Some of Echo Workshop's Favorite Things for 2022
Top Technology Trends for 2022
If you’re in my age group, you remember as a child having one TV in the house. It was probably a 19” tube TV, and if you were really advanced, you had a remote control. For part of my childhood, I was the remote control- “Hey kid, go change the channel!” I’m digressing… Upon my visit to CEDIA this year, one of the items that stuck out the most was TV sizing. I’ve been involved in this industry for 36 years now, and I remember when having a 42” flat screen was a big deal. It certainly was an upgrade from my 19” as a kid. Soon after, it seemed that 55” was a good trend. Years have passed since then, and we’re now in the age of the MicroLED panels. It has become common to install an 85” TV in someone’s living room these days, but as of the past three months, it has become common for us to install 98” TVs in client’s homes, and we’ll soon be installing a 122” TV at someone’s poolside that comes out of the ground. When asked what are the 2022 innovations that have really stood out, MicroLED is certainly top of mind. I recognize they have been available for a few years, but the pricing structure is making an exit from the ridiculous level and more people are now able to afford them. MicroLED is certainly a change in trend that will become more apparent over the next few years, and they all come with remote controls. I foresee the theater room experience will significantly change as well.
Landscape audio is another changing trend. It isn’t what I would consider a new offering, but it is finally catching some traction. The ability to place multiple speakers dispersed throughout your yard that point back towards your home creates a much more enjoyable experience in your space, as opposed to the old way of blasting your neighbors with speakers under your eves. I hope this trend catches on more as it is a phenomenal solution for audio distribution.
Along the same lines, invisible speakers have certainly been around for several years now, but there has been a significant change in the technology behind this offering. Once upon a time, I used to say, “yes, they’re completely invisible to the eye, they are more expensive, and you’re giving up sound quality to gain the invisible feature.” The technological change is that we no longer have to give up sound quality to have an invisible speaker. Our partners at Revel, Artison, and Sonance have released some incredible sounding speakers that are now invisible. Really great stuff!
This is just a snapshot of three standout trends in technology. Since technology is an ever-changing industry, Echo Workshop makes it a top priority to keep up-to-date on the best products for your home and business. Design, technology, lifestyle…that’s what Echo Workshop is all about!
- Luis Cortes