By Lisa Johnston
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Monster is bringing a broad collection of home-installation accessories to CEDIA Expo this week, highlighted by new power products and a new addition to its Digital Life PowerNet home powerline networking line.
Monster is expanding its PowerCenter line with three new uninterruptible power supply devices. The new top-of-the-line HTUPS 3700 ($999 suggested retail) is designed for total home-control systems with total power up to 1,500 volt-amps. Details and shipping information are available at Monster's booth (No. 609).
For home-theater installations, the HTUPS 2700 PowerCenter (suggested retail $599) boasts 680 volt-amps of backup power, which can keep a DVR recording up to two hours during a power outage. It features automatic voltage regulation, an LCD meter for voltage, amperage and battery status, Monster HD Clean Power Stage 2, T2 automatic disconnect/reconnect protection circuitry and surge-protected coax, network and phone connections.
The unit's two-cell battery can be expanded by four cells with Monster's battery extension module BXT 1000 for additional backup time (sold separately).
It began shipping to installers last month.
Also new from Monster, the HTUPS 600 PowerCenter (suggested retail $299) is designed to protect projectors and displays. It features Monster CoolDown Technology v.2.0, which switches projectors and TV to standby mode and provides power to the fan to cool the bulb.
It ships in October.
Also added to Monster's PowerCenter line are three new high-definition PowerCenters with GreenPower technology, which helps control energy consumption by automatically turning off home-theater components when not in use.
At the top of the line is the HDP 1850G PowerCenter with RF remote control ($349 suggested retail) which features high-definition signal filters and “green circuitry” technology, Monster HD Clean Power Stage 2, RJ11 phone and RJ45 networking surge protection, and two-pair coax protection. It begins shipping this month.
The step-down HDP 1400G PowerCenter ($249 suggested retail) features a watt meter that shows power being consumed; Monster PowerNet PLC-compliant outlets for use in a PowerNet network; Clean Power Stage 1 HD filtering; high-capacity ceramic-encased MOVs with 4,500 joule rating; auto disconnect/reconnect circuitry; and coax, phone and network surge protection. It begins shipping this month.
The entry-level HDP 650G Digital PowerCenter with GreenPower ($59.95) features Monster GreenPower outlet control and Dual-Model Plus protection circuitry with an audible alarm.
In home networking, Monster has added the Digital Life PowerNet 350 with Wi-Fi capabilities. The 350 delivers high-speed Ethernet signal transfer over a home's electrical wiring, adding Wi-Fi for wireless networking of capable components. It includes Monster CleanPower noise filtering and power protection. Shipping and pricing is to be determined.
In addition Monster will show 15 new flat-panel wall mounts, including flat, tilt and articulating models, as well as three Clean Power models featuring built-in surge protection and power filtering. The Clean Power models range from $349 to $549.
Monster will also show new additions to its ScreenClean cleaning line and two new universal remote controls.
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