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|Knowles Launches New RAF Series Balanced Armature Drivers, Delivering Premium Sound in a New Design|
The new RAF Series, including IPx7 models, enables premium hearable and earphone designers greater flexibility to improve critical features such as audio quality, connectivity, battery life, and water resistance without sacrificing size or comfort.
As consumers increasingly use smartphones to stream music, podcasts and audiobooks, sound quality remains one of the most important features of a headset. A recent industry study* discovered that 90 percent of respondents want high quality audio from their devices. The same study discovered that 92 percent of respondents are frustrated when the connection between the audio player and headphones doesn’t occur and 84 percent are concerned with the current state of connectivity. With sound quality and connectivity paramount to adoption, the industry will benefit from the RAF drivers ability to deliver premium sound and design flexibility.
“Knowles continues to drive the industry forward with pioneering
solutions for hearables and premium headsets,” said
To support the demand for greater audio quality and enable manufacturers to offer improved connectivity, the RAF Series occupies less volume than even the smallest dynamic driver. RAF uses an innovative design that shifts the terminal ports from the rear of the component to the side. This seemingly simple, yet complex, shift maintains Knowles’ premium audio quality and “frees” space behind the driver for larger batteries and enhanced antennas. The new design enables greater design flexibility to address consumer concerns and demands.
The small size of the RAF Series is an evolution of the successful RAB Series receiver. Both series enable manufacturers to offer consumer devices that are more comfortable, more discrete, and deliver a more enjoyable listening experience. The low power consumption receivers help preserve battery life and contributes to longer operating times between recharges.
To address the growing demand for sport earphones, the RAF and RAB
series offer models with an IPx7 waterproof rating. An increasingly
important rating for earphones, wearables, and smartphones, the IPx7
rating enables the
The RAF Series and RAB Series are currently available in production quantities.
This announcement is in conjunction with Knowles’ presence at the
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in
*The State of Play: Consumer audio trends, attitudes and purchase