"Well built. Impressive sound. Big power. Remote nsg."4.0 starson by z06corvette
Pros: Excellent bass response (somewhat dependant on music genre). Midrange and high end are well defined, clear and very listenable. Overall sound quality is as good as, if not better than the B&W Zeppelin or Bose Soundock 10, both much more expensive.
Cons: Cheapy plastic-bubble remote. Plays louder with an iPhone 3Gs versus an iPhone 4.
Summary: I auditioned this unit at my local Apple Store in Portland, Maine. I've been longing for a B&W Zeppelin for the last two years and when I heard this, I immediately felt that this sounded as good, if not better than the much more expensive B&W dock. At $399 this was at the top of my budget. Mesmerized by the bass this thing was putting out, I had to have it. I've had it for two weeks now and overall, I do enjoy it. Things to consider before buying: it plays louder with my wife's iPhone 3Gs than my own iPhone 4, and I'm not sure why. The literature doesn't explicitly state that the Beatbox is compatible with the 4, and I gambled that it was. Sure, you can dock and play the iPhone 4, but the Beatbox immediately syncs its volume level to the volume on the iPhone volume slider, and will not go louder. With the iPhone 3GS you can increase the volume on the iPhone volume slider itself, then increase the volume even further by using the volume control on the Beatbox. Bottom line, if you have an iPhone 3G or 3Gs it will play very LOUD. If you're using an iPhone 4, the sound pressure won't blow you away. Also, the sound quality with dance tracks or hip-hop music is phenomenal: unreal deep bass that will leave your jaw dropping. In other words, play something that was produced by Dre himself and you'll drool. When you play something like classic rock or 80's music, it's not nearly as impressive though it certainly sounds good. Like the literature says, the Beatbox is very dependant upon placement. If it's on a coffee table in the center of a room, that amazing bass is dramatically weakened. If it is against a wall or in the corner, you'll notice a gigantic improvement in the soundstage and deep bass response. As a bonus, the remote control will allow me to skip songs on LAST.FM without having to get off my couch, unlike my old Altec Lansing T612 did. Even with the slight limitations, it's the best sounding, most-powerfull, best-built iPhone/iPod speaker dock on the market right now. I've listened to it for hours on end and most of the time it's making me want to play just one more track...