First Look: Beatbox by Dr. Dre from Monster (video)
Beats by Dr. Dre have become a phenomenal success. They’ve sold millions of dollars in headphones and in November launched a dedicated iPod/iPhone dock that retails for $449.95 (you can find it cheaper at Crutchfield, Amazon) called the Beatbox. High price aside, the system really cranks and while I don’t think it will replace a stand alone home theater or stereo system, it definitely outclasses other speaker docks of a similar ilk.
In terms of features the Beatbox is pretty barebones. There’s a 30-pin dock for all things Apple, an AUX input and LED light to let you know that it’s powered up and running. It includes a credit card sized remote and behind the metal grill are dual advanced 5.25-inch long throw bass drivers and two 2-inch concave high frequency drivers. On top is a built in handle, which makes lugging it around from party to party a breeze, though no battery compartment is included, so parties in the park or at the beach will have to be relegated to the Jambox. The top is finished in rubber which makes it pretty easy to grab and the bottom includes a rubber strip to dampen vibrations and secure it to any flat surface.
I’ll have a review posted of the Beatbox by Dr. Dre from Monster in the next week or so. Until then, indulge in the unboxing video above and pics below.