High Quality Wireless Speakers Have Their Day
According to Broadcast Engineering (R.I.P.), over 75% of American households now own at least one HDTV. This trend is also evident in corporate America, where big boardrooms with ceiling mounted projectors are being replaced by smaller “huddle spaces” with flat panel video displays.
Ten years ago, the residential and professional displays were very different. Nowadays, it’s a lot tougher to tell the difference between a consumer television and a commercial display, because the quality of the flat panel video displays has risen just as fast as the prices have dropped.
Whether you are talking about HD televisions or commercial displays, one thing is clear: thin is in. This means that naturally, more and more people will want to wall-mount their HDTVs and video displays. But where do the speakers go? As eager as consumers are to purchase larger, thinner televisions, most are not willing to cut open their walls and install the 8 speaker wires needed for a typical 7.1 surround system. Many don’t know how to do it themselves, and/or simply don’t want to pay someone else to do it.
It’s really not about the price of the speakers; it’s the installation portion. Consumers are more than willing to spend money on better audio products. Just look at how many people are spending hundreds of dollars on personal headphones! Sound bar sales are up 300% for two reasons: they sound measurably better than TV speakers, and they are easy to install.
The people marketing sound bars are also trying to convince consumers that they can get a surround experience from a sound bar and a subwoofer. But today’s consumer knows better; all they need to do is go to a friend’s house with 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, or to their local movie theater, to know what real surround sound sounds like.