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2015 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis: Top Turntables

McIntosh, Denon lead the way in the most used turntable brands in the 2015 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis.


McIntosh MT5 precision turntable shown above.
Robert Archer · June 3, 2015

In this comprehensive CE Pro 100 brand analysis series, CE Pro senior editor Bob Archer delivers an in-depth look at the most frequently used manufacturers in nearly 50 product categories. The numbers associated with each manufacturer reflect the number of CE Pro 100 dealers using that brand.

The brands that are used by the CE Pro 100 are closely watched because these are the most successful companies in the industry. Many integrators look to the brands that are being used by these companies as a signal of success. This brand usage differs from rank and file integrator usage because it does not include brands that are sold through distribution typically, but focuses on direct-to-dealer brands.

Showing a small growth both in terms of the amount of dealers installing turntables, and the number of manufacturers utilized, the install market reflects the popularity of vinyl in today’s digital audio era. McIntosh continues to be the most preferred manufacturer in the category, followed closely by the respective brands Denon, Pro-Ject, Marantz and Thorens. Click here to download the complete analysis.

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Top Brands:
McIntosh: 12
Denon: 9
Pro-Ject: 8
Marantz: 7
Thorens: 6

The Rest of the Field:
Music Hall: 5
Rega: 5
Clearaudio: 2
Sony: 2
VPI: 2
AVID: 1
Crosley: 1
Grace Digital: 1
Merrill: 1
Numark: 1
SOTA: 1



  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at rarcher@ehpub.com

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  Article Topics


Denon · Marantz · Mcintosh · Pro-Ject · Thorens · Turntable · All Topics
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