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.

Get $200 off a Klipsch turntable & speaker setup

Klipsch turntable and speaker bundle

No receiver required. Just add vinyl. The R-15PM powered monitors with built-in phono pre-amp are perfectly matched to the custom Klipsch x Pro-Ject Primary turntable to deliver room-filling sound without the hassle of setting up mounds of equipment. For a limited time, you can get $200 off when you buy the Klipsch turntable and speaker bundle at Classic Stereo.

KLIPSCH TURNTABLE

A perfect introduction into the world of vinyl, the custom Klipsch x Pro-Ject Primary turntable makes it easy to savor the warm analog sounds from your records. No need for counterweights, anti-skate adjustments or cartridge alignments. Just plug everything in and you’re ready to rock.

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KLIPSCH SPEAKERS

From spinning your precious vinyl to streaming your latest favorite song, the R-15PM speakers can do anything. There is no need for a receiver with these features:

  • built-in amplifier including a phono pre-amp
  • Bluetooth® enabled technology
  • digital optical, analog RCA and USB inputs
R-15PM with Klipsch Turntable

OFFER IS ONLY VALID THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2017. SO VISIT OUR CLASSIC STEREO SHOWROOM TODAY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SPECIAL OFFER.

GET A PRESTIGE CENTER CHANNEL 50-100% OFF

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Get Paradigm’s astonishing audio performance at an even more incredible value!  Get a pair of Paradigm Prestige floorstanding speakers at Classic Stereo and get a Prestige Center Channel for 50 or 100 percent off!

This deal runs through October 31 of this year and is only valid on select products.

HOW TO GET A FREE PRESTIGE CENTER CHANNEL

  • Purchase a pair of 95F Floorstanding Loudspeakers and get a free Prestige 55C Center Channel.
  • Purchase a pair of 85F Floorstanding Loudspeakers and get a free Prestige 45C Center Channel.
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HOW TO GET A PRESTIGE CENTER CHANNEL FOR 50 PERCENT OFF

  • Purchase a pair of 85F Floorstanding Loudspeakers and get a Prestige 55C Center Channel 50% off!
  • Purchase a pair of 75F Floorstanding Loudspeakers and get a Prestige 45C Center Channel 50% off!
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OFFER ONLY VALID THROUGH OCTOBER 31 SO VISIT CLASSIC STEREO TODAY!

FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: BOWERS & WILKINS 802

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Electronics Professional John Higgs shows us the Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3. Bowers and Wilkins uses a diamond tweeter and a continuum cone to ensure revealing natural sound.

They say it is “Studio Quality, Home Friendly.”

Electronics Professional John Higgs reveals who else uses these speakers in this week’s Find It At Classic Stereo.

Find It At Classic Stereo: Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3 Speakers

FIND IT AT CLASSIC STEREO: PARADIGM PERSONA 9H

Find It At Classic Stereo

Beryllium helps the Paradigm Persona 9H loudspeakers disappear into the audio. The speakers earn their name by taking on the “persona” of the audio.

Paradigm says Beryllium provides the “absolute best diaphragm material.” Over three decades of innovation go into their luxury new class of loudspeaker.

Electronics Professional John Higgs shows us the Paradigm Persona 9H loudspeaker. You can also visit our showroom and Find It At Classic Stereo for yourself.

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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.

VISBEEN ARCHITECTS ENLISTS BEKINS & CLASSIC STEREO

Visbeen Architects Alley Party

 

Visbeen Architects hosted guests at their Design Home Thursday night.  The event raised money for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The Design Home acts as Wayne and Angela Visbeen’s living space, work space, but also their showroom. They designed the space to wow potential customers.

With that in mind, they hired Bekins and Classic Stereo to furnish appliances and electronics in the home.

ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCES FOR VISBEEN ARCHITECTS

The electronics in the home feature hidden installation and built-in speakers. Since we installed them during the construction phase, the speakers are flush to the ceiling.

Each room can listen to its own music or the whole home can play the same audio.

The Design Home also features Seura Vanishing Entertainment flat screen televisions. Turn the TV off and it transforms into a mirror.

The kitchen features appliances from Bekins, including a pair of built-in Gaggenau refrigerators. The refrigerators feature the same finish as the cabinetry in the rest of the kitchen, which makes them discreet and blend in with the rest of the room.

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An example of a vanishing entertainment television mirror from Seura. The left show the TV when it’s “on.” On the right, it becomes a mirror when the TV is “off.”

ALLEY PARTY FOR A CAUSE

Attendees bought tickets to the event and items during an auction. Visbeen Architects and the Grand Rapids Business Journal donate those proceeds to the Helen DeVos Children Hospital. To learn more about the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation and how to donate, click here.

PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER: BIG SOUND

Portable Bluetooth Speaker Peachtree DeepBlue 2

“You will be surprised how loud it can get,” Classic Stereo Electronics Professional Bill Price says. “Its sound is much bigger than its size.” If you are in search of a portable Bluetooth speaker, or even not a fan of them at all, come into our showroom to hear the Peachtree DEEPBLUE2. See if its sound shocks you too.

HOW DOES IT PRODUCE SO MUCH SOUND?

It does not even stand one foot tall and weighs only 16 pounds, so you can move the speaker into any room. With its small size in mind, Peachtree uses a few features to ensure that its speaker still performs well at a high volume.

  • A custom 440-watt amplifier creates five times more power than home Bluetooth speakers on the market.
  • The 6.5 inch woofer moves so much air that you will not only hear full bass, you will feel it too.
  • Five speakers configure three ways to balance the sound. You can easily hear every voice and instrument.
Portable Bluetooth Speaker Peachtree DeepBlue 2

NOT JUST PORTABLE…IT’S SMART TOO

Volume changes how our ears hear bass. The portable Bluetooth speaker uses a “Smart Volume” feature to adapt the bass levels for you. Yet, a remote still lets you control the bass if you want.

Portable Bluetooth Speaker Peachtree DEEPBLUE2

STREAM ALL YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC

The built-in aptX Bluetooth audio receiver lets you pair up to five Bluetooth devices:

  • Android
  • iPhone
  • iPod touch
  • MacBook
  • most PC’s
  • iTunes
  • Windows Media Player
  • Pandora
  • Spotify
  • LastFM
  • and more!

plug it into even more devices

Two wired inputs allow you to connect to:

  • Apple TV
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Sonos Connect
  • turntables with an external or built-in phono preamp
  • HDTV’s with optical digital outputs
Portable Bluetooth Speaker Peachtree with turntable

test the PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER in our showroom

Visit our showroom! Hear the “Smart Volume” in action, learn more about how it connects and see if the sound shocks you too.

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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

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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

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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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