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Hosa Technology Announces USB-200FB Series High Speed USB Cables with Pivoting A Connector

Hosa Technology Announces USB-200FB Series High Speed USB Cables with Pivoting A Connector

Unique design facilitates space-saving right angle connections

Buena Park, CA – November 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician and audio/video professional, is pleased to announce the introduction of the USB-200FB Series High Speed USB Cables with Pivoting A Connector. Ideal for DJ’s, musicians, and audio professionals who find themselves having to make connections to an elevated laptop computer and related equipment in cramped quarters, the USB-200FB USB cables offer a unique pivoting connector designed to conserve valuable space in tight surroundings.

Available in 3-, 6-, and 10-foot lengths (USB-203FB, USB-206FB, and USB-210FB), the new USB-200FB USB cables feature a pivoting Type A connector—the end that typically connects to a computer—that can be set to either straight or right angle positions. This enables one to use the cable in its straight orientation when space permits and in a right angle position in cramped quarters. In its right angle position, the computer would typically be placed on an elevated laptop stand (so the cable can hang off the side) or at the edge of the work surface. For DJ’s, whose production rig commonly consists of a laptop computer, mixer, turntables, and a digital controller, the new USB-200FB USB cables can be a valuable means of making connections in an environment where space is frequently limited.

To ensure interoperability with a wide range of USB peripherals, the new Hosa USB-200FB USB cables are fully compliant with the USB 2.0 serial bus interface standard and are backward compatible with the USB 1.1 standard. Equally notable, these cables support burst data transfer rates up to 480 Mbps. These cables are an excellent choice for connecting an audio interface, USB microphone or instrument, or most computer peripherals to a PC.

Jose Gonzalez, Hosa Technology’s Product Manager, commented on the new USB-200FB USB Series cables, “The new Hosa USB-200FB USB cables provide DJ’s, musicians, and others with a valuable means of making equipment connections in the cramped spaces they frequently find themselves working in. At Hosa, we’ve been providing the cables musicians and audio pros require for over two decades, and these new USB products address a common challenge we’ve all encountered at one time or another. All three cable lengths feature our unique connector pivot design, exhibit superior workmanship throughout, and carry pricing that is comparable to most common USB cables lacking these features. I’m certain these new USB cables will be well received by our industry.”

The new Hosa Technology USB-200FB Series USB cables are expected to become available in January 2013. MSRP pricing is as follows:

Model MSRP
USB-203FB $8.95
USB-206FB $10.95
USB-210FB $11.95

Hosa Technology and Goby Labs Stands and Accessories Now Shipping

Tablet frame, mic, keyboard, and guitar stand are versatile and durable

Buena Park, CA – August 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician and distributor of Goby Labs instrument care and accessory products, is pleased to announce the Goby Labs stands and accessories for musicians are now shipping. Incorporating ‘ruggedized’ metal construction designed for years of use, Goby Labs’ new product line includes two microphone stands, a keyboard stand, a guitar stand, and a Tablet Frame for iPad®—all designed to aid musicians with everyday performing and rehearsal tasks.

World-class design and superior build quality are hallmarks of the new Goby Labs stands. Designed in the U.S. after extensive interviews with musicians from a wide range of performance and studio environments, these stands feature robust metal construction and components designed and manufactured exclusively for Goby Labs stands.

Microphone and Short Microphone Stands with Boom
Featuring die-cast components, including thick-walled, zinc alloy handles and metal-on-metal threaded components, the GBM-300 Mic Stand with Boom and the GBD-300 Short Mic Stand with Boom re-define durability. The center-mass boom design features a mid-point, all-metal, locking grip for enhanced boom balance and an easy-to-turn pivot lock with integrated cord retention. The metal base incorporates a ‘stomp tube’ that enables it to be stood upon without bending the legs or breaking the stand. These stands also feature an ultra-heavy, center-locking, vertical handle for added stability and the appearance of clean lines on stage.

X-Frame Keyboard Stand
The Goby Labs GBK-300 X-Frame Keyboard Stand features high-strength geometry, including Z-shaped down tubes that form a truss shape to withstand greater vertical pressure. For added stability, the truss form ends directly under the keyboard edge—where the performer applies most of his or her weight. The GBK-300’s tube construction is 40% stronger than conventional boxed-steel designs.  Stamped bearing surfaces are spot welded to the frame and the stand is assembled with bolts and nuts rather than rivets or clamps for durability and field serviceability. The stand utilizes an easy-pull, fully locking adjustment system, has self-leveling feet for uneven floors, and cord retention for most commonly used cables.

A-Frame Guitar Stand
The Goby Labs GBA-300 A-Frame Guitar Stand offers the modern guitarist a durable, rock-solid means of securely holding one’s valuable instruments. The GBA-300 A-Frame stand utilizes a fully locking open- and closed-position leg engagement. With a stance that is 60 mm longer than that of most competing products—thus reducing the chance of tipping—this stand features a large diameter, 8 mm, mandrel bent steel rod frame. The stand fits dreadnaught acoustic through most electric guitars and features over-molded, metal-core, rubber feet for exceptional stability.

The GBX-300 Tablet Frame for iPad
Featuring universal iPad compatibility (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation), the GBX-300 Tablet Frame for iPad featuring ‘frame-change’ technology holds any iPad on all four sides for extra security. With its patent-pending pole lock that facilitates support on mic stands, music stands, and other tubular surfaces, the system features a counter-locking arm that engages as the clamp is tightened on a pole—forming a closed loop around the pole for added strength. This innovative design applies more force to the pole as opposed to open-sided designs. The GBX-300 Tablet Frame is a great tool for electronic sheet music, lyric support, and performance notes. Low-cost frame-change kits will be made available for new tablets so the Tablet Frame hardware will never become obsolete.

Jonathan Pusey, Hosa Technology’s Director of Sales and Marketing, commented on the new Goby Labs stands, “The moment you see these stands, it becomes clear that not only are these the most rugged, durable stands widely available, their cutting-edge design inspires confidence that one’s instrument, microphone, or iPad will be held securely. With full-metal construction and components that are manufactured specifically for these products, Goby Labs stands represent the state-of-the-art when it comes to products of this nature. I’m confident many musicians, vocalists, and others will be very impressed.”

The Goby Labs stands are in stock and available now. MSRP is as follows:

Model Description MSRP
GBM-300 Mic Stand with Boom $97.95
GBD-300 Short Mic Stand with Boom $79.95
GBK-300 X-Frame Keyboard Stand $89.95
GBA-300 A-Frame Stand $45.95
GBX-300 Tablet Frame $42.95

Hosa Technology Second Generation Elite Series Microphone Cables Now Shipping

Nylon webbing over PVC jackets and Neutrik® connectors deliver first-rate performance

Buena Park, CA – August 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to announce that a significant upgrade of the company’s popular Elite Series microphone cables is now shipping. Available with Neutrik XX-Series connectors plus a new nylon webbing over the cable’s PVC jacket, the Elite Series takes advantage of the latest technological advances and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to deliver performance attributes that are every bit on par-if not superior to-more costly boutique cables.

Available in both Lo-Z (XLR3F to XLR3M) and Hi-Z (XLR3F to ¼ inch TS) configurations, the cable used in the Hosa Elite Series is a vitally important contributor to overall audio performance. These cables use 20 AWG Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) conductors that reduce resistance in order to facilitate maximum signal transfer. Polyethylene dielectrics reduce capacitance for crystal-clear high-frequency transmission while conductive PVC reduces handling noise. Further, a 95% OFC braided shield is employed for noise-free signal transmission. Take all this and complete it with nylon webbing over the cable’s PVC jacket, which is cut- and abrasion-resistant for a lifetime of trouble-free use, and the end result is a cable audio professionals can place their trust in.

A clean, reliable connection to one’s mic preamplifier or console input is of paramount concern for any audio engineer or recording enthusiast, and the Hosa Elite Series microphone cable cuts no corners in this regard. The Neutrik XX-Series connectors employ gold-plated contacts for corrosion resistance and superior signal transfer and utilize a zinc die-cast housing for rock-solid reliability. With a polyurethane gland to prevent cable kinking for longer cable life and chuck-type strain relief for maximum cable retention combined with a sleek, ergonomic design for easy handling, these connectors deliver the ideal blend of performance and long-term reliability.

Jonathan Pusey, Hosa Technology’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, commented on the second-generation Elite Series microphone cables. “These second generation Elite Series cables offer exceptional audio performance and have been field tested for maximum reliability,” said Pusey. “With a rich feature set and a highly competitive price, we are extremely optimistic that this product line will find favor with a wide range of customers. The Elite Series has always been an exceptional product and now, with the addition of Neutrik connectors and abrasion-resistant nylon webbing for a lifetime of dynamic, noise-free sound quality, I’m confident these mic cables offer the best possible combination of performance and value.”

The Hosa Elite Series microphone cables are available in lengths from 3 to 100 feet and carry MSRP pricing that ranges from $42.75 – $203.55. The Elite Series is in stock and available now.

Hosa Technology Second Generation Elite Series Guitar Cables Now Shipping

Nylon webbing over PVC jackets and Neutrik® connectors upgrade performance

Buena Park, CA – July 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to introduce a significant upgrade of the company’s popular Elite Series guitar cables is now shipping. Available with Neutrik X-Series straight and right-angle plugs plus a new nylon webbing over the cable’s PVC jacket, the Elite Series takes advantage of the latest technological advances and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to deliver performance attributes that are every bit on par-if not superior to-more costly boutique cables.

A clean, reliable connection to one’s signal processing and amplification chain is of paramount concern for any guitarist or bassist and the Hosa Elite Series guitar cable makes this a top priority. The Neutrik X-Series connectors employ precision machined, one-piece contacts designed to provide both signal integrity and structural rigidity. The connectors feature gold-plated contacts for corrosion resistance and superior signal transfer and utilize a zinc die-cast housing for rock-solid reliability. With a polyurethane gland to prevent cable kinking for longer cable life and chuck-type strain relief for maximum cable retention combined with a sleek, ergonomic design for easy handling, these connectors deliver the ideal blend of performance and long-term reliability.

Of course, the cable’s quality is an equally important contributor to overall audio performance and here, too, the Hosa Elite Series guitar cable excels. These cables use 20 AWG Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) conductors that reduce resistance in order to facilitate maximum signal transfer. Polyethylene dielectrics reduce capacitance for crystal-clear high-frequency transmission while conductive PVC reduces handling noise. Further, a 95% OFC braided shield is employed for noise-free signal transmission. Take all this and complete it with nylon webbing over the cable’s PVC jacket, which is cut- and abrasion-resistant for a lifetime of trouble-free use, and the end result is a cable musicians can place their trust in.

Jonathan Pusey, Hosa Technology’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, commented on the second generation Elite Series guitar cable. “We spared no expense in the development of this cable and the enhancements made to this line are significant,” said Pusey. “With a rich feature set and a highly competitive price, we are extremely proud of this product line. The Elite Series has always been an exceptional product and now, with the addition of Neutrik connectors and abrasion-resistant nylon webbing for a lifetime of dynamic, noise-free sound quality, I’m confident guitarists everywhere will find much to like.”

Hosa Technology’s Elite Series cables range in price from an MSRP of $44.10 (for a 5-foot length straight to same) through $85.65 (for a 25-foot straight to right angle model). These cables are also available in 6-inch, 1-foot, and 1.5-foot patch cord lengths, with MSRP pricing ranging from $38.85 – $40.95. The Elite Series is in stock and available now.

Hosa Technology Introduces Beatport DJ Series Product Line

Cables and accessories optimized for today’s DJ

Buena Park, CA – May 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to announce the introduction of the new Beatport DJ Series product line. Designed to meet the requirements of every DJ-from those who aspire to the craft to both mobile and club artists-these new products feature premium materials, world-class workmanship, and enable Hosa Technology to serve as the one-stop-shop solution for DJ’s seeking to address connectivity issues with their equipment.

Beatport, the most trusted, respected, and authoritative brand in the DJ market, identified Hosa Technology as the go-to brand for a new partnership. As the number one resource for music, artists, record labels, industry trends, and culture in the world of electronic dance music, the new Hosa – Beatport partnership enables both companies to broaden their reach into the ever-expanding DJ ecosystem while offering DJ’s of all levels connectivity solutions optimized for their applications.

For years DJ’s have connected their gear with cables made for consumer electronics. Hosa Technology’s Beatport DJ Series products are specifically designed and manufactured for DJ’s and, as a result, are built to withstand the punishment that gear typically encounters as it’s moved from one location to the next. The Beatport DJ Series consists of road-worthy products with a unique look-giving DJ’s a reliable connectivity solution while keeping visual focus on their workstation.

The Beatport DJ Series product line consists of seven products, including Hi-Speed USB Cables (Flex A to Type B) in 3- and 10-foot lengths, a USB 2.0 four-port Hub, Stereo Interconnects (Dual RCA to Same) in 3- and 10-foot lengths, and Balanced Interconnects (1/4 inch TRS to Same) in 3- and 10-foot lengths.

Beatport DJ Series USB Cables are commonly used to connect a digital DJ’s laptop to a DJ interface (Serato, Traktor, etc.) or a DJ controller. The Beatport DJ Series Hi-Speed USB Cables employ a unique pivoting Type A connector that keeps the cable out of the way when elevated laptops are used. They support burst data transfer rates up to 480 Mbps, are compliant with the USB 2.0 serial bus interface standard, provide backward compatibility with all USB 1.1 interfaces, and are jacketed in the distinctive Beatport green for easy cable-type identification.

The Beatport DJ Series Stereo RCA Interconnects are typically used to connect the audio I/O of DJ mixers, turntables, CDJs, and select DJ controllers. The balanced 1/4 inch Interconnects (TRS) are used to connect the output of audio interfaces and select DJ mixers to studio monitors. These analog interconnect products feature proprietary Rean® connectors by Neutrik AG. Connectors employ gold-plated contacts for superior signal transfer, zinc die-cast housing for rock-solid reliability, an attractive quadrangle design for ergonomic handling in tight jack spaces, chuck-type strain relief for maximum cable retention, and rubber boot kink protection for long cable life. Cables employ 24 AWG Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) conductors for enhanced signal clarity and 90% OFC spiral shields for a higher signal to noise ratio.  TRS cables are jacketed in the distinctive Beatport blue while RCA-type cables are white.

The Beatport DJ Series USB 2.0 Hubs are used to connect multiple devices such as external hard drives and DJ controllers to a single computer USB port. They are powered via USB and are compact enough to work and travel with a DJ rig. This USB 2.0 four-port Hub provides backward compatibility with all USB 1.1 interfaces and meets USB 2.0 specifications for data transfer rates up to 480 Mbps.

Richard Ngo-Tran, Director of Business Development at Beatport, commented on the new Hosa Technology – Beatport partnership, “Beatport has built a brand that nurtures and cultivates the DJ/producer culture and, so, we’re always looking for opportunities to advance this dynamic movement. By partnering with an industry-leading brand like Hosa, we’re able to further extend our reach to the DJ community.”

Jonathan Pusey, Hosa Technology’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, shares Ngo-Tran’s enthusiasm. “During the past 3-5 years, the DJ segment has been the fastest and most stable growth category in all of MI,” notes Pusey. “Beatport currently services 2.2 million DJs, 15,000 record labels, and has access to more than a billion fans. With these types of numbers and the growing acceptance of the performing DJ, we believe the time is ripe to further our involvement in this segment of the music market. With our new Hosa – Beatport partnership and the resulting Beatport DJ Series product line, I’m confident we can make a significant contribution to the DJ community by providing superior connectivity products that properly address the unique requirements of this market segment.”

The new Beatport DJ Series product line is available to ship now. MSRP pricing ranges from $14.95 for the BUF-203 Hi-Speed USB Cable to $44.95 for the BRR-010X2 Stereo Interconnect.

Hosa Technology Introduces CBT-500 Cable Tester

Convenient means of checking cable integrity

Buena Park, CA – April 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician and audio/video professional, is pleased to announce the introduction of the CBT-500 Cable Tester. Designed to quickly and easily check a variety of cable types, the new CBT-500 Cable Tester enables one to verify the integrity of a cable before interconnecting equipment. The CBT-500 makes an invaluable addition to one’s ‘tools of the trade’ and is ideal for use when preparing for a concert, a studio recording session, or an installation as well as checking cables afterwards in order to ensure working operation the next time.

The new CBT-500 Cable Tester makes testing a wide range of cables commonly encountered in the music / pro audio environment a snap. The compact, handheld unit is capable of testing the following cable terminations:

• XLR (3-pin and 5-pin)
• Balanced and unbalanced phone (standard guitar-type cable)
• Phono (RCA)
• speakON® (with support for 2-pole, 4-pole, and 8-pole connectors)
• DIN (multi-pin, including 5-pin DIN commonly used for MIDI equipment)
• Ethernet (RJ-45)
• USB Type A to Type B (standard USB to the square USB connector found   on most audio interfaces)

In addition to providing the necessary connectors to test the various cable types, the Hosa CBT-500 Cable Tester is also easy to use, consisting of a front panel rotary knob and two rows of 8 LEDs-one row amber colored, the other row green. These LED’s facilitate easy checking of the individual pins found in any of the supported cable types. The rotary knob enables one to switch from one pin to the next. As an example, by connecting both ends of an XLR cable to the unit, one can systematically check pin 1 to pin 1, pin 2 to pin 2, and pin 3 to pin 3. If both LEDs illuminate, the connection is passing signal. If not, the connection is broken.

The new CBT-500 is also equipped with removable leads-commonly referred to as test probes-to verify the continuity of additional connectors and jacks. This capability is particularly convenient when making cable repairs, as it enables one to check the actual replacement connector.

The Hosa CBT-500 Cable Tester is constructed of metal to withstand field abuse and operates with a standard 9-volt battery (included). The device also provides a battery check function to ensure proper working condition prior to use.

Jose Gonzalez, Hosa Technology’s Product Manager, commented on the new CBT-500 Cable Tester, “The CBT-500 is an incredibly versatile and capable tool that no electronic musician or audio professional should be without. With support for most connector types that one is likely to encounter, this rugged, handheld tester makes it easy to know whether a particular cable or connector will pass signal-before it becomes a problem in the field. With the included test probes, continuity testing of additional connectors, jacks, or bare wire is equally quick and easy. I’m confident our new cable tester will help people avoid signal transmission failures in their work.”

The new Hosa CBT-500 Cable Tester carries an MSRP of $69.95. The unit is expected to be available May 2012.

Hosa Technology Introduces Second Generation Elite Series Microphone Cables

Nylon webbing over PVC jackets and Neutrik® connectors deliver first-rate performance

Buena Park, CA – April 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to introduce a significant upgrade of the company’s popular Elite Series microphone cables. Now available with Neutrik XX-Series connectors plus a new nylon webbing over the cable’s PVC jacket, the Elite Series takes advantage of the latest technological advances and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to deliver performance attributes that are every bit on par-if not superior to-more costly boutique cables.

Available in both Lo-Z (XLR3F to XLR3M) and Hi-Z (XLR3F to ¼ inch TS) configurations, the cable used in the Hosa Elite Series is a vitally important contributor to overall audio performance. These cables use 20 AWG Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) conductors that reduce resistance in order to facilitate maximum signal transfer. Polyethylene dielectrics reduce capacitance for crystal-clear high-frequency transmission while conductive PVC reduces handling noise. Further, a 95% OFC braided shield is employed for noise-free signal transmission. Take all this and complete it with nylon webbing over the cable’s PVC jacket, which is cut- and abrasion-resistant for a lifetime of trouble-free use, and the end result is a cable audio professionals can place their trust in.

A clean, reliable connection to one’s mic preamplifier or console input is of paramount concern for any audio engineer or recording enthusiast, and the Hosa Elite Series microphone cable cuts no corners in this regard. The Neutrik XX-Series connectors employ gold-plated contacts for corrosion resistance and superior signal transfer and utilize a zinc die-cast housing for rock-solid reliability. With a polyurethane gland to prevent cable kinking for longer cable life and chuck-type strain relief for maximum cable retention combined with a sleek, ergonomic design for easy handling, these connectors deliver the ideal blend of performance and long-term reliability.

Jonathan Pusey, Hosa Technology’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, commented on the second-generation Elite Series microphone cables. “These second generation Elite Series cables offer exceptional audio performance and have been field tested for maximum reliability,” said Pusey. “With a rich feature set and a highly competitive price, we are extremely optimistic that this product line will find favor with a wide range of customers. The Elite Series has always been an exceptional product and now, with the addition of Neutrik connectors and abrasion-resistant nylon webbing for a lifetime of dynamic, noise-free sound quality, I’m confident these mic cables offer the best possible combination of performance and value.”

The Hosa Elite Series microphone cables are available in lengths from 3 to 100 feet and carry MSRP pricing that ranges from $42.75 – $203.55. The Elite Series is slated to become available late Q2, 2012.

Hosa Technology Introduces Second Generation Elite Series Guitar Cables

Nylon webbing over PVC jackets and Neutrik® connectors upgrade performance

Buena Park, CA – April 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to introduce a significant upgrade of the company’s popular Elite Series guitar cables. Now available with Neutrik X-Series straight and right-angle plugs plus a new nylon webbing over the cable’s PVC jacket, the Elite Series takes advantage of the latest technological advances and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to deliver performance attributes that are every bit on par-if not superior to-more costly boutique cables.

A clean, reliable connection to one’s signal processing and amplification chain is of paramount concern for any guitarist or bassist and the Hosa Elite Series guitar cable makes this a top priority. The Neutrik X-Series connectors employ precision machined, one-piece contacts designed to provide both signal integrity and structural rigidity. The connectors feature gold-plated contacts for corrosion resistance and superior signal transfer and utilize a zinc die-cast housing for rock-solid reliability. With a polyurethane gland to prevent cable kinking for longer cable life and chuck-type strain relief for maximum cable retention combined with a sleek, ergonomic design for easy handling, these connectors deliver the ideal blend of performance and long-term reliability.

Of course, the cable’s quality is an equally important contributor to overall audio performance and here, too, the Hosa Elite Series guitar cable excels. These cables use 20 AWG Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) conductors that reduce resistance in order to facilitate maximum signal transfer. Polyethylene dielectrics reduce capacitance for crystal-clear high-frequency transmission while conductive PVC reduces handling noise. Further, a 95% OFC braided shield is employed for noise-free signal transmission. Take all this and complete it with nylon webbing over the cable’s PVC jacket, which is cut- and abrasion-resistant for a lifetime of trouble-free use, and the end result is a cable musicians can place their trust in.

Jonathan Pusey, Hosa Technology’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, commented on the second generation Elite Series guitar cable. “We spared no expense in the development of this cable and the enhancements made to this line are significant,” said Pusey. “With a rich feature set and a highly competitive price, we are extremely proud of this product line. The Elite Series has always been an exceptional product and now, with the addition of Neutrik connectors and abrasion-resistant nylon webbing for a lifetime of dynamic, noise-free sound quality, I’m confident guitarists everywhere will find much to like.”

Hosa Technology’s Elite Series cables range in price from an MSRP of $44.10 (for a 5-foot length straight to same) through $85.65 (for a 25-foot straight to right angle model). These cables are also available in 6-inch, 1-foot, and 1.5-foot patch cord lengths, with MSRP pricing ranging from $38.85 – $40.95. The Elite Series is slated to become available late Q2, 2012.

Hosa Technology and Goby Labs Announce New Accessories Group: Stands

Tablet frame, mic, keyboard, and guitar stands are versatile and durable

Buena Park, CA – February 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician and distributor of Goby Labs instrument care and accessory products, is pleased to announce the introduction of a new product line by Goby Labs: stands for musicians. Incorporating ‘ruggedized’ metal construction designed for years of use, Goby Labs’ new product line includes two microphone stands, a keyboard stand, two guitar stands, and a Tablet Frame for iPad®-all designed to aid musicians with everyday performing and rehearsal tasks.

World-class design and superior build quality are hallmarks of the new Goby Labs stands. Designed in the U.S. after extensive interviews with musicians from a wide range of performance and studio environments, these stands feature robust metal construction and components designed and manufactured exclusively for Goby Labs stands.

Microphone and Short Microphone Stands with Boom
Featuring die-cast components, including thick-walled, zinc alloy handles and metal-on-metal threaded components, the GBM-300 Mic Stand with Boom and the GBD-300 Short Mic Stand with Boom re-define durability. The center-mass boom design features a mid-point, all-metal, locking grip for enhanced boom balance and an easy-to-turn pivot lock with integrated cord retention. The metal base incorporates a ‘stomp tube’ that enables it to be stood upon without bending the legs or breaking the stand. These stands also feature an ultra-heavy, center-locking, vertical handle for added stability and the appearance of clean lines on stage.

X-Frame Keyboard Stand
The Goby Labs GBK-300 X-Frame Keyboard Stand features high-strength geometry, including Z-shaped down tubes that form a truss shape to withstand greater vertical pressure. For added stability, the truss form ends directly under the keyboard edge-where the performer applies most of his or her weight. The GBK-300’s tube construction is 40% stronger than conventional boxed-steel designs.  Stamped bearing surfaces are spot welded to the frame and the stand is assembled with bolts and nuts rather than rivets or clamps for durability and field serviceability. The stand utilizes an easy-pull, fully locking adjustment system, has self-leveling feet for uneven floors, and cord retention for most commonly used cables.

A-Frame and Universal Guitar Stands
The Goby Labs GBA-300 A-Frame and GBU-300 Universal Guitar Stands offer the modern guitarist two durable, rock-solid means of securely holding one’s valuable instruments. The GBA-300 A-Frame stand utilizes a fully locking open- and closed-position leg engagement. With a stance that is 60 mm longer than that of most competing products-thus reducing the chance of tipping-this stand features a large diameter, 8 mm, mandrel bent steel rod frame. The Goby Labs GBU-300 Universal Guitar Stand incorporates a lock-open/spring-closed mechanism for performance and storage respectively, over-molded rubber touch surfaces that prevent abrasion and protect the instrument’s finish (compared to neoprene foam found on competing models), and full-cradle guitar retention. The head catch slides vertically to accommodate guitar necks of various lengths and full guitar-body support alleviates pull on the guitar neck. Both models fit dreadnaught acoustic through most electric guitars and feature over-molded, metal-core, rubber feet for exceptional stability.

The GBX-300 Tablet Frame for iPad
Featuring universal iPad compatibility (both 1st and 2nd generation), the GBX-300 Tablet Frame for iPad featuring ‘frame-change’ technology holds any iPad on all four sides for extra security. With its patent-pending pole lock that facilitates support on mic stands, music stands, and other tubular surfaces, the system features a counter-locking arm that engages as the clamp is tightened on a pole-forming a closed loop around the pole for added strength. This innovative design applies more force to the pole as opposed to open-sided designs. The GBX-300 Tablet Frame is a great tool for electronic sheet music, lyric support, and performance notes. Low-cost frame-change kits will be made available for new tablets so the Tablet Frame hardware will never become obsolete.

Jonathan Pusey, Hosa Technology’s Director of Sales and Marketing, commented on the new Goby Labs stands, “The moment you see these stands, it becomes clear that not only are these the most rugged, durable stands widely available, their cutting-edge design inspires confidence that one’s instrument, microphone, or iPad will be held securely. With full-metal construction and components that are manufactured specifically for these products, Goby Labs stands represent the state-of-the-art when it comes to products of this nature. I’m confident many musicians, vocalists, and others will be very impressed.”

The Goby Labs stands are expected to be available Q2 of 2012. MSRP is as follows:

Model Description MSRP
GBM-300 Mic Stand with Boom $97.95
GBD-300 Short Mic Stand with Boom $79.95
GBK-300 X-Frame Keyboard Stand $89.95
GBA-300 A-Frame Stand $45.95
GBU-300 Universal Guitar Stand $63.95
GBX-300 Tablet Frame $42.95

Hosa Technology Hosa Pro Speaker Cables Now Shipping

Superior components and world-class manufacturing combine for exemplary performance

Buena Park, CA – February 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to announce that their new Hosa Pro Speaker Cables are now shipping. Combining first-rate cable for enhanced signal transmission and audio quality, world-class REAN® connectors by Neutrik AG, and class-leading workmanship, the new Hosa Pro Speaker Cables re-define the landscape for professional quality cables at a midline price.

Cable quality is crucial to signal transmission and sound clarity. In this regard, the new Hosa Pro Speaker Cables raise the bar for products in their price range. These outstanding cables feature 14 AWG Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) conductors for enhanced signal clarity and a black PVC jacket for durability, flexibility, and low visibility on stage.

While most other speaker cables in their price range are limited to 1/4 inch TS (tip-sleeve) connectivity, Hosa Pro Speaker Cables are available with REAN Loudspeaker connectors by Neutrik AG, the industry leader in connectivity solutions. With both Loudspeaker and 1/4 inch TS connectors available in this product line, users are assured of a superior product with the right connectivity option.

Rean Loudspeaker connectors by Neutrik AG incorporate silver-plated contacts for superior signal transfer, a glass-reinforced housing for rock-solid reliability, a robust, twist-lock mating system for secure connectivity, and chuck-type strain relief for maximum cable retention. The 1/4 inch TS connectors include nickel-plated contacts for efficient signal transfer and rugged durability, a zinc die-cast housing for superb reliability, crimp-type strain relief for larger-diameter cable, and rubber boot kink protection to ensure long cable life.

Jonathan Pusey, Hosa Technology’s Director of Sales and Marketing, commented on the new Hosa Pro Speaker Cables. “Hosa Pro Speaker Cables are engineered to deliver years of rugged, dependable performance,” notes Pusey. “By combining REAN connectors by Neutrik AG with world-class manufacturing techniques, these cables deliver unsurpassed performance and value. I’m absolutely confident these cables will be very well received by all who audition them.”

Hosa Pro Speaker Cables are available in 3-, 5-, 10-, 25-, 50-, and 100-foot lengths and are now shipping. Configurations include Loudspeaker to Loudspeaker, Loudspeaker to 1/4 inch TS, and 1/4 inch TS to 1/4 inch TS. Pricing ranges from MSRP $14.70 to $167.10. Out of respect for the environment, Hosa’s packaging is minimal and recyclable for a greener planet. All products are currently available.