Tracking the Trends
Another trend that could eventually gain steam is the aggregation of the control of distributed audio and video content, said Robert Heiblim, senior vice president, sales and marketing, for Altec Lansing. “The idea of it is getting more popular, and that market will begin to emerge,” he said. “People will begin liking it more, as their content comes down the different pipes like satellite and the Internet. The game is changing.”
A more immediate trend evident at Expo will be the proliferation of all things wireless.
Altec Lansing has begun shipping the two-speaker PT8051 surround sound system, which uses NXT flat-radiating speaker technology and includes a wireless rear speaker with left and right channels. The company will also unveil its M812 wireless iPod audio system. “The wireless trend is indicative of the technology becoming more reliable and interference-free,” Heiblim said. “It’s a conundrum: People desperately want it but there’s still skepticism. The industry just has to forge ahead and bring out the products, and prove, one retailer or installer at a time, that they work.”