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Posts Tagged ‘hdtv’

Samsung 60HZ Issues

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

We have been receiving numerous calls lately with customers inquiring about the quality of their TV.  Customers who have purchased a Samsung TV have noticed the information window in the corner of their screen shows “60HZ”.  Customers are concerned that their 120HZ Samsung TV is not operating at optimum performance.  No need to worry, the explanation is simple.

The information window stating “60HZ” is referencing the incoming signal of the program, not the refresh rate of the TV.  When the Samsung TV receives the signal the refresh rate doubles, providing a smoother, more fluid image.

HDTV Football Specials

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Just a few weeks from now is the biggest football game around: the Super bowl.  While us here in Chicago are rooting to see our Bears play, you can spend the time either doing the same, or checking out our full line of  HDTVs.  Choose from top manufacturers like Samsung and Sony and watch the big game on a new big screen!

Giveaway of the Day!

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Crystal Clear HD TV, there’s really nothing like it.  That’s why our next giveaway prize will be Toshiba’s 19” LCD Flat Panel TV, model 19C100U.  Enjoy programming on this sleek, picturesque television.  If you haven’t yet, join us on Abt’s Facebook page for a chance to win and be informed with our daily updates and deals!

Need A TV? Abt Has One For You!

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

HDTVs at Abt

When the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting cooler, you know that (regular) football season is almost here!

Here at Abt, we carry a wide assortment of TVs for homes and businesses to cheer on their favorite team.  We carry all major brands such as Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Toshiba, LG, Sharp, Mitsubishi, Coby, SunBriteTV, Haier and Bang & Olufsen.  If you’re looking for a slim LED, an all-around picture from a LCD, the deep colors from a Plasma or the large sizes from DLPs, we have them all here at Abt.

Many of our manufacturers have great deals going on like the $2,700 instant rebate on the Samsung 46″ C9000 LED or the Sony XBR52HX909 3D bundle where you get a free 3D blu-ray player, 3D sync transmitter and 2 pairs of 3D glasses for free!

For more information on which TV is great for you, view our HDTV video buying guide, call one of our sales specialists or stop by the store.

-Jennifer A.

Panasonic, Skype and George Jetson

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Do you love to Skype and watch tv? Now you can do both on select Panasonic TVs! Panasonic is offering its customers a free Panasonic communication camera to make Skype video conferencing calls when you purchase qualifying Viera Plasma TVs. If you’re a fan of Skype, or ever wanted to be George Jetson and video conference with Mr. Spacely, you should act quickly because this offer ends on Saturday, July 10th.

-Jennifer A.

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

This Weekend At Abt You Can Watch the World Cup in 3D

Friday, June 25th, 2010

This weekend at Abt there is fun for everyone. Saturday we are airing the US versus Ghana game at 1:30 in the atrium. Samsung will provide glasses and Comcast as well as DirecTV will provide the 3D coverage of the game.

Sunday Abt and ESPN are collaborating to bring you World Cup 2010 coverage in 3D. Watch the second round action 2pm at Abt. Mexico is battling Argentina in Johannesburg. Samsung, again, will provide 3D glasses and ESPN’s Road Crew and Abt home theater specialists will be on hand to answer any 3D questions.

-Kelly Brummett

Energy Star 4.0, New TV Standards for 2010

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

April 16th, the day the Energy Star Rebate program for appliances began and ended in IL, consumers saw the importance and popularity of the Energy Star rating system. Not only is the Energy Star revolution going to make this world a better place, but also it will make paying energy bills each month a little less daunting.

Just a few days ago, May 1st, Energy Star standards changed for TVs. Previously, a 50” TV could meet Energy Star 3.0 requirements as long as it didn’t consume more than 318 watts. Now under Energy Star 4.0’s stringent standards, the same size TV can’t exceed burning more than 153 watts—just less than half of Energy Star 3.0 requirements. Energy Star 4.0 will also demand TVs not burn more than one single watt of energy while in sleep or standby mode.

Major TV manufacturers were prepared for the new Energy Star requirements. Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and others are all producing TVs to meet the new stricter standards.

What does this mean for you? By burning less energy, you will reduce your monthly energy bill as well as release fewer greenhouse gasses into the environment. The new Energy Star standards will reduce energy consumption by 40%.

Energy Star 4.0 requirements are far from where they need to be. If you are hesitant to purchase an Energy Star 4.0 model anticipating Energy Star 5.0, consider that you will have to wait until May of 2012. Manufacturers will have until then to produce TVs that are 60% more energy efficient than models produced prior to May 1, 2010.

-Kelly B.

Watch the Big Games in Style

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The NCAA Final Four semi-finals and championship games are around the corner. Is your TV up to par, or is now the time to consider a new one? Abt’s weekly specials section has seven TVs in stock and available for Chicagoland delivery before the big games.

Michigan and Butler tip off at 6:05pm ET Saturday evening (4/3), and West Virginia battles Duke immediately following at 9pm ET. The winners will fight for the NCAA championship on Monday, April 5th—time to be announced.

Abt delivers to Chicagoland customers every day, except Wednesday and Sunday; Indiana and Wisconsin deliveries are Tuesday and Saturday only.

Speak to an Abt sales specialist in-store, on the phone, or on-line via web-based live chat about a new TV for the Super Bowl of college basketball.

-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.