Striking A Chord With Budget Conscious Musicians, Singers And Producers: Electronics E-Commerce Leader Monoprice Showcases Its New Pro Audio Series Products For The Namm Show January 24-27, 2013

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Monoprice Introduces a New Line of High-Quality and Affordable Pro Audio Products, including Microphones, Guitars, Studio Monitors, Stands, Mixers and Keyboards, as well as Unveiling Several New Product Categories at NAMM

In striking a chord with price conscious musicians, singers and producers, e-commerce leader Monoprice is showcasing its new Pro Audio Series products for its first appearance at the NAMM Show (Booth #7511 in the DJ & Lighting arena) in Anaheim, Calif. on January 24-27, 2013.

Monoprice ( ) is an e-commerce company that specializes in delivering high-quality AV, home theater and other tech accessories at bargain prices from among more than 4,000 branded and non-branded products offered on its website. Thus, the company’s expansion into pro audio is a natural extension of the Monoprice brand, and leverages the company’s expertise in creating great sound at an affordable price.

Monoprice recently introduced its new pro audio series products, offering high-quality microphones, guitars, guitar stands on its Web site at prices ranging from 50 to 70 percent less than competitors’ comparable brand products. Monoprice’s NAMM booth will be featuring functioning demonstrations of its guitars, microphones, mixers, headphones and studio monitors, enabling visitors to try out the company’s pro audio products.

“Monoprice is redefining music industry price points by providing the same high-quality pro audio products directly to consumers without the traditional markup typical of retail music stores,” said Jess Macintyre, Monoprice’s pro audio products manager. “Those who always wanted to own and use pro audio products, but couldn’t afford it, now can. The potential benefits for professional musicians, performers and producers are even more pronounced.”

At the NAMM show, Monoprice is also announcing several new pro audio product categories, including an 8-channel audio mixer, 3 and 5-inch powered studio monitors, two USB MIDI keyboard controller models, and small diaphragm condenser microphones.

8-Channel Audio Mixer

Monoprice’s new 8-Channel Audio Mixer with USB I/O (Product ID #615808) features 14 inputs and a USB audio interface (2-in/2-out to computer) at the low price of $80. This plug and play mixer, which works with Mac or PC, has additional features including:

  •     4 XLR TS mic/line inputs and 4 additional ¼ TS line inputs
  •     Signal-to-Noise Ratio: -103dB; THD+N: <0.008%; Frequency Response: 20Hz –

                20KHz @ +/-1dB

  •     2-in CD input (stereo 3.5mm)
  •     Stand-mountable (includes stand attachment)

Studio Monitors

Monoprice also announces two impressive studio reference monitors with the launch of a 3-inch Powered Portable Monitor Speakers with Portable Grill ($76 per pair, Product ID# 605300) and a 5-inch pair for $166. (Product ID #605500).

The 3-inch speakers can handle 30 watts (15 watts per channel) while the 5 inch pair features up to 70 watts (35 watts per channel) of sonic power.

The monitors’ features include:

  •     3-inch Polypropylene Woofer and 5-inch Kevlar Woofer, respectively
  •     1-inch silk dome tweeter
  •     bass-reflex port
  •     4-Position Hi-Frequency Level Switch (only on 5-inch model)
  •     compact & portable with protective grills for mobile use (only on 3-inch model)
  •     magnetically shielded wooden enclosure

Keyboard Controllers

Monoprice has launched USB MIDI Keyboard Controllers for PC & Mac, including a 25-key version ($56, Product ID #606303), and a 49-key model ($66, Product ID #606606)

Features of both 25-key & 49-key keyboard controllers include:

  •     4 rotary encoder knobs
  •     1 slider
  •     pitch-bend & modulation wheels
  •     MIDI out port for standalone use
  •     driverless plug and play on PC or Mac
  •     Includes full suite of audio software including DAW, software instruments, and

                sample loops


Monoprice has expanded on its microphone product line adding to its recently released Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone ($75, Product ID #600800) with the new Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones ($97.77 per pair, Product ID #600700).

Features include:

  •     2 microphone clips and 2 wind screens
  •     pressure gradient condenser microphone
  •     diaphragm: 6 micron gold-sputtered
  •     gold plated XLR connector and capsule
  •     frequency Response: 30Hz - 20kHz
  •     sensitivity:10mV/Pa

Electric Guitars

Pursue rock star dreams for less: For those aspiring musicians who want to rock out with high-quality instruments without spending a fortune, Monoprice offers its classic electric guitars series – the Route 66 Vintage and California Classic models. All Monoprice guitars undergo a thorough setup process in California that is personally supervised & inspected by Master Luthier, Roger Gresco

Details include:

Monoprice Route 66 Vintage Solid Body Electric Guitar ($129, Product ID #610200) -- This full-sized, 22-fret guitar features a basswood arch top single-cutaway body, a maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard, and chrome machine heads/tuning pegs. It uses two dual-coil humbuckers, which produce the distinctive sound found in Southern rock, heavy metal, electric blues, jazz, reggae, and classic hard rock. A three-position switch on the body above the fingerboard enables aspiring guitarists to easily select between the bridge and neck pickups. This stylish guitar, which comes in black, goldtop, honey burst, and vintage sunburst, has everything to get started, including strings (installed), a zippered black gig bag with shoulder strap, a truss-rod wrench, and a pick.

Monoprice California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar – ($89, Product ID #610100) Now, aspiring muscians can create their own version of the California Classic sound made famous by artists like Dick Dale, David Gilmour, and Ritchie Blackmore with Monoprice’s new California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar. This full-sized, 22-fret guitar features a double-cutaway body made of basswood, a maple neck, a basswood fingerboard, and chrome machine heads/tuning pegs. It uses three single-coil pickups in the bridge, middle, and neck positions. A five-position selector switch allows aspiring guitarists to use each of the three pickups individually, while the 2 and 4 positions combine the neck and bridge pups with the middle one for that distinctive California musical style. A tremolo/whammy bar is included for note bending. This guitar, which comes in black, red, white and sunburst, is ready to play, including strings (installed), the tremolo/whammy bar, a zippered black gig bag with shoulder strap, a truss-rod wrench, and a pick.

Monoprice also offers guitar picks and strings, guitar stands, a mini headphone amplifier for guitar, music mounts for iPad, and other accessories and will continue to expand on its Pro Audio Series with plans to offer keyboards and other percussive instruments in the coming year. Monoprice encourages all attendees of NAMM to visit the company’s exhibition booth #7511 and sample its audio products.

About Monoprice, Inc. (DBA
Based in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Monoprice, Inc. is an e-commerce leader specializing in high-quality cables, components and accessories for computers, consumer electronics and pro audio equipment. Established in 2002, the company has built its reputation upon customer word of mouth, the consistent ability to deliver premium quality products at prices far below other national brands in retail, and unmatched customer service. Many of Monoprice products are produced in ISO9001 and ISO14001 facilities and maintain the highest standards for production and work environment. The vast majority of the company’s products are RoHS compliant, reducing their environmental impact. They are a CCR Trading Partner, a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business and were named an Inc. 500 company for 2008, 2009 & 2010, and an Inc. 5000 company for 2011.

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