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

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

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.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Abt Home Security Department Turns 1000!

February 27th, 2017

Last week, the Abt Home Security team reached a milestone and celebrated their 1000th account activation. Surprised to hear that Abt has a comprehensive home security department? In the four years since we added home security service and products to our ever-expanding roster, it’s become one of our most popular departments.

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Abt-solutely Delicious: Oscars Edition

February 24th, 2017

Just like the major sporting events, no Oscar viewing party is complete without an assortment of snacks at hand. And what snack says “the movies” more than popcorn? We found a few creative, easy-to-make recipes for some fun, flavored popcorn’s that will be the highlight of your Sunday night. We suggest popping your corn in an air popper, or to save even more time you can buy plain, pre-popped corn. So check out the recipes below and let’s get popping!

S’mores Popcorn

INGREDIENTS

10 cups popped popcorn

2 cups milk chocolate chips

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

2 cups mini marshmallows

2 cups graham cracker pieces and crumbs

DIRECTIONS

Pop your popcorn. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, spread popcorn onto cookie sheet.

Break up 2 cups of graham crackers into bit sized pieces.

Melt 1/2 of chocolate chips, add a small spoon of coconut oil and transfer into a plastic freezer bag. Make sure the chocolate is still hot when in bag. Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn, make sure to go in a zig zag direction to get all the popcorn.

Sprinkle the marshmallows and graham cracker pieces over the drizzled popcorn.

Melt the remain chocolate (add some coconut oil) and repeat drizzling process.

Allow to cool and then break up into pieces and enjoy!

 

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How to Watch the Oscars Without Cable

February 24th, 2017

The biggest night in the entertainment awards season is coming up, and one of the most commonly-asked questions is: “How can I watch the Oscars without cable TV?” It’s a question asked more and more often as increasing numbers of people cut the cord. With every big television event, viewers that are accustomed to streaming content encounter problems figuring out how to watch the Oscars, or the Big Game, or any major broadcast event. While there are many options that are of dubious legality, here are a few legitimate ways that you can watch the Oscars without a cable subscription.

Over the Air Broadcast

Many viewers, especially those raised on cable, may not realize that, in much of the country, it’s possible to tune in to all of the major networks using nothing more than a simple indoor HD TV antenna. If your TV was manufactured in the last ten years or so, it’s able to receive over-the-air digital (OTA) broadcasts. That means that all you need to do is plug in an antenna to begin receiving free broadcast television. Since ABC is broadcasting the Oscars, anyone who can get the OTA signal can watch them for free, without cable. To find out what channel ABC is in your area, use the FCC DTV Reception Map. If your signal shows as strong or moderate, you should have no problem receiving the broadcast with a simple indoor antenna. Those in rural areas will probably see a weaker signal and may not be able to receive the broadcast without a larger outdoor HD antenna

Your key to watching the Oscars without cable TV.


Say you don’t have a TV, because you’ve become so accustomed to streaming to your computer or tablet, or you you live in an area with a poor OTA signal. Well, ABC is providing an online streaming option that might work for you. ABC’s website provides streams of their regular content, but only to a selection of major metro markets: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. And while that covers a majority of the watching population in the USA, it’s still going to leave a lot of potential viewers in the dark. Read the rest of this entry »

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Treadmill Specs to Consider

February 21st, 2017

Treadmills are popular because they’re easy to use and give you the ability to burn a significant number of calories, all from the comfort of your own home! You’re able to enjoy working out while watching television, listening to music, or even reading a book (for those that prefer walking at slower speeds). Before purchasing a piece of exercise equipment the size and cost of a treadmill, we recommend researching and becoming familiar with relative terms such as “best treadmill”. While many will advertise their product as the “best”, you must consider what the “best treadmill” is for you personally.

There are many factors to consider when looking at treadmills, but the most important are:

Most Important Treadmill Specs To Consider - Cost, Size & Features

What does it cost?

Where will I put it?

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Cutting the Cord: A How-To Guide

February 20th, 2017

Cutting the cord is an excellent way to cut out some needless spending from your monthly budget. If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge into a world without cable, there’s never been a better time than now. With a variety of streaming services that cover nearly all of today’s cable and broadcast programming (and then some), plus countless streaming media devices that give you access to those services, it’s easier than ever to watch all of your favorite programs without a cable subscription.

Are you sure you want to save money, but not so sure about what all of those other terms mean? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve laid out everything you need to know about cutting the cord in the following video, from making sure your internet connection is fast enough to deciding on whether you should go with Netflix or Hulu—or both. The second video explores today’s best streaming media players, and which one will work best for your needs. And remember, if you have any questions that the videos didn’t answer, we’re always just a phone-call or online chat away.

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A Sweet Valentine’s Day at Abt

February 14th, 2017

It’s no surprise we like to get really into our holidays here, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. That explains the lineup of brightly-decorated, personalized bags lining the wall behind customer service department today. Over the last week, customer service reps spent their downtime decorating the Valentine’s Day goodie bags for each of the 62 (yep, sixty-two!) members of their department. After a hectic Customer Appreciation Sale weekend, the Valentines will be a welcome treat for our hard-working CS reps.

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5 Ways to Clean Your PC for Improved Performance

February 13th, 2017

Spring Clean your PC for National Clean Out Your Computer Day

We’re nearing the point in the year when it’s time to start thinking about up around the house. But while you’re making plans to clean out the garage and downsize your belongings, consider doing some virtual cleaning as well. Today is National Clean Out Your Computer Day, a reminder to be proactive with the organization of your computer. Keeping your computer “clean” can help it run more efficiently, making it quicker, safer, and more enjoyable to use. In recognition of the day, here are 5 easy ways to clean up your computer.

Run an antivirus program

Computer viruses and malware get more and more sophisticated every day. Recent stats suggest nearly a half-million new malicious programs are recognized every day. Thankfully, antivirus software is better than ever as well. PC users with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 have access to a built-in antivirus program—Windows Defender—that’s better than any Windows anitvirus programs before. It runs automatically, keeping you defended against attacks you may never realize are happening. Still, it’s never a bad idea to be more proactive with your virus protection, which you can do without spending a cent. There are plenty of great free antivirus programs that are just a download away. PC Mag recently reviewed a dozen options, and their top pick was Avast Free Antivirus. Regardless of what program you choose, make sure to keep its virus library updated, and remember to scan your PC regularly.

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Abt-solutely Delicious: Valentine’s Day Edition

February 10th, 2017

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and if you’re looking for a gift that’s a little more thoughtful (and budget-friendly) than more jewelry or another tie, might we suggest some delicious homemade breakfast? This recipe combines two favorites: the crispy Belgian waffle and fluffy red velvet cake. They’re made with just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in the kitchen, with one surprise addition—greek yogurt—that adds an extra level of moisture and healthiness to the recipe. The only specialized appliance you’ll need is, you guessed it, a waffle maker. Read the rest of this entry »

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