Employees donate time to Children’s Advocacy Center

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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

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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.

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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.

TEN REASONS TO CHOOSE HOME AUTOMATION

Custom Electronics Home Automation

We believe in the power of home automation. Not only do we offer Crestron and other home automation services to our customers, their systems controls many of the lights and electronics in our Classic Stereo  and Bekins showrooms.

Yet, if you know someone that still needs some convincing, Crestron recently released 10 reasons to automate your home’s lighting and shades with their technology.

TOP 10 REASONS TO AUTOMATE YOUR HOME’S LIGHTING AND SHADES

  • CONVENIENCE: This one seems obvious, but we cannot stress the benefits enough. The push of one button controls the lights and the shades. You can do even the electronics, garage doors, locks and everything you can imagine (maybe even some you can’t imagine).
  • COMFORT: What if you could replace the beeping of your alarm with a raise of the curtains? Think about waking up to natural sunlight. If you need to get up in the middle of the night, set your lights to turn on as you walk down the hall.
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  • AESTHETICS: You can replace clusters of wall switches and dimmers all over your home and replace them with stylish touchscreens, keypads or back lit engraved buttons. Get rid of cords hanging from your shades and take advantage of Creston’s new color matching service. Get shades in any shade of color you need to perfectly match your home’s decor.
  • SECURITY: Discourage potential intruders by setting your lights and curtains to change at certain times. Did you hear a noise in the middle of the night? Turn on all of your home’s interior and exterior lights with one touch of a button.
  • ENERGY SAVINGS: Crestron shades provide insulation for the heat and cold.  Yet, think about how much money you save when your automation can change the lights and the shades based on:
    • time of day
    • room temperature
    • season (winter, spring, summer fall)
    • the light in the room
    • how many people occupy the room
  • UV PROTECTION: Automate those same shades to raise and lower around the house depending on the position of the sun. The automation aims to block harmful UV rays, but still make the most of natural lighting in your home.
  • ARTISANAL LUXURY: Ask our Electronics Professionals about the Hartman & Forbes Collection. The design works best for “individuals who appreciate the benefits of handcrafted products created by artisans with a meticulous eye for detail.”
  • EASY UPGRADES: You can easily upgrade from a Crestron manual shade to a motorized one.  Our award-winning Electronic Integration team can slide a new motor in. Then add that shade to your automation system.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: Ask our Electronics Professionals for more information about Crestron’s Limited Lifetime Warranty for residential lighting control and shade motors.
  • COMPLETE HOME AUTOMATION: You can automate your audio, video, security, heating, cooling and so much more through Crestron. Have anything else you want to automate? Our Electronics Integrators have likely already done it at another home.
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SEE HOME AUTOMATION IN ACTION

We use home automation in our showroom. We have voice automated controls in our Den. So visit us to see it in action. Learn more about how it can ease your day to day stress and even save your energy bills.

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MOST AWARDED CUSTOM ELECTRONICS BRANDS

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Electronic House recently noticed some trends in their 2017 Homes of the Year award winners. With dozens of entries, a handful of custom electronics brands kept popping up. The names will look familiar to people who have seen the Classic Stereo showroom. If any of these interest you, let a member of our nationally acclaimed Bekins integration team install for your home.

Sony VPL-HW65ES Projector

SONY VIDEO PROJECTORS

Electronic House found Sony video projectors in 11 Home of the Year cinemas and media rooms. Especially popular were 4K projectors and the ES line. Ask for a demo in our Reference Theater to get a first-hand look at how Sony 4K projectors can improve your home theater experience.

CONTROL4 HOME AUTOMATION

Custom Electronic Brands

Ten of the homeowners automated their house with Control4. Use the system to control just your audio and video or change your entire home with one touch of a button.

We will customize it to fit you. Our Bekins Integration team has never done the same project twice. That means decades of completely customized home automation.

LUTRON LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEMS

Electronic House said Lutron was “by far the most popular lighting system utilized by our Homes of the Year.”

Once again, one touch control of your lights. Lutron lets you control it with a smartphone app, touch panel or remote control.

They also most newly constructed homes chose the hardwired options. Most existing homes chose wireless options.

Ask our nationally acclaimed experts which works best for your home.

Custom Electronics Brands

SAMSUNG TELEVISIONS

Seven Homes of the Year feature Samsung TV’s. Electronic House talked about a most unusual instance:

“We thought we had seen it all, when one of our award-winners floored us with a curved 65-inch Samsung 4K TV installed directly on the surface of a ceiling above a bed!”

MORE POPULAR BRANDS FOUND IN HOMES OF THE YEAR AND CLASSIC STEREO

Paradigm Persona Speakers

PARADIGM SPEAKERS
FOUND IN 6 HOMES

SONANCE SPEAKERS
USED IN 5 HOMES

Marantz Receivers
QMotion Shades

MARANTZ A/V RECEIVERS
APPEARED IN 4 HOMES

QMOTION MOTORIZED DRAPERIES AND SHADES
INSTALLED IN 4 HOMES

TEST THE TOP CUSTOM ELECTRONICs IN OUR SHOWROOM

Test these brands in our showroom! Better yet, compare them to the other top brands we carry to see which is the best fit for you.

Top Custom Electronic Brands Electronic House

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.

BACKYARD RESORT: OUTDOOR ELECTRONICS & APPLIANCES

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You would think it was a tropical island vacation. Yet, a local couple brought that experience to their home in Holland. See how outdoor appliances and outdoor electronics provide a backyard resort at 14728 Powderhorn Trail.

The 2017 Spring Lakeshore Parade of Homes features this and other landscape designs for a limited time.

Landscape Design Services turned the backyard ideas into a reality. It features a bar with a grill, refrigerator and other appliances furnished by Bekins. An outdoor television and in-lawn speakers from Classic Stereo gives guests little reason to ever go inside. They made it grand enough to host big groups but cozy enough for a couple to enjoy.

MEANT FOR OUTDOOR ELECTRONICS

It is important to note that manufacturers do not build all televisions and speakers to withstand the weather outside. This backyard features Sonance landscape speakers and a Seura outdoor television. A reflective coating protects the TV screen and your view from the sun. It also protects 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
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The homeowner controls all of it with Control 4 home automation. The system lets you control your entire home with a touch of a button or a simple voice command.

TICKETS PLEASE

Lakeshore Parade of Homes Logo

If you want to see it all in person, you need to act fast. The landscape entries for the 2017 Spring Parade of Homes only run June 15-17. The Lakeshore Home Builders Association sells tickets for $15 if you purchase it at the home. Save $2.50 if you purchase the tickets at a Lake Michigan Credit Union. Children 13 and under younger free admission.

SOME DCS APPLIANCES FURNISHED BY BEKINS

UNDERCOUNTER REFRIGERATOR

GAS GRILL

WARMING DRAWER

Outdoor Appliances DCS Refrigerator
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SOME ELECTRONICS FURNISHED BY CLASSIC STEREO

CONTROL 4 HOME AUTOMATION

SONANCE SONARRAY OUTDOOR SPEAKER SYSTEM

SEURA OUTDOOR TV AND MOUNTING ACCESSORIES

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SONOS IN ACTION AT THE PARADE OF HOMES

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See Sonos audio equipment furnished by Classic Stereo during the 2017 Spring Parade of Homes. The event is sponsored by Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids.

See the elegant craftsman style ranch built by Infiniti Custom Homes at 7974 Ella Terrace in Rockford.

You can buy tickets in advance for $10 by visiting the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids website.  Otherwise, a ticket costs $12 when bought at the home.  This year’s parade runs from May 26 through June 10. Homes will be open Fridays, Saturdays, & Memorial Day from 1- 9 pm and on Wednesdays from 5-9pm.

Sonos at Parade of Homes

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WIRELESS CONNECT AMP

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WIRELESS PLAYBAR

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BRIDGE WIRELESS SPEAKERS

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WIRELESS WHITE SUB

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DESIGN INSPIRATION: A CASUAL, FRIENDLY HOME

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If you are looking for design inspiration, consider visiting a local home on Gun Lake with a casual and friendly feel.

Bekins and Classic Stereo teamed up to furnish a newly constructed home at 3961 England Drive in Shelbyville.

  • Appliances bought at Bekins and installed by a Bekins Appliance Installation team.
  • Electronics bought at Classic Stereo and installed by a Bekins Electronics Integration team.

Any lakeside home has a cottage feel but the homeowners plan to eventually retire and live here all year. Jan Brown Interiors designed it and Jason Curtis Builders built it to be a family-friendly, four-season home.

JAN SAYS THAT IS WHY THEY CHOSE BEKINS AND CLASSIC STEREO TO FURNISH THE APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS. THEY WANTED QUALITY PRODUCTS THAT WOULD LAST.

HBA Parade of Homes Logo

This home, and others furnished by Bekins, will be one of 72 in this year’s Parade of Homes presented by the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids.  You can buy tickets in advance for $10 by visiting the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids website.  Otherwise, a ticket costs $12 when bought at the home.  This year’s parade runs from May 26 through June 10. Homes will be open Fridays, Saturdays, & Memorial Day from 1- 9 pm and on Wednesdays from 5-9pm.

FURNISHED BY CLASSIC STEREO

65″ BRAVIA 4K UHD SMART TV

SONOS SUBWOOFER

39″ SAMSUNG TELEVISION

SONOS PLAYBAR SOUNDBAR

CHIEF ADJUSTABLE TILT MOUNT

SONOS WIRELESS BOOST

SONOS CONNECT AMP

PARADIGM OUTDOOR SPEAKER/SUBWOOFER SYSTEM

 

FURNISHED BY BEKINS

JENN-AIR WALL OVEN

JENN-AIR MICROWAVE DRAWER

JENN-AIR BUILT IN REGRIGERATOR

ZEPHYR VENTILATION

JENN-AIR DISHWASHER

WHIRLPOOL DRYER WITH PEDESTAL

JENN-AIR COOKTOP

WHIRLPOOL WASHER WITH PEDESTAL

SEE HOW IT ALL WORKS TOGETHER AND DRAW DESIGN INSPIRATION FROM THE HOME. VISIT 3961 ENGLAND DRIVE IN SHELBYVILLE DURING THIS SPRING’S GREATER GRAND RAPIDS PARADE OF HOMES.

CLASSIC STEREO TO THE RESCUE: AUDIO NIGHTMARE

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Your eyes set expectations for your ears. For example, one of our electronics experts visited a gorgeous home in West Michigan. The builder thought of almost every detail, from marble countertops to top of the line big screen TV’s.  You can imagine the shock when the builder turned on the TV and the sound was muffled. It was an audio nightmare.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE AUDIO?

Sound typically flows from the bottom of your television. In this case, it immediately ran into the marble countertop. Sound bars, speakers and woofers exist to direct sound to where it can be heard. Classic Stereo worked with the builder and furnished the home with the option that worked best.

A COMPLETE EXPERIENCE

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When we design and build our award-winning home theaters or media rooms, we think about the whole experience. You expect a corvette to have a strong engine and deliver a fast ride. When you walk into a room that looks beautiful, you expect the other details to be just as good. The audio is just as important as the video, the furniture and the beauty of the entire room.

A SIMPLE FIX FOR YOUR AUDIO NIGHTMARE

If you are looking for a simple and easy way to upgrade the audio on your television, consider a sound bar. It sets up easily and some even have the capability to stream music as well.

Here are a pair of choices you can buy from us:

KLIPSCH RSB 8

SONOS PLAYBASE

HIGH QUALITY AUDIO is important

Luckily you know the best audio and video retailer in West Michigan.

Classic Stereo is a full-service, award-winning electronics company. We have the best brands in:

  • audio
  • television
  • speakers
  • receivers
  • projectors
  • complete home automation
  • and more

Plus we have the largest, most experienced technical staff. We provide the best solutions for high-quality sound bar or two channel audio and have the expertise to build you a Dolby Atmos Surround Sound theater.

Are you living with sub-par audio? Tell us how we can help today.

COLLABORATE MORE WITH CRESTRON MERCURY

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Crestron and Classic Stereo by Bekins work together to make life easier for everyone in West Michigan.  The new Crestron Mercury makes it easier for workers to conference and collaborate anywhere.

What is Crestron Mercury?

Crestron Mercury boasts that it is the only UC and AV all-in-one tabletop solution to support any web collaboration application. Mercury enables people to work together regardless of location or conferencing application. All others lock you into a single platform. Employees will find it easy to deploy, use and manage Mercury in every space.  Creston priced the Mercury to meet tight budgets and huddles of any size.

COLLABORATE MORE
Collaborate right from your laptop by simply connecting to Mercury using any soft phone, web conferencing, or UC application:

  • Skype® for Business
  • Cisco WebEx®
  • GotoMeeting®
  • Slack®
  • or more

All other solutions lock you in to just one platform.

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WIRELESS PRESENTATIONS
The AirMedia gateway provides a secure wireless connection to your display.  Use your smartphone, tablet, laptop or connect directly via HDMI. Transform any space into a highly effective collaboration space.

CRYSTAL CLEAR CALLS
A precision engineered speaker and microphone inside Mercury makes it sound like everyone is in the same room.  Use a built-in full SIP conference phone to make calls or use Bluetooth to connect your smart phone.

EASY SCHEDULING
Mercury connects directly with Microsoft Exchange® or Crestron Fusion® to make room scheduling easy. The built-in graphics engine generates an onscreen display of the room calendar and simple instructions for starting a meeting.

ENERGY SAVING MANAGEMENT
Mercury consoles are easy to provision and manage from the cloud, and leverage standard network security policies. A built-in occupancy sensor supports energy-saving automation as well as collection of room-usage data.

 

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CLASSIC STEREO BY BEKINS PROVIDES MERCURY AND more OFFICE SOLUTIONS

Our award-winning team electronically integrates conference rooms and training centers around West Michigan.  Contact our experts today to see how we can help you design and execute your perfect space for collaboration.  Click here to see more examples of our work.

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