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Monster It seems everyone has hopped aboard the wireless multiroom audio wagon in recent years. Monster joined the fray with its sleek SoundStage offerings it demoed at CEDIA, which do a nice job of living up to their name in delivering big sound from small form factors (aided by rear-firing bass drivers; Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” was very full sounding while I was at the booth). Three models —S1 ($279), S2 ($349) and S3 ($449) — offer various sizes and affordability, and the system leverages Monster’s partnership with Qualcomm and its AllPlay wireless platform. SoundStage can stream local or service-based content as well as Bluetooth and connected sources, supporting resolution up to 24/192. A nifty way to control the system is via Monster’s SoundStage app, which can give users functionality for various rooms and sources, including local content, and Monster’s StreamCast lets users cast music from their mobile device to all speakers on the network. Functions like skipping to another song can also be performed right from the top of the speakers. “What we like to say is that it’s all about the performance, and there’s two components to performance: wireless performance and audio performance,” says Monster product area manager Eric Kiner. “With wireless performance, we’ve combined Bluetooth and Wi-Fi; Bluetooth is great because almost anyone can use it right out of the box … what we’ve done on top of that on the wireless side is made it so you can connect to Bluetooth and then you can group all those speakers together and distribute Bluetooth over Wi-Fi network to all those speakers, so if you want to play YouTube or something not traditionally associated with one of those third-party [music service] apps you now have that capability.”Back to article
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