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OLED TVs Compared

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Since the beginning of the flat-screen TV era, manufacturers have been slowly marching towards creating the “perfect” TV. Plasma TVs produced a phenomenal picture, but their glass screens were susceptible to bad glare and the technology was an energy hog, plus the TVs were still quite heavy. LCD TVs—and then LED TVs—were much more energy-efficient and could be made significantly lighter and thinner than plasma displays, but they never quite measured up in picture quality. Whichever technology a user opted for, there was a compromise to be made, until now. OLED TVs check every box on the list of traits you’d ever want on a TV: nearly infinite contrast ratio, vibrant colors, 4K resolution, extreme energy efficiency, and an ultra-thin construction.

OLED TVs were, for many years, something of a technological holy grail. They’ve existed as prototypes for years, and were often dismissed as vaporware. But now that two of the biggest names in television have multiple models of OLED TVs for sale, it’s safe to say that the technology has officially arrived. Both the LG Signature OLED TV and Sony A1E OLED TVs are available at Abt, so we unboxed one of each and compared the two. If you’re in the market to buy an OLED TV, this is the comparison you need to see:

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JL Audio Home Subwoofers Now Available at Abt

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

For over 40 years, JL Audio has been considered one of the foremost brands in the audio industry. And though they began as a home audio company and continue to put out some stellar products for home listening, many know the company more for their highly-regarded car audio components. They’ve been one of our favorite mobile brands, with JL Audio speakers and subs finding their way into our Jeep Wrangler and Nissan 370Z project vehicles. So we’re more than happy to have extended our JL Audio product offerings to include the brand’s home products as well.

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Best of CES 2017: Top 5 Best TV Developments

Monday, January 9th, 2017

CES 2017 wasn’t much for shocking new technology debuts or any real game-changers. Instead, we saw plenty of refinements and advancements to the wowing tech that debuted maybe last year or the year before. That trend was especially evident with televisions and associated home theater stuff. Here are our Top 5 Developments in TV from this year’s CES.

1.) More OLED

For nearly three years now, LG has had run of the court as the only manufacturer with a commercially-available OLED set. While a bit pricey, they also produced what was unanimously considered the best picture possible in a backlit display that you could fit in your family room. That changed this year, with both Sony and Panasonic showing off their own OLED models.  The Sony Bravia A1E OLED has a few other tricks up its sleeve, in addition to the stunning picture. Meanwhile, Panasonic’s 65EZ1000 OLED is claimed to have double the brightness of a typical OLED, which may make it reigning champ of the home theater picture quality, a crown they often wore in the Plasma TV days.

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CES 2017: Klipsch Heritage Speakers

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Klipsch is a brand that most would not consider when hearing the words “vintage design.” Though they’ve been in the game for seventy years, most of their current product line has a decidedly modern aesthetic, from the sleek black cabinets to the characteristic copper cones. But many have never been introduced to the Klipsch Heritage lineup, a series of high-end products that are hand-made in Hope, Arkansas, the town where Klipsch was founded. Each Heritage product features a vintage-inspired design, but is packed with the brand’s top-of-the-line audio technology, creating heirloom products meant to be treasured for generations. We caught up with Klipsch at CES and got a look and listen at some of the newest products in the Heritage line.

The Forte III speakers resurrect one of the most popular nameplates in the company’s history. These full-range, floor-standing speakers are crafted to deliver a multi-dimensional listening experience in just a single pair of speakers, without the need for an external subwoofer. Loaded with Klipsch’s newest technology, the Forte III meld the best of past and present Klipsch.

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LG Channel Plus Is Finally Bringing Your Favorite Live TV & Streaming Content Together!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

There has never been a better time to look at an LG TV than now, because once again LG has set the benchmark with a new feature called Channel Plus, which gives you an all new way to access content through your TV. Channel Plus takes all of the confusion out of watching content from multiple sources by combining all of them into a single system for a seamless viewing experience. LG has partnered with Xumo to provide more than fifty channels of digital content for their users, featuring content from network stations and streaming channels, and combined this with over-the-air broadcasts. The result is a stress-free interface that makes it easy to watch content from across all sources. Perhaps the best aspect of the new Channel Plus feature is that all this new content is completely free of charge. Thats right, 50+ channels of original programming that won’t cost you a penny in monthly subscription fees.

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Building the Ultimate Affordable Home Theater: Black Friday Edition

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

There’s no better time to buy electronics, especially products for your home theater, than Black Friday. The year’s lowest prices on TVs, audio components, and video game consoles mean that you can put together an impressive entertainment system for under $1000. And this isn’t a collection of leftover no-name electronics—we’re including the latest technology from the best brands in the business.

Getting the best picture and sound for your money

At the heart of any good home theater is a stunning display. We’re going to go with a 50-inch TV, which is a great size for the average family room. This Black Friday weekend (11/24-26), the Samsung UN50KU6300 will drop to just $398. That’s an Ultra HD, HDR-capable Smart TV for less than four hundred bucks, a price that was unheard of even just last year. The KU6300 will play all of the latest content from both physical and streaming sources in 4K UHD resolution, with HDR, which means the picture will have the extra clarity of 4K and contain a dynamic range of tones that a normal TV could never display. This set is probably the bang-for-the-buck TV deal of the year.

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Black Friday Week Sale at Abt

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The holiday shopping season is now officially underway with the start of Black Friday Week. There’s no need to skip Thanksgiving dinner or get up at 3 a.m. on a cold Friday morning just to try and score one of handful of limited “doorbuster” deals. Instead, enjoy your days off this week and get your shopping done from the comfort of your own home. The Abt Black Friday Week Sale is now underway!

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The Sony ZD9 Series Is Here

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Sony Z9D Series

If you’re looking for arguably the best picture that’s ever been on a TV screen, then check out Sony’s all new Z9D Series 4K HDR with Android TV available at Abt. Sony has successfully used several different features to make this the most spectacular picture they have ever produced for consumers. Its design alone portrays.. (more…)

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CES 2016: Transparent TVs

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Televisions have been getting thinner and thinner every year, bringing us to today’s svelte OLED TVs that measure under a centimeter in depth. An ultrathin TV flush-mounted to the wall blends into existing home decor much better than the huge tube TVs of yesteyear. Even relatively recent plasma TVs are bulky in comparison. But view an OLED TV from the side and it almost disappears. So perhaps the next evolution in TVs will be to make them almost literally vanish with the push of a button. This year at CES, we’ve scoped out transparent TVs from two of the big names in display technology.

Panasonic cleverly integrated their transparent LED TV into home shelving, so when the TV is powered off it acts as a display case for knick-knacks or photos.

Samsung, meanwhile, utilized OLEDs to achieve a similar effect.


Samsung’s display hints towards a more commercial application, as opposed to home use. Although, we do like the suggestion that panels like these may one day replace windows—we’d never have to suffer through a gloomy Chicago winter day again! There’s no definitive release information set for either of these examples, so don’t expect to see transparent TVs (pun intended) in stores any time soon.

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CES 2016: Samsung with World’s Largest 170″ SUHDTV

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Samsung is one the largest manufacturer of TVs in the world, they just showcased the largest 170 ” SUHDTV this week at CES 2016 and our team got to see it. It is huge! The gigantic TV and the rest of Samsung’s SUHD TV line, 8 series and above, possess quantum dot display. This type of display will enhance the view of colors, brightness, and contrast, making it an enjoyable, realistic view. The quantum dot display consists of 1000 nits of brightness that will create a brighter picture and with Samsung’s new ultra black technology, this feature will accentuate the blacks while viewing. The quantum dot display is great for high dynamic range content like Amazon. To make the viewing experience exceptionally realistic, the SUHD TVs will have a larger color spectrum, that means more colors and a brighter picture.

The picture is amazing on Samsung's 170" SUHD TV.

The picture on Samsung’s 170″ SUHD TV is amazing!

But that’s not it! This 170″ TV isn’t just one big TV. The 170″ TV is made up of multiple small TVs to make one big picture, Samsung calls this concept “Modular TV“.  Modular TV consists of  smaller TVs -without bezels , linked together to create a seamless and bigger view. Although Samsung has not started this concept, the bezeless design is carried over to their consumer line. Customers interested in the 8 and 9 series SUHD TVs can also benefit from the bezeless design with a near invisible bezel.

 

These modules have a bezeless design to create a seamless look.

These modules have a bezeless design to create a seamless look.

It might be a while for Samsung to have 170″ TVs in stores, but Saumsung’s 8 and 9 series SUHD TVs are available to customers. Maybe one day this 170″ SUHD TV will be displayed at our store!

 

 

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