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November 12, 2013
Crowdfunding Becomes Influential Resource for Audio Manufacturer as Backers Help Develop Additional Products
Light Harmonic expands their Geek Pulse line, adding Bluetooth device after popular demand.
Sacramento, Ca. Light Harmonic, maker of state-of-the-art digital audio products, has responded to an unprecedented degree to input from backers of their current Indiegogo campaign for “Geek Pulse”, a desktop DAC and headphone amplifier which can form the basis of a home audio system.
“After our Kickstarter campaign for ‘Geek Out’, we said that the biggest benefit of the campaign was the input from our backers,” said Gavin Fish, Light Harmonic VP of Sales. “ With ‘Geek Pulse’ we’re showing just how important that input is to us, by allowing our backers to define key product features and even lead us into whole new products.”
Since the campaign for “Pulse” was launched on October 28th, Larry Ho and the Light Harmonic design team have changed a number of key features of Pulse including the front panel, its display, the type of volume control, inputs and outputs, and most recently, added optional Bluetooth connectivity with the addition of “Geek Blue”.
“Our backers have given a lot of thought to what they want in a desktop system,” said Larry Ho, CEO of Light Harmonic. “Their ideas have helped us clarify what features we should have in Pulse. They’ve shown us that there is significant demand for some features we didn’t think were important– like Bluetooth”.
Bluetooth compatibility is usually considered a limiting factor in high-resolution audio, but by utilizing the aptX codec, the technology behind HD radio, in association with Light Harmonic’s patent-pending three layer buffer to reduce the noise (‘jitter”) inherent in wireless transmission, wireless streaming sounds better than ever before.
“It’s true that aptX is still a compressed format,” said Ho, “ but by combining Bluetooth 4.0 with our buffer and quiet power circuit, Pulse will be the best-sounding Bluetooth component made, and one of the easiest to use.”
Additional features for Pulse will appear in the weeks to come. “We’ve said from the beginning that we want Pulse to be the basis of a home audio system, “ said Fish. “Use your imagination– we expect we’ll provide features everyone wants, as well as some unexpected ones. This is just the beginning.”
The Indiegogo campaign for Geek Pulse went live on October 28, 2013, and will run through December 20, 2013. Presently, over 1000 backers have pledged more than $250,000 in support of Pulse.
Since its inception in 2008, Indiegogo has raised millions of dollars for thousands of projects. Initially geared to the independent film industry, the site expanded in 2009 to include all industries and types of fundraising projects
“We want the ‘Geek’ products from our LH Labs division to become known as the products that customers dream of– but can’t believe anyone will make,” said Ho.
Suggested Retail Price, “Geek Pulse”: $499.00 Geek Blue: $249.00 additional.
Availability: April, 2014
Light Harmonic was founded in Sacramento, California in 2010 with the goal of producing the finest-sounding digital audio products in the world. The company produces the industry-leading Da Vinci DAC ($20,000), Da Vinci Dual DAC ($31,000) and the LightSpeed USB cable ($999-$1999). All three products have received rave reviews and are sold worldwide through a network of specialist dealers and distributors. “Geek Out” was the first product developed for Light Harmonic’s mass-market subdivision, LH Labs; “Geek Pulse” is the second.