Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about the Muse Luxe. Your insights are valuable to make this products better with each batch.
When I began this project two years ago, my vision was to create an experimental device that looks good enough to blend into a living room setting, unlike typical prototype boards. To achieve this without incurring high costs associated with plastic injection tooling, we utilized a repurposed production line from an older Bluetooth speaker model. You can find more about our methodology details about this process on our website
The resulting Muse Luxe is blend of design eco innovation and product oddity. It resembles a commercial product in appearance but functions like a smartphone with an app store, serving as a platform for various open souce apps such as Squeezelite, ESPhome, and others. This contrast between its polished look and its experimental software platform may lead to some mismatched expectations.
Muse Luxe isn’t a typical consumer product where one passively enjoys a finished static product. Instead, it’s a dynamic, community-driven project. As users and enthusiasts of open-source software, you’re not just consumers; you are active participants in an evolving process.
Addressing your specific issues:
The line-in is function has only bee implemented in our simple bluetooth demo software indeed, never in Squeezlite, you could suggest the change in the github and we could help if validated to provide low level code for the codec.
Squeezelite Firmware Synchronization: The issue with Squeezelite not staying in sync in a group is related to the Squeezelite software itself.
Random Crashes and Static Noise: This issue seems to be specific to Squeezelite, as it does not occur when using other applications like Home Assistant.
Re-flashing After Battery Drain: The need to re-flash the device due to memory corruption is also a Squeezelite-related issue.
Poor Battery Life: We have made improvements in the USB C batch of our products, and according to my tests, the battery draining issue should be resolved in these newer models.
Weak Wifi Reception: We are exploring the possibility of adding an external antenna in the next batch. Additionally, we plan to publish instructions on how to retrofit existing units with this enhancement.
While some issues you’ve encountered are related to the third-party software Squeezelite, we are committed to continuously improving the hardware aspects of our device. We appreciate your understanding of the experimental nature of the Muse Luxe and thank you for being a part of this journey with us.