Audio On Key For CES reports that audio retailers will head for CES with the wind behind their backs, though the wind might not be as gusty as it was last year.

Most segments of the audio industry continue to grow, though at a slower pace than before, and the traditional component-audio segment – excluding soundbars – has begun to stabilize, marketers said.

That opens up opportunities for retailers and suppliers at CES, where dealers will find more brands of Bluetooth and wireless multiroom-audio speakers; more soundbar suppliers; soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos object-based surround; a still-expanding selection of high-resolution audio gear; and new home theater equipment that takes advantage of the new object-based surround formats.

Also new: more wireless home theater systems incorporating a wireless hub with HDMI inputs and WiSA wireless technology to eliminate speaker wires.

For a look at what’s coming, see

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