Gaming and Distributed Sound Driving Audio
Today’s audio gear has come a long way since your father’s tube amp. That was the consensus reached by experts from audio and computer product manufacturing, specialty retailing, custom installation and research during a pre-CES panel on the state of the industry.
The parameters that define “audio” have broadened more than ever with the popularity of the iPod. And industry pundits, including some who had until recently bet most of their chips on the high end of the audio spectrum, agreed the variety of audio sources available to the consumer - from MP3 content to Internet music to whole-home distributed audio -present “the greatest opportunity to entertain and enthuse the consumer than ever before,” said Steve Caldero, senior vice president of sales at specialty retailer Ken Crane’s, based in Hawthorne, Calif.
Joining Caldero on the panel were Kathy Gornik, president of speaker manufacturer Thiel Audio; CEA senior industry analyst Steve Koenig; Ric Johnson, president of the custom firm RL Johnson Construction Services; and Petro Shimonishi, vice president of marketing for the IP technology company NetStreams. Moderated by Todd Thibodeaux, CEA senior vice president of industry relations, the panel reviewed issues affecting the audio and custom segment of consumer electronics.