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?

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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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