SMART TV HELPS MODERNIZE LOCAL HOME

Smart TV Parade of Homes

A pair of Smart TV’s from Sony and audio gear from Sonos helps modernize a local home. See how it looks in a newly remodeled home during the 2017 Fall Parade of Homes.

Kenowa Builders extensively remodeled 310 Lakeside Drive in East Grand Rapids. The almost 100 year old home now also has new electronics from Classic Stereo. It is open to the public Friday October 20 and Saturday October 21 from 1-8pm.

INTEGRATE YOUR FAVORITE APPS WITH SMART TV

The remodeled home in East Grand Rapids features a variety of smart technology, including a 75-inch Sony Bravia Smart TV. Sony’s Android TV and Google Chromecast makes the TV smart by letting you transfer what’s on your phone to the bigger screen.

Think about all that you can enjoy in the comforts of your home:

  • games
  • photos
  • music
  • movies
  • internet apps
  • and more

Chromecast also makes searching easier by letting you simply use your voice.

Smart TV Close Up Parade of Homes
Sonos at Parade of Homes

The Grand Rapids Parade of Homes offers a firsthand look at the newest trends in home design. Bekins and Classic Stereo supplied products in six of the homes featured this fall. Click here to see them all.

The Grand Rapids Home Builders Association sponsors the event which runs from October 6 through October 21. Builders from 41 new homes will display their work to the public three days each week.

  • Wednesdays 5-8pm
  • Fridays 1-8pm
  • Saturdays 1-8pm

One remodeled home opens to the public on October 20 and 21 from 1-8pm. You can find electronics from Classic Stereo in that home.

The Parade of Homes offers quite a variety too. The home values range from $150,000 to over a million dollars. Click here to buy tickets online for only $10. Tickets cost $12 if you buy them at the home. Children 12 and under get in free with a paying adult.

TALK ABOUT VIDEO QUALITY!

The Sony Bravia Smart TV pairs 4K Ultra HD picture quality with the contrast, color and detail of High Dynamic Range.

With four times more pixels, 4K Ultra HD TV’s offer much better clarity to your picture.

High Dynamic Range increases the range of contrast and colors. It makes images appear to have more “depth.”

Add the 120Hz native refresh rate plus Motionflow XR and you can watch fast moving action scenes with virtually no motion blur.

SOUND PROVIDED BY SONOS AND CLASSIC STEREO

Here is a look at some of the Sonos products supplying sound to the home:

PLAYBAR

  • Two-in-one. Adds full-theater sound for your TV. Streams music, too.
  • Simple two-cord setup. One for power. One for your TV.
  • Works with your existing TV remote.
  • Works lying flat or wall-mounted.
  • Streams over wi-fi, not Bluetooth, so the music never stops – even if you get a phone call.
Sonos Playbar Closeup Parade of Homes

PLAY:1

  • Mini. Fits in any space, fills any room.
  • Mighty. Surprisingly rich sound despite its size.
  • Humidity resistant. Perfect for the bathroom (or backyard).
  • Wall or stand mountable.
  • Streams over wi-fi, not Bluetooth, so the music never stops – even if you get a phone call.
Sonos Play1 Closeup Parade of Homes

SEE ALL OF THE ELECTRONICS AND ACCESSORIES PROVIDED BY CLASSIC STEREO BY VISITING 310 LAKESIDE DRIVE IN EAST GRAND RAPIDS. THE HOME IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FRIDAY OCTOBER 20 AND SATURDAY OCTOBER 21 FROM 1-8PM.

BEKINS & CLASSIC STEREO IN 6 PARADE OF HOMES

Sonos Classic Stereo - Parade of Homes

The Grand Rapids Parade of Homes offers a firsthand look at the newest trends in home design. Bekins and Classic Stereo installed products in six of the homes featured this fall.

The Grand Rapids Home Builders Association sponsors the event which runs from October 6 through October 21. Builders from 41 new homes will display their work to the public three days each week.

  • Wednesdays 5-8pm
  • Fridays 1-8pm
  • Saturdays 1-8pm

One remodeled home opens to the public on October 20 and 21 from 1-8pm. You can find electronics from Classic Stereo in that home.

The Parade of Homes offers quite a variety too. The home values range from $150,000 to over a million dollars. Click here to buy tickets online for only $10. Tickets cost $12 if you buy them at the home. Children 12 and under get in free with a paying adult.

PARADE OF HOMES FEATURING BEKINS APPLIANCES

PARADE OF HOME FEATURING CLASSIC STEREO ELECTRONICS

**Again, this remodeled home is only open to the public on October 20 and 21 from 1-8pm.**

Employees donate time to Children’s Advocacy Center

Bekins at Children's Advocacy Center 1

Our internationally-acclaimed Bekins Electronics Integration team recently donated their time to assist the Children’s Advocacy Center in Holland. The team helped pre-wire the center’s expansion and plans to return when the construction nears completion.

WHAT IS THE CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER?

The Children’s Advocacy Center in Holland provides abuse prevention and intervention with a coordinated and multi-disciplinary to Protective Services. This approach prevents children from talking to multiple agencies and giving multiple interviews. Some of their services include:

  • Forensic Interviews
  • Medical Exams
  • Child Assessments
  • Counseling
  • Groups
  • Courtroom Orientation
  • Family Advocacy

WHY EXPAND?

The nonprofit children’s assistance organization will add 7,000 square feet of therapy rooms along with children and family service space.

The $1.7 million addition will more specifically provide:

  • More space for private meetings with victims and their families.
  • More space to train teachers, counselors, family members and staff from across the state.
  • A store to provide essentials for displaced mothers and children.
  • An Art Therapy Studio and a Healing Garden.

how you can help

The Children’s Advocacy Center accepts monetary donations and these supplies.

CHILD THERAPY SUPPLIES
Washable markers, acrylic paints, small art canvases, paint brushes, tempera paint scrapbooking materials, Hobby Lobby and Michael’s gift cards.  Moldable clay (non-bake variety).  Stickers: bees, bugs, hearts, dots, smiling faces, band-aids,  Glitter glue, Glue dots, journals, and thin and regular Sharpies.

DRINKS AND SNACKS
Individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes, bottled water, Sam’s Club and Meijer’s gift cards.

IMPORTANT OFFICE SUPPLIES
Copy paper, postage stamps, DVD-R black discs, manilla file folders (1/3 cut), office supply store gift cards.

ESSENTIALS
Sanitizing wipes, tissues, paper towel rolls, hand soap, Sam’s Club gift cards, gas cards and fast food restaurant cards for court days.

BIG DREAMS
Donated breakfast and lunches for Center tours and Multidisciplinary Team case review meetings, frequent flier miles for staff to use for training, and advertising space in print and broadcast media..

ELIMINATE CORD CLUTTER WITH CLASSIC STEREO

Eliminate Cord Clutter Blog Feature Photo

Our internationally-acclaimed team of installers knows that people value the look of their home as much as its performance. So when you think about hiring Classic Stereo and Bekins to install electronics in your home, remember that we eliminate cord clutter.

NOT A GOOD LOOK

It can create such an eye sore. You create a beautiful layout on your entertainment center.  Yet, it may or may not cover the pile of tangled up electrical wires behind it all.

Better yet, think about how clean your room looks when you cannot see any of the boxes or wires.

Those boxes add up too. Think about all of the devices that you use in your home.

  • cable
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Apple TV
  • speakers
  • or anything else you may use

ONE WAY TO ELIMINATE CORD CLUTTER

Our team of installers manage the wires and electronics in homes of all sizes. They help you arrange them to not only perform well, but also look good in your home. Sometimes that means wiring them into a safe and hidden room.

It keeps the cords to your electronics:

  • hidden
  • organized
  • and safe

If you ever saw one of the diagrams they use to keep it organized you would think it was a blueprint to a home. It essentially does act as a blueprint to the home. It also keeps the rooms that you live in looking much cleaner and less cluttered.

Eliminate Cord Clutter Classic Stereo

ONE OF MANY TALENTS

Our Bekins installation team has been winning awards from the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) since 2007. The leading global authority in the home technology industry has awarded us with a range of Silver and Gold Awards for best technical and overall design in categories including:

  • Hidden Installation
  • Large Home Theater
  • Integrated Home
  • Media Room
  • and more

For more about those awards click here. To learn more about all that we can do for your home, click here.

PORTABLE DAC: IMPROVING AUDIO ON THE GO

Peachtree Shift Feature Image

A portable DAC and headphone amplifier can work wonders in your life.

Why? Quality sound from music and videos can affect your mood. Researchers have used music to help people relieve stress and even pain. Plus, you have probably never cried watching a movie on mute.

That provides a good reason to get the best audio equipment at Classic Stereo. You can buy the best receiver. Then you can perfectly place your speakers and subs in your favorite room at home. Yet, what about the time you spend on the road?

A portable DAC and headphone amplifier comes in handy when you leave the comforts of home.

WHAT IS A PORTABLE DAC AND HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER?

DAC stands for Digital-to-Analogue Converter. For clarity, your computer or phone already has one. Yet, have you tried hooking up a device with a better DAC and a headphone amplifier? It results in a much better sound. It allows you to enjoy more of the subtle sounds in your music or videos.

Customers use them with their computer, tablet or phone. Companies build portable versions small enough to carry in your pocket or purse. Think about using it at an airport, in a waiting room, or anywhere else you may want to listen to music or watch video.

Want to test a portable DAC? Try it out in our showroom.

portable dac and headphone amplifiers at classic stereo

PEACHTREE DAC ITX
We still have two of Peachtree’s discontinued model so you can get it for a closeout deal. It once cost $299, but you can now get it for $199. Save $100 with Classic Stereo! Offer may include floor models and is only valid while supplies last.

Portable DAC and heaphone amplifier

PEACHTREE SHIFT
The Shift has a long battery life of eight hours. Flip a switch and you can even have the shift provide some battery life to your phone or other device.

You can also change the settings for low-impedance and high-impedance headphones. That makes the Shift great for both in-ear and over the ear headphones.

Portable DAC and headphone amplifier

learn more about the peachtree shift

VANISHING TV APPEARS AT CLASSIC STEREO

Vanishing TV Blog Feature Image

You have likely seen a vanishing TV on your television one day. Yet, you may not have known where to get it. We can show it to you in our Classic Stereo showroom right here in Grand Rapids.

If you have never seen a vanishing TV, then visit us…so that you can see it in our showroom.

VANISHING TV – APPEARING MIRROR

Seura offers a television that can turn into a mirror when turned off.

Talk about hidden installation!

Enjoy television in your favorite room when you want it, then make the TV disappear when you want to host guests. The best part? Your television can blend in with the decor of the room.  You will no longer see a clashing black rectangle on the wall.

Like so many of the custom electronics we offer, Seura provides many unique design and configuration options, including:

  • display size
  • mirror size
  • framing
  • technology upgrades
  • and more!
Vanishing TV Mirror Blog

NO NEED TO SACRIFICE QUALITY

The television disappears completely when turned off. When you turn it on, the TV images shine brightly through the mirror.

Seura manufactures 4K UHD models of the Vanishing TV, which provides an image more than four times better than regular HD.  They also offer display sizes from 42 inches to 65 inches.

WHERE DOES IT GO?

A vanishing TV offers design versatility for your living spaces, you bedroom and even above fireplaces.

Inputs and outputs on the TV face upwards instead of straight back to allow for a thinner profile and easy cord concealment.

Ask our internationally acclaimed Bekins Electronics Integration team about which mount works best for your home. A recessed mount allows the mirror to recess into the wall to show a flush finish. A surface mount keeps it outside the wall, but still close for a sleek appearance.

Vanishing TV Mirror Bathroom

FIND IT IN OUR SHOWROOM

We always encourage you to see it for yourself.  So visit our showroom and talk to our Electronics Professionals about how to make a Vanishing TV appear in your home.

WANT TO ENJOY THE GAME & THE WEATHER?

Outdoor TV installed by Bekins

We present you a good problem to solve. The college football season really kicks off this weekend with some big games. Meteorologists also expect us to enjoy pleasant weather this Saturday. So do you stay inside to watch the game or go out in the backyard and cookout? An outdoor TV can help you do both.

OUTDOOR TV – DESIGNED TO ENDURE THE WEATHER

Let us start by saying that manufacturers did not build normal indoor televisions for outdoor use. Those televisions present a greater risk for electrical shock and a greater fire hazard if used outdoors.

Seura’s outdoor televisions provide a Triple Lock Seal to protect against:

  • rain
  • snow
  • dust
  • insects
  • fog
  • humidity
  • extreme temperatures (-30 degrees Farenheit to 122 degrees Farenheit)
  • and more factors mother nature can throw its way

To put it simply, Seura builds outdoor televisions to withstand all of the weather elements we typically endure.

Outdoor Electronics Holland Parade Home

ADAPTS WITH THE LIGHTING

First of all, one of our Classic Stereo televisions experts will ask if the TV sees shade or feels no protection at all. Seura built the Storm for shaded areas and the Storm Ultra Bright for sunny areas.

Either way, lighting always changes outdoors. Seura has the technology to make sure your outdoor TV changes with it. Your view remains glare-free and shows the best contrast of colors.

NO NEED TO SACRIFICE QUALITY OR LOOKS

Seura says it builds its low profile designs 41 percent thinner than traditional outdoor televisions.

You can also get 4K UHD models up to 84 inches in size!

AS ALWAYS – SEE IT IN OUR SHOWROOM

We have a Seura Outdoor television hanging up in our showroom. Come visit us, check it out for yourself, and learn more about how to get the best view of the big games while enjoying your own backyard. Maybe even enjoy some unique barbecue sauces and rubs from Bekins while you cookout.

Outdoor TV Blog showroom photo

LIKE AN ECLIPSE, OLED TVS SHOW “PERFECT BLACK”

Thin OLED TV

Who knew darkness could hurt your eyes? We hope you either used the special glasses or did not look directly at this week’s solar eclipse. If you missed it, we have an easy way to view “perfect black” in our showroom with OLED TVs. It causes much less harm to your eyes and do not require any special glasses.

WHAT IS OLED TV?

It stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode. What does that mean? In simple terms, most televisions rely on a light from the back or the sides of a television to help emit color.

OLED TVs have diodes that emit their own light. The diodes create three distinct advantages:

 

  • “Perfect Black” – If you have a black object and a colorful object on the screen at the same time, the colorful object will have less affect on the black object. In other TVs, the light needed to create the color would slightly brighten the black object. An OLED TV creates the color black by not emitting any diodes. Since each portion of the screen creates its own light, the black object get less affected by the diodes in other parts of the screen.

 

  • Greater contrast – If the color remains the same, but the black gets darker, that means a greater contrast of color right?

 

  • Can TV’s really get thinner? – Yes! The diodes create the light, which means the TV needs fewer parts. So it can go even thinner than the competition.
Thin OLED TV

SEE THESE OLED TVS AT CLASSIC STEREO

As we so often say, visit our Classic Stereo showroom and see it for yourself! We picked two TVs to ask about when you get here.

LG
65″ OLED 4K Smart TV

 

*CLOSEOUT DEAL*
$1,999
Only 1 floor model left!!!
Price only valid while supplies last!

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Sony Bravia OLED TV

Sony Bravia
55″ OLED 4K HDR Smart TV

FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: BOWERS & WILKINS 802

Find It At Classic Stereo

Electronics Professional John Higgs shows us the Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3. Bowers and Wilkins uses a diamond tweeter and a continuum cone to ensure revealing natural sound.

They say it is “Studio Quality, Home Friendly.”

Electronics Professional John Higgs reveals who else uses these speakers in this week’s Find It At Classic Stereo.

Find It At Classic Stereo: Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3 Speakers

THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING GUYS NIGHT OUT

Thank you to everyone who attended our first ever Guys Night Out at Classic Stereo. Congratulations to the winners of our drawings. We would also like to thank Bowers & Wilkins, Sony, Betten Imports, Sharpe BMW, Hestan and Thornapple Brewing Company for their help.  Keep an eye out for our next event on our Classic Stereo News Beat. If you have not signed up for our email newsletter, click here.