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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Sennheiser's DW Series With Prestigious Award as Enterprise Headset Market Continues to Grow

Best-in-Class Headsets Feature HD Voice Clarity, Noise Cancelling Microphones, Unparalleled Wireless Performance and Comfort

OLD LYME, CT -- (Marketwire) -- 12/10/12 -- Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its DW Series Wireless Series headsets have been recognized as Most Innovative European Communications Product of the Year by leading research firm Frost & Sullivan. The DW Series headset, which was designed for use in business environments with deskphones or softphones, was chosen for its innovative design, features and multi-vendor compatibility.

The DW Wireless Series headset, which is optimized for solutions from Microsoft, Aastra, Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Polycom and other top manufacturers, was selected as the leading product in the enterprise headset market category. According to Frost & Sullivan, global revenues in this market are expected to grow by 11.2 percent between 2010 and 2017.

"Sennheiser is a dynamic player in a highly competitive market, with a strong design ethic, and it's clear that innovation is part of Sennheiser's DNA," said Frost & Sullivan Information and Communications Technology Research Director for Europe Adrian Drozd. "In selecting the company for this Award, the independent judging panel that scrutinized Frost & Sullivan's analysis was impressed by the innovative design and features, solid go-to-market strategy and, above all, strong market potential of the DW Wireless Series headsets."

The innovative technologies incorporated across the Sennheiser DW Series headset range set it apart: HD voice clarity provides users with a natural listening experience; noise-cancelling microphones provide optimum speech quality by filtering out unwanted background noises, reducing echo and increasing clarity; and the excellent ActiveGard™ acoustical shock protection system safeguards users from sudden sound surges. Combined with excellent in-use comfort and long-distance wireless freedom that enhances office mobility, Frost & Sullivan considers the DW Wireless Series headsets to be an elegant solution to the needs of contact centers, offices and Unified Communications professionals.

In receiving the award, Johannes Kaulfuss, head of product management at Sennheiser Communication, said, "Our new headsets are the culmination of almost 70 years' experience of the audio electronics industry and we are delighted that Frost & Sullivan -- widely acknowledged to be leaders in offering insight into the enterprise communications marketplace -- has recognized the innovation excellence of our DW Wireless Series range."

The multivendor interoperability of the DW Wireless Headsets Series creates strong potential across a spectrum of verticals and organization sizes. The headsets are expected to see high uptake as a premium/high-end product for contact centers (wireless usage), offices, and UC professionals.

"Enterprises are increasingly demanding interoperability between different communications technologies, solutions and devices," notes Drozd. "Sennheiser's strong partnerships with the key UC vendors were an important consideration in recognizing its DW Wireless Series headsets as Most Innovative European Communications Product of the Year for 2012."

Each year, Frost & Sullivan's European ICT research team recognizes the best performing companies with about 20 "best of the year" awards. Expert analysts covering the Enterprise Communications/UC market on an ongoing basis identify 10-12 candidates that, based on analyst insight and comparison of key criteria, are whittled down to a short list of three to five. During a workshop session, the analysts present their research to an independent panel of judges consisting of CIOs/senior IT vice presidents representing a variety of vertical markets. These are often key ICT purchasing decision-makers bringing strong insights. For this specific award, four judges voted unanimously in favor of Sennheiser Communications.

About the Award
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed the most pioneering and groundbreaking communications product of the past 12 months. The award recognizes the innovation, market strategy and market potential of the recipient.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

About Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world, with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser's pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades, including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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