For those interested, here is the full update:
Based on the information we have gathered from your survey responses and forum discussions, it is clear that Olive ONE needs the following features:
• Analog output
• RCA connector for digital coax output (instead of 3.5mm)
• Standard USB connector (instead of Micro USB)
Although these changes will undoubtedly increase production costs, we have decided to implement them at no additional cost to you. We have spent the last few months analyzing the effect of these changes on the product design and have initiated the redesign of the PCB, change in tooling, EVT and DVT test plans, as well as redefined the certification and test requirements.
We estimate that these changes will delay the first shipments of Olive ONE by 6-8 weeks to end of September. We will do our best to reduce this shipping estimate and will update you when we reach key milestones.
You will now receive the originally planned connector box (less Ethernet) for free--no more need for an optional USB-DAC dongle.
However, redesigning the product and implementing new tooling and additional features require us to pare costs in other areas. Therefore, we will no longer be offering a free hard drive upgrade for those who initially paid full price for their Olive ONE. Additionally, we will be increasing the price of the Olive ONE by $100 for all new orders placed after July 1, 2013.
At this stage, we are in the thick of getting everything ready for September. Regarding your contribution, we have the following information on file. Please reply directly to this email if any of this information is incorrect and we will look into it.
Summary of changes to Olive ONE
We have added:
• Analog output (3.5mm connector)
• Gold-plated RCA connector for digital output (instead of 3.5mm)
• USB A connector (instead of USB Micro)
• Gold-plated speaker binding posts to allow end-users to use their own high-end speaker cables & connectors (Olive PAC will no longer be required).
We have removed:
• WiFi Direct & Miracast (our surveys indicated that less than 3% intend to use this feature). However, we will implement most of the features provided by WiFi Direct/Miracast through a standard web interface, which allows for a wider compatibility with networked TVs.
So for those interested, the time is now! In a couple of days, price goes up with 100 USD!