The consumer audio space is an exciting sector within the audio technology industry. It’s fascinating to see that the sector has evolved rapidly throughout the years as audio technologies have seen drastic improvements. Also, consumer audio preferences have been the key driver for the growth in the space over the years.
The unprecedented growth of the smartphone industry over the last decade has also been one of the important factors that have shaped the consumer audio sector. From digital audio broadcasting to wireless audio technology, the consumer audio space is on a constant evolution. Here are some of the important facts to know about the consumer audio space:
Digital audio broadcasting is still relevant
If you think that online music streaming services have taken over radio, you’re wrong. The radio/FM industry still holds a strong foothold in the consumer audio space. The industry has been one of the important components of the consumer audio space since digital audio broadcasting technology improved audio broadcasting quality. The technology was originally designed to convert analog audio into digital audio which could then be transmitted over a specifically assigned FM channel.
It was around 1994 to 1995 that Digital audio broadcasting technology was deployed in separate parts of the world including the UK and Europe. The technology benefited the audio broadcasting sector in several different ways, including improved sound quality, reduced multipath effects, and resistance against weather noise and other interferences.
Audio devices have evolved to being more than just music players
Gone are the days when functions on audio devices were limited to just playing, pausing, skipping, and shuffling music. Modern audio devices designed for home and vehicles come with several additional features, the most common being the voice assistance feature. Low-latency audio streaming and cellular order order to functions that have become common in modern digital audio devices.
In car audio, infotainment system has become common. In fact, many car companies offer infotainment system as a standard in the audio system of their car models. Responsive voice assistance is the major component of modern car infotainment systems. This has been all possible with rapid developments in human speech recognition that is backed by disruptive technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Wireless audio is disrupting the consumer audio space
Wireless audio is now popular as never before. With smartphone makers such as Apple and Samsung removing headphone jack from their flagship models, the move towards the wireless audio future is on the march. Also many technology companies have launched several high-fidelity Bluetooth headphones and speakers which have made the wireless audio space more lucrative in the recent years.
With every passing year, audio and technology companies are improving wireless audio quality. With drastic improvements in wireless audio quality in the future, the technology is speculated to disrupt the professional audio space as well. Consumers benefit from wireless audio technology in several different ways, the most important one being convenience. With wireless audio technology, the hassle of dealing with wires and jacks is eliminated.