What’s New With Headphones
As part of our annual headphone package, appearing in the February issue of Dealerscope, we spoke to executives from some of most popular headphone manufacturers to get their take on the segment's important trends. Here's what CE retailers should expect this year:
DEALERSCOPE: What's new and what will be hot in headphone technologies, styling and buying trends for 2012?
Mark D. Karnes, Managing Director, Consumer Products Division, Etymotic Research: You're seeing a trend where people are associating their favorite artist with a particular product or brand. That certainly will continue in the over-into-ear headphone category.
Also, I think more parents are starting to be concerned with the amount of time their children are listening through headphones and the levels they're listening at. They're starting to see media reports about kids walking away with some early-stage hearing impairment issues. We think a growing trend will be more parental responsibility in the headphone area.