The History & Future of Headphones #infographic

The History & Future of Headphones

The concept of headphones was drafted in 1895 upon invention of the Electrophone in Britain. This was a subscription-only device, used to tune in to live performances in-home through the use of phone lines. In 1910, the world saw the first pair of headphones bound together by wires, created by Nathaniel Baldwin. Interestingly enough, the first 100 pairs were sold to the United States Navy.

Headphones have changed a lot over time, going from a luxury to a basic utility to a part of everyday life.

Almost three decades later, the first dynamic headphones were invented with the purpose of in-home use: the Beyerdynamic DT-48. For 75 years, these remained in continuous production, ending in 2012. In the 1950s, HiFi technology was invented. This technology shifted the culture and purpose of headphones into what we see today. These days headphones are a way to create personal space, which you can read more about in the article below.

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