Posted October 25, 2018 07:06:38 The beach sounds of the future are on the horizon, thanks to the arrival of the next generation of speakers, but how long before the next wave of music comes from the ocean?
“It’s a matter of when, not if, the next big wave of underwater speakers will arrive,” says Paul Goud, VP of research and development at the Audio Research Institute (ARI), a research and consultancy firm that works with audio manufacturers to develop sound for use in consumer electronics.
“The industry has to decide how long it takes for the next technology to catch on and what the timeline is for that.”
Goud says the industry has seen two major waves of underwater sound: the first was the arrival in the 1960s of portable sound units such as the J-2 and the J4, which used a series of microphones and a speaker box that connected to a battery.
The second wave was the introduction of underwater audio equipment in the 1970s and 80s, when speakers such as AMPs, AKGs, and subwoofers were introduced.
“Sound from underwater speakers has evolved over the years, and in the past couple of decades it’s become more integrated into our products,” Goud tells TechCrunch.
“Now we have a lot of companies using underwater speakers to enhance their products.”
Sound from underwater loudspeakers is used in some devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
However, it’s still largely used as a background noise.
And while underwater speakers are often used for music, they also provide some additional background noise, such a surf or wind sound, which can add to the ambiance of your home.
Goud and co believe that sound from underwater systems is likely to continue to be used in audio devices for a long time to come.
Goulson, on the other hand, sees a bright future in underwater speakers, saying the technology is being adopted in many industries.
“It has been a lot longer than I expected.
There are people all over the world using it for music.
It is now a part of every home,” he says.
“There are speakers for video, video games, video, gaming.
It’s a very fast-growing market.”
The next wave for underwater sound technology The next big underwater speaker is the JX2, which will have two speaker boxes connected via a single power cord.
This is not only a great way to make your own underwater sound, but also makes it possible to make sound that’s very loud without the need for any separate speakers.
And Goud believes that this technology could be used to make music that’s louder than a traditional subwoofer.
“If you have a sound box that you can use to amplify the sound from the subwoob, you could have a speaker with that sound that you could play at home, and you would have a way to amplify a lot more of that sound,” Goulon says.
The JX5 is also going to be a huge breakthrough for underwater speakers.
Gout says that the J X5 will have a similar power consumption as a traditional underwater speaker, which is going to make it even more portable.
The audio device will also include a battery that can provide up to 20 hours of playback time, which Goud expects to be useful for use with more demanding applications.
The next-generation speaker is also set to be more versatile than previous generations.
Gousson says that this is going not only to help underwater speakers in portable applications, but could also be used for other applications.
“We’re really excited about the J Series, because this is the first time we’ve actually done something like this, where it’s actually the speaker box itself that’s the sub.
It actually does a lot better than a lot a traditional speakers in terms of noise isolation, and the ability to control it in a very convenient way,” Gouson says, adding that it also includes a USB-C port for charging.
The first J Series speaker, the J6, was launched back in March 2018.
Gouthons team is already working on new products for the J series, but he says that they will likely use the existing J Series as the foundation for the new ones.
“This is going be the foundation that the next-gen speaker will build upon,” he explains.
“And hopefully we’ll have the next J Series in the next year or so.”
The J6 was developed with the support of the U.S. Navy and is expected to be available in 2018.
The latest J Series speakers are available in three versions: a 5.1, 7.1 and 8.1 speaker.
The 5.5 speaker model is currently being developed by the ARI.