HDR TV explained in Classic Stereo Electronics 101

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Television technology adds a lot of letters and new words into our every day language. You may hear HDR TV and Wide Color Gamut tossed around these days. What do they mean? Classic Stereo Electronics Professional Mike Smith explains in this week’s Electronics 101.

HDR TV and Wide Color Gamut

High Dynamic Range Television (HDR TV) basically describes a TV that can produce a wider range of darkness and brightness.

It usually goes hand in hand with a Wide Color Gamut. The gamut of colors can really enhance the quality of the picture.

Imagine a picture that has only one or two shades of green. Now imagine that same picture with a hundred different shades of green. The more shades of color a picture has, the more real it will look.

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The variations of brightness and color certainly make more sense when you can see it. We encourage you to visit our showroom and see the difference yourself. Let our experts show you all of the newest TV technology.

What to look for in a Bluetooth speaker – Electronics 101

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Now that we’ve talked about the difference between wireless and Bluetooth speakers, what should you look for a in a Bluetooth speaker? Classic Stereo Electronics Professional Mike Smith tells us in this week’s Electronics 101.

ELECTRONICS 101 – WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

Electronics Professional Mike Smith first recommends picking up your Bluetooth speaker. Is it sturdy? Does it feel like it will be durable and produce a high quality sound? You want the speaker to also be able to produce some bass and remain true to the sound of the music.

He also recommends thinking about how you plan to use it. Do you want a Bluetooth speaker that allows you to answer your phone outside? Do you want to use the speaker to help charge your phone or some other source of your music?

Finally, you deserve a speaker with a long-lasting charge. You don’t want to spend eight hours charging your speaker, but only get to enjoy it for an hour or two. You can find Bluetooth speakers on our Sound Desk that can produce up to eight hours of music before needing to be recharged.

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You can test all of it in our Classic Stereo showroom. Plus our experts can help you pick the Bluetooth speaker that works best for you.

Wireless vs. Bluetooth speakers – Electronics 101

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Using the right words can be very important in life. That is one of the many ways our experts can ask the right questions to make sure you get the right products. In this week’s Classic Stereo Electronics 101, Mike Smith talks about the difference between wireless speakers and Bluetooth speakers.

WIRELESS VS. BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS

In essence, a wireless speaker does not require any SPEAKER WIRES. However, wireless speakers usually need to be plugged into an electrical outlet, then they work with a source through a network.

Many people also refer to Bluetooth speakers as wireless. A Bluetooth speaker has no wires at all. They usually store a charge and work with their source through Bluetooth.

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Visit our showroom to test the best speakers in wireless, Bluetooth and all formats. Our Electronics Professionals can help you decide which is best for your needs.

Home Automation – Electronics 101

Some people may call it Smart Home technology, we call it Home Automation. It’s a way to make your life more convenient and more safe. Classic Stereo Electronics Professional John Higgs talks about it in our latest Electronics 101.

WHAT IS HOME AUTOMATION?

Home Automation allows you to control almost anything in your home with the touch of a button. Use remotes, buttons on a wall, your phone, your tablet or even your voice to control your environment. Your environment can include:

  • heating and cooling
  • TV
  • audio
  • lights
  • shades
  • locks on your doors
  • and almost anything else you can imagine

WHY IT’S HELPFUL

It’s convenient. Our internationally-acclaimed electronics installers can set it up to fit your needs. You can control the lights in each room with the touch of a button. You can also turn off the lights through your entire house with one touch.

It’s safe. If you forgot to lock the door after you left, then simply lock it with your phone. You can even automate lights and cameras to work when it detects movement outside the home.

It’s energy efficient. Certain Home Automation technology can adjust the shades based on the amount of sunlight in the room. Lights can also adjust automatically based on the brightness in the room. Think about how the energy you can save by having a schedule for your thermostat and so many other aspects of your home.

DO YOU INSTALL IT DURING CONSTRUCTION? CAN YOU INSTALL IT AFTERWARDS?

The answer is yes! Installing Home Automation during construction of the home opens up a few more options. However, we can automate a home that has already been built.

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We use Home Automation technology to control many aspects of our showroom. So visit us to see how it works.

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PORTABLE DAC IMPROVES LISTENING ON THE GO

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Have you ever seen someone plug their headphones into a box, then plug that box into a laptop or phone? That person is likely improving their listening experience with a portable DAC. You can do it too with a visit to Classic Stereo. John Higgs talks about them in our latest version of Electronics 101.

WHAT IS A DAC?

DAC stands for Digital to Analog Converter. When you store music on your phone or laptop, it saves as data. Your laptop or phone already has one that converts the 0’s and 1’s into analog music that we can hear.

The portable ones you find in our Classic Stereo showroom are designed specifically to improve music. Not only does it improve the sound quality, it also acts as an amplifier for your headphones.

Add a quality portable DAC and a quality pair of headphones to your laptop or phone and you can start to replicate the quality sound you hear at home.

They are easy to store too. Most portable DAC’s are not much bigger than a cell phone that would fit into your pants pocket or purse.

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Never used one? Don’t think it makes a difference? Visit our showroom to try it out yourself. Hook it up to your phone or laptop and tell us if you hear a difference.

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LIVE TV ON YOUR PROJECTOR -ELECTRONICS 101

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You have seen homes with a beautiful big projector and screen, but you may wonder what exactly they can do with it.

The answer is anything you can do with a television. Electronics Professional John Higgs tells us more in this week’s Classic Stereo Electronics 101.

CAN YOU WATCH LIVE TV ON A PROJECTOR?

You can do almost anything with a projection system that you can do with a television.  On the plus side, you will likely watch a much bigger screen with a projection system.

So imagine what you can do on a 120 inch screen or bigger.

  • Watch the news.
  • Watch your favorite TV show.
  • Play video games.
  • Watch your old home movies.
  • Watch you old favorite movie, much like you did when it came out in the movie theaters years ago.

Add surround sound stereo and it can be almost exactly like going to the movies, right within your own home.

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Don’t work too hard imagining all of this, visit our showroom and you can see it firsthand.  We have an acoustically transparent screen in our Reference Theater and a screen with high Ambient Light Rejection in our Den. Talk to our professionals about which one works best for you.

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PROJECTION SCREEN VS. TV – ELECTRONICS 101

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In this week’s Electronics 101, John Higgs talks about screen size. When you are thinking about a big screen TV, a projection system may be the better value.

SCREEN SIZE: PROJECTION VS. TV

When it comes to the big screen, projection may be the way to go.

Generally TVs become more expensive as the picture gets bigger, but projectors are becoming less expensive as the technology improves. That’s a win-win for the consumer.

If you are thinking about getting an 85 inch TV, a 120 inch projection screen could be a much better value. We offer projection screens that can go as big as 300 inches. We also offer creative ways to fit big screens into whatever room you need.

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IMPROVEMENTS IN PROJECTor TECHNOLOGY

Don’t worry about losing image quality as the screen gets bigger. Classic Stereo offers 4K laser projectors that are perfecting the darks, lights and colors better than ever. We also offer systems that allow you to have a little light in your room and still get a quality picture on the screen.

there is a reason we want big screens

John says the bigger the screen, the more your eyes move to watch the picture. The more your eyes move, the more engaged you are with the events on the screen.

Add some quality speakers to the system and you have a home theater experience that rivals any movie theater.

You can see a variety of projectors, screens and speakers in action by visiting our showroom.

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SUBWOOFER EDUCATION: ELECTRONICS 101

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If you have never used a subwoofer, you may not understand what it does for your home system. Electronics Professional Mike Smith explains how a subwoofer improves your home’s sound system in this week’s Classic Stereo Electronics 101.

WHAT IS A SUBWOOFER?

Some people also refer to a subwoofer as a sub. It produces the low frequency audio from your music or video. It produces the bass.

It also helps you better feel the sounds coming from your audio setup. The bigger the room, the more subwoofers we recommend. Electronics Professional Mike Smith says if you only have one in a large room, you can tell where the bass comes from. If you have two or more, the bass will fill the room and produce a more immersive experience.

Without a sub, you audio may sound tinny. Explosions, crashes and other bass noises will not invoke nearly as much emotion without a sub.

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Visit our state of the art, interactive showroom to hear and feel a variety of subwoofers. Our experts will gladly use their decades of experience to help you find the best products for your needs.

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ELECTRONICS 101: WHAT IS A RECEIVER?

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Electronics can be complicated. Luckily, our experts have spent decades simplifying them for our customers. Ever wonder what a receiver does for your home? Classic Stereo Electronics Professional Mike Smith has the answer in this week’s Electronics 101.

WHAT DOES A RECEIVER DO?

The receivers we offer include a pre-amplifier, power amplifier and a tuner all in one. You connect your sources (cable TV, blue ray player, AM/FM radio, etc.) and your speakers to one.  Then it takes the information from your source, reads it, improves it, then sends the audio out to your speakers and the video to your TV or projector.

Owning a receiver can offer a handful of benefits:

  • You can control many sources through one piece of equipment.
  • It can improve the quality of your video and audio.
  • It powers your speakers.

which one’s best for you?

Our experts can not only explain complicated electronics in simple terms, they ask the right questions to get you the right equipment. Visit our showroom and let one of our experts improve your home system with a new receiver.

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ELECTRONICS 101: The Best Speaker

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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 John Higgs talks about how to find the best speaker for you.

THE BEST SPEAKER FOR YOU

You can find speakers from a variety of brands in our showroom. Each brand has its own unique idea about how audio should sound.

So Higgs likes to ask a simple question. If you were to attend a concert from your favorite artist, where do you like to sit?

Some people like it loud in the front row. Others like to sit in the middle of the arena and some would rather sit next to the audio mixer.

That helps our Electronics Professionals direct you to the best speaker for you.

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You still need to visit our showroom to find the perfect fit. We likely offer many brands that fit your style. The exact brand that is best for you, is the one that sounds best when you hear it in our Speaker Room.

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