Monster Cable Showcases HDMI 1.4 at CEA Line Shows
Monster Cable has readied a line of HDMI cables to meet the new HDMI 1.4 specifications, becoming one of the first companies to offer such cables, said the company’s founder, Noel Lee, at a CEA Line Shows presentation yesterday in New York.
The platform for the announcement also served as a forum for the release of other other Monster product, marketing and pricing news. In a nutshell, this news included:
• Monster’s first THX-rated HDMI cable. Slated for release at Best Buy this month, two of the cables are HDMI 1.4 (13.8Gbps and 15.8 Gbps);
• A price reduction on Monster’s HDMI “basic” cable to $29, sold in “green” packaging and not rated for speed;
• Monster’s SuperThin HDMI powered cable, just a quarter the thickness of standard HDMI cable – the result of a collaboration with RedMere – whereby each cable automatically self-optimizes through the connector;
• Monster’s SuperThin swivel adapter for cables ($29.95);
• Two Monster PowerNet systems ($149.95 and $299.95) that permit Ethernet connectivity through Power Line Communication (PLC) technology;
• The new Monster desktop universal remote control that permits aspect-ratio control of a TV picture (Model MC AV50; $49);
• The Monster Home Theater Connection Expert – the result of a partnership with CE Interactive (CEI), this is an online database that archives connectivity data for 40,000 products (August availability);
• A Control Talk headphone for the new Apple 3GS phone with a built-in microphone (July availability).