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Posts Tagged ‘bluetooth’

Don't Get Caught Talking On Your Phone While Driving

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I’m hoping that none of our readers have been ticketed for talking on their cell phone while driving in a hands-free zone. If you want to continue your luck, or maybe change your luck if you have been caught, I would recommend the Alpine DCSBT1 Bluetooth Hands Free Speaker.  It is on sale now until Monday for $99.99, an instant savings of $30! This device not only keeps you safe while you have conversations, but can be easily clipped onto your visor. My favorite part is that it only has one button, so you do not have to fumble around while driving. If you’re looking for something more substantial, check out our selection of hands free car kits or contact our sales staff at 888.228.5800.

-Jennifer A.

Jitterbug Phones, Now Available at Abt

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

New to Abt, Jitterbug phones! Jitterbug phones have EasyDial keypads, powerful speakers, 24-hour live operators, simple menus, and they’re Bluetooth and Caller ID enabled. With Jitterbug, there are no contracts, no termination fees, and no prepaid hassles. Jitterbug plans begin at $14.95 a month and only $147 gets you started. For more information on Jitterbug phones and rate plans, contact an Abt small electronics sales specialist today.

-Kelly B.

Here Are A Few of Our Favorite Things

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The car audio department is hard working, but they know how to let loose too. Here are a few of their favorite products sold at Abt.

Aaron: “My favorite product is the Alpine’s INAW900. It is an in-dash am/fm/cd/DVD, and navigation unit. It’s a new product with lightning fast operation. I like the dual mode display, which is kind of like picture in picture. If you are listening to an iPod it can overlay a navigation screen in the bottom right corner and still give directions. It also supports the addition on the TUAT550HD radio tuner for crystal clear am/fm. Plus, it supports iTunes tagging, which allows you to “TAG” a song you hear on HD stations and then the next time you sync your ipod it will download those songs thru iTunes automatically. It also comes standard with an iPod adapter to connect your iPod.”

Gary: “I like Alpine Radio CDA117. It has a highly visible display, it’s easy to use, and it has a USB connection.”

Dustin: “Focal Speakers are my favorite product at Abt. The build quality and consistency is unmatched, so you know what you’re getting. They are versatile and fit into most vehicles. Their slogan is “The Spirit of Sound”. They have accomplished capturing their slogan’s meaning.”

Andrew: “My Favorite Car Audio products are the Focal KRX2 component speakers. They are the smoothest most accurate sounding speakers I have ever heard. They have excellent fidelity and control and will sound amazing at any volume level. They also have crossovers that can be adjusted to produce great sound in any car environment. Simply put, they are some of the best speakers Focal has to offer.”

Sarah: “My favorite Abt product is the Python 4102P. Abt will install and teach you how to use it. The unit and installation are affordable and it’s extremely convenient to use in the winter. It’s totally reliable and has a very good range. “

Jair: “Who doesn’t like fried food? I love the Cool Touch Deep Fryer, D895UX. It gives a professional result and it’s easy to use. I can make fish and chips that taste like they are from England.”

Mike: “I love the Pioneer Flagship In-Dash Navigation AV Receiver with DVD Playback (AVICZ110BT). It’s easy to use, has built in navigation and Bluetooth, and a touch screen.”

Franklin: “The Asus Eee 1201N Seashell Silver Netbook Computer (EPC1201NPU17SL) is light weight, can access the internet, and makes it easy to get in touch with my family and friends.”

Don: “I use the Escort 9500CI radar detector. It is fully built in, has a gps locator on the system to locate red light cameras and speed traps, and is updatable to get locations of new red light cameras and speed traps.”

Tim: “I love my Apple Mac Book (mc207lla). It’s easy to use, won’t get any viruses, and most schools use Mac’s so it’s easier to transport files to different computers.”

Jr: “My Weber Genesis LP Gas Grill is easy it use, easy to clean, cooks evenly, is built well and lasts a long time.”

Ryan: “The Mac Book Pro easy to use, super fast, virus free, and has the best music and video production software.”
Jeannie: “I love my Sony 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Home Theater System (htss370). It makes any movie better because of its sound quality. The speakers make you feel as if you are in a theater watching the movie; it has an optional iPod connector. It’s easy to use and I control all of my electronics in one hub.”

John: “I don’t leave the house without my Apple iPod. It gives me the ability to carry around and all of my music and I don’t have to carry all my CDs with me. I can put video on it for my daughter and not have bring several DVDs with me in the car.”

Luke: “I have the Kenwood Excelon In-Dash Double-Din DVD Multimedia AV Receiver (DNX9140). It has Garmin navigation software and the iPod integration is very easy to use. It also plays DVDs.

Doug: “I like the sound quality of the JL Audio 13.5″ Thin-Line Subwoofer Driver (13TW53). I also like the look of the sub and its ability to take up a small amount of space while producing such a great sound.”

Todd: “My favorite TV is the Samsung LED (UN40C6500). The picture quality is remarkable, it’s energy efficient, and I can surf the internet on it.”

James: “My favorite car audio product is the Alpine PDX5. It’s a great amp with plenty of power for most car audio systems. It’s nice and compact so it fits almost anywhere and it sounds great.”

For more information on any of the mobile audio departments favorite things, speak with them at 847.544.2281.

-Kelly B.

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.

Did You Know? Part 2

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Did you know that majority of cell phones have Bluetooth Technology? Kevin R., Abt internet sales specialist tells me, “That’s important in the state of Illinois because it’s illegal to talk on a phone while driving. You can have the phone on speakerphone but that isn’t really isn’t hands free when you’re holding the phone up to your chin.” This is true not only in Illinois, but also as more states begin to implement this law.

He also says, “You can use a Bluetooth capable phone for anything from sending friends funny pictures or the song that’s been stuck in my head all night. My favorite Bluetooth device is the Motorola MOTOROKR S9-HD. I can fist pump in the gym wirelessly and if I get interrupted by a phone call during my set, I can answer the phone and pick up right where I left off. It has a built in microphone so I can answer the calls and catch my breath before I hit the iron again.”

“Bluetooth technology is a great addition to any iPhone, Blackberry, Palm or any other Smartphone you can’t go the day without,” according to Kevin. You can purchase Kevin’s favorite Bluetooth device, or chose from our wide range of Bluetooth devices at Abt or on Abt.com.

-Kelly B.

Introducing "The Ace" From The Aliph Jawbone ICON Collection

Monday, January 18th, 2010

We are all aware of the dangers of talking on a cell phone and driving; and in many places it’s considered so dangerous, it’s illegal. There are a myriad of headset options on the market to combat the dangers of holding a cell phone while driving. One of the best on the market is the Jawbone Bluetooth by Aliph. They just introduced their latest line of headsets – The Icon.

One of the newest Jawbones from the Icon collection, the Ace, will be available in a few weeks. It has some cool features like NoiseAssassin Voice Activity Sensor. It detects a voice and turns on and off, eliminating the outside noise. The Ace is light and stays on with or without the loop that fits around your ear. One of the features I like the most is the ability of the headset to toggle between calls and answer call waiting.

For more information on the Jawbone Prime or Jawbone Ace, contact an Abt sales specialist. Or you can read Engadget’s review on the the new Icon series. Abt currently sells the Jawbone Prime and Brian R., the buyer for cell phone accessories, let me know that we will be getting the Jawbone Ace very soon!

-Kelly B.