Monster’s Beats by Dr. Dre’s line of high end portable audio systems has been busy adding new signature products to its already flashy lineup. The BeatBox portable speakers boast heavy duty ABS housing with black on black styling, silicon buttons, a built-in handle, and two 5.25 inch bass drivers and 2-inch high-frequency drivers driving the audio. The claim by Monster is that the system lives up to club-like sound expectations, and for $449.99, you know it’s a possibility, and since the BeatBox has an iPod dock, people are going to want to find out.
The rest of the new devices are all headphones, with LeBron James Powerbeats sports headphones elbowing hard for the leading spot. They’ve got an over-the-ear loop, which is essential for dynamic activities; dual-drier design – which we presume refers to the act of wicking off sweat; and the eartip doesn’t shut off all outside noises. But for $179.95, they’d better turn all noise into music.
On the other end of the “I want to hear oncoming cars” spectrum are the iBeats in-ear headphones, designed to acoustically seal you off from the world. They’ve got a ControlTalk cable that works with iPhones and other smartphones to control playback and handsfree calls. They’re made of metal, which last time we checked wasn’t a rare mineral – that would have justified the $199.95 price.