He might not be a real doctor but when it comes to sound he knows his business, and so does Monster. So when the two combined their skills and knowledge about music you know you are going to get some good results, such as in the Beats by Dr.Dre Beatbox speaker dock.
Design, features & sound
What i really like about the design and look of the Beats by Dr.Dre Beatbox speaker dock is that it feels stripped of unnecessary elements and gimmicks to make it look more high-end, and instead it is focused on what you imagine great sound will appear from, the style that you are used to seeing from concerts and clubs.
As the first attempt into the speaker dock market the Beatbox has certainly made a splash, supported music focused marketing of course. But in the end you can’t get passed that it is the performance of a speaker that in the end matters the most. Inside the Beatbox you will find innovative digital amplification circuitry with proprietary dual 5.25-inch long-throw bass drivers and two 2-inch optimized concave high-frequency drivers, and it is all housed inside an ABS housing.
Although the speakers in my opinion perform very well overall, it is when you crank up the volume and get the party started that you get the true feel for the power of this Beatbox. Just make sure there aren’t any breakable objects nearby that could come rattling down.
If there is one thing missing i would say that it is wireless streaming. Although there is a connection for an auxillary product referred to as the Monster Streamcast Wireless System, there is specification as to where and how to get that yet. Perhaps when they release the next model they can add in bluetooth or Apple AirPlay for ease of wireless streaming.
Price and availability
The Beats by Dr.Dre Beatbox iPod speaker dock is available from amongst other the following UK retailers:
Alternatively see our overview of some of the best iPod speaker docks of 2011 here.
[image source: Andy Giles Associates]