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Archive for November, 2015

Cyber Monday: Enjoy Stress Free Shopping From Home On!

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Most of us are dealing with the Monday morning blues.  It’s time to wake up, because it’s Cyber Monday! Save big throughout the site during our Cyber Monday Sale. We have all the hot deals on products like Samsung TVs,  Bose Theater Systems, Tumi products, Dyson Vacuums, and more!  With just one click of a button, you’ll get that big screen TV you’ve always wanted. Shopping in your PJ’s never seemed so easy. Hurry now while these offers are here just for today! Click on the banner below for more information.



Have you ever wondered how Cyber Monday started or what will be the hottest products on Click on the banner below and check out our Cyber Monday infographic.


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Building the Ultimate Affordable Home Theater: Black Friday Edition.

Friday, November 27th, 2015

For die-hard movie fans and even casual viewers alike, it’s hard to beat the experience of watching a great movie in the comfort of your own home theater. You don’t have to deal with noisy strangers, expensive popcorn, sticky floors, or the plethora of other annoyances that often accompany the typical theater outing. Plus, you can take a bathroom break without missing any of the action! With the rising price of tickets to the cinema, compared to the continuously-dropping prices of great home theater tech, it’s easier now than ever to bring the cinema experience home. Today, we’re building a home theater system with Black Friday Weekend special pricing, with the goal of staying under $1000 total. And even though it will be inexpensive, this system will feature products from some of the best brands in the business.

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The LG 50LF6000 50-inch LED TV

We’ll start with the television first. For this build, we’ve chosen the LG 50LF6000, a 50-inch 1080P LED TV. At 50 inches, it’s a good size for the average den or man cave, and ideal for a room where your viewing distance is anywhere from 6 to 10 feet.  And at a special Black Friday Weekend price of $449, you’re not likely to find more screen size for less. You could go a little bigger or move up to 4K for a big higher a cost, but we feel this TV is at the sweet spot for features, size and price. Full HD resolution, plus LG’s Triple XD Engine and Trumotion 120hz technologies mean that you’ll still be getting a great picture, even at such a low price-point.

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Sony BDP S3500 Smart Blu-Ray Player

A TV is only as good as the source that’s feeding it, which is why we’re opting for the Sony BDP-S3500 Blu-Ray player as our home theater’s main video source. It will feed full HD video to your TV, so every scene in the latest Hollywood blockbuster comes through with stunning detail. And thanks to built in Wi-Fi connectivity, it  also has a few neat features that will add extra entertainment options to your theater. You can take advantage of streaming apps like Netflix and VUDU to get movies and TV shows on demand, including some of the newest movies that have not yet been released on video. And gamers will love the built-in Playstation Now feature, which lets you play PS3 games directly on your TV, with no gaming console required. At just $49.99, it’s one of the best home video deals of the season.

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Sony STR-DH750 7.2 Channel Receiver

With video set, it’s time to address sound. Sure, you can rely on your TV’s integrated speakers, or even a soundbar that mimics a surround sound system. But for true immersion, there’s nothing better than multiple actual speakers, driven by a dedicated A/V receiver.  Our sound system is going to be powered by the Sony STR-DH750 7.2 Channel A/V receiver. This beast offers a total of 1015 watts of power over 7 speaker channels, rendering every bit of dialogue clearly while ensuring every explosion comes through with a big boom. Bluetooth connectivity lets you wirelessly stream music from a smartphone or tablet through your theater speakers, and 4 HDMI inputs give you the freedom to connect multiple video sources. And while we won’t be taking advantage of the 4K pass-through features or all seven channels of audio, the fact that this receiver sports those specs means that when you upgrade your TV or add more speakers, you won’t have to worry about compatibility issues.

Connected to the receiver will be the Klipsch Quintet 5 Channel Home Theater Speaker System. This five-speaker set features Klipsch’s renowned audio quality in a small package, making for a powerful yet unobtrusive system that will be right at home even in a small theater room. Featuring new Linear Travel Suspension tweeters for crisp high notes, and redesigned woofers for maximum bass output, everything from an onscreen whisper to an apocalyptic earthquake will come through sounding great.

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Klipsch Quintet 5 Surround Sound Speaker Set

With these four items, you’ll be getting a home theater experience that rivals the quality of many systems that cost double or more what this one does. With Black Friday pricing, the total comes out to just $970.99, with every product shipping for free. Of course, there *are* a few more things we might recommend. If you stretch your budget to $1200, we suggest adding a subwoofer to the speaker package, for added bass that helps replicate the theater experience. But for just a thousand dollars, this setup is guaranteed to bring plenty of enjoyment to the movie buffs in your life. Click through the links to see the special pricing, or give our sales specialists a call at 888-228-5800 for more info. But be sure to hurry, quantities are limited on all products, and these prices will only be available this weekend!



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Black Friday Sale, Shop Now at

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Black Friday is finally here and you don’t want to miss out on these hot deals! Since it’s the busiest shopping day of the year, there’s no need to leave the house and put up with the crowded stores. Instead, shop from home and save big throughout the site on Save big on products like Dyson vacuums, Nest cameras,  Bose headphones and many more. Act fast while most of these deals will be over after this weekend. Get to it and shop now during our Black Friday Sale. Click on the banner below for more information.




Chicagoland customers:

Santa’s in town! While you try to get most of your shopping done, have the little ones meet Santa and take a free photo with him. See the flyer below for dates and times.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26th, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours! Abt will be closed all day in observance of Thanksgiving, but we will be back for business on Friday. Phone and web sales associates will be available at 6 a.m. CST and our showroom will open at 8 a.m. on Friday.

If you are still recovering from food coma or want avoid the crowds on Black Friday, shop from home and save big with our Black Friday Sale on The Abt Black Friday Sale will go live Thanksgiving at midnight CST, so you won’t miss out on any great deals on tons of products! Click the link for our Black Friday Sale!

As a family owned business, we are proud to be closed on Thanksgiving, so our employees can enjoy their Thanksgiving with family and their loved ones. We also know that many of you out there will have to work on Thanksgiving. To all the police officers, doctors, nurses, firefighters, grocery store associates, toll-booth attendants, airline baggage handlers, members of the military and anyone else who spends their Thanksgiving making sure ours is a safe, healthy, and smoothly-operating one, we’d like to extend a gracious “Thank You.”


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Simple and Delicious Recipes for Your Holiday Cooking!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Here at Abt, the holiday season is the busiest time of year. All of our customers are getting ready for the holidays, with many trying to find the right appliances to cook a great holiday meal. People tend to stress about making the perfect dinner, attempting to cook complex and fancy foods that make their holiday cooking not so enjoyable. Who says holidays dinners have to be fancy? A great meal can be easy and simple, and still taste delicious. Take a deep breath. Not only will we help you find the right appliances, but we will take the pressure off and guide you through your holiday cooking with these simple, yet tasty recipes!


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Balsamic Vinegar Drizzle

Before you scroll down because you saw “Brussels Sprouts”, we should mention that there is pancetta in it. Yes, pancetta, the Italian bacon that is so rich in flavor and makes everything taste better. The rendered fat of the pancetta will subtlety mask the flavor of the Brussels sprouts, you’ll be surprised. Give it a try, the texture of the roasted Brussels sprouts, the rich flavor of pancetta and a drizzle of balsamic will create a harmonious flavor that your guests won’t forget.



  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 slices pancetta, chopped.
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 pints Brussels sprouts. (Large ones cut in half, leave smaller ones whole)
  • ½ Balsamic vinegar



Preheat your oven to 425°F.

While your oven heats up, heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add the pancetta to the hot pan and cook the pancetta until it’s just about rendered all the way. Add the Brussels sprouts to the pan and gently toss the Brussels sprouts.

Spread the Brussels sprouts and pancetta onto a baking sheet. Arrange halves of Brussels sprouts with the cut side down on the sheet. Roast the Brussels sprouts until the outer leaves are nicely crisped and brown, and the sprouts tender, which should take about 10-12 minutes. Finish off the brussels sprouts with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.


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WGN Drive-Thru Holiday Food Drive

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

This morning we had the pleasure of taking part in WGN Morning News’ 2nd Annual Drive-Thru Toy Drive. The drive collects food donations for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, whose mission is to ensure that those in need in the Chicago area will not go hungry. Thanks to the contributions of many generous employees, we were able to deliver a van full of canned goods to the event this morning. This Holiday Season, we encourage everyone to think of those less fortunate, and consider making a donation to a food bank or, on your next visit to Abt, bring a new, unwrapped toy for our Holiday Toy Drive (you’ll earn a $20 Abt Gift Card when you do).

WGN Food Drive

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Black Friday Sale, it’s finally here!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Get a head start on your holiday shopping this year during our Black Friday Sale, it’s here all week long! No need to deal with the huge crowds or finding that impossible parking spot,  simply shop on our site from home and start saving throughout our site!  You might just finish your holiday shopping list early this year. Click on the banner below for more info.



Need help finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list? Check out our Holiday Gift Ideas page, you will make someone very happy this year!



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Pandora Jewelry Grand Re-Opening Event

Friday, November 20th, 2015


On the hunt for the perfect gift for the special someone in your life? Stop by Abt this weekend and pop into our redesigned Pandora shop (located within our Time Watch Boutique) for our Grand Re-Opening Event. The updated display includes an expanded the selection of Pandora Jewelry, including the special Winter Collection and Disney Jewelry Collection. Enjoy complementary hors d’oeuvres and mimosas when you shop this weekend, and you’ll also receive a special gift with a qualifying purchase. Pandora charms and bracelets make great gifts, offering elegant designs at affordable prices. And with an extensive catalog of designs, you’ll have nearly endless possibilities to personalize your gift.

Pandora Jewelry at Abt


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Cutting the Cord: How to Live Without Cable

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

One of the most exciting new trends in home entertainment is the phenomenon known as “cutting the cord.” Cord cutters are viewers who are ditching the traditional cable setup and leveraging today’s connected technologies to get their TV and movies through other channels (both literally and figuratively). In simple terms, cutting the cord is used to describe the act of watching the majority of your programming over the internet, instead of cable. It’s become possible due to a combination of  widespread broadband internet, services like Netflix and Hulu, and internet-enabled devices like the Roku player and Smart TVs.

The most common reason for cutting the cord is a desire to save money. Recent figures show that the average US viewer will pay around $100 a month for their cable TV package. And this price is for channel programming only, not including the broadband internet that may be included in a bundled package. For a viewer that doesn’t watch much TV, that’s a tough price to pay for access to a few favorite programs. Cutting the cord has the answer, but it does require a little bit of tech know-how and the slight inconvenience of having to use multiple devices Here’s what you’ll need to know to get started.

Getting Started

Internet Requirements

The foundation of any successful cord-cutting lifestyle is a robust internet connection. Because most of the media will be delivered via the internet, it’s important that your connection is both fast—to keep up with data-heavy streams—and strong. A wired connection is best, though a good wireless connection will work as well (iffy wi-fi will lead to a dropped signal and a not-so-fun viewing experience).

According to the FCC, a minimum download speed of 4 Mbps (Megabits per second) is suggested for adequate streaming of HD content with no interruptions and minimal buffering. Netflix recommends  a minimum download speed of 5.0 Mbps in order to stream HD content.The average cable or DSL internet connection should be able to provide these speeds at a reasonable price. If you’re not sure what your average internet speed is, you can check it at

speed test can show you what your internet speeds are, which will be a factor in whether you should cut the cord.


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EcoReco Electric Scooters at Abt

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Abt has always been home to a huge selection of home appliances and consumer electronics, the kinds of things that make your life either more entertaining or more convenient. It’s not often that you find a product that does both for you, and is also just downright fun.  But we’ve found it in EcoReco electric scooters, which we recently added to our product line.

The EcoReco scooters look a lot like the push scooters you’d see kids riding around on, but these are no toys. You’ll first notice that the scooter’s got some heft. It’s not that heavy (only 34 lbs.) but it’s solidly built, with an all-metal frame designed to support riders up to 250 lbs. The LED dashboard is your second clue that this scooter is serious business. So you hop on, hit the ON button, push off with your free foot, and then pull the throttle trigger. In just seconds, you’re cruising at up to 20 mph.

It’s hard to believe that a worthwhile propulsion system is hiding somewhere in such a small scooter, but EcoReco did it. Integrated into the scooter deck is a 36V lithium iron phosphate battery, with a 250W electric motor in the hub of the rear wheel. Together, this combo turns the tiny two-wheeler into a personal vehicle with some serious transportation abilities. Riders can expect between 10 and 20 miles per charge, depending on their weight and how fast they travel. (more…)

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