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10 of ’10: Ten Stellar Audio Products That Defined 2010

JT's sound guru recommends the year's best products

The new product of 2010 that will most influence audio technology in coming years wasn’t even an audio product per se. It was Apple’s iPad, the super-successful roving information and entertainment device. With predicted total sales of 7 million in 2010 and more than 40 million by the end of 2012, the iPad shows how dramatically entertainment has gone mobile. Want more proof? The CEDIA Expo, the premier tradeshow for advanced home entertainment technology, recently announced that it is shrinking from four days to three.

These trends don’t mean that home entertainment is as dead as the 8-track tape, only that it’s a smaller part of the mix for audio manufacturers. While the last year saw bold moves by many manufacturers trying their best to adapt to changing times, it also saw the introduction of numerous traditional home audio products-many at astoundingly affordable prices. We’ve chosen five from each group-cutting edge and trad-as our best audio products of 2010.

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