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Archive for May, 2008

Ever Seen A Plasma Windmill?

Friday, May 30th, 2008

There are many great attractions and interactive displays located throughout our showroom, but one that sometimes gets overlooked is the Plasma Windmill. You can see this amazing video display slowly turning high up on the wall behind the fountain as you enter our Atrium area.

Abt Plasma Windmill 1

This unique windmill, currently the only active one in the world, was originally designed for the annual Consumer Electronics Show by Panasonic’s computer engineers in Osaka, Japan. It weighs approximately one ton and features four industrial DVD players that use a specially designed four-layer DVD software package to display a variety of images. The belt that rotates the four plasma units is the same belt NASA uses in various aspects of its Space Shuttle program.

Abt Plasma Windmill 2

If you like windmills, visit Abt and skip that expensive trip to Holland. Their windmills don’t even have video displays attached to them (although, to be fair, the people have wooden shoes and we don’t). To see our more conventional plasma TVs, click here.    by Graham W.

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Memorial Day Specials

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

After a long winter spent in hibernation, most people can hardly wait to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. If you’re looking for some new items to kick off your summer activities in style, our Memorial Day sale will help you get just what you’re looking for at great prices.

Nothing chases away those lingering winter blues better than a delicious backyard barbeque. We carry all types of outdoor grills—including charcoal, liquid propane, and natural gas—along with all the grilling accessories you’ll need to make your meals special. The Weber Genesis E-310 Liquid Propane outdoor grill comes in a variety of colors and has great features to help turn you into a grilling gourmet, including three stainless steel burners, porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates, and a center-mounted thermometer.

The Sony 60GB Handycam Hard Disk Drive Camcorder is perfect for capturing those special moments at your parties or on your vacations. This camcorder allows you to record video and Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround sound directly to either the built-in hard disk or the removable Memory Stick Duo or PRO Duo media. It also features 15X optical and 180X digital zoom, a 2.7″ wide touch-panel LCD display, and a USB 2.0 interface. To view all of our camcorders, click here. To view all of our digital cameras, click here.

If you like to head out to the beach or just lounge around in your backyard, you’ll want to have some tunes to enjoy while you relax in the sun. You might also want to bring along some videos, and the iPod Touch is perfect for that. It has a 3.5″ widescreen multi-touch display, provides access to the iTunes Music Store, Safari, YouTube, and other websites, and comes in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB models. —by Graham W.

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Gifts That’ll Make Your Grad Glad

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Think of the long hours spent in boring classes and the even longer, even more boring hours spent studying. Think of the worry, the stress, and the bad dreams where you accidentally show up at school in just your underwear. Now that you’re fending off the cold sweats, aren’t you glad you’re not in school anymore?

The graduate or graduates in your life deserve a special reward for all they’ve gone through, and we have some great gift ideas for you that they’re sure to love. First, as they embark on their next journey (and if they’re able to drive), a GPS unit is sure to come in handy. The TomTom ONE 3rd Edition Car GPS Navigation System features a 3.5″ full-color LCD touchscreen, fast and accurate positioning, preloaded maps, and spoken instructions that make it easy to reach any destination.

MacBook for Grads

The Apple MacBook 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo notebook computer is great for those graduates who’ll be continuing their studies or just want a full-featured laptop for home use. It has a 13.3″ glossy widescreen display, built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking, built-in iSight camera, a trackpad with two-finger scrolling, and much more.

Samsung HDTV for Grads

For those graduates who plan on just lying around the house—um, I mean, who deserve a new high-def TV to help celebrate their accomplishment—the Samsung 40″ Series 4 LCD HDTV delivers crystal-clear images with a 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. It also features TruSurround XT audio, hidden bottom speakers, and a 6ms fast response time to help eliminate motion blur in sporting events and fast-action movies.

To see all the great gifts we have available for grads at Abt, click here.                by Graham W.

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Sound Advice For Your Boat

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Now that the weather is getting warmer and summer is just around the corner, it’s time to think about getting out on the water and enjoying some time away from work. If you happen to own a boat or are thinking about getting one, you also should consider installing a new sound system or upgrading your old one.

Abt Marine Audio display

Our mobile department has a great new marine display in the form of a pontoon boat equipped with all the latest audio components, which can help you select the perfect sound system for your boat. The display took about six weeks to construct, and it contains the latest marine speakers, receivers, subwoofers, amplifiers, and remotes. You can even add a marine GPS navigation unit for those longer nautical excursions. 

Abt Marine Audio display close-up

“This is one of the few working marine displays in the Chicago area,” said Neil Riffer, Abt’s mobile department manager. “The switching system lets people test out the various components and hear how a receiver sounds with different speakers or subwoofers. We can do complete installations here at Abt, and we’ll also do on-site installations throughout the Chicago area.” 

If your boating parties have been all wet because of a lousy sound system, visit Abt and check out this new display. We’ll have you out on the water and rockin’ the boat before you know it.          by Graham W.

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Abt Is Ranked Among The Top Internet Retailers

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Internet Retailer, a monthly national business magazine, web site conference, and directory serving the retailing community, has once again recognized Abt as one of America’s 500 largest e-retailers, based on annual 2007 Internet sales. Our company also has moved up in the past year from 25th to 21st in the Computers/ Electronics category.


Internet Retailer determines its rankings through its own research—which is confirmed by the various retailers—involving company financial, operational, and performance data, as well as vendors in 18 key categories. 

Internet Retailer Top 500

“We consider it a great honor to be ranked among the top online companies in the country,” said company president Jon Abt. “This is a tribute to everyone in our online department as well as our partners who work hard each day to provide the best possible shopping experience.”

If you’d like to view the entire Internet Retailer Top 500 list, click here.      by Graham W.

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Great Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

Friday, May 9th, 2008

There are lots of nice things you can do to make this Mother’s Day special, but if you want to give that wonderful lady in your life something that will last, you’ve come to the right place. Abt has hundreds of great electronic and appliance gift ideas in a variety of styles to please even the most hard-to-buy-for Mothers.

Digital Cameras and Camcorders always make great gifts, allowing you to capture memories with high-quality images that are easy to view in a variety of ways, including in convenient Digital Photo Frames. One easy-to-use camera is the new Sony Cyber-shot Digital Camera, which has great features and even comes in pink.

Sony Cyber-shot

Speaking of pink and pictures, Apple’s 8GB iPod Nano not only holds up to 2,000 songs, but it also can handle 7,000 photos, 8 hours of video, and comes in pink and several other colors. To view all of our iPods and MP3 players, click here.

A lot of Moms love to cook and also love to get the latest appliances to help make the job even easier. Our Gourmet Shop has everything a Mother could want, including the Cuisinart Convection Breadmaker, which circulates air while baking and automatically adjusts speed and timing. If Mom likes to watch TV as she cooks, or just could use a new HDTV, check out our huge selection of top-name high-definition televisions, including the Sharp 19″ LCD HDTV in white.

Panasonic White TV

If you still need more ideas, see our Gift Ideas For Her and get that perfect gift that Mom will cherish for years to come. —by Graham W.

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New Feature Makes Your Buying Decisions Easier

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Today marks the debut of a helpful new function on our website—a “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” feature. When you visit our web pages for the products you have in mind, you will be shown companion items and accessories that customers have bought at Abt in addition to those products. We hope this feature, along with our Buying Guides, Guidesters, and Customer Reviews, will help make your buying decisions much easier and more enjoyable.

Customer Who Bought This Also Bought

“We are always working on ways to improve our customers’ online experience,” said company president Jon Abt. “This feature not only shows what other customers have bought through our website, but also what our in-store customers have purchased. We think this broader spectrum of buyers provides a more comprehensive source of opinions and information.”

Give this new feature a try and let us know what you think. Just click on the Comment link below, and comment away. —by Graham W.

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Fox Business Network Visits Abt

Monday, May 5th, 2008

The Fox Business Network channel visited Abt today to shoot a series of short live segments in our store for its national reports. The segments took place in a variety of locations throughout our showroom and ran once an hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central time.

Bob Abt on Fox

Bob Abt is interviewed as Jon Abt looks on.

Fox team shoots atrium

The Fox news team takes footage of our atrium and fountain.

Jon and Bob Abt interview

Jon and Bob Abt walk and talk with correspondent Jeff Flock.

Fox correspondent Jeff Flock spoke on-camera with store manager Marc Cook, company president Jon Abt, and company CEO Bob Abt during the various segments. The topics covered included the hottest new gadgets, the boom in sales of HDTVs, and Abt’s standing as the largest single-store electronics retailer in the country. –by Graham W.

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