After tens of thousands of pre-orders, 3D audio headphones startup Ossic disappears, by Lucas Matney

Update: according to this new article by Lucas Matney on TC the total amounts of corwdfunding raise by OSSIC was  $2.7 million on Kickstarter and a whopping $3.2 million on Indiegogo. Wow… worse than I thought.

After taking tens of thousands of crowd-funding pre-orders for a high-end pair of “3D sound” headphones, audio startup Ossic announced this weekend that it is shutting down the company and backers will not be receiving refunds.

The company raised $2.7 million on Kickstarter and $3.2 million on Indiegogo for their Ossic X headphones which they pitched as a pair of high-end head-tracking headphones that would be perfect for listening to 3D audio, especially in a VR environment. While the company also raised a “substantial seed investment,” in a letter on the Ossic website, the company blamed the slow adoption of virtual reality alongside their crowdfunding campaign stretch goals which bogged down their R&D team.

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