Consumer headphones have grown into a double-digit billion-dollar market over the last years, which generated revenue of almost USD 14.13 Billion in 2018. Apple-owned Beats Electronics, and Bose, have been leading the market. Harman has stood out for particular growth momentum over the last years. At the same time, the mono Bluetooth (BT) headset market is stagnating at around USD 362 Million in 2018. Growth of high-quality audio and video streaming, the convenience and greater affordability of wireless as the new connectivity default and availability of media players in almost every pocket are amongst the key demand drivers. Other drivers include increasing purchase power in emerging markets and consumer health consciousness. Key use cases driving mono BT demand are the following: use by prosumers to stay connected on-the-go, growing adoption by lorry drivers who prefer mono BT during their windshield time, and emerging adoption by industrial workers who use mono BT in extremely noisy work environments that are legally prohibited from using binaural headphones.
The traditional key restraint of the availability of fake and low-quality products continues to weigh on the consumer headphones market across all connectivity modes from corded to traditional Bluetooth to True Wireless for music and sports uses alike. Availability of in-car speaker systems and cheap products reduce the need for mono BT headsets. The meteoric rise of True Wireless earbuds is to some extent cannibalizing traditional headphones and mono BT headsets (while adding momentum to the broader consumer portable audio category). The traditional 3.5mm jack is gradually disappearing from smartphones. This trend is boosting Bluetooth headphones and the explosively growing adjacent category of True Wireless headphones. The rapid adoption of True Wireless headphones is contributing to making consumer portable audio as a whole an established mainstream accessory. The present research service covers the global market for consumer (stereo) headphones for music and sports across form factors and connectivity types, including corded, traditional Bluetooth and True Wireless. Some headphones designed for professional applications are included but their volume is low compared to music and sports headphones for personal use. Medical aids are excluded from the scope of this research service.
The present research service also covers the global market for consumer mono Bluetooth headsets. UC Mono BT headsets that connect to softphones and software clients on their smartphones are excluded. Music headphones are (stereo) headphones, designed to enable the highest-quality sound (and other audio content) consumption. The primary use case is listening to music. Frequently, these headphones also include (multidirectional) microphones that enable them to be used for calls as a secondary application. Music headphones can be corded or cordless, using mainly either cable or Bluetooth connectivity. Music headphones include a range of form factors, including headband, neckband, where some physical element connects the two earpieces, and increasingly entirely cable-free ‘True Wireless’ earbuds. Typically, music consumer headphones are used with mobile devices, tablets, and personal computers. Similar to music headphones, sport headphones are designed to enable high-quality music (and other audio content) consumption. Frequently, these headphones also include (multidirectional) microphones that enable them to be used for calls as a secondary application. What distinguishes sports headphones from music headphones tends to be that they offer additional physical features such as firm grip and water and sweat resistance. Sports headphones equally tend to connect through cable or Bluetooth. Important form factors are wired earbuds, headband and increasing ‘True Wireless’ earbuds.
The most common use case for this type of headphones is the operation in conjunction with mobile devices at the time of engagement in sports activities. Mono BT headsets are designed to enable on-the-go connectivity with smartphones via Bluetooth. Traditional user segments for mono Bluetooth have been prosumers and consumers that use mono BT to stay connected with peers, family, and friends. This target segment uses the mono Bluetooth headset for both professional and personal use cases interchangeably. Other emerging user segments of mono Bluetooth include truck drivers and industrial workers.
1. Executive Summary
- Key Findings
2. Definitions, Scope, and Methodology
- Definitions and Scope
- Research Methodology
3. The Market in Figures
- Consumer Headphones for Music and Sports - Revenue by Region
- Consumer Mono Bluetooth Headset - Revenue by Region
4. Market-Driving Mega Trends
- Mega Trends Transforming and Shaping the World Through a Consumer Headphones Lens
- Key Mega Trends Affecting Consumer Headphones
5. Drivers and Restraints
- Key Drivers and Restraints - Music and Sports Headphones
- Key Drivers and Restraints - Consumer Mono Bluetooth Headsets
6. Companies to Action
- Key Headphone Vendors
7. The Last Word
- The Last Word
- Legal Disclaimer
- List of Exhibits