Dr. Dre, who probably has all the money in the world, has once again teamed up with Monster to offer a cheaper, lighter version of his Beats headphones called the Beats Solo.   They included the same tangle free cord found in previous iterations of the heaphones, but this time around are lighter, smaller and include an inline remote with mic  – called Control Talk – for controlling your iPhone or iPod without having to reach into your pocket.

The Beats Solo will come in black or white and will be available this November for about $200 (SRP is $219.95 while the MAP (minimum advertised price) is $179.95).

Full release after the ‘leap’

New Addition to Popular “Beats By Dr. Dre Headphone Line is Lightweight, More
Compact Option; Available in Black and White Versions
BERLIN–(Business Wire)–
Monster and Beats by Dr. Dre, today announced an exciting new development in the
evolution of the popular “Beats By Dr. Dre headphone line – the on-ear “Beats
Solo” headphones (MAP: $179.95, SRP: $219.95). The new Beats Solo
high-performance headphones offer users an ideal entry level Beats by Dr. Dre
personal listening experience in a lightweight and smaller version. Beats Solo
will be available in November 2009 in both black and white versions.

Noel Lee, the Head Monster, noted: “When Monster teamed up with Dr. Dre and
Jimmy Iovine for Beats by Dr. Dre headphones our goal was to change the way
people experience their music by simply letting them hear what musicians
recorded in the studio – with the extreme clarity, deep bass and full power that
had been lacking in conventional headphones. Thanks to Beats, people have begun
to understand that sound really does matter. Now, with the introduction of Beats
Solo, we`re thrilled to make the Beats by Dr. Dre from Monster experience
available in a smaller, lighter on-ear headphone.” Mr. Lee continued: “There
were significant challenges in the creation of Beats Solo, including how to
achieve really great sound from a small speaker driver. This required serious
innovation and creative audio engineering. We were also challenged to take the
familiar Beats design and morph it into something smaller and more compact, yet
still recognizably `Beats.` I`m delighted to say that we rose to both these
challenges – the result is one of the easiest-to-use, easiest-to-wear and
best-sounding headphones ever created, with a look that is pure Beats and pure
Dr. Dre.”

Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M said: “For Beats Solo, Dre and I
worked along with Monster to create the best sound possible in light,
comfortable but powerful headphones.”

To provide users with the ultimate in convenience and performance when used with
today`s portable music devices, Beats Solo headphones feature “ControlTalk,” an
advanced on-cable feature that provides users with full control of their
listening experience when using their 3GS iPhone®, iPod® shuffle and other new
iPods and portable music devices. The special Monster ControlTalk headphone
cable features an integrated high grade microphone and answer button and allows
users to access their music and answer phone calls without having to reach into
their pocketbook, backpack or pocket.

In addition to its availability with Beats Solo and all Beats by Dr. Dre
headphones from Monster, including the new white version of Beats Studio and
Heartbeats by Lady Gaga from Monster, the ControlTalk feature is also being made
available as an option with all Monster brand headphones as well.

The ControlTalk remote and mic are supported by iPod nano (4th generation), iPod
classic (120GB), iPod touch (2nd generation), and iPhone 3GS and newer, but not
all, Blackberry models. The remote is supported by iPod shuffle (3rd
generation). Audio is supported by all iPod models. Requires software version
1.0.3 for iPod nano (4th generation), 2.0.1 for iPod classic (120GB), and 2.2 or
later for iPod touch (2nd generation). Support for Blackberry varies by model.
Subject to change.


Monster, under its Monster Cable brand, is the world’s leading manufacturer of
connectivity solutions for high performance audio, video, car audio, computer,
console and computer gaming, professional audio and sound reinforcement.
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Established in 2006, Beats Electronics is the brainchild of legendary artist and
producer Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records,
who set out to develop a new type of headphone with the capability to reproduce
the full spectrum of sound that musical artists and producers hear in
professional recording studios. In January of 2008, Dre and Iovine announced a
partnership with audio innovator Monster Cable to engineer “Beats by Dr. Dre,”
the most advanced headphones ever developed that are sold exclusively at Apple
and Best Buy. Today, Beats Electronics continues to work with Monster to improve
the quality of the portable audio experience and expand the Dr. Dre family of
headphones to include in-ear speakers and artist branded products. For more
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Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."