Audio and video trends for 2019

Here are some audio and video trends for 2019:

The global Hi-Fi Systems market was valued at million US$ in 2018 and is expected to growEISA Awards has selected Hi-Fi product category winners, but I did not see anything really fancy new innovations that would excite me there. The Hi-Fi speaker market has seen considerable consolidation over the years but is expected to grow. The global Hi-Fi speaker system market is highly competitive. Various established international brands, domestic brands and as well as new entrants form a competitive landscape. The market is expected to have higher growth rate as compared to the previous years due to the booming electronic industry globally. It is due to the rising income of individuals globally and increasing affordability of technology products globally. Due to technological adoption and smart gadgets, North America region is showing steady growth in the Hi-Fi speaker system market. On technology standpoint the Hi-Fi market is mainly based on pretty much stabilized technology as class D amplifiers have been on mainstream for many years.

Smart TVs are everywhere. The vast majority of televisions available today are “smart” TVs, with internet connections, ad placement, and streaming services built in. Despite the added functionality, TV prices are lower than ever. Your new smart TV was so affordable because it is collecting and selling your data. It is clear that TV companies are in a cutthroat business, and that companies like Vizio would have to charge higher prices for hardware if they didn’t run content, advertising, and data businesses. Google wants sensors and cameras in every room of your home to watch, analyze, you, patents show.

Streaming services competition stays high. Apple’s embracing the TV industry for the first time: Vizio and LG TVs will support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, while Samsung TVs will get an iTunes Movies & TV app, as well as AirPlay 2 support. Google and Amazon are playing are important players on smart speaker markets.

4K video resolution is still as hot as in 2019 – it us becoming mainstream and getting cheaper. Peraso showcases 4K wireless video at CES 2019. LG has produced a market-ready rollable OLED TV. The new 75-inch 4K Micro LED TV announced at CES 2019 proves Samsung is serious about scaling the technology to do battle with OLED. But it seems that even in 1029 “4K” trend remains woefully deficient from a compelling-content-availability standpoint. CES 2019 is already full of weird and wonderful monitors.

But new higher 8K resolution is being pushed to market. The “8K” (resolution) tagline was apparently everywhere at CES this year. Samsung announced a 98-inch 8K TV because why not. LG has come strong to CES 2019 with an 88-inch 8K OLED TV, a 75-inch 8K LED/LCD TV, HDMI 2.1, new auto calibration features, Alexa built in, and many more features. It seems that this ongoing evolution is occurring out of necessity: as a given-size (and -pixel-dense) display becomes a low profit margin commodity, manufacturers need to continually “up-rev” one or both key consumer-attention-grabbing parameters (along with less quantifiable attributes like image quality) in order to remain profitable … assuming they can continue to stimulate sufficient-sized consumer demand in the process. I am not sure if they can stimulate 8K to mass market in next few years.

Wall size TVs are coming. Samsung announced a modular TV at CES. Samsung first showcased this MicroLED TV technology at CES 2018, showcasing how the screens were composed of millions of individual LEDs. Individuals screens could be combined to create massive displays, which the company calls The Wall TV. The wall-sized displays shown in recent years at CES are, in my opinion, quite ridiculous, at least for the masses.

 

HDMI updates are coming. At present, the HDMI equipment uses the 2.0 standard (adopted in 2013) tht provides support for example for 4K video. HDMI Forum announced a new 2.1 standard already in November 2017, but it just starter showing in CES in January 2019. 8K fiber-optic HDMI cables seen at CES 2019. The 2.1 standard is a big change in technology at the bus bandwidth increases from 18 gigabit to 48 gigabits per second. This enables up to 10K video transmission and up to 120 frames per second.

Bendable displays are really coming to PCs and smart phones. LG’s “rollable” display shown this year neatly showcased the technology’s inherent flexibility while also addressing the question of how to hide a gargantuan display when it’s not in use. Several foldable smart phones have been shown. Chinese company Royole was showing off the FlexPai at CES in Las Vegas.

Micro displays for VR and AR glasses have developed. MicroLED is better looking, more efficient and more versatile than any previous display tech. Now all Samsung, Sony, LG and others have to do is figure out how to manufacture it affordably.Nanoco Technologies and Plessey Semiconductors have partnered to shrink the pixel size of monolithic microLED displays using Nanoco’s cadmium-free quantum-dot (CFQD quantum dots) semiconductor nanoparticle technology. Microchips and organic LEDs that deliver 4K-like high resolution displays a quarter of the size and half the weight of existing virtual reality (VR) headsets have been developed under a European Union project. Marc Andreessen says VR will be “1,000” times bigger than AR even though VR seems to be the popular whipping boy amongst the tech community.

There seems to be no shortage of angst with the current (and unfortunately burgeoning) popularity of usage of the term artificial intelligence (AI). Intelligence has been defined in many ways which makes it hard to get good picture on what is going on. I am still waiting for sensible intelligent AI to do something useful. But the ability for a sufficiently trained deep learning  system to pattern-match images, sound samples, computer viruses, network hacking attempts, and the like is both impressive and effective.

Potential problems related to the coming of self-driving car technologies and cameras are expected. A man at CES in Las Vegas says that a car-mounted lidar permanently damaged the sensor in his new $1,998 Sony a7R II mirrorless camera. Man says CES lidar’s laser was so powerful it wrecked his $1,998 camera because the LIDAR laser power rules ensure lasers are safe for human eyes—but not necessarily for cameras. Is this something that camera and car manufacturers need to figure out together?

2019 Will Be the Year of Open Source from software and even hardware. Open source video player app VLC has now reached 3 billions downloads.

When almost all AV products are pushing more and more features, it seems that almost Everything is too complicated for an average Joe.

 

188 Comments

  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How are your favourite Virtual YouTubers created? – BBC Click
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObdIio3U3vM

    Click travels across Japan to find the tech that sets the country apart – from virtual YouTube celebrities who don’t actually exist, to disaster prediction technology. Plus we see how Japan’s preparing technologically for next year’s Olympics.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Is point to point wiring better than PCB?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFMv0Y8TsCc

    Years ago there was no such thing as a printed circuit board and everything was wired with what’s known as point-to-point. Today it’s unheard of but this viewer wants to know if perhaps we’ve lost something.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    EEVblog #1215 – $18,000 4K Monitor Teardown From 2001!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlaxgiszfEo

    The IBM T221 was the world’s first 4k monitor. Released in 2001, it was 12 years ahead of the first consumer 4k monitors,
    It innovated dual domain IPS LCD display technology.
    Teardown time!

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Are horn speakers really more efficient?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lSIHnndDJU

    Horn loudspeakers are considered the most efficient loudspeakers but, they don’t have horns on their woofers. So, how does that work? How can the horn loaded midrange and tweeter ever match the non-horn loaded woofer?

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What is the future of wireless speakers?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9m8hie-__M

    With B and W’s introduction of their Foundation series this viewer believes the world’s turning wireless when it comes to audio. Does Paul agree?

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Geoff Colvin / Fortune:
    A look at AT&T’s grand vision of transforming into a “modern media company” spanning multiple content networks, distribution channels, and customer data streams

    AT&T Has Become a New Kind of Media Giant
    http://fortune.com/longform/att-media-company/

    Bellhead CEO Randall Stephenson is taking on Netflix and Comcast simultaneously. It won’t be easy.

    Using company properties to publicize the show’s final-season premiere on AT&T-owned HBO is a minor example of the synergies he foresees; AT&T wireless customers with top-tier plans can also get HBO for free, for example. That’s a result of another titanic battle, the end in February of AT&T’s fight with the U.S. Department of Justice to win legal clearance to fully integrate operations with the Time Warner A-list media properties AT&T had agreed to buy more than two years earlier: most prominently, HBO, Warner Bros., CNN, TBS, and TNT.

    Stephenson’s strategy is breathtaking in scale and scope, the largest transformation underway at any company in the Fortune 500. AT&T’s main traditional competitor, Verizon, has chosen an entirely different path, and Stephenson’s new rivals are in markedly different businesses.

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Media Companies Are Turning Streaming Back Into Cable – Cheddar Explains
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXkRjM3a4-A

    Streaming used to be a safe haven of quality content in high quantities. But it’s now fracturing. By 2022, all major networks will have their own streaming service, which got us to thinking, will streaming soon be more expensive than cable?

    Comments:

    You know… Piracy will probably increase again.
    Ease of access lowers piracy.

    It’s not the subscription age, it’s the second piracy age

    “Ease of access lowers piracy.” Exactly. For me it’s not so much the price, it’s the loss of convenience that’s irritating me with the splintering of streaming services. With cable I can search for any show in one place. That used to be the case with Netflix too. Now if I want to watch some show I just heard about I have to start Netflix, search using that crappy on-screen keyboard, exit, open Hulu, search again, exit, open Amazon Prime, search yet again, etc, etc. Once I actually find it – assuming it isn’t exclusive to yet another new service – I have to go through the different interface each one has to find the specific episode and then finally play it. Orrr, there are these pirate apps I’ve heard about where I can search once and find it all…

    Jokes on them, everyone under 30 will just turn to shady websites on the internet.
    Hahahahah no.
    We both know how stupid and lazy the average millennial is.
    You do know that piracy was popular af among millennials when they were poor teenagers who couldn’t afford anything right?

    I’m calling it right now: Streaming services are going to implement loot boxes

    Piracy exists. How do companies not understand what’s going to happen – people are going to pirate everything.

    I love when competition makes products worse. Looking at you Epic and Disney

    One other thing.
    Why can’t I see NetFlix, Stan, Hulu etc. Library before I subscribe to them.

    Golden Age of Streaming? Pretty sure this happened like 6-7 years ago when content wasn’t split up between 10 different services, and membership fees were like half the cost.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Automotive audio from the inside out: more channels, more power, more applications than ever before
    https://e2e.ti.com/blogs_/b/behind_the_wheel/archive/2018/10/19/automotive-audio-from-the-inside-out-more-channels-more-power-more-applications

    Many of the devices for this future already exist, though, and with all of the power that these systems will demand, we’ll very likely move away from the typical 12-V electrical systems in vehicles now to a new standard of 48 V. At that voltage, we can operate more systems with higher efficiency.

    Car audio is more than speakers

    At TI, we make circuits and components that span the entire audio chain between the signal’s source and the speakers. Our audio components make everything work, from the cluster chime audio, to the entertainment system that plays your music, to the systems that handle automatic emergency phone calling and active noise cancellation.

    These components – processors, class-D amplifiers, data converters and power management – are the building blocks for every audio system in a typical passenger vehicle. From this unique vantage point, we can see the bigger industry trends moving automakers and their suppliers.

    For one, better-quality systems have made their way into less-expensive vehicles while pricier cars are getting outfitted with more channels that connect an increasing number of speakers. The result is better sound fidelity and richness, as well as audio systems with more capabilities.

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/apple-is-finally-killing-itunes-842750/

    Apple Is Finally Killing iTunes
    Farewell to a clunky but world-shattering icon

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    GoPro Laser Sight Keeps Video In-Frame
    https://blog.hackster.io/gopro-laser-sight-keeps-video-in-frame-2351319da008

    GoPro and other so-called action cameras provide an easy way to capture your ‘extreme adventures’ or document builds with a unit that can take the intermittent abuse of shop life.

    you can’t always tell if it’s properly adjusted to pick up what you’re looking at.

    created what GoPro laser aiming device that outputs a red dot as a visual reverence. This 3D-printed unit hooks into the thumb screw pivot on a GoPro Hero 5 or Hero session’s standard frame, close enough that when the camera moves up and down, the laser assembly swings with it.

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Day the Music Burned
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/magazine/universal-fire-master-recordings.html?module=inline

    It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew. This is the story of the 2008 Universal fire.

    In another confidential report, issued later in 2009, UMG asserted that “an estimated 500K song titles” were lost.

    The monetary value of this loss is difficult to calculate. Aronson recalls hearing that the company priced the combined total of lost tape and “loss of artistry” at $150 million. But in historical terms, the dimension of the catastrophe is staggering.

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    You can make music with test equipment – Hainbach explains
    http://cdm.link/2019/06/test-equipment-faq-hainbach/

    Before modulars became a product, some of the first electronic synthesis experiments made use of test equipment – gear intended to make sound, but not necessarily musically. And now that approach is making a comeback.

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Gigapixel Microscope Reveals Tiny Parts Of The Big Picture
    https://hackaday.com/2019/06/14/gigapixel-microscope-reveals-tiny-parts-of-the-big-picture/

    His solution was to create a microscope using a conventional camera and building a motion stage that would capture multiple high-resolution photographs. Then the multiple photos are stitched together into a single image. This allows his microscope to take a picture of a 90x60mm area with a resolution of about 15 μm. In theory, the resolution might be as good as 2 μm, but it is hard to measure the resolution accurately at that scale.

    https://www.instructables.com/id/Desktop-Gigapixel-Microscope/

    In this instructable, I will go over how to build a microscope capable of imaging a 90mm x 60mm field-of-view with pixels corresponding to 2μm at the sample (although, I think the resolution is probably closer to 15μm). The system uses camera lenses, but the same concept can be applied using microscope objectives to get even finer resolution.

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tearing Down A $25K 8K Video Camera
    https://hackaday.com/2019/06/14/tearing-down-a-25k-8k-video-camera/

    Most people buy expensive cameras and use them rather than taking them apart, but Linus Tech Tips has a different approach. They decided that they would rather take the camera apart, with a view to converting it to water cooling. Why? Well, that’s perhaps like asking why climb Mount Everest: because it is there. The practicality (or desirability) of water-cooling an 8K camera aside, the teardown is rather interesting from an an engineering point of view. The RED HELIUM 8K costs about $25K, and most of us don’t often get a look inside equipment like this.

    A lot of the camera brains seems to be in the form of Kintex FPGA chips, some of the more powerful ones in the Xilinx lineup. At $1600 each

    We TOOK APART an 8K Camera!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFrK-l3VSzY&feature=youtu.be

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dynamic speaker management: Micro speakers on steroids
    https://www.edn.com/electronics-products/electronic-product-reviews/other/4462021/Dynamic-speaker-management–Micro-speakers-on-steroids

    Maxim Integrated has just developed Dynamic Speaker Management (DSM) smart audio amplifiers with a patented DSM algorithm that enables louder and richer ‘macro’ audio from micro speakers

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Decades of history could be ‘erased from Australia’s memory’ as tape machines disappear, archivists warn
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-19/magnetic-archives-at-risk-due-to-machine-becoming-obsolete/11222602?pfmredir=sm

    Australia’s memory institutions are racing to digitise their magnetic tape collections before the year 2025, when archivists around the world expect it will become almost impossible to find working tape playback machines.

    Key points:
    130,000 hours of audio and video held on magnetic tape by the National Archives
    Machines need to play and digitise the tapes are expected to disappear by 2025

    Key points:
    130,000 hours of audio and video held on magnetic tape by the National Archives
    Machines need to play and digitise the tapes are expected to disappear by 2025

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Home> Systems-design Design Center > Design Idea
    Simplify test of embedded video interfaces
    https://www.edn.com/design/systems-design/4462033/Simplify-test-of-embedded-video-interfaces

    The output of this ASIC/FPGA is usually a parallel video bus in BT.1120/BT.656 standard format, connected to a processor video input port. The aim of the production test software is to ensure that the complete video path is free of any assembly related issues, like lines stuck-at-high or stuck-at-low or shorting between multiple signal lines.

    Common techniques used for the video interface production testing include subjective evaluation and fixed video data pattern utilization

    BT.1120 is a 16-bit parallel interface that uses codes embedded in the video data stream to differentiate between active (visible) and blanking (non-visible) video segments. The same concept applies for BT.656 with only difference being that BT.656 is an 8-bit parallel bus.

    https://www.itu.int/rec/R-REC-BT.1120/en

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Text-based Editing of Talking-head Video
    https://www.ohadf.com/projects/text-based-editing/

    Editing talking-head video to change the speech content or to remove filler words is challenging. We propose a novel method to edit talking-head video based on its transcript to produce a realistic output video in which the dialogue of the speaker has been modified, while maintaining a seamless audio-visual flow (i.e. no jump cuts). Our method automatically annotates an input talking-head video

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dade Hayes / Deadline:
    Nielsen Total Audience Report: 21% of SVOD users give up watching if they can’t decide what to watch; the average adult takes 7.4 minutes to make a selection — The proliferation of streaming and the novelty of the subscription video on demand interface are contributing …

    Streaming Overload? Nielsen Report Finds Average Viewer Takes 7 Minutes To Pick What To Watch; Just One-Third Bother To Check Menu
    https://deadline.com/2019/07/streaming-overload-netflix-nielsen-report-average-viewer-takes-7-minutes-to-pick-what-to-watch-1202640213/

    The proliferation of streaming and the novelty of the subscription video on demand interface are contributing to paralysis among consumers grappling with too much choice, according to Nielsen’s latest Total Audience Report.

    Among adult SVOD users, only one third of them report browsing the menu of a streaming service to find content to watch, with 21% saying they simply give up watching if they are not able to make up their minds.

    In the more traditional pay-TV realm, by contrast, 58% of viewers told Nielsen they’re more likely to go back to their favorite channels if they find themselves unable to make a choice about what to watch.

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  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Daniel Frankel / Multichannel News:
    Strategy Analytics predicts that Roku will, at 52M devices, have 70% more OTT devices than its next closest competitor, Sony Playstation, by year end

    Roku Will Soon Have 70% More OTT Devices in Global Streaming Market Than Next Closest Competitor
    https://www.multichannel.com/news/roku-extends-lead-in-ott

    Strategy Analytics predicts there will be 52 million Roku-enabled devices in use by year-end

    The Roku OTT ecosystem further extended its dominance as of the end of the first quarter, Strategy Analytics said in a new report. And it’s about to get even bigger.

    The Roku operating environment now powers 41 million OTT devices and smart TVs around the world, the research company said, and it accounted for more than 30% of connected device sales in Q1.

    “Roku’s extensive content offering, comprehensive search function and simple and intuitive user interface have been key factors in its success, alongside affordable hardware and regularly updated software,”

    Roku does, however, face a marketing challenge internationally, Watkins noted.

    “The company is much less well-known outside of the U.S., and in order to succeed on the international stage it will need to face down the twin challenge of building brand awareness and drawing users away from well-established players such as Amazon, Apple and Google.”

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  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This month marks the 40th anniversary of Sony’s first Walkman, the portable music player that would forever change the way we consume music.

    https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/04/the-cassette-player-finally-goes-bluetooth/

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  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Is The Quest For The Perfect Selfie Destroying Nature?
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2019/06/30/is-the-quest-for-the-perfect-selfie-destroying-nature/

    There is growing evidence of the considerable damage the social media era is having on nature, from piles of trash and human waste at picturesque hotspots to selfie-taking tourists trampling wildflower blooms or walking on fragile geothermal features in search of the perfect selfie.

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  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Over 16,000 sound effects from the BBC archive are now available for free
    https://thevinylfactory.com/news/over-16000-sound-effects-bbc-website/

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  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to install youtube-dl (the easy way)
    https://jcutrer.com/howto/how-to-install-youtube-dl-the-easy-way

    youtube-dl is an amazing and useful command line utility to download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and more. This articles is about how to install youtube-dl on Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX. youtube-dl is written in Python

    youtube-dl depends on ffmpeg or avconv for video transcoding and audio/video merging.

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  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to Change YouTube Playback Speed on Android, iPhone & Desktop
    https://wpsmackdown.com/change-youtube-playback-speed/

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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    It is 2019 and some peoplr seem to be still interested in new sound cards.

    According to Creative, these are the “most advanced PCIe sound cards ever.” The AE-9 in particular is “in a class of its own,” the company says

    Creative is touting “audiophile-grade components,” including Nichicon fine gold capacitors, WIMA film/foil audio capacitors, and swappable op-amps.

    https://us.creative.com/p/sound-cards/sound-blaster-ae-9

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  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Apple Kills iTunes: Everything You Need to Know
    https://uk.pcmag.com/macos-mojave/121197/apple-kills-itunes-everything-you-need-to-know

    iTunes will be eliminated as a standalone app with the next update to macOS. That’s expected in the fall of 2019, when Catalina arrives to replace Mojave.

    Apple will split iTunes into three separate programs. Much like it is on iOS devices, music will be handled by Apple Music, TV and movies will be housed inside Apple TV, and podcasts will live on Apple Podcasts.

    What happens to that music when iTunes dies?

    When the new Apple Music app replaces iTunes in the fall, all your purchases will transfer over.

    Similarly, if you purchased movies, TV episodes, or TV seasons, they’ll move to the Apple TV app

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