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CES 2013: Belkin’s Thunderstorm brings better audio to the iPad

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Belkin Thunderstorm

The iPad’s Retina display is amazing for games, movies, and looking at pictures, but the audio technology isn’t as good as it could be. Belkin plans to correct this with the Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater, which combines surround-sound speakers and an extended battery in an iPad cover.

The Thunderstorm’s speakers are attached to the side of the iPad and are held in place by the cover that also protects the display. You control the speakers with a specialized app that has presets for different types of audio (music, movies, and games) and a slider that will control the spread of the sound. The speakers have integrated air channels that optimize bass frequencies, and the cover has creases for different viewing angles. The cover also has access for the iPad’s rear camera, headset jack, microphone, speaker, charging, lock switch, volume control, and mute/rotation lock toggle.

“Belkin tapped us to engineer the sound performance of the Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater from the inside out and we’re happy to see end results that deliver an immersive mobile audio experience,” said Bruce Lancaster, general manager and vice president at Audifi. “Through the design of core circuits, sound processing, custom speakers and a surprisingly thin acoustic enclosure, Audifi engineered a level of sonic depth and precision that was, until now, impossible to achieve in mobile devices.”

Belkin’s Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater for 30-pin and Lightning connectors has a suggested price of $199.99 and will be released in February 2013.

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