The video guys covering CES 2011 are still trying to pump up excitement about 3D TV, but the audio journalists have nothing to crow about. Yes, I've heard rumors about a new 11.1-channel audio format, but that has even less of a chance of getting any traction in the market than Dolby's rather lame Pro Logic IIz (7.1 height speaker surround format) did a few years ago.
I doubt there's a radical new speaker technology that gets us closer to the sound of live music or home theater bombast coming anytime soon. Portable music players are taking a back seat to smart phones, so I can't imagine any major changes on that front, either.
Of course I could be wrong; what audio breakthroughs do you see on the horizon? Make your suggestions in the Comments section.