iPodNN: This week at CES, Monster unveiled its new lineup of headphones that look to improve both audio quality and aesthetics. New products include the Inspiration, iSport, Diesel Vektr, Diamond Tears, and the Earth, Wind & Fire-backed Gratitude. In most cases, Monster is taking them relatively upscale compared to more utilitarian audio. (more…)
Übergizmo: HTC might have acquired Beats for a cool $300 million, but that doesn’t mean the Taiwanese phone company is going to have all the fun. No sir, Nokia of Finland wants in on some audio accessory action as well, hence teaming up with Monster for their range of upcoming accessories. (more…)
What Hi-fi: New from Monster is the first in-ear model in its iSport line of headphones, designed for active users and, the company says, ‘the first Monster headphone designed specifically for superior audio performance’.
Selling for £130 when they hit the shops next month, and initially available in black or blue, they’re said to be ‘designed for athletes, joggers, workout enthusiasts and everyone who wants to enjoy enhanced music listening that’s fully in tune with their active lifestyle’. (more…)
iPodNN: Monster has expanded its Beats by Dr. Dre series with new earphones, PowerBeats, that are said to be borne of collaboration with Miami Heat star LeBron James. The earphones feature an adjustable ear hook with a flexible arm designed specifically for sports enthusiasts and athletes. (more…)
Gizmodo: Monster Cable has teamed up with silicon chip developer Redmere to develop ultra-thin HDMI cable that deliver a 10.2 GB/s data rate.
The idea is to make it easier to deal with a mass of cables, but we all know that anything from Monster is going to carry a hefty price tag.
Details have not been announced, but would thinner cable be worth what will surely be a hefty markup over regular HDMI?
iLounge: iPod cables generally aren’t sexy, nor are they generally iPod-specific. But thanks to the release of iPhone, we’re seeing for the first time cables that have been designed specifically to fit a specially designed Apple headphone port. You have the choice: pick a headphone port adapter such as Griffin’s Headphone Adapter for iPhone, or Belkin’s same-named alternative, or buy one of these new cables. Each one fits the iPhone properly, enabling you to hear audio from its headphone port through an attached audio system.
Monster Cable has three iPhone-ready options. The company’s iCable for iPod and iPhone, like Belkin’s Stereo Link Cable, is roughly 2 meters long with a 3.5mm plug on one end, and RCA plugs on the other. It’s black fabric-jacketed, and has gold-connectors on both ends. Cosmetically, it looks more like older, professional grade audio equipment than Belkin’s cable, which looks more modern and better suits iPhone’s coloration. The Belkin cable is actually about a 2,5cm longer than Monster’s, but that difference isn’t significant. Audio piped through the two cables sounds identical.