CNET First Look
Monster BeatboxThe Monster Beatbox may not deliver the most refined sound, but if you're looking for big, aggressive sound from a small box, this is your boy.
[0:00:03] Hi! I'm David Carnoy and I'm here with the Monster Beatbox. The Beatbox has a simple mission: Deliver big sound from a small box. We call it Monster Sound, but the Beatbox doesn't quite go that far. However, it certainly is compact and it certainly plays loud, filling even a fairly sizeable room with rich sound. The first thing you notice about it when you pick it up, yes, there's a convenient carry handle at the top. This guy is heavy weighing in at a solid 13 pounds. [0:00:31] Well, it's not battery power. It's designed to be portable and turn into a party box wherever you take it. No, the unit isn't ruggedized per se, but it appears well built and has an attractive minimalist yet muscular styling to it. There's a power button and volume knob and that's it. On the back, you'll find an auxiliary input for connecting other audio devices and a special port for an optional bluetooth wireless module. At $400, we wish the bluetooth was integrated into the unit, but so it goes. [0:00:59] To get maximum base, Monster recommends sticking the Beatbox in the corner of a room where the wall meets. Alternatively, you can just stick it close to the walls so you can get some reflection for the base. Overall, that base was big and good, thought it didn't exhibit great definition. Crank the volume is what you're meant to do with the Beatbox as we said it plays loud, real loud. It holds together nicely at high volumes. Dance club in your apartment? This will deliver that kind of experience with a minimal amount of equipment. With that said, the trouble is a little bit aggressive [unk] or to put it in another way, the sound is lively and exciting, which some people call bright. [0:01:34] That may seem really good at first, but after an hour or so of listening, some folks might find it a little too lively. And that's where the Beatbox is a nutshell, lots of aggressive sound from a small box. In the end, this is designed to appeal to a certain type of buyer and it does what it's supposed to do very well. If you're someone who doesn't envision playing your music very loud all that often, this probably is overkill and not for you, but if you're looking for a little box that can kick it, [0:02:01] the Beatbox should make your short list. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Monster Beatbox.