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The thing is, where do we go from here? Arguably audio processing has improved over the last few years, but I think some would say that the actual sound quality hasn't changed much in the last 20-40 years. Amplifiers outside of the high end realm have come way down in price in the last 10-15 years, the $ per watt ratio is about 1:2 to 1:4 when it comes to pro power amps (and I'm talking 'real' RMS power, not the stupid peak power rating that's used).
While digital displays have gained resolution, the hype about the LED TVs is way overstated. The LEDs may be rated at 100,000 hours, but the chassis will still die and will be nonrepairable in well under 20,000 hours.
So what's next? I believe there would need to be some new technology to really create a 'WOW factor, such as:
-holographic TV that would project the image into the middle of the room, and you could walk around the movie/image 360 degrees.
-wireless energy transmission so that a powered speaker could be wire free, and both the audio signal and the power for the internal amp would be done via transmission.
-invent a method to reproduce sound that uses some other method than a mechanical driver to convert electrical energy into audio energy via a speaker diaphragm. Surely there's another way to hear sound other than a speaker cone. The HF dome that Magnat put out about 30 years ago was very interesting to me, but it was finicky and it never went anywhere.