AV Receiver Upgrade – One Box Can Change It All

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Your TV, projector, screen and speakers usually get all of the glory in your home setup. However, a new AV Receiver can really upgrade your Home Theater experience. It’s a relatively simple upgrade too.

CHANGing YOUR AV RECEIVER – CHANGEs a lot

If you haven’t changed your AV Receiver in a few years, you missed this:

  • Dolby Atmos
  • 4K Processing
  • Component To HDMI Upscaling

DOLBY ATMOS – LITERALLY RAISING SURROUND SOUND

Atmos originated within the last couple of years. So if you bought your receiver a few years ago, it cannot unleash the next level of sound.

Atmos helps isolate sounds above your head. Add elevated speakers to your surround system to hear a helicopter flying over you.

It also fills the room with more sound and envelopes you into the experience.

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4K PROCESSING

We like to say that your home setup acts like a chain that is only as strong as the weakest link.

Let’s say you have a 4K TV and a 4K Blu-ray player. However, you are switching outputs with an HD receiver. The video will be HD and you will not enjoy all of the benefits that 4K video has to offer.

Many receivers also offer 4K upscaling which allows you to watch HD video in a 4K resolution. It’s not as good as a 4K video on a 4K screen, but a good receiver can upgrade the HD video quality in the process.

Marantz Receivers

COMPONENT TO HDMI UPSCALING

Do you have DVDs or VHS videos that you have not made digital yet? Wouldn’t you love to still watch them on your sweet setup?

Ask our Electronics Professionals about receivers that allow you to hook up those legacy devices to the latest technology.

Certain receivers allow you to convert component or composite video and audio to HDMI.

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TEST THEM IN OUR SHOWROOM

Visit our Classic Stereo showroom to see and hear how a new receiver can quickly and easily upgrade your Home Theater.

A Box Suite At Home: Bringing The Stadium To You

Electronics 101 Projection Screen - TRUE 4K

It’s a dream for many sports fans. Sitting in the box suite at the big game, which is basically bringing the luxuries of home to the stadium.

That dream is out of reach for most us. However, we can bring the feel of being in the stadium right into your home. With how many games you watch at home each year, improving your in-home experience presents a much better value because you can enjoy it more often.

IT STARTS WITH EYE MOVEMENT

There is a more scientific reason why big screen TV’s make you feel like you are a part of the action. Bigger screens increase your eye movement which increases your engagement with what you are watching.

Our experts can help you secure the biggest TV’s, but you might be better off thinking about a projection system. A projector and screen can really maximize your space, but also disappear when you need it too.

Think you have to keep your room dark or lose picture quality when you get a projection screen? Think again.

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PICTURE QUALITY MATTERS TOO

Many people know about 4K TV and how four times more pixels can improve your picture quality. However, HDR TV and screens with a Wide Color Gamut make a big difference too.

HDR TVs with a Wide Color Gamut can achieve a wider range of brightness, darkness and a wider arrangement of colors. If the color more closely resembles what you would see in real life, then the picture on your screen looks more like a window into your event.

THE DARKHORSE – AUDIO

There are people in Hollywood getting paid a lot of money and winning major awards for the sound they produce in a movie. Great sound makes you FEEL like you are experiencing the event.

When you are at the game, all of the sounds surround you. It’s not just a tinny sound in front of you. Sounds at a game have bass and hit you from every angle (including behind you and above you).

Classic Stereo has the best equipment for surround sound and the next level, Dolby Atmos. Experience Dolby Atmos sound when you visit the Reference Theater in our showroom.

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A GREAT HOME THEATER TAKES TEAMWORK

We like to say that your viewing experience acts like a chain. Your home setup is only as good as its weakest link.

Too many people get a hodgepodge of equipment and then set it up wrong.

Average equipment set up perfectly is better than the best equipment without a plan.

Our installers are internationally-acclaimed for their work on Home Theaters, Media Rooms and more.

Let us make a plan with you to maximize your space and create a box suite experience in your home.

ASK THE EXPERT: HOME THEATER TECHNOLOGY

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As Home Theater technology improves, it is also becoming more affordable.

Jordan Carson and Scott Bekins discussed this as Classic Stereo made its Ask The Expert debut on WOOD TV 8 today.

HOME THEATER: MORE AFFORDABLE THAN EVER

This is a unique time for projection equipment. The technology has improved immensely, but the prices for quality equipment are lower than ever.

The Reference Theater features our Sony 4K laser projector. Sony has really perfected 4K technology because they are involved in each step. They make the cameras, the studios, TVs and more. If you think you lose any video quality with a projector, we invite you to visit our showroom and experience a Sony 4K picture.

Projection screens have also made great strides over the years. Seymour Screen Excellence makes an acoustically transparent screen. It allowed us to put speakers behind the screen, so the audio comes right at you. Often times you lose either audio quality or picture quality with such technology. However, our Reference Theater proves Seymour’s screen delivers a quality picture and tremendous sound.

EXPERT PLANNING MATTERS TOO

Nobody installs it better than Bekins. Our installation team has won national and international awards for Home Theaters, Media Rooms and more.

It is important to think about every aspect of the room. One weak link can lessen your entire experience. That is why we handle everything from the floors, to the walls, the furniture, the speakers, the screens, the projectors and more.

We want your to get fully immersed in your viewing experience.

Visit our showroom or give us a call and let us show you how to enjoy the best Home Theater experience.

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If you missed our Bekins debut, you can watch Scott and Jordan in the video below

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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SEE IT IN OUR SHOWROOM

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.

Slate Projector Screen In The Den

Classic Stereo featured on local radio show

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John Higgs was a guest on the Repco Lite Home Improvement show recently. Our Electronics Professional talked about what Classic Stereo can offer for Home Theaters. Click on the YouTube video to hear both segments featuring Classic Stereo.

It was all part of Episode 38 which aired on December 23, 2017. Click here to hear the entire episode.

You can also learn more about the Repco Lite Home Improvement show by clicking here.

Want to learn more about how we can help you with your next home theater? Call us, visit us, or contact us here.

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!

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.

FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: HIDDEN INSTALLATION

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When you work with Classic Stereo by Bekins, your room can transform at the bush of a button. You can even change a room with the sound of your voice! See hidden installation firsthand in the Den at the Classic Stereo showroom.

Can’t make it into our showroom? Let Electronics Professional John Higgs show you just a taste of what our Electronics Integration team can do for your home.

BRANDS WE OFFER EARN STRONG WORLDWIDE REPUTATION

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We strive to carry the best quality brands in our stores and two of those brands recently earned a high honor for their reputation.

The Reputation Institute recently named Bosch and Sony among the “10 Companies with the Best Reputation in the World.”

WHERE THEY RANK

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BOSCH

Ranking sixth in the world, Bosch carries a full range of cooking, kitchen and laundry appliances.  Customers love their modern features, functionality and longevity.

To learn more about Bosch and the products we carry, click here.

SONY

One spot behind Bosch in the rankings, Sony, offers a wide range of audio and video products.  The seventh most reputable brand in the world offers products that typically last longer, offer superior performance and cutting edge features.

To learn more about Sony and the products we carry, click here.

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FAMILIAR REPUTATION PRINCIPLES

The study judged the brands using many of the same principles that we strive to achieve here at Bekins.  Here are a few examples:

  • High quality products and services
  • Products and services that are a good value for the money
  • Meets customer needs
  • Stands behind its products and services
  • Has a positive influence on society
  • Behaves ethically

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR US?

The research validates what our experiences have taught us.  For more than 40 years we have worked diligently to offer only the best brands for our customers.

Stop by either of our showrooms to see first-hand why Bosch and Sony were chosen as one of the 10 companies with the best reputation in the world!

 

**Ranking is based on “2017 Global RepTrak – Most Reputable Companies In The World” study.  Click here for more information about their research.**

Paradigm Persona – Listen, and really hear.

Paradigm Persona

It may sound strange to describe the sound of a loudspeaker as “nothing at all” but that is truly what you get with the new Paradigm Persona speakers.

They are engineered to virtually vanish into the performance of your audio, to “take on the persona” of it, and to be more transparent than any speaker before.

The Lineup

Paradigm Persona Speakers
Paradigm Persona 9H
Persona 9H
Paradigm Persona 7F
Persona 7F
Paradigm Persona 5F
Persona 5F
Paradigm Persona 3F
Persona 3F
Paradigm Persona B
Persona B
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Persona C
Paradigm Persona SUB
Persona SUB