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But thats for audiophiles to bicker about. Monster has moved on in other areas, crafting products designed to appeal to a youthoriented market. It has formed an alliance with Dr Dre and the head of Interscope Records Jimmy Iovine to produce prosumerheadphonesin theMonster Beatsrange.

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The Bottom LineThe Monster Beats by Dr Dre Beatbox iPod Dock is a highend dock thats best suited to lovers of urban grooves and best disregarded by the rest.

The BeatBox is the ranges first iPod dock, and it seems to take its cues from Apples first and only dock, theApple iPod HiFi. Both feature a stereo configuration in a single, similarly d box, and come with an integrated carry handle. But the BeatBox is no doppelganger; it sits apart from Apples creation by offering a softtouch coating, a rubberised volume knob and a dock iPod/iPhone only set off to the side. The Monster also features a steel grille to protect the dual mm long throw bass drivers and two mm concave tweeters. The grille itself isnt particularly rigid, though, and it flexes easily when pressed. While the carry handle is comforle and makes moving the Beatbox around easy, we wonder where youll be carrying it to, as the unit is AC power only.

The Beatbox comes with a small, rudimentary remote, which enables transport controls like Play and Skip, in addition to Volume, but sadly no Menu button. Monster anticipates that youll use the iDevice itself to change artists.

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If theres one thing guaranteed to elicit name calling andbiting of thumbsamongst the audio community, its the topic of audio cables. For years, highend manucturers, such as Monster, have been accused on forums ofpeddling snake oilwith their wellmade but expensive audio and video cables.

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Well made. Plenty loud. Music has plenty of presence. Great for dance and hiphop ns.

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The Bad… but bad for everyone else. Grille feels flimsy. Midrange is recessed. Volume control is funky. No battery option.

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