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Otterbox’s Gaming Ecosystem Provides Protection and Peace of Mind

Whether you’re a serious gamer or someone who dabbles, there’s no denying it’s important to keep your gaming equipment safe and protected. Otterbox’s new Gaming line features products that are designed to keep your gear out of harm’s way while not affecting gameplay.

The OtterBox Mobile Gaming Clip is designed to securely attach the user’s smartphone with an Xbox Wireless Controller and features adjustable angle and balance. Compatible with both Xbox Wireless Controllers and the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, the new Mobile Gaming Clip is designed to be paired with almost any smartphone, with or without an Otterbox case.

The OtterBox Easy Grip Controller Shell protects your Xbox Wireless Controller while also allowing for great hand-feel and control, as well as customizable options via multiple different colorways. Additionally, the new shell is built with antimicrobial protection.

The new OtterBox Gaming Carry Case is designed to carry Xbox Wireless Controllers and the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, as well as the other products in the Otterbox Gaming line. With a rugged build that supports the controller and other equipment, the new carrying case additionally converts into a gaming stand.

For your console, the new Easy Grip Gaming Case features an ergonomic design that features cool-to-the-touch materials for convenient gameplay. Although the case is only available for the latest iPhone model, additional designs are on their way.

The new OtterBox Gaming Glass Privacy Guard provides peace of mind with scratch-resistant glass that provides screen tinting for privacy when in landscape mode. Like the Easy Grip Controller Shell, the new screen protection option is built with antimicrobial protection. The Gaming Glass Privacy Guard is available for the latest iPhone devices.

The entire Otterbox Gaming line will be available on January 25 via otterbox.com, the Microsoft StoreGameStop.com, and Verizon.com.

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• Visit the Otterbox website for more info and product specs
• Make sure to check out our Video Gaming System News page for additional gaming products and more info on the newest consoles and games

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OtterBox unveiled a full portfolio of gaming products that will bridge the gap between console and mobile gaming experiences. Designed for Xbox, OtterBox is bringing to market new accessories to complement controller + smartphone gaming in addition to gaming-specific smartphone accessories.

With the advent of 5G and innovative new cloud-based platforms such as cloud gaming (beta) with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, gaming is changing in unprecedented ways. Smartphone gaming is evolving to merge mobility with the elegance of a console experience. The OtterBox Gaming portfolio enables you to enjoy your favorite titles around the house or anywhere on the go without compromising your competitive advantage.

"Gaming is one of the unique spaces where everyone has the opportunity to compete and connect, especially as we are physically distanced. This connection is enhanced with advances in cloud gaming and fast 5G networks," said OtterBox CEO Jim Parke. "OtterBox is the best in the world at providing trusted mobile accessories, and we're better positioned than anyone to deliver a premium gaming experience. This portfolio and our accessories designed for Xbox marks a major entry into the gaming market for us."

The OtterBox gaming portfolio, unveiled at CES, leverages decades of design expertise in mobile accessories. From protection to portability, OtterBox is offering an end-to-end gaming ecosystem that allows gaming to happen anytime, anywhere.

    • Mobile Gaming Clip:An ergonomic answer to seamless mobile gaming, the OtterBox Mobile Gaming Clip is great for at home or on-the-go. This adaptable clip attaches your smartphone to your Xbox Wireless Controller and boasts trusted OtterBox quality. The Mobile Gaming Clip adapts to your environment with adjustable angle and balance based on your preferences and lighting. This versatile clip can also be used as a table-top stand and folds down for compact travel. The Mobile Gaming Clip is compatible with Xbox Wireless Controllers and the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, as well as the OtterBox Easy Grip Controller Shell. The Mobile Gaming Clip will work with virtually all smartphones, with or without an OtterBox protective case.
    • Easy Grip Controller Shell:Take your Xbox Wireless Controller on the go and protect it at home with the OtterBox Easy Grip Controller Shell. This compact gaming controller shell lets you personalize the look and feel of your controller while maintaining hand-feel and access to buttons and triggers. Get a pro-level experience with swappable grips with lasting antimicrobial protection.The OtterBox Easy Grip Controller Shell is available for Xbox Wireless Controllers.
    • Gaming Carry Case:Get your gaming up and out in no time with the OtterBox Gaming Carry Case. As the first gaming controller case designed for mobile use, this compact carryall guards joysticks and triggers from damage during transport. When it's 'game on,' the case converts to a gaming stand to create the ultimate mobile command center. The case is compatible with Xbox Wireless Controllers and the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and designed to house all of the elements in the OtterBox gaming ecosystem.
    • Easy Grip Gaming Case:OtterBox is taking protective phone cases to the next level. The Easy Grip Gaming Case is made to game on the go. Ergonomically designed for entertainment-mode, the Easy Grip Gaming Case integrates cool-to-touch materials to keep the console protected and feeling great in your hand level after level. The Easy Grip Gaming Case will be available for the latest iPhone devices with more designs coming soon.
    • Gaming Glass Privacy Guard:Screen protection is now a staple for mobile devices. These increasingly expansive and high-resolution displays are perfect for gaming, but also prone to scratches and breakage. OtterBox Gaming Glass Privacy Guard is the first screen protector in the world to be optimized for mobile gaming. This scratch-resistant glass provides industry-first screen privacy in entertainment (landscape) orientation to prevent visual hacking while you game wherever you are. Gaming Glass Privacy Guard also boasts an antimicrobial agent that blocks microbial growth and will be available for the latest iPhone devices. 2

The OtterBox gaming portfolio addresses both convenience and performance with trusted products that meet you where you are and takes you where you want to go.

The OtterBox mobile gaming products will be available for pre-order starting Jan. 25 on otterbox.com, the Microsoft Store, GameStop.com, and Verizon.com. Get connected with OtterBox and get in the game.

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Hulu Now $1.99 a Month for Students

If you are a student or have one in your life, you’ll want to take advantage of Hulu’s latest subscription deal. The ad-supported version of the popular streaming service is now $1.99 per month for students. Visit the Hulu website for more details and how to create a student account, and make sure to consider your streaming device options for the perfect fit.

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• Visit the Hulu website for more info
• If you already have Hulu or are inspired to sign up, make sure to check out the Watch Party feature

• Be sure to visit our Streaming Media Player/App Reviews page for more info on streaming devices

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KONKA’s New Smart Home Options Provide User-Friendly, Reliable Smart Home Solutions

KONKA North America’s new Smart lineup includes smart cameras, video doorbells, smart plugs, and smart lighting options—all of which will be linked to the company’s KONKA OneApp for seamless integration and control. In addition, the new products work with IFTTT and are WiFi-enabled.

KONKA’s new smart video doorbells and cameras are equipped with 1080p Full HD picture, night vision, motion detection, live view, two-way communication, 128-bit AES Encryption, in addition to different video playback options and water resistance. The KONKA Video Doorbell has a 140-degree field of view, and camera-based motion detection. The KONKA Anywhere Video Doorbell is KONKA’s wireless option, and 130-degree diagonal field of view, and PIR motion detection. The KONKA Anywhere Cam is equipped with a 130-degree diagonal field of view, PIR motion detection with adjustable sensitivity, and the KONKA LED Floodlight Cam is built with dual LED 2,200-Lumen floodlights with an additional 90db siren.

In terms of KONKA’s new smart plugs, the Single Outlet Smart Plug, Two-Outlet Smart Plug Duo, and Four Outlet Smart Power Strip can all be paired with other KONKA Smart Home products, and can paired with Google Assistant, Alexa and IFTTT. Additionally, the new plugs are equipped with surge protection, the ability to set timers, and individual outlet control.

Finally, KONKA’s new smart lighting options include three new models—the Smart Light Bulb, the Directional Smart Light Bulb, and the Smart Light Strip that can be paired with Google Assistant, Alexa and IFTTT.

Additional Resources
• Visit the KONKA website for more info and product specs
• Read more about KONKA’s debut into the smart home market

Here’s some more info from KONKA:

Digital CES 2021 marks the entry of a new player to the Smart Home arena. KONKA North America, LLC, a subsidiary of the KONKA Group, a leading digital home entertainment manufacturer in China, joins the smart home market with the debut of its new KONKA Smart line-up.  As with KONKA televisions, the new KONKA Smart products combine Quality, Technology and Value to bring new options with high value to retailers and consumers.

At Digital CES 2021, January 11-14, 2021 (https://digital.ces.tech/sessions), KONKA North America is introducing a line of Smart Cameras - including Video Doorbells, as well as Smart Plugs, and Smart Lighting products. Other sub-categories, such as Smart Switches, will follow.

KONKA debuted in the U.S. market a year ago with three Series of Android TVs that underscored the company’s mission of offering consumers high quality products that utilize the latest innovative technologies while still providing amazing consumer value.  KONKA Smart is an extension of that mission and notably, KONKA has integrated features to tie these great products together.

“KONKA has developed a Smart Home line-up that includes the most important products in each sub-category and all of them are controlled by our OneApp with IFTTT.” said Scott Ramirez, KONKA North America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  “We have created a One-Stop Shop opportunity that provides both ease of use and ease of mind.  Plus, our new CameraView App creates a unique synergy between KONKASmart Cameras and Android TVs, making the TV the Hub of the KONKA Smart Home.  This creates a great experience for consumers and new merchandising opportunities for retailers.”

The 2021 KONKA Smart Home
When developing the KONKA Smart Home, the company prioritized simplicity of installation, ease-of-use, and effortless interoperability.  Consumers entering the Smart Home category will find KONKA Smart simple, and those who already have Smart Home products will be able to integrate them seamlessly.  All KONKA Smart products utilize KONKA’s OneApp, eliminating any switching between Apps.  Plus, KONKA Smart products are Wi-Fi enabled, so No Hub is needed.  To ensure interoperability, all models work with IFTTT, allowing the user to create “recipes” and scenes with other products.  And, for convenient hands-free operation they all work with Google Assistant and Alexa.

KONKA Smart – Video Doorbells and Smart Cameras
KONKA’s initial smart camera offering includes two Video Doorbells and two Smart Cameras.  Together, these four models will meet the needs of most homes.  Key Standard features found in all four models are 1080p Full HD, Night Vision, Motion Detection, Live View, 2-Way Communication (with Mic, Speaker and Audio Noise Cancelation), 128-bit AES Encryption, multiple Video Playback Options including an SD Card Slot, KONKA’s elegant white with rounded edges Family Design, and they are all Water Resistant.  In addition, with the new CameraView App, you can view the feed from your KONKA video doorbell or smart camera on your KONKA Android TV.

The KONKA Video Doorbell is wired and replaces an existing traditional doorbell.  In addition to all the standard KONKA Smart camera features, this model includes a 140-degree Diagonal Field of View, and Camera Based Motion Detection with Motion Zones and Human Detection

The KONKA Anywhere Video Doorbell is a battery powered video doorbell, so it can be mounted almost anywhere, including by a side door or back door where there had been no standard doorbell before. In addition to all the standard KONKA Smart camera features, the Anywhere Video Doorbell includes a 130-degree Diagonal Field of View, and true PIR Motion Detection with adjustable sensitivity.

The KONKA Anywhere Cam is a battery powered smart camera with Quick Release Batteries for easy access.  By combining water resistance with rechargeable battery power, this camera can be used virtually anywhere, inside, or outside.  In addition to the standard KONKA Smart camera features, the Anywhere Cam includes a 130-degree Diagonal Field of View, true PIR Motion Detection with adjustable sensitivity, and includes a wall mounting bracket.

The KONKA LED Floodlight Cam combines the key features of the Anywhere Cam with Dual LED Floodlights that provide 2,200 Lumens. The floodlights are adjustable to match the light coverage to the specific need and are dimmable.  In addition to the mic and speaker for 2-way communication, this model features a built-in 90db Siren for added security.

KONKA Smart – Smart Plugs 
KONKA Smart Plug models include the Single Outlet Smart Plug, the Two-Outlet Smart Plug Duo, and the Four Outlet Smart Power Strip.  These three models can be used on their own, or in conjunction with other Smart Home products.  In addition to working with Google Assistant, Alexa and IFTTT, key features include Surge Protection, the ability to Set Timers, and Individual Outlet Control.

KONKA Smart – Smart Lighting
KONKA is also introducing three Smart Lighting models.  The focused offering starts with the highly popular 60-watt equivalent A19 and also includes a directional BR30 for use in high hats and a Light Strip for a wide variety of creative applications.  In addition to working with Google Assistant, Alexa and IFTTT, key features of these LED Lighting models include Dimming, Tunable White (from Warm 2,800 to Cool 6.500 Kelvin), and Multi-Color RGB capability.

KONKA Smart Lighting models include:

    • The Smart Light Bulb is a Color A19 LED Light Bulb with 25,000 Hour Life (or 22.8 years at 3 hours per day). At 9 Watts and 750 Lumens, it is a 60-Watt Equivalent Bulb.  This model will be sold as a 2-Pack.
    • The Directional Smart Light Bulb is a Color BR30 LED Light Bulb with 30,000 Hour Life (or 27.4 years at 3 hours per day).  At 13 Watts and 1,300 Lumens, it is a 90-Watt Equivalent Bulb.
    • The Smart Light Strip is a Color LED Light Strip.  It is 5 Meters long with 7.5 Watts, 700 Lumens, and can create 16 Million Colors.

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KONKA Announces Three New Android TV Series for 2021 Lineup

KONKA’s 2021 Android TV lineup includes three new series: the Q7 Pro Series, the U5 Series, and the H3 Series.

The new KONKA Q7 Pro Series featuring Quantum Dot technology is equipped with 4K HDR and 4K Game qMode capabilities, and features built-in Google Assistant. With a Konka XC3 Quad Core+ Ultra HD Engine with CrystalView, DeepBlack and PurePalette, as well as ColorWave Ultra-wide color gamut, the new Q7 Pro Series has four HDMI inputs, Dual Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, built-in ChromeCast, Personal Audio with Bluetooth 5.0, and the new CameraView feature that enables users to stream the feed of KONKA smart video doorbells and cameras. The Q7 Pro Series will be available in April or May and will be available in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch models.

The new U5 Series has most of the key features of the Q7 pro Series, including the Konka XC3 Quad Core+ Ultra HD Engine with CrystalView, DeepBlack and PurePalette, 4K HDR, 4K Game Mode, as well as built-in Google Assistant. With four HDMI inputs, Dual Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, built-in ChromeCast, and Personal Audio with Bluetooth 5.0, the U5 Series will be available in April or May in 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, and the new 82” model.

Last but certainly not least is the new KONKA H3 Series, a cost-effective option for those looking for small to midsize TV options. Featuring a voice-control remote and KONKA ZeroBezel design, the H3 Series includes Game Mode, Personal Audio with Bluetooth 5.0, built-in Google Assistant and ChromeCast, in addition to three HDMI inputs. Available in April or May, the H3 Series will be available in 32-inch, and 43-inch models.

Additional Resources
• Visit the KONKA website for more info and product specs
• Read more about KONKA’s debut into the smart home market
• Check out our updated 4K/Ultra HD TV Buyer’s Guide for some more TV suggestions

Here’s some more info from KONKA:

KONKA North America, LLC, a subsidiary of China’s Konka Group, a leading digital home entertainment manufacturer and one of the Top TV brands in China, is introducing its 2021 Android TV line-up with three Series and the company’s first 82” super large TV model.  In addition, the company has added new features to position their Android TVs as the Hub of a KONKA Smart Home. These new TVs are being shown at Digital CES 2021, January 11-14 (https://digital.ces.tech/sessions). KONKA will be making additional TV partner announcements later this month!

“For 2021, KONKA once again offers a selection of Smart TVs with an amazing combination of Quality, Technology and Value, which is the key tenet of our company.” said Scott Ramirez, Konka North America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  “We provide feature rich TVs in all key screen sizes and with four 75”+ models, including our first 82” model, we are well positioned for expansion in the high-growth super large TV category.”

KONKA 2021 Android TV

Q7 Pro Series – QLED Android TV – “A Quantum Leap in Color”.
Utilizing Quantum Dot Technology, the Q7 Pro Series delivers stunning picture quality along with amazing value.  ColorWave Ultra wide color gamut renders over 100% of DCI-P3, creating true, deep color.  Other Q7 Pro Series key features include HiBright Pro LED Backlighting, Konka XC3 Quad Core+ Ultra HD Engine with CrystalView, DeepBlack and PurePalette, 4K HDR, 4K Game qMode, full Video Calibration Menu, Personal Audio (with Bluetooth 5.0), built-in Google Assistant Voice Control Capability, an included Voice Control Remote, the KONKA ZeroBezel Pro with metal chamfered design, 4 HDMI inputs, Dual Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, built-in ChromeCast and the new CameraView capability to display video from KONKA Smart Video Doorbells and Cameras.

The Q7 Pro Series is scheduled for April/May availability and will include 55” 65” and 75” models.

U5 Series – 4K Android TV – “A Noticeably Better TV” 
KONKA U5 Series includes features such as HiBright Pro LED Backlighting and ColorWave wide color gamut to make this Series “Best-in-Class”.  The U5 Series adds a New 82” super large screen size and features the new CameraView capability. Although not Quantum Dot, the U5 Series features most of the key features of the Q7 Pro Series including Konka XC3 Quad Core+ Ultra HD Engine with CrystalView, DeepBlack and PurePalette, 4K HDR, 4K Game Mode, full Video Calibration Menu, Personal Audio (with Bluetooth 5.0), built-in Google Assistant Voice Control Capability, an included Voice Control Remote, the KONKA ZeroBezel design for virtually edge-to-edge screen (now Konka ZeroBezel Pro on 75”+ models), 4 HDMI inputs, Dual Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, built-in ChromeCast, and more.

The U5 Series is scheduled for April/May availability and will include 50” 55” 65”, 75” and new 82” models.

H3 Series – Android TV – “More for Your Money”
The KONKA H3 Series offers consumers feature-rich small to mid-size TV models at great price points.  Features such as an included Voice Control Remote and stunning KONKA ZeroBezel design, set this Series apart.  Other key features of the H3 Series including Game Mode, Personal Audio (with Bluetooth 5.0), built-in Google Assistant Voice Control Capability, 3 HDMI inputs, built-in ChromeCast.

The H3 Series is scheduled for April/May availability and will include 32” and new 43” models.

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Sony 360 Reality Audio Updated and Expanded

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Sony’s 360 Reality Audio has been updated with new features, and is now available in more Sony products. In addition to live performance video content featuring 360 Reality Audio,

Sony is releasing the 360 Reality Audio Creative Suite, enabling artists to easily create content with 360 Reality Audio. Sony will 360 Reality Audio live performance video content with a live performance from pop artist Zara Larsson on January 11 at 5:00 p.m. eastern time. Users can watch this performance via the Artist Connection app or Sony | Headphones Connect app with select headphones. Users can also access around 4,000 songs in 360 Reality Audio, and when most headphones are paired with an iOS or Android device with a participating streaming service installed, users can listen in the 360 Reality Audio format.

When it comes to new products equipped with 360 Reality Audio, the SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000 will be available this upcoming spring, and are Wi-Fi enabled with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa compatibility.

Additional Resources
• Visit the Sony website for additional details and product specs
• Check out our review of a new pair of Sony headphones

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Sony today announced the expansion of its 360 Reality Audio services and product offerings, including adding new video streaming capabilities and content creation tools. Through these efforts, Sony will continue to expand the 360 Reality Audio ecosystem.

Introduced in 2019, Sony's 360 Reality Audio makes it possible for artists and creators to produce music by mapping sound sources such as vocals, chorus and instruments with positional information and placing them within a spherical space. This revolutionary musical experience, powered by Sony's spatial sound technologies, evokes feelings of being in a music studio or live concert venue – all without leaving the comfort of home.

"360 Reality Audio is a powerful platform that brings listeners an experience that honors the creator's true intent, and brings artists and fans even closer together," said Mike Fasulo, president and chief operating officer, Sony Electronics, Inc. "We are thrilled to enhance and expand our audio ecosystem with innovative streaming video, and powerful new ways for musicians to create an amazing experience."

Listeners can currently access approximately 4,000 songs in 360 Reality Audio from artists like Alicia Keys, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Noah Cyrus, Zara Larsson, and more. Today, Sony adds new capabilities to this innovative music format; see below for exciting updates for listeners and creators:

Efforts to Expand 360 Reality Audio Ecosystem

First-ever Video Streaming Service in 360 Reality Audio
Today, Sony introduces live performance video content with immersive 360 Reality Audio sound. To showcase these new video capabilities, Sony Music Entertainment artist Zara Larsson will release an exclusive live performance in 360 Reality Audio on January 11 at 5:00 PM EST. Viewers will be able to stream this performance with the Artist Connection app on a smartphone. With select Sony headphones and the Sony | Headphones Connect app, users can also optimize their experience by analyzing their individual ear shape to enjoy a custom immersive musical field that is perfectly optimized for them.

360 Reality Audio makes it possible to create a lifelike music experience, giving listeners the impression that they are in a live concert setting. Sony hopes to leverage this spatial sound technology to create an innovative solution for music lovers who are not able to enjoy live concerts due to COVID-19.

Sony, major music labels and service providers are working together to begin streaming this new video content later this year.

New 360 Reality Audio Creative Suite Introduced
Sony and Virtual Sonics, Inc. have developed a new content creation software called the 360 Reality Audio Creative Suite to enable easier creation of 360 Reality Audio content by musicians and creators. The 360 Reality Audio Creative Suite plugin software is compatible with popular digital audio workstation (DAW). Virtual Sonics, Inc., through its subsidiary Audio Futures, Inc., will release the software at the end of this month.

Additionally, Sony and Music.com, with distribution by The Orchard, are launching a Creators' Program, which makes it possible for creators to produce 360 Reality Audio content using the 360 Reality Audio Creative Suite and then stream their content.

During CES, viewers can watch a video on how GRAMMY award-winning producer Keith Harris transforms his music using the 360 Reality Audio Creative Suite.

Compatible Devices and Licensing Expanded
Beginning this spring, 360 Reality Audio compatible speakers SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000 will be available for purchase. These WiFi-enabled speakers create an immersive, room-filling 360 Reality Audio sound experience by utilizing Sony's unique Immersive Audio Enhancement algorithm. The speakers can be controlled with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa devices, so users can manage their music with ease.

360 Reality Audio can also be experienced using headphones from most manufacturers when combined with an Android™/iOS smartphone that has a participating streaming service app installed. Additionally, Sony is partnering with other consumer electronics companies to promote the 360 Reality Audio experience.

In order to continue expanding its library of compatible audio devices, Sony will license out the following technologies moving forward:

    1. Headphones personalization technology that analyzes the listener's hearing characteristics
    2. Technologies that enable smartphones and automotive vehicles to play 360 Reality Audio

For additional details, please visit the following websites:

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McIntosh Makes 2021 Auto Debut with New Jeep Grand Cherokee

The all-new 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve model’s spacious interior features standard 10-inch display screens, including a frameless digital gauge cluster and 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen radio, hand-wrapped, quilted Palermo leather and open-pore Waxed Walnut wood accents, all-new LED lighting with ambient features, driver and front passenger seat massage and personalized climate zones.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee just got even better. The new three-row vehicle, which will be released in 2021, is the only vehicle in the audio industry to be equipped with the MX950 McIntosh Entertainment System. Available in both the Overland and Summit models, the system is included in the Summit Reserve Package. With 19 LD/HP speakers in 12 different locations, the MX950 system has a 17-channel amp with a 950-watt output and is designed with classic McIntosh styling.

Additional Resources
• Visit the McIntosh and Jeep websites for additional details and product specs
• Learn more about another Jeep and McIntosh collaboration
• Check out McIntosh’s new compact home theater offerings and integrated amp

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The new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, now with three rows of seating, will debut with the auto industry’s only sound system made by the legends in luxury home audio, McIntosh Laboratory. Available first in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the MX950 McIntosh Entertainment System is available in Overland and Summit models and comes standard when equipped with the Summit Reserve Package.

The collaboration between McIntosh and the Jeep brand has been a match made in America. The Jeep brand understands McIntosh’s goal is to carry its exceedingly high standards for sound into vehicles in an authentic way. That said, this partnership didn’t happen overnight.

Seeds for MX950 McIntosh Entertainment System for the Jeep Grand Cherokee were planted four years ago when engineers from both organizations collaborated on the Grand Wagoneer concept vehicle revealed this past September.  And now with the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, customers will soon be able to experience what it is like having a McIntosh Entertainment System with them on-the-go.  It is sure to be “Legendary Performance in Motion.”

For over seven decades, McIntosh has been on the leading edge of high-end home audio and popular culture with sound systems handcrafted in their factory in Binghamton, NY. The company’s amplifiers were used to power the original Woodstock and the Grateful Dead’s groundbreaking “Wall of Sound” which cemented McIntosh’s reputation as a true American icon.

But McIntosh is no stranger to car audio, having delved into both OEM and aftermarket fitments in the 1990s. In the new millennium, McIntosh developed custom solutions for Harley Davidson special editions, and the 100th anniversary edition of the Ford GT. The MX950 McIntosh Entertainment System for the Jeep Grand Cherokee will take sound quality to the next level, much the same way Jeep Grand Cherokee has repeatedly reset the bar in sport utility vehicles.

“We understand that customers don’t just want great sound,” said Charlie Randall, President of McIntosh Laboratory, Inc.  “They want to get a full sensory experience.  And that’s why it was so important that we left no stone unturned to deliver a true McIntosh Entertainment System for the Jeep Grand Cherokee L. We’re thrilled to bring our brand to a whole new group of people who may never have experienced McIntosh before.”

To ensure McIntosh luxury home audio experience was replicated in the vehicle, engineers from both companies worked hand-in-hand to fuse form and function into the system architecture. Engineers constantly went back and forth between the test vehicle and the McIntosh Reference Room itself to ensure a truly authentic McIntosh experience, even in a car. The resulting system is so revolutionary, it doesn’t just bring the performance to you, it brings you to the performance.

The MX950 McIntosh Entertainment System boasts 19 speakers in 12 optimal locations to deliver precision sound through every inch of the vehicle and a 17-channel amplifier delivers up to 950Watts of power. The system has LD/HP speaker design to lower distortion and McIntosh Power Guard for unrivaled clarity even at very high-volume levels. The most advanced materials technologies were used to make components lighter, yet stronger, so speakers respond faster in delivering timely sonic reproduction. The occupants are enveloped in a massive sweet spot to hear music with zero coloration, just as the artist intended.

The shared vision between Jeep and McIntosh was to integrate the same level of authenticity and design language from the McIntosh home audio products into the Jeep Grand Cherokee.  The system incorporates McIntosh’s iconic styling cues such as the metal ridged control knobs, in the look and feel that have made McIntosh instantly recognizable to fans around the world.   Backlit logos on the door speaker grilles accent the vehicle’s interior lighting with McIntosh’s signature blue. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L’s subwoofer grille is emblazoned with the McIntosh “Mc” logo as it appears in McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks.  It is truly a treat for the eyes as well as the ears!

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is equipped with the MX950 McIntosh Entertainment System and will arrive in Jeep dealerships in the second quarter of 2021.

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Pro-Ject’s Beatles-inspired Turntables Pay Tribute to the Band

There’s no doubt that the Beatles still loom large in many a music lover’s heart. Though we’ll have to wait until this August for Peter Jackson’s upcoming music documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, Pro-Ject’s new line of Beatle-focused turntables will sate your appetite in the meantime. Check out the entire line here.

Additional Resources
• Visit the Pro-Ject website for additional details and product specs
• Check out our review of a Pro-Ject turntable as well as an in-depth guide on proper vinyl care

 

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KONKA Enters Smart Home Market with KONKASmart Line

KONKA is making its smart home debut in 2021 with the KONKASmart line of products. Adding to the brand’s line of Smart TVs, the line will include smart cameras and video doorbells, as well as smart lighting, switches, and plugs. All upcoming products in the KONKASmart line will connect to the KONKASmart OneApp, and additionally, all of the products will include WiFi connectivity and Google Assistant, Alexa, and IFTTT compatibility. The new KONKA Smart Cameras will also be equipped with CameraView, a feature that enables users to view the camera’s feed on a Smart TV.

The new line and specific details will be announced at the Digital CES 2021.

Additional Resources
• Visit the KONKA website for additional details
• Here’s more about KONKA’s debut in the North American market
• Check out our updated 4K/Ultra HD TV Buyer’s Guide for some TV recommendations, and be sure to visit our Smart Home Device Reviews page for similar products

Keep reading for more on KONKA’s new announcement:

KONKA North America, LLC, a subsidiary of the KONKA Group, a leading digital home entertainment manufacturer in China, will enter the smart home market with the debut of its new KONKASmart line-up at Digital CES 2021. Just as with KONKA TV, these new Smart Home products provide the amazing mix of quality, technology and value that have set the company’s offerings apart. The new KONKASmart product lineup will be available in North America beginning in Spring 2021 and will be showcased at the Digital CES 2021, January 11-14, 2021 (https://digital.ces.tech/sessions).

“The ultimate Smart Home is one where multiple advanced technologies mix simply and work intuitively to help make life better.”  said Scott Ramirez, KONKA North America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  “KONKA is bringing this vision to fruition by combining KONKA Smart TV with CameraView, the KONKASmart OneApp, and a focused line-up of key KONKA Smart Home products that all work together to create the new KONKASmart Home”.

The “KONKASmart Home”

KONKA is entering the Smart Home segment with a carefully curated line-up meant to create the new KONKASmart Home.  In addition to Smart TV, KONKA will now offer Video Doorbells, Smart Cameras, Smart Plugs, Smart Switches and Smart Lighting. For ultimate ease-of-use, KONKA is utilizing the KONKASmart OneApp, allowing all KONKASmart products to be controlled by one simple App.  Plus, all products are Wi-Fi, so No Hub is needed.

In addition, KONKA Android TVs will seamlessly integrate with the new KONKA Smart Cameras. With CameraView, when someone presses the KONKASmart Video Doorbell, the image can automatically appear on the TV screen.  In fact, all KONKASmart Cameras can be viewed on the TV screen, making the KONKA Smart TV the Hub of the KONKASmart Home.

KONKASmart products will also feature key interoperability features such as works with Google Assistant, works with Alexa, and works with IFTTT, creating a worry-free user experience.

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LG Updates TONE Free Line

LG has expanded its TONE Free lineup with the addition of the LG TONE Free FN7 with Active Noise Cancellation. Built with Meridian Audio’s Digital Signal Processing technology for high-quality audio, the new earbuds feature Bass Boost and Treble Boost, as well as three microphones in each earbud.

Available now, the LG TONE Free FN7 regularly retails for $179.99, but is LG TONE Free FN7 with Active Noise Cancellation until December 27.

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• Visit the LG website and the LG Store on Amazon for additional details
• Read about another pair of earbuds LG recently released
• Check out our Headphone + Accessory Reviews page for similar products

Here’s more from LG:

LG Electronics USA is expanding its LG TONE Free lineup in the United States with the introduction of its most advanced true wireless earbuds yet…the LG TONE Free FN7 with Active Noise Cancellation (TONE-FN7). The LG Tone Free FN7 (MSRP $179.99) is available now at LG authorized dealers and LG.com at a holiday promotion price of $149.99 through December 27, while supplies last.

The LG TONE Free FN7 offers many of the benefits of its LG TONE Free FN6 sibling – incredibly comfortable in-ear fit, noise isolation performance, Meridian-tuned premium sound, – and adds Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) to provide even greater listening pleasure and enhanced personal audio experience.

LG TONE Free FN7 builds on the already great passive noise isolation of LG TONE Free FN6 by neutralizing external sounds using up to three microphones in each earbud that monitor soundwaves coming from all directions. Adjustable ear gels with a spiral design deliver an immersive experience that minimizes outside noise seepage. With ANC activated, environmental noises are now reduced, making every call crisp and clear.

Like all LG TONE Free earbuds, the TONE Free FN7 features technology from Meridian Audio, the renowned British audio technology company and LG’s trusted partner in delivering superior sound. Powered by Digital Signal Processing, a technology that Meridian has been perfecting for over 25 years, the LG TONE Free FN7 can recreate a realistic soundstage that simulates the experience of listening to real loudspeakers while also delivering vocals with pristine clarity, completely immersing the listener.

Accessible through the LG TONE Free app available for both Android and iOS devices, Meridian’s EQ sound settings provide an elevated listening experience via four customized presets: Natural for a clean, balanced sound; Immersive for a more three-dimensional performance; Bass Boost for extra power and depth; and Treble Boost to bring greater clarity to vocals. The LG TONE Free FN7 also delivers fuller, richer bass that’s more powerful than ever.

To learn more about the full LG TONE Free lineup, visit https://www.lg.com/us/wireless-earbuds#disc.

 

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Among Us Now Available on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch diehards will be pleased to learn that the infinitely popular game Among Us is now available on the in-demand gaming device for $5. Plus, this version of the game supports online play, so those on the Switch can still join games hosted by PC and mobile players.

Additional Resources
• Visit the Nintendo website and the Nintendo Store on Amazon for additional details
• Read more about the importance of gaming in home theater
• Be sure to visit our Video Gaming System News page to explore more gaming devices and games

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