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Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

Don’t Let The DTV Transition Snow You Out

Friday, July 25th, 2008

During the hot summer months, the thought of snow might be a welcome escape from the scorching temperatures. But seeing snow where you normally see a nice TV picture, even in the dead of winter, likely would make your own temperature soar well above the 98.6 that’s recommended by 9 out of 10 TV doctors.

If you own an older television and receive your telecasts through an antenna, things are going to get really snowy for you next February, and it won’t just be the white stuff outside. There are a few steps you can take to prevent this from happening, but I won’t go into all the details here—I’ll let Jon Abt explain it in the video below:

Still confused? Then take a look at our DTV Transition Guide in the Buying Guide section of our website. That made things worse? Sorry. Try this: Abt also is offering a series of classes, held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., which will cover everything you need to know about the DTV transition. If you’d like more information about these and other “How To” classes at Abt, click here.      by Graham W.

High-Tech Gadgets For Summer Fun

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Want to stay on the cutting edge this summer? Take a look at this video of Abt sales manager Josh Davis, who showed viewers some great new gadgets during a recent appearance on Chicago’s NBC Channel 5 weekend news.

Here are the details and Abt links for the products Josh mentioned: The Outset Digital Remote Meat Thermometer features two probes so you can monitor two items at the same time with the remote receiver. Solio’s Hybrid 1000 Solar Charger has a solar panel and battery so you can charge virtually all of your electronic devices using the sun’s energy. The Margaritaville Key West Frozen Concoction Maker has pre-programmed automatic settings and will shave ice and blend it with your favorite ingredients. Twenty20’s VholdR Wearable Camcorder weighs only a few ounces and can be mounted on a helmet or just about anything else, allowing you to shoot hands-free action videos. Finally, the Sony High Definition Handycam Camcorder gives you full high-definition recording along with a 2.7″ touchscreen LCD and built-in zoom microphone.


If you can’t have fun with all this stuff, you’re just not trying. by Graham W.

ABC’s Hungry Hound Visits Jölane’s

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

If you haven’t experienced the great food and drinks at our new Jölane’s Café and Wine Bar, here’s a chance to see what you’ve been missing. A recent Hungry Hound segment on Chicago’s ABC Channel 7 news featured Jölane’s along with the new Viking Cooking School, both of which are located in our new Design Center building just south of our main building. Take a look at the video below and get ready to drool:

Great electronics and appliances, great food—we’ve got you covered all around at Abt. To get more information about Jölane’s and view the entire mouth-watering menu, visit their website at You can also call Jölane’s at 847-375-6986. For more information on the Viking Cooking School, call 847-350-0705 or visit      by Graham W.  

Mike Abt’s Graduation Gift Ideas

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

If you’re still searching for that perfect graduation gift, let company president Mike Abt help you out. Mike appeared today on Chicago’s ABC Channel 7 newscast and presented some great electronic gift ideas, including the Rock Band Special Edition video game, iPod Shuffle, Sony VAIO NR Series silver notebook computer, Apple MacBook 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo white notebook computer, Olympus Silver 8 megapixel digital camera, Sirius Sportster 5 Dock and Play radio with car kit, Boston Acoustics Solo AM/FM large display clock radio, Samsung 40″ Series 4 LCD black flat panel HDTV, and the Twenty20 VholdR wearable camcorder. Check out the video of Mike’s appearance below:

What is HD Radio?

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Have you seen or heard the ads about HD Radio but still aren’t sure exactly what it is? Don’t feel bad—you’re not alone. Many people are still in the dark about HD Radio and whether it’s something they would want for their home or car audio systems. The part about delivering crystal-clear sound is easy enough to understand, but what about that “stations between the stations” stuff the ads talk about? Here’s a video that should help answer all of your questions:

One great feature to keep in mind is that there are no subscription fees involved. All you have to do is get yourself a radio designed to receive HD broadcasts, and you’re all set. If you’d like to see all the new HD Radio products we have available here at Abt, click here.   by Graham W.