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Hosa Technology Announces New 3.5 mm Patch Cables

Hosa Technology Announces New 3.5 mm Patch Cables

Slim design and colors are ideal for modular synths

Buena Park, CA, December 2015 — Hosa Technology, Inc., the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to introduce the CMM-800 Series Unbalanced Patch Cables. Packaged in sets of 8 multi-color cables and available in various lengths, Hosa’s patch cables are ideal for connecting synthesizer modules equipped with 3.5 mm Tip/Sleeve (TS) inputs and outputs.

Featuring nickel-plated plugs for durability and efficient signal transfer, CMM-800 Series Patch Cables stand up to the needs of today’s electronic musicians. Audio chains can be disconnected and reconnected as often as necessary to create unique sounds without ever worrying about the strength of the patch being made. The slim design of the plugs enables Hosa’s Unbalanced Patch Cables to fit in any patch panel without interfering with other cables or controls.

Hosa’s Unbalanced Patch Cables are available in sets of 8 multi-color cables to simplify identification during use—a key necessity in modular synth signal chains. The CMM-800 Series Unbalanced Patch Cables are available in 6-inch, 1-, 1.5-, and 3-foot lengths. These options, combined with Hosa’s world-class workmanship, result in outstanding cables designed to provide exceptional audio performance and years of trouble-free use.

“The latest modular synthesizers have created a resurgence in electronic music creation and sound experimentation,” commented Jose Gonzalez, Hosa Technology’s Product Manager. “We’re confident the superior construction and compact housing design of the CMM-800 Unbalanced Patch Cables will make them vital solutions in modular synth setups and will aid in the creation of unique sounds.”

The Hosa CMM-800 Series Unbalanced Patch Cables are available now. MSRP ranges from $24.45 to $30.45.

Hosa Technology Awards 2015 Audio Engineering Program Scholarship

Winner Clifton Harris is Primed for Success

Buena Park, CA, October 2015 — Hosa Technology, Inc., the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the audio and video professional, is pleased to award the third annual Hosa Technology Audio Engineering Program Scholarship at Musicians Institute (MI) in Los Angeles, California, to Clifton Harris. Harris was chosen for providing clearly articulated career goals in his scholarship submission essay.

Asked why he chose to study in the Audio Engineering Program at MI, Harris stated, “I want to learn a lot of technical aspects of mixing, as well as tricks of the trade in the multiple ways you can mix certain elements (with bass in particular). I’d also like more experience mixing live instruments.”

Harris wishes to take the knowledge he receives at MI to multiple facets of the audio engineering industry, including mixing for music, TV, and film. When asked about his professional vision, Clifton said, “I’d like to write songs and produce albums along with scoring films and movie soundtracks.”

Mayumi Martinez, CEO of Hosa Technology, commented on the latest recipient of the Hosa Technology Audio Engineering Program Scholarship. “We are thrilled that Mr. Harris has been selected as the winner of this year’s scholarship. Musicians Institute is a vital link in the education of up and coming musicians and audio engineers, and we are delighted to play a role in helping Clifton reach his career goals. I believe our partnership with MI allows us to give back to the community while investing in the next generation of audio professionals. We wish Mr. Harris the very best as he begins his education at Musicians Institute.”

The Hosa Technology Audio Engineering Program Scholarship is available to new students enrolling in the Audio Engineering Program at MI. Eligible students must provide a completed application along with an essay detailing their career goals in the audio industry. The awarded tuition credit is applied to the initial quarter of the program as long as the recipient maintains satisfactory progress.

Future-Proof Your Network

Category cables have been in use for a number of years. Most consumers will know these as network cables, Ethernet cables, or possibly even Cat-5 cables. However, they may not understand what Cat-5 means or how to determine if that is really the cable in use. Category cables have been upgraded multiple times and the vast majority of consumers are probably using Category 5e cable in their home networks. As our networking needs have increased, so have the cables, and a change is already underway to go beyond Cat-5e.

Category cables are designed to transfer data within networks. They are the standard method of connectivity for Ethernet networking. Cat-5e is still the most common cable but it is close to its limits. In fact, larger networks requiring higher bandwidth and better interference protection have already abandoned 5e. We are demanding more from our networks, transferring more data at faster speeds than ever before. In addition to Ethernet networking, category cables can now be used for audio and video networks. Dante audio networks transfer uncompressed multi-channel audio via category cables and HDBase-T promises to be the future of home audio and video integration. HDBase-T transmits high-definition audio and video, Ethernet, device control signals, USB data, and power all through one category cable. Category 5 cables cannot handle this much data.

In order to meet the bandwidth needs of newer networks, we must use Category 6 cable. Category 6 improves bandwidth and crosstalk protection over previous generations of category cable. It has been tested to perform up to 250 MHz and can transmit 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) for up to 55 meters. This is not to say it cannot go beyond these points, only that this is how the cable was tested. Category 6 cables also have several shielding options. You can purchase cables in the more traditional Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) construction, or with shielding around each twisted pair, the full cable assembly, or both. Hosa’s CAT-600BK series is an example of Category 6 cable with both shielding around each twisted pair and around the entire assembly.

In addition to the original Category 6 cable, a revision to the standard later added Cat-6A cable, also known as Category 6 Augmented. This cable provides even better protection against crosstalk and has been tested up to 500 MHz. Cat-6A can run 10 Gbps Ethernet up to 100 meters.

It’s important to note that while Cat-5e was the updated version of the original Category 5 standard, there is no Cat-6e version recognized by ANSI/TIA.

The good thing about category cables is that they are backward compatible. If you are setting up a new network, it is a good idea to use Cat-6 cable even if you do not believe your network will need the added bandwidth. Taking that step now should make things easier in the future.

- Jose

Hosa Technology Announces 4-conductor DMX Cables

New Cables Provide Additional Functionality Select Devices Require

Buena Park, CA, October 2015 — Hosa Technology, Inc., the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the audio and video professional, is pleased to introduce the DMX-000 Series 4-conductor DMX Cables. The superior construction and use of all five XLR pins makes this line the optimal cable choice for any DMX512 network.

Hosa DMX-000 Series DMX Cables feature 24 AWG Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) conductors and a nominal impedance of 120 ohms in adherence with the DMX512 specifications to deliver accurate control data. The DMX-000 Series consists of four conductors instead of only two as required by the DMX standard. This enables full functionality with devices utilizing the extra two channels for additional connectivity functions while remaining compatible with traditional DMX devices.

Furthermore, Hosa’s new 4-conductor DMX Cables are available in 5-, 10-, 25-, 50-, and 100-foot length options. The variety of lengths makes the DMX-000 Series the ideal solution for stages of any size.

“As the lighting requirements on stage have increased, the demand for added DMX512 functionality has also risen,” commented Jose Gonzalez, Hosa Technology’s Product Manager. “We’re confident the combination of high-quality construction, availability of multiple lengths, and use of the extra two channels, will make DMX-000 Series DMX Cables a vital solution in lighting rigs everywhere.”

The Hosa DMX-000 Series DMX Cables are available now. MSRP ranges from $28.35 to $135.10.

Hosa Announces Category 6 Network Cables

The ideal solution for today’s high-speed networks

Buena Park, CA, September 2015 — Hosa Technology, Inc., the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the audio and video professional, is pleased to introduce the CAT-600BK Series Category 6 Network Cables. Superior construction and Hosa dependability make these cables ideal for the networks of today.

Featuring 24 AWG Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) conductors for increased signal flow, CAT-600BK Series Category 6 Network Cables provide the best throughput in today’s high-speed networks. Tested to meet ANSI/TIA standards, Hosa’s Cat 6 Network Cables reduce crosstalk and return loss while increasing signal-to-noise ratio.

To further minimize interference, Hosa CAT-600BK Series cables utilize S/FTP construction, shielding each twisted pair as well as the overall cable. This construction makes Hosa’s network cables ideal in audio and video networks such as HDBaseT.

Jose Gonzalez, Hosa Technology’s Product Manager, commented on the new CAT-600BK Series network cables, “Hosa has long been recognized as a leader in cable products and our new CAT-600BK Series cables extend this tradition. With S/FTP construction and 24 AWG oxygen-free copper conductors, these cables offer maximum signal transmission with minimal interference and are bound to find their way onto many of today’s high-speed Ethernet and A/V networks.”

The Hosa CAT-600BK Series Category 6 Network Cables are available now. MSRP ranges from $10.50 to $193.05.

Hosa Reaches Distribution Deal with Roland Canada

Partnership delivers quality products and professional service to Canadian markets

Buena Park, CA, August 2015 — Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is proud to appoint Roland Canada as its new exclusive Canadian distributor. The agreement went into effect July 2015 and encompasses all lines under the Hosa Technology umbrella.

Established in 1981, Roland Canada is a leader in electronic instrument distribution in Canada. Utilizing a knowledgeable and professional sales team, the company delivers superior products, service, and support to the Canadian Musical Instrument, Professional A/V, and Consumer Electronics markets. With such a large assortment of connectivity solutions, Hosa is the ideal partner for Roland’s innovative musical products.

Paul McCabe, CEO of Roland Canada, commented on the new distribution agreement. “As part of our drive towards being the best supplier of inspiring creative technologies in Canada, we’ve had a long-held desire to provide retailers and consumers with fully-considered solutions complete with all necessary audio, video, and MIDI/data connections,” said McCabe. “With the world’s most comprehensive catalog of cables, connectors, adaptors, and additional accessories, combined with unmatched quality in products and services, Hosa Technology represents the perfect complement to our total-solution approach. We are excited and honored that Hosa has chosen to enter into this partnership with us.”

Jonathan Pusey, Hosa’s VP of Sales & Marketing, was equally enthusiastic about the new relationship, “For more than 30 years, Hosa has served the needs of performing musicians, recording studios, and video professionals & enthusiasts by providing innovative, high-quality, and high-value connectivity solutions. We’ve challenged ourselves to keep pace with advances in technology, and to support our products with service which is second to none. From our experience working in partnership with Roland in Australia, we have come to learn that our companies share very similar goals and values, and are very happy to now have this chance to work together with Roland Canada.”

For more information about Roland Canada, visit the company online at www.roland.ca.

Hosa Technology Names Audio Geer as Rep of the Year

Exceptional performance for both Hosa and Mogan Microphones lines

Buena Park, CA – March 2015… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to announce that it has named Audio Geer as its 2014 Rep of the Year award winner. This year’s winner is recognized for exceptional performance with two of the company’s core product lines: Hosa Technology and Mogan Microphones. The two awards were presented at one of the company’s numerous functions during the recent Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.

Hosa Technology’s Rep of the Year award is for “comprehensive excellence in sales.” The company weighs numerous factors as part of its selection criteria, including having surpassed both monthly and yearly sales goals, exhibiting best-in-class communication skills, and regularly opening new market opportunities. The Mogan Microphones Rep of the Year award is focused solely on highest net sales.

Southern CA-based Audio Geer, which represents a variety of manufacturers spanning the MI, Pro Audio, Commercial AV, and Broadcast markets, was represented by company president Alan Geer during the awards presentation. In response to his firm’s selection for both the Hosa and Mogan awards, Geer offered the following comments, “We are so pleased to have won both of these prestigious awards from our friends at Hosa Technology. After many years of working closely together to grow our businesses, it’s awesome to be recognized as being more effective now than ever. We are most appreciative of this recognition.”

Jonathan Pusey, Hosa’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, was equally enthusiastic. “We are delighted to be working with Alan and everyone else at Audio Geer,” Pusey said. “I would also like to express my pride in bringing these awards back to SoCal, where we’re all based. All of us at Hosa recognize the hard work and effort put forth by Alan’s team and for their excellence in every facet of sales, not just the numbers. Their professionalism, enthusiasm, and integrity are impressive and all of us at Hosa look forward to a long and mutually beneficial business partnership. Congratulations to the entire Audio Geer team.”

For additional information about Audio Geer, visit the company website at www.audiogeer.com.

Hosa Technology Announces Relaunch of Zaolla Silverline

Superior build, attention to detail, and use of premium materials are brand hallmarks

Buena Park, CA – February 2015… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to announce the re-launch of the Zaolla Silverline brand. A division of Hosa Technology, the Zaolla Silverline catalog encompasses guitar and microphone cables, analog interconnects, and digital audio cables and snakes—all designed to provide the most transparent signal transfer possible. Featuring solid-silver conductors and premium connectors, Zaolla cables exhibit superior build quality and the highest level of attention to detail.

As a premium product line, Zaolla Silverline was created for the professional who understands that every piece of equipment matters—including the cable. Zaolla Silverline cables utilize solid-silver conductors for a superior transfer rate far exceeding that of copper while remaining completely transparent in terms of audio quality. Equally notable, Zaolla Silverline cables are designed with redundant shielding that ensures EMI and RFI interference does not penetrate the cable and corrupt the signal.

To preserve the purity of the signal transfer, Zaolla Silverline cables now utilize premium Oyaide connectors—connectors that meet unparalleled quality standards and deliver optimum durability, reliability, and the best connection possible. Manufactured in Japan to the highest standards of precision since 1952, Oyaide connectors incorporate one-piece contacts made of silver or phosphor bronze for optimum conductivity plus rhodium plating to prevent corrosion. And for enhanced durability and a striking appearance, these premium connectors feature chrome-plated housings.

Jose Gonzalez, Zaolla Silverline’s Product Manager, commented on the company’s re-launch of the Zaolla Silverline brand, “Our mission with Zaolla Silverline has always been to design and manufacture the finest cables in the world—regardless of cost. At the heart of every Zaolla cable, you’ll find a pure, solid-silver conductor, which compared to copper, offers less resistance and improves signal conductivity. It’s this use of superior materials, construction optimized for specific applications, and the addition of premium Oyaide connectors that results in audio signals that exhibit deeper bass and pristine highs.”

Since Zaolla Silverline cables are terminated in the U.S., they can be made to just about any length. Pricing varies by the type and length of the cable. MSRP pricing ranges from $99.95 for a 6-inch Guitar Patch Cable to $2,559.95 for an 8-channel, 20-foot XLR Snake. All products are available now.

Hosa Technology Announces Hosa Drive Series

Integrating the worlds of pro and consumer audio

Buena Park, CA – January 2015… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to introduce a new series of products designed to make it easier than ever for the worlds of professional and consumer audio to coexist: the Hosa Drive Series. Consisting of the Hosa Drive Bluetooth® Audio Receiver and a selection of portable cables designed to interface with everything from car audio systems to sound reinforcement and consumer audio playback systems, the new Hosa Drive Series takes music mobility to the next level.

The Hosa Drive Bluetooth Audio Receiver operates on Bluetooth Version 3.0 technology to wirelessly stream music from a source—such as a smartphone or other portable music player— to a playback system with minimal lag or signal loss. The Drive Bluetooth Audio Receiver includes built-in track controls for added convenience. Resembling a small hockey puck, the easy-to-transport receiver is the perfect solution for interfacing a music playlist with car stereo systems lacking Bluetooth connectivity. Similarly, the Drive Bluetooth Audio Receiver makes it easy to interface with the AUX or other input on a home audio setup, as well as connecting with a professional mixer or sound reinforcement system via the board’s input channels or 2-track returns. It’s the ideal product for accessing multiple devices without disconnecting and reconnecting any cables.

The Drive Bluetooth Audio Receiver plays music wirelessly for up to 10 hours and operates at transfer speeds up to 24 Mbps. The unit includes a 3.5 mm TRS aux cable for interfacing with external audio playback systems and a USB cable for charging. Pairing with smartphones and similar devices is quick and easy.

Hosa Drive Series cables are available in 3.5 mm TRS to Same and 3.5 mm TRS to Dual RCA in 1.5-, 3-, 6-, and 10-foot lengths. These cables feature connectors made to fit media players and smartphones—even phones in protective cases. The metal connectors and easy-to-coil wires make Hosa Drive cables ideal for today’s mobile lifestyle. Hosa Drive cables can travel in the car, a gig bag, or simply a jacket pocket—making it easy to establish an audio connection no matter where the road may lead.

The Hosa Drive Stereo Audio Cable (3.5 mm TRS to Same) is the perfect choice for automotive connectivity. The cable features slim 3.5 mm connectors for devices with protective cases and incorporates all-metal connector housings for added durability. Similarly, the Hosa Drive Stereo Breakout Cable (3.5 mm TRS to Dual RCA) provides the same slim 3.5 mm connector and all-metal connector housings for added durability. Both cables use Hosa’s Easy-Coil wire for tangle-free storage and travel.

Jose Gonzalez, Hosa Technology’s Product Manager, commented on the company’s new Hosa Drive Series products. “The Hosa Drive Series has been created for the mobile lifestyle and is ideal for people who take their music everywhere. This ranges from audio engineers and gigging musicians to the guy who simply wants to listen to music on the road. This is a versatile, compact solution that makes it easier than ever for the worlds of pro and consumer audio to intersect.”

The Hosa Drive Bluetooth Audio Receiver carries an MSRP of $54.95. The various Hosa Drive Stereo Audio Cables and Hosa Drive Stereo Breakout Cables range from MSRP $14.95 to $34.95, depending upon configuration and cable length. The Hosa Drive Series will become available Q1, 2015.