Tuning into Audio Consumption- New Audio Opportunities for the
The image of the audiophile is changing. No longer can we paint this person against the backdrop of a high-end, two-channel sound system cached in a dedicated listening room. The audio experience has moved well beyond this nostalgic expression to embrace new formats and frontiers, with digital technologies leading the way. Without a doubt, the picture of today's audiophile is painted on digital canvas.
Paralleling this trend, the audio industry has witnessed a period of transformation over the past several years: Surround sound has blossomed under the banner of home theater; numerous digital audio formats have emerged; demand for portable audio has surged; sales channels have shifted; and audio content sources have multiplied. All of a sudden audio is not so straight-forward. It is complex and has many faces and forms. Has audio lost its identity or is it finding a new one?
The results of a recent online survey by the Consumer Electronics Association answers this question and addresses other issues impacting the audio industry. For example, what are consumers' current audio listening habits.