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Outdoor AV Observations from Futuresource

Outdoor AV is, of course, targeted at those who are likely to spend more leisure time outdoors in their garden. This implies a favorable climate, so interest in this type of product is likely to be can be heavily reliant on where people live.

Anyone with a garden that closely adjoins that of neighbors is going to be unpopular if they install such AV. This therefore plays in to the CEDIA market — relatively high-wealth homes with large gardens in a good climate.

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The solutions being offered are becoming higher end (e.g., soundbars, 4K UHD TVs), so brands believe this is a market worth targeting.

The U.S. is fertile ground for this type of product as it has a highly developed custom installation channel that can recommend, supply, and install this type of product as part of broader installation project — for example, an outdoor lighting security installation could be upsold to include outdoor AV.