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Evolution of Personal Listening

  • Stereo Headphone Creation

    Stereo Headphone Creation
    John C. Koss creates the first pair of stereo headphones. The SP/3 model created personal listening and replicated the experience of a live performance.
  • SP/3X From Koss Corporation

    SP/3X From Koss Corporation
    Koss Corporation releases the SP/3X wich is an improved version the SP/3.
  • First Self-Energizing Electrostatic Headphone

    First Self-Energizing Electrostatic Headphone
    ESP/6 employed an electrostatic charge that pushed and pulled the condenser plates to move the conductive diaphragm.
  • Headphones Able To Reproduce The 10 Audible Octaves

    Headphones Able To Reproduce The 10 Audible Octaves
    Koss Corporation's HV/1A employed the first set of modern dynamic speaker elements, the same ones that are used today, and could reproduce all 10 audible octaves.
  • Sony Walkman

    Sony Walkman
    The first portable headphones with a personal listening device attached.
  • JCK/300 Cordless System

    JCK/300 Cordless System
    The JCK/300 cordless stereophone system was released in 1989 and provided a stronger-than-ever transmitter that delivered four times the power of conventional headphone systems.
  • Electrostatic Transducers & Mechanical Dampening

    Electrostatic Transducers & Mechanical Dampening
    The ESP950 is released in 1990 with a breakthrough design containing electrostatic transducers and mechanical dampening. The ultrathin diaphragms within the device move uniformly to produce distortionless sound.
  • Bone Conduction Headphones

    Bone Conduction Headphones
    Bone conduction sends sound directly from the device and into the bones of the skull, bypassing the eardrums completely. This allowed users to enjoy their listening while remaining connected to the world around them.
  • First MP3 Player

    First MP3 Player
    The MPMan F10, created by Korea's Saehan Information Systems, was the first MP3 player to hit the market.
  • MP3 Storage Breakthrough

    MP3 Storage Breakthrough
    The Remote Solutions Personal Jukebox is introduced to the market with 4.8GB of storage. Instead of using the highly expensive flash storage, they used a laptop hard drive, however, the price still came out at $799.
  • In Ear Listening

    In Ear Listening
    Earbuds started to become extremely popular with the release of Apple's iPod in 2001. This series of portable media players became quickly popular and contributed greatly to the rise of in-ear headphone use due to the pair of earbuds that came with it. Around 20 years after the initial release, Apple had sold around 450 million iPod products.
  • 12 Hours Playback With One AAA Battery

    12 Hours Playback With One AAA Battery
    The MuVo line from Creative releases 64MB and 128MB flash capacity with a full 12 hours of playback on one AAA battery. It was a very successful device because of its size, playback time, and decent storage.
  • Skullcandy Portable Link

    Skullcandy Portable Link
    With MP3 on the rise and phone calls becoming no less popular, Skullcandy first came out with a device designed to answer phone calls and play music without having to unplug from one device and into another. Another main function is excellent bass and fashion.
  • Bluetooth Boom

    Bluetooth Boom
    Bluetooth technology was under improvement since 1999, but it was in 2004 that it really started to take over. The development of Bluetooth allowed listeners to connect wirelessly and eventually with better quality and range.
  • Creation Of Microsoft's Zune

    Creation Of Microsoft's Zune
    Zune was Microsoft's major personal listening project of 2006. The device modeled 30GB of storage, FM radio, and a 3-inch screen with color. The base price was $200 and the main idea of it was to operate a subscription-based Zune Store. The store offered a $15 monthly subscription that would let you download as much as you wanted.
  • Beats by Dre

    Beats by Dre
    With a plan of a new style, more comfort, and better listening quality, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine created Beats in 2006.
  • First Truly Wireless Earbuds

    First Truly Wireless Earbuds
    Many models with no cords attached to the audio device had been previously successful, however, the creation of the Onkyo W800BT. This model contains no cables attaching to the device and no wire attaching the two earpieces. This was the first truly wireless set of earbuds.
  • Koss Utility Series

    Koss Utility Series
    With two headphones and a pair of earbuds, the Koss Utility series features a detachable cord system that allows users to swap out their device type while using the same listening device. This provides a sort of adapter without the extra hassle.
  • Beats Fit Pro

    Beats Fit Pro
    Noise canceling, wireless, and with an extra piece attached to help keep them in your ears. The Beats Fit Pro are a set of wireless earbuds from 2021.
  • Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless

    Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless
    One of the most recent Skullcandy devices of 2022, is the Skullcandy Dime 2. A truly wireless device with a microphone attached shows how Skullcandy continues to thrive with style.