CE Pro 100 Top Brands: Architectural Loudspeakers

Sonance, Klipsch, and Bowers and Wilkins lead the way in the most used architectural loudspeaker brands in the 2016 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis.


The CE Pro 100 is a list of the highest revenue custom installation companies compiled each year (check out the list here). Integrators that made the list gave us an inside scoop on what manufacturers and brands they turn to again and again.

In this CE Pro 100 brand analysis series, 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.

In an unusual development, particularly for audio, a majority of brands have fallen back to the pack this year, effectively tightening the category of architectural loudspeakers.

Sonance dipped from last year's numbers but still shows its muscle to top this and two other categories. SpeakerCraft, however, fell for the second consecutive year and out of the top five. Relative newcomer Origin Acoustics jumps in, while Paradigm, Revel and Triad (13 apiece) just miss being included in the top five. View the full report.

Top Brands:

Sonance: 41%

Klipsch: 27%

Bowers & Wilkins (B&W): 24%

Origin Acoustics: 17%

Episode (SnapAV): 15%

Others in the Field:

Paradigm: 13%

Revel: 13%

Triad: 13%

SpeakerCraft: 12%

Monitor Audio: 7%

Definitive Technology: 6%

Crestron: 5%

James: 5%

Stealth: 5%

The DaVinci Group: 4%

Leon: 3%

Polk: 3%

Wisdom: 3%

Bose: 2%

GoldenEar: 2%

JBL: 2%

Niles: 2%

TruAudio: 2%

Yamaha: 2%

Amina: 1%

Beale St: 1%

CAT: 1%

Dynaudio: 1%

Elan: 1%

Liberty Audio: 1%

MartinLogan: 1%

Meridian: 1%

OnQ/Legrand: 1%

Pinnacle: 1%

Private Label: 1%

ProAudio: 1%

RBH: 1%

Totem Acoustic: 1%

WAVE: 1%

About the Author

Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

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 has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.