Classic Stereo Electronics 101: TV Speakers

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Not an electronics expert? No problem! We use our decades of experience to answer the most basic questions. This week in Classic Stereo Electronics 101, Electronics Professional Mike Smith discusses why you should not rely solely on your TV speakers.

Do I need more than my TV speakers?

Televisions come with speakers, so there is no need to get any more…right? Well, do you have trouble hearing conversations on your TV? Do you have to turn it way up?

As televisions continue to get thinner, it leaves less room for quality speakers.

Many TVs place their internal speakers in the back. You’re obviously not sitting behind your TV and it’s most likely just hitting the wall.

If it’s on the bottom of the television, then it may be hitting your TV stand. Again, you’re generally not sitting under your television when you’re watching it.

So to direct the audio to you, it’s best to at least get a soundbar or Playbase. However, more speakers (set up correctly) will give you a better audio experience, and make conversations on your TV easier to hear.

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Sonos offers TV speakers that are simple to set up. It's Playbar acts as a soundbar that you can install under your television. It helps direct quality sound to where you are watching.
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Sonos offers TV speakers that are simple to set up. It's Playbase acts as an additional stand for your television.

HEAR THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR SHOWROOM

We offer a variety of televisions and speakers. Hear the soundbars connected to our televisions, or test out dozens of speakers in our aptly named Speaker Room!

The best speaker is always the one that sounds best to you. Visit our showroom and find out for yourself.

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Buying speakers? Electronics 101 tells you what to consider

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Not an electronics expert? No problem! We use our decades of experience to answer the most basic questions. This week in Electronics 101, Electronics Professional Mike Smith discusses what you should consider before buying speakers at Classic Stereo.

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING SPEAKERS AT CLASSIC STEREO

Our Electronics Professionals know how to ask the right questions to get you the right product.

When buying a speaker system at Classic Stereo, here are a few questions to consider:

  • What is the size of the room you plan to use it in?
  • What type of furniture, walls, carpet and other items reside in the room?
  • Do you prefer to watch movies? TV shows? Play video games?

Our experts ask other questions too depending on the situation and the answers you give.

Most importantly, we have speakers to fit almost any need in the home.

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM – HEAR IT WITH YOUR OWN EARS

Our speaker room lets you hear music and television from dozens of models and brands. We can change it all with a touch of button, so that you can hear the difference in an instant!

The best speaker is always the one that sounds best to you. Visit our showroom and find out for yourself.

Electronics 101: What is a Preamp and Power Amp?

Electronics 101 Preamp

Whether you think you know everything about electronics, or nothing at all. It’s always good to brush up on the basics. If you have any questions, visit our showroom. Our Electronics Professionals have decades of experience in simplifying electronics for customers. This week, John Higgs talks about a Preamp and a Power Amp. What does it do for a stereo system and why do you want it in your home?

What does a Preamp and Power Amp do for my stereo system?

People often call the Preamplifier a Preamp. They often refer to the Power Amplifier as a Power Amp.

John says the Preamp acts as the control device. Everything plugs into it. It contorls the volume, the EQ parameters, the tone and many other aspects of how your audio will sound.

The Power Amp acts as the motor. The Preamp sends it a signal, and the Power Amp makes the signal bigger. The signal needs to have enough power to reach all of your speakers at whatever volume you choose.

So if you view it as a vehicle, the Preamp provides all of the controls and Power Amp would act as the motor.

MORE QUESTIONS? VISIT OUR SHOWROOM!

Whether you consider yourself an expert or not, our Electronics Professionals would love to show you what we have to offer. When you visit our showroom, they can not only answer your questions, but show you how it all works.

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VOLUNTEERING VALUABLE LESSONS

James volunteering BeKind

It’s a fear for every parent . The safety of their child. Parents of young daughters especially worry about their children’s safety when they are away from home. One way to help ease that fear is to give your children knowledge about how to defend themselves in a worst case scenario. We recently caught one of our employees volunteering those valuable lessons of self defense to a local Girls Scout troop at Belmont Elementary School.

VOLUNTEERING KNOWLEDGE FOR A WORTHY CAUSE

James Halman offers expert support to both Classic Stereo and Bekins as an Information Technology Specialist. In his free time, James holds a third degree black belt in Combat Hapkido and teaches the martial art to students at his Force Options school in West Michigan.  So it made sense when a co-worker recently asked James to teach her daughter’s troop self defense basics.

The girls not only watched James perform moves with a fellow expert, they also lightly practiced with each other. James focused on how to use an attackers momentum to your advantage and which parts of an attacker are most vulnerable. Not only did the children learn, but the adults also practiced with each other.

All of those moves aside, the best defense from a bad situation is to run away. James also says the best tool a child can use is a whistle.

“I think parents get toned out to their kids screaming and yelling, because they do it when they play too” James says. “I know I ignore it sometimes as a parent myself. So if you hear a kid screaming on the street you may not know that they are in trouble. So I say a whistle draws attention.”

James volunteering BeKind

ENCOURAGING OUR EMPLOYEES TO BEKIND

At Bekins, we support the volunteering efforts of our employees. Our BeKind program not only encourages volunteering, we also donate money to the cause. So Bekins will make a charitable donation to the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore in honor of James.

To see other examples of our employees BeKind efforts, click here.

Classic Stereo 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Classic Stereo and Bekins Holiday Gift Guides

Sit back and relax; Classic Stereo is your one stop shop this holiday season for the hottest items in audio and video.

Even better is when you choose to shop with us, you’re getting the personalized attention of one of our Sales Professionals. They will use their years of experience to guide you through your selection so you leave feeling confident that you found the perfect gift!

 

To get you started, they have each selected a handful of items that would make great gifts for almost anyone on your list. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, don’t worry; they will be happy to help you search for other options.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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Hosting Friends or Family for the Holidays?

If you’re hosting this year, you don’t want to miss our Bekins Complete Holiday Guide. It’s filled with appliance tips to ensure your holiday meal is successful, holiday recipes, and a few fun gift ideas.

FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: SONOS PLAYBASE

Find It At Classic Stereo

Everybody wants thinner TV’s these days. The down side? Your TV’s audio suffers. Luckily you can find a variety of solutions at Classic Stereo. In the video below, Electronics Professional John Higgs shows us the Sonos Playbase. It enhances your TV’s audio while blending in with your TV’s base. You can also stream music on the Playbase. Find out why they chose a WiFi connection instead of Bluetooth.

AMBIENT LIGHT REJECTION: A NEW PROJECTOR ERA

Ambient Light Rejection Screen Innovations

As technology changes the world, you would be amazed at how it has changed the world of video projection. Get rid of the ideas that projection screens can only stay in one place and only work in the dark. Let Classic Stereo by Bekins show you how a screen with high ambient light rejection can change your life.

WHAT IS AMBIENT LIGHT REJECTION?

Screens with high levels of ambient light rejection allow you to have lights in the room and still clearly see the image on the screen.

In a very basic sense, the screen primarily accepts only the light coming from your projector.

Imagine a quality picture on the projection screen in your living room or outdoors. A screen that rejects up to 90 percent of ambient light can make that happen.

Too hard to believe? Click on the video below for a demonstration from Screen Innovations.

Screens with high ambient light rejection can also help your dedicated, dark home theater. The old projector screen wants to reflect as much light as possible. That means the colors of your walls and other factors in the room can affect the colors on your screen.

WHY IT MATTERS

It’s about screen size and losing yourself in the video. You will have a difficult time finding a 120 inch television. When you do, it will cost you a pretty penny.

Projection screens often start at 120 inches. We can even show you a projection screen that will grow or shrink depending on the size of your video.

TV to Projector Comparison
This comparison shows that jumping to a projection screen makes a big difference in your screen size.
  • Watching the game on TV? It transforms into a 16 x 9 frame.
  • Watching your favorite movie? No more black lines at the top and bottom of your screen. The projection screen will adapt to the correct size.

We dare you to find a TV that changes size!

A NEW QUALITY OF PORTABLE SCREENS

Let our experts show you a zero-edge screen that rolls into a cassette fewer than three inches tall. The motor that rolls it up and rolls it out runs for two years on a single charge.

This model rejects up to 65 percent of all ambient light.

CALL OR VISIT US TO LEARN MORE

All of this information only scratches the surface. Call or visit our showroom to learn more about which projector and projection screen works best for you. Let us upgrade your screen size and your life!

WHY WE DO NOT SELL PRODUCTS ONLINE

Why we do not sell products online

When buying products online, have you ever found yourself disappointed with what showed up at the door? Wasn’t what you expected? Didn’t fit your needs? We want our customers to love what they buy. The best way to find the right product for you is to discuss your needs with a Classic Stereo professional. That is why we do not sell products online.

TREAT ELECTRONICS AS AN INVESTMENT…NOT A PURCHASE

Our most satisfied customers understand one simple concept: electronics are an investment, not a purchase.

The products in our showroom will serve your life for decades. Most people would not buy a house without visiting it. Who buys a car without test driving it? So why would you buy an electronics product without:

  • seeing it
  • using it
  • making sure it is the perfect fit for you
  • consulting with a professional who asks you the right questions

We encourage customers to visit our state-of-the-art, interactive showroom. Listen to how your favorite song sounds different with each brand of headphones and speakers. See with your own eyes how OLED TV produces a different picture than a regular LED Television.

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Our experts will guide you every step of the way. They know which products are on sale and which give you the best warranty. We even think about how the set up of your room’s furniture will impact the sound from your speakers. Our experts think of everything so that you can focus on enjoying your purchase.

We offer many of the same products as the big box stores for the same price. If there is anything you can’t find, there is a reason for that too. Our experts will gladly tell you why the products in our showroom produce a better value.

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM

Our website contains great information about the services that we offer. So when you are ready to purchase, call or visit our showroom so that we can help you feel completely confident with your investment.

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Get $200 off a Klipsch turntable & speaker setup

Klipsch turntable and speaker bundle

No receiver required. Just add vinyl. The R-15PM powered monitors with built-in phono pre-amp are perfectly matched to the custom Klipsch x Pro-Ject Primary turntable to deliver room-filling sound without the hassle of setting up mounds of equipment. For a limited time, you can get $200 off when you buy the Klipsch turntable and speaker bundle at Classic Stereo.

KLIPSCH TURNTABLE

A perfect introduction into the world of vinyl, the custom Klipsch x Pro-Ject Primary turntable makes it easy to savor the warm analog sounds from your records. No need for counterweights, anti-skate adjustments or cartridge alignments. Just plug everything in and you’re ready to rock.

Klipsch Turntable

KLIPSCH SPEAKERS

From spinning your precious vinyl to streaming your latest favorite song, the R-15PM speakers can do anything. There is no need for a receiver with these features:

  • built-in amplifier including a phono pre-amp
  • Bluetooth® enabled technology
  • digital optical, analog RCA and USB inputs
R-15PM with Klipsch Turntable

OFFER IS ONLY VALID THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2017. SO VISIT OUR CLASSIC STEREO SHOWROOM TODAY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SPECIAL OFFER.