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My Top 3 Blu-ray Players

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

My top 3 blu-ray players at Abt

If you’re a movie buff, you know there’s nothing better than getting the most out of your movie viewing experience.  You want the best audio and video to watch new releases and old favorites.  Owning a Blu-ray player gives you just that.  With all the available models and features, how do you pick the best one for you?  We’re here to give you our top 3 favorite Blu-ray models.

3. Panasonic Blu-ray model DMPBD65K gives you the most bang for your buck.  With its ultra fast, 0.5 second start-up, this player offers you Full HD 1080p and an incredibly affordable price. The player’s audio has Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio Essential/DTS-HD High Resolution Audio Decoding for a crisp audio experience.  The player even sports a SD memory card slot and a USB drive so you can share your photo albums or home videos right off your television screen.

2. The LG BD570 offers the most features in a great price. If you want stunning Full HD 1080p and the unlimited possibilities of wireless, streaming entertainment, look no further. With NetCast™ Entertainment Access and Integrated Wi-Fi Connectivity, you get thousands of movies, shows and online videos straight to your TV from your wireless Internet connection at home. If you like to stream video rentals a la Netflix, this is the player for you.

1. Finally, for the true movie fanatic, the Sony Blu-ray player, model BDPCX960 brings a whole new meaning to the term, “movie library”.  This player sports a 400 disc changer which allows you to shuffle through your movies on your television screen and watch any one of them with the press of a button.  Unless you’ve been buying Blu-ray movies every week since the technology first came out, chances are, you don’t have 400 movies to fill the changer.  Not a problem. Just put in your existing DVD movies as well as music CDs and keep all your discs in one, easy location.

For more information on our full line of Blu-ray players, call us at 888-288-5800 or browse our selection online.

-Nick E.

Don't Procrastinate For Petey's Sake

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Internet Access at Home

After procrastinating for months, I finally hooked up my Panasonic TVs and Blu-ray Players to the World Wide Internets. They gives me unlimited access to Amazon Video on Demand, weather forecasts and for my money, the best thing ever, Pandora Radio. I have been using Pandora for years, but only through my woefully inadequate computer speakers. Now I listen through my Definitive Technology tower speakers, which is much better.

After setting up some new stations, I learned that there are tons of bands that sound like Foghat and Molly Hatchet. It is like listening to one endless Southern Fried Rock K-tel album, without the pops. Even my parakeet Petey (yes that Petey, the stunt keet  from Dumb and Dumber and The Birds, but just an extra in that one) enjoys it. After  years of stunts though, Petey likes it loud due to severe hearing loss in both ears. I got the Lady Gaga Heartbeats ear buds for the little bugger.

So my suggestion to you is, if you have a TV that does connect the Internets, do not dilly dally like I did. Put on some Foghat and go for a slow ride.

-Blake B.

Will 3D Be the Death of Standard HDTV?

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Everywhere you turn, there is something in the news, on line, in a blog, on TV, really everywhere, about 3D TV. It is fairly pricey right now, as so are the accessories—or rather necessities, like 3D glasses, Blu-ray, and HDMI cables.
But, if you remember the early days of the VCR, DVD, and Blu-ray player, they too were expensive when they first came to the market.
Check out this article on 3D technology. Do you think 3D TVs are going to be the death of standard HDTVs? Let me know what you think!

-Kelly Brummett

Abt's own, Josh Davis, gives you some last minute gift ideas

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Abt’s own, Josh Davis, is on NBC this morning talking about great last minute father’s day gifts from Abt.

Here are a few gift ideas available in the store today:

1. Apple iPod

2. Apple Mac Book

3. Ball Watch

4. Ray Ban Sunglasses

5. Samsung Blu-ray Player

6. Samsung 3D TV

7. Tumi Wallet

8. Weber Grill

9. Harmony Universal Remote

10. Apple iPad

To view the segment, click here.

-Kelly B.

Flip Your Disc?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Have you been leery of buying DVDs lately? Are you thinking that you might purchase a Blu-ray player in the future and don’t want to spend money on a DVD, only to replace it with a Blu-ray? Well, you aren’t alone and there might be a solution early January 2010.

The Blu-ray Disc Association just released the date for their “flipper” discs. January 19, 2010 discs which are compatible with both Blu-ray and DVD players will launch. One side will contain a DVD movie and on the flip side there will be a Blu-ray format movie.

A few questions come to mind… Will all movies be available in “flipper” format? What will they cost? Will they be more expensive than Blu-ray discs? Will the quality be just as good as a single format disc?

The first movies to be released in the new BD-59 format are The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and the Bourne Ultimatum. According to the official Blu-ray website, the Bourne Trilogy will also be available as individually packaged Blu-rays.

-Kelly B.

Black Friday is Coming Early This Year?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The day after Thanksgiving is synonymous with sales and shopping. Most people associate it with the start of the holiday shopping season. Black Friday isn’t for a couple weeks, that’s why I was so surprised to read a message from Shawn DuBravac this morning. The Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) chief economist/research director said, “Black Friday has begun early,” “Consumers are starting to go out, which is consistent with [the idea] that they’re shopping around more [this holiday season].”

DuBravac held, instead of the traditional door busters consumers are usually after, they will be looking for products with more features and the lowest price-point. Another factor will come into play, bundling. The more products that are combined for a specific price will be in high-demand; for example, buying an HDTV, Blu-ray player, and soundbar for a lower cost than buying the three individually.

Although shocking, I thought the idea of doing shopping before the day after Thanksgiving was appealing. It’s less crowded any day other than on Black Friday and the thought of shopping around is nice too. Abt is a great place to start your shopping. It’s got practically anything you need for inside your home and we price match with authorized retailers.

-Kelly B.