Monster Unveils High-End Accessories
Looking to provide custom installers and retailers with a broader range of high-end and greener accessories, Monster yesterday unveiled a new line of home networking and power products.
Head Monster Noel Lee kicked off the announcements with the Digital Express PowerNet 200, an HDMI home entertainment distribution system over existing wiring, which he billed as delivering “Ethernet anywhere” throughout a house.
Scheduled to ship next month with a retail price of $149.95 or $289.95 for a one-pair package, the product is designed to bring high-speed connectivity to a home network without having to install new Ethernet cables. Lee explained that demand for these types of products is driven by new IP-based and streaming products, such as DMA devices, connected DVD players and multimedia PCs. The PowerNet 200 is based on Intellon’s IC chipset, a Home Plug AV-based solution with PHY-rates of 200 Mbps.
To help protect equipment from power surges, spikes and dips, Monster took the wraps off its BlackOut 650 Power Center (MSRP $99.95) and BlackOut PowerCenter 900 (MSRP $129.95).
Calling the line “revolutionary and stylish,” Lee noted how the PowerCenters are a solid gloss black when turned off. When turned on, the outlets are illuminated with color-coded application indicator lights.
Both units feature advanced ceramic-encased Metal Oxide Varistors for additional safety and ceramic insulation for fire protection. The 650 includes 2160 joules of surge absorption, while the 900 features 3780 joules.
BlackOut Power warranties can cover up to $200,000 worth of equipment on the 650 and the $250,000 on the 900.
Noting how important “green” products are to today’s consumers, Lee announced the Monster GreenPower line, leading off with three Digital Life products aimed at PC users: the MDP 900 ($129), MDP 800 ($99) and MPD 650 ($69.95) PowerCenters.
The products are designed to automatically reduce energy drains and save consumers money. They feature GreenPower Outlet Management, through which users plug their computer and peripherals, such as printer, monitor, scanner, and loudspeakers, into the specially marked outlets.