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Posts Tagged ‘Sony’

R.I.P. Sony Walkman

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010



It was announced yesterday on October 25th that production for the Sony Cassette Walkman units has ceased.  Like the indelible sweetness of a John Cusack smile, or a Cindi Lauper pop song, the Sony Walkman helped define the 80’s.  Originally developed under the stewardship of Sony founders Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka, their hope was to design a portable music experience.

When it was first released in July 1979 it cost $200 and allowed users to listen to their favorite music in a personal setting or on the go for the first time.  While transistor radios were portable before the arrival, the Walkman reached out to pure music lovers who collected tapes and listened to their favorite songs endlessly.

The Walkman inspired the creation of the ever-popular “mixtape”.  Music listeners would record their favorite songs, fashion them in an appealing chronological order and hand them over to a loved one.  Letting the tape express what they couldn’t in person, the music spoke for itself and was sometimes better than giving a dozen roses.  While creating a “mixtape” has been replaced by “burning a CD”, the romantic gesture is still there.

The Sony Cassette Walkman stayed strong by keeping its head above water the last nine years since the arrival of the iPod in 2001.  Tragically, all good things must come to an end.  So thank you, Sony Walkman, for being there for so many angsty teens who sat in their rooms and tuned out their parents rants, and all the joggers who took “Culture Club” with them around the park. You may be gone, but you’re not forgotten.

-Nick E.

Sony’s Amazing Fantastic Wonderful New Bloggie

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

If you are looking for an easy way to shoot HD video and take amazing pictures in one small package, then look no further than the new Sony Touch Bloggie. This camera can shoot up to 4 hours of 1920 by 1080 HD video with up to 8 GB of storage. It’s also a 12.8 mp still camera to take beautiful, detailed pictures, even while recording video on the bloggie. Yes, you can take pictures while recording videos. That can come in handy for those special moments. Its easy- to- use touch screen menu is intuitive and has excellent responsiveness.

There are also no cables or wires to worry about to connect the Bloggie to a computer.  It has a built-in USB arm that swings out when you need to hook it up to a computer to upload your videos and pictures or recharge it. Did you want to upload those new pictures to Facebook? The Bloggie makes that simple with built-in software that will send those pictures & videos as soon as you plug it in to the computer.

The pictures below were taken with the Bloggie’s 12.8 MP camera.

For more information on the Bloggie – talk to an Abt specialist today!

-Walter O.

TRiK Out Your Tunes

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Sony has a fun, affordable docking station for your iPod or iPhone.  Called the Sony TRik iPod dock, the unit works just as any docking station where you can plug in, charge and play your iPod.  The interesting thing about this is that it comes with four interchangeable graphics allowing you to find your own unique style.  If you don’t like the images the unit comes with, Sony works with the website skinit.com and you can choose from over a hundred of their custom images, or even upload one of your own from your computer.

The docking station plays your music through stereo sound quality speakers.  The mids and highs come out crisp and clear.  You can have a great listening experience in your room, your basement, or even in your backyard.

If you are looking for an affordable docking station, but want to add a little flair to your rooms, check this one out. I went ahead and even customized an image myself.  Seeing as how I believe Chicago is the best city in the world, I think this image perfectly compliments my tastes.

-Nick E

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

NBC 5 Taping

This morning, Abt’s very own Josh Davis went to the NBC studios to tape a segment for Weekend Web.  He focused on gearing up for the football season.  The products he highlighted were the Sony KDL40HX800 with a free 3D sync transmitter and 2 3D glasses; the Samsung PN50C450 which features a large screen for a great price; a Bose Cinemate GSII home theater system; a Bears’ themed iPad; Weber Q to maximize your tailgating experience; and the Cuisinart Popcorn Maker which is great for healthy snacks (in between pizza, wings and beer).  If you miss Josh’s spot on TV, the segment will be available online.  What do you think are some must have football gadgets?

-Jennifer A.

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.

My Top 3 Blu-ray Players

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

My top 3 blu-ray players at Abt

If you’re a movie buff, you know there’s nothing better than getting the most out of your movie viewing experience.  You want the best audio and video to watch new releases and old favorites.  Owning a Blu-ray player gives you just that.  With all the available models and features, how do you pick the best one for you?  We’re here to give you our top 3 favorite Blu-ray models.

3. Panasonic Blu-ray model DMPBD65K gives you the most bang for your buck.  With its ultra fast, 0.5 second start-up, this player offers you Full HD 1080p and an incredibly affordable price. The player’s audio has Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio Essential/DTS-HD High Resolution Audio Decoding for a crisp audio experience.  The player even sports a SD memory card slot and a USB drive so you can share your photo albums or home videos right off your television screen.

2. The LG BD570 offers the most features in a great price. If you want stunning Full HD 1080p and the unlimited possibilities of wireless, streaming entertainment, look no further. With NetCast™ Entertainment Access and Integrated Wi-Fi Connectivity, you get thousands of movies, shows and online videos straight to your TV from your wireless Internet connection at home. If you like to stream video rentals a la Netflix, this is the player for you.

1. Finally, for the true movie fanatic, the Sony Blu-ray player, model BDPCX960 brings a whole new meaning to the term, “movie library”.  This player sports a 400 disc changer which allows you to shuffle through your movies on your television screen and watch any one of them with the press of a button.  Unless you’ve been buying Blu-ray movies every week since the technology first came out, chances are, you don’t have 400 movies to fill the changer.  Not a problem. Just put in your existing DVD movies as well as music CDs and keep all your discs in one, easy location.

For more information on our full line of Blu-ray players, call us at 888-288-5800 or browse our selection online.

-Nick E.

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.

Get All You Need For 3D Home Viewing With Sony

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Everybody loves to get free things. Especially if the free items are things they want! Sony has a fantastic bundle going on right now where if you purchase a 46” or 55” HX800 TV, you get a free 3D Blu-ray player home theater system, a free 3D sync transmitter and two free pairs of 3D glasses (available in black, pink or blue). These free items retail at $899, so if you want to transform your home to have 3D movie theater quality and save some cash, take advantage of this bundle before it ends on July 17th. If you still have any questions about this bundle or 3D in general, speak with one of our television specials today at 888.228.5800 or stop by the store to experience 3D in person.

-Jennifer A.

Sony Recalls Vaio Due to Burn Hazard

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Attention Sony Vaio Owners:

Sony Recalls VAIO Laptop Computers Due to Burn Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Notebook computers

Units: About 233,000

Manufacturer: Sony Electronics Inc. of San Diego, Calif.

Hazard: The computers can overheat, posing a burn hazard to the consumer.
Incidents/Injuries: Sony has received 30 reports of units overheating resulting in deformed keyboards and casings. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled products are VPCF11 Series and VPCCW2 Series notebook computers. The computers are available in many colors and have “VAIO” on the front outside panel. The model numbers can be found on the bottom of the computers.

The following models are included:

VPCF11 Series

VPCF111FD/B VPCF111FX/B VPCF111FX/H VPCF112FX/B VPCF112FX/H
VPCF113FX/B VPCF113FX/H VPCF114FX/B VPCF114FX/H VPCF115FM/B
VPCF115FM/BL VPCF116FX/B VPCF116FX/H VPCF117FX/B VPCF117FX/B
VPCF117FX/H VPCF11AFX/B VPCF11BFX/B VPCF11CGX/B VPCF11DGX/B
VPCF11EGX/B VPCF11FGX/B VPC11GGX/B VPCF11HGX/B VPCF11JFX/B
VPCF11KFX/H VPCF11LFX/B VPCF11MFX/B VPCF11NFX/B VPCF11PFX/H
VPCF11QFX/B VPCF11QFX/H

VPCCW2 Series

VPCCW21FX/B VPCCW21FX/P VPCCW21FX/R VPCCW21FFX/W VPCCW22FX/B
VPCCW22FX/L VPCCW22FX/P VPCCW22FX/R VPCCW22FX/W VPCCW23FX/B
VPCCW23FX/L VPCCW23FX/P VPCCW23FX/R VPCCW23FX/W VPCCW26FX/B
VPCCW26FX/L VPCCW26FX/P VPCCW26FX/R VPCCW27FX/B VPCCW27FX/L
VPCCW27FX/P VPCCW27FX/R VPCCW27FX/W VPCCW28FJ/W VPCCW2AFX/B
VPCCW2BFX/B VPCCW2CGX/B VPCCW2DGX/B VPCCW2EGX/B VPCCW2FGX/B
VPCCW2GGX/B VPCCW2HGX/B VPCCW2JGX/B VPCCW2KGX/B VPCCW2LFX/B
VPCCW2LFX/L VPCCW2LFX/P VPCCW2LFX/R VPCCW2LFX/W VPCCW2MFX/PU
VPCCW2MFX/WJ VPCCW2MGX/B VPCCW2NFX/LU VPCCW2PFX/L VPCCW2PFX/R
VPCCW2FX/W VPCCW2QGX/B VPCCWERGX/B VPCCW2SGX/B VPCCW2TGX/B
VPCCW2UFX/B VPCCW2VFX/B

Sold at: Best Buy, Costco, Frys, Amazon.com and Sony Style retail stores and sonystyle.com as well as other electronics retailers and business suppliers nationwide. The recalled computers were shipped to consumers and resellers between January 2010 and April 2010. They sold for between $800 and $1,500.

Manufactured in: China and the United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately go to http://esupport.sony.com/US/f1cw2update for instructions on how to update the computer’s BIOS firmware. Consumers can also call Sony or visit Sony Style retail stores nationwide for help with installing the update. This firmware will prevent the computer from overheating. The firmware update will also be available through the VAIO Update software program installed on the recalled computers. A prompt will appear when users log on.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Sony toll-free any time at (866) 496-7669 or visit the firm’s website at http://esupport.sony.com/US/f1cw2update

-Kelly Brummett

Abt has a 3D Sony Bravia on Display

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Abt is one of the only stores in Illinois to have a 3D Bravia. It’s on display with a Playstation3 and the folks in the Sony Store have already downloaded some games. Right now you can come in the store and play Wipeout HD, MotorStorm HD, and SuperStardust all in 3D. Sony’s 3D Bravias aren’t actually available for purchase until next month, but if you want a sneak peek, come in and see them for yourself.

-Kelly B.