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New Sony Extra Bass wireless speakers priced

sony-extra-bassIt looks like Sony has finally revealed the pricing details for their collection of Extra Bass wireless speaker and headphones series. These latest additions to the family will certainly make the listening experience a whole lot more engaging, and with deep bass bringing plenty of life and depth to today’s popular music genres, you can be sure to have a really ear-blowing experience without burning a hole in your pocket as the latest models hit store shelves this March.

The MDR-XB950N1 EXTRA BASS Wireless Headphones will cost $249.99 a pop and offers powerful, enhanced bass response accompanied by Sony’s exclusive noise cancelling technology. It will also bring with it Bluetooth audio streaming support and simplified connectivity with Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, hence making it a snap to hook up sans wires. aptX & AAC codec support will also deliver maximum signal quality regardless of the situation, and it is easy to tote around thanks to a foldable form factor and an integrated rechargeable battery that delivers up to 22 hours of non-stop, wireless music playback.

The SRS-XB40, SRS-XB30, and SRS-XB20 Wireless Speakers happen to be a trio of highly portable speakers which would love to bring some life to any party. Do not let their diminutive sizes fool you, as both bark and bite of these wireless speakers are not to be trifled with. The portable party Extra Bass speaker offers powerful, clear bass sound which is hardly found when it comes to a compact form factor portable speaker. Delivering a full, deep, resonating sound that’s perfect for EDM, Hip-Hop and other popular music genres, these are a snap to use, boasting of one-touch connectivity as well as music streaming with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility. To spruce things up, they come with special lighting effects. What makes it all the more interesting is the ability to use the wireless party chain of up to ten XB40/XB30/XB20 models speakers being hooked up to one another, letting you have a unique performance that boasts of synchronized lights and great sound.

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PlayStation 4 Pro launches in North America

The world of video game consoles is an interesting one — it is never static, and the life cycle of close to a decade will certainly be worth investigating, as there would have been numerous titles released for that particular platform or generation across time. Well, there will always be changes made from time to time in terms of revamping the existing generation console so that it looks fresh and relevant to the current moment, although such refreshes tend to come with perhaps a slight improvement on the innards without compromising on backwards compatibility. Sony’s latest hardware refresh comes in the form of the PlayStation 4 Pro, having been launched across the US and Canada, which will be a worthy refresh of the existing PS4.

The PS4 Pro, as it is also known, will be able to deliver a heightened gaming experience with better quality graphics as well as smoother images. This high-end system will make sure that your current library of games will look way more sexy — we are talking about support for dynamic 4K gaming and digital 4K entertainment, and the asking price of US$399 and CAD $499 certainly befit its status as a pimped out PS4.

Firm fan favorites such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Activision), Ratchet & Clank, The Last of Us Remastered, and UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End (SIE Worldwide Studios), will ensure that the additional raw processing power that the PS4 Pro has underneath the hood will be taken full advantage of, ensuring that the graphics and visual experience will reach new heights.

The PS4 Pro will have a powerful CPU and GPU so that developers can conjure higher-quality games that output dynamic 4K quality graphics with unprecedented visual precision, resulting in smoother and more stable frame rates. Of course, this would mean making sure your TV is 4K compatible, otherwise a Full HD screen would be unable to do the PS4 Pro justice. Thankfully, it continues to support the same user interface as the PS4, and will provide access to the same vibrant online community. Want to enhance your PS4 gaming experience as though it were on visual steroids? The PS4 Pro’s got your back here.

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Afterglow LVL 1 and LVL 3 headsets head for the PS4

A video game console in the mold of the Sony PS4 is definitely something that will offer hours of endless entertainment. In fact, if you were to hook up your PS4 to a souped up home entertainment system, it would definitely get the most out of the sound effects that the sound team put into the game. For those who like to play when the rest of the world is in slumber, a good pair of headphones will fit the bill perfectly, and Afterglow has come up with its LVL 1 and LVL 3 headsets which were specially made for the Sony PS4.

This third party accessories manufacturer has come up with its officially licensed Afterglow LVL series headsets for the Sony PS4, where the LVL 1 is a chat headset, while the LVL 3 is a wired headset. Last but not least, the LVL 5 is a Quad Boost driver headset, and regardless of which particular model that you decide to settle for, all of them will arrive in several variants, including white and camo shades.

Matt Hiler of PDP shared, “The LVL 1 and LVL 3 headsets for PS4 fill a wide variety of gaming needs that range from basic to premium. Gamers can choose the headset that’s right for their game-play, and enjoy endless hours of striking high-quality audio.”

The LVL 1 will be the inexpensive wired chat headset option, where it hooks straight to the controller with a 3.5mm headset jack. Apart from that, you get to enjoy crystal-clear communication via a noise-cancelling microphone as well as a flexible folding boom. In addition, the LVL 1 will also come with in-line chat volume and microphone muting controls, retailing for $19.99 apiece.

As for the $29.99 LVL 3, this is a more advanced wired headset that plugs directly into the controller’s 3.5mm headset jack. It has powerful 40mm Neodymium drivers for game and chat audio and in-line microphone muting and volume controls. Last but not least, the $49.99 LVL 5 wired headset is the most expensive of the lot, sporting Afterglow’s signature LED lighting, a Quad Boost driver that enables the adjustment of bass levels in-game, as well as easily-accessible volume and mic muting controls that are conveniently located on the ear cup.

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Sony MDR-1000X wireless headphones comes with noise cancellation technology

sony-mdr-1000xSome headphones that we wear are not meant to filter out all of the surrounding noise for good reason — you do not want to be jogging down the road and not be able to hear the blaring horn of a wayward car, or perhaps the reverse signal of a truck that might just have you in its blind spot. Either way, running or walking outdoors without the ability to hear other ambient noises is a big no-no. However, if you are safely cocooned up at home with your favorite shows and tunes ready to play, a pair of wireless headphones that can keep out all of the surrounding sounds would be far cooler. Sony has entered the fray with the MDR-1000X wireless headphones, and each pair will arrive with noise cancellation technology to boot.

Touted to deliver the most responsive cancellation of ambient sound frequency range on the market, the Sony MDR-1000X wireless headphones are also aesthetically pleasing to the eyes and will not compromise on audio quality when you put them on.

A fair number of advancements have been integrated into such headphones, with the likes of signal processing to pursue the best noise cancelling performance with upgraded filtering process. Not only that, it also boasts of optimized dual noise sensor technology, in addition to newly developed ear pads. All of these will work in tandem to ensure that the MDR-1000X delivers a secure noise isolation, allowing listeners to immerse themselves in the music without any kind of distractions or to simply enjoy the silence.

Not only that, there is a personal NC optimizer that will tailor the noise cancelling performance for the individual ears. Each pair of headphones will analyze the shape of the wearer’s head as well as their wearing style, resulting in a customized noise-cancelling experience. Expect the Sony MDR-1000X wireless headphones to retail for $399.99 a pair from October onward.

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Jabra Elite Sport revealed

jabra-elite-sportWhen it comes to owning a decent pair of headphones, there are many choices in which one can make. If you are not an audiophile, then chances are you would be pretty much happy with anything that comes your way. However, if you are a little bit more discerning in your purchasing decisions, then perhaps you might want to look at what Jabra has on offer this time around. Jabra is well known for their collection of headphones in the past, and the Jabra Elite Sport intends to break new ground.

Jabra claims that the Jabra Elite Sport is the most technically advanced true wireless sports earbuds in the market, where it offers the promise of superior sound, a strong battery life, and advanced personalized fitness analysis. Your ears will be able to benefit from the kind of superior sound that it delivers, thanks to a quartet of microphones that pave the way for intelligent switching during calls. Apart from that, its battery is tough enough to deliver up to three hours of stereo music and calls, in addition to half a dozen hours of additional charge from the carry case.

You will be able to enjoy its secure, cord-free wearing style with dual or single earbud use, and to sweeten the deal further, the Jabra Elite Sport comes with advanced personalized fitness analysis that works thanks to its in-ear heart rate monitor.

Certainly those who live an active lifestyle will be able to enjoy what the Jabra Elite Sport has to offer. You can say that the Jabra Elite Sport could be the ultimate training aid that delivers freedom of movement, regardless of the terrain. It is also fully sweat and waterproof, so a little bit of thunder and lightning should not stop you from pounding the pavement. Just make sure that you take an adequate amount of vitamin C before you go for a run under the rain! Out later at the end of October, the Jabra Elite Sport will retail for $249.99 each.

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Light Socket Powered WiFi Security Camera provides some peace of mind

light-socket-wifi-cameraWhen you are planning your dream home, the interior decoration is not the only thing which you should focus on. There are many other aspects in which you should also figure out, and this includes the placement of various power outlets. If you have a house that you would like to do up, then do ensure that the exterior has its fair share of power outlets. Otherwise, you might end up with your fair share of unsightly extension cords around the home. The $229.95 Light Socket Powered WiFi Security Camera is certainly a device that kills two proverbial birds with a single stone.

The name of the device gives itself away — it is an easy-to-install home security system which can be retrofitted as a motion-sensing WiFi camera to an outdoor porch or garage light. Installation can be done in double quick time since there is no need for any kind of wiring. Each purchase comes with a smart light bulb adapter that can be screwed into the current light socket so that power is available to the wall-mounted wireless HD video camera through a short cord. The camera’s infrared sensor will be able to detect whenever someone approaches and automatically sends a notification to your paired WiFi device thanks to a free app. The camera will record and stream video, allowing you to know what’s going on at home as long as there is a decent Internet connection.
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Sony XAV-AX100 in-car audio system has plenty of smartphone connectivity

sony-xav-ax100Music is definitely something that inspires us, and it can lift us up whenever we are feeling down or defeated. Of course, some music are more soothing than other genres, and if you happen to do a whole lot of driving every single day, it would be best if your vehicle could be equipped with a decent sound system so that you can soothe away the rough edges of potential road rage situations with a hint of Bach or Mozart, or even Taylor Swift. Sony intends to bring smartphone connectivity to the driver’s seat with the new Sony XAV-AX100 in-car audio system.

The Sony XAV-AX100 receiver is touted to offer just about everything that you need and more for those long car journeys, where among them include the latest smartphone connectivity alongside what Sony claims to be the best user interface, in addition to the ability to play a range of media files as well as ensuring that one can enjoy the most up-to-date information while on-the-move.

Taking advantage of Sony’s unique technology, the XAV-AX100’s high power sound and EXTRA BASS feature will transform your vehicle into an elaborate sound system, without compromising on the safety of your vehicle and driving experience, thanks to rotation volume control and voice command features.

The option of Apple CarPlay also makes it easier than ever before to hook up your smartphone to the car, as CarPlay lets you to use your phone in a safe and smart way whilst staying focused on the road. This would mean you can access Apple Music, Maps, make phone calls, and send messages all through the touchscreen, or vocally with Siri. As for Android Auto, it will extend the Android platform into the car in a way that’s purpose-built for driving.

Those interested to soup up their respective rides can do so with the $499.99 XAV-AX100 in-car audio system when November rolls around.

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Sony reveals new Z series of TVs

Do you think that it is time for your living room to obtain a new TV for your home entertainment purposes? If you have answered in the affirmative, then you might want to check out Sony Electronics’ latest release in the form of the Z series. The Sony Z series is touted to be the next generation in television display technology, where it boasts of the ability to reproduce the deeper blacks, brighter lights, and vibrant colors of the real world.

The new flagship Z series will be the high end models, being even above Sony’s existing X series line-up of premium 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs, which includes the award winning X930D and X940D. Why the “Z” moniker? It is meant to signify a significant leap forward and the ultimate in display technology. You can be sure that each Z series TV will see Sony bring the likes of 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) to a new level with ultra-contrast and even more realistic, accurate color, so that your eyes will be able to revel in the kind of content that creators truly intended.

The new Z series will make use of the Backlight Master Drive technology that Sony introduced as a prototype at CES 2016 earlier this year. The Backlight Master Drive happens to be precision backlight boosting technology, where it expands brightness and contrast so that it can offer the full combined potential of 4K HDR. Not only that, contrast is further enhanced via the Backlight Master Drive that boasts of a dense LED structure with a super accurate lighting algorithm, discrete lighting control, and a unique optical design with a calibrated beam LED, resulting in unprecedented dynamic range with incredibly deep blacks and dazzling lights for more realistic scenes than ever before.

The Z Series 65″ and 75″ class 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs are already available for pre-sale at $6,999 and $9,999, respectively, while we do not know just how big of a hole the monstrous XBR100Z9D, 100″ class TV will burn in your pocket.

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VOXXHirschmann reveals EVO vehicle infotainment system

evoWhenever one travels in a car or in something larger such as an SUV or even MPV, chances are the radio would be turned on at the very least. Well, there might be more than meets the eye for longer distance routes, especially when you take into consideration how children would fit into the ride without asking you “Are we there yet?” every 10 minutes. Keeping them occupied with the latest movies on a mobile device is fine and dandy, but won’t it be better if they had a larger sized screen located into the back of the headrest? VOXXHirschmann latest foray into automotive rear seat vehicle infotainment has resulted in EVO, which intends to bring the in-home TV entertainment experience in your vehicle.

This next generation Evolution Series (“EVO”) Rear Seat Vehicle Infotainment (“RSI”) solution will be part of models rolled out by General Motors (“GM”) for forthcoming model 2018, 2019 and 2020 vehicles.

According to Pat Lavelle, President and CEO of VOXX International Corporation, “With EVO, we are redefining rear seat vehicle infotainment, moving far beyond DVD-based systems intended to entertain our children, to a truly mobile, wireless infotainment hub for global vehicles. By incorporating advanced media playback and streaming capabilities with wireless in-car connectivity and easy-to-integrate form factors designed for OEMs, EVO was created to enable consumers to seamlessly take and share their content across multiple devices such as tablets and smartphones, no matter where they go. We look forward to working with GM and our other OEM partners to bring the vision of the Connected Car to life.”

Forget about legacy DVD-based players — the new EVO product range will be the next evolutionary step in rear seat vehicle infotainment. Users are able to create and securely log into their own wireless in-car rear-seat infotainment networks, not to mention share and stream media content across all occupants of the vehicle. It does not matter whether the content is stashed away or viewed on the EVO system, or even on a passenger’s mobile device.

The EVO system will also accept content from SD card and HDMI/USB-based devices, offers support for Miracast and DLNA functionality, and boasts of the EVO Slingplayer, resulting in consumers enjoying a live TV experience in the car via VOXXHirschmann’s exclusive partnership with Sling Media. Looks like traveling has become all the more fun with EVO!

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PlayStation employee assists gamer with Cerebral Palsy with custom DualShock controller

sony-ps4Now here is a modern day story that will certainly warm your hearts and send tingles down your spine – a PlayStation employee (who is obviously under Sony’s payroll at the end of it all) decided to help out a gamer who suffers from Cerebral Palsy by delivering a custom DualShock 4 controller.

This employee was alerted to the particular gamer’s situation after the gamer contacted PalyStation support, who explained just how the DualShock 4’s touchpad made life difficult for him to enjoy games on the PS4. Peter Byrne, who is based in New Jersey, made mention in a Facebook post, “When I use the PlayStation 4 controller my game constantly pauses because my left hand hits the touchpad which is frustrating for me. Around two weeks ago, I decided to message PlayStation support and they gave this email address and said tell them my issue and wait for a response.”

Alex Nawabi answered this call, who then went ahead by conjuring a custom one-of-a-kind controller which would disable the touchpad, and a button located at the back of the controller would replace it. It was Nawabi’s first ever attempt at something of this nature, as he happens to be in PlayStation’s retail marketing operations.

Peter was obviously touched by what Nawabi did, sharing later on, “I honestly got choked up reading the letter as I did not expect anything like this to happen. Mr. Nawabi really cared about my situation and did this on his own time to make my experience better. I honestly can’t thank him enough for everything he did for me. Thank you Mr. Nawabi it really means a lot too me!”

Nawabi remained humble as he started to receive much words of support and praise, saying, “Really didn’t expect this. Thank you all for the kind words. I’m eternally grateful. Seeing how happy he is, and how stoked his mom got, has me in tears. Please keep in mind that the Research and Development team at PlayStation is filled with some absolutely astounding individuals who wake up every day and try to come up with a solution for everyone. What I did only works for a single individual and it should not undermine their work in any way. I cannot stress this enough. Without them, we wouldn’t even be close to what we are today. If you’re not aware, they’ve recently added more accessibility settings that let you remap buttons to help with a large portion of needs. Their team members are the true MVPs.I’ve always cared, I always will care.”

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