A wireless microphone refers to a microphone that operates without a cable and directly connects to the amplifying or sound recording equipment. It is also called as a radio microphone that has a small and battery power-driven radio transmitter and facilitates the transmission of audio signal by radio waves to the receiver unit that recovers the audio. A cable connects other audio equipment and the receiver unit. Wireless microphones are extensively used in television broadcasting, entertainment industry and public speaking which enable interviewers, public speakers, entertainers and performers to move freely. Wireless microphones eliminate the trip hazards caused by cables at the performance stage. Additionally, these microphones provide high comfort and mobility in comparison to wired microphones. Thus, wireless microphones are largely preferred by consumers. These microphones come in various shapes and sizes and can be worn in the ear or waist of the user enabling a hands free movement. A wireless microphone uses Wi-Fi networks, radio frequencies or Bluetooth for communication and connectivity.
The market for wireless microphones is significantly driven by high adoption for smartphones, other portable devices, and intense investments in research and development for wireless audio and increasing adoption of these devices in offering infotainment services. Also, rising use of wireless microphones in commercial applications such as events, call centers, shows and others are propelling the market growth. However, strict government norms for regulating frequency range of wireless devices are the major restraints to the market growth. Continuous use of wireless microphones for 8 hours at over 85 decibels can have adverse effect on the user’s hearing ability, which is further cutting down the adoption of wireless microphones. With the rapid advancements in technology, remote accessibility and ease in portability among customers have generated significant opportunities in the wireless microphones market.
The wireless microphones market is classified by technology, applications and geography. Based on technology, the market is segmented into Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Airplay, Sonos and others. On the basis of applications, the market is segmented into commercial, consumer products, automotive and others. The consumer products segment is further sub-segmented by smartphones, gaming consoles and laptops or personal computers. Geographically, the market is bifurcated into North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa (MEA) and Latin America. Wireless microphones are extensively used in noise recognition & reduction, voice transmission, voice recognition and several other sensing applications. The use of wireless microphones in different applications includes positioning control and driver assistance; commercial security, and others. Additionally, the demand for wireless microphones in consumer applications is significantly driven by rise in markets for laptops, tablets, smartphones, and computers. Most of these devices have inbuilt Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, making it convenient for the users. One of the potential opportunities for wireless microphones lies in the hospitality sector owing to the rising demand for connected and smarter experience by consumers.
The market for wireless microphones is dominated by North America owing to the increased commercialization of new technologies. Also, Asia-Pacific is anticipated to witness high growth attributed by rise in the market for consumer electronics such as smartphones, tablets, and increased developments in the technologies in the developing countries such as India and China. Some of the major players in the industry include Apple Inc., Harman International Industries Incorporated, Bose Corporation, Shure Incorporated, Sony Corporation, Sonos Inc., Koninklijke Philips N.V, VOXX International Corporation, VIZIO, Inc., Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG and Blue Microphones among others.
Market by Technology
Market by Application
· Consumer products
o Gaming consoles
o Laptops or personal computers
Market by Geography
· North America
o Rest of Europe
o Rest of Asia-Pacific
· Latin America
o Rest of Latin America
· Middle East and Africa (MEA)
o South Africa
o Saudi Arabia
o Rest of MEA
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