In-Line Preamp Adds +26dB of Clean Gain and Improves Sound
Buena Park, CA, October 2022 — Hosa is excited to announce the newest addition to its in-line microphone adapter collection, the MPA-149 Mic Preamp.
When using low-output dynamic or passive ribbon microphones, a consistent struggle is the introduction of noise from external preamps. Consoles, mixing boards, interfaces, and other preamps can sometimes require the gain to be maxed out, amplifying unwanted noise and often still being too quiet in overall volume. The Hosa MPA-149 Mic Preamp provides an immediate 26dB’s of gain with an impressive -97dBu signal-to-noise ratio, giving users a very clean and immediate gain boost for louder, clearer microphone performance.
Many volume-boost solutions include more cables, electronics, and failure points, whereas the Hosa MPA-149 simply connects directly into the microphone. This convenient solution makes it ideal for podcasters, streamers, public speakers, and gigging professionals relying on unpredictable venue preamps to power low-output ribbon or dynamic mics. The Hosa MPA-149 only needs a preamp supplying 48V phantom power, but does not pass the phantom power onto the microphone.
The Hosa MPA-149 utilizes a discrete Class-A circuit design and selected FET circuitry to help achieve a clean signal path and low-noise operation. Its compact metal housing is designed to perform reliably in any circumstance, whether it’s standing up to harsh environmental changes, eccentric performances, or getting thrown in and out of gig bags on the road.
“With so many microphones to choose from on the market today, many customers are purchasing dynamic and ribbon microphones that, depending on their application, may require more output”, adds David Chavez, Hosa’s Director of Product Development and Marketing. “Our new MPA-149 Mic Preamp resolves this very issue, and does so in a high-quality, affordable form-factor that the Hosa brand is known for.”
Hosa Introduces New USB-C Adapter
Adapts a USB Type A to Type C connection
Buena Park, CA, September 2022 — Hosa is again answering the call for more USB-C solutions with a USB Type A to Type C adapter.
USB Type C connectors are needed more and more in newer devices requiring greater power and transfer speeds. This inevitably creates compatibility issues for those users with a mixture of new and old devices and USB cables. Newer devices, such as Apple laptops, no longer incorporate USB Type A ports and instead only feature Type C, leaving users with equipment dependent on USB cables that are no longer supported.
The new Hosa GSB-314 USB Adapter resolves the issue by adapting a Type A connection to Type C, allowing you to use all previous USB connection types with the current Type C. It’s backwards-compatible up to USB 3.0 with burst speeds up to 5 Gbps, ensuring devices get the power and transfer speeds they require.
“In our 38 year history, Hosa has always been seen as the go-to for a wide array of small adapters”, adds Mayumi Allison, Hosa’s Chief Executive Officer. “As the landscape continues to change with USB-C, people with legacy equipment will look to Hosa first for these types of solutions, and we’re always looking for those gaps to fill.”
Hosa Introduces New 4K HDMI Cables
4K & 3D video resolution with higher frame rates
Buena Park, CA, August 2022 — Hosa is pleased to be adding a highly requested HDMI solution for modern creators, video streamers, gamers, and everyday television watchers.
HDMI has long been the connection for high-definition video and graphics commonly used in televisions, computers, and gaming consoles. Up to this point, most HDMI cables are iteration 1.4, that support up to 30fps (frames per second). However, with televisions, computers, and gaming consoles moving to Ultra HD 4K, HDMI 2.0 supports up to 60fps, which provides greater overall detail even at lower video resolution.
Built to HDMI 2.0 specs, the new Hosa HAOC-400 Series High Speed HDMI Active Optical Cables’ increased bandwidth supports 3D 4K and even dual HD video streams, allowing you to stream the big game while watching the newest episode of your favorite show, or being the hero in Call of Duty while peeking at Netflix reruns.
Using the same HDMI 1.4 connector, Hosa HAOC-400 Series Cables are backwards-compatible with older devices using an HDMI port, allowing you to get the highest video quality available. Likewise, Hosa HAOC-400 Series Cables also support ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio, featured in some computer monitors and cinema televisions.
“As 4K resolution becomes more and more ubiquitous in television and computing devices, there’s been a growing demand for HDMI cables that support the specifications required to both create 4K media, and view 4K media,” adds Mayumi Allison, Hosa’s Chief Executive Officer. “Whether you’re a musician, streamer, gamer, or just enjoy catching up on the latest episodes at home, these cables are built to help you get the most out of your experience.”
New Goby Labs Surface Cleaner by Hosa Now Available
New cleaner is safe on high-end equipment surfaces and anti-static
Buena Park, CA, April 2022 — Hosa is adding a long-requested addition to its Goby Labs line of cleaners and conditioners, Goby Labs Surface Cleaner.
The new Goby Labs Surface Cleaner is specially formulated to clean and polish even the most sensitive equipment surfaces without the caustic chemicals found in most cleaners on the market. Those can easily damage or corrode sensitive surfaces, making equipment look worn or affecting their performance.
When it comes to cleaning high-end equipment, any solution needs to be safe and effective on many kinds of materials. Goby Labs Surface Cleaner is safe to use on finishes, plastic, metal, and wood surfaces, including black piano surfaces. Rather than being an overly specialized cleaner, it’s a valuable “Swiss army knife” in any equipment maintenance kit.
Static build-up can be a nuisance when handling equipment and sometimes affect audio quality, which is why Goby Labs Surface Cleaner is also anti-static. Simply spray directly to a microfiber cloth and then apply on the equipment surface.
“We have had a lot of requests over the years for equipment cleaner, but up to this point, the Goby Labs line did not exactly have this type of cleaner,” adds Mayumi Allison, Hosa’s Chief Executive Officer. “This addition was a no-brainer that covers a lot of bases and complements the kinds of cleaners, sanitizers, and conditioners Goby Labs customers keep in their kits.”
The new Goby Labs Surface Cleaner is available at an MSRP of $12.05.
Hosa Introduces New Cable Organizers
DIY solutions adaptable for small and large setups
Buena Park, CA, August 2021 — Hosa is pleased to introduce two new highly adaptable cable organizers fit for any setup. With such a variety of solutions needed to accommodate ever-changing setups, these cable wraps offer the kind of customization customers have been requesting.
The Hosa Neoprene Cable Wrap is a simple hook & loop sleeve capable of organizing small and large bundles of cable. The hook & loop design, which firmly fits around any number of cables, makes any addition or subtraction a quick adjustment. The sleeve itself is 5ft long and can be easily cut into custom lengths with simple scissors.
The Hosa Spiral Cable Wrap features a more unique design that allows you to insert or remove cables at any point along its run. This design is beneficial for longer setups that would otherwise require many different cable ties and organizers. The plastic spiral is 10ft long, flexible, and can also be cut into customized lengths with simple scissors.
“With all of the cable options Hosa has offered since 1984, we understand the need to keep them organized and out of the way,” adds Mayumi Allison, Hosa’s CEO. “You realize how vital simple solutions like cable organizers are once you start adding equipment to your setup. So we developed these cable wraps to be as flexible and customizable as possible.”
Adaptable for any setup combining headphones and microphones
Buena Park, CA, July 2021 — Hosa is adding to its already extensive catalog of breakout and splitter cables with a TRRS breakout designed for headsets and microphones.
With an ever-increasing number of people working remotely, streaming, and gaming, single-connection headsets with built-in microphones are becoming more commonplace. Likewise, existing setups with separate mics and headphones are having to conform to single TRRS jacks on newer devices.
The Hosa YMM-107 Headset/Mic Breakout Cable splits a TRRS connection into separate TRS outputs, making it ideal for gaming headsets requiring a connection to computers using separate jacks for microphone and headphones. Simply plug your existing TRRS headset cable into the breakout and you will have separate male connectors for headset and microphone on the other end.
The Hosa YMM-108 flips the connector configuration with a TRRS plug and two TRS female connectors designed for microphone and headphones. This can be used to combine separate mic and headphone outputs into a single TRRS connection. When using a professional balanced microphone, simply add a Hosa XVM-100F series cable to complete the connection.
Both breakouts use the CTIA wiring standard for the TRRS jacks, making them compatible with most TRRS inputs. Each of the dual plugs is color-coded and identified as microphone and headphones.
“TRRS connections have been around for a while already, but with so many new headsets, TRRS-based equipment, and rise in remote work, the number of people needing an effective breakout to connect their legacy equipment has increased,” adds Jose Gonzalez, Hosa’s Director of Marketing & Product Development. “We’ve answered the many requests to bring in these solutions that perfectly complement our already vast array of splitters, breakouts, and adapters.”
The New Hosa Headset/Mic Breakout Cables are both available at an MSRP of $9.95 each.
New Hosa Desktop Microphone Stands
Hosa Debuts Desktop Microphone Stands
Ideal for the streamers, creators, and podcasters
Buena Park, CA, May 2021 — Hosa is pleased to introduce two new microphone stands, ideal for the streamer, creator, and podcaster. Both offer familiar designs to complement any space requirement or setup, whether stationary or on the move.
The Hosa Desktop Microphone Stand features a light, foldable die-cast steel tripod base for quick setup and teardown wherever needed. The stand is height-adjustable from 4 to 6.75 inches (110-168 mm) and can hold up to 0.75 lbs (0.34 kilos). The non-slip rubber feet add increased stability, ensuring the stand won’t slip on even the most slick surfaces.
The Hosa Desktop Microphone Boom Arm features an easy C-clamp and scissor-style design for maximum adjustment on any table or desk. With an adjustable angle from 0 to 160 degrees, any position is possible to maximize even the most compact spaces. The all-metal construction creates a solid base, holding up to 4 lbs (1 kg) for stationary, multi-purpose setups.
“Hosa has long offered popular microphone stands and stand accessories at accessible prices to musicians and creators,” adds Jose Gonzalez, Hosa’s Director of Marketing & Product Development. “With the explosion and ease of home content creation, this was a natural fit, and one that longtime Hosa customers have been asking for.”
The New Hosa Desktop Microphone Stand is available at an MSRP of $14.95, and the Hosa Desktop Microphone Boom Arm is available at an MSRP of $71.95.
Hosa Partners with Gigging Innovators Gruv Gear
Hosa Partners with Gigging Innovators Gruv Gear
Hosa will distribute bags, cases, straps, and accessories in the US
Buena Park, CA, May 2021 — Hosa is delighted to announce they will be joining forces with Gruv Gear for USA distribution of Gruv Gear products.
Established in 2007, Gruv Gear has quickly become a trusted brand for gigging and touring musicians for their innovative bags, carts, and accessories. What started as a personal passion project has quickly evolved into an ever-expanding line of unique solutions that professionals around the world rely on every day.
Hosa will be stocking a range of Gruv Gear’s unique and inventive products including:
Tech bags and cases specifically designed with mobile creatives and jetsetters in mind, such as the Club Bag and SLNG FretWrap string dampeners for guitarists, bassists, and players of other stringed instruments
Adjustable, padded guitar and bass straps, including the ergonomically designed John Patitucci Signature Strap
“We connected with Hosa way back in 2010 when we first launched our company,’ shares Jay Baldemor, President of Gruv Gear. ‘I’m thrilled to join forces to bring our products across US retailers in a bigger way! Mayumi, Jose, and the rest of the Hosa team have been awesome and I love their passion for excellence; we’re honored to be working with them.”
Mayumi Allison, CEO of Hosa says: “Gruv Gear has been dedicated to creating innovative products since its inception. Today, the Hosa family is excited to embark on a journey to get Gruv Gear’s products to more people than ever before. We are confident the combination of Hosa’s reach and experience in the music instrument space and Gruv Gear’s product innovation will make this a fruitful partnership for years to come.”
The gaming industry has grown to a near $200 billion market that continues to push the boundaries of technology and entertainment. Once a niche market, the industry has undoubtedly launched into the mainstream. E-sports, in 2021, is just as respected as any other major professional sports organization – with personalities and content creators just as big as any other high level athlete. The industry continues to grow and there aren’t any signs of it slowing down.
The gaming industry’s competitive nature has allowed the sport to grow tremendously – creating opportunities for not only competitive gamers, but coders, programmers, designers and artists of all kinds. Today, we’re going to take a look at two different gaming setups: one for gamers just starting out and another for gamers looking to get into the competitive part of the sport.
What Do You Need for a Gaming Setup?
Gaming Equipment and Parts
Before heading out to make any purchases, there are definitely some key gaming equipment and accessories you should know about that will make your gaming setup efficient.
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The Central Process Unit is the principal part of any digital computer system, generally composed of the main memory and control unit. This enables your computer to interact with all of your applications and programs installed. Generally, the faster your CPU, the easier it is to use the computer.
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
Have you ever wondered why the images or videos on your computer screen take a while to load? The problem is likely your GPU. GPU’s are designed to accelerate the rendering of 3D graphics.
Random Access Memory (RAM)
This is your computer’s short-term memory storage. It stores information that is being actively used, so it can be accessed even more quickly.
The motherboard is the backbone that ties the computer’s components together at one spot and allows them to talk to each other. Without it, the computer’s CPU, GPU, etc could never communicate to each other.
Power Supply Unit (PSU)
The PSU converts mains AC to low-voltage regulated DC power for the internal components of a computer. Modern personal computers use switched-mode power supplies.
Hard Disc Drive (HDD)
HDD is storage that lives internally in your computer. Because it is part of the computer, its data is stored and read on the disc. It works similarly to that of a turntable – with an LP record and needle on the arm.
Solid State Drive (SSD)
Generally, SSD’s are much more expensive than HDD’s. The reason being they have no moving parts and are compact. They can be the size of a stick of gum, yet can hold more storage and be accessed quicker than an HDD.
Casual Gamer Intro Setup
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
GPU: RTX 2060 Ti (or better)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8 GB
Motherboard: ASUS Prime A520M-A
PSU: Corsair RM650
HDD: Seagate BarraCuda 1 TB
SSD: Samsung EVO 860 250 GB
If you’re new to the market, there are a few reasons why we recommend these base setups. Aside from the price – which we believe is the most bang for your buck – these setups, we feel, would guarantee a smooth, non-interruptive gameplay. However, we highly recommend adjusting your setup to fit your needs.
Your Gaming Space
Lastly, when planning your gaming setup it is imperative to know exactly what you will need to ensure all of the parts connect. At Hosa, we carry the most efficient USB Cables & Adapters in the market. For example, if you’re looking to mirror your monitor or displays, use HDMI cables. If you have a USB hub and want to charge your phone, try our USB to USB-C cables.
Buena Park, CA, January 2021 — Hosa is pleased to introduce the newest addition to the growing list of preventative and protective products, Hosa Face Masks. With social distancing measures still in place, personal safety has become all the more important.
A growing portfolio of research has been done on the efficacy of masks over the past year. Reusable cloth masks have been shown to be effective in preventing large droplets from entering the atmosphere, which could then become aerosolized and spread airborne pathogens. Hosa Face Masks use a polyester outer layer, cotton inner layer, and come with one 5-layer filter which can be easily replaced.
Some masks and facial coverings can feel restrictive and uncomfortable, leading to people touching and adjusting them consistently. Hosa Face Masks are stretchable and non-restrictive, made with a material that allows for good breathability without sacrificing what makes masks effective in the first place.
Hosa Face Masks are washable and reusable, reducing waste from disposable surgical masks that workers and gigging professionals have used since returning to work from the global pandemic.
“Even in areas where there are less government-enforced restrictions in place, it’s still the norm for private businesses to take it upon themselves to practice social distancing” adds Jose Gonzalez, Hosa’s Director of Marketing & Product Development. “While there are an abundance of masks on the market, we think we offer something just as effective and also more comfortable which can be worn anywhere.”
The New Hosa Face Masks are available at an MSRP of $24.95.