Chief TV mounts provide clean look to West Olive home

Chief TV mounts in West Olive

Using Bekins and Classic Stereo for electronics from the very start of a home building process allows you the chance to show a clean and customized look. Thoughtfully designed and executed by the visionaries at Mike Schaap Builders and Benchmark Design Studio, a new home in West Olive uses Chief TV mounts and other features installed by Bekins to hide wires from view.

CHIEF TV MOUNTS DISPLAY SONY televisions

This home features both static TV mounts and mounts with swing arms.

The Chief swing arm mount keeps a low profile, collapsing to fewer than two inches out from the wall. However, it also offers homeowners flexible viewing. It can extend up to 25 inches and effortlessly tilt up to 15 degrees to achieve optimal viewing angles.

With planning from our team, the mount can help you hide wires and avoid using a TV stand. Yet, this home in West Olive at times still uses an entertainment center underneath the TV.

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You can see this home, 15330 Fillmore Street in West Olive, during this spring’s Parade of Homes.sponsored by the Lakeshore Home Builders Association. The event runs from June 7-16. Homes are open Thursdays and Fridays 6-9pm plus Wednesday and Saturdays 1-6pm. Homes are closed Monday, Tuesday and Sunday.

Pay $15 for tickets at the home. Pay $12.50 if you purchase in advance at the Lakeshore Home Builders Association office, on their website or their app. In addition, you can pay $12.50 at participating Lake Michigan Credit Union branches.

Chief TV mounts in West Olive
Chief TV mounts in West Olive
Chief TV mounts in West Olive

SEE CHIEF TV MOUNTS AND SONY TVS IN OUR SHOWROOM

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TV Wall Mounts Help Shelbyville Home Keep Clean Look

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With TVs and an audio system bought at Classic Stereo and installed by the internationally-acclaimed Bekins electronic integration team, this home in Shelbyville shows a clean look to your home’s electronics. TV wall mounts and other mounts help eliminate any cord clutter eyesores.

TV Wall Mounts Help Avoid Cord Clutter

You have probably seen it. The TV mounted on a wall with no outlet behind it, so you also see the cord running below it to reach the plug.

You may have also seen the big entertainment system with a pile of wires stacked behind it.

When you work with Classic Stereo, we help you form a plan to avoid those eyesores and safety hazards.

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This is certainly not the worst case of cord clutter, but also not what you want to see either.

This home in Shelbyville features Sonos Soundbars mounted to Samsung and Sony televisions. The homeowners planned ahead with the mounting so the electrical outlets were placed higher on the wall and the cable cords were run next to them.

So when you see the TV’s around the home, you do not see:

  • a bulky entertainment center
  • any boxes
  • any DVDs, CDs, Blu-Rays
  • or any out of place cords
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MORE THAN ONE WAY TO MOUNT A TV

When it comes to mounting or even hiding your television, we have numerous options.

Visit our showroom just to see a few, and talk with our experts how to make sure your electronics do not clutter your home.

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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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SEE IT IN OUR SHOWROOM

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.

A Box Suite At Home: Bringing The Stadium To You

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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.

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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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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VANISHING TV APPEARS AT CLASSIC STEREO

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You have likely seen a vanishing TV on your television one day. Yet, you may not have known where to get it. We can show it to you in our Classic Stereo showroom right here in Grand Rapids.

If you have never seen a vanishing TV, then visit us…so that you can see it in our showroom.

VANISHING TV – APPEARING MIRROR

Seura offers a television that can turn into a mirror when turned off.

Talk about hidden installation!

Enjoy television in your favorite room when you want it, then make the TV disappear when you want to host guests. The best part? Your television can blend in with the decor of the room.  You will no longer see a clashing black rectangle on the wall.

Like so many of the custom electronics we offer, Seura provides many unique design and configuration options, including:

  • display size
  • mirror size
  • framing
  • technology upgrades
  • and more!
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NO NEED TO SACRIFICE QUALITY

The television disappears completely when turned off. When you turn it on, the TV images shine brightly through the mirror.

Seura manufactures 4K UHD models of the Vanishing TV, which provides an image more than four times better than regular HD.  They also offer display sizes from 42 inches to 65 inches.

WHERE DOES IT GO?

A vanishing TV offers design versatility for your living spaces, you bedroom and even above fireplaces.

Inputs and outputs on the TV face upwards instead of straight back to allow for a thinner profile and easy cord concealment.

Ask our internationally acclaimed Bekins Electronics Integration team about which mount works best for your home. A recessed mount allows the mirror to recess into the wall to show a flush finish. A surface mount keeps it outside the wall, but still close for a sleek appearance.

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FIND IT IN OUR SHOWROOM

We always encourage you to see it for yourself.  So visit our showroom and talk to our Electronics Professionals about how to make a Vanishing TV appear in your home.

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WANT TO ENJOY THE GAME & THE WEATHER?

Outdoor TV installed by Bekins

We present you a good problem to solve. The college football season really kicks off this weekend with some big games. Meteorologists also expect us to enjoy pleasant weather this Saturday. So do you stay inside to watch the game or go out in the backyard and cookout? An outdoor TV can help you do both.

OUTDOOR TV – DESIGNED TO ENDURE THE WEATHER

Let us start by saying that manufacturers did not build normal indoor televisions for outdoor use. Those televisions present a greater risk for electrical shock and a greater fire hazard if used outdoors.

Seura’s outdoor televisions provide a Triple Lock Seal to protect 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

To put it simply, Seura builds outdoor televisions to withstand all of the weather elements we typically endure.

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ADAPTS WITH THE LIGHTING

First of all, one of our Classic Stereo televisions experts will ask if the TV sees shade or feels no protection at all. Seura built the Storm for shaded areas and the Storm Ultra Bright for sunny areas.

Either way, lighting always changes outdoors. Seura has the technology to make sure your outdoor TV changes with it. Your view remains glare-free and shows the best contrast of colors.

NO NEED TO SACRIFICE QUALITY OR LOOKS

Seura says it builds its low profile designs 41 percent thinner than traditional outdoor televisions.

You can also get 4K UHD models up to 84 inches in size!

AS ALWAYS – SEE IT IN OUR SHOWROOM

We have a Seura Outdoor television hanging up in our showroom. Come visit us, check it out for yourself, and learn more about how to get the best view of the big games while enjoying your own backyard. Maybe even enjoy some unique barbecue sauces and rubs from Bekins while you cookout.

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LIKE AN ECLIPSE, OLED TVS SHOW “PERFECT BLACK”

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Who knew darkness could hurt your eyes? We hope you either used the special glasses or did not look directly at this week’s solar eclipse. If you missed it, we have an easy way to view “perfect black” in our showroom with OLED TVs. It causes much less harm to your eyes and do not require any special glasses.

WHAT IS OLED TV?

It stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode. What does that mean? In simple terms, most televisions rely on a light from the back or the sides of a television to help emit color.

OLED TVs have diodes that emit their own light. The diodes create three distinct advantages:

 

  • “Perfect Black” – If you have a black object and a colorful object on the screen at the same time, the colorful object will have less affect on the black object. In other TVs, the light needed to create the color would slightly brighten the black object. An OLED TV creates the color black by not emitting any diodes. Since each portion of the screen creates its own light, the black object get less affected by the diodes in other parts of the screen.

 

  • Greater contrast – If the color remains the same, but the black gets darker, that means a greater contrast of color right?

 

  • Can TV’s really get thinner? – Yes! The diodes create the light, which means the TV needs fewer parts. So it can go even thinner than the competition.
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SEE THESE OLED TVS AT CLASSIC STEREO

As we so often say, visit our Classic Stereo showroom and see it for yourself! We picked two TVs to ask about when you get here.

LG
65″ OLED 4K Smart TV

 

*CLOSEOUT DEAL*
$1,999
Only 1 floor model left!!!
Price only valid while supplies last!

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Sony Bravia OLED TV

Sony Bravia
55″ OLED 4K HDR Smart TV

PLAYBAR OR PLAYBASE? A QUESTION FOR TV AUDIO

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Sonos added Playbase to its TV audio options this spring. The new product makes Sonos fans choose between Playbase and Playbar.

You may visit Classic Stereo and ask our Electronics Professionals, “Which one is the best fit for my home?”

In turn, they will ask you some questions.

HOW IS YOUR tELEVISION, TV AUDIO AND ROOM DESIGNED?

Sonos says the audio output differs for each speaker but they produce the same quality sound.

So it comes down to design.

Have a flat screen TV mounted to a wall? The Playbar links to the bottom of the television, mounts to the wall below it, or can sit by itself on a TV stand.

On the other hand, the Playbase lives up to its name. Put a black TV stand on the Playbase and it should blend right in.

While you may not notice the look, the sound from the Playbase should stand out.

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PLAYBASE FEATURES

If you do not want the Playbase in black, you can get it in white too. Both colors support up to 77 pounds of television.

You should not have any problems setting it up either. Plug in one cord for power and the other cord connects to the TV.

It can provide audio for more than your television. It streams music over WiFi instead of Bluetooth, which comes in handy when you get a phone call. WiFi music does not stop for the phone.

Finally, pair it up with SUB and two PLAY:1s for 5.1 surround sound.

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PLAYBAR FEATURES

Playbar shares many of the same features:

  • Simple two-cord setup
  • TV audio and music streaming
  • Stream that music over WiFi
  • A wireless sync with SUB and two PLAY:1s for 5.1 surround sound

The Playbar also works wall mounted or laying flat.  It even works with your existing TV remote.

FIND THEM BOTH AT CLASSIC STEREO

We encourage our customers to test everything in our showroom. So visit us to see and hear the difference for yourself.

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