Dr. Dre Beatbox Available March 11th Through AT&T for $400, Press Release Tips ICS for HTC Vivid “In the Coming Weeks”

AT&T have announced that they are now offering Dr. Dre Beatbox for $400. It’s an accessory which is definitely aimed to challenge Jawbone’s JAMBOX. Compared to that, though, it seems grossly overpriced. You’re getting Bluetooth functionality and likely exceptional sound, but if it’s anything like their line of headphones you should definitely be able to find better quality for better value elsewhere.

We can’t pass judgment just yet, though, so don’t count it out. Tucked away in the press release was a note that the HTC Vivid would be receiving Beats by Dre functionality and profiles as well as a new Sense experience through a forthcoming upgrade to Android 4.0.

Furthermore, they mentioned that this upgrade would be on its way “in the coming weeks.” The coming weeks could even be a couple of months from now – I’ve heard many “in the coming weeks” time frames transgress a period of months – so don’t get your hopes up too soon. Read on for full press details.

Music The Way The Artist Intended, Beats By Dr. Dre Beatbox Available Exclusively From AT&T March 11

Latest Beats Product Offers AT&T Customers the Ultimate Experience in Sound Quality
Dallas, Texas, March 05, 2012

  • AT&T customers will soon be able to enjoy their favorite music wherever they are when the Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ Beatbox Portable high performance wireless audio system arrives in white and black, exclusively from AT&T* at company-owned stores or online at www.att.com beginning March 11 for $399.00.
  • Beats By Dr. Dre offers rich, full sounds with professional-grade sound engineering to play the music how the artist intended with a distortion-free sound at higher volume and real bass at all levels.
  • The Beatbox will be featured on AMERICAN IDOL Wednesday March 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX when mentor and Beats By Dr. Dre co-founder Jimmy Iovine incorporates the high performance wireless audio system into his coaching sessions with the finalists.
  • AT&T recently announced the HTC One X™ with Beats By Dr. Dre Audio™ integration letting customers experience rich, full sounds with professional-grade sound engineering in videos, gaming and music.
  • In the coming weeks, HTC Vivid™ customers will be able to enjoy the optimized audio experience through an upcoming software update that will provide Android 4.0, an updated HTC Sense™ experience and Beats By Dr. Dre Audio profiles.
  • Authentic Sound On-The-Go

The Beats By Dr. Dre Beatbox lets customers take the power of Beats wherever they go and features:

  • Portable inputs that provide a built-in Dock Connector for smartphones or portable music players, plus Bluetooth™ wireless.
  • Full-featured remote with On/Off, Volume, Mute, Scan and Skip buttons.
  • Easy-carry handles on both sides.
  • The ability to operate on either 6 D-cell batteries or a computer power supply.
  • A 5.25 inch woofer and 3.5 MM input for other sources.

In addition to the Beats By Dr. Dre Beatbox, AT&T will begin carrying the following Beats accessories in-store and online beginning March 11:

  • Wireless HD Stereo Bluetooth Headphones, $280 – Engineered by Monster® with a built-in microphone and control buttons on the ear cups for hands-free mobile calling and track and volume control.
  • Beats™ Solo™ HD Headphones, $200 – Feature high definition sound, proprietary titanium coated driver technology and a comfortable, lightweight design that is ideal for active lifestyles.
  • UR Beats™ In-ear Headphones, $99 – Includes the signature Beats experience in a sleek, compact design. Solid metal housing resists vibrations for the purest sound without sonic side effects, while ControlTalk makes hands-free calling and music control possible.
  • Quotes

“As more customers begin to use their smartphone as their primary portable music device, it becomes more important for them to be able to enjoy premium sound quality no matter where they are,” said Michael Cowan, director, product marketing management – Accessories, AT&T Mobility. “The Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox gives consumers an opportunity to experience their music in its purest form without sacrificing quality for portability.”

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  • JoeyKhache

    Beats sucks..

  • ari_free

    Sense and Insensibility.

  • Magus2300

    Dr. Dre: I’m still relevant!  Love me!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UDULQFCLEXI4PRUQGIBNGEWVKQ John

  • Md Wajeeh

    The ICS for VIvid has already arrived… Head over to the XDA forums if you want proof…

  • Jon doe

    Dammmn is it really $400?…..Dre be hanging round snoop dogg 2 much…..

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    I feel a little sorry for all the suckers who are buying into this trendy overpriced Beats fad.

    I’m thinking about printing up a little business card to hand out to all the posers I see pass me by with the ‘b’ on their gaudy headphones. It’d read something like:

    “Psst. You paid way too much for a bass-heavy hardware equalizer preset that you can do in software for free, AND the headphone build quality isn’t that great either, compared to Sennheiser, et al. Become douche-free by selling ‘em to an even bigger douche on Ebay. You’re welcome! (Oh, and I know the truth hurts, but if you’re thinking about kicking my ass for ‘insulting you’, you can try, but I’ll Beat your precious headphones into the pavement first.)”

    The dude does not abide

  • pr1nyc1

    Id rather support Dr. Dre than feed myself and family. Cant wait to get this

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Craig-Becker/649434881 Craig Becker

    overpriced. 

    Jambox is money and reasonably priced.  For 400 bucks I would get Bose or something industry proven.  Im not a pro basketball player, I dont care if people seeing me listen to music on something that isnt endorsed by a Legendary rapper.  Which is all Beats has going for it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UDULQFCLEXI4PRUQGIBNGEWVKQ John

       i tested both the Jambox ($200) and the Bose SoundLink ($300).  i was skeptical of both.  IMO Jambox sucks.  volume was poor and sound was not very clear.  Bose SoundLink was MUCH MUCH louder and clearer.  my suggestion is to go test one in a Bose store with your phone before you buy ANYTHING.  it will blow you away.  good luck.

      • $6143719

        You do know the jambox is over a year and the Bose is “newer”. They obviously had time to improve upond the jambox.

  • GawkerRedesignSucks

    HOLY CRAP!  People actually pay that kind of money for this crap?  

    • TheCaprican

      Lol they are abundant.

  • lordofthereef

    Before people rip on the price, there IS a bigger jambox launching that I would expect to be in this ballpark. Maybe this is meant to compete directly with THAT model?

  • the_suffering

    $400 for a bluetooth speaker?

    i can not LOL big enough

  • Elemetrix

    Sonos money for something that does less.. hmm

  • duong ngo

    All you guys are just hater. If people feel like buying 400$ speaker and if they have the money, then so be it. I would not buy them but whatever.

    • TheCaprican

      Not all of us here are “haters”. They are more rational people

  • NexusGurl

    Another Gimmick… overpriced piece of $hit

  • bryce850

    I just love people getting mad about something other people may buy its there money lol… that would be lime me yelling at everyone that drives Chevy because I dislike them

    • $6143719

      It’s mainstream so it must suck attitude. It’s better to be hardcore buying obscure brand headphones and headphone amps that cost also as much as the headphones. There’s a reason why Beats are on top and it’s marketing and sales – its all a cycle anyways.

      Someone’s waving their fist in the air listening to their Sony Walkmans and Koss Porta Pro saying everything’s overpriced.

  • Robert Manser

    Are you kidding me saying you can find better else where, what a joke beats are one if the best who came up with writing this article.

    • 1drumshark

      Have you ever heard of Ultrasone, Sennheiser, AKG, Audio-Technica, or Sure? All make VASTLY better, professional quality hardware. No self respecting producer actually uses beats. Dre doesnt even use them. he probly uses Sure or Sennheiser. He’s a merketing genius, and he capitalizes of this stupidity of the masses.

      • Robert Manser

        IDIOT IT’S PERSONAL CHOICE AND TO SAY BEAT’S ARE HORRIBLE YOU MUST NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD GOOD HEADPHONE’S.

        • pr1nyc1

          Go to Worst Buy, try out Beats, and try out Klipsch Image One. See which sounds better.

  • Robert Manser

    Gotta love hatters i own beats phone, laptop, in ear, over ear and havent found better headphones anywhere else.

    • 1drumshark

      Then you havent looked anywhere else. Or you’re stupid. The choice is yours :)

  • http://phandroid deh2002

    I’m not concerned with the speaker at all. My thoughts are about the vivid with ics. I had one when it 1st came out and really liked it but decided to get a gsm galaxy nexus and returned the vivid. Now I’m either going to buy another one or but the htc x one written It’s released.
    I’m staying away from Samsung until they tone down the circus clown looking touchwiz ui. Say what you will, I’ve gotten very tired of tw and what little it offers, so I’m here for you htc, come get my money please. Bring some lube and be gentle and I won’t squeal as much.
    Thank you

  • Joshwa1

    Great iphone/ipod dock!!

  • polarbehr76

    great more beats garbage

  • val

    6 d cell batteries refills on a $400 peice of equipment? I just got a bose soundlink. No comparable product on the market yet. Performance, build quality & experience wise. I now use a combo of phones and tablets for music only. No more cd’s/tapes.The portable bluetooth speaker market will continue to grow as adoption to the technology grows. If you don’t have portable bluetooth speaker yet, you will soon.

    • 1drumshark

      You’re bashing beats, and you buy Bose, which is essentilly, a slightly better version, with slightly better build quality…. Kudos.

    • $6143719

      I hope you know the beats speaker is more than x10 bigger than the Soundlink. You can’t easily stuff it in your purse like the Soundlink. Bigger = more expensive in this case. Your Bose would cost way more if it was the same size and Bose is more premium $$$$ than Beats.

  • TheCaprican

    Lol overpriced, over hyped piece of garbage only good for the insecure, pretentious people.

  • val
  • Fixxmyhead

    I think that beats audio thing is a cheap gimmick but that’s just me

  • BigCiX

    I gotta donate my left nutt in order to pay for that overpriced product.

  • $6143719

    Behringer’s iNuke Boom cost $30,000 and is 8 x 4 foot….makes Beats quite a bargain.

  • val

    Yes bigger therefore not portable and beats trying to say thier device is portable with 6 d cell batteries? They needed to also add a rechargeable battery to it.

  • FatFredJones

    As someone who dislikes the sound of the Beats headphones, I must say that the original Beatbox sounds great. Its in a completely different league as far as sound quality goes. The main differences between the original Beatbox and this new one is that the original has two woofers and is NOT battery operated. I have not heard this new, portable iteration.

    For music on the go, I have the Altec Lansing iMT800 (iMT810 is current model) and it’s ahead of anything you can put up against it when comparing portable music systems, and even goes up against some of the top, non-portable units.

  • InspectorGadget80

    Would never buy bass beats WAY TOO OVER PRICE. AT&T you can suck your expensive Bass beats speakers I prefer BOSE over this. 400$ I can buy a whole new phone with out contract with that money. and what bout us Atrix users? That phone been out LONGER than the VIVID or the GALAXY S II USERS

  • sloppybones

    You guys are hilarious. Let people do what they want to do with their money. Beats are bass heavy bc they were invented for bass heavy music aka RAP. The majority of the world doesn’t know much of a difference. Let it be children.

  • Manuel Chao

    Yes well you can make up for the price by saving on the AT&T Uverse bundle…