CE Pro 100 Top Audio Brands: Speakers, Soundbars, Receivers, Wireless, Outdoor, More

Survey of CE Pro 100 top home technology integrators reveals the most-specified brands in these audio categories as part of our 2016 Brand Analysis.

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Media Servers/DVRs

Autonomic and Kaleidescape remain the top two, and by a wider margin over the rest as both Apple and Sonos received fewer men-tions here than in the past. TiVo enters the top five, while dealers also note favoring home automation giant Crestron in this capacity.

See who came in 6th and beyond: click here to view the full report.
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Architectural Loudspeakers
In an unusual development, particularly for audio, a majority of brands have fallen...
In-Room Speakers (Floorstanding & Bookshelf)
Like the Architectural Speakers category, the In-Room category features more brands...
Acoustic Treatments
Taking sole position at the top, SnapAV inches past perennial pace-setter CinemaTech....
Audio Amplifiers
Reintroducing amplifiers into the Brand Analysis, the responses reflect the impact of...
A/V Receivers
By basically holding steady from the previous year, Sony benefits from Integra’s...
HT Preamplifiers/Processors
Integra and Marantz remain leaders, but increased brand competition is leveling the...
Outdoor Audio
Sonance impressively paces the category again, but finds itself being pressed by the...
Media Servers/DVRs
Autonomic and Kaleidescape remain the top two, and by a wider margin over the rest as...
The top two brands basically held their ground. A newish category for Sonance, the...
None of these companies actively seek out the custom installation market, but despite...
Wireless Audio
Chipping away at Sonos’ substantial lead, HEOS by Denon triples its re-resentation...
Speaker Cable/Interconnect
Comparing the Speaker Cable/Interconnect list to 2015’s numbers, this category...
Sennheiser drops 10 percent from 2015, and B&W holding steady pulls it into a virtual...
Whole-House A/V
This marks the first year in which the Brand Analysis has consolidated the...
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