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Sound Bars See Huge Year-over-Year Sales Growth

By February 20, 2013

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With the force of a zombie invasion, it looks like Sound Bars are solidly grabbing the attention, and wallets of consumers as sales for the no-hassle-hyped audio systems reached $658 million in 2012 - which is an amazing 82 percent increase over 2011. At this pace, sound bar sales are predicted to be as much as $1 billion for 2013.

The are many reasons for this trend. First, these systems are very affordable, which is important in during this hard economic time. Second, those new, thinly styled LCD and Plasma TVs don't have room for a decent speaker system, so sound bars provide an easy way to get better sound quality for the TV viewing experience. Third, sound bars don't take up a lot of space, and they eliminate the hassle of setting up a lot speakers. Check out some sound bar product options.

However, on the down side, sound bars, can't provide the same type of surround sound listening experience as a multi-speaker 5.1 or 7.1 channel home theater system.

Also, as sound bars continue to proliferate like "bunny rabbits", are they pushing consumers away from a true home theater experience, just as the iPod has pushed many consumers to listen less than stellar quality music on earphones?

For more details about the impact of sound bars in the consumer electronics landscape, read the report from TWICE.

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