Bluetooth Headphone Revenue Surpasses Non-Bluetooth

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  1. Melody Bot

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    The NPD is reporting that bluetooth headphone revenue has overtaken non-bluetooth headphone revenue for the first time:


    According to The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service, Bluetooth headphone revenue overtook non-Bluetooth for the first time in June accounting for 54 percent of headphone dollar sales and 17 percent of unit sales in the U.S.

    The joy of not having a cord attached to my pocket is amazing. But Bluetooth still sucks, a lot. Trying to use multiple devices, not looking ridiculous with that behind-the-head cord, and the sound quality is still not there. Oh, and every time my phone doesn’t want to connect to the headphones I’m sure it’s punishing me for all the times I set it next to the charger instead of actually plugging it in because, what?, it’s not the boss of me.

     
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  2. Bayside 182

    Wolverine Supporter

    The idea of bluetooth is great but it needs to be more user friendly. It's very hit or miss when it comes to connecting. Some of my devices its great and others its practically useless.
     
  3. Mr_Hox

    Newbie

    I just bought my first pair of Bluetooth headphones today. Just wanted something to pop into my ears at work in between calls.
     
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  5. tdlyon

    Pawnee Forever Supporter

    Hoping against hope they don't remove the headphone jack on the next iPhone but it seems like it's basically confirmed by now
     
  6. KennyBloggins

    Newbie

    Agreed! I tried to cut the cord about 5 years ago but find myself feeling more inconvenienced, mostly due to the charging issue (it's never ready to go when I am). Plus, like you said, sound quality issues make it hard to not swap out the BT set with my trusty wired phones mid-album. BT is just not there.

    I'm waiting for some proprietary technology to come out strictly for music.
     
  7. teebs41

    Prestigious Supporter

    Love my Bose Bluetooth headphones and think they sound great
     
  8. alexjlow

    Newbie

    Following on from the comment above I wouldnt swap my Bose Bluetooth over ear headphones for anything. Yes, they're slightly pricey but in my opinion they sound actually better on the Bluetooth than with the cable, connect instantly and battery lasts for an extremely long time.
     
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  9. teebs41

    Prestigious Supporter

    Yes!

    I've listened with both and honestly couldn't really tell a difference, I'm a pretty crazy person when it comes to sound quality as well. I bought them with the intention I would exchange them back for auxiliary headphones if I thought the sound wasn't good enough. Needless to say I never returned them. It's great having a pair of headphones that I can wear and do house work with and not worry about a cable getting in my way. I wear them mowing the lawn too
     
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  10. Thursdaysox

    We know it from the silence

    I have a no-name bluetooth over the ear headset that I wear literally hours a day. At the gym, to and from work on the bus, hanging out at home; the sound quality is awesome and the battery life lasts way longer than I figured it would. No way I go back to cords.
     
  11. spiffa0

    What if...we dissolved the trust?

    Anyone have any suggestions for bluetooth headphones for running? The ones I bought cut in and out when I run. It seems weird that it would be a product of all the movement I'm doing but I have used them stationary and they work fine.
     
  12. sean_rugy

    often but not always Supporter

    I'm with everyone here. I love the idea of bluetooth headphones, but until they make a few improvements I'm sticking with my wired Bose on-the-ear headphones.
     
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  13. sammyboy516 Jul 29, 2016
    (Last edited: Jul 29, 2016)
    sammyboy516

    Regular Prestigious

    Interesting. I just bought my first (relatively cheap) pair the other day and pre-ordered these, which I'm super excited abut.
     
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  14. Zip It Chris

    That berg attacked us, war on the arctic! Supporter

    Never owned a pair of Bluetooth headphones, I like the 'in-ear' and don't want that goofy cord around my neck...same reason I refuse to protect my expensive shades with croakies...but now that my headphone jack is stuffed with lint to the point where plugging my headphones in has become a chore, I think It might be time to give in. Still refusing croakies though.
     
  15. Shrek

    look how old that fuckin cat is Prestigious

    I like Bluetooth headphones just fine but, to be fair, the average pair of Bluetooth headphones costs considerably more than a pair of wired buds, so revenue isn't a fair assessment of market share.
     
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  16. Dan O'Neill

    Regular

    Try cleaning the lint out with a paper clip. I do that every few months, and I'm always surprised by how much shit gets in there.
     
  17. Zip It Chris

    That berg attacked us, war on the arctic! Supporter

    Afraid of messing something up, but i'll give it a shot...

    Update from 30 sec. later: AAAAnnnnd it's a miracle...thanks! :)
     
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  18. Zip It Chris

    That berg attacked us, war on the arctic! Supporter

    THOSE look awesome...exactly what I've been looking for.
     
  19. sammyboy516

    Regular Prestigious

    Yeah, really positive review from CNET too, they said it's the best sound quality they've ever heard from Bluetooth.
     
  20. KidLightning

    And we're not gonna sit in the dark anymore Supporter

    I have a low-priced pair of bluetooth headphones (Soundpeats QY7) that I wear to listen to podcasts (and protect my ears from dust and debris and road noise) while I bike too and from work. They sound okay, and let me keep my phone in my pannier where it's more protected.
     
  21. Ryan

    Might be Spider-Man...

    You would think with how long Bluetooth, and Bluetooth headphones have been around that the tech would work much better than it does. I'm not excited
     
  22. theredline

    Regular

    Man...those seem amazing for the price and no cords at all!
     
  23. Schooner

    Trusted

    My plantronic something something fit BT ones are fantastic
     
  24. Schooner

    Trusted

    Theses stats are probably a little redundant considering how many people get the wired white apple headphones included with their phone and don't need to buy wired headphones. But then the others like myself that bought some BT ones for sport and gym.
    I love both. BT is better but love having the wired ones for quick use and when I have battery death on the BTs
     
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  26. CheapPop

    Steve Jobs mixed with Steve Austin

    I have a pair of Bluetooth headphones I use for the gym, and they are fine, but the sound quality is nothing like I get from my wired headphones that I use at home for music and listening to podcasts. Really not liking that Motorola and Apple are getting rid of the headphone jack. I think it's always better to have Options.
     
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  27. oneeightytwo

    Regular

    Looking at buying some BT headphones, for the gym (and daily use potentially...). What would you guys recommend?