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Posts Tagged ‘Panasonic’

3D Bundles Galore

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

3D Bundles at Abt

Since everyone’s talking about 3D technology nowadays, Abt is proud to partner with our 3D manufacturers to offer our customers these special bundles to get 3D into their home.

One fantastic 3D bundle comes from LG with their 1-2-3D promotion.  Purchase a 47” or 55” either in the LX6500 series or LX9500 series and a BX580 3D blu-ray player, and you will receive two free pairs of 3D glasses (AGS100) and a free IMAX® Under The Sea 3D blu-ray movie (available via mail-in rebate).

If you’re interested in Panasonic 3D technology, take a look at this great bundle going on until 8/31.  If you purchase the 50” Plasma TCP50VT25 TV, you will get a free 3D blu-ray player DMPBDT350.  Please note that this bundle is only valid in-store or over the phone (local customers only).

Last, but not least, is the Samsung Triple Threat promotion.  Purchase any LED or Plasma C7000 or C8000 series HDTV, and you will receive the 3d blu-ray player BDC5900 and 3d starter kit SSGP2100T (which includes two free 3D glasses and the Monsters Vs. Aliens 3D blu-ray movie) for free until 9/4.

These promotions won’t last long so take advantage of them while you can! For more information on 3D technology, watch our 3D buying guide video or contact one of our sales specialists today at 888.228.5800.

-Jennifer A.

Netflix Streaming Becoming More Popular

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Neflix recently reported that 61% of subscribers are now streaming instantly to their PC or TV. This number is up from 55% from the previous quarter, and up from 37% from a year ago. Online viewing has increased with the addition of the $8.99 a month plan that allows customers to take out one DVD at a time with unlimited internet streaming.

Another reason for its increase in popularity is the expansion of compatible devices. Adding the ability to stream from all Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii video game consoles has opened up the option for streaming Netflix’s online library to millions of people.  Certain online connected Blu-ray players from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony also allow users to watch netflix programming instantly.  You may also find Netflix built into LCD TVs from Sony and LG as well.

With Netlfix becoming a viable option for many people to watch TV, and Hulu just now starting to provide similar services, it’s going to be interesting in the future as more people will detach themselves from cable and satellite providers. Tell us which service you use or what you think will be the future of cable and satellite providers.

-Brian E.

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.

Panasonic wants to give you money!

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Panasonic has a great promo starting this Sunday, June 20th. When you purchase one of three iPod speaker-docking stations, you will receive either a $10 Digital Music Gift Card or $10 Abt gift card.
The Panasonic SC-HC 30 and 40 are sleek, wall-mountable, compact stereos with bamboo speakers for the ultimate in music clarity.

The Panasonic SC-SP100 is a great alternative to a wall mountable speaker because it is portable and small. Even with its compact design, it packs a lot of sound and has an integrated subwoofer.

It would be a great last minute gift idea for the special dad in your life, so make sure you get your speaker docking station and gift cards today.

-Kelly B.

Check out the Samsung and Panasonic bundles at Abt

Friday, June 11th, 2010

It’s summer and it’s time to relax and have fun. Abt will have special promotion offers on products all summer long.

Right now through July 10th, Panasonic is offering a free communication camera—for use with Skype—when you purchase an eligible Viera PDP model (TC-P54G25, TC-P50G25, TC-P46G25, and TC-P42G25).

Starting this Sunday, June 13th, Samsung is offering a great 3D bundle with the purchase of select Samsung 3D TVs. When you purchase a Samsung 3D TV (40C7000, 46C7000, and 55C7000), you will get a free Blu-ray player and the 3D Starter Kit (two free 3d Active Shutter Glasses and a 3D Blu-ray DVD).

-Kelly B.

Panasonic Lumix Cameras Available at Abt

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Abt’s small electronics department carries everything from mp3 players, digital cameras, camcorders, cordless and cellular phones, portable DVD players, to digital voice recorders and digital frames. Right now is the perfect time to get a new camera for the summer.

Check out Abt’s selection of digital cameras. We have a huge selection and as always the lowest prices. The Lumix DMC-GF1C is regularly $899.95, but you can get it for $797.00. It’s got 12.1 megapixels, built-in flash, face recognition, and so many more cool features.

Another awesome Lumix camera is the DMC-FP3K. Regularly priced at $229.95, it’s only $198.00 with free shipping. It’s the perfect dad or grad gift. This ultra-thin Lumix has 14.1 megapixels, 4x optical zoom, and can record HD movies.

Both of these cameras are in stock and ready to ship. For more information on all of the digital cameras that Abt carries, contact a small electronics sales specialist today!

Kelly B.

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.

Touch the Future with Panasonic

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Panasonic’s Touch the Future Tour is in Chicago through tomorrow. Megan M. is representing Abt at the 3D-centered show. She is answering questions about 3D technology and handing out coupons for use at Abt.

There are different booths displaying different Panasonic 3D technology. One booth is a working 3D home theater system, another is a 3D TV with Blu-ray player, and the third is the only working 3D gaming system, on display.

The 3D Invidia graphics card to convert 2D video gaming to 3D video gaming for computers. It must be used in conjunction with Panasonic 3D-ready TV and glasses, along with HDMI 1.4 cables. To date, it is the only 3D gaming system experience.

Along with the cool 3D displays, V103 is broadcasting live from the event.

Abt will be back at Touch the Future tomorrow from 11-2. For more information on the Tour, click here.

Will you stop by and check out the tour? It will hit 15 cities in the US, after Chicago, the tour heads to Boston.

-Kelly B.

Gadget Buying Made Simple

Monday, December 14th, 2009

This morning, Josh Davis, of Abt Electronics, did a featured segment for You & Me This Morning with Jeanne Sparrow, on WCIU—channel 26. He explained that gadgets and electronics do not have to be intimidating.

Giving gadgets for Christmas is simple and less expensive than ever before, Josh explains. The Bumblebee Bluetooth headset is just $9.99. In previous years, a Bluetooth headset cost anywhere from $50-$100.

Another great, inexpensive gift idea from Abt is the iPod Shuffle. At only $59.00 it can be a great present or stocking-stuffer. The Shuffle can hold 500 songs and the headphones talk, giving the listener information about the song they are listening to.

Digital cameras are a hot gift for the holiday season too. Josh tells me they have really gone down in price. The 12 megapixel Olympus FE-26 is only $82 at abt.com. Another great camera option is the Sony Webbie. It is both an HD digital camera and video recorder for $129.

Shocking to many, Blu-ray disc players have dropped in price dramatically. Onkyo has Blu-ray players for $124 and up, Sony and LG have models for $149 and up, Panasonic and Toshiba Blu-rays start at $159, and Samsung players start at $159.

If you still need gift ideas or electronics are still intimidating, call Abt or visit Abt.com and speak with a sales specialist for advice.

-Kelly B.

Digital Frame Extraordinaire

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Panasonic unveiled a hybrid audio system on Thursday, combining an iPod dock and digital photo frame. Panasonic is calling it “the ultimate media solution for den, bedroom, dorm room, or living room.”

The $299.95 MW-10 has a built-in CD player, a 45 station FM/AM radio, a low-density bamboo cone speaker, and multi-media remote. This digital frame extraordinaire has a nine inch LCD screen. It can display photos from a CD, SD card, and its internal memory. MW-10 has 4GB of internal memory; it can hold 6,000 photos, music, and video files.

Along with features like USB connectivity to a PC, music transfer from CD-R/RW, and simultaneous music and slideshow, the MW-10 is Energy Star compliant too.

This could be the perfect holiday present for a collage student, friend, or family member who is short on space. To view Abt’s line of docking speaker stations and digital photo frames come in the showroom or visit Abt.com.

-Kelly B.