mind me sharing. There's some big youtube channels that do audio reviews. I think it would be very beneficial if you could get at least one of them to do a review of the AS8. They have quite a big audience, so a glowing review from either of them would give you a huge boost. Zeos at "Z Reviews", I know the AS8 would be right up his alley:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ZeosReviews Techmoan does lots of audio stuff, vintage and new. Whenever he does vintage gear, the prices often climb on ebay. This has been dubbed the "techmoan effect":
https://www.youtube.com/user/Techmoan Unbox therapy is a very big channel, so it might prove difficult to get in touch with him since he's probably bombarded by kickstarter campaginers on a daily basis. But if could get a review here, it would be absolutely golden!
https://www.youtube.com/user/unboxtherapy Same goes for Linus Tech Tips:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXuqSBlHAE6Xw-yeJA0Tunw Another thing, last year Nurephone made a very good promo video, if haven't already seen it: https://www.youtube.com/watch…
I think you should do something similar for the AS8. Get lots of people like musicians and audio engineers, and film their reaction when they hear the AS8 for the first time. Make the promo into a 4-5 min. montage of all the "WOW! moments", similar to the Nuraphone video. I think a promo video like that could be very effective. So those are my two cents. I wish you best of luck!
livearichlife@gmail.com
Review from Kickstarter
Everyone seems to hear parts they’ve never heard before, harmonies, melodies, and more depth. This system should come with a side effects warning: you may stay up later than intended! :)
livearichlife@gmail.com
Review from Kickstarter
@James Orr: Regarding your response to Ryan H Pek....YAAAAAAYYYYYYYY! Another idea...Are there any others who have heard the system aside from the two commenters below? Maybe you can lead your next marketing campaign with an impressive (visual-written/recordedAudioClip/videoClip) list of testimonials? The testimonials that convey the most emotion are the most compelling and attractive - to catch people's attention & interest. <3 what you've created and look forward to a chance to own the AS8's. For those of us to 'get it' (how special your sound system is) and have shown faith and support to your incredible success (inevitable if you persist) - an invitation to be able to receive the special backer pricing that we jumped at here would be the greatest gift. Much Appreciation - Melinda
James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
@Ryan H Pek: very good question. I’m looking at a few options and still working out what the best approach will be, but one thing I can guarantee is loyalty to all the amazing backers behind this project. That might look like significant discounts on retail price once we do raise the necessary funds.
Ryan
Review from Kickstarter
What're the plans if this doesn't get funded James?
James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
@Chris Liptau: hey Chris, we do have 5 or 6 systems in Germany right now. I’ll send you a message with more details
Chris Liptau
Review from Kickstarter
Hello James, thank you again for the fast reaction here. You wrote there are a few systems around the world at your partner's places. Is it possible to get a list of those? Or we contact you in private to check about them? I'm curious if there are any available in Germany for listening. Thanks!
James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
@Craig Stevens: I’m so glad you had the chance to hear them. It’s hard for people to truly grasp the power of these things with just the videos I’ve been sharing and the literature. Hearing them really makes all the difference, and I’m glad you enjoyed them.
Craig Stevens
Review from Kickstarter
I was fortunate to have a listen to the AS8 system. I love the simplicity of the system and the depth and clarity of sound. The difference between the tv speakers and the AS8 is remarkable. I think the AS8 will sound great in my living room.
James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
@John Chiarolanzio: hahaha I love it. Everyone seems to hear parts they’ve never heard before, harmonies, melodies, and more depth. This system should come with a side effects warning: you may stay up later than intended!
John Chiarolanzio
Review from Kickstarter
Last night I stayed up 2 hours later than I should have because I was listening to some of my favorite pieces of music and hearing them for the first time. This system is incredible.
James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
@Chris Liptau: It’s such a good idea, especially because this is the kind of thing that is hard to understand without experiencing it. I just shared an update that links to some videos but it’s true that live demos are the best. We have a system at Clubhouse studio in Rhinebeck New York, and a few systems around the world with partners who are willing to provide demos. I’m trying to set up a local event here in Woodstock New York where I will demo the speakers publicly and share honest reactions from un-affiliated listeners. I’ve also been talking with a venture capitalist who wants to help raise funds to set up 100 listening spaces across the United States, but that will not happen until after the campaign is completed.
Chris Liptau
Review from Kickstarter
James, is there something like a roadshow for your speakers? I can imagine that hearing the speakers in person must be a great experience and maybe some potential backers can be convinced if they can listen to the speakers themselves. Or will you be at any exhibitions or audio festivals?
James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
@Oliver Rowley: Thank you so much for your support Oliver! It’s hard to describe the implications of this technology, so real world testimonials are the best!
Oliver Rowley
Review from Kickstarter
I was one of the lucky beta testers on the first production of the AS8. This system is truly remarkable and the quality of sound is superb. I would recommend them without hesitation. Incredible clarity and range. Words can't describe the first time I heard them!
James Orr (NewAudio US)
Review from Kickstarter
Thanks Chris! It’s true everyone, I’m more than happy to answer any and every question you have. I’ve poured everything I have into this project over the course of the last few years. It’s an awesome project and I’m so grateful that you all are helping to bring it to life!
Chris Liptau
Review from Kickstarter
I'm happy to see the number of backers slowly climbing. I want to add here that the creator James is very fast to respond to messages and will be able to answer your questions about his speaker system (I also asked about shipping fees and he replied very quick. Shipping to Europe is actually more expensive apparently and he subsidizes the shipping already).
Francis Dring
Review from Kickstarter
I'd love to back this, but can't really justify paying $75 for UK shipping :/