OnePlus Selects Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers for New Bullets Wireless 2 Earphones

May 17 2019, 00:10
Shenzhen-based mobile technology company OnePlus and Knowles Corporation announced the introduction of a new, three driver premium wireless headphone model. The new OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 earphones combine a 10mm dynamic driver for warm, full bass and two balanced armature drivers from Knowles for clear vocals and treble. The new model also features Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX HD support, and is ready to support voice interactions with Google Assistant.

The new OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 earphones are designed to be an ideal complement to OnePlus’s line of Android mobile phones, allowing quick pairing with selected recent models, although they can be used with any audio source with Bluetooth connectivity. The company acknowledges that having selected Knowles balanced armature drivers for the new design will help getting recognition from more demanding music enthusiasts that have long recognized the company's products for 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," the company states. 

"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,” says 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,” says 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 the company's new flagship mobile phone model OnePlus 7 Series and will be available from May 17 in North America, May 21 in Europe and China, and May 28 in India. |
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