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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Monster MusicShare: Old School Tune Sharing

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.monstercables.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=4258

So you want to share a new tune with a friend, but that friend doesn’t yet have a Zune to zap to yet? That’s where Monster Cable’s MusicShare comes in. MusicShare is a headphone splitter, allowing you to plug two sets of headphones into your Zune player. Each headphone port has its own dedicated volume control as well as a convenient mute switch. My wife and I gave the MusicShare a go on a short flight recently. My admittedly non-audiophile ears could detect no drop in sound quality by using the MusicShare. The independent volume controls are a blessing, considering how loud my spouse likes to listen to her music. Unfortunately, it was no help in setting the arguments over what songs to listen to! Monster MusicShare uses standard 3.5mm mini-headphone jacks, and lists for $19.95. You can order one from Amazon [affiliate].


Monday, May 21, 2007

Monster SlimCharger: Power For Your Zune

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.monstercables.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=4256

The Monster SlimCharger is a AC charger for your Zune, allowing you to recharge your battery without requiring a PC and USB port. The SlimCharger is perfect for recharging your Zune on the go, away from your Zune’s “home” PC. When Monster describes this unit as low-profile, they aren't kidding. The AC adapter is very slim, thinner than the Zune itself. The prongs fold down into the charger, providing for an even sleeker profile when pocketing or packing the charger. The SlimCharger re-juiced my fully depleted Zune in about two hours. Unfortunately, the charger doesn't plug directly into the Zune. The SlimCharger requires the use of a Zune USB sync cable. At the opposite end of the SlimCharger is a USB port which your sync cable plugs in to, the sync cable then plugging into your Zune's sync port. Adding the sync cable to the SlimCharger's six foot cable leaves you with an almost unwieldy 10 feet of cable.

Traveling with the SlimCharger will either require you to take your sync cable with you, or the purchase of an additional sync cable to keep with the charger. I would have much rather preferred being able to either plug the SlimCharger directly into the Zune, or have the included cable double as a USB sync cable which you could unplug from the AC brick. This would have made the $29.95 SlimCharger a much better value. You can pick up a SlimCharger at Amazon [Affiliate], currently on sale.


Friday, May 18, 2007

Monster StereoLink: Zune Tunes on Your Home Stereo

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.monstercables.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=4257

Monster's StereoLink is an adapter cable allowing you to plug your Zune into your home stereo system, or other audio equipment. On one end, you have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack to plug into your Zune's headphone port. On the other end, you have standard stereo RCA-style plugs, labeled with red and blue bands. The cable uses 25k gold connecters, and is an ample seven feet in length. The StereoLink cable is very flexible with a high quality feel to it, and the plugs provide a snug, firm connection. I used the StereoLink cable to connect my Zune into my Sony home theater receiver. I typically keep my receiver at about a 40% volume level for most activities. With the Zune connected to the receiver, I had to crank my Zune's volume up to 100%, and increase to receiver's volume to about 75% to receive an acceptable volume level. Other than having to pump of the volume a good bit, I did feel that I received good quality sound through this connection. The Monster StereoLink retails for $29.95. Get yours at our Amazon Affiliate store!


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