updated 04:50 pm EDT, Thu June 11, 2009
Monster outs new products
Monster Cable has unveiled a number of new products at the CEA's New York show, including a couple of firsts for the California-based company. A tabletop remote control, the MCC AV50 Home Theater Controller, can be setup via a web interface and allow one-touch-button control of multiple home theater components, such as Play a DVD or Listen to Satellite Radio.
In collaboration with chipmaker RedMere, Monster was able to develop thinner HDMI cable, called SuperThin. Thanks to RedMere's MagniEye technology there is no need for an external power supply. This negates the need for a heavy-gauge copper in the cable and thereby reduces its thickness by some 65 percent, with a resulting diameter of just 3.5mm.
Monster showed faster THX-certified HDMI cables for HDMI, including High Speed 700 cable offers speeds up to 10.2Gbps, nearly doubling the previous maximum speeds of 4.95Gbps. The Ultra High Speed 900 cable ups speeds to 13.8Gbps, while the Ultimate High Speed cable has a 15.8Gbps speed rating.
The final product unveilings are part of Monster's PowerNet networking devices, with the new PowerNet 100 and PowerNet 300. The former offers 100Mbps speeds, and the latter 300Mbps. Either lets consumers stream content to Web-capable TVs, game consoles, media playback devices and TiVos, among others.
The MCC AV50 Home Theater Controller is due out in July, priced at $50. The SuperThin HDMI cables are available in 4-, 8-, and 16-foot lengths under the DigitalLife lineup, priced at $90, $100, and $120, respectively. An 8-foot SuperThin cable for camcorders will cost $100. There will also be SuperThin cables in the Core range in 1-, 2-, 4-, and 5-meter lengths, with prices ranging from $80 to $120. The High Speed 700 costs $70, down from $80, while the Ultra High Speed 900 is $80 and the Ultimate High Speed cable is $100, and the three will arrive at Best Buy stores by June's end. The PowerNet 100 costs $100, while PowerNet 300 is priced at $200. [via PCMag]
Tabletop remote control
Monster Powernet 100
Monster Powernet 300