3 Out 4 U.S. Households Have HDTVs (But How Do They Sound?)

By Paul Konikowski, CTS-D, LEED Green Associate

According to this wonderful article by Telecompetitor

"High-definition television (HDTV) sets are present in 75% of U.S. households, up from 23% five years ago according to Leichtman Research Group’s (LRG) 1Q 2013 Research Notes. Fifty-two percent of U.S. households have adopted HDTV over the past five years, according to LRG’s latest report.”

But my question is, how do they sound?   Are these consumers really going to settle for thin speakers and wimpy sound that comes standard in these HDTVs?  Aren’t they going to ask for wireless speakers next?  Ok, that’s three questions, I apologize.  

In my opinion, the answers are, in order: bad; no; yes.

As TVs get bigger, better, and thinner, the audio from the TV speakers heads South. Its called an inverse relationship. The thinner the TV, the worse it sounds, generally.  Soon, external, self amplified speakers are going to be standard. The WiSA Association and its Members are working to make sure the transition to wireless is simple.  By agreeing to use the same high standards of quality and protocol, the WiSA Members take away the risk and worry normally associated with wireless devices.  

Its wireless audio from brands you know and trust.  And not just speaker brands, WiSA Members also include manufacturers of HDTVs, AV receivers  and video playback devices. Stay “tuned” for more product announcements later in 2013!

For more information on the WiSA Association and its members, please visit http://www.wisaassociation.org/