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Countdown to Summer Olympics in London

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The Olympic Opening ceremonies are just around the corner.  Do you have what you need to experience every breathtaking moment as the world watches their most athletic representatives compete?  At Abt Electronics, we have exactly what you need to see every splash, hit and hear every shot and grunt made by these incredible athletes.   Consider the following when getting your TV ready to watch the Olympic Games.

Where are you going to sit?

When you watch the Olympics, you want to be in a perfect position.  You don’t want to be too close nor do you want to sit far away from the screen.  A basic rule you can use for finding the perfect position is to take the screen size, multiply it by 2, and then use that as the number of inches you should be away from the screen.  Make sure you take into account TV height too.  You may be sitting the right distance, but you don’t want the TV too high or too low as you can give yourself a pain in the neck.

Do you have the right connections?

You may have the perfect TV, the perfect cable or satellite box and you may be sitting the perfect distance to watch it all, but if you don’t have them connected properly, it will be all for naught.  Make sure your audio and video connections are done properly.  You want to make sure you have the most vibrant images as well as perfect sound quality coming from your speakers to fully immerse yourself in the games.

Calibrate and re-calibrate

The Olympic games are filled with ceremonies and other exciting moments.  Make sure your TV properly represents every color of the world’s flags by double checking your color calibration.  One way to prepare yourself is to find highlights from past games and compare them to the way your TV looks now.  Check your user manual on how to get to the calibration screen, as each manufacturer’s instructions are different.

Make sure your TV is well protected

It may seem like an afterthought, but protecting your TV is a great idea even well beyond the Olympics.  One of the easiest and most affordable ways to do this is with a surge protector.  A surge protector will help you in case of a power outage or any other electrical interference.  If you shiny new HDTV isn’t plugged into a surge protector and an accident happens, your TV is fried.

What’s with the Bars on my TV!?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

We get that question a lot in our electronic service department.  First and foremost, nothing is wrong with your TV set.  The real reason why you see bars on the left and right side of your new HDTV has to do with picture size.

Originally TV sets were round and it would have been difficult to show a wide screen format on them. The 4:3 format was adopted to fit the round screen of old TVs.  That worked just fine for decades, until technology progressed. Along comes HDTV and in addition to greatly improving the picture, they decided to make it 16:9 widescreen as well to emulate the movie experience. Obviously, if you take a 4:3 SD picture and try to show it on a 16:9 widescreen, it will not fit.  Enter pillar boxes, or vertical bars on the left and right of the screen.  It may seem obnoxious to look at left and right bars when watching an older program on an HDTV, but it beats the alternative of having to stretch the entire image, making everything look awkward.

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Tips When Shopping for TVs

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

When shopping for a new TV, you can easily be overwhelmed by both the size and selection.  Keeping in mind a few specifics will help you narrow down the style and size that’s perfect for you and your TV room.

First, know what technology you plan on getting.  Right now you can choose from the three main types: LCD, LED and Plasma.  There are good and bad factors with each.  They are also liked and disliked by a wide range of individuals based solely, on their own tastes.  As they say, it’s in the eye of the beholder.  Below are just a few examples of what each can offer.  Be sure to visit a retail store and see as many to compare and contrast in person.

LCD

Size 19 inches and larger
Pros Consumes a lot less power than plasma; lighter panels than Plasma; models with matte screens work well in bright rooms.
Cons Viewing angle not as wide as LED and Plasma.

LED

Size 32 inches and larger
Pros Uses less power than LCD and Plasma; thinner, lighter panels than LCD and Plasma; improved picture quality.
Cons Thin design comes at a price.

Plasma

Size 42 inches and larger
Pros Black-level performance in dark rooms; uniformity and viewing angle.
Cons High power consumption; glass screen can reflect light in bright rooms.

Determine the Right Size

When looking at the TVs, you may be enamored by the big, vivid displays.  Sometimes, bigger isn’t always better.  There is a reason you wouldn’t want to sit in the front row at a movie theater, and that’s because you don’t want to look up, or move your head left to right while watching a movie.  The same goes for sitting too far from your TV; you won’t be able to enjoy the clarity of an image if you can’t see what’s going on.  Knowing how far you will sit and where you will be placing the TV, will help you get an idea of what size TV you will need.  Below is a chart that will help  answer those questions.

 

Estimate screen viewing distance range

26″ 3 -5 feet 52″ 6 -10 feet
32″ 4 – 6 feet 58″ 7 -12 feet
37″ 4 – 7 feet 65″ 8 -13 feet
40″ 5 – 8 feet
46″ 5 – 9 feet
70″ 8 -14 feet

 

Screen height is also important. Most entertainment units are low to the ground, but you should have the center of the television screen aligned with your line of vision when you’re in your favorite spot. You can do this by buying a larger screen, or by simply getting a taller stand.

Know your price range

Prices can be all over the board when it comes to buying a flat-screen TV. Some deals offer the best of both worlds when it comes to quality and price. Once you know what you want from the tips above, make sure to evaluate the pricing and warranty options from the retail, or online store you want to commit to.  A TV should be a long term investment, so make sure you get the best for your budget.  As always, any questions, comments or concerns, call an Abt representative at 888-228-5800.

It’s The New Year, How About A New Samsung TV?

Friday, January 6th, 2012

If you are in the market for a new flat-panel TV, Samsung has incredible savings with some new bundle deals.  When you purchase a select Samsung TV, you will receive additional items, such as two pairs of 3D glasses and a 3D Blu-ray player, for FREE!  Start shopping for the home theater experience of your dreams.

Facebook 25 Days of Giveaways: December 12th 2011 Item

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Today’s giveaway is from Toshiba.  The winner will get a 32 inch LCD Toshiba TV.    Featuring all-new design, this value-packed television looks great and works well in a living room, kitchen or bedroom. Increase detail and depth of the images on your screen with Toshiba’s Dynalight™ technology.  To enter the contest just visit our Abt Facebook page, “Like” us and follow the directions.  Good luck!

Display Your TV in Style

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Whether you are a fan of setting up your TV on a stand or installing it on the wall or above a fireplace, this sale is just for you.  At Abt, all of our TV stands or mounts are 20% off.  Choose from top brands like Sanus and OmniMount to show off your TV in style.

Start shopping for your favorite mount.

Toshiba's Affordable HDTV

Friday, February 18th, 2011

If you haven’t pulled the trigger on buying a new flat screen HDTV because you were worried about spending a great deal of money, worry no more.  Toshiba has a great deal going on for their 40 inch LCD HDTV, model 40E200u.   It comes fully equipped with convenient connectivity benefits such as 4 HDMI Inputs with InstaPort™ and REGZA-LINK, and a Hi-Res PC Input, perfect for PC Gaming.  For full details check out our Toshiba Model’s link.

Abt on NBC Chicago

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

While the result of this past weekend’s football game was less than thrilling for us in the Chicagoland area, a lot of the fun came from the build up. One of the exciting things came from planning a party.  Josh Davis, made an appearance on NBC Morning News on Saturday to share some of his ideas for great things to have for your ultimate football party.  While our Bear’s chances are dashed, all these items are still great to get for the upcoming Super Bowl in February.

Abt on WGN TV!

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

We had a visit from WGN Chicago TV earlier today.  They did a segment on our Chicago Bears in the playoffs and how the best way to watch a football game, is to watch it at home with a big screen TV.  Or, if you’d like, a big screen 3D TV, since the Super bowl will be broadcast for the first time in 3D. Check out our full line of HDTVs.

WGN Segment:

Watch The Big Game On An HDTV

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

We are just a few weeks away from the big game: The Super bowl.  While us here are rooting to see our Bears play, feel free to do the same and check out our full line of HDTVs to upgrade your viewing experience.  Choose from top manufacturers like Samsung and Sony.  Start shopping now!