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Archive for May, 2011

What Can You Imagine?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Canon has launched a new contest with the help of actor, director Ron Howard called, “Imagin8tion”.  The goal of this contest is to provide dialogue between those amongst the community and directly with Canon, inspiring everyone to new levels of creativity.

The contest began May 22nd on the official website, youtube.com/user/Imagination and contestants can submit photos to inspire eight movie themes: setting, time character, mood, relationship, goal, obstacle and the unknown and will continue to June 14th.

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Memorial Day 2011

Monday, May 30th, 2011



“The soldier above all others, prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

-General Douglas MacArthur

This Memorial Day, all of us here at Abt Electronics would like to thank the men and women in our armed forces for bravely protecting our country every day,  We would also like to remember those who have fought selflessly in the past and made the greatest sacrifice by giving their lives for this great nation.

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Not Your Average Jeep Wrangler

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most capable off road vehicles ever built, hands down.  Remaining nearly unchanged for over 70 years, the Wrangler has been the pinnacle of a classic design that has stood the test of time.  Drop the top, turn the key, and go cruising (down the highway or up a mountain, your choice).

So how do you make one of the coolest SUVs in the world, even cooler?  That’s where Abt’s Mobile Electronics department comes into play.  They recently took a black Wrangler Unlimited and gave it some serious gusto.  Modifications include:

For more information on this and other mobile solutions, contact Abt’s Mobile Electronics team at 847-919-1848.

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Onkyo Receivers – Imaginative Sight & Sound

Friday, May 27th, 2011

So due to the storms a couple of weeks back, I had to replace my beloved Onkyo TXSR805 Audio/Video receiver. I had it hooked in to Panamax of course, so they are taking care of the replacement cost. When looking for the replacement it was a no-brainer to go to the Onkyo TXNR808. As good as the old Onkyo was — Wow this new one is great! The picture going through the receiver looks amazing, and the audio is very detailed. I also like the fact that it is a network receiver, meaning if you connect it to your network, you can access Pandora, Internet radio Stations, and Rhapsody. The supply of music is almost endless. I must say I have had many different brands of audio video receivers, but will be staying with Onkyo for the foreseeable future.

Abt carries many different A/V receivers by Onkyo.  Learn more about Abt’s line of Onkyo A/V receivers.

Blake B.

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Vote For Abt Mobile Audio!

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Get Out The Vote for Abt Mobile Audio! Voting ends on 5/30.

Abt has been nominated for Mobile Electronics Magazine’s Mobile Electronics Industry Awards. Garrick Allen and John Samp have also been nominated for Top installer honors by the same publication. Awards are given for top 10 installers and the top 3 stores. We need to get out and vote.  You can vote at http://meawards.stnmedia.com/. Lets try to have the store and the installers be on top!

We have a great group of guys here in the mobile department, so go ahead and place those votes!  Reminder that the voting ends on 5/30.

Vote for:
Top Retailer:  Abt Electronics
Top Installers:   Garrick Allen, John Samp

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Simplify the “G” in GTL

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

In sticking with the theme of products for this summer one can only think of 3 letters, GTL. Now if you’re like me, a Pacific Islander, you don’t really need a tan and if you own Febreeze you don’t really need to do the laundry. (Right guys!) But you can get your “G” on with our new Home Fitness equipment which we now carry at Abt. Whether you want to go all Ronnie Coleman we carry free weights that can go up to 50lbs. (ok so maybe not totally Ronnie Coleman) Dual Grip Medicine Balls, Kettlebells all the way up to Life Fitness Home Gyms which you can frequently find in your local gym. We have an amazing display with sales reps who can demonstrate proper use of the equipment and make suggestions on other products to team up with so you can really be beach ready.

With me being such a gym rat I am actually excited for Abt to be carrying quality gym equipment. My first gym equipment purchase will definitely be Go Fit 30 lb Silver Smartweight Power Tube. Resistance bands are a great way to get a quick pump before you hit the pool. I like bringing these along because you can take them anywhere. Please take a look at our complete line of fitness equipment or come on in and get your GTL on.

Kevin R.

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Abt Builder’s Gala

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

This past Wednesday Abt held an in-store Builder’s Gala which brought in over 175 builders, architects, designers, and landscapers to see Abt and get information from all the vendors on what we have to offer. Vendors from each vignette were there, as well as other vendors from our store.

All builders got a one page questionnaire, along with a goodie bag.  By filling out the questionnaire and asking these questions to the vendors, they were awarded raffle tickets for a ton of great things at Abt, including a KitchenAid stand mixer, Scotsman icemaker, pots and pans sets by Dacor and Bluestar, wine coolers by GE and Electrolux, a Viking gas range, Miele vacuum, baking stone, hand mixer, 2 GE microwaves, lunch/ cooking event for Miele and SubZero/Wolf, faucets, Bosch and Jenn-Air dishwashers, and a Thermador steam oven.

To top off this fantastic event, drinks and hors d’oeuvres were provided by Jolane’s.

Thank to everyone that participated!

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Take Pictures Like a Pro

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Steve T. of Abt recently took a trip to Italy to celebrate his honeymoon and got a chance to use his new Nikon D3100 DSLR.  Check out the video above as Steve explains how to use “Guide Mode”, which assists people new to photography in achieving great shots depending on the scene they are shooting.

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Abt Ice Cream Social

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Abt Accounting Department Ice Cream Social.  Over 45 people showed up and enjoyed ice cream from Homer’s Ice Cream from Jolane’s.  The event was a great success–and if success is measured in ice cream consumed, then this was an overwhelming success. I know, it’s hard to pass up ice cream. Also, a special thanks to Bridgitte Landis for setting it up!

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How to Make Your Wife Happy & Your Floors Glisten for Under $125.

Friday, May 20th, 2011

How to make you wife happy and your floors glisten for under $125:  I recently purchased the  HAAN SI-35 Slim And Light Series Floor Cleaning  Sanitizer for my wife for Valentine’s Day (in lieu of candy and flowers which add inches and flowers that wilt).  Our floors have never been so sparkling squeaky clean! This is one appliance that is worth its weight in gold. Having a Cairn Terrier (Fozzy) that likes to walk in the mud on rainy days and make our white tile floor in the kitchen tan, has been a constant nemesis. Enter the Haan Sanitizer and my wife is like Gene Kelly and “Singing in the Rain”.

Conrad S.

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