CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis: Top Soundbars
Leon Speakers, Sonos lead the way in the most used soundbar brands.
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.
Both Leon and Sonos make gains in their respective portions of the soundbar market, while SnapAV, B&W and Klipsch maintain their 2013 rankings. The total number of brands used by CE Pro 100 dealers in the soundbar category is 33. This illustrates the multitude of choices in the hot category but is still lower than the amount of companies dealers use in the architectural and freestanding categories.
Top 5 Soundbars:
Leon Speakers: 45
Bowers & Wilkins (B&W): 14
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The Rest of the Field:
Definitive Technology: 5
Monitor Audio: 5
Boston Acoustics: 3
Bay Audio: 2
Harman Kardon: 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 email@example.com
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