Sean Murphy

The past decade's digital revolution wounded the home audio market.

Consumers upgraded their analog televisions to flat-panel displays and built up their reservoirs of digital music. Since 2010, however, the tables have started to turn.

"Unequivocally, the audio segment is in good shape," said Sean Murphy, senior account manager and analyst for the Arlington, Va.-based Consumer Electronics Association. "It's in better shape than it has been."


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