Beats headphones were once again the best-selling headphones of the year, capturing the No. 1 position for brands in terms of dollar share, according to The NPD Group. Perhaps adding insult to injury — for other headphones manufacturers, that is — Apple took the No. 2 spot.
Bose, Sony and Skullcandy followed in succession.
While Beats and Apple may be dominating, the headphones category continues to be a source of revenue growth for retailers — beyond products from just those two brands. Below are 10 companies eager to get a slice of the pie.
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10 Headphones That Want To Give Beats A Run For Its Money
Bose SoundSport Free
Geared toward athletes who want to completely cut the cord, Bose’s SoundSport Free wireless ear buds weigh a featherweight 0.63 ounces combined. Bose promises its redesigned antennae system will maintain a reliable connection between each bud, while the specially designed StayHear+ Sport tips prevent them from falling out during vigorous exercise. Other details, sporty and otherwise: IPX4 water resistance, five hours of playtime, and a magnetic charging case. Perhaps best of all? The accompany Bose Connect app has a Find My Buds feature that displays the last time and place they were used. Three colors are available, each carrying a $249 suggested retail.