Installers Rank Top Brands

Custom Electronics installers polled by CE Pro magazine rate their favorite brands in categories including plasmas, speakers, media servers and more.

CE Pro magazine top brands

Who’s in your installation project? If you’re getting in-wall speakers, there’s a good chance they’re from SpeakerCraft. Serving some media? Kaleidescape may be filling the bill. Projection screen? You might be gazing at 120 inches of Stewart Filmscreen.

CE Pro magazine, a custom electronics industry follower and sister publication to Electronic House, polled 100 professional installation firms about the brands they use most frequently, in 37 product categories ranging from in-wall speakers and A/V receivers to control products and computers.

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Here’s how the top five stacked up in the major categories:

A/V Recievers   Floorstanding Speakers In-wall/In-ceiling Speakers:
46% Integra
36% Denon
31% Marantz
19% Pioneer
17% Sony

  27% B&W
23% Klipsch
13% Triad
13% Paradigm
9% Canton
48% SpeakerCraft
25% Sonance
23% Triad
22% B&W
16% Klipsch
Media Servers   LCDs Plasmas
50% Kaleidescape
39% Escient
23% ReQuest
10% Crestron
7% Elan

  50% Sharp
48% Sony
37% LG
25% Samsung
20% Runco
  56% Pioneer
39% Runco
28% LG
25% Pioneer Elite
22% Samsung
Projectors   Screens   Whole-home Control
42% Runco
38% Sony
14% JVC
14% Marantz
13% Digital Projection

  76% Stewart Filmscreen
38% Da-Lite
12% Draper
11% Vutec
6% Screen Research
  70% Crestron
20% AMX
16% Control4
14% Elan
8% Niles
Lighting Control        
72% Lutron
46% Crestron
10% Control4
9% Vantage/Legrand
4% HAI and LiteTouch


View all 37 categories, ranging from in-wall speakers and A/V receivers to control products and computers, at


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