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Archive for June, 2008

It’s Time For Some Refreshing Cool-Aid

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Depending on which part of the country you live in, you’ve either already started to experience those hot, sweaty days of summer, or they’re just about to come your way. Whichever it is, a new, energy-efficient room air conditioner is the perfect way to keep cool in your home or apartment.

Even if you have a central air-conditioning system, there may be times when you just need to cool one or two rooms—like your bedrooms at night. But which type of room air conditioner is the right one to fit your needs? Our handy Air Conditioner Buying Guide can help answer all of your questions.

LG air conditioner

Abt carries all types of room air conditioners, including window, casement, wall, and portable. We also have a large selection of air-conditioner accessories, such as grilles, builder sleeves, and wall cases. To view all the room air conditioners and accessories available at Abt, click here. Also, for a limited time, you can save up to 15% on select models.

Now all you have to do is stay cool, keep from melting, and enjoy the summer.

—by Graham W.

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ABC’s Hungry Hound Visits Jölane’s

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

If you haven’t experienced the great food and drinks at our new Jölane’s Café and Wine Bar, here’s a chance to see what you’ve been missing. A recent Hungry Hound segment on Chicago’s ABC Channel 7 news featured Jölane’s along with the new Viking Cooking School, both of which are located in our new Design Center building just south of our main building.

Great electronics and appliances, great food—we’ve got you covered all around at Abt. To get more information about Jölane’s and view the entire mouth-watering menu, visit their website at jolanes.com. You can also call Jölane’s at 847-375-6986. —by Graham W.

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TV Too Small? How About a 108-Inch Model?

Friday, June 20th, 2008

See that TV in the Special Gifts for Dad posting below? That’s a 42-incher, which is a pretty decent size for your average room. Now imagine adding another 66 inches to that, and you’ll have some idea of the size of the Sharp Model LB-1085 LCD TV. At 108-inches, this massive, full HD 1080p television is the world’s largest commercially available LCD monitor, or at least it will be when it comes out in a few short months (September to be exact).

Sharp 108-inch TV

If you visited our store earlier this year you may have seen a prototype of the LB-1085, which we had on display for a few weeks. This TV employs 8th generation glass substrates, which allow Sharp to produce LCDs in super-large sizes. The LB-1085 offers a variety of inputs, including HDMI and DVI-I, and its fan-less design reduces noise and the intake of dust, heightening its level of technical sophistication.

Be ready with something in the neighborhood of $100,000 and a huge viewing area, and this giant TV can be yours. People on your screen will be as big or bigger than you are. The tears of American Idol runners-up will look like saucers. Monsters will finally be monster-sized as they crush whole cities. Who can resist that?     by Graham W.

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Special Gifts for Dad

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Tube socks, ties, a mounted fish that wiggles and sings “Take Me to the River”—these are just a few of the gifts that the father in your life does NOT want to receive. If you’ve given him any of these in the past, you’ve probably seen his eyes glaze over as he tries to cough out a “Thank you.” To help prevent this from happening again, we’ve come up with some special Father’s Day gift ideas that are sure to please even the most picky parent.

Panasonic VIERA HDTV

The Panasonic VIERA 42″ plasma HDTV features an anti-reflective screen, 1080p native resolution, 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and 24p film mode. It produces exceptional surround sound with four speakers and a THX configuration built-in, and its quick refresh rate makes this model ideal for Dads who love movies, sporting events, and other fast-action shows.  

Sony DVD Handycam

Sony’s DVD Handycam Camcorder is great for fathers who think of themselves as the next Steven Spielberg. It has a 2.7″ wide (16:9) touch panel LCD display, 40X optical/ 2000X digital zoom, hybrid recording to DVD or Memory Stick media, and a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. Other features include a built-in Zoom microphone, Super Steady Shot image stabilization, and Super NightShot Plus technology for excellent video quality in low light.

 

Oakley RAZRWIRE

 

To complete Dad’s Hollywood fantasy, he’ll need some high-tech shades that do more than just make him look cool. Oakley’s RAZRWIRE Bluetooth wireless sunglasses sport an integrated Motorola Bluetooth wireless headset, providing him with a wearable hands-free link to his Bluetooth compatible cellular phone. The RAZRWIRE’s patented XYZ Optics maximize clarity at all angles of vision, and the Plutonit lenses deliver impact protection while filtering out 100% of all UV rays.

 

If you’d like to see our complete list of special Father’s Day gift ideas, click here.   by Graham W.

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PayPal Option Now Available At Abt

Friday, June 6th, 2008

We are pleased to announce that we’ve just added PayPal to our website, a great new feature that gives you another payment option when you make purchases online from Abt. As you select items on our website and add them to your cart, you now will see the PayPal logo (see below) on our Shopping Cart Review page.

PayPal logo

One great feature is that you can keep track of all your PayPal transactions on their site. If you haven’t already signed up with PayPal, it’s quick, easy, and secure, plus you have the option of making your payment directly from your PayPal balance, linked bank account, or registered credit card.    by Graham W.

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Mike Abt’s Graduation Gift Ideas

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

If you’re still searching for that perfect graduation gift, let company president Mike Abt help you out. Mike appeared today on Chicago’s ABC Channel 7 newscast and presented some great electronic gift ideas, including the Rock Band Special Edition video game, iPod Shuffle, Sony VAIO NR Series silver notebook computer, Apple MacBook 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo white notebook computer, Olympus Silver 8 megapixel digital camera, Sirius Sportster 5 Dock and Play radio with car kit, Boston Acoustics Solo AM/FM large display clock radio, Samsung 40″ Series 4 LCD black flat panel HDTV, and the Twenty20 VholdR wearable camcorder. Check out the video of Mike’s appearance below:

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