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Mini Systems Get Big at CES 2014

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Back in the 1980s, there were two things about the music that were big: the hair, and the boomboxes. Thankfully, both style and technology evolved, and the D-Battery-powered, shoulder-mounted cassette stereo went the way of the teased, crimped, bleach-blonde mane. Those looking for a portable, all-in-one music system were presented with numerous options of stereo mini systemsThese classy, compact stereo systems were designed to fit in with either the boardroom or dorm room crowd, saving space yet still putting out respectable sounds. And for a while, the boombox languished in obscurity, a relic of times past. A few quick stops at CES 2014, though, and it looks like these sonic beasts have not yet given up fighting.

At the LG exhibit, our man on the ground demoed the new LG X Boom CM9730 boom box, which features a face-melting 25,000 watts of power. I don’t know how much power that is, but I’m pretty sure you can jump start a dump truck with this thing. The X Boom is not for the weak of heart, or those short on space for that matter. Each of the two speaker units is roughly the size of a shetland pony, and LG’s specs show that the entire package tips the scales at over 350 lbs! LG bills the X Boom as sort of party-in-a-box, putting out the kind of power needed to replicate the dance club atmosphere in your home, backyard or hopefully-neighborless apartment. Further bolstering its party cred are an auto equalizer that adapts to musical genre; the Smart DJ system, which gives users the ability to add samples and other sound effects to music; and integrated LED lighting that changes to the beat of the music.

Inputs include standard CD tray and dual USB inputs. The USB inputs give the X Boom a couple neat tricks, including the Jukebox function, letting users create custom folders and playlists from a flash drive, while USB-to-USB recording lets users swap music with their friends. Twin jog-dials make navigating external files a breeze, and act as DJ mixers when the music’s bumping. And one feature we always love: the LG X Boom supports wireless streaming from any Bluetooth device, so you can go deaf to any song available via streaming services.

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Abt's New Bose Room

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Abt is pleased to announce the opening of the new Bose® room in our audio/video department. Like many of the trusted brands featured in our store, Abt has worked closely together with Bose for many years to create a tremendous shopping experience. This new Bose® area in our store does just that!

The new room features 20 Bose home theater and personal audio products on display, including the newest Lifestyle® home entertainment systems, the simpler 2.1 CineMate® home theater speaker systems, the SoundDock® family of products for iPods® and iPhones®, the Companion® line of computer speakers, and the brand new Bose IE2 and AE2 audio headphones.

Automated displays throughout the space allow Abt customers to explore independently, listen to music and movie demonstrations, and discover more about the product benefits – all with the simple push of a button. The room also allows for more personalized demonstrations with an Abt sales consultant in warm, home-like settings that combine the latest HDTVs, Bose systems, a variety of HD sources, and comfy leather seating.

A great product on display that I had the pleasure of trying out is Bose®’s new Lifestyle® V35 home entertainment system.  Continuing the tradition of Bose®’s popular Lifestyle® systems, the V35 connects up to 6 HD components and upscales any non-HD video to 1080p! I was very impressed with its Unify™ technology system that easily guides any user while installing the unit to existing components.  Even a novice would be able to set this up!

For more information, stop by Abt and take a tour of our newest remodel.  Don’t forget to also check our full line of Bose® products .

-Nick E.

Crestron – Now At Abt

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Abt is excited to add the Crestron brand to our home audio line up.  We will have the entire array of products from both the Adagio and Prodigy lines.  I was able to attend one of the Crestron trainings presented by our Crestron rep, Dave Koller.  It was interesting to learn that Crestron has been around for 44 years, is independently owned (like Abt), and has had the same owner.  They employ over 500 full-time engineers to create and update their brand.  Having that many engineers also allows them to consistently roll out new products.  Currently there are over 3500 products in their catalog, and they are adding 200 to 500 new products annually. The Prodigy line is their consumer line where you can control your home starting at $1100.  The Adagio line is their step up line and caters to those looking for high performance and multi-room distribution.

For more information, contact one of our home theater specialists today at 888.228.5800 or leave a comment below.

-Jennifer A.

Introducing the Klipsch LightSpeaker

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010


Have you seen the latest speakers from Klipsch on our showroom floor?  If not, you’re missing out on a bright spot – and I mean that literally.  Abt is proud to carry the Klipsch LightSpeaker, a LED light and a high-quality loudspeaker all-in-one.  The best part is that it installs like a light bulb (which makes for easily installation and uninstallation)!  They fit into most 5” and 6” recessed lighting fixtures or can be adapted, with the LampKit, to be used in common lamps.

The LightSpeaker has a fully dimmable LED bulb that’s rated to last 15 years or more, an amplifier and driver to produce a full-range sound performance, and uses 2.4 ghz wireless technology to deliver music throughout your home wirelessly.  The speaker uses a transmitter to deliver music wirelessly up to 50 feet in any direction, while accepting two different music sources, and establishing two separate listening zones in your home.  Many people are surprised at its clarity and range.

Stop by our store to try the Klipsch LightSpeaker for yourself.  With its energy efficiency, robust audio network, and easy installation, you can’t go wrong with this device.  After you try it out, let us know what you think about it!

-Jennifer A.

Focal Home Speakers Now At Abt

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Focal At Abt

I was listening to a pair of the Focal Chorus 726V floor standing speakers in the store the other day and almost forgot that I was listening to speakers. I had to learn more about them.

They sound great due to the technology that Focal has developed since their inception. All their speakers (even the ones for $495/pair) use drivers that are built by them for them, not some other companies’ parts. They also make their own cabinets unlike most companies. This allows them to know exactly what you will get with each speaker that leaves their factory. This translates into transparent speakers that almost disappear when listening.

Call an audio specialist at the store for more information or stop by and listen for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

-Todd S.

Disappearing iPod

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

This year’s CES brought a lot of really cool gadgets. One standout car audio product is the Sony DSX-S100. It is a stereo head unit that makes listening to an iPod on your car stereo a snap.

If you’ve ever seen a car stereo’s faceplate slide down so you can put in a CD, the DSX-S100 works much the same. The face slides off the unit’s base and a tray comes out with a plug. The iPod simply gets plugged into the stereo and then just set the iPod on the slide out tray and you are ready to listen to music.

Look for the DSX-S100 at Abt, sometime next month.

-Kelly.B