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RH releases Networked AV report

RH releases Networked AV report

RH releases Networked AV report

RH Consulting (RH) has released its 2024 report on Networked Audio Products, revealing a significant surge in audio with video networking lagging behind.

The comprehensive analysis, building on twelve years of audio research and three years of video data, sheds light on emerging trends and market dynamics, revealing a significant surge in overall adoption, with a total of 6,013 products from 602 brands.

“A milestone has been reached with over 6000 networked AV products on the market and with video-over-IP products numbering more than 1000,” said Roland Hemming, audio consultant at RH Consulting. “Networked media products are steadily becoming part of everyone’s work. Soon it will be easier to count the remaining analogue products!”

The research confirms that Dante has experienced remarkable growth showcasing an 11% expansion in audio products over a 12-month period. With 4,131 products, Dante outpaced all other protocols combined, introducing 420 new products, and involving 45 manufacturers for the first time.

AES67, an interoperability standard, reached 4,380 compatible products, supporting various protocols such as Dante, RAVENNA, Livewire+, Wheatnet and “raw” AES67. The report suggests that most Dante solutions likely support AES67, indicating a high level of integration in the market.

RAVENNA secured the second-highest increase in audio products with 344 offerings. MILAN and AVB also demonstrated growth, with MILAN-compliant products increasing to 45.

RH’s report confirmed that the market is still maturing in the video-over-IP realm, compared to networked audio. The report analyses protocols such as NDI, SDVoE, ST 2110, Dante AV, IPMX and AVB, revealing insights into their adoption and maturity.

NDI emerged as the leader in terms of product numbers with a total of 494. ST 2110 experienced substantial growth with 344 encoder and decoder products, while relative newcomer Dante AV tripled its product numbers in just 18 months, totalling 62 products.

SDVoE, despite a small decline, maintained a significant presence with 364 products. IPMX “ready” products, totalling seven offerings, indicate potential growth upon full protocol release.

“We now have three years of data for video products so we can start to draw a line. Other than overall growth, we still can’t identify a winner for AV-over-IP,” concluded Hemming. “Several major video manufacturers are still using proprietary technology – is it time for them to jump off the fence and commit to offering real interoperability?”

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