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Inside the Abt Mobile Audio Installation Department

Abt has made a name for itself over the years as a provider of just about anything you’d ever need to outfit your dream home. What many local customers may not know is that we also have an award-winning mobile audio installation department on-site, who are some of the best in the biz at making your vehicle just as awesome as your home. With the weather finally beginning to improve, there’s no better time to bring your car in for an A/V upgrade. Today we’re taking a look at what goes on inside the Abt Mobile Audio Installation shop.


What started seventeen years ago as a way to offer a few additional services to customers has grown into one of Chicago’s premiere locations for custom installation of aftermarket car accessories. With a staff of over twenty and a sprawling shop outfitted to perform any task imaginable, there are few things we can’t do. In fact, the easiest way to describe the breadth of our services is simply: if it has wires, we can probably install it in your car. From typical components like upgraded speakers or a new car stereo installation, to the more exotic projects like in-dash iPad integration or full-sized LED TVs; if you can dream it, we can install it.

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During our 2014 remodel, the installation bay was doubled in size and can now hold over a dozen vehicles at once.


The bay door is tall enough to accommodate just about any road-going vehicle.


Installers can fabricate custom cabinets and speaker enclosures in the woodshop.



While a corner of the shop is curtained off to give our tint-specialist a dust-free area to install window tints.


Wall of head unit mounting adapters for all common vehicle makes and models.

All services are completed by a staff of thirteen full-time technicians, including one dedicated window-tinting pro. Each installer had years of experience before joining the team at Abt, and all are Advanced Certified Installation Technicians, as defined by the Consumer Technology Association. Our techs have been recognized as being among the best in the nation by Mobile Electronics Magazine, who hosts an annual Industry Awards. In 2013, Abt was voted one of ME Mag’s Top 12 Retailers in the nation. Our customers trust us to work on just about any vehicle you can imagine.


Installer Wall of Fame.


Here are some of the vehicles we’ve worked on over the years.

We’ve seen our share of high-end rides, from those that focus on luxury:

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Rolls Royce Phantom


Bentley Flying Spur

To those that focus on performance:




And Lamborghinis.

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And Lamborghinis


And Lamborghinis.


To those that combine both:

CL65 Brabus

Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Brabus Edition

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BMW M6 and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG


We’ve seen our share of iconic classics:

Shelby Mustang GT500KR-1

Shelby Mustang GT500KR King of the Road

Pontiac GTO with Pioneer Headunit combo

Pontiac GTO with modern Pioneer head unit

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Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with Alpine head unit

As well as high-tech cars of the future:


BMW i8 Electric Car


Tesla Model S

We’ve been trusted by mobile businesses:
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Radio Stations:

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Television News Stations:



And even this thing:



We can install new audio or video equipment in just about anything that has four wheels:


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Or two wheels:

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Harley Davidson with custom speakers.


Victory Motorcycle “dashboard”

Or ten wheels:

RV Custom Audio

RV with custom interior and waterproof exterior entertainment systems. Speakers by Wet Sounds.

Or three wheels:


Or no wheels!

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We can blend new technology seamlessly into an antique interior:

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1965 Ford Thunderbird original radio…

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…with surprise satellite navigation system installed.

Or be a little less subtle:


Subwoofer box in the trunk of a suicide Lincoln.

We can take items not designed for car use, and make them work:


Apple iPad integrated in a Ford Focus

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Chevy Avalanche LTZ with 46-inch Samsung LED TV, TracVision satellite TV receiver and custom laser-cut light-up Chicago Bears logo.


We’ve done jobs that take 45 minutes, and jobs that take 45 weeks. And we are more than happy to discuss your plans for a custom job, whatever the scope. Give us a call at 847-544-2281, or stop by the Mobile Audio department next time you’re in the store and have a peek at what projects we’ve got going on in the shop.


We’ll be down here if you need us.

In Memoriam: Brion Edward Bromead III
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