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There were interesting developments at CEDIA 2017. The focus of this tradeshow was on entry-level AV technology that could be integrated into home AV systems. Even companies like Sony and Epson offered high-quality products for value prices.

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It’s no secret the home entertainment industry is booming. A report on mid-2017 gains in the industry noted the first half of 2017 alone generated $9.17 billion in sales!

With the above in mind, check out five noteworthy trends driving the success of the home AV industry.

1. The Vinyl Record Revival

You might have noticed in recent years that despite iPods and digital music sales reigning supreme, there’s an increasing number of vinyl enthusiasts. Like the physical books versus e-books debate, vinyl enthusiasts are all about the “full experience” of consuming music. Some vinyl listeners are of the older set who grew up in the golden age of records, while others are die-hard music fans who have “discovered” the quality of the vinyl sound.

Need numbers to back that up? Since 2009, vinyl sales have increased 260 percent in the U.S., while UK sales were up 53 percent in 2016. So, don’t be surprised if you start to get more job offers to help install a killer sound system in the coming year to optimize a vinyl enthusiast’s listening experience.

2. Bluetooth Wireless for Multiroom Audio Systems

This next trend might be one of the more popular solutions among your vinyl and music enthusiast clients. Although Bluetooth has been around since 1998, it was only a decade later in 2008 that the market boomed for the technology. Bluetooth is now integrated with several wireless systems including wireless music, phones, and headphones. Bluetooth wireless is also part of another trend we’ve noted before in AV—that of internet protocol audio and video.

Of those systems mentioned, wireless music systems are becoming more prominent because of their multiroom capability.

Keep up to date on multiroom audio products like Apple’s Airport Express and Sonos’ Multiroom Audio System. You’ll no doubt find this trend will drive clients to find capable freelancers like you to install such products.

3. Digital Acoustic Correction

Another important trend that will certainly factor into your home AV system solutions is digital acoustic correction. Most of the differences in sound quality for a home entertainment system versus, say, a movie theatre or concert venue, are due to the environment’s individual acoustics.

Whether your clients are looking to perfect their music systems or make their home theatre experience that much more epic, you’ll want to be aware of digital acoustic correction. There are solutions both in the form of mid-class AV receivers that have a built-in audio adjustment feature and standalone products like Audyssey Laboratories’ Sound Equalizer.

4. Internet VoD

Netflix is king nowadays, along with Amazon Video, Hulu, and YouTube, which has been trying to grow its Red platform. People of all ages are enjoying the ability to customize and the convenience of accessing their video content through the internet. Internet VoD is also highly accessible from nearly any kind of device, making the mobile phone and tablet-toting millennial generation very happy indeed.

A home AV system in coming years will be incomplete without the ability to easily stream Internet VoD.

5. 4K Resolution

This last trend was in strong evidence at CEDIA 2017. Those value-priced products mentioned above from Sony and Epson? Both were 4K capable projectors. Companies are recognizing just how much consumers crave high-definition displays. You’d be amiss to not read up on 4K products on the market.

Home AV systems are becoming as optimized as enterprise AV systems these days. Don’t overlook the opportunity to get steady work as a freelancer by engaging with home AV offerings.  

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Paul Weatherhead

Paul Weatherhead

Prior to founding AV Junction Inc., Paul worked for a tier one AV systems integrator in an operational management capacity for 10 years. His knowledge and experience have helped him oversee hundreds of system integration projects in a variety of industries. Paul’s leadership skills as matched by his sense of humour and easygoing nature. When he’s not at work, you can find him outdoors, exploring new places or spending time with family and friends.

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