CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis: Top HDMI Cables
SnapAV, AudioQuest lead the way in the most used HDMI cable brands in the 2014 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis.
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 40 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.
SnapAV’s growth in some categories may have slowed or stalled, but in the HDMI cable market the company added 25 percent more dealers to its 2013 total. AudioQuest, Perfect Path, Liberty and Tributaries round out the top five brands in a similar fashion to prior results. Just missing the top five is Monster, which could be an indicator that the company is stabilizing after years of losing dealers in the CE Pro 100. HDMI cables is also one of the larger categories in the custom installation industry with more than 30 brands represented.
Perfect Path: 16
The Rest of the Field:
Monster Cable: 10
Key Digital: 6
Cables to Go: 1
Kimber Kable: 1
Mono Price: 1
Planet Waves: 1
Straight Wire: 1
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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