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HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Can Integrators Turn Up the Volume
in Home Theater Business?
CE pros boost prices for both dedicated and multipurpose-room
home entertainment spaces, but exclusive research finds median
number of projects dips slightly due to supply chain problems.
by Jason Knott
THE MICROCHIP SHORTAGE is so acute that the only
chips showing up in many integrators' home theater
projects over the past year are Doritos and Lay's. Undeniably,
the home theater category is especially susceptible to the
supply chain crisis because there are so many individual
components necessary to complete a professionally installed
home entertainment system.
Projectors, displays, audio/video receivers (AVRs), Blu-ray
players, amplifiers, pre-amps, streaming media servers, active
speakers with digital-to-analog conversion/built-in amplification
are just some of the home theater components held
hostage by the ongoing microchip shortage. But it doesn't
stop there - the supply chain shipping situation has even
made it more difficult to get screens, seating and mounts,
according to dealers.
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Even despite that ongoing problem, the once-forgotten
" home theater " category continued its strong comeback in
2021 likely driven by the ongoing house-bound public due to
the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the data, the average
integrator completed 10 theaters in all in 2021 - four dedicated
theaters (down from five in 2020), and six multipurpose
room theaters (the same number as the previous year).
But it is number of " uncompleted " theaters that stings. According
to the 2022 CE Pro Home Entertainment Deep Dive
Study, CE pros report they would have completed a median of
four MORE theater installations last year had they been able
to get access to the gear. That equates to an incredible 40%
more home theater installations - both dedicated theaters
and multipurpose room entertainment systems - if they just
could have obtained the equipment. Ouch!
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WHITNEY KAMMAN
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