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Posts Tagged ‘LED TV’

Samsung 110-inch LED UHDTV @ CES 2014

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Since the first TV was made available to the public some 85 years ago, manufacturers have been continued to refine the technology, always striving to improve two main metrics: Screen size and picture quality. For a while, in the 80s and early 1990s, it seemed we got stuck around standard definition and 60 inches or so of display real estate. The digital revolution around the turn of the millenium jump-started the race again, bringing about widespread adoption of High Definition broadcasting and LCD and Plasma TVs slowly pushing size boundaries. And in the last few years, the process has reached new heights, giving us TV models that were just years ago almost unimaginable.

At CES 2013, we were wowed by the Samsung UN85S9, an 85-inch Ultra High Definition LED TV. It amazed us enough that we decided to carry it in store. Needless to say, it turned heads in our showroom. Stopping by the Samsung staging ground at CES 2014, we got a first hand look at Samsung’s new entry into the S9 LED TV lineup, a model which makes the UN85S9 look downright diminutive:

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Panasonic WT60: Stunning All Around

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

The Panasonic WT60 3D LED TV wraps a gorgeous IPS display in a stunning, nearly-invisible frame.

Panasonic WT60 LED TV

The minimalist design of the Panasonic WT60 gives the impression of a floating display.

CES 2013—While CES 2013 is a great place to see manufacturers’ conceptual products, sometimes it gets frustrating to be bombarded by technology that we won’t see on the retail market for years, if ever. Panasonic, thankfully, had a booth full of stunning TVs that will be available this year. Our favorite was the flagship Panasonic WT60 LED TV.

With 47 and 55-inch models slated, the WT60 TVs won’t win any size battles. Instead, Panasonic will be loading the displays with enhanced features and an edgy design, which is a change from the company’s often uninspiring, though well-performing, plasma TVs.

Perched on a clear pedestal and wrapped in a minimalist bezel, the Panasonic WT60 TVs almost appear to be floating. The super-thin IPS panels provide a picture whose color and contrast rival plasma displays and maintain color fidelity across a 178° degree viewing angle. A 240 Hz refresh rate makes the WT60 Full HD 3D capable and, in combination with Panasonic’s new 4200 Back Light Scanning technology, keeps ghosting to a minimum. The BLS should also help improve black levels.

The WT60 Series are equipped with VIERA Connect, Panasonic’s smart-tv designation. In addition to now-standard TV features like app compatibility, VEIRA Connect will let you control the WT60 with your smartphone, or play compatible mobile games displayed on the TV. If you’d like to view photos on your WT60, Swipe and Share 2.0 lets you move content from your NFC-equipped smartphone to the TV with just a tap. We’re especially eager to try out Panasonic’s Voice Guidance and Voice Interaction. The former will read to you text displayed on the screen; the latter allows you to control the TV by speaking to it or into your remote.

Panasonic has not yet released prices, but the WT60 series LED TVs are set to be released this spring. Keep an eye on the blog, or our main site for news of their availability.

Register for Your Special Event At Abt!

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

It’s almost summer and love is in the air. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and brides are registering. Abt is the premiere destination for anything in the home, from TVs to cool electronics to appliances for all budgets.

Instead of registering for the standard china and silver every bride registers for, check out the bridal registry at Abt or on Abt.com. Register for things you will use every day, like a new LED TV or Energy Star appliance.

It’s not all about electronics and appliances at Abt. There is a gourmet shop full of incredible products like Le Creuset, small appliances like stand mixers and food processors. Abt also has a Time Watch Boutique with watches and Tumi wallets and tote bags—perfect for a honeymoon!

Abt’s registry isn’t just for brides and grooms. If you are celebrating a special occasion, housewarming, holiday, or anniversary, register at Abt. It’s easy and our award winning customer service specialists are available everyday in the showroom, on the phone, or available via web-based live chat.

-Kelly B.

Do You Want a Personal Sports Bar at Home?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

This afternoon, Abt’s own Josh D., was on WGN Midday Fix talking about how easy it is to create a sports bar in your home.

Josh explained, “There are several ways to accomplish the ultimate sports viewing experience in your home depending, on your budget. Screen sizes can vary from 19” to over 100” depending on the size of your room, you may find two sets work for you, but for the ultimate sports experience we recommend four.”

Josh goes through set up in including some information on wiring and mounting and some of the equipment that you will need.

To learn more about the system on the WGN segment or inquire about professional installation and programming, be sure to check out www.Abt.com

-Kelly B.

B&O is on the Move

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Bang & Olufsen moved to a new home in the Abt showroom. For the convenience of Abt customers, it’s being moved into the home theater department in the front of the store. Mark Sasicki, a manager and buyer at Abt, is excited about the move.

The new Bang & Olufsen store has the full line of audio, video, and communications products on display. Chirag Shah, a sales expert on the B&O line, was telling me that one of the new products in the store, the BeoTime alarm clock is more than just an alarm clock. It’s touch screen and functions as a remote control for any other B&O products in the room. The BeoTime doesn’t look like an average remote—it looks just like a flute.

Another new product by B&O is the BeoCom 5. It is a 2-line speaker phone with mobility. This new addition to the B&O communications line allows the user to take the speaker away from where it’s docked and move about the home or office.

Coming soon to the B&O store… A 55” LED TV by the beginning of the year. Come see the new B&O store during the Customer Appreciation Sale for its grand re-opening!

 

-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.

Sony Hides the Wires for A Cleaner Look

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The Sony XBR10 is super-cool. Edge-lit with LEDs, XBR10 is ultra-slim—like a picture frame for easy wall mounting. The new XBR’s features made it a real stand-out at this year’s CEDIA Expo September 9-13, 2009.

An extremely unique feature to the XBR10 is the wireless media box where all of the fun stuff will be plugged in—along with all of the necessities. The media box is an ideal hiding place for all of the cords that were formally plugged into the back (and sometimes front) of your TV. This WiFi media box sits near the TV so that the actual TV remains uncluttered of wires.

Another new feature is the new widget from Yahoo. Who doesn’t love YouTube? You find a video that you want to share with everyone but squeezing in front of a computer screen doesn’t appeal to you. Never fear. Relax on the couch and kick your feet up. You can watch YouTube right on your new XBR along with streaming video from NetFlix and Amazon.

The new XBR10 will be available in October. The 46-inch KDL-46XBR10 is listed at $4,500 and the 52-inch KDL-52XBR10 is listed at $5,000.

Be sure to check Abt, or Abt.com for more information.

If you would like to see the 46″ KDL XBR10 at Abt.com Click Here.

If you would like to see the 52″ KDL XBR10 at Abt.comClick Here.

-Kelly B.