2022 Home Audio Trends

Our habits in both work and play have certainly changed a lot since 2020. We thought it would be interesting to go over a few areas where we are seeing some pretty big trends in the home audio business.

Computer Speakers

As we’ve all been spending more time working from home and meeting virtually through video instead of in-person, we have seen a tremendous increase in people upgrading the sound of their workspace. Great sounding background music makes us more productive and a good pair of computer speakers makes it far easier to understand your colleagues during a video call. 

Computer speakers have everything you need built-in and are very simple to connect up to your desktop or laptop. Some even have Bluetooth and inputs for a turntable.

  1. Peachtree M25 Powered Speakers, Bamboo, Front Peachtree M25 Powered Speakers - Pair
    Rating:
    98% of 100
    $449.00 - $489.00
  2. Peachtree M24 Powered Speakers, Bamboo, front angle Peachtree M24 Wireless Speakers - Pair
    Rating:
    98% of 100
    $349.00 - $389.00
  3. Audioengine HD6 Speakers Audioengine HD6 Powered Speakers - Pair
    Rating:
    100% of 100
    $699.00

DACs

DAC is short for digital-to-analog converter. It takes the digital signal and converts it to analog, usually offering a big sonic improvement from your computer or smartphone. This year, you’ll find a lot more DACs that are designed to work with computer speakers. With computer speakers taking off in popularity, many people who get them want to make their sound even better and wind up getting a nice little DAC. For those of you interested in getting the most out of your computer speakers, read our tips on how to upgrade your powered computer speakers.

Outdoor Sound

This year, we are seeing more people than ever want to put better sound in their backyard. Adding sound to your outdoor area is also easier than ever with new products like the Sonos Roam, Sonos Move, Soundcast, or JBL Party Box line. These are battery-powered, portable Bluetooth speakers with a much bigger sound than you might expect. For covering much larger entertainment areas our stores have been busy installing landscape speaker systems.

Atmos Soundbars

When Dolby Atmos was introduced a few years ago, we felt it was the biggest change in surround sound in many years. We are finally starting to see some very good all-in-one soundbars that can provide pretty good Dolby Atmos effects with an all-in-one speaker you just add to your TV. Both Sonos and JBL have new models that are pretty darn cool! Check out our Best Dolby Atmos Soundbars comparison for the complete list of best bars on the market.

 

  1. Sonos ARC Soundbar Sonos Arc Dolby Atmos Soundbar
    Rating:
    99% of 100
    $899.00

 

 

  1. Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar
    Rating:
    93% of 100
    Special Price $1,999.95 Regular Price $2,499.95
 

Dirac

Dirac is a method of room correction we have been crazy about since it was introduced by Datasat in a 20K+ surround sound processor in 2014. You have to experience it to fully understand how big of an improvement in your sound it provides in almost any room, it's just amazing! Dirac has slowly been working its way down into less expensive home theater receivers and processors which brings a big smile to the home theater geeks at Audio Advice. The Arcam AV40 and Lexicon MC10 are two great separate processors and both of these brands also have a great selection of home theater receivers with Dirac built-in.

 

  1. Layer 1 Arcam AVR20 AV Receiver
    Special Price $3,450.00 Regular Price $4,400.00

 

 

 

  1. Arcam SA30 Integrated Amplifier Arcam SA30 Integrated Amplifier
    Rating:
    93% of 100
    Special Price $2,699.00 Regular Price $3,300.00

Turntables

There are zero signs of the vinyl revolution slowing down. As a matter of fact, for Audio Advice, we are seeing more people than ever adding vinyl as another way to enjoy music at home. Most turntables these days come ready to go with some even having built-in phono preamps so you no longer have the tedious task of connecting those tiny wires up to the cartridge. 

  1. Denon DP-29F Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable Denon DP-29F Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable
    Rating:
    73% of 100
    $199.00
  2. Denon DP-300F Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable Denon DP-300F Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable
    $429.00
  3. EAT B-Sharp Turntable EAT B-Sharp Turntable
    Rating:
    95% of 100
    $1,999.00

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