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Top 5 Summer Road Trip Essentials

June 27th, 2016

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The summer is well underway and the road trips have begun. When you think about what to bring, Abt has a few must-haves on the list. Check out these 5 road trip essentials for this summer!

 

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Nest Learning Thermostat Offer

June 26th, 2016

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With the outside temperature gradually rising, more and more people are starting to turn their air conditioning on. It’s important to keep your house cool but sometimes it can be pricey; thanks to smart thermostats like Nest, you can reduce energy usage and lower costs by adapting your home environment and desired temperatures to your family’s schedule. The Nest Learning thermostat makes temperature adjustments easy when you’re at home or away by using the app on your smart phone.  From any room in the house or on vacation in the tropics, you can adjust the temperature, turn the heating or cooling off, or even create an automatic schedule.

Starting today, you can put the Nest Learning Thermostat to the test along with instant savings. When you purchase a 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat, you can save up to $150 off of your thermostat by filling out the energy efficiency utility rebates below.  What’s more, Nest is offering a limited $50 instant rebate on your purchase of the Nest Learning Thermostat, bringing your total cost down to just $50 when all rebates are applied! At a price like that, upgrading to a Nest thermostat is a no-brainer for any homeowner. But act soon, because although the utility rebates last till next year, the Nest instant rebate expires 7/04.

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Enter to Win This Customized 2016 Jeep Wrangler

June 22nd, 2016

Feeling lucky lately? Enter this raffle put on by Brotherhood for the Fallen, and you could walk (or drive) away with a brand-new, customized Jeep Wrangler or $30,000 in cash. Brotherhood for the Fallen is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering support to families of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. They also offer support to First Responders dealing with natural disasters, as well as the community affected by those disasters. You can read more about what they do here.

This summer, they’ve teamed up with our friends at the Fields Auto Group, who provided this customized 2016 Jeep Wrangler as a raffle prize. Tickets are $100 each, and only 1000 will be sold, giving you some pretty decent odds. The Jeep has been upgraded with all sorts of performance goodies, like beadlock wheels, a 4″ lift kit, performance exhaust, LED lighting all around, and much more. You can see it in person in the Mobile Audio sales department, or check out the pics below. Click here for info on how to purchase a raffle ticket.

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Viking TurboChef Demonstration with Chef Joe Arvin

June 21st, 2016

 

From in-home catering to appearances on the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and CBS’s Big Brother, Celebrity chef, Joe Arvin is teaming up with Viking to fire up delicious meals using the new and innovative Viking Professional TurboChef Double Oven.  As Viking’s new Executive Chef, Arvin will be traveling around the country demonstrating the incredibly fast wall oven, and we’re excited to announce that Chef Arvin will be demonstrating the TurboChef Oven at Abt!

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Delicious Summer Recipes For Your Next Party

June 20th, 2016

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Nothing beats the feeling of enjoying delicious food with great weather and great company. The summer is the perfect time to have company over for a dinner party and enjoy eating outside. Luckily at Abt, we have all the cooking gadgets you need to make your dinner party a success! We have outdoor dining sets for your table setting, grills and smokers to fire up delicious meals, and other kitchen tools to help you prepare. If you’re unsure on what to prepare for your dinner, we’ve provided you with some yummy recipes. They’re pretty tasty and your guest will be wanting more!

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7 Father’s Day Gifts for 7 Different Types of Dads

June 17th, 2016

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With Father’s Day just around the corner, give your Dad a gift worth bragging about. Forget about the last minute socks and ties gifts, give him something he will love and never forget. Here at Abt, we have tons of products for all kinds of dads out there. We know it can be tricky to find the right gift, so we came up with few a gift ideas that will make him happy! Take a look and see what gift would be best for your kind of Dad.

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E3 Recap: Video Game Hardware News from the Electronic Entertainment Expo

June 16th, 2016

Every spring, Los Angeles plays host to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the major annual trade show for the video game industry. At the Expo, known as E3, all of the major players in the industry gather to announce upcoming hardware and software, and to show off concepts that hint at things to come. Some years it’s more about the games and big releases from software developers, but rumors of new hardware from both Microsoft and Sony made those companies the stars of this year’s show. Here’s a quick recap of what we learned from their Expo presentations this week.

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Microsoft brought news of not one, but two upcoming console refreshes: one that will be available shortly, and one that’s still in the conceptual phase. First up is the new XBox One S. The One S (which presumably stands for “slim”) is not a completely new console, but a mid-cycle refresh that brings a new form factor along with some slight technical upgrades.

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The new Xbox One S

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How To Save Money While Keeping Your House Cool

June 15th, 2016

 

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In just a couple of days it will officially be summer and we are excited! After the long and cold months of winter, we look forward to lots of sunshine and warmer weather. As temperatures rise, it’s important to be comfortable in a cool home. We know it can get a bit pricey when it comes to keeping your home air-conditioned, but there are a lot of ways you can still keep it chilly without hurting your wallet.

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Return to the Ragnar Relay!

June 13th, 2016

Last year, a dozen daring Abt co-workers competed in the Ragnar Relay, a 200-ish mile relay run that makes its way from Madison, Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois. Over the course of two days, the participants take turns running legs of the race that range in difficulty and distance, from 2 1/2 miles to nearly 10 miles. When not running, the other teammates ride along in a pair of vans and try to find a few hours of sleep when and where they can. It’s an exercise in endurance and teamwork, but most of all (judging by the photos) it’s a whole lot of fun. Enough fun that most of the runners returned this year for their second Ragnar Relay. This past weekend, Team “There’s an Abt For That” battled extremes of weather and exhaustion to successfully complete the Ragnar Relay. We want to send a hearty “Congratulations” to the team and all participants of the Relay. Here’s a look at their weekend adventures:

 

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All smiles at the race start.

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Bose QC35: The Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones Have Gone Wireless

June 8th, 2016

Ask anyone who’s used various noise-cancelling headphones about which pair is their favorite, and the Bose QuietComfort series will invariably be mentioned. For years, the QC have been considered some of the best noise-cancelling headphones available. Since their inception in 2000, they’ve gone through a few different iterations, each upgrading some aspect of the headphones’ performance. This week, Bose stepped up their game even further, revealing a QuietComfort with the one feature that users had still been waiting for: no wires. The Bose QC35 are the first wireless noise-cancelling headphones from the company, and they do not disappoint.

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Owners of the QuietComfort series usually rave about, as the name implies, how supremely comfortable the headphones are. That tradition continues with the Bose QC35, with the added benefit of no wires tethering you to your computer or audio source. And of course they feature the same beloved sound quality that’s made Bose a favorite for decades.

We’ve had a few days to play with them and came away quite impressed. Check out what we thought of them:

While video and written reviews are helpful, these are one of those products that need to be heard to be believed. If you’re local to our Glenview store, we’d love to have you stop by and give them a test run. We’ve got two pair on showroom floor waiting to amaze you.

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