Pro Audio In Your Home – Bowers & Wilkins

High-performance audio in the home

Remember when we jumped from Standard Definition to High Definition Television? Has anyone now seen native 4K video on a 4K TV? Almost everyone knows about the drastic improvements in video, however, a generation that grew up listening to music in ear buds has no idea how much they are missing in the world of high-performance audio. The same goes for people who shop for speakers at a big box store, or who have not upgraded their speakers in years.

We have seen some powerful reactions when those people visit the Classic Stereo showroom to hear the best brands in audio. One of the best examples is Bowers and Wilkins.

BOWERS AND WILKINS – USED BY THE PROS

The Bowers and Wilkins speakers in our showroom are the same speakers used in Abbey Road Studios and Skywalker Sound. That means the people who produce music for popular artists like Ed Sheeran and Adele use the same speakers as a reference. Skywalker Sound uses the speakers to produce audio for blockbuster movies like Incredibles 2 and Black Panther.

While top industry professionals use Bowers and Wilkins for reference speakers, the company designed them for your home.

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HEAR HIGH-PERFORMANCE AUDIO IN OUR SHOWROOM

Hear the difference for yourself. Bring in your favorite song to hear how it sounds with high-performance audio. Customers have brought in songs they’ve enjoyed their entire life and leave blown away by the sound. They say they did not realize how much detail they missed.

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Classic Stereo System Fix: Upgrading Technology

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We had a customer recently stop by our showroom who needed a video and stereo system fix. They have a system that Classic Stereo installed about 20 years ago. The home has changed owners twice since then. The last homeowner didn’t use the system, so the new homeowner needs help figuring out how to get it working again.

THE STEREO SYSTEM FIX

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The home has wiring to speakers in every room. However, they were controlled by a keypad in the wall that could operate the tuner or the CD player, and control the volume up and down, even let you pick your zone.

Not many people use those anymore.

Electronics Professional John Higgs offered a solution that allowed them to run their stereo system through a tablet.

“The infrastructure was there, ” Higgs said. “We just needed to update the technology.”

The homeowner was thrilled with the solution.

“They didn’t even know what they had available to them,” Higgs said. “Now they are asking about what else is possible. Can we put speakers in the sun room? Can we put speakers out by the pool?”

The answer is, “Yes we can!”

Classic Stereo can easily upgrade the speakers too.

WHAT’S NOT WORKING IN YOUR SYSTEM?

It’s a common conversation in our showroom. If you have any electronics or systems that are not performing the way you want, give us a call or stop by our showroom.  We enjoy offering solutions.

We can also let you know what has improved since your last purchase. You may not even know what you’re missing.

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AUDIO EXPERTS: LESSON AT DISCOVERY ELEMENTARY

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A handwritten letter can still be a powerful tool. Our audio experts at Classic Stereo recently received a handwritten note from a fifth grade student at Discovery Elementary School in Kentwood.

The students each pick a topic that interests them, then they find an expert in the field to answer questions and be their mentor in the subject.

We were flattered when one of the students asked us to be a mentor.

We sent our newest Electronics Professional, Craig Rybarczyk, to give a presentation to Mrs. Tidd’s entire class.

LETTER FOR THE AUDIO EXPERTS

Craig was impressed with the letter we received.

“I thought that it was absolutely awesome that a Fifth Grade student was so inquisitive as to how speakers work, and that she would seek out the professionals at Classic Stereo to see where loudspeaker technology currently is, and where its heading,” Craig said.

Here are just a few excerpts from the note we received:

Handwritten letter for the audio experts

“As experts in the fields of loudspeakers I am confident that the people of Classic Stereo will be able to assist me in my research and product development. I am responsible for knowing what innovations have had the greatest impacts on loud speakers and what current innovations are currently impacting the topic.”

Handwritten letter for the audio experts

“I am particularly interested in loudspeaker sound, something I’ve read a lot about in my research. I would like to understand the advancements in this area better and highlight them in my work.”

Handwritten letter for the audio experts

“I am very excited to become more of an expert on loudspeakers. I have been reading about the utility daily…”

MEET OUR NEWEST AUDIO EXPERT CRAIG RYBARCZYK

Craig recently met with the student one-on-one during the school day to answer specific questions. Then Craig met with Mrs. Tidd’s entire class to talk more about the science of loudspeakers.

“The class had wonderful questions, and they even knew many of the technical terms I used,” Craig said. “It is exciting to see such young kids be so interested in the technology around speaker design, and the bright future of this industry.”

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Audio Experts - Teaching loudspeakers

VISIT ANY OF OUR AUDIO EXPERTS

You don’t need to write a letter to ask our Audio Experts any questions. Visit our showroom or give us a call.

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High Praise For Our Electronics Installers

At Classic Stereo, we pride ourselves on being the best customer service company. We strive to give our customers such great service that they say “WOW!” and want to tell others about it. Volunteers from our parent company, Bekins, recently installed appliances and electronics in an addition for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Ottawa County. Their Development Director, Rebekah Bakker, talks about her experience with our Bekins installers in the video below.

MORE ABOUT OUR VOLUNTEER EFFORTS WITH THE CAC

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WHAT OTHER CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH BEKINS AND CLASSIC STEREO

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Paradigm Persona Speakers Earning Awards & Praise

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The Paradigm Persona line of speakers find an interesting way to both stand out and disappear at the same time.

Their looks stand out. The line offers a unique design and four very distinct color choices.

However, they designed the sound to make it feel like your speakers disappear. The speakers take on the “persona” of what you play.

We always strive to offer the best products in our showroom. Other audio experts agree. Just look at the awards and what the experts say about the Paradigm Persona line of speakers.

HIGH PRAISE FOR PARADIGM PERSONA

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DEALERSCOPE 2018 IMPACT! AWARD
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Of course, music is only as good as the tools used to play it. Enter the Paradigm Persona 9H. Acoustically, the Persona 9H can out-muscle heavyweights twice its price.

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2017 AUDIOHOLICS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER
PERSONA 5F

What struck us about these speakers wasn’t their balanced sound character, or impressive build quality or aesthetics, but their stunning midrange clarity which had no equal.

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SOUNDSTAGE PRODUCTS OF THE YEAR
PERSONA 7F

They consistently projected a wonderfully open, detailed, effortless top end capable of communicating vast amounts of space, balance, drive — and, inevitably, emotion. The Persona 7Fs have proven themselves a benchmark product at their price point, which makes granting them a Reviewers’ Choice award a foregone conclusion.

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SECRETS OF HOME THEATER AND HIGH FIDELITY
PERSONA 7F

There is no doubt that Paradigm pulled out all the stops with this one, with the beryllium drivers, advanced cabinet design and other technologies that they refined over the years. They were looking to make a statement and boy, did they.

SEE AND HEAR THEM IN OUR SHOWROOM

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You can take the experts at their word, or visit our Classic Stereo showroom to form your own opinion.

Test a variety of brands and models in our speaker room. The Persona line of speakers in The Den also gives you a great preview of how they would look in your home.

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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TEST IT IN OUR SHOWROOM

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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TEST THEM OUT IN OUR SHOWROOM

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.

SVS 4000 SERIES SUBWOOFERS DRAW HIGH PRAISE

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If you have not visited our Classic Stereo showroom lately, you need to visit us to hear the new critically acclaimed SVS 4000 series subwoofer.

what EXPERTS say ABOUT THE SVS 4000 SERIES SUBS

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CNET is the world’s leader in tech product reviews, news, prices, videos, forums, how-to’s and more. The magazine’s top audio reviewer Steve Guttenberg reviewed the SB 4000.

“A reference-grade subwoofer that doesn’t merely dish out room-rattling home theater effects, it’s also very musical. I’ve never heard bass like this in the CNET listening room! I highly recommend it”

Click here to see his full review.

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Dennis Burger gave the PB 4000 five stars for performance, value and a five-star overall rating.

“SVS has another undeniable winner on its hands here—one that outperforms its predecessor while delivering improved aesthetics at a cheaper sticker price. I could not give it a heartier recommendation.

Click here to see the full review.

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James Larsen reviewed the SVS 4000 series and seems to prefer the cylinder subs.

“SVS leveraged the march of progress in technology to make their classic 13-Ultra design better without a significant cost increase. SVS 4000 Series Subwoofers offer significant gains.This is nothing but good news for subwoofer enthusiasts.”

Click here to read his full review.

SVS SUBS IN OUR SHOWROOM

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SB 4000

SVS SB 16 Ultra subwoofer

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SVS SB 2000 Subwoofer

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SVS SB 1000 Subwoofer

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VISIT US TO FORM YOUR OWN REVIEW

Visit our showroom to give these SVS subs your own review. Our Electronics Professionals will guide you to the right one for your needs and even let you test them against the competition.

You can also contact us online to get more information and a price quote.

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.

LISTEN TO THE BEST IN OUR SPEAKER ROOM

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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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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