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The official blog of Abt Electronics & Appliances

Protect your home with the right weather gear from Abt

February 21st, 2014

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You may have noticed these past few days that Mother Nature is less than predictable.  From inches of snow, to frozen rain, to incredible winds, the weather can be harsh on your commute, while also harsh on your home.  If your home has recently been a victim of Mother Nature’s wrath, Abt Electronics has a variety of weather gear you need to get back to normal.  Whether you are facing a flood, no power in the home, or need some help with the clean-up, we have just what you need.  Shop our Sump pumps, dehumidifiers, power generators and more to get things back to normal.  Shop Abt.com, or give our sales department a call at 888-228-5800.

President’s Day Sale at Abt Electronics

February 17th, 2014

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Right now, you can save on great appliances and electronics from Abt Electronics during our President’s Day Sale.  Shop in-store, or online from top manufacturers and find just what you need to improve your home, or your entertainment center.  Visit Abt.com for more information and deals!

Wearable Technology

February 11th, 2014

 Wearable Technology: The Future is Now. Part I

If we were to sum up one of the biggest current tech trends, and one that will make 2014 a very exciting year, it would only take two words: wearable technology. What is “wearable technology?” (Hint, it’s not Flava Flav’s clock pendant). The term covers lots of products, but they all have one thing in common: advanced technology fit into a product that can be worn on the body in an unassuming form factor. Wearable technology takes shape in a variety of types, from smart glasses to wrist-mounted computers.

Now, the idea of wearable technology is nothing new. It’s been a mainstay of pop fiction for decades, from Dick Tracy’s wristwatch radio to the Star Trek combadge. When the first true forms of wearable technology debuted—the Casio calculator watch, for instance—they had limited functionality.

But what was the stuff of science-fiction movies just 20 years ago is now a reality, and is everyday marching closer to being the norm.

Wearable Technology has become a real buzzword in just the last year or so, but many people don’t realize how much it’s been present in our lives in recent years, especially the fitness industry. Visit any gym, and you’re bound to see dozens of people wearing heart rate monitors. A simple transmitter straps to their chest, measures their heart rate and beams that info to their wrist watch. That’s wearable technology. Garmin added to the heart rate monitoring wristwatch concept by integrating GPS into many of the Garmin Forerunner GPS Watch models. These track your heart rate and also accurately measure the distances you run.

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Garmin Forerunner GPS running watch with heart rate monitor.

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Abt Has the Gear You Need For the Sochi Winter Olympics

February 6th, 2014

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The Winter Olympics are here.  No, I’m not talking about what us Chicagoans are doing to try to get our cars out of ditches, and shoveling through numerous feet of snow.  I’m talking about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  Opening ceremonies begin tomorrow night and if you are an avid Olympic sports fan, Abt has just what you need to enjoy all your favorite games in crystal clear picture and audio.  Abt’s Technologist Josh Davis stopped by NBC Chicago to go over some great products to bring the whole experience together.

See Video Here: Josh The Technologist Visits NBC Chicago!

Products Seen:

Sony 60″ Black 1080P LED HDTV - KDL60R550A -Smart, Wifi, 3D

Samsung 55″ 240Hz UN55FH6030- Big Bang for the Buck

Sonos PLAY1 

Sonos Subwoofer 

Sonos Wireless Extender

Slingbox

TiVo Roamio

 

A Look Inside the Abt Service Departments

February 4th, 2014

As part of our upcoming Customer Appreciation Sale, we decided to take an inside look at two of the most essential parts of our business, areas which often don’t get the thanks they deserve: The Abt Service Departments. Abt’s commitment to our customers goes beyond just the in-store or online purchase process. We’re here with you for the long haul, providing service and support well after you receive your new TV or kitchen appliances. One of the things that sets Abt apart from other retailers is the fact that we are an authorized service center for every brand we sell. If it breaks, we can fix it. In fact, our service departments are one of the main reasons a certain leading consumer info magazine has voted us a top appliance retailer in the country four years in a row.

The Abt service departments are split into two sections: Electronics and Appliances. Each department has its own team of in-store technicians with a dedicated workshop area in our Glenview, IL store, as well as road-going technicians and phone service reps. Altogether, the service departments contain hundreds of employees, tens of thousands of spare parts and countless years of collective repair know-how.

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Gavril, an Abt Electronics Tech, works on a home theater receiver.

 

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Show Us Your Big Game Setup!

January 28th, 2014

For many football fans, getting prepped for the Big Game takes up more time than the actual gameplay.  It’s the all-day nature of the event that adds to the excitement, with the football action often playing second fiddle to the food, friends and fun. We can appreciate the time that goes into an epic party plan, and we love seeing customer set ups, so show us yours!

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Looks like a nice spread of hearty and healthy. Photo by Triple Tri      Creative Commons

 

Whether your specialty is an unbeatable spread of delicious finger foods or a multiple-TV setup that ensures a view of the game from anywhere in the house, snap a pic and let us see! If you’ve got pics from years past, send ‘em on over too. Email pics to marketing@abt.com, or tag @AbtElectronics on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. We’ll collect all the photos and share them on the Abt Facebook page.

 

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Um, yes please.Photo by kaythaney      Creative Commons

 

 

Expert TV Tips For the Big Game!

January 27th, 2014

Enhance your big game experience with TV tips from the experts at Abt.

No other day puts more focus on watching TV than Super Sunday, so before the big game airs, it’s a good idea to make sure your television is operating to its full potential.

 

  • First things first. Let’s make sure you’re getting the best picture possible. The first step is to verify that you’re actually receiving HD service. HDTV picture quality is dramatically better than Standard Definition, and with more than double the resolution it will give a more lifelike game experience. However, just having an HDTV doesn’t guarantee you’re getting an HD signal. You’ll need to make sure you’re receiving an HD signal and have and HD capable receiver from your cable or satellite provider. Some cable/satellite boxes will say “HD” or “High Defnition” somewhere on the front. If there’s no designation, one surefire way to tell if  your box is HD-capable is the presence of an HDMI port.
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An HDMI port signifies an HD-capable TV and cable box.

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Championship Chocolate Chip Turtle Bars

January 27th, 2014

Score an extra point with these tasty treats!

Since no feast is complete without a delicious dessert, we’ll wrap up our collection of football foods with this simple recipe for some delightful Chocolate Chip Turtle Bars.

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Chocolate chip cookie dough, caramel and pecans…what’s not to love?

 

Chocolate Chip Turtle Bars

Prep Time:  15  Minutes

Cook Time:  30

Cooling Time: 1-2 hours

 

Ingredients:

 

Cookie Base

1 container of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough

¾ cup chopped pecans

 

Filling

30 caramels, unwrapped

¼ cup whipping cream

 

Topping

1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips

¼ cup whipping cream

¼ chopped pecans

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Press cookie dough into 9” greased square pan.

Sprinkle with ¾ cup pecans, and press pecans into dough. Bake 15 minutes and then cool for 30 minutes.

 

In medium microwaveable bowl, microwave caramels and ¼ whipping cream on high 2-3 minutes stirring until smooth.

Spread over cookie crust. Refrigerate for 20 minutes

 

In another medium microwaveable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and whipping cream on high 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.

Pour over filling. Sprinkle with pecans and refrigerate 1-2 hours. Cut into bars. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Perfect Pass Pulled Pork

January 27th, 2014

Take the tailgate indoors with this perfect pulled pork recipe.

This recipe takes a little more work than the previous ones, but the reward of perfect pulled pork sandwiches is definitely worth it. And since it also utilizes a slow cooker, once you get the ingredients cooking you can head back to the pregame festivites. It comes from Emily, our Media Coordinator.

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Perfect Pass Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Prep Time:  30 Minutes

Cook Time:  6-8 hours

 

Ingredients:

2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced

1 boneless pork shoulder (3 to 4 lbs) with excess fat trimmed

1 cup chicken stock or  chicken broth

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2  tablespoon chili powder

1/2 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce

Potato buns, Hawaiian Bread or your favorite rolls

 

 

Directions:

Layer bottom of slow cooker with sliced onions, cover with broth.

Mix sugar and all spices, rub into pork.

Place pork into slow cooker, cover and cook until tender enough to fork shred.

Remove pork, place on cutting board and shred into uniform pieces.

Remove onion/juice mixture from slow-cooker. Strain juice from onions and return them to slow cooker. Save liquid (optional).

Place shredded pork back into slow-cooker and add barbecue sauce

 

Tips:

If you prefer pulled pork with less of a BBQ sauce taste, simply re-add some broth after shredding the pork. This will keep the pork moist.

Give guests a choice of BBQ sauces or the original cooking broth.

Offer a choice of rolls. We love Hawaiian bread.

Serve with coleslaw or potato salad.

Touchdown Taco Dip

January 27th, 2014

Spicy meets cool in this dependable dip.

No football party is complete without some version of the perennial favorite, the Taco Dip. Here’s a recipe from Nancy, our Drop-Shipping Coordinator (that department really likes to cook). Following the trend of the previous recipes, this dish is easy to prepare but results in big flavor that will have your guests continually reaching for chips. The cool cream cheese and sour cream base provide a great contrast to some of the spicier foods you’ll probably be serving.

Touchdown Taco Dip: Easy to make, always a fan favorite.

 

 

Nancy’s Taco Dip

Prep Time:  20  Minutes

Cook Time:  0

Ingredients:

1 Pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1 cup Sour Cream

1/2 package mild taco seasoning

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup diced tomato

1/2 cup diced green pepper

1/4 cup chopped chives

 

Directions:

Combine : Cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning, mixing well together.

Place mixture in a shallow bowl, pie dish or glass baking pan

Cover mixture with cheese, tomatoes, green peppers, & chives.

Serve cold with crackers, vegetables, or nacho chips.
Tips:

The sky’s the limit when it comes to additional toppings. Diced olives add an extra flavor, while jalapeno peppers pack in some extra punch.