Lightning-Compatible Speaker Dock Brings Powerful Audio to Fourth-Generation iPad

Playa Vista, Calif. (July 25, 2013)Belkin today announced the Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater for iPad 4th generation, a speaker dock that enhances the sound quality of music, movies and video games. It easily connects directly to the iPad through an integrated Lightning dock connector, ensuring a powerful audio experience while enjoying your favorite content. A host of new product and mobile app features further enhance the Thunderstorm listening experience.

"Apple's latest iPad with retina display provides the highest quality visual experience, and Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater delivers amplified audio to match for complete content engagement and shareable entertainment," says Nate Kraft, director of product management at Belkin. "It is a truly portable speaker case that seamlessly integrates with the iPad 4 to create a unified experience whether you are at home or on the go."

The new Thunderstorm features an updated chassis that integrates a new Sound Mode button allowing users to cycle between four different sound mode options—music, moving, gaming and conference call—to best match the content on their tablet. The new conference call mode enhances voice frequencies when using Skype's VoIP calling service. Previously only available through the Thunderstorm app, the Sound Mode button features an audible voiceover that informs users of the sound mode setting.

Through the updated Thunderstorm app, users can automatically maintain the left and right channel audio output even when the Thunderstorm is turned upside down, ensuring undistorted, dynamic sound.

Belkin's Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater is powered by mobile sound leader, Audifi, and features high-efficiency, front-facing speakers that project cinematic-quality sound. Bass frequencies are optimized through ported speakers and integrated air channels.

Belkin has partnered with Hulu to provide a free month of Hulu Plus for new subscribers with the purchase of a Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater, giving users access to premium television content on their iPad, supported by Thunderstorm's rich audio.

Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater for iPad 4th generation (G4A1000) – $199.99

  • Lightning connector is compatible with iPad 4th generation
  • Integrated front-facing, landscape-oriented stereo speakers
  • Ported speakers for rich bass and depth
  • Low-distortion, high-efficiency amplifier
  • Magnetically attached folding soft cover with multiple stand configurations
  • MFi certified
  • Pass-through access for iPad rear camera, headset jack, microphone, speaker, charging, lock switch, volume control, and mute/rotation lock toggle

Availability
The Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater for iPad 4th generation will be available online at belkin.com and in select retail locations.

About Belkin International, Inc.
Belkin makes people-inspired products that harness the power of technology to enrich people’s lives. From wireless home networking and entertainment products, to home automation and energy management tools, as well as a broad USB and cable mix, Belkin products connect the dots between people and the things they love. A privately held company, Belkin was founded in 1983 and acquired Linksys in 2013, creating a powerful platform to deliver the next generation of home and wireless networking experiences. The new Belkin, including the Linksys brand and Belkin brand portfolios, has 1,500 employees and sales in more than 100 countries. Belkin’s global headquarters are in Playa Vista, California.

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About Audifi
Audifi is the leader in next-generation mobile audio. Founded in 2011 in Beaverton, Oregon, Audifi is a world-class team with decades of audio engineering experience. Audifi designs and integrates core circuitry, signal processing, custom acoustics, and software into end products that deliver unparalleled sound to maximize mobile lifestyles. To learn more about Audifi, visit http://audifi.me

Apple and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Lightning is a trademark of Apple Inc. Audifi is a trademark of Avnera Corporation.

Media Contacts:

Leah Polk,
Sr. PR Manager,
(310) 751-2738 or
leah.polk@belkin.com

Christina Ramirez,
PR Specialist,
(310) 751-2918 or
pr@belkin.com

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