CE Pro 100 Names Top General Distribution Brands

General Distribution is clearly regional in nature, but ADI and AVAD lead in the Brand Analysis.


CE Pro's annual Brand Analysis study surveys the top 100 highest-revenue residential integration firms, otherwise known as the CE Pro 100, to determine their preferred brands in the categories of audio, video, home automation, networking, lighting control, security and more.

In this category-by-category breakdown, senior editor Bob Archer delivers an in-depth look at the most frequently used manufacturers in 55 product categories. The numbers associated with each manufacturer reflect the number of CE Pro 100 dealers using that brand.

General Distribution is clearly regional in nature, but ADI and AVAD lead in the Brand Analysis.

What’s interesting about the General Distribution category is that it’s plain to see the influence of IT and security sectors in residential systems, with the strong showing of Tech Data and Tri-Ed/Anixter, respectively.

See the full report here.

Top 5

ADI: 52

AVAD: 40

Tech Data: 26

Tri-Ed/Anixter: 23

Brand Source/Expert Warehouse: 22

Other Brands

Ingram Micro: 20

WAVE Electronics: 14

Liberty AV Solutions: 11

Windy City Wire: 10

Capitol Sales: 9

Almo: 8

Volutone: 8

Audio America: 7

D&H: 7

Home Depot: 7

Allnet: 5

AV Warehouse: 5

CED: 5

Silmar: 5

Custom Plus: 4

ECD: 4

The Systems Depot: 4

Worthington: 4

SES: 4

AHA: 3

Davis Distribution: 3

DBL: 3

Petra: 3

R&D Distributing: 3

Specialty Marketing: 3

Autco: 2

Cyber Smart: 2

Dorrance: 2

Easy Access: 2

Jenne: 2

Mountain West: 2

Professional Audio Associates: 2

SCP: 2

Sierra Select: 2

Ultimate Integration: 2

Automated Outlet: 1

HCA Distributing: 1

MRI: 1

Skywalker AV: 1

See the full report. 

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.


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