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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.

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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.

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Come See Full HD 3D at Abt Today

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Come to the Panasonic Full HD 3D demonstration in Abt Electronics’ parking lot until 3PM today!!! One of the three Panasonic trucks, currently traveling the country, is in front of the store and will be demonstrating the new HD 3D technology. Previously, 3D had a maximum resolution of 480p and TV can go up to a resolution of 1080p. Now, Panasonic has improved that resolution to 1080p in each eye—that’s 4X better than anything else available on the market.

To demonstrate the new HD 3D images Panasonic took special footage of the Olympics, and a movie trailer. There are specific processors dedicated to each eye because the HD 3D images are shot separately for each eye. Although the footage was shot at the same time, one camera takes the vertical and one camera takes the horizontal footage.

The prototype glasses that are necessary to view the improved technology have a special computer chip-sensor over the bridge of the nose. The sensor picks up signals emitted from dedicated processors on the sides of the 103” plasma (inside the air-conditioned truck). Each eye receives 240 images per second. The sensors on the glasses receive signals from long-range (movie theater-type) processors (on the sides of the TV). At points during the demonstration, covering the receiver on the glasses with your finger may be necessary to avoid a blurry image.

Because this is a demonstration of prototypes, the Panasonic representatives made sure to let us know that when the HD 3D home kit becomes available it will be modified slightly. The glasses will change, the Blu-ray player will be able to play regular Blu-ray discs as well as the 3D type, and the plasma that will be part of the kit will come with the 3D emitter.

The actual HD 3D footage was really cool! While watching the video from Vancouver—site of the 2010 Olympics—skiers swooshed down mountains and it looked like snow really flew at the audience. Another outstanding moment of the video was during a video of the Grand Canyon. Water rushing through the canyon spashed on the camera lens and for a second I wanted to wipe my eyes—it was pretty realistic.

Abt is this Panasonic truck’s second stop—it’s going to Los Angeles when it leaves Glenview. It’s going travel the country for eight months and making about 3-4 stops a week.

To see more pictures of the Panasonic event. Photography by Jeremy S.

Visit Abt.com for more information on Panasonic.

-Kelly B.

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Blu-ray Players are for Everyone….

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The September 2009 issue of Sound and Vision Magazine compared three Blu-ray players, all under $300. The great thing about them, they come with quite a few features that most people wouldn’t expect from a less-expensive Blu-ray player.

Blu-ray Live has expanded over the past few months bringing users more streaming and gaming opportunities. According to Sound and Vision, Blu-ray players have become media-streaming dynamos. Now they stream Netflix, CinemaNow, YouTube, and Pandora. Blu-ray, according to the magazine has really become an entertainment hub.

The three Blu-rays that were featured—the LG BD370, Panasonic DMP-BD60, and Samsung BD-P1600—all boast the features that any Blu-ray owner would look for at any price point.

Each player had advantages. Tim Steward, in the internet sales department, believes that a lot of people look for the quickest load time in a Blu-ray machine. That’s why he prefers the LG model.

Blu-rays are the first step into the future, according to Tim, they play the highest resolution movies and are moving away from actual discs altogether. He pointed out that by doing a direct download from Netflix we will one day not need discs at all.

Check out the Blu-ray buying guide at Abt.com for more information on all of the Blu-ray players that Abt carries! Click Here

-Kelly B.

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