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OnePlus Selects Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers for New, Premium Sound Headphones

Published: May 20,2019

OnePlus and Knowles Corporation today announced the introduction of a new, three driver premium wireless headphone for a rich, premium sound experience. Comprised of one dynamic speaker for warm, full bass and two Knowles customized balanced armature drivers for exceptionally clear vocals and treble, the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 is an ideal complement to OnePlus’s line of popular mobile phones or any audio source with Bluetooth™ connectivity.

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Knowles balanced armature drivers have long been the preferred choice for professional musicians and audiophiles for their clear and precise music reproduction. More recently, increasing numbers of consumer headphone brands have adopted balanced armature technology for a premium listening experience. By combining a dynamic speaker with two Knowles balanced armature drivers, the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 will appeal to consumers who listen to a wide variety of music while offering wireless freedom for active lifestyles. “OnePlus has long been known for their popular, high-performance, and premium mobile phones. Knowles is happy to have worked together with OnePlus to offer the perfect companion headphone for a high-quality, enjoyable listening experience,” said Jon Kiachian, Vice President of Knowles balanced armature business unit.

“We expect wireless headphones to see over 10% CAGR by 2023 (to reach over $30 billion in retail revenues), while the in-ear category will represent at least two-thirds of this as consumers look to these small ear-pieces for premium audio experiences, previously found in larger, over-ear headphones,” said Simon Bryant, Director of Research at the specialist research firm Futuresource Consulting.

“Within this category, premium sets over $100 will see the strongest growth, because consumers will continue to pay more to upgrade their headphones so that they can get the latest and greatest features, and enjoy better audio playback experiences, within the most portable and versatile form factors. With their small size and precise sound reproduction, we see balanced armature drivers as a key enabling technology for premium sound in Bluetooth headphones and advanced TWS hearable devices. This represents a continuation of a trend we have seen play out for the last 10 years at least.”

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 was announced together with their new flagship mobile phone model OnePlus 7 Series and will be available on May 17 in North America, May 21 in Europe and China, and May 28 in India.

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