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Study: 60% Of Home Audio Products Sold In ’16 To Network

Dallas – More than
60 percent of home audio products sold in 2016 will ship with embedded
networking solutions such as DLNA and Apple’s AirPlay, driven by consumers who
frequently use tablets to listen to music at home, a

Parks Associates

study forecasts.

The audio products
include A/V receivers, MP3 speaker docks, soundbars and home-theater systems.

With more than 60
percent of U.S. tablet owners using their tablet on a weekly basis to listen to
music, “these consumer habits will drive deployment of home audio products with
embedded networking technologies,” Parks contended.

Kurt Scherf, Parks
VP, said, “The continuing popularity of music services is pushing consumers to
find new ways to enjoy their growing libraries of audio content. Consumers are
using products such as smartphones and media tablets for music access and
playback, and they want ways to distribute that content around the home.
Networked audio products give them the ability to have a high-quality multi-room
music experience.”

Manufacturers that
expand their networked audio products selection to point-to-point solutions
such as MP3 speaker docks, lower-cost external speakers and Internet radios “will
be well-positioned to take advantage of digital music consumption trends,”
Parks continued.

The company’s “

Audio Products: Market Update

” examines the technologies enabling the
wireless in-home streaming of music services to a variety of products. The
report also profiles suppliers of chipset and software solutions, examines
products most likely to include embedded solutions, and provides market