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Summer is almost here. I don’t know about you, but during the summer I love to listen to my iPod on long walks with my dog, on the beach in the sun, and bike rides too. If you haven’t gotten an iPod yet, or just need a new one, it’s your lucky day. I am giving away an iPod Shuffle to one of my loyal blog readers.
To enter the contest to win a Shuffle, simply leave a comment at the end of this or any subsequent blog post anytime between April 23, 2010 and May 7, 2010. The last comment will be accepted at 5pm on 5/7/2010.
The iPod Shuffle winner will be chosen at random and will be notified via email by May 10, 2010. Comments must be relevant to the contest or blog post. Entry is limited to residents of the continental US, due to shipping restrictions. This contest is not open to Abt employees.
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.
If you’ve ever seen a car stereo’s faceplate slide down so you can put in a CD, the DSX-S100 works much the same. The face slides off the unit’s base and a tray comes out with a plug. The iPod simply gets plugged into the stereo and then just set the iPod on the slide out tray and you are ready to listen to music.
Look for the DSX-S100 at Abt, sometime next month.
Any iPhone or iPod user knows they are capable of amazing things. After only having mine for just over a week, I have found that I can listen to any radio station in the world, calculate my daily intake of calories, and monitor my workout statistics when I run (among endless other cool things).
Apps come in so many variations and are downloadable free or a small charge. Nike and Apple have combined forces to create the application for monitoring workout statistics using a small, inexpensive device. The Nike + sensor, for iPod and iPhone, will calculate time, distance, pace, and calories burned during your workout.
The Nike + sensor is easy to use, but seems to always elicit one question over and over again…. How can I change the battery? The short answer, you can’t—or better said; you shouldn’t. Nike + is disposable.
The Connect Tech computer repair center in the Abt showroom, along with Josh Davis wanted to test the idea of changing a battery. We filmed it so that you too would be able to see why disposing of the device and buying a new one for $19.99 really is the only option.
It’s always my goal to give unique gifts during the holiday season. They don’t have to be the most expensive, just uber thoughtful. I spend hours on end trying to find the perfect gift ideas.
This year, I think it may be easier to buy for my friends who love their iPods. I was surfing the internet and found wooden (of all things) iPod speakers. We all have that hard-to-buy-for person on our lists. This year Abt might make it a little easier.
Abt.com has a ton of unique gift ideas for the hard-to-buy-for friend. Do you have a young cooking enthusiast on your list? Abt has cooking tools made just for a wee one. How about a nature-lover who is cutting down on his or her carbon footprint? We have solar powered iPod chargers. Still no ideas for that special someone—try Abt’s Gift Guide.
Consumer Reports did a poll about the most wanted products this Black Friday. The poll showed that 70 percent of the 1,001 adults, who participated, planned to purchase consumer electronics, and 71 percent plans to buy clothing.
Almost surprising, more than half of the Black Friday shoppers polled will be purchasing an electronic for themselves. Not as surprising, approximately three-quarters of the same shoppers polled will be purchasing an electronic for someone else.
Of the electronics on shoppers lists, 22 percent intend to purchase an mp3 player or an iPod, 46 will buy a specific video game or accessory, 21 percent will get a video game console, 20 percent are looking for a laptop or netbook, and 13 percent are on the hunt for a TV.
Thinking of all of the crowded retail outlets, 53 percent of the polled consumers expected on-line retailers would have competitive bargains just like the crowded malls; while a shocking 28 percent of the 1,001 polled shoppers plan to physically visit a store. Thus proving, on-line shopping is quickly becoming a preferred method for shopping.
More than one out of every five adults plans to purchase a TV either Black Friday, during or after the holiday season. Out of those shoppers, over half are looking for a TV 40” or larger. HD or a better picture, size, specific programming needs, adding additional TVs to the household, and desire for a flat-panel TV are the main reasons for TV purchases this season.
Lost? You won’t be for long. Dual has created a complete GPS Navigation solution for the iPod Touch. Simply insert your iPod Touch into the slim and lightweight cradle, download NavAtlas from the App Store, and you will have turn-by-turn directions at your fingertips.
The cradle is very slim; it will only add 0.37” to your iPod. It has a built-in GPS receiver with a dual-function rechargeable battery, capable of charging your iPod or the unit itself. The cradle also has built-in amplified speakers, audio output, an LED indicator, and a built-in microphone. A car mount and 12V cigarette lighter adaptor cable is included too.
According to the manufacturer, it works with iPod Touch’s previous models (1st and 2nd generation 8GB, 16 GB, 32GB, and 64GB models) and any new models.
Expect to see Dual’s GPS Navigation solution in stores and available to order by the end of November—just in time for all of the holiday driving season.
Start-up Company, Regen, has decided consumers need moreeco-friendly options. They are currently promoting a solar-powered iPod docking speaker system.
Solar power in consumer electronics “hasn’t progressed far beyond solar-powered calculators,” available since the 1970s, said Robert Brunner, one of the company’s founders. Many of those products, which he called “geeky science experiments,” were not useful because they took too long to charge or did not provide enough hours of usage on a charge, he said. “You can’t slap solar cells on something and expect it to work,” he explained. “You have to build the product from the ground up to be energy-efficient and useful.”
There are so many good reasons to be patient with solar-powered technology; it’s getting better everyday. Although the solar-powered speaker systems are slower charging, they are far better for the environment than conventional ones. Consumers and manufacturers alike are now considering the environment when making purchases. Abt Electronics carries many eco-friendly products, including three solar-powered iPod chargers.
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.