“The action instantly removed all available oxygen from the wireless headphone space.”
AirPods are not just any pair of headphones. The combination of accelerometers, optical sensors, Apple’s new W1 chip, and a well-designed charging case… AirPods are computers for your ears. This distinction does a better job at framing the device’s surprisingly low $159 price.
In the run-up to Apple unveiling AirPods this past September, the wireless headphone market consisted of the following players:
Bragi Dash: $299
Erato Apollo 7: $289
Motorola VerveOnes+: $249
Samsung Gear IconX: $199
Bragi Headphone: $149
Apple sent shockwaves pulsing through the market by pricing AirPods at only $159. The action instantly removed all available oxygen from the wireless headphone space.
If you want a pair of Samsung Gear IconX today, you can pick them up at WalMart for $126.99 ($78 refurbished). If you want a pair of Apple AirPods, you have to wait six weeks.