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How to Set Up Circle With Disney Internet Monitoring

March 4th, 2016

These days, the average family might have a dozen or more devices connected to the internet, from smartphones to smart TVs. And now more than ever, it’s important for parents to be aware of what their kids are doing online. While many solutions exist for monitoring and limiting access to the web, most are implemented on the device level, meaning you’d need to have an app on every phone, tablet or computer that goes online. A new solution to this problem comes from Circle With Disney, a simple gadget that lets you manage internet content and time limits across all devices on your home network.

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Fitbit Alta Now Available For Pre-Order on Abt.com

March 2nd, 2016

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Fashion meets fitness with the new Fitbit Alta. The Fitbit Alta isn’t just your ordinary fitness tracker, you can switch up your style while staying on track with your fitness goals. Just like the other models in Fitbit’s line of fitness trackers, the Alta is capable of tracking your all- day activity, your sleeping patterns, and reminders to move. Read the rest of this entry »

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Find The Right Vacuum For Spring Cleaning

February 29th, 2016

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The sun is out, the snow is melting, looks like spring is on its way! That means it’s time to refresh your floors with an annual spring cleaning. After the long, cold months of winter, dirt, dust, and stains have accumulated your floor, it’s time to eliminate them. Here at Abt, we have a variety of vacuums that you can choose from. For the perfect clean and satisfying results, its important to know what type of vacuum you are shopping for. Finding the right vacuum to use for your spring cleaning will assure you a cleaner home. We provided the different types of vacuums we carry and how each one works, see what type of vacuum would be best for your household!

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Sleep6 Mattresses at Abt

February 25th, 2016

Like going to the dentist or cleaning the bathroom, shopping for a mattress is something that most of us will try to avoid doing, even though it can impact our well-being on a daily basis. Getting a good night’s sleep can benefit your health in myriad ways, from improving your memory to helping you keep your weight under control. The bottom line is that your sleep is important. You spend a third of your life doing it, so it makes sense to do it right. For those of you that just can’t handle the thought of shopping for mattresses (though our Mattress department goes to great lengths to take the headache away), or live far away from a quality mattress retailer, or have living arrangements that make the delivery of a large mattress impractical, Sleep6 Mattresses may be the solution to your bedding woes.

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Sleep6 hopes to change the way you shop for mattresses by bringing the store to you, so to speak, instead of vice-versa. Based in Chicago, with mattresses made entirely in the USA, Sleep6 takes advantage of high-tech latex foam construction to create a mattress that’s easy to ship, easy to set up, and won’t cost an arm and a leg. And best of all, it promises a supremely comfortable night’s sleep. Sleep6 is so sure you’ll love their mattress, they offer a 100-night in-home trial. If you don’t like it, you can send it back and pay nothing. And if you do keep it, you can rest assured that the comfort will last, because every Sleep6 mattress is backed by a 10-year warranty. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 Speakers at Abt

February 22nd, 2016

Come experience the Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 Exclusive Listening Event 2/27-28 at Abt

Bang & Olufsen has long been known as a brand that pushes the boundaries of speaker engineering, blurring the lines between art and audio, between sculpture and sound, to create products that are as visually exciting as they are aurally appealing. B&O’s  newest release is perhaps their most brazen ever. Created to celebrate the brand’s 90th birthday, the Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 is a state-of-the art loudspeaker unlike anything that has come before. Whether you’re first introduced to the BeoLab 90 by seeing it or hearing it perform, there’s a good chance you’ll come away impressed.

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Eschewing the traditional rectangular construction of a typical home speaker, the BeoLab 90’s multi-faceted cabinets have a curving, organic quality that suggests maybe they were crafted by a futuristic civilization of space-travelers and gifted to present-day audiophiles as a sign of things to come. At first glance, there’s no clear front to each BeoLab speaker, with the flowing black grills and polished aluminum frame wrapping around the entire structure in diamond-grid pattern. They are among the most visually-interesting speakers we’ve laid our eyes on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Clearing the Air: Reasons to Buy An Air Purifier

February 17th, 2016

 

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Spring is right around the corner. This means warmer weather, blooming flowers, and spring break for the kids. Unfortunately, it can also mean allergies for many people.

But Abt and ComEd can help this allergy season. ComEd customers can receive a $50 rebate on an ENERGY STAR® certified air purifier from the ComEd Smart Ideas® Energy Efficiency Program PLUS these other valuable benefits:

1. Eliminate allergy triggers

Air purifiers remove contaminants in the air, including the ones that cause allergies like pollen, dust, and pet odors.

Ward off those pesky allergy symptoms with cleaner air in your home.

2. Improve air quality

An air purifier removes more than just allergy culprits. It can also reduce smoke particles and mold spores, which pose health risks. Some air purifiers even kill pathogens, bacteria and viruses.

It’s time to breathe better air. Your lungs deserve it.

3. Save money and energy

ENERGY STAR certified air purifiers are 40 percent more energy efficient than standard air purifiers, saving you about 225 kWh per year and $25 annually on utility bills.

Buy an ENERGY STAR certified air purifier from Abt today and enjoy cleaner air this spring. Abt has made the rebate process especially easy for ComEd customers with automatic application submission when you make you purchase.

In addition to air purifier rebates, ComEd also offers rebates on select ENERGY STAR certified appliances including fridge, freezers, clothes washers and more. Now through April 30th, ComEd Customers making eligible purchases from Abt will be automatically entered in the ComEd Rebate Rush Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $250 Visa® Gift Card. Check out ComEd.com/Rebates for more details.

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La Cornue’s Artisan Kitchen Ranges

February 16th, 2016

One of the most prestigious names in kitchen appliances is a brand that most American customers are probably unfamiliar with: La Cornue. Founded in Paris, France, in 1908 by an enterprising epicurean named Albert Dupuy, La Cornue ranges were among the first to take advantage of the relatively recent phenomenon of plumbed gas. Dupuy created what would become La Cornue’s first cooking range, with a signature vaulted-ceiling oven that created a natural airflow for a more even, thorough baking action. This preserved a foods’ natural moisture, and eliminated the need for the cook to constantly rotate or flip foods while cooking. La Cornue ranges were built to exacting standards, out of premium materials, to provide a lifetime of unflagging service in the kitchen.

Over 100 years later, La Cornue is still building ranges with the same level of dedication as Dupuy’s first model. Their shop, just outside of Paris, employs only 60 people and is responsible for the meticulous creation of small numbers of luxurious ranges. Many are still completely hand-assembled, with each range’s construction being completed, from start to finish, by a single craftsman.

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A craftsman at the La Cornue workshop hand-builds a range.

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The Abt Customer Appreciation Sale in 360 Degrees

February 15th, 2016

The semi-annual Customer Appreciation Sale is one of Abt’s biggest events, bringing price reductions and limited-time promotions to both our local customers and those who shop from across the country via Abt.com. Of course, local customers have always had the added benefit of being able to visit our showroom in person and experience the craze first-hand.

Now, we have the opportunity to try to capture the excitement in virtual form. We recently got our hands on the Ricoh Theta, a compact camera that takes interactive 360° videos and photos. The Customer Appreciation Sale was the perfect opportunity to give it a test run. Each photo below can be dragged around to navigate a full panoramic view, and you can zoom further in with your mouse’s scroll wheel or the buttons on the photo. You might even find yourself in the photo!

 

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Apple Music Now Available On Your Sonos System

February 11th, 2016

Two of the world’s most popular names in streaming music, one on the software side and one the hardware, are finally together. After months of beta testing, Apple Music is now available on your Sonos devices. Since their debut, Sonos speakers have been the go-to choice for anyone interested in a portable, wireless music system that didn’t compromise on sound quality. Users could stream just about every music service available—Pandora, Spotify, Last.FM, etc—from their portable device to their hi-fi Sonos speakers. Every service, that is, except for Apple Music.

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Apple Music had been available to the public since the end of June, offering Apple’s iTunes music library in streaming format and adding in new options like handpicked music suggestions and the worldwide Beats 1 radio station. But when two companies dedicated to a perfect product work together, you can be sure they want to tweak every last option. Now, after an extensive beta program which had hundreds of thousands of listeners using the program and providing helpful feedback, Apple Music on Sonos has officially launched. Using it is as simple as listening to any of your other streaming services: Select “Add Music Services” on your Sonos app, then scroll to find Apple Music and log in to your Apple account. If you don’t have an Apple Music account, you can sign up for a free three-month trial here.

Click here to shop Abt’s selection of SONOS speakers and components that feature Apple Music!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him & Her

February 11th, 2016

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s nothing better than making your loved one smile with the perfect gift. We want to make sure you’re covered during this special holiday, so check out the items our staff has picked out below and give your special someone a very special gift!

 

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There’s still time to get this beautiful Pandora gift set, the limited edition white leatherette wristlet is included with purchase. Hurry while this offer is good until 02/15/16.

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