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Note: some of these stories are from earlier in June. Please excuse me as I get back on track!
- 64 audio introduces their flagship Nio universal-fit IEM. Featuring 9 drivers total (a single dynamic driver and 8 balanced armature drivers), it's priced at $1,699 and is available for pre-order. I can't find any reviews yet so unless you're a gambler, probably best to play the waiting game till some reviews roll in. However pre-orders are eligible to receive a free Premium Silver cable with purchase ($499 value).
- Grado releases the Hemp headphone for an appropriate $420. It's a limited edition with housing made of a blend of hemp and maple wood. Quite a beauty. It's up for pre-order now.
- Celebrating the company's 75th anniversary, Sennheiser's staple DJ headphone is getting a limited-run (25,000 units) special edition. Purchase an HD25 and you'll have a chance to receive the special edition which has a couple cosmetic changes to the regular version (namely yellow pads, a different Sennheiser logo on the ear cups, and retro packaging). You'll have a chance to receive it when you purchase at the discounted price of $99. Click here for participating stores.
- Koss releases the minimal, budget-minded KPH7 Wireless headphones. Available now for $29.99 they feature a flat-folding design and 18 hours of battery life.
- Bang & Olufsen introduce the true wireless Beoplay E8 Sport, which upgrades the water resistance rating from IP54 to IP57 compared to the E8 Motion. Practically, this means it can be fully submerged up to 1 meter for 30 minutes instead of just having splash protection. Available for $350 in Black and "Oxygen Blue" (aka teal) starting July 9.
- Panasonic's true wireless earbuds are on the way. Currently on sale in Europe and available in the US later this year, the RZ-S500W and RZ-S300W offer noise cancelling and non-noise cancelling options. The RZ-S500W will cost $199 at launch and are available in white or black. The RZ-S300W will be only $129 and comes in black, white, or green.
- Hong Kong company Shozy Audio shows off a prototype for an IEM they are dubbing the "Black Hole". This looks... insane.
- Google is working on software patches for the widespread Bluetooth connection issues on their Pixel Buds 2.
- DTS:X spatial audio, which improves 3D audio in headphones for games, is in preview for Xbox One (it's already available on PC)
That's all for this week!
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