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Update: 2015 Streaming is King... Downloads become a downer

Update: 2015 Streaming is King... Downloads become a downer.

Tidal streaming service offers LOSSLESS audio streaming at 1,411 kbps (CD quality) compared to Spotify premium at 320 kbps, iTunes at 256 kbps and the "other guys" that aren't even worth mentioning.

Its not just quality, it's Quality & Control... Like the days of MOG, you can save songs to your favorites, create playlists and actually replay a track... crazy huh?!

Check out TIDAL for yourself. Enjoy quality & control again!

https://tidalhifi.com/us/campaign/audio

 

Current Home Technologies first to display Mark Levinson No. 585 Integrated Amplifier

It's Christmas in November!

We are proud to announce that we will be the first to display the long awaited Mark Levinson No. 585 Integrated Amplifier in Washington, Oregon & Idaho.

Founded in 1972, the Mark Levinson® brand has become synonymous with extraordinary levels of audio performance and has a reputation in high-end audio design like no other. From that heritage comes perhaps the finest, most-accomplished integrated amplifier ever made: the N-o 585. Combining Mark Levinson’s unsurpassed analog performance with advanced digital audio capability and flexible system configuration, the N-o 585 pushes the reproduction of any source material to new levels of realism. 

Contact us today to schedule your private demonstration.

Mark Levinson No. 585

No. 585 back

 

Current Home Technologies unveils the first Dolby Atmos 5.1.4 home theater display in the Vancouver, Wa. / Portland, Or. area.

5.1.4 is now on display!

Is it a date?

Is it a code?

or

Is it the best thing to happen to home theater in years?

It's our brand new Dolby Atmos speaker design that we've retrofitted into our custom integrated showroom in downtown Vancouver. 

With a Dolby Atmos® system, sound comes from all directions, including overhead, to create an immersive experience with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth. Dolby Atmos gives artists amazing new capabilities to tell their stories, accent their games, or perform their music—so you can experience the power of the artist's vision. The specific sounds of people, music, and things move around you in multidimensional space, so you feel like you are inside the action. Dolby Atmos sound excites your senses and inspires your emotions to create a more profoundly moving entertainment experience.

Contact us to schedule your private demonstration.

 

http://www.dolby.com/us/en/home/index.html

 

How can an AV guy help with neck pain?

The idea of placing your new HDTV flat panel display over the fireplace is a great idea until you're 90 minutes into a 120 minute film and all you can focus on is the pain in your neck due to your TV being 60+ inches off the floor, now we have a solution... The EAD2 by Future Automation. The Electric Advance and Drop V2 TV Wall Mount bracket is designed to move a flat screen vertically to a more desirable viewing height. It also features a manual swivel of up to 45° to allow for multiple viewing positions - with a self aligning mechanism when the wall mount retracts into the upward position. The down and out movement make this ideal for mounting a TV over a fireplace as the EAD moves forward to clear a mantle piece and then drops down for a more favourable viewing position. A truly unique and creative solution.

http://futureautomation.net/Product/Details/EAD2

Stop by our Vancouver/Portland area Audio/Video and Integration showroom to discuss your next Home Theater, Custom Audio and Low Voltage Integration system.

Lightning strikes

In the Northwest we have it pretty easy when it comes to weather: we get our fair share of rain, occasional sun and maybe some wind. What about the rare weather occasions though? How familiar are you with thunderstorms that bring strong winds, hail and lightning? With any weather phenomenon comes new considerations and possible dangers. So let’s talk about lightning strikes and how it may affect your in‑home electronics, like the surround sound processor you just had installed.

 Most of us have surge protectors in our homes to protect for example our Apple products or Samsung TVs from power surges. However, a direct or close‑proximity lightning strike is so powerful that it is nearly impossible to prevent damage to your electronics. “But one safeguard against electronics being “fried” by lightning is simply to unplug them whenever you’re expecting a lightning storm.” 1 Take the advice and follow the simple “unplug it” rule. It could save you a lot of money and headaches in the long run.  

 

1Griepentrog, T. (2008, June 5) How to Protect Your Home from Lightning. Retrieved from http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/lightning-protection.aspx#axzz3AI0hC3Zr.

 

Curved TV custom loudspeakers

If you're considering one of the new 4K UHD or OLED Curved TV's from Samsung but you're wondering what to do with your existing soundbar that fits neatly under your existing flat panel HDTV... We've got a solution for you! 

LCR speakers

Check out Artison's attachable LCR's; they offer left, right and center channel like a soundbar, but better positioning dialogue to the screen. Along with their premium drivers and crossovers (sound quality), their magic is in the grills. We have them custom built specifically for your brand and model of TV, they literally look like they come with the set!

Please stop by our home theater, custom audio and integrated systems showroom, or give us a call if you want to learn more.

Business Growth Awards

A Proud Moment

 On April 24, 2014 at the SW Washington Business Growth Awards (BGA) we were presented the “Fastest Growing Company 1 – 5 Years” award. A huge thank you goes out to our clients who have given us the opportunity to be a part of their projects, whether a home theater, integrated home or custom audio system. We are grateful for the community support and continually strive for the best because you deserve it. Thank you for growing with us!

 

 

Worlds first THX Certified OLED TV

LG's 55" curved OLED TV may be thinner than your cell phone. That's pretty amazing in itself, but the picture quality is unlike anything you've ever seen. Visit our custom home theater and integrated showroom today, or come see us this weekend at the Clark Public Utilities Home & Garden Idea Fair to see for yourself.

OLED TV

General specs... 

Model 55EA9800 / OLED Display / 4 Color Pixel / Full HD 1080p Resolution / THX Certified Display / 2D to 3D Conversion / Wi-Fi Built-in

Outdoor landscape speaker systems

With the sun shining over the Portland & Vancouver area it’s hard to stay inside! Lawns are mowed, baseball games are played, and some good-old relaxing occurs in your favorite lawn chair. Of course you may have noticed that something’s missing. What could it possibly be? A quality outdoor audio system. After all, your favorite tunes deserve more than an iPhone speaker. Most ambient outdoor noise will drown it out! We have a few unique options in our showroom we’d like to highlight for you.

 OutCast by Soundcast, the best wireless speakers available today!

Don’t let the small size fool you, it's capability speaks for itself! This weather-resistant speaker has an 8” down-firing woofer, 360° sound, easy-to-use plug and play features, and a long-lasting rechargeable battery. This system is incredibly portable and fun to have anywhere you go.

 Niles Planter Speaker

For something a little more stationery that matches your style, check out our planter speaker. This can truly be used as a planter with drainage holes to properly aerate the roots and a fully enclosed 6” speaker protected from the elements. The sound quality is amazing and only gets better once filled with soil and your favorite greenery.

 Episode Landscape Satellite Speakers

These attractive 6” satellite speakers have great sound and are very versatile. Place them on the ground, mount them to a structure, or even put them in a tree. The dark brown color helps them blend into the scenery so that your attention stays on the beautiful yard you’ve worked so hard on…that is, until you turn up the volume!

 These are just a few of the possibilities. We have an extensive selection to your avail with select products currently on display in our showroom. Also, come visit us at the 23rd annual Clark Public Utilities Home & Garden Ideas Fair being held at the Clark County Fair Grounds April 25 – 27. Admission is free and we’d love to have you stop by!

Current Home Technologies showcases todays Integrated Custom Home

 

 

Current Home Technologies will showcase an Integrated Smart Home at the 2014 Parade of Homes.

 

Today we're wrapping up the pre-wire cabling on our custom integrated home in the 2014 Parade of Homes. Thanks to a great local family and support from some of our key manufacturers like Crestron, Revel Speakers, Artison and Launchport this is shaping up to be one of the best Parade of Homes in quite a few years.

http://www.clarkcountyparadeofhomes.com

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