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.

FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: SONOS PLAYBASE

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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.

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

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FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: BOWERS & WILKINS 802

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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

FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: Klipsch Groove

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The Klipsch Groove lets you bring the grooves with you. The battery lasts for up to eight hours, and a USB connection makes it easy to recharge.

Klipsch says it uses 70 years of American Audio Technology to make its little Bluetooth speaker “sound bigger than any of its rivals.”

Electronics Professional John Higgs shows us the Klipsch Groove in the video below. To hear the sound for yourself, visit our showroom and Find It At Classic Stereo.

Find It At Classic Stereo: Klipsch Groove

FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: PARADIGM PERSONA 9H

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Beryllium helps the Paradigm Persona 9H loudspeakers disappear into the audio. The speakers earn their name by taking on the “persona” of the audio.

Paradigm says Beryllium provides the “absolute best diaphragm material.” Over three decades of innovation go into their luxury new class of loudspeaker.

Electronics Professional John Higgs shows us the Paradigm Persona 9H loudspeaker. You can also visit our showroom and Find It At Classic Stereo for yourself.

Find It At Classic Stereo Paradigm Persona 9H

FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: Home Theater

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We dare you to find a better Home Theater experience than our Reference Theater in Classic Stereo. Our theater includes the best brands:

  • Salamander Seating
  • acoustic mapping with Kinetics
  • Seymour Screens
  • Dolby Atmos surround sound
  • and more

If you have not seen the theater, watch the video below. Then, visit our Classic Stereo showroom because it is an experience that no video or words can truly describe.

ANTHEM ROOM CORRECTION: PERFECTING AUDIO

Anthem Room Correction Blog

You have to admire the work Anthem puts into making perfect audio for your room. Does that sound familiar? Of course Classic Stereo offers a preamplifier with Anthem Room Correction. Pair it with a power amplifier that offers Total Harmonic Distrortion and you have optimum sound quality in your home. You can see both items in the Classic Stereo showroom.

AVM 60 with Anthem Room Correction

Few Preamplifiers-Processors provide the cutting-edge features of the Anthem AVM 60.

It offers a ton of features, including:

  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio
  • Support for UHD Blu-ray and 4K60 video

Yet its Anthem Room Correction feature truly leads the way.

The feature attempts to create audio perfect for your room.

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Anthem-AVM-60-Anthem-Room-Correction

HOW IT WORKS

No audio lab can predict the obstacles in your room. So the receiver comes with an easy to use kit. You just need a Windows-based laptop with a CD Drive.

  1. Plug the kit’s special microphone into the laptop and the AVM 60 receiver.
  2. Then place the microphone in 5-10 listening positions in the room.
  3. Let the software take a sound sample from each spot and work its magic.

It will create intricate crossover curves to account for the walls and furniture in your room. They strive to make your room sound like the ideal lab standard.

THE MCA 525 – THE PERFECT MATCH

Anthem designed the MCA 525 power amplifier to match the AVM 60. Not only do their looks match; the power amplifier improves the audio.

The MCA 525 provides lower Total Harmonic Distortion for cleaner, pure sound and lower noise.

The new MCA series also boasts more efficient power and heavy-duty reliability.

ANOTHER PERFECT MATCH – ANTHEM AND CLASSIC STEREO

Anthem and Classic Stereo share one common goal: provide the best audio for your home.

While they make the Anthem Room Correction Kit easy to use, we have a team of the best Electronic Integration technicians in the nation.

Call or visit our showroom to find out how they can help you enjoy audio and video perfect for your home.

Classic Stereo Showroom Grand Rapids

FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: THE SOUND DESK

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You know what is one of the best reasons to shop at Classic Stereo? Our live showroom. Electronics Professional Bill Price shows us where you can test out headphones and portable speakers. Watch the video to learn more about The Sound Desk or visit our showroom and Find It At Classic Stereo yourself.

FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: The Sound Desk

PLAYBAR OR PLAYBASE? A QUESTION FOR TV AUDIO

Sonos Playbase TV Audio

Sonos added Playbase to its TV audio options this spring. The new product makes Sonos fans choose between Playbase and Playbar.

You may visit Classic Stereo and ask our Electronics Professionals, “Which one is the best fit for my home?”

In turn, they will ask you some questions.

HOW IS YOUR tELEVISION, TV AUDIO AND ROOM DESIGNED?

Sonos says the audio output differs for each speaker but they produce the same quality sound.

So it comes down to design.

Have a flat screen TV mounted to a wall? The Playbar links to the bottom of the television, mounts to the wall below it, or can sit by itself on a TV stand.

On the other hand, the Playbase lives up to its name. Put a black TV stand on the Playbase and it should blend right in.

While you may not notice the look, the sound from the Playbase should stand out.

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PLAYBASE FEATURES

If you do not want the Playbase in black, you can get it in white too. Both colors support up to 77 pounds of television.

You should not have any problems setting it up either. Plug in one cord for power and the other cord connects to the TV.

It can provide audio for more than your television. It streams music over WiFi instead of Bluetooth, which comes in handy when you get a phone call. WiFi music does not stop for the phone.

Finally, pair it up with SUB and two PLAY:1s for 5.1 surround sound.

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PLAYBAR FEATURES

Playbar shares many of the same features:

  • Simple two-cord setup
  • TV audio and music streaming
  • Stream that music over WiFi
  • A wireless sync with SUB and two PLAY:1s for 5.1 surround sound

The Playbar also works wall mounted or laying flat.  It even works with your existing TV remote.

FIND THEM BOTH AT CLASSIC STEREO

We encourage our customers to test everything in our showroom. So visit us to see and hear the difference for yourself.

Classic Stereo Showroom Grand Rapids