Monster announced three SoundStage wireless speakers with both wi-fi, Bluetooth, and multi-room capabilities with companion App. The SoundStage models come in three sizes: S1 Mini, S2 Small and S3 Medium, and are priced from $200 to $400.
SoundStage was designed for today’s multi-tasking music lover, with connectivity options for virtually every music source. The system can be updated seamlessly from the Internet using the built-in Wi-Fi networking function a fiber optic digital (TOSLINK) for output from your TV; a standard USB Charging Port so you can charge your mobile devices; and a 3.5mm mini Stereo Audio Input that’s compatible with virtually all of today’s music devices.
Monster proclaims SoundStage is not just an ordinary box speaker. With its elegant leather top surface and sleek, ultra-slim design, the SoundStage speakers present a minimal footprint. Because their shape is neither rectangular, triangular, nor boxy, they will appeal to the person who has a sense of architectural design. The speakers will be a welcome addition to other objects in the room. Even with its modern super thin advanced design, SoundStage propagates incredible sounds.
Anything that you can do on your phone with audio can be enjoyed more with the Monster SoundStage. By downloading the free SoundStage app, the controls are all in your phone. Dual wireless technology with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, SoundStage merges a home’s entire audio network wirelessly and seamlessly, which allows you to enjoy great-sounding music from virtually any source – with just a special SoundStage App for streaming from a smartphone or tablet at the touch of a button.
Monster used software algorithms to synthesize a larger sound stage (which became the basis for the product name). Newly designed front drivers that work together with rear-firing, high-powered bass drivers create a stunningly full and rich sound. Among the key innovative technologies for SoundStage is the inclusion of the new Qualcomm AllPlay smart media platform, a product of Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, which is key to allowing the system to seamlessly stream high-quality local and cloud-based content with high performance Wi-Fi connectivity. AllPlay allows SoundStage users to synchronously stream music to multiple Soundstage speakers (Party mode) or multiple songs to multiple speakers. Additionally, the content you stream can be local or native from within music service apps from Spotify, Rhapsody, Napster, Soma.FM and others when available.
SoundStage is designed to make it easy to integrate all your music devices into a single, wireless hub. With the SoundStage app you can access media from all the devices on your network. In addition, all the devices on your WiFi network running the SoundStage app can collaboratively build playlists, including computers, networked drives, smartphones and more. And each device running the app can add music to shared playlists for each speaker or speaker group in your home, and it’s easy and quick to connect multiple SoundStage speakers to your network using the app. You can even use the App to send separate streams to different speakers simultaneously, and control playback, levels, and playlists for each group or speaker. Finally, you don’t have to re-subscribe or change anything to enjoy your favorite streaming services – if you can stream it, you can play it.
Price and Availability (available October 25, 2014)
Monster SoundStage S1 Mini Wireless Speaker $199.95
Monster SoundStage S2 Small Wireless Speaker $299.95
Monster SoundStage S3 Medium Wireless Speaker $399.95