CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis: Freestanding Loudspeakers

Bowers & Wilkins, Klipsch lead the way in the most used freestanding loudspeakers brands in the 2014 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis.

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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.

Little has changed from the 2013 and 2014 freestanding speaker category statistics. B&W, Klipsch and Paradigm top the list with Monitor, Triad, Revel, and Definitive Tech, which just missed the top five, all grouped tightly behind the top three companies. In total, CE Pro 100 dealers are using more than 40 manufacturers that include a range of companies, including Dynaudio, Totem, PSB, GoldenEar, PMC and Polk.

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Top Brands:
Bowers & Wilkins (B&W): 29
Klipsch: 24
Paradigm: 24
Monitor Audio: 15
Triad: 13
Revel: 12

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The Rest of the Field:
Definitive Tech: 11
JBL: 9
Meridian: 8
Canton: 6
McIntosh: 6
Totem: 6
James Loudspeaker: 5
MartinLogan: 5
PSB: 5
Dynaudio: 4
Genelec: 4
GoldenEar: 4
Polk Audio: 4
SnapAV: 4
Sonance: 4
Steinway Lyndorf: 4
Professional Monitor Company (PMC): 3
Sonus faber: 3
Focal: 2
JBL Synthesis: 2
Mirage: 2
BG Radia: 1
CAT: 1
DALI: 1
Electro-Voice (EV): 1
Extron: 1
One Systems: 1
Peak Consult: 1
RBH Sound: 1
REL: 1
Tannoy: 1
Thiel Audio: 1
Vienna Acoustics: 1

About the Author

Robert Archer
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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.

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