Beware of the White Van Speakers Scam

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We have recently received requests from our customers for IR remote control codes for loudspeakers that they described to us as obtained from white van speakers scam. They felt they’ve been scammed for paying overinflated prices for inferior products and want us to spread the news. It appears that the White Van Speakers Scam is a well-known sales tactic employed throughout the world, and if you google the words, you will find many reports. So here is how the audio equipment scam works.

Features of the White Van Speakers Scam:
1. THE VEHICLE. A white van, an SUV, minivan, or commercial vehicle displaying a company logo with 2 or 3 well-dressed uniformed individuals. The vans typically are parked in apartment complexes, colleges, parking lots of renovations or electronics malls. Home Depot, Best Buy…

2. THE STORY. If you are driving a nice car, look affluent, you will be approached by these individuals. They will proceed to tell you a story of how they are employees of an audio retailer or installer and are in possession of some excess inventory speakers as a result of a warehouse error, computer glitsch, or wrong inventory order, and must desperately be rid of these surpluses in a hurry at rock bottom prices.

3. THE DEAL. They will present you with well polished glossy brochures, magazine ads, website, testimonials with highly inflated MSRP retail prices intended to convince you the high retail value of their goods.

4. HIGH PRESSURE SALES TACTICS. They will lead you to believe that you would be a fool to pass up such deals at heavily discounted prices, and if you were a good son, or brother, or friend, you would buy more to give away as presents or simply to pass the deal on.

5. GUILT ON CONCLUSION OF SALES.  Even when the sale is made, they will make you feel guilty for having snatched a good deal, and hint that you may want to give them a tip for doing you a favor.

Here is a list of the brands that belong to the White Van Speakers Scam. Today, they now appear on Craigslist, so beware.

Incidentally, the two white van speakers for which we have added the IR remote codes into our database are the Kirsch speakers and the Theater Logic Speakers.

Grandma Inspiration for Home Theater Room

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Grandmas all around the world would be envious of the home theater room that Randy Brown, a grandson did for his grandmother.  From an article in Electronic House, here is a story of how he converted a second floor 12 x 14 ft bedroom into a theater style room with a $28,000 budget.

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(Photo courtesy of Michael Laurenziano)

The price may seem hefty, but this include gutting the room, carpentry, framing, carpetting, painting and the purchase of equipment.

Main Features for this Home Theater Room
1.  Full size theater style reclining chairs complete with drink holders.  The chairs are plump with padding. Bring your drink and popcorn and enjoy the show.

2.  Aura Bass Shakers installed under the reclining chairs brings sound to life.  Every explosion, gunshot, engine rev can be experienced physically as the bass shakers translate the sounds into vibrations.  With three front speakers, the sounds and the vibrations gives grandma an unforgettable experience. Yes, shake the floor, and shake the chair.  Hey, this is just like bringing the theater to grandma.

3.  Custom Star Mural ceiling complete with black lights installed on the ceiling soffits.

4.  Remote control system to integrate all the home theater devices including control of the lighting system.

As the world is divided into Android and Apple, Samsung fans can use the Touchsquid remote control app on their smartphones or tablets to remotely control the home theater devices and lighting systems.  Just program the device so that all grandma has to do is press a button and turn on and off all devices connected with one activity.  Using the Samsung built-in IR blaster, there is no need for using an external IR blaster.

In many cases, deluxe home theater rooms have devices hidden behind the walls or cabinets.  In such case, Touchsquid universal remote app supports a number of external IR blasters including the Global Cache, Keene or IRTrans.