Sound or audio has consistently been influenced by technology for a number of decades. The way you experience it or how you record and consumed it is something that has undergone remarkable transformation in the past. Today, the future of sound can be predicted, thanks to a trend that has been characterized by pretty iconic pieces blending together to form what is known as audio.
The future of sound
Past trends have shown that devices used to translate formats into useful sound have also undergone some transformation, although the basic idea is still the same. Speakers and headphones remain the standard way of consuming what modern audio has to offer. However, the technology used to design them and the shapes in which they come in have constantly changed.
And now that the era of digital music is here, what’s the future of sound? Very simple, we expect that all forms of sound, whether audio, telecoms, music, e-book and so on will become more versatile and mobile than ever before.
The recent but most prolific technological advance from hardware point of view is the introduction of noise cancellation and wireless sound emission.
Wireless and noise-cancellation technologies have been around for 5 years now. Bluetooth just reached a level considered by OEMs as very capable of transporting audio signals and replacing wires completely.
Noise cancellation offers a listening experience which lets the user concentrate on the actual sound while blocking external, unwanted noise.
At the moment, the field is open for more innovative technology. Companies like Apple are actually promising that the next iPhone device will exclude the standard 3.5mm headphone jack and instead replace it with a pair of ear buds that shall be used in conjunction with the lightning port.
What this means is that if you will opt for your own earpiece, it will force you to look into Bluetooth-enabled varieties. This will automatically see an increase in the number and variety of wireless ear buds offered in the market.
Quality of sound
History can help give a clue about what shall happen 10 to 20 years from now. Take the best available gadgets and use that to inspire your thought.
Let’s take the example of a German Audio firm called Sennheiser. This firm created a set of special headphones in 1991 which quickly turned into the hottest pair of headphones money could buy.
These headphones were created with the best materials around, plus they came with an amplifier which made their price shoot to $14,500 at the time. First-forward to the 21st century, this German firm revamps those headphones to what we now know as the Orpheus HE1060. This pair of headphone transforms music from what you listen to so you can become a part of it. They cost a whooping $50,000 – something you have to see to believe.
Their secret is in enhancing audio clarity while reducing distortion. This is something that the firm has worked on tirelessly, hence the steep price tag.
Sound technologies such as Bone conduction give consumers an opportunity to listen to music using a part of the body which isn’t the ear. This gives users the freedom of enjoying sound while keeping ears out. So it is very possible that current technologies such as this one will be enhanced to appeal to users more than they are today.