Beats by Dre, the high-end headphone line built by Monster and endorsed by a rap superstar, has punted out a whole load of new products to ponder. We’ve already warned you about the Justin Bieber headphones so we can more on to the more palatable products – the Beatbox (Beats by Dr Dre’s first iPod dock), Powerbeats (new sports headphones), Beats Pro (for studio heads) and iBeats (cheaper headphones for iPad, iPod and iPhone fans). Head through for all the details…
First up, there’s the Beatbox iPod dock, the first non-headphone product punted out from the Monster/Beats by Dr Dre merchandising machine. It’s a good looking slab of black and we’re promised “a party in a box” thanks to dual proprietary 5.25in bass drivers and 2in concave high frequency drivers.
The Beatbox has a curious trapezoid shape which is apparently so you can stick it in the corner and still fill the room with sound. We suspect it’s designed more for banging out Dre’s 2001 rather than Bieber’s gravest hits. The whole package looks pretty sturdy with an old school power button and volume knob.
Powerbeats are the Beats by Dre offering for active types (so, no one at Electricpig Towers, frankly). Designed with the help of NBA MVP LeBron James, the Powerbeats come in black, red or white and pack dual drivers and a built-in subwoofer. Beats by Dre claim the ear tip design will ensure you can hear important sounds (like cars speeding towards you) and enjoy your music at the same time.
iBeats are a pair of iPhone 4/iPod/iPhone headphones. They have a sealed in-ear design to reduce external noise and a driver design that Beats by Dre claim gives you “deep bass, soaring highs and ultra-clear midrange”. We’ll be the judge of that when we get our hands on them but we do like the solid metal design and tangle resistant cables. They also come with an in-line remote for hands free calls on the iPhone and other smartphones.
Finally there’s the Beats Pro headphones, the Beats by Dre cans for the studio head with cash to spare. The reference headphones pack in ambient noise isolation, have flip up ear cups to let you check out how the room is loving your set (did Agadoo get the wedding rocking like you expected?) and are made of lightweight aluminum.
The new Beats by Dre headphones range from £89.95 for the iBeats to £139.95 for the Powerbeats and £399.95 for the Beats Pro. The Beatbox will also set you back £399.95.
Out November | From £89.95 | Beats by Dre