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Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox

High-performance powered speaker system for iPod® or iPhone®

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by Ralph Graves
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Make your iPod or iPhone the life of the party with the Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ Beatbox™. Hip-hop producer Dr. Dre co-developed this powered speaker system with Monster to reproduce the sound he hears when recording music in the studio. Curved driver technology created by Monster accurately delivers that sound, including the powerful bass of modern hip-hop.

Killer sound from a compact box
Two 2" high-frequency speakers handle your music's high end with power and accuracy. And the two 5-1/4" long-throw bass driver keep the low end kicking. In fact, the manual recommends you turn off the shake-to-shuffle feature of your player, or the bass vibrations might just start changing your songs for you. And the angled cabinet allows you to slide the Beatbox into a corner and get even more bass as the sound bounces off the walls. An advanced built-in amp powers the Beats Box system and lets you really crank up the volume.

More extras to bring on the party
You can either keep the cabinet level, or tilt it upwards to throw even more sound into the room. And a convenient carry handle lets you take the party with you. Just set it up, plug it in, and you're ready to go. The system also comes with a remote, and an auxiliary input so you can play other portable devices through the Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ Beatbox™.

From the review Can't beat the Dr. Dre Beatbox iPod dock
"If you enjoy music, and you like it loud, then the Beatbox was made for you. At maximum volume it pumped out everything I threw at it without overdriving the speakers. And it didn't lose any detail when I pulled the volume back down, either. With the Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox you'll hear your music loud and clear, even in a room packed with rowdy friends."

— Ralph, Crutchfield Blog Editor and A/V Writer

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Highlights:

  • compatible with 160GB iPod classic®, sixth generation iPod nano®, fourth generation iPod touch®
  • compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4
  • two 5-1/4" long-throw bass drivers
  • two 2" high-frequency drivers
  • angled cabinet designed to fit into corners
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices
  • built-in carry handle
  • remote control
  • AC power adapter
  • 20"W x 6-7/8"H x 8-1/2"D
  • weight: 16.2 lbs.
  • warranty: one year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • iPod/iPhone speaker dock (beatbox)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V lithium battery
  • 5 iPod dock adapter inserts
  • 2 Rubber feet
  • Manual/Warranty Booklet
  • Speaker Placement Guide
  • Information to consumers in application of EU WEE Directive 96/2002
  • Monster beats by dr. dre brochure

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Features

Overview: The Monster Beatbox (by Dr. Dre) iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock features powerful digital amplification to pump out the music stored on your iPod or iPhone. The Monster Beatbox is equipped with two-way stereo speakers for deep bass and clear highs. The iPod/iPhone speaker dock includes a auxiliary input for connecting an additional audio source. An IR remote control is supplied for iPod/iPhone & volume control.

Digital Amplifier: The Monster Beatbox iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock features a 200-watt (Peak) digital power amplifier for powerful, room filling sound.

Two-Way Stereo Speaker System: The Monster Beatbox features a two-way stereo speaker design for exceptional sound.

  • 2.0" High Frequency Drivers: The Monster Beatbox utilizes two optimized 2.0" concave high frequency drivers for precise sound staging. The dual 2.0" high frequency drivers deliver crisp mids and clear highs.
  • 5.25" Long Throw Bass Drivers: The iPod/iPhone speaker dock employs two advanced 5.25" long throw drivers for superior bass reproduction. The dual 5.25" long throw bass drivers deliver powerful, punchy bass without distortion.

Corner Placement: The shape of the Beatbox allows you to place it perfectly into a corner, giving you a great combo of space saving and deep bass.

iPod/iPhone Dock Connector: The Beatbox features a built-in dock for iPod and iPhone for an easy, direct connection. The unit's integrated iPod/iPhone dock supports audio playback from your iPod/iPhone's stored music, audiobooks, podcasts, videos, or apps. 

Note: The Beatbox includes five iPod/iPhone dock adapter inserts - iPod video (30GB), iPod nano (4th/5th gen), iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPhone (3G/3GS). You can also use the iPod/iPhone dock insert that came with your iPod or iPhone. Universal iPod/iPhone dock adapter inserts can also be purchased from the Apple website.

Remote Control: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the Monster Beatbox and your docked iPod/iPhone. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V 'coin-type' lithium battery (supplied).

  • Speaker Dock Control: The IR remote control lets you power the iPod/iPhone speaker dock On & Off, as well as adjust the volume Up or Down. The remote also includes a Mute function.
  • iPod/iPhone Control: The remote control supports basic playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone. The remote offers Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Skip (Next/Previous) playback functions.

Note: Make sure the "Shake to Shuffle" setting is turned off on your iPod or iPhone. The bass of the speaker may activate it and interfere with playback.

Information Display: The Monster Beatbox does not feature any display. All song information will still need to be viewed from your docked iPod or iPhone.

Battery Charging: The Monster Beatbox will charge your docked iPod's or iPhone's internal battery, when the unit's AC power cord is plugged into an active AC outlet.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Monster Beatbox iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone models and functions (as of December 2010).

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Speaker Dock iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
mini 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
video 5th Y N Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB Y N Y Y N N Y
120GB Y N Y Y N N Y
160GB Y N Y Y N N Y
nano 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd Y N Y Y N N Y
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
5th Y N Y Y N N Y
6th Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd Y N Y Y N N Y
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G Y N Y Y N N Y
3G Y N Y Y N N Y
3GS Y N Y Y N N Y
4 Y N Y Y N N Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

Auxiliary Input: The Monster Beatbox features a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external audio source.

Wireless Port: The unit's rear-panel proprietary wireless port is for future use with the Monster Streamcast Wireless System.

Note: The Monster Streamcast Wireless System is not yet available.

Carry Handle: The Monster Beatbox features an integrated carry handle that lets you easily take the iPod/iPhone speaker dock with you.

Power Requirements: The Monster Beatbox operates off of standard household AC current (120V) using the supplied 6' AC power cord.

Note: The Beatbox is not battery operated.

 
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5 out of 5

This is the ONE I promise!!

Written By JJDu4, Southeast on Saturday, May 05, 2012
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Folks don't let the Dr. Dre name scare you away......you've got to remember this has Monster's name on it as well and Monster did it again!!! This box is perfect.....punchy, solid bass and great vocals with sweet highs. This is the best sounding box I've got and trust me I've got quite a few. I've got the Kicker I501, the JBL OnBeat Xtreme, Altec Lansing IMT810 and the Monster BeatBox Portable as well. I've listened to the Bose SoundDock 10 that a friend has and honestly it doesn't match this BeatBox. The only thing I'd like to see in this box would be Bluetooth which is suppose to come in a module that can be added at a later date. Trust me if your looking for the greatest sounding iphone/ipod speaker box look no further and grab the Dr. Dre Monster BeatBox.........I promise you won't be disapointed. I will throw a prop out to the Altec Lansing IMT810 which for the money is a close runner up to the BeatBox......it out jams the others as well.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Sound Won't Dissapoint

Written By C2, Santa Barbara on Friday, September 02, 2011
 
Better sound by far (repeat, by far) than anything else I listened to including a couple that were more expensive. Cheaper systems are a complete waste in my opinion, usually sounding worse than mediocre computer speakers. Bass has great punch, vocals are clear. Limited only by the quality of your source. Buy it.
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5 out of 5

Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ Beatbox™

Written By kurt, ellettsville, IN on Saturday, August 20, 2011
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I bought this beatbox without ever listening to it or any other ipod dock. I took the advice of reviews that I read. If you want the best sounding ipod dock you can buy, this has to be it.
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5 out of 5

Awesome sound

Written By DerekT, Dublin, CA on Monday, February 07, 2011
 
There is no better sound dock system out there in the market today that can
compare to the sound quality of this unit. It is simply brilliant. It is
extremely simple to set up and the tiny remote control unit that controls the
iPhone/iPod is fantastic. It is totally worth the price.
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