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Posts Tagged ‘Blu-ray’

Abe Explains 3D TV on NBC

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Tune in to NBC tonight at 5pm. Abe A., custom audio and video specialist will be answering all your 3D TV questions. This is the first year that TV programming and movies are available in your home, so there are a lot of unanswered questions about the new technology.

Here are the most frequently asked questions about 3D TV:

Q: If I buy a 3D TV today, can I watch 3D movies tonight?
A: You will need to have a 3D Blu-ray player, a 3D-ready HDMI cable, and 3D glasses to watch a 3D movie.

Q: How much will 3D TVs cost?
A: They will be in the same price range as other HD LCD TVs, HD LED, and HD plasma TVs.

Q: Can I watch TV in 3D?
A: ESPN is the first network to offer 3D programming; it will be available sometime in 2010.

Q: Will all the movies that I want to watch be in 3D?
A: There are 10-15 movies slated to be released in 3D Blu-ray by the end of 2010.

Q: What sizes are 3D TVs?
A: Currently, they are available in sizes ranging from 40”-65”.

Q: Does everyone have to wear the 3D glasses?
A: Yes. Without the glasses the movie will look blurry. You will not be able to view the movie or programming.

Q: Do the glasses come with the TV?
A: Not necessarily. Some manufacturers offer bundle deals. But they are normally sold separately.

Q: How much do the glasses cost?
A: The glasses range in price from $179-$249 each.

Q: Are all the glasses the same?
A: No. There are two types of 3D glasses, active and passive. The active glasses will connect to your TV via Bluetooth and require batteries while the passive glasses will be similar to the 3D glasses with one red lens and one blue or cyan lens.

Q: Can I use the HDMI cable that I have now for a new 3D TV?
A: There is a 50/50 chance that you can. If you have a high-quality HDMI 1.3 cable then you might be able to use it. 3D TVs and Blu-ray players require HDMI 1.4 cables. Unfortunately the only way to know for sure is to test the cable by plugging it in.

Abt has a Samsung 46” 3D TV on display in the showroom. For more information on 3D technology speak with an audio visual specialist at Abt today. Also check out the 3D TV buying guide on Abt.com.

-Kelly B.

Will You Watch Blu-ray in 3D?

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Will Blu-ray discs bring the 3D experience to your living room? It looks that way. This morning, the Blu-ray Disc Association announced the finalization and release of the “Blu-ray 3DTM” specification. This will bring a movie theater-quality 3D experience to your home.

“Throughout this year, movie goers have shown an overwhelming preference for 3D when presented with the option to see a theatrical release in either 3D or 2D,” said Victor Matsuda, chairman, BDA Global Promotions Committee. “We believe this demand for 3D content will carry over into the home now that we have, in Blu-ray Disc, a medium that can deliver a quality Full HD 3D experience to the living room.”

The Blu-ray disc is the best option for 3D playback. It can provide full HD 3D images in 1080p resolution to each eye. If you don’t plan to watch a Blu-ray in 3D, not to worry, the discs are all backwards compatible in 2D as well. What that means? You can watch the 2D version of the same movie as you would in 3D. Playstation 3 will be forward compatible. You will be able to use your PS3 as your Blu-ray player and see movies in full HD 3D 1080p resolution.

If you can’t wait to watch movies in 3D, you will need to get special 3D glasses and the HDTV setup. The new versions of the 3D glasses have an IR emitter—and won’t be cardboard either. Look for the 3D Blu-ray discs in 2010.

-Kelly B.

Hot Holiday Gift Ideas From Abt

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Ed Curran, CBS 2’s technology reporter, visited Abt Electronics on Wednesday. He spoke with employee Josh Davis about the hottest holiday gift ideas for 2009.

Beginning with the Yamaha M4 piano, outside our Sony store, Ed sat down to listen to a few Christmas tunes. This Yamaha will play prerecorded songs or you can make your own music.

 

Chicago, like many other cities are hands-free, when it comes to cell phones. Do you have a Bluetooth headset for safer driving? If not, try the Bumble Bee headset. A great gift or stocking stuffer.

If you haven’t gotten an iPod® or need a new one, Abt has the must have gift this season, the iPod® Touch. Starting at $199 for the 8GB to $399 for the 64GB, this is an mp3 player, web-surfing, emailing, and game playing machine.

iPod® and iPhone™ accessories are topping so many Christmas lists this year. Tech 21 has revolutionized the iPhone™ and iPod® case market. They have created iBand, an indestructible case for the ultimate in protection. The Tech 21 case is made from a pliable material that strengthens to steel-like proportions upon impact.

Powermat chargers are wireless and work with iPod®, iPhone™, Blackberries, handheld electronic games, and more. Simply adhere the adaptor to the back of the device you would like to charge, lay the device on the Powermat, and charging begins automatically. All Powermat accessories are buy one and the second is 30% off.

Sonos has made listening to music in multiple rooms of your home a breeze. The ZonePlayer S5 is an all-in-one, wireless, music system that delivers superior sound, unlimited music, and endless enjoyment — all over the home. Plus, you can control it all with your iPhone™ or iPod® touch using the free Sonos Controller for iPhone™ app.

LCD TVs have really dropped in price this year. Abt is offering a 52” Samsung LCD HDTV with a free Blu-ray player for only $1119. Abt has quite a few bundle deals, visit Abt.com for details.

-Kelly B.

Gadget Buying Made Simple

Monday, December 14th, 2009

This morning, Josh Davis, of Abt Electronics, did a featured segment for You & Me This Morning with Jeanne Sparrow, on WCIU—channel 26. He explained that gadgets and electronics do not have to be intimidating.

Giving gadgets for Christmas is simple and less expensive than ever before, Josh explains. The Bumblebee Bluetooth headset is just $9.99. In previous years, a Bluetooth headset cost anywhere from $50-$100.

Another great, inexpensive gift idea from Abt is the iPod Shuffle. At only $59.00 it can be a great present or stocking-stuffer. The Shuffle can hold 500 songs and the headphones talk, giving the listener information about the song they are listening to.

Digital cameras are a hot gift for the holiday season too. Josh tells me they have really gone down in price. The 12 megapixel Olympus FE-26 is only $82 at abt.com. Another great camera option is the Sony Webbie. It is both an HD digital camera and video recorder for $129.

Shocking to many, Blu-ray disc players have dropped in price dramatically. Onkyo has Blu-ray players for $124 and up, Sony and LG have models for $149 and up, Panasonic and Toshiba Blu-rays start at $159, and Samsung players start at $159.

If you still need gift ideas or electronics are still intimidating, call Abt or visit Abt.com and speak with a sales specialist for advice.

-Kelly B.

Free Blu-ray!!!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Do you want a free Blu-ray player or a home theater system? Sony has a great bundle offer for a free Sony Black 5.1 Channel Blu-ray Disc Player and Home Theater System with the purchase of select HDTVs. This bundle ends Saturday so hurry before the offer goes away. Also- don’t forget an HDMI cable for true 1080p performance.

http://www.abt.com/bundles/product/41743/Sony-BDPS560.html

For other bundle deals, click here or speak with an Abt sales specialist.

-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.

DVDs for Blu-rays?

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

 

 

If you could trade in your DVDs for movies in Blu-ray format, would you? Warner Bros. is betting that you will. This holiday season Warner Bros. has implemented a program allowing owners to trade in all of their Warner Bros. DVDs to exchange them for the same movie in Blu-ray format.

Warner Bros. created a website to get your Blu-ray collection jump-started. If you visit www.DVD2blu.com, you can get instructions for your DVD trade-in. Simply send in your DVD and a small fee, and then a few days later get the same movie sent back to you in Blu-ray format.

With over 50 titles to choose from currently, you may select up to 25 to trade-in per visit. The cost of the trade-in varies per movie from $7.95 to $9.95 depending on the title. The available movies range from family titles to action movies. Warner Bros. will constantly add titles to the collection, so check their website regularly.

Are you interested in any Blu-ray titles on their list?

 

-Kelly B.

Burn it up with Pioneer

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Be on the look out for Pioneer’s Blu-ray DVD Burner. Coming this October, their first Blu-ray burner will be in stores. When the new Blu-ray burner hits stores, it will retail for $249.
The Pioneer BDR-205 is the first and fastest burner that is capable of writing at a speed of 12x.

Steve Cohn, Director of Optical Disc Sales talked about the new BDR-205 during a press release for the burner today, “The BDR-205 drive represents our ongoing efforts to combine Pioneer’s engineering expertise with advanced technologies, and our next generation Blu-ray Disc writer is a great example of our no-compromise approach to optical disc product development.”

This Burner will allow large volumes of data to be stored in a short time. It will also be essential for authors of Hi-Def films—they will be able to easily test the HD quickly. In addition storage and professional uses, it will be capable of high-speed recording for DVD and CD media.

One question is floating around about the new burner, which blank discs will it be able to burn at the 12x speed, other than Panasonic and Sony? Currently, it has only been rated to burn at 12x on those two brands. This is not to say that it won’t with other brands, we just don’t know yet.

To see all of Abt’s Blu-ray players, click here.

-Kelly B.

New Goodies From the CEDIA Expo

Monday, September 14th, 2009

September 9-12, 2009 was the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) expo in Atlanta. Mike Abt and Jim Kozicki checked out all the new electronics that we can expecting to see at the Abt store in upcoming months. They saw some really cool new technology.

Pioneer and Yamaha both brought new iPod speaker systems and sound bars. Pioneer’s a new 2.1 speaker system and a new 2.1 soundbar system with a wireless subwoofer. E-Tap is their new web-based media storage system. With E-Tap storage of photos, music, and streaming video will be available on the internet.

Yamaha’s new iPod speaker dock, the PDX60, comes with a wireless dongle which transmits music to the main station from a remote location. PDX60 is iPhone compatible and because the wireless dock overrides the main dock operation it is possible to charge two iPhones at once. Yamaha’s soundbar has a slim speaker bar with a subwoofer and controller unit that runs the whole system. There was also a cool network receiver, new from Yamaha, the RXV2065. It has an App which works on the iPhone and iTouch that controls the receiver.

Quite a few new speakers made an appearance at CEDIA this year. Definitive technology, Klipsch, Kef, and Polk Audio had a great showing. Definitive showed their new MYTHOS speaker. Meant to be wall mounted, at a svelte 1.5” deep, it’s thinner than some LED TVs on the market. This MYTHOS speaker is a multi-woofer, single-tweeter LCR speaker. In keeping with the tradition of the MYTHOS line, this speaker too, is made out of the extruded aluminum.

Klipsch’s offering at this years expo, is their new down-firing, lower-priced subwoofer. The 8” SW350 will retail at $349 and the 10” SW45 will be $449.

Kef displayed a wireless subwoofer and a new wireless soundbar product.

Polk Audio also brought an ultra-thin 50” soundbar. New additions to their IHT line were new at the expo. They showed a larger speaker for use with a 50” TV, and a shallower version for a smaller TV. There were also inwall/inceiling speakers that had a unique bezel that almost vanishes when painted.

Denon brought a Blu-ray-receiver unit that combines a high-quality Blu-ray player and amplifier in a one-piece solution for just $1799.

Panamax came up with something really unique for the show and consumers this year. They have come out with a surge protector/line conditioner, the M4315, which can be programmed with an IP address for remote monitoring of a system—from a power angle. The unit will store data about spikes, surges, and dropouts for the life of the system. An additional battery will be available for the unit too, model MB1500.

Sonos was excited to let everyone know that when using their new CR200—you can Tweet about what you are listening to—or anything else.

The XBR10 was the TV, from the Sony camp, that got a lot of notice. It’s a side-lit, ultra-thin, LED TV with a wireless media box that keeps the TV free from wires, giving it a super-clean look. Also, from Sony this year, a new network Blu-ray player that streams music and video from the web. The Blu-ray, BDPN460, will sell for $249. Finally, from Sony this year, is a receiver that can be programmed with an IP address for remote troubleshooting. This receiver is compatible with Crestron and Control4 products right out of the box, equaling no complicated programming

For more information on the products at CEDIA, contact an Abt sales specialist.

-Kelly B.

Blu-ray Players are for Everyone….

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The September 2009 issue of Sound and Vision Magazine compared three Blu-ray players, all under $300. The great thing about them, they come with quite a few features that most people wouldn’t expect from a less-expensive Blu-ray player.

Blu-ray Live has expanded over the past few months bringing users more streaming and gaming opportunities. According to Sound and Vision, Blu-ray players have become media-streaming dynamos. Now they stream Netflix, CinemaNow, YouTube, and Pandora. Blu-ray, according to the magazine has really become an entertainment hub.

The three Blu-rays that were featured—the LG BD370, Panasonic DMP-BD60, and Samsung BD-P1600—all boast the features that any Blu-ray owner would look for at any price point.

Each player had advantages. Tim Steward, in the internet sales department, believes that a lot of people look for the quickest load time in a Blu-ray machine. That’s why he prefers the LG model.

Blu-rays are the first step into the future, according to Tim, they play the highest resolution movies and are moving away from actual discs altogether. He pointed out that by doing a direct download from Netflix we will one day not need discs at all.

Check out the Blu-ray buying guide at Abt.com for more information on all of the Blu-ray players that Abt carries! Click Here

-Kelly B.