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The official blog of Abt Electronics & Appliances

Five Water-Resistant Products for Your Spring Adventures

April 6th, 2017

April showers can lead to more than just May flowers if you like to be active outdoors in the spring. You might not mind a little sprinkle on your morning run or weekend in the park, but your electronics probably will. A typical phone, wireless speaker or camera can usually survive a brief encounter with water, but when you’re unsure what the weather’s going to bring, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Luckily, there are more options than ever for ensuring your electronics can endure extensive exposure to nature’s wrath. Here are five of our favorite water-resistant products for your spring adventures.

Smartphone

Your smartphone is your hub to any and all digital activities, from entertainment to productivity. If it gets soaked by a surprise shower or a dip in a puddle, you may suddenly find yourself without your music collection, workout tracking, communications and more. If you’ll be springing for a new smartphone this spring, consider choosing a waterproof model like the Samsung Galaxy S7. This high-end smartphone packs all of the great features you’d expect from a Samsung flagship smartphone (a quad-core processor, QHD AMOLED display, expandable storage, 4K video, and more) all wrapped in a resilient package. So not only do you get IP68 rating for dust and water-resistance—meaning the S7 can survive a dunk in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes—but you don’t have to sacrifice performance to get it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Celebrate Vive Day with HTC

April 4th, 2017

They say time flies when you’re having fun, which might be why it’s hard to believe that it’s been a full year since we first got to play with the HTC Vive virtual reality system. The Vive has been one of our favorite gadgets to come out in the last year. To mark its one-year anniversary, HTC has designated April 5th “Vive Day,” and will be celebrating with a variety of offers for new customers who pick up a Vive system on that day.

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Apple CarPlay Brings iOS to Your Dashboard

March 31st, 2017

Is there a more culturally significant combination of technologies than the automobile and the radio? Since first debuting in the 1930s, the car radio has become a mainstay in our lives, providing the soundtrack to countless memories on weekend night drives around town, long-distance roadtrips, and, uh, all of the other things that go on in a car. Over the years, the car stereo has evolved to include FM radio, then the 8-track player, some brief (but mostly unsuccessful) experimenting with turntables, and then the cassette tape. The digital age brought the inclusion of the CD player, HD-radio, the aux-in port, and then wireless Bluetooth connectivity. That seemed to be where the upgrades would stop, until 2014, when Apple CarPlay was announced.

Apple CarPlay is an all-encompassing car infotainment system that seamlessly integrates your iPhone and all of its native capabilities into your automobile’s in-dash receiver. You get all of your iOS functions without awkwardly trying to operate your phone while driving (which is banned in 14 states, by the way).  Maps, message, music and everything else you would normally do on your iPhone are now accessible through the touchscreen in your dashboard. CarPlay also works with the buttons and knobs on the headunit itself or, if your car offers it, the steering wheel controls.

Another benefit of CarPlay is the inclusion of Apple’s Siri. As with your iPhone, you can ask Siri for directions, to send or dictate your messages, to find music, or for help with all of the other tasks the digital assistant was created to perform. Siri’s answers will be played back to you through your car’s speaker system.

Here’s a look at one of Alpine’s newest headunits with Apple CarPlay:


Apple CarPlay is now available as an option in automobiles from every major car company, or in aftermarket headunits from Alpine, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony. For more information on adding an Apple CarPlay receiver to your car, give our mobile audio department a call at 847-544-2281.

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In Memoriam: Brion Edward Bromead III

March 30th, 2017

We are saddened to announce the passing of our dear friend and co-worker, Brion Bromead. Brion was a beloved member of our custom audio installation team for over nine years, where he was known not only for his technical skills, but as the guy who was always smiling, always willing to lend a helping hand. Our sincerest condolences go out to Brion’s family. He will be missed.

Brion Edward Bromead 1977-2017

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Inside the Abt Mobile Audio Installation Department

March 29th, 2017

Abt has made a name for itself over the years as a provider of just about anything you’d ever need to outfit your dream home. What many local customers may not know is that we also have an award-winning mobile audio installation department on-site, who are some of the best in the biz at making your vehicle just as awesome as your home. With the weather finally beginning to improve, there’s no better time to bring your car in for an A/V upgrade. Today we’re taking a look at what goes on inside the Abt Mobile Audio Installation shop.

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Take a Virtual Tour of Abt

March 27th, 2017

Have a look around our Glenview, IL showroom.

Abt started off as a small three-person operation in Chicago over 80 years ago, and has always been headquartered in or around Chicago, up to our current location in the suburb of Glenview. All operations occur out of a single building, from customer service and accounts receivable, to the storage of thousands of items in our product inventory. A majority of our customers have visited us in person, but every day, we continue to gain new fans across the country. Many of our new customers know us only as a web retailer, and aren’t aware that our brick and mortar even exists. And not only does it exist, it’s a rare example of a thriving physical location in a tenuous industry.

For those who’ve never had the chance to visit our store, our new virtual tour can provide a small taste of what it’s like. Click around to explore our showroom floor, including the atrium and its collection of boutiques, and don’t forget to walk upstairs to see the mattress store and new Inspiration Studio. And of course, if you’re ever in the area, we’d love for you to stop by—we suggest a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, when we serve freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies.

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Free Pandora Bracelet Weekend

March 24th, 2017

It finally feels like spring outside! If your spring wardrobe is in need of some accessories, this weekend is the perfect time to stop by the Abt Time Boutique. All weekend long, your purchase of $125 or more of Pandora Jewelry will earn you a free Pandora bracelet, with a variety of styles available. Mother’s Day is also right around the corner, and it’s never too early to find a gift for the special woman in your life. This promotion only runs until Sunday, March 26, so stop by today!

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Seven Ways to Up Your Spring Break Social Media Game

March 22nd, 2017

Let’s be honest. No matter where you go on vacation, every possible photo op has been done to death. If you’re looking to set yourself apart from the crowd creatively, you’re going to need to include some new tactics into your repertoire. Here are seven ways to set your social media game on fire during your next vacation.

1.) Elevate your photography, literally.

One way to set your vacation photos apart from the crowd is to take to the skies with a drone. Drone photography will open up an entirely new way to see the sights of your destination, and also make for a pretty unique selfie opportunity. The current generation of drones is easier than ever to fly, so with minimal practice, you can be adding some killer aerial shots to your vacation feed. Take a look at how using a drone captured a much more dramatic view of our rooftop solar panels:

Using a drone can take your vacation photos to new heights.

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Get Into Spring Cleaning with New Dyson Vacuums

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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Yeti Coolers and Drinkware, Now at Abt

March 14th, 2017

The middle of a surprise almost-spring snow storm probably isn’t when you’d be thinking about upgrading your cooler products. But we’re holding on tight to the idea that warmer temps are right around the corner, which means it won’t be long before the backyard parties and beach visits start, which means you’re going to need something to keep your cold drinks cold. And there are no products on earth better suited to that task than Yeti coolers and drinkware, which are now available at Abt.

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