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Archive for the ‘Home Theater’ Category

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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TV Picks For The Big Game

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

There’s probably no annual event more focused on the TV than the game that decides the champion of the NFL. We can’t use its name, but you know the game we’re talking about. New England and Seattle will be battling it out next Sunday and it’s going to be…Super.

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If your TV’s not up to snuff, there’s no better time to buy one than right now. Whether you’re springing for a big screen for your den or a secondary TV for the kitchen or bathroom, we’ve got what you need. In this list of TV suggestions, we’ve highlighted models from a variety of brands, at all price points, with every feature you can imagine. With one of the largest TV inventories anywhere, all of the TVs listed below are in stock and ready to be taken home. Order by January 23rd and receive free nationwide shipping in time for the Big Game.

 

The Second String- Samsung 24″ Black 720P LED Smart HDTV 

This guy is a perfect secondary TV, so folks grabbing a bite to eat or heading to the bathroom won’t miss out on any of the action. It’s small enough to fit on a shelf but large enough to get a decent view of the game. And built-in Smart functions mean it can access the web, so you can get updated game stats, replay the best commercials or talk trash to your buddies on Facebook.

The Affordable 40- Toshiba 40″ Black 1080p LED HDTV

If you ask us, 40″ is the absolute minimum size for a den where more than a couple people will be watching. Years ago, even a 40-incher was costly. Today, you can pick up this 40″ Full HD LED TV from Toshiba for just under $300. Perfect TV for that first apartment or basement rec room. (more…)

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Samsung 110-inch LED UHDTV @ CES 2014

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Since the first TV was made available to the public some 85 years ago, manufacturers have been continued to refine the technology, always striving to improve two main metrics: Screen size and picture quality. For a while, in the 80s and early 1990s, it seemed we got stuck around standard definition and 60 inches or so of display real estate. The digital revolution around the turn of the millenium jump-started the race again, bringing about widespread adoption of High Definition broadcasting and LCD and Plasma TVs slowly pushing size boundaries. And in the last few years, the process has reached new heights, giving us TV models that were just years ago almost unimaginable.

At CES 2013, we were wowed by the Samsung UN85S9, an 85-inch Ultra High Definition LED TV. It amazed us enough that we decided to carry it in store. Needless to say, it turned heads in our showroom. Stopping by the Samsung staging ground at CES 2014, we got a first hand look at Samsung’s new entry into the S9 LED TV lineup, a model which makes the UN85S9 look downright diminutive:

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B&W Speaker Gallery Now Open

Monday, June 24th, 2013

B&W Speakers find a new home at Abt Electronics

One of the latest additions to our product selection, and one that’s got our audio guys really excited, is our new collection of speakers from Bowers & Wilkins. B&W Speakers (as they’re known to their fans) are some of the most highly-rated speakers available today. One of the progenitors of audiophile-level speakers, B&W have continuously put out innovative products that have won over the hearts and ears of audio fanatics the world over. B&W equipment can be found in the most prestigious studios in the professional audio industry, including George Lucas’s Skywalker Sound and the storied Abbey Road Studios in London.

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The new Bowers & Wilkins gallery at Abt.

 

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Abt Knows Sonos Wireless

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Sonos Wireless Music Speakers at Abt

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The Sonos Wireless HiFi system at Abt.

We always like to keep our showroom changing, making room for popular products and giving our in-store customers something new to see on return visits. Our newest addition is a corner display devoted solely to sonic streaming superstars Sonos, who have been taking the audio world by storm lately. Abt is proud to host the first Sonos Flagship Display in the US. The Sonos system is a set of devices that let you wirelessly stream music from one place in your home to another, without dealing with a mess of wires or complicated routing devices. Sonos wireless music players are simplistic in style and in operation, but pack quite a punch in the audio department. (more…)

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Sonos Playbar: A Soundbar From the Wireless Music Experts

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The Sonos Playbar integrates Sonos Play technology into a home theater soundbar

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The Sonos Playbar mounts neatly on the wall, above or below your flat panel TV. Or simply place it on the stand below.

About ten years ago, Sonos set out to transform the way people listen to music in the digital era by removing one of the obstacles to getting music to multiple locations around the house: the wires. With a Sonos system, you could store your digital music files in one location, and listen to them anywhere else in the home with a wireless internet signal. Sonos Play devices can stream music from your smartphone or Wi-Fi enable computer; the Sonos Connect extended streaming abilities to a standard stereo receiver. With the introduction of the Sonos Playbar, this functionality has been integrated into the soundbar form factor. The result is a multi-function unit whose slim body hides large, immersive sound.

 

 

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