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Beats by Dr. Dre™ Pill XL

Portable Bluetooth® speaker system with one-touch pairing

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by Ralph Graves
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How do you want music from your smartphone or tablet to sound? Make it extra-large with the Beats Pill XL! This portable Bluetooth system is loud enough to fill a big room or deliver rich sound on your deck, making it ideal for parties indoors and out.

Beats Pill XL Dr Dre

Bluetooth connectivity for music and talk

The Pill XL is compatible with virtually all Bluetooth-enabled devices, including your Android™ phone or tablet, iPhone®, iPad®, or portable game console. Its NFC (Near Field Communication) technology gives you simple, one-touch Bluetooth pairing with compatible devices.

You can also use the Pill XL as a speakerphone. When your smartphone's paired with the system, you can accept calls and carry on conversations hands-free. Echo cancellation and feedback control keep your calls clear.

The signature Beats sound

Like all Beats products, the Pill XL has a sound profile crafted to Dr. Dre's exacting standards. The system's four built-in speakers deliver clear highs, detailed mids, and, of course, plenty — and we mean plenty — of bass.

Want to go even bigger? Just tap two Pill XLs together and they'll both start playing your streaming music simultaneously. Tap them twice and they automatically divide the workload into left and right channels: now you've got a dynamite wireless stereo system to really pump out the jams.

Portable convenience

The Pill XL's comes ready to travel — just grab its integrated handle and go. You get up to 15 hours of continuous play from the built-in rechargeable battery. And the system's auto-shutoff feature turns the XL off after ten minutes of inactivity, further extending the battery life. Charge the Pill XL via the included AC adapter.

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Highlights:

  • built-in Bluetooth with NFC (Near Field Communication) one-touch pairing
  • wireless range: 30'
  • built-in microphone for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
  • two 1" tweeters, two 2" midrange drivers, and a 2" square down-firing passive radiator
  • minijack auxiliary input for laptops, handheld game consoles, and other portable devices (minijack cable included)
  • minijack line level output
  • USB port for charging your phone or other portable device (charging cable not included)
  • two Beats XL can be synced for simultaneous output (for mult-room use), or paired for left and right stereo output
  • built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 15 hours
  • auto shut-off after 10 minutes of inactivity
  • built-in handle
  • AC power adapter
  • 16"W x 6"H x 6"D
  • weight: 3.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Bluetooth powered speaker
  • AC power adapter (w/ 57" DC cord)
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • 54" Stereo minijack cable
  • Carrying case
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Beats by Dr Dre brochure
  • Beats Music brochure
  • Important Safety Guidelines
  • Limited Warranty
  • Beats logo sticker

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Features

Active Bluetooth Speaker: The Beats Pill XL by Dr Dre is a self-powered, portable Bluetooth speaker. It features two 1" tweeters, two 2" midrange drivers, and a built-in amplifier. The speaker system also contains a 2" square down-firing passive radiator. The Beats Pill XL speaker produces dynamic sound with clear highs and deep bass.

Bluetooth Technology: The Beats Pill XL by Dr Dre is ideal for your Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, Windows PC, Mac computer, or other Bluetooth compatible devices. The Beats Pill XL supports Bluetooth audio streaming with basic control (A2DP/AVRCP) and Bluetooth hands-free communication (HFP), as well as a simple pairing procedure.

  • Wireless Audio Streaming: The Beats Pill XL Bluetooth speaker streams stereo music wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices such as your smartphone, tablet, computer, laptop, or other device. You'll be able to listen to stored music and music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled device through the Beats Pill XL speaker. You'll also be able to control basic music playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track from Pill XL. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device for advance music navigation and to view song/artist information.
  • Hands-Free Communication: The Beats Pill XL has a built-in microphone and Answer/End button, so you can use it as a hands-free speakerphone to answer, reject, and put on hold incoming calls. Use the Pill XL to answer phone calls, talk on Skype, or with Facetime. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to view video calls, manually enter phone number, and control advanced phone functions.
  • Simple Pairing (w/ NFC): A single button press pairs your Bluetooth-enabled device with the Beats Pill XL by Dr Dre. The speaker also supports NFC (Near-Field Communication) technology for pairing; simply tap your NFC-enabled Android smartphone (OS 4.0+) to the NFC tag on the side of the speaker for instant pairing with the Pill XL (not available for all phones). The Pill XL can remember up to eight devices, but can only pair with one device at a time. Once paired, the Beats Pill XL will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 33').
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Beats Pill XL by Dr Dre.

Beats Bond: You can sync two Beats Pill XL's by tapping them together to play the same song in two different rooms of your home. You can also tap two Beats Pill XL's together twice for stereo music listening, making one Beats Pill XL the left output and the other the right.

Aux Input + Audio Output: In addition to built-in Bluetooth, the Beats Pill XL is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of almost any portable audio player with a headphone output. There is also a 3.5mm audio output jack to feed the Pill XL's audio signal to another home audio system.

USB Charging Port: The Beats Pill XL is capable of recharging the battery of your Bluetooth-enabled device from the speaker's built-in USB (type-A) port. Simple connect your mobile device to the Bluetooth speaker with the USB cable that comes with your device. Now you don't need to carry an extra charger to keep your devices powered up. This USB port does not support audio playback.

Rechargeable Battery: The Beats Pill XL Bluetooth speaker has a built-in, rechargeable battery that provides up to 15 hours of playback time on a single charge. The battery is easily recharged from the speaker's included AC power adapter and power cord. The AC power adapter and cord can also be used to power the speaker.

Note: The speaker system will automatically shut off after ten minutes of no signal detection to save power.

Built-in Handle: The Beats Pill XL by Dr Dre is lightweight and features a built-in handle for easy carrying and portability.

 
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Size doesn't mean everything!

Written By John A, Staten Island, NY on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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I was looking for an audio solution when I'm in my back yard, obviously portability and bluetooth was my 1st priority. Ringo suggested the pill XL because of my price range and requirements. When I seen how small this was, I was ready to send it back. When I played it, I couldn't believe the sound from such a small speaker! I have no regrets!

Pros:
Sound, and portability! plus you get usb charging also!
Cons:
None at all On another note from someone thats invested in Sonos, it would have been nice to have them as an option, but nothing against this beats system
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