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Apple Music Now Available On Your Sonos System

February 11th, 2016

Two of the world’s most popular names in streaming music, one on the software side and one the hardware, are finally together. After months of beta testing, Apple Music is now available on your Sonos devices. Since their debut, Sonos speakers have been the go-to choice for anyone interested in a portable, wireless music system that didn’t compromise on sound quality. Users could stream just about every music service available—Pandora, Spotify, Last.FM, etc—from their portable device to their hi-fi Sonos speakers. Every service, that is, except for Apple Music.

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Apple Music had been available to the public since the end of June, offering Apple’s iTunes music library in streaming format and adding in new options like handpicked music suggestions and the worldwide Beats 1 radio station. But when two companies dedicated to a perfect product work together, you can be sure they want to tweak every last option. Now, after an extensive beta program which had hundreds of thousands of listeners using the program and providing helpful feedback, Apple Music on Sonos has officially launched. Using it is as simple as listening to any of your other streaming services: Select “Add Music Services” on your Sonos app, then scroll to find Apple Music and log in to your Apple account. If you don’t have an Apple Music account, you can sign up for a free three-month trial here.

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him & Her

February 11th, 2016

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s nothing better than making your loved one smile with the perfect gift. We want to make sure you’re covered during this special holiday, so check out the items our staff has picked out below and give your special someone a very special gift!

 

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There’s still time to get this beautiful Pandora gift set, the limited edition white leatherette wristlet is included with purchase. Hurry while this offer is good until 02/15/16.

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Shop Now During Our Customer Appreciation Sale!

February 10th, 2016

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Starting today, we celebrate the 80th year of Abt Electronics being in business. Abt Electronics started as a small family-owned shop in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, and has been growing as a business ever since. We still remain as a family owned business at our 4th location in Glenview, and we are always discovering ways to provide you the best shopping experience in-store and online. The Customer Appreciation Sale is a way of saying thanks to all of our loyal and new customers who shop with us to keep our store in business. From now until Sunday, February 14th, save throughout the site on tons of  products like TVs, kitchen appliances, blenders and more. These deals are just too good to miss out on, start shopping now ! Click on the Customer Appreciation Sale banner above.

 

Customer Appreciation Sale at our Morton Grove location in 2001.

Customer Appreciation Sale at our Morton Grove location in 2001.

 

 

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Find the Perfect Gift at the Time Boutique

February 9th, 2016

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If you haven’t seen our Time Boutique yet, it’s definitely worth stopping by. With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, come on by and shop for the perfect gift for your loved one. We carry a wide selection of fine, luxurious watches for both Men and Women at all price points. Choose from many different brands, like Movado, Rado, Shinola and more.

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With a wide selection of different brands, the boutique carries a variety of watches that best fit your needs. You can go with a classic style and wear a stainless steel watch with a leather band, or keep up with today’s trend and wear a Rose Gold Watch.

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Not only do we carry timeless pieces, the Time Boutique also offers repair services and battery replacements for your watches. Our friendly staff in the watch boutique will be able to assist you with finding the perfect watch or help resolve any issues with your watch.

We offer repairs on select watches.

Ask us about servicing your watch at Abt.

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If you’re not in the market for a new watch, or you want to shop for fine jewelry for a loved one, we also have a stunning PANDORA display in the boutique. PANDORA jewelry gives you the option of personalization. You can choose from a variety of charms and bracelets, and also rings, necklaces, and earrings that can show your story, or you can simply give it as a gift to your loved one.

PANDORA Jewelry at ABT

PANDORA Jewelry at Abt

Our Time Boutique is open during regular business hours, but if you are not able come by, you can also shop online and take a look at our watches. If you wanted to order a watch or have any further questions, give us a call and speak to one of our watch specialists at 888.228.5800.

RADO Watches on display at the ABT Time Boutique.

RADO Watches

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LG Signature Series OLED TV and The Man From Tomorrow

February 8th, 2016

If you happened to watch that very popular professional football game last night (or at least the commercials), you probably saw the mysterious LG spot featuring movie star Liam Neeson as “The Man From The Future.” Part of a new campaign that LG has been leading up to for weeks, the cryptic commercial featured scenes straight out of an action-packed sci-fi movie, and no doubt left viewers asking some questions.  For those who hit the web in search of more answers, all was revealed with the official public debut of the new LG Signature OLED TV.

The LG Signature OLED TV is a technological marvel, featuring a picture unlike anything we’ve seen before and wrapped in a design that stuns even when the screen is off.  OLED technology lets LG create a display in which brightness and color are all controlled at the pixel level, giving the LG G6 Signature series TVs a healthy advantage over any other TV technology available today. One of the main benefits of LG OLED TVs is their infinite contrast ratio. Because each pixel’s luminance can be turned completely off, this display creates the truest blacks ever seen on a home TV set—besting even the most legendary plasma TVs of days past. The 4K HDR TV displays Cinematic Color with a range of hues that’s on par with the high-end projection system you’d find in professional digital cinema.

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And let’s not gloss over the physical design of the LG Signature series. At its thinnest point, the LG G6 measures just 8.4mm deep—that’s thin enough to disappear behind a ball-point pen. Mentioned in the Big Game commercial was LG’s “Picture-on-Glass” technology, which literally applies the micro-thin OLED panel to a glass frame, subverting the traditional idea of a bezel and lending the LG Signature Series a futuristic look to match its advanced picture quality. The sleek rose-gold-tinted base is fitted with the TV’s speakers, and is constructed with a clever hinge that allows for easy wall-mounting.


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The release of the LG Signature series is one of the most significant events in recent memory for the company, as well as for the industry in general. As clichéd as it sounds, no amount of words can do the LG G6 justice. The 4K OLED HDR TVs (that’s a lot of acronyms) produce a picture that truly has to be seen to be appreciated. If you’d like to get some eye-time with this beauty, hopefully you live nearby. Abt is one of the few retailers who will be displaying the first of the LG Signature TVS and is the exclusive location for anyone in the Midwest to experience this display revolution. Plan a visit and prepare to be wowed.

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Abt Volunteer Day At The Northern Illinois Food Bank

February 3rd, 2016

Just a few weeks ago, Abt had the opportunity to volunteer at the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva, IL. The Northern Illinois Food Bank is a non-profit organization and a member of Feeding America, whose mission is to provide healthy meals within the community to help stop hunger. During the day of service, our employees and their families had a chance to help out by sorting and distributing potatoes into sacks and also packaging different food into bags and boxes. Many of our employees found the volunteer day a fun and rewarding experience. With the generous contribution our volunteers put in, we were able to pack 1,894 pounds of food, providing 1,578 meals for those in need within the northern Illinois area!

Some of our employees enjoyed giving back to the community, see what they had to say about the volunteer day:

“​It was really awesome to see so many employees (and their families) giving back on their day off to help others.  I wasn’t sure what to expect walking in, but everyone at the facility, including other volunteers from other companies, were so warm and friendly.  We were having so much fun that the morning just flew by!  It was such a positive experience that I am definitely looking forward to doing again soon!”- Becky, HR

“My family and I were very happy that we were able to give our time to help other families. I always say, no one can do everything, no one has made it through life without someone else’s help.”-Nixa, Appliance Service Accounting

“It is also one of the most rewarding experiences the volunteer will ever have.”- Bill, Gen. Mangager

When it comes to volunteering, every little bit counts and makes a difference. If you want to know more about the Northern Illinois Food Bank, click here.

 

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Show Us How You Celebrate and LG TV Giveaway

February 1st, 2016

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We’ve been waiting all season long for the big game and it’s just days away! Do you have what it takes to get ready for game day? Show us how you get ready for game day for your chance to win a LG 43″ HDTV. It’s pretty simple to enter! Snap a pic of your awesome man cave, or of game day at a party with your friends! You can also show off your cooking skills and share a photo of the delicious food you made. Then, post your awesome game day pic on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with @AbtElectronics and #AbtGameTime to enter.  Click here or “Learn More” for terms and conditions.  Good luck!

 

Need equipment for the game?  Click here to check our Game Day Guide and celebrate the big game with a win!

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Game Day Recipes

January 31st, 2016

Game Day is almost here and we know what it takes to throw a great party. Besides catching up with friends and enjoying the football game, the best part about Game Day parties is the food. Here at Abt, we have all the kitchen gadgets you need to cook up your favorite appetizers, drinks, desserts and more!

Mini BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

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These mini sliders will be a big hit at your Game Day party! Perfectly sized sliders with delicious pork coated with tangy sweet BBQ sauce, your guests will be wanting more. This is a simple, yet delicious recipe, you can make this ahead of time with a slow cooker.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 lbs pork shoulder
  • 1 (12 oz) can soda
  • 1 cup Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce (or you can choose your favorite BBQ sauce)
  • King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • Sliced pickles – optional

Directions

Place your pork in the slow cooker and pour the soda on top of the pork. Then you set your slow cooker on low for 6 hours.

After 6 hours has passed, let your pork rest on a cutting board for about 5 mins. When your pork is rested, take a fork or tongs and shred the pork meat back into the slow cooker.

Pour the BBQ sauce over the meat, (you can always add more sauce depending if you like it saucy or not) and toss the meat so that its coated well with sauce.

Then you take your roll, top it off with a generous amount of pork and pickles. Enjoy!

 

Beer Battered Onion Rings

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Everybody loves onion rings and this recipe will validate that! Beer battered onion rings may seem difficult to make, but it’s super easy to make in just 25 minutes in a frying pan.

 

What You Will Need:

  • 3 large onion- sliced into rings
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 2 tsps dried garlic powder
  • 2 tsps dried oregano
  • 2 tsps dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup beer of your choice
  • 1 cup oil (for frying)

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, egg, oregano, garlic powder, parsley, salt, and pepper. Slowly pour the beer into the bowl, stirring until the batter becomes thick. You can add more or less beer if you prefer a different consistency.

Then, heat the oil in the frying pan over medium-heat. When the oil is finally hot, dip the rings into the batter and fry. Turn your rings once so it is browned evenly on both sides.

Once all the frying is done, grab your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy the deliciousness of onion rings.

 

Baked Buffalo Wings

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Buffalo wings are a must when you are throwing a football party. It’s actually pretty easy to make these baked buffalo wings at home. Usually you deep fry the wings but you can bake them too and still get the crispy skin! All you need is to bake the wings and toss them in  sauce that you can make with just 2 ingredients.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 lbs chicken wings
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup Frank’s hot sauce ( or your choice of hot sauce)
  • 1 tbsp butter

Directions

First, preheat your oven to 400F. Then, rinse your chicken wings and pat them dry. Place your chicken wings in a large mixing bowl, and toss the wing with oil, salt, and pepper.

After you have tossed the wings, place the wings on a lined baking sheet. Then, place the baking sheet on the rack in the oven. Bake the wings until they are crispy and golden brown, this should take about 45-50 minutes.

Once wings are baked, toss the wings with hot sauce and butter. Serve them while they’re hot with ranch or bleu cheese, and celery or carrots.

 

Football Chocolate Fudge Brownies

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You can’t finish a meal without desserts!  These football shaped brownies will satisfy every sweet tooth in the room and everyone will be wanting more. Baking these goodies is quick and easy. You simply mix every ingredient in one bowl, pour it in a baking pan, and then pop it in the oven.

 

What You Will Need:

  • 9” X 13” baking pan
  • Football shaped cookie cutter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • t/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup melted unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Chocolate fudge icing
  • Vanilla icing

Directions

First, preheat your oven to 375F. Lightly grease your baking pan and then set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add in the ingredients in the following order- flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, baking powder, eggs, butter, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.

Once you have combined the ingredients, using an electric hand mixer– beat the mixture until it’s smooth. Then once the mixture is smooth, pour the batter into baking pan.

Bake the brownies for about 25-30 minutes. Poke the brownies with a toothpick, if the toothpick comes out clean then the brownies are ready.

Take out the brownies when they are done, then let them cool down before you start cutting. After the brownies have cooled down, start making cutting your brownies into football shapes using a football shaped cookie cutter.

Then, take each football and spread chocolate fudge frosting on top and use vanilla icing as the lacing on the football.

 

Super Punch Bowl

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Quench your thirst with delicious adult punch, or you can make it kid-friendly also. This sweet and refreshing punch will be a hit at your party. It just takes 10 minutes to make,  it’s super easy and delicious!

What You Will Need:

  • 1- 16 oz can frozen pineapple juice
  • 1- 12 oz can frozen orange juice
  • 12 fl oz vodka -**omit to make kid friendly punch**
  • 2-2 liter bottles lemon lime flavored soda
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries
  • 4 oranges sliced in rounds
  • 1/4 cup of raspberries
  • ¼ strawberries, halved.
  • Ice

Directions

In a large punch bowl, combine all of the ingredients- pineapple juice, orange juice, vodka (or without), lemon lime soda, and then add the fruit  let them float on top- cherries, oranges, raspberries, and strawberries. Don’t forget the ice before you serve!

 

Classic Margarita

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Everybody loves a good margarita and it’s a perfect opportunity to drink one on Game Day. The best way to make a margarita is using a Vitamix, and yes we do carry Vitamix blenders in our Gourmet Shop.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 cups of margarita mix
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 cups of ice

Directions

Put all of your ingredients into your Vitamix Blender, in the order listed above, and place lid on top. Press the variable speed 1. Turn on the machine and slowly increase the speed to variable speed 10, then to high. Blend for about 45 seconds. Don’t forget to salt the rims of the glasses, then you can pour in the blended drink and enjoy!

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Brunswick Pool Tables at Abt

January 29th, 2016

Abt has long been a source for just about every electronic toy you can imagine. If you need to outfit your game room with a new LED TV, surround sound setup or video game system, we’re the place to find it. We recently decided to expand our entertainment offerings by delving into gaming options that are a bit more analog. If you’ve been searching for the perfect centerpiece for a truly enviable game room, look no further than a pro-level pool table from one of the most respected names in the game, Brunswick Billiards.

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Brunswick pool tables are crafted from the finest materials and built to Billiard Congress of America standards. Solid wood construction and the Brunswick-Certified 3-piece slate tops—which are diamond honed and precision machined to a consistent thickness within 1/100 of an inch—create a table with a sturdy, wobble-free stance. The woolen table cloth, made from a 75/25 blend of fine wool and nylon, and steam pressed for a finish that resists pulls and snags, ensures smooth ball travel for an impeccable gaming experience.

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Dozens of build options let you choose a Brunswick pool table that matches your gaming needs—and your style. Go with the Brunswick Oakland, sporting the iconic chestnut wood and green felt combo, to round out a classic game room. Or for something with a modern feel, consider the Brunswick Birmingham, with its distressed wood construction in a charcoal stain, topped with a slate blue felt and resting on custom cast iron legs.

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And if you’ve got a particular combination of features and colors in mind, Brunswick can even custom make a pool table to your specs. All Brunswick tables are delivered and assembled by Brunswick-certified installers, giving you a competition-quality playing surface in your own home. For more information on Brunswick pool tables at Abt, stop by our store in Glenview, or call one of our sales specialists at 888-228-5800. 

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Fitbit Blaze Now Available for Pre-Order On Abt.com

January 27th, 2016

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During CES 2016, Fitbit revealed their newest product, the Fitbit Blaze, and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it. Now the moment is finally here, the Fitbit Blaze is available for pre-ordering on Abt.com. Click here or the buy now button in the video below to order yours today!

Fitness trackers, like the Fitbit Blaze, have made their way into the fitness world by keeping us on track to help achieve our fitness goals. These fitness trackers analyze your lifestyle by monitoring your steps, the calories you burn, and your sleeping pattern. The Blaze is much different than the other trackers part of Fitbit’s line, the Blaze has a colorful touchscreen display and a collection of stylish leather and stainless steel bands that you can choose from. The Blaze also features PurePulse™Heart Rate monitoring, connected GPS tracking and On-Screen workouts. The GPS tracking is not built-in but you will be able to access the GPS tracking through your smartphone or mobile device, this way you can just take your device while you go for a run or a bike ride. But what makes the Blaze unique is the SmartTrack feature. The SmartTrack feature can recognize what kind of workout you’re doing without the touch of a button. The sensors built in the device can detect your current activity and then will automatically record your movements for tracking. What’s awesome about the device is that the Blaze watch can send notifications from your smartphone to your watch. You can check your text messages, answer phone calls and receive calendar alerts. Fitbit has really stepped up their game with The Blaze, now you can achieve your fitness goals in style!

Here at Abt, we want you to live a happy and healthy lifestyle, click here to take a look at our selection of fitness equipment.

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