RH Consulting has released a new whitepaper examining the current state of the audio networking market and trends among the various audio networking solutions. The independent report, titled “The Death of Analogue and The Rise of Audio Networking,” was commissioned by Audinate and takes a detailed look at the number of audio networking products presently available, the growth rate for various protocols, and the market forces affecting their adoption.
“This whitepaper is the most comprehensive analysis of the audio networking market to date,” states Roland Hemming, principal audio consultant for RH Consulting. “Rather than just focus on technical differences, our goal was to provide a deep dive from the overall market perspective. We analyzed the products that are really shipping and the factors that are driving the growth, or lack thereof, of the various protocols.”
Key takeaways from the whitepaper include:
– Audinate’s Dante audio networking solution has had significant growth in licensees over the last 24 months, nearly four times the next largest protocol.
– Over 700 networked audio products are currently available, with the number of Dante-enabled products introduced in the last 12 month significantly outpacing all other networking protocols.
– The number of Dante-enabled products is forecasted to grow by 75 per cent in 2015, and 130 per cent by 2016.
In addition to looking at the total available networked products on the market, RH Consulting examined the factors contributing to the rapid growth of Dante and where audio networking sits on the technology adoption curve.
“Audio networking is following the same pattern as most new technology,” adds Hemming. “The success of Dante is consistent with easy-to-use, end-to-end solutions driving the market when technology is in the early growth phase.” He continues, “Over time networking has become less about specifying a protocol and more about specifying products that work together.”
The report indicates that the uptake of Dante and audio networking in general is an indication that the market is undergoing a dramatic shift. “History has shown us that when a digital technology comes within 20% of the price of its analogue equivalent, the latter dies,” according to Hemming. “While audio networking is not to that point yet, the rapid growth we are seeing now would indicate that analogue’s days are numbered.”
To download the full whitepaper, visit: www.audinate.com/rise-of-audio-networking