In this weekly series, we round up the headlines from the world of headphones and portable audio. To receive these as an e-mail you can sign up here.

Headphones

  • Enophone posted an update from their Kickstarter campaign: the first 3,000 units are in production and should be shipping soon. Enophone was developed in partnership with Onkyo and monitors your brain waves to modulate the sound for productivity. It sounds interesting but the main concern I have are the sensors: how can this be comfortable?!?
Enophone sensor
  • Moondrop admitted some issues with the cable of the SSR Super Spaceship Reference (what an awesome name) and has suspended pre-order sales temporarily. They expect to be back on schedule in about a month.
Moondrop SSR Super Spaceship Reference
  • LG and Meridian Audio are adding the HBS-FN6 and HBS-FN4 to their line of earphones with bacteria-killing UV charging cases. Available in black & white starting July 6 in the UK. Worldwide release dates and pricing TBD.
LG Tone HBS-FN6 / HBS-FN4

Gear

  • Astell & Kern introduced the world's first multi-DAC DAP, the Astell&Kern A&futura SE200. The SE200 is the first DAP to feature DACs from two different manufacturers, ESS and AKM, in one device. Independent amps compliment each DAC. Available in July 2020 for a pricey $1,799.
Astell&Kern A&futura SE200
  • Schiit Audio added the $200 Modius DAC to their lineup of desktop products, which includes a AKM chipset and balanced analog outputs as a step up from the popular Modi. (Note: It was released at the beginning of June but am including it here since I missed it and figured some of ya'll might have too)
Schiit Modius
  • Qobuz, the hi-res Spotify alternative, unveiled family plans starting at $24.99/mo for 6 people (with a 1-month free trial).

That's all from this week! If I missed anything, please shoot me an e-mail at news@headphonescout.com.