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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.


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.

Visbeen Architects Vanishing Entertainment TV Mirror
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.”


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.


CE Pro Top 100 2017

CE Pro, the leading trade magazine for professionals in the custom electronics business, ranks Bekins number one in Michigan and 45th nationally in their 2017 Top 100 rankings.   This marks the sixth straight year that Bekins has ranked in the CE Pro Top 100.  Classic Stereo partners with Bekins to provide custom electronic integration and automation in homes across West Michigan.


Bekins holds more than a dozen international awards and has taken home many more honors for work in electronics and integration. Industry leading national and international organizations like CEDIA, Crestron, Lutron and ProSource recognize Bekins as a leader in the industry.  We proudly display many of the honors in each of our showrooms. National magazines like Electronic Lifestyle have written stories that featured some of our integration work with Media Rooms, Home Theaters, Hidden Installation, Extreme Makeovers and much more.  For a complete list of our awards and certifications, click here.

The best part of it all?  You have access to an internationally acclaimed custom electronics company right here in West Michigan!

CE Pro honor Classic Stereo Theater
CE Pro The Den Classic Stereo


Streamline life at home and create the audio, video and lighting environment of your dreams.

If you can imagine it in your daily life, chances are we can automate it. Imagine the freedom of being able to control and automate your home’s lights, window shades, TV, audio and intercom systems through your own smartphone or TV remote. No more trying to remember if you locked the door or turned off the lights; no more wrestling with speaker cords and docking stations.

Just automate, then get back to doing the things that really matter.

Here are a few of our areas of expertise:

  • whole home audio
  • automated lighting, dimmer switches and lighting controls
  • motorized shades and daylight harvesting
  • home theater and media room design and installation
  • thermostat control and automation
  • A/V integration for conference rooms
  • surround sound systems
  • acoustical design and engineering
  • wireless speakers and home audio integration
  • plus much more!


Put your home to work for you so you can spend more time doing what you love. Integrating and automating your home’s lighting, audio, media and other electronics helps you focus less on managing devices and measuring energy usage.  It also allows you to focus more on what matters most at home; living your life.  Here are a few more reasons to integrate your home.

  • The convenience to control your home from across the world.
  • Lower your home’s carbon footprint.
  • Integrated technology even your kids can brag about.
  • Manage less, play more.

To see more examples of how Bekins has integrated custom electronics into homes across West Michigan, click here.

CE Pro honor in home education Home Automation


Bekins Classic Stereo Reputation Blog Photo

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.”


Bosch Classic Stereo Reputation Blog


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.


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.

Sony Classic Stereo Reputation Blog


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


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.**

Classic Stereo 1 Year Anniversary!

Classic Stereo 1 Year Anniversary

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Classic Stereo!

One year in business is a big accomplishment for any company but it means even more to us that we were able to successfully bring back the iconic home audio retailer – Classic Stereo.

What started as a bare shell…


has transformed into this beautiful and functional showroom which has allowed us to serve your audio needs for the past year!


Not only have we been able to meet a large amount of new customers, we have also enjoyed re-connecting with the original Classic Stereo customers from the past.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our journey and we look forward to many more anniversary celebrations in the future!




Classic Stereo is BACK

Caption: Left to right: Electronics Expert John Higgs and Classic Stereo Store Director Jim Carey

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Bekins is re-launching Classic Stereo! Beloved by West Michiganders throughout the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s, Classic Stereo has long been known as Grand Rapids’ go-to retailer for awesome audio and video equipment, and for expert advice. Although Classic Stereo fell victim to the recession and closed its doors in 2008, the retailer’s name has lingered.

Today, we’re proud to announce that Classic Stereo is officially joining the Bekins retail family. As Michigan’s #1 Electronics Integrator (according to CEPro), our sister-company Bekins has the CEDIA-certified expertise and muscle to back the high-caliber catalog of A/V equipment Classic Stereo has been known for. Several of the old Classic Stereo’s experts have joined the new Classic Stereo team as Electronics Experts, including John Higgs and Bill Price. The store is located right next to our Grand Rapids Bekins showroom at 6275 28th Street SE.

Doors will open sometime in October.

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Along with the great brands and expert advice Classic Stereo fans expect, our rebooted Classic Stereo will offer virtually limitless integration and installation capabilities. Thanks to recent innovations in the industry, the new Classic Stereo will also be a resource for hi-fi lovers to discover the new, cutting-edge world of hi-resolution audio.

Read our official press release below, and take a look at how our construction has progressed over the last several months. The store is slated to officially open its doors at the end of October.

Want to find out about key launch dates and events? Sign up for updates at From here, you can also request to schedule an on-site or in-home private consultation.

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June 26th

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September…coming soon!