Hi everyone, I am very keen on getting this beast and just have a few minor questions/reservations.
I dug deep and after 3 hours of reading everywhere and in here, I am still unsure about the earphone situation.
Currently it seems I can buy the SMAS model and buy KDMAS earphones to go with it.
After reading in here, I see that the DMAS is not actually available for sale yet as they ‘apparently’ have just started production in March, so the backorders of backers need to be filled before someone like me can get it. And they are still yet to be shipped. Is that correct?
So KDMAS earphones are currently available with a SMAS strap but the DMAS is a step up and will be the best quality option?
I guess my reservation is, I obviously want the best possible audio so I want the DMAS. My understanding is the DMAS model, which is $100 more, is a slightly different head strap and will come with the earphones?
Those are all pretty much the same question, I have more, but I guess for now if I could wrap my head around this, that would be super cool, thanks.
The 3 models are the same the only difference is the speaker assembly and you can quickly switch the speakers between the 3 (and 3rd party speakers as well when they arrive).
So there isn’t an smas model with kdmas speakers. They are all the MAS and the 3 options are the speaker technology.
Speaking of that the options are:
SMAS = above the ear down firing speakers. These are similar to the Quest 2 etc…
KDMAS = touching the ear cups (they must touch the ear for best performance). These are similar to the Vive DAS speakers but with greatly increased Bass response.
DMAS = Hover outside the ear. BMR style high end speakers.
Response to the KDMAS has been extremely positive so that would be my personal suggestion on the 8KX.
We are still working on the DMAS and will have more to say about that coming up.
No, they are Pimax’s own design. I bought a pair of Index controllers instead, which work fine with the Pimax headset and base stations. Note that I am using version 1 base stations, but version 2 should also work.
Yes. Knuckles was just Valve’s name for their controller project and ultimately they were just called the Index controllers. Knuckles and Valve Index Controllers are identical and all come from Valve. Knuckles is in effect just an early slang for Index controllers.
Our own controllers are called Sword controllers but are not released yet.
Save yourself some frustration and just get the Index controllers if you are really wanting something relatively soon. Pimax has made some good products but they are notoriously bad at giving time estimates for when their latest product will be available. Even if they give you an estimate now it would likely not even be close to correct based on past performance. The Index controllers do have a tendency to malfunction in one way or another for a lot of people but Valve has been really good at sending out replacements if needed.
I actually think the sword controllers have a chance of being better but there really is no telling when they will actually be available.