Home Audio Connects To New Sources



Sales of home audio products that incorporate MP3-player docks, Internet radio and HD Radio are on the rise, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) statistics show.

The percentage of home radios shipped to dealers with Internet radio, for example, rose to an estimated 14 percent in 2010 and is forecast to rise to 16 percent in 2011, CEA statistics show. The percentage with HD Radio is estimated at 26 percent in 2010 and is forecast to rise to 28 percent in 2011.

The percentage of home radios with MP3 player docks hit an estimated 46 percent in 2010 and is forecast to hit 54 percent in 2011.

In clock radios, the percentages are rising as well.

In component-audio receivers, CEA doesn’t report the number of units sold with Internet radio or HD Radio, but the percentage with Ethernet connections, presumably to access Internet radio and stream audio from a networked PC, rose to an estimated 10 percent in 2010 and is forecast to rise to 12 percent in 2011.

CEA does not track the Ethernet capability of home theater in a box systems (HTiBs), but most new Blu-ray equipped HTiBs incorporate Ethernet ports to stream BD-Live content from the Internet, and many of those models incorporate Internet radio and video-streaming capabilities. In 2009, Blu-ray HTiB unit sales were 676,000, accounting for 22 percent of all HTiBs sold. In 2010, Blu-ray HTiB unit sales hit an estimated 1.4 million to account for 48 percent of HTiBs sold, and they’re forecast to rise to 1.7 million in 2011 to account for 59 percent of HTiBs sold.


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