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Top 10 Hottest Holiday Gifts for 2017

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Hard to believe, but it’s time to start making those holiday shopping plans. Today we’re taking a look at what we’re expecting to be the season’s hottest gifts, the products you’re going to want to get your hands on—if you can—before shelves are emptied. See something missing from the list? Let us know in a comment!

Samsung MU8000

A new TV makes a great gift year-round, and especially so around the holidays. With most of us stuck inside for the winter months, what better way to while away the time than in front of a new Ultra High Definition display? The Samsung MU8000 series of 4K TVs strikes the perfect balance between price and features. Modern design and a range of sizes—from 49 to 82 inches—mean this Samsung fits well in all kinds of homes, while the 4K HDR Extreme processing ensures this Samsung TV is showing you the best picture possible. (more…)

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ABC’s Hungry Hound Visits Dylan’s Candy Bar at Abt

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Earlier this month, Steve Dolinsky, aka ABC 7 Chicago’s “Hungry Hound” food critic, stopped by our Dylan’s Candy Bar to sample some sweets in anticipation of Halloween. To celebrate the arrival of the spooky holiday, the segment aired this past weekend. Check out the video below to find out what he thought, and make sure to stop by for something sweet on your next visit to Abt.

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New Bose Products Announced

Monday, September 25th, 2017

It’s a good time to be someone who enjoys listening to music on the go. Bose just dropped a quartet of new products that put your music wherever you want it, whether that’s in your ears, around your neck, or in your pocket. Let’s check out what the new Bose products have in store.

First up are the new Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II, a refresh of the uber-popular model that debuted a little over a year ago. When the original QC35 headphones dropped, they were quickly crowned the Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones by countless users and media outlets alike. And they became one of our best-selling wireless headphones, thanks to the combination of stellar sound quality and class-leading noise cancellation technology. The QC35II are largely the same, functionally, but build on their predecessor with the inclusion of a dedicated Google Assistant function. Now, with the tap of a single button, you are instantly connected to your Google Assistant app, so you can make calls, perform Google searches, add to your calendar, and more, all with the power of your voice. Here’s a closer look at the original QC35 and the new QC35II compared:


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Eero Introduces New, More Powerful WiFi System

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Early last year, a savvy startup set out to solve a problem that plagued households across the country: home wireless networks with poor coverage. The average users expects WiFi in all areas of their home, and why wouldn’t they? We’ve all got a multitude of devices that require an internet connection: the laptop in the bedroom, the smart TV in the den, and the smartphone everywhere in between, from the front door to the bathroom. But that reliable coverage was hard to achieve. A typical wireless router might have stellar bandwidth at close range, but when you turn a corner, go upstairs, or close a couple of doors, your wireless signal may drop significantly.

Eero solved this problem by reinventing the way home wireless systems are propogated, using multiple points of network access instead of just a single router. The resulting mesh network blankets your entire home with full coverage, meaning that even in the nooks and crannies of your home, on a floor above or below your modem, you’ll have no problem tuning in an excellent wi-fi signal. We took a look at the Eero here:

Today, Eero released their second generation wireless system, improving upon the original by making it more powerful and even easier to use. Though outward appearance remains unchanged, the Eero wireless base stations have been upgraded with much-improved internals. A new antenna array and the addition of tri-band support give the new Eero twice the bandwidth and double the range of the original, letting your Eero network support more users while giving faster speeds with farther signal penetration. (more…)

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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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Enjoy Fresh-Brewed Beer Anytime with the PicoBrew Pico

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

There are few things that hit the spot like a freshly-poured, freshly-brewed glass of craft beer. Anyone who’s ever done a brewery tour will tell you how much better a beer tastes when it comes straight from the barrel. And even beer from a keg has a taste advantage over its equal that came from a bottle or can. But obviously, it isn’t always practical to have a keg of your favorite beer in your house or to pop down to the local microbrewery when you’re craving a pint. But the Pico from PicoBrew aims to change all of that, by letting you get those same fresh, flavorful pours in the comfort of you home any time you want.

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Get Into Spring Cleaning with New Dyson Vacuums

Friday, March 17th, 2017

We’ve got our fingers crossed that the spring weather arrives for good any day now, which means it’s time to open the windows, air out the house, and get down to that bittersweet annual ritual: spring cleaning. If you’ve been cooped up in the house all winter—and especially if it was with a four-legged friend—chances are your carpets could use a little cleaning. We’ve been trying out some of Dyson’s newest vacuums, which could be your best friend in the fight against dust and dander. Pet owners will definitely be a fan of the Dyson Animal vacuums, which have features designed specially for dealing with animal fur and hair. Take a look at the videos below to find out which Dyson vac is the best choice for your cleaning needs.


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First Look at the Samsung QN65Q8C and Sony XBR65X930E 4K TVs

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

We recently got our hands on two of the most anticipated TVs of the year, the Samsung QN65Q8C and the Sony XBR65X930E. Both are high-end 4K TVs with a wealth of smart functionality and gorgeous HDR displays, and each set leverages a proprietary technology to create some of their best LED TVs yet.  If you’re trying to decide between a Samsung QLED and the Sony XBR E Series, give the following videos a watch to find out more info about each of the TVs.

The Samsung touts the company’s new Quantum LED technology (hence the Q in the model names), which uses special color-emitting particles called “quantum dots” that give the display unprecedented levels of color accuracy.

Sony, meanwhile, has outfitted their E series with the Slim Backlight Drive+, their most advanced LED panel illumination technology, for brighter brights and deeper blacks than you’d ever get in a conventional LED TV.

If you have any more questions about either of these TVs, or any other 4K TVs at Abt, give us a call at 888-228-5800 and we’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.

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Picking the Perfect TV Wall Mount

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Picking up a new TV for the Big Game? One of the major considerations you’ll have to make after buying a new flat panel TV is whether you want to place it on a TV stand or hang it on your wall. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so there’s never one right answer. If you choose to wall mount, you’ll have one more decision to make: what type of wall mount to use. There are a few different types, so we’re here to help you decide what TV mount is the best for your needs.

The three main types of TV mount are: fixed, tilting, and fully-articulated.

A fixed TV mount keeps your TV snug against the wall and does not allow any fine position adjustment.

A fixed TV mount is the simplest type of TV mount, which makes it the most inexpensive. This type of mount holds your TV flush to the wall, and offers no adjustment. Fixed mounts are a fine choice if you’re able to hang your TV at eye level, know the audience will always be sitting in the same spot, and if you have total control over lighting in the room so you can avoid glares.  (more…)

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Gearing Up for the Big Game

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

The Big Game is just a few days away, but there’s still time to make sure you’re set up with all the gear that will make Sunday as super as possible. Our resident tech expert, Josh, paid a visit to our friends at WGN News to talk about some must-have products that will make the most out of your gameday.

If you already have all the gear you need for your Big Game party, it’s important to make sure it’s all set up and working properly before the action starts. Soundbars are a popular alternative to complicated surround-sound systems, and though they’re usually pretty easy to set up, it’s not always perfectly clear how to hook them up. Depending on your TV and soundbar models, you’ll use either an HDMI or optical cable to connect the soundbar to your TV. We’ve got a couple quick tutorials that will ensure your soundbar is hooked up properly so you get every bone-crunching hit in perfect clarity.

How To Connect Your Soundbar with an HDMI Cable

How to Connect Your Soundbar with an Optical Cable

Other Tech Tips

  • Make sure your cable or satellite box is connected with an HDMI cable for the best picture possible.
  • Set your TV to Sports mode, if available. This setting includes color adjustments for common sports visuals like the green of stadium grass and usually gives a brighter, punchier color, while also optimizing settings for fast onscreen action.
  • If you’re using an antenna to get an over-the-air HD broadcast, make sure you’re tuned into Fox’s HD channel, which will have a -1 or .1 after it. For instance, in the Chicagoland area, FOX HD is 32-1. 
  • Cord-cutter with no antenna? Good news, you can stream the game this year on a Roku via the FOX Sports GO app, without needing any type of provider log-in
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