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LiteTouch Repair – A simple switch to Lutron

Transitioning from LiteTouch to Lutron with Classic Stereo and Bekins

FROM LITETOUCH TO LUTRON

At Classic Stereo and Bekins, we provide our customers with solutions, including people who are left without support from LiteTouch. We recently helped a West Michigan home easily transition to Lutron.

Savant bought LiteTouch in 2012, then stopped selling all products related to hardwired lighting. That means no more support for homeowners who use it.

That is why our technicians recently visited a West Michigan home built in the mid 1990s. Several of their keypads stopped working.

Our technicians provided solutions with the help of Lutron. They did not need to open up any walls, instead our technicians used the wiring already in the home.

Lutron provides keypads, processors and dimi modules specifically designed to upgrade LiteTouch homes.

In conclusion, the homeowners loved the system repair. They upgraded their 20-year old home lighting control system to include more functions plus the option to control it from an iPad.

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM TO SEE LIGHTING CONTROL IN ACTION

Test examples of lighting control and many of the other features Lutron provides by visiting our showroom. Our Electronics Professionals provide solutions to customers every day.

ELECTRONIC REPAIR: CLASSIC STEREO TO THE RESCUE

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Need an electronic repair? If you have a system that is not working right…who do you call? If you are reading this blog, we hope you know to call Classic Stereo!  Nothing can be more disappointing then failing technology.

Here are just a few issues that we would love to hear about:

  • I have in-ceiling speakers that stopped working.
  • How can I listen to music from my phone in the garage?
  • We have an irreplaceable DVD that we want to watch again, but our system can’t do it.
  • I want to add a turntable to my system, how do I do it?
  • My electronic shades stopped working.
  • One of my security cameras stopped working.
  • My projector stopped coming out of the ceiling.
  • My motorized screen doesn’t go back up into the ceiling.
  • Anything that is not working properly…give us a call.

ELECTRONIC REPAIR EXPERTS

We have the largest and most experienced team of electronics experts. Not only can we perform electronic repair, but they can also teach you how to use your system to its fullest capabilities.

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Best Subwoofer: Listen for these five features

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Anybody looking for the best subwoofer would be wise to read our special guest post. It contains advice from Gary Yacoubian, the CEO of SVS. Their subwoofers are a recent addition to the Classic Stereo showroom.

Gary has served on the Executive Board of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the organization that holds International CES is Las Vegas. He is a commentator on local Washington, DC television news programs, and has been frequently quoted in The Washington Post and Washingtonian magazine on consumer electronics topics, as well as in numerous industry trade magazines. He also has a regular column in Dealerscope Magazine.

FIVE THINGS TO LISTEN FOR WHEN CHOOSING the best SUBWOOFER for you

Adding a subwoofer is one of the most noticeable upgrades you can make to the performance of an audio system or home theater. The best subwoofers add massive impact in terms of low frequency extension and output, without negatively affecting the overall accuracy and believability of the system’s sound.

A great subwoofer is also brand agnostic. If doing its job correctly, you can blend a subwoofer with any brand of speakers and it will faithfully fill in the low end without calling undue attention to itself or taking over the soundstage. When it comes to subwoofers, there’s a line of thinking that says louder and lower is always better. The reality is, there are five things you should listen for when choosing the best subwoofer for your audio system.

1. Deep low frequency extension – This seems obvious, but many subwoofers don’t have the ability to reproduce the deepest bass, and they attempt to make up for it by exaggerating the mid-bass performance to address the deficit, resulting in a bloated and inaccurate sound. A great subwoofer is capable of delivering all the low frequencies in the content being played, sometimes at frequencies so low they can only be felt, not heard!

2. Produce low frequencies at the highest sound pressure levels (SPLs) – A great subwoofer plays effortlessly loud and distortion free, no matter how demanding the source material. Lesser subwoofers use amplifier limiting to cap output, resulting in the bass “disappearing” when the listener turns up the volume past conversational levels. A subwoofer should always match the level of your speakers with headroom to spare so you can experience the full impact of all your content.

3. Accuracy in frequencies produced, and NOT produced – A great subwoofer adds no sonic signature and is completely faithful to the source content delivering the bass notes or low frequencies exactly as the artist or director intended. Lesser subwoofers deliver boomy “one note” bass that is never convincing and can actually be distracting by muddying up the soundstage. Bass notes should be pitch perfect and at just the right level to create an immersive experience.

4. Have speed and control in transients to stop and start with precision – A great subwoofer has speed in musical or cinematic transients so as to keep pace with the content. Lesser subwoofers can’t keep up with challenging content or full range speakers, making the overall system sound smeared and undetailed. A subwoofer with crisp speed in transients can realistically portray the snap of a kickdrum, the pluck of bass guitar strong or the power of an explosion with authority and precision.

5. Blend seamlessly with full range speakers – Subwoofers are awesome, but no one wants to hear bass alone or over-emphasized. In order to function properly a subwoofer must be a seamless part of the overall sound of the system, never drawing attention to the bass alone. It should feel like one cohesive soundstage with accurate imaging of voices and action and pinpoint blending at any volume, throughout the frequency spectrum.

EXPERIENCE THESE SVS SUBWOOFERS AT CLASSIC STEREO

SVS SB 16 Ultra subwoofer
SVS SB 16 Ultra subwoofer
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SVS SB 4000 Subwoofer
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SVS SB 2000 subwoofer
SVS SB 1000 Subwoofer
SVS SB 1000 Subwoofer

From strumming bass guitar riffs and drum beats to the most complex and demanding movie sound effects, a great subwoofer reveals deep layers of sound a speaker is simply not equipped to handle. And while some subwoofers merely add bass, a truly great subwoofer elevates the listening experience in a unique and visceral way.

– Gary Yacoubian, SVS President
Classic Stereo Showroom Grand Rapids

At Classic Stereo, we have the best selection of subwoofers in Michigan, including multiple models by SVS, considered by CNET and many other experts to be the gold standard for subwoofers. If you have questions about which is the best subwoofer for your home theater or music system, or anything else, contact us here.

CUSTOMERS WHO DO THIS…LOVE THEIR PURCHASE

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We find customers who are thrilled with their purchases at Classic Stereo tend to think the same way. They view their major electronics as an investment instead of a purchase.

WE THINK LONG TERM

It takes expertise to think long-term about electronics. Technology obviously changes all the time. However, choosing Classic Stereo and Bekins to install your electronics is an investment in your future. Our team can set up your home in a way that makes it easy to install whatever comes next, even if the connection goes into the wall.

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We also use our decades of experience to pick only the best products for our showroom. Nothing is more frustrating than getting a new TV, just to have it break within a year.

Finally, the largest and most experienced technical staff can help you fix issues that may arise. Having trouble with your home automation system? We can help diagnose the problem so you can get it working again.

INVESTMENT ALSO MEANS VALUE OVER PRICE

You can get a pair of headphones for a few dollars that may break within a year. You could also get a pair of headphones from Classic Stereo that we know will produce great sound, look great and can withstand a bunch of use.

We ask, “Which is the better value?”

To us, it’s the headphones that last longer and give you a better listening experience.

an investment of time too

You work hard for your money. Why waste it buying headphones online without hearing if they sound good?

Make a small investment of your time by visiting our Classic Stereo showroom. Listen to all the best headphones and speakers. Watch the best TV’s and let us even tell you why a projection system might be a better investment.

Walk out of the showroom confident that you will love your purchase because you’ve already heard it and seen it in action.

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