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Evolution of Headphones

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By: Ashali Bullock The Evolution of Headphones Headphones Originated from the earpiece, and was the only way to listen to electrical audio signals before amplifiers were developed. The first successful set was developed by Nathaniel Baldwin, who made them by hand in his kitchen and sold them to the U.S. Navy. Early Headphones (1919) The first handmade pair of headphones. German company Beyerdynamic invented the first dynamic headphones, the DT-48, which are still in production today. Uptake was patchy, as it hadn't yet occurred to anyone that they would be suitable for hi-fi listening. DT stood for dynamic telephone. Beyerdynamic Headphones (1937) John C. Koss, a Milwaukee-based jazz musician, invented the first stereo headphones, designed for listeners to enjoy new fangled John C. Koss (1958) In the 1960s as home use of the records increased, so did headphone use. Koss dominated the U.S. market for most of the 1960s and 70s, with headphones that weighed 3-5lbs. Koss Takeover Celebrity endorsement was a key part of Koss's strategy. Tony Bennett was an early support and still is this day. Other fans included Mel Torme and Bobby Hackett. Celebrity Endorsement (1963) The first celebrity signature headphones were the Koss Beatlephones. Basically some mid-line headphones with a Beatles sticker on it. They were a huge hit. First Celebrity Headphones (1966) The Koss ESP/6 were the first electro-static headphones produced, providing less distortion and lower weight, though the need for lighter headphones will not be realized until later. The first elctro-static headphones (1968) Disaster Strikes (1979) The 80s were a disaster for Koss as it diversified into other electronics. The last contribution of the 70s was the HV line of lightweight headphones Sony came out with the Walkman and made music mobile. Lighter headphones were needed so the Walkman came bundled with MDR-3L2. The Portable Era (1979) Circumaural "cans" enclosing the ear gave way to the supernatural designs- those that sit lightly on the ear with foam padding. Light and cheap headphones reigned supreme. The 1980s Apple didn't invent the ear buds, but the iPod made them popular and ubiquitous. Their main problem was that they didn't isolate the sound very well and the volume had to be turned up to compensate. Not Their Invention (2001) The buds began to transition to earphones that could fit further into the ear canal, creating better isolation at a lower volume. The 2000s The first stereo headphones The first dynamic headphones Tony Bennett The first electro-static headphones Sony Walkman While the white iPod buds were iconic, Skullcandy took headphones to new levels with vibrant and wild styles designed to be noticed. Fashion and Celebrities (2003) Val Kolton launched V-MODA at a Magic/PROJECT fashion show in Hollywood, dubbed "hearwear." The True Blood V-80, True Blood MAKER and True Blood REVAMP earphones became popular. Val Kolton Launch (2004) True Blood V-80 earphones Beats by Dr.Dre, by monster, resurfaced the line of celebrity headphones. These triple-digit priced headphones feature endorsements from the likes of Diddy, Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber. Beats By Dr.Dre (2008) Dr.Dre and his headphones After the success of Beats, Monster began to expand the family, first with "Heartbeats by Lady Gaga" and, later that year, "Miles Davis Tribute" limited edition in-ear headphones. Expanding The Monster Family (2009) Heartbeats by Lady Gaga The celebrity craze didn't remain limited to recording artists for long. Monster launched Powerbeats, a line of sports performance headphones endorsed by Lebron James. Other athletes getting into the act were Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade, and Derrick Rose. Powerbeats (2010) Powerbeats The rapper,50 Cent joined the show at CES 2012, with the launch of his own headphone line for SMS Audio: SYNC by 50 wireless and STREET by 50 wired in-ear and over-ear headphones. Meanwhile, Monster launched several new brands at CES 2012 with full blown fashion shows, featuring models and celebrities wearing their designs. 50 Cent Headphones (2012) 50 Cent Headphones
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