Audio Shines Bright for PRO Group Dealers
Headphones and soundbars, two hot categories being driven by a diverse set of consumers, are serving as a gateway to higher-ticket audio products, dealers said. “Consumers start with soundbars. Once we get that little opening, it allows us to push more options,” said Leon Temiz, CEO of the Electronics Expo chain in New Jersey.
Attractive audio options are also easier to come by today, thanks to networked components, Airplay capabilities and consumer-friendly systems such as those made by Sonos, dealers and vendors said.
Phil Cohn, senior vice president of sales at D&M Holdings, said his group has seen audio sales rise in the low teens over last year. Consumers increasingly realize they can greatly improve the sound of older flat-panel TVs with soundbars and networked components, which can also help them easily access and distribute sound throughout their homes, he said.