Monsoon Multimedia has long been Sling Media’s erstwhile competitor. First with their line of HAVA devices, and more recently with the Vulkano lineup. Personally I’ve always felt like their units were the cheaper, less polished offerings. I’ve always preferred Sling’s products, they seem to have a better ‘fit & finish’ – both in hardware and software. But Monsoon keeps at it, and they have always had a few features Sling lacks, which gives them a niche of their own. One of their latest models is the Vulkano Lava, and my colleague Brandon has a review up at Vulkano Community. If you’re interested in place shifting I recommend checking the review out. The Vulkano Lava is getting close to a ‘god box’ – it is like having a Slingbox, SlingCatcher and a basic DVR all in one box. I think Monsoon needs to focus on polishing the software and they could have a really solid competitor to Sling.