Beatbox By Dr. Dre iPod Speaker System Review
The Beatbox is an attractive long wedge-shaped bar with four speakers in the front, and a familiar docking station on the top. It There is also an easy to miss power button and volume knob, as well as one the Beatbox's best design features - a carrying handle. On the back you'll also find a handy audio-in 3.5mm jack (for people who don't use iPods/iPhones). A system like this is good for parties or your own personal enjoyment when wanting to make the most out of music trapped in your gadgets.
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Easy so far, though I encounter my first complaint here. I use a case on my iPhone which prevented the device from securely fitting on the connector properly. As a high-end item, I think that Monster should have designed the Beatbox dock to allow people to connect their iPhone to the system even if they have their iPhones in a case that might add size to the bottom of the phone. I really don't want to take my iPhone out of its case (which is a pain in my instance) each time I want to use the speakers. Yes, I could simply use the 3.5mm audio-in jack on the Beatbox, but then I would not have the benefit of having the phone charged. And as all iPhone users know, it is a device that sucks juice faster than a famished vampire at the Red Cross.
Sound from the Beatbox speakers was clear and crisp, with good range and impressive volume. Because the Beatbox needs to plug into the wall to work, it can amplify sound to a level that should be able to fill up a house or very large room. Outdoors the Beatbox should satisfy for groups of at least 30-40 people in my opinion (of course environmental circumstances can greatly vary this estimate).
Monster does not supply a 3.5mm audio-in cable with the Beatbox, but will send you one for free if you register the product. That is nice, but doesn't help you right out of the box - sending away for it might be too late for many people. Like I said, the unit itself is quite attractive, and feels very solid in construction. This helps reduce sound distortion due to vibration and other structural problems that cheaper speaker systems can suffer from. What I don't like is the permanent branding text on the top of the unit. I discovered it has a thin plastic layer that when taken off makes it look a lot better, but there is still information there that should be a removable sticker - useful only to Best Buy shoppers and people taking the speaker out of the box for the first time. Perhaps I am being picky, but at a price of about $450 in a highly competitive market, I want the Beatbox to be closer to perfect. Especially true because it delivers really well where it counts (in being clear and loud). The issues however are minor, and if you need a good sounding and relatively easy to tote around iPod style speaker system, you have a solid option with the Beatbox by Dr. Dre (and Monster).
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.