Smartphones revolutionise the audio market

His Master's Voice - WikimediaTablets and smartphones have fundamentally changed the audio market with connected audio devices to reach 267 million units by 2018, compared to 58 million units in 2014.

IHS Technology said that the increasing use of streaming music services such as Deezer, Spotify and Pandora all contributing to people buying audio kit that lets you listen while you’re on the move.

IHS Technology said that tablets and smartphones will represent 83 percent of all media enabled consumer electronics by 2018.

Analyst Paul Erickson said that Bluetooth headphones and speakers are now “ubiquitous”, while wi-fi network connected multiroom speakers are also growing in popularity.

Sonos is currently the brand leader, but the trend means other vendors including Denon, Hitachi, Samsung, LG, Sony, Bose, Bang and Olufsen have all similar offerings.

Erickson said: “With the shift to an Android dominated mobile device market, audio manufacturers are steadily moving away from the wired only and Apple only connections of old in favour of wireless connectivity.”