Type in Who Invented Headphones? in Google search box and you will find a pretty simple and straightforward answer “Nathaniel Baldwin”. Ask people on the street, and they may not remember anything before the iconic white iPod headphones that sparked a global phenomenon. Today, earbuds come in all sizes, colors, and price and from cheap throwaways to high tech active noise cancelling earbuds.
As with many things in life, the truth is hidden than fiction. In fact, earbuds as we know them have been around for a long, long time. Back in the 1880’s, the first headphones were used by telephone operators. It was a single earpiece that rested on the user’s shoulder and weighed over 10 pounds. In 1881 Way before MP3s, dubstep and premium Spotify accounts, headphones had little to do with music at all.
Headphones originated from the telephone receiver earpiece, and were the only way to listen to electrical audio signals before amplifiers were developed. The first truly successful set was developed in 1910 by Nathaniel Baldwin, who made them by hand in his kitchen and sold them to the United States Navy. One of Headphones are made in a range of different audio reproduction quality capabilities. Headsets designed for telephone use typically cannot reproduce sound with the high fidelity of expensive units designed for music listening by audiophiles.
Some stereo earbuds are wireless, using Bluetooth connectivity to transmit the audio signal by radio waves from source devices like cell phones and digital players. In 1919 the first pair of headphones came out, and they were manufactured by Brandes and was used for radio work. Shortly after in 1937 The DT-48’s from Beyerdynamic became the first dynamic headphones to hit the market. Though it would be a few decades before electrostatic headphones came into play, this was obviously a huge leap forward in the can story. Dynamic headphones are, to this day, the most popular type on the market.
During the year of 1949 after picturing the design in mind, AKG produced their first pair of headphones, the K120’s. If they were reproduced today, they would sell like hotcakes at Urban Outfitters. This model, and other more popular ones that followed, were enough to make AKG quit the film equipment business and focus just on audio. However in the 1950’s headphones were introduced to the classroom and were installed in listening stations. By listening to audio tapes through the headphones, students could easily review lessons and reinforce concepts to be learned. The listening stations were commonly called language labs which have since been replaced with computers and headphones in the present day.
Back in the day headphones were in, they complained so much about music being played in the offices as a distraction to them working. It wasn’t long before Steve Jobs the inventor of apple, invented white earbuds and then Dr.Dre jumped in the game and created Beats. A moment later in 1958 John C. Koss changed the headphone game in a way that would make Dr. Dre jealous. Koss created the first stereo headphones and launched an all out assault on awaiting ear canals. Some of the best models you can find on Audioreputation.com website. Over the next few decades, Koss would come to dominate the headphone industry, and he would do it all without the need for a pesky college education. Meanwhile in 1959 The SR-1’s would go into production a year later. They are now extremely rare like an original pair of Nike Air Mag’s or a headphone user without hearing loss.
Not long after 1979 was a major change now we have the first Walkman headphones and all of sudden headphones had to be portable. Long and behold around 1997 they decided to come out with the neckband earphones. They were a new style of outdoor listening that this design created certainly looks stylish. More comfortable than in-hear headphones, neckband headphones sound great and are easy to wear.In 2001 the iPod changed the whole music industry,they wasn’t used to seeing a white cord coming from their ears to there phone that was plugged in there pocket. On the other hand it started with MP3’s then they brought it up to a IPod that held 1,000 songs,on to an IPod Shuffle and that’s when the computer companies grew and the music industry stretched. Now here comes a new invention the first pair of beats were made in 2008,they made sure it was great sound quality,deep base and you saw just about every NBA basketball player with them on.
Monster Teams Up with Dr. Dre and Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine to Design State-of-the-Art “Beats” Headphones Engineered to Accurately Reproduce the Best of Today’s Pop Music.Statistics show that in this world today Beats by Dr.Dre has 63% market share in the U.S. priced over $100.In 2011 a German headphone company named Sennheiser sells 40,000 headphones which was the world most expensive headphones. Shortly after in 2012 they came out with an iPhone 5 where the new headphones came out called EarPods.
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Headphones have come a long way in the past 100 years, revolutionizing the way we consume media and the way we communicate. In addition to sets that transmit with extremely high fidelity, other notable advancements include wireless headphones, Bluetooth headsets and headsets that include a microphone which can be connected to telephones or computers. As portable media consumption continues to rise with smartphones and tablets, the need for headphones will be greater than ever. Due to the spread of wireless devices in recent years headphones are increasingly used by people in public places such as sidewalks, grocery stores, and the bus.
In conclusion it’s hard to keep the headphones out of young people ears. When there at school,in the waiting room at the doctor’s office,waiting at their bus stop etc. Music consumes this generation and it’s crazy because that’s all they know. Little do these youngins know that the use headphones at a sufficiently high volume level may cause temporary or permanent hearing impairment or deafness. The headphones volume often has to compete with the background noise, especially in loud places such as subway stations, aircraft, and large crowds. Extended periods of exposure to high sound pressure levels created by headphones at high volume settings may be damaging to the ears.