OSSIC X PROTOTYPES
After months of hard work and development, the initial manufactured hardware of the OSSIC X have finally been fully assembled, and are at our office for testing. We’ll be using these for engineering validation testing and for interfacing with the software design. There will be more samples arriving next week, but in the meantime here’s a quick breakdown some of the key milestones achieved with this latest build:
HEADPHONE SYSTEM ASSEMBLY
It’s a big achievement to complete a full product assembly and ensure that all the pieces of the design fit together harmoniously — something we were excited to achieve with this first prototype. This required the mechanical, electrical, and acoustic teams to work closely together over the past few months to ensure that any hurdles were overcome without drastic changes to the overall design.
We sourced a reliable and comfortable micro-fiber material for the head and earpads that can be successfully removed and reapplied, and not to mention incredibly comfortable when worn for long periods of time.
CUSTOM DRIVER DEVELOPMENT
The OSSIC X utilizes eight custom drivers, also known as the part of the headphone that actually makes the sound. Our manufacturer makes excellent drivers. It’s one of the things they are know for by people in the industry. The high-efficiency magnetic motor design is fairly mature, and we are evaluating the premium soft-part materials and geometry to ensure hifi, linear performance. These components are critical to ensuring the overall system sounds great, and there will be several more rounds of refinement by the acoustics team to maximize every ounce of performance.
This first prototype is a crucial part of the development process, but the job is not yet done. There will be several more rounds of physical hardware development combined with software and algorithm refinement in the months to come.
OSSIC AT ABBEY ROAD
Next week we’ll be reporting from Abbey Road Studios in London yet again. Every trip to the studio gives us a chance to interface with their world class audio team in order to better understand how OSSIC X will benefit producers, sound designers, and musicians. It also never gets old to be in one of the world’s most famous studios :) We’ll have more updates from our trip in a few weeks, and you can learn more about our last trip here.