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Holiday Shopping Guide: Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Looking for a great gift for a stressed-out parent or frequent business traveler? Consider a pair of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones. They make a gift that’s both thoughtful and entertaining, letting the recipient enjoy both some much-needed peace and quiet, and stellar audio quality. There are more noise-cancelling wireless headphones on the market than ever before, so we took a closer look at the two most popular models to help you decide which will make the better gift.

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The MDR-1000x are the flagship Sony noise-cancelling headphones. Sony packed its most advanced noise-cancelling technology into these over-the-ear cans, which feature 40mm drivers and utilize the company’s proprietary LDAC wireless protocol to effortlessly transmit three times more data than normal Bluetooth Audio. As a result, the MDR-1000x can match the audio quality of a wired source, and are even capable of playing High-Resolution Audio content. Check out the video for more on the Sony MDR-1000x:

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Veterans Day

Friday, November 11th, 2016

This Veterans Day, we’d like to take a moment to salute all of the Abt employees and their family members who have served our country. Their history of service stretches back over a century and includes a variety of roles in every branch of the military. Many family members are currently enlisted, stationed across the world.

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Inside the New Microsoft Gaming Room at Abt

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

If you’ve ever been to our Glenview showroom, you know that things are always changing. We’re always trying to find ways to make the shopping experience easier, more efficient, or more fun whether by adding product-focused boutiques like the Gourmet Shop or one-of-a-kind showrooms like the new Inspiration Studio. Our latest improvement is the new Microsoft gaming room, a space dedicated to Xbox and other Windows-based gaming products.

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‘Cash For Cameras’ Trade-In Event Returns to Abt

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

After a successful turnout earlier this year, the camera trade-in event with National Camera Exchange returns to Abt this weekend. If you’ve got an old film or digital camera, camera lenses, or any other camera gear collecting dust at home, this is a perfect opportunity to get rid of it and earn some cash.

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Remember to Fall Back This Weekend!

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Daylight saving time ends on Sunday morning. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour.

We’ve been graced with some unseasonably warm weather for the past month, so it’s easy to forget that we’re already a week into November. And that means it’s time to take part in that dreaded autumn practice of setting our clocks back an hour. Daylight Saving Time officially ends November 6th at 2:00 am in your local time zone, when your clocks will be rolled back to 1:00 am. These days, most of our devices—smartphones, TVs, computers, and even many appliances—make the time change themselves, so hopefully you’ll only need to switch a clock or two yourselves.

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However, one thing that can’t change itself is the battery in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The weekends that begin and end Daylight Saving Time are usually used as a reminder to change those batteries out, or verify that they are good and that all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are fully functioning. If you’d like to eliminate this biannual process, consider upgrading to a hardwired smoke and carbon monoxide detector, like the Nest Protect, which doesn’t require regular battery changes. A smart detector is a good idea in general, with the advanced devices offering many useful features compared to a traditional detector, including mobile notifications that alert you of a possible fire when you’re away from home, built-in soft-glow nightlight, and the ability to be silenced with a tap on your smartphone.

The Nest Protect is one of many smart products that are part of what’s known as The Internet of Things, a growing collection of connected devices that make everyday household tasks easier and more efficient.

 

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Congratulations to the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

In the spring of 1936, a little radio store called Abt TV opened at Milwaukee and Wofram in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. A couple neighborhoods to the east, one of the founding teams of the National League was in the beginning of what looked like it would be a middling season. The Chicago Cubs would go on to tie with the St. Louis Cardinals for second place in the National League. Nine years later they would make it to their first World Series since 1908, but would lose to the Detroit Tigers, beginning the dark era known as “The Curse of the Billy Goat.” Last night, the curse was finally broken, and for the first time in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champs. We’re proud to have been around for the last World Series appearance, thrilled to have been here for this year’s victory, and hope to be here for the next one. Congratulations to the entire Chicago Cubs organization, fan base, and this entire city.

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Abt Customer Appreciation Sale

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The Abt Customer Appreciation Sale is now underway at Abt.com! This semi-annual sale is our way of giving back to all of our customers for helping us get to where we are today, 80 years after we first opened our doors. Shop online or visit us in-store to find special limited-time promotions and savings over our already guaranteed low prices, all backed up by Abt’s award-winning customer service. And if you visit us in person, be sure to pop into our new Inspiration Studio to experience a one-of-a-kind showroom filled with the industry’s best kitchen appliances.  There’s no need to wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, get a jump on your holiday shopping this week and spend the rest of the month relaxing. The sale ends Sunday, November 6th.

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Abt Halloween Costume Contest 2016

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Another Halloween is in the books, and by the looks of some of the costumes seen at Abt, it was definitely a success. The annual Halloween costume contest is one of our favorite traditions, with hundreds vying for the coveted Best Individual and Best Group awards. This year, we want all of our fans and customers to join in on the voting! Head over to the full album on our Facebook page to see all of the entrants, and click “like” on as many of the photos as you’d like. The individual and group costumes with the most total likes will win cash prizes! The final vote count will be taken at 5PM on Thursday, November 3rd. Thanks for voting, and good luck to all of our participants!

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Abt-solutely Delicious: Halloween Edition

Friday, October 28th, 2016

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If you’re looking for a simple and quick snack to serve this Halloween, we suggest trying out this spook-tacular Chocolate Cheesecake Graveyard Dip. Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it’s a ton of fun to decorate, AND did we mention it’s delicious? So get ready to bring out that creative side and rock your Halloween party with a spooky treat!

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Abt Goes Solar

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

In early 2015, Abt wrapped construction on a massive addition to our warehouse. The 100,000 square feet of extra space not only gave us room to store more of the products that our customers love, it also left us with a whole lot more roof space. Instead of letting that space go to waste, we saw it as the perfect opportunity to expand on our green initiatives and build a rooftop solar array.

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Too many panels to fit in one photo. There’s a human under that arrow for scale. (click for a high-resolution photo)

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