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Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Pill+ Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 3034 reviews

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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound for bass-heavy music

    Posted
    BobM

    First let me say that I shopped in the store and was able to connect with my phone listen to my own music before buying. The environment is noisy, but it did help. Secondly I bought two units (this was the first), took them home, and returned them each the next day before settling on a third. Best Buy handled this smoothly. Sometimes brick-and-mortar beats online shopping. I looked at the Beats Pill+ for $180, the Sony SRS-XB3 for $130, and the Bose Soundlink Mini II for $180, in that order. The Beats had good volume, good sound for bass-heavy music, bass boost, and USB-to-lightening cable power. I returned it for less-than excellent sound, and I was disappointed that the lightening cable was only for power - I had thought it would be used for high quality connection to my iPhone, but that is by bluetooth like the others. Also, the sound effects when turning it on and off were loud and obnoxious. Back it went. The Sony had very good volume, good sound for all music, bass boost, but the power is by wall charger with proprietary jack. This was a deal-killer for me, since I want to be able to charge it in the car. For sound alone this may be the best of the three, but back it went. It's also the largest of the three. The Bose had the lowest volume of the three. I generally think that Bose is highly over-rated, however, the sound is quite good considering its size. Reasonable bass, midrange, and treble. No adjustments available. Power is by USB-to-miniUSB, which can be plugged directly into the speaker or into a very nice charging cradle. Voice prompts are useful and not obnoxious like the Beats. There is a rubber pad on the bottom which is good for a table top or dashboard top. All three units are heavy for their size. None are miraculous for sound, since physics limits what can be done with that small size. For household or outdoor use, the Sony may be the best. For overall flexibility including the car, I chose the Bose. Beats may be good for bass-heavy music, particular in the Apple world.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    greater speaker

    Posted
    Suyun

    There are a lot of brands of Bluetooth speakers on the business market, but if you enjoy listening to a good quality, simple, and extremely fashionable speaker then Beats Pill+ is the perfect choice for you. When I was looking for a speaker to purchase I looked at many different brands. One of the biggest concerns that I had was the quality behind the speakers. Beats by Dre has a reputation for having really good speaker quality, but these speakers specifically offer surprisingly deep base with great sound quality. They would be great if you are outside with your friends or trying to listen at home while the speaker is in another room. Beat Pill+ works with almost every major phone and computer. You can connect with both Android and Apple products just by connecting it to Bluetooth or connecting it with a USB plug to any device. The four buttons on top of the Pill+ make changing songs and volume simple. If that wasn’t enough, there is a “b” button that can connect when you want to start or end a phone call. This speaker is for someone that would really want a speaker which is convenient to operate in a very simple manner. Unlike the first two motivating factors. If you’re looking for a speaker that will impress your friends then you can’t get any better than Beats by Dre. They have a reputation for being someone of the most stylish speakers on the market. The outside is a matte finish non-slip texture, which gives the appeal of being high-tech and expensive. The price is a bit expensive compared to other speakers, but when compared to the sound quality and ease of use they don’t seems to cost all that much. I can only assume good sound quality costs more money. Some people would say that the battery life isn’t as long as they would like, but this seems to depend more on the volume level and how long they tend to listens. I would recommend these speakers to anyone that would like to purchase a good quality, easy to use, and stylish portable speaker system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

    Posted
    Sdr1219
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    I now own two of these. I brought one about 6 months ago. I love it. The sound quality is excellent. It holds a charge for a long time. If you play it will the volume up really loud you will not distort the sound but you will drop the battery life. I got a second one b/c Best Buy was running and excellent Thabksgiving dale and dropped the retail price from around 225 to 159. I love have the two playing together. I will put them in different times or in the same room. And the sound really fills the room when I use them together. Just by itself though this little guy fills a room. You can hear the highs and the lows and play a wide variety of music. The quality is outstanding. I would say you can play your beats stereo for about 8-10 hours on one full charge. One nice feature I like is that you can use the divine to charge things. I have done this while camping. I used my Beats Stereo to charge up my iPhone and I still had power left to play some tunes that night. This is an excellent product. Apple allows you to download a Beats App for free from their stor and you can use the application on an Android device or Apple device. It allows you to do a few applications with your Beats stereo if you have 2 of them. It’s an easy to use application. The stereo is well made. You can tell right out of the box. It’s heavy. Very portable. I love. One. And if u get one, you will not regret it. They come in the colors Red, Black or White.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker, just not in white

    Posted
    TDogg
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    These speakers are pretty great, the sound quality is very good(I'm an audiophile) and the volume is decent as well. I work in a lab environment and on the weekends I like to crank up some tunes. I will admit that I bought a pair of these and paired together they really fill out a large room, while one is really more suited for a decent sized bedroom or bathroom. Overall I'm really happy with these speakers, especially if you catch them on sale, and please listen to other reviewers, about how dirty the white ones can get and even the white carry bag can get filthy just from everyday use, I actually ended up trading these in for a pair in black. I would also add that since Apple now owns Beats, these are tailor made for interfacing with iPhones and iPods from the lightning charging port and included lightning cable to the free Beats app the interface is pretty slick and one of the main reasons I chose this speaker over the competition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound with Added Features

    Posted
    Jerryinthe312

    Well built speaker. Clearly well constructed and feels hefty but not heavy. Sound across the range is great but definitely soars with bass-featured music (e.g., rap, dance, house). Though, sounds great with singer/songwriters and classic rock as well. Added features of being able to charge a device (e.g., iPhone, Android phone) while listening to music can be a lifesaver as the speaker doubles as a portable battery in a pinch. Speakerphone microphone is crystal clear and actual exceeds the clarity of my headphones with mic. And there is an added convenience if you have an iOS device (i.e., iPod touch, iPhone), you can use the changing cable for the device and for the Pill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great bluetooth speaker

    Posted
    jd159
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    This Pill is far superior to the original pill and it plays very well for a speaker in it's class. I can actually compare this to the $300 Bose SoundLink! The SoundLink is great if you want to listen to songs that aren't as bass heavy and the SoundLink distorts at higher volumes. This Pill+ handles higher volumes with ease and the bass is still pretty good! Didn't notice a loss in audio quality. If you bass in a "small" bluetooth speaker is your number one priority I would definitely look at JBL Xtreme (for $300). The Pill+ has no problem filling a large room with sound and is loud enough to drown out kitchen noises. My primary reason for getting this is to listen to music while cooking so it does a good job at being louder than the blender, food processor, etc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not so great and Product Description Wrong

    Posted
    JoeP848
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    I bought this Bluetooth speaker because I was looking for a speaker to use in my office and also to take on the go. I read a lot of reviews on it that all said good things about this speaker sound and battery life. I was not impressed by the sound. A lot of beats products focus on the lows, this speaker kind of lacks in that. It does have a more balance range but I was expecting the beats signature exaggerated bass. The battery life is good and I got no complaints there. It is even a nice size to toss in your bag whenever you need to take it with you. Also, beats switched to the Apple lightning cable to charge it so that was a plus, since I already keep one at all times for my IPhone. What really was a negative for me was that the description said this included a soft carrying case. It did not and when I took it back the person at the store said it didn’t show up in their system with that description. The Best Buy website shows it and it was wrong. Regular price was $220, I would never pay that for this product. I bought it on sale and ended up gifting it to my kids who liked it more.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound

    Posted
    Ajay
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    First time I heard its sound at one of my friend's house and since then i decided to buy it. By my good luck being an elite plus member i get few discount offers from best buy and i am able to buy it. it is little expensive but after applying my discount it hardly cost me that much. Now me and my wife both use it daily. I ordered it online and when it came to me, it was little damaged, i visit my nearest best buy and best buy provide me one of the best service by simply replacing it with a new one whereas the new one was a little costlier than the one i ordered through online but they did without costing any extra dollar. So for me, both are best, my beat pill+ and the service of best buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Louder Than the Beats Pill 2.0

    Posted
    LeAudiophoner
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    The Beats Pill+ is my favorite purchase yet. I love it, but I would only change the color of it. Because I bought the white Beats Pill+ and it becomes dirtier much faster, and is easily stained. I love how music comes out from both sides and how it sounds so loud. The bluetooth connection is very refined, but the quality of the sound and music actually sounds better on the Beats Pill 2.0. I think the biggest + to the Beats Pill+ is that it is louder. It's overall a great buy if and when you're conscious of what you're buying. The Beats Pill+ is a great purchase for the self and for others to enjoy. It would be a heck of a gift, but I believe is better enjoyed by the one, for others. If I ever lost it or had it stolen I wouldn't buy another one. If and when, I would move on to a cheaper speaker. And I wouldn't recommend it to a friend only because it's not your average purchase, I don't like the price, but I like the product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not What I Expected from Beats By Dre

    Posted
    msvette012
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    I waited a few months to write this review. After using the wireless speaker for a day or so, I was so impressed that I bought another one to have that stereo sound affect. Well after a few days, instead of both speakers working together, the volume on one of the speakers would just drop (either the left or right would play not both at the same time.) This happened several times so I decided to immediately return one and keep the other. After a few days of playing, I noticed the speaker would play well with a great bass sound and then out of no where the bass would just drop off. The volume would go down for no reason. I had to manually push the "B" button for it to play again using the bass. I am truly disappointed because I thought Beats by Dre was one of the better brand. I guess not.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker, especially for iPhone users

    Posted
    gmoney
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    Picked it up over the holidays on sale, and very happy with the purchase. The deciding factor was that it charged using a Lightning cable so we could use the cables we have around the house for our iPhones. Build quality is solid, love the gauge that shows remaining power for the battery, like that you can charge other phones using the USB out. The sound is fine, plays loud enough, and happy that the bass is not “boomy” as Beats items are generally known for. I liked that the speaker is directional and has some sound separation for a speaker this size. App works fine, wish you could adjust sound profile, and tempted to add a second one to pair it around the house. I don’t think I would ever pay msrp for any speaker this size, but it’s a good value at the current sale price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little speaker - The + makes the difference

    Posted
    Kdiggity
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    I was in the market for a better sounding Bluetooth speaker. I have used the JAM speaker for my desk at work, but needed something more substantial for listening to music at home. I had considered the Bose soundlink bluetooth speaker, but after hearing the Pill +, there was no competition. The Pill+ sounds great with a wide range of music from Metal to Hip-Hop. The Pill+ is worth the extra money. It has a lightning port in the back to charge an iPhone, which is really convenient and and added bonus. It also has the ability to allow for 2 streaming devices so you and another person can switch control and play music from 2 different devices. This is leaps and bounds above the regular Pill, which I was not impressed by at all. I have had this speaker for a while now, and don't regret the purchase. It pairs easily with iPhones and android devices. Get this speaker and kick out the jams!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding BT speakers

    Posted
    bmper
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    Have done back to back comparisons between the Pill+ against all the current offerings from the major competitors using my own source material and equalization settings. (Sony, Bose, JBL, Polk, etc) The Pill+ had the best stereo separation for been a single speaker as well as a good reproduction of the high, mids, and low frequencies for been such a small unit. There are probably better BT speakers out there, but not for the particular form factor of these speakers. Sony's SRS-HG1's came in a close second, I guess it all depending on the price point, since I was able to purchase the Pill+ speakers for a lower price than the SRS-HG1's, so it was a good value. For full retail price it would have been a real toss up between the two. The only reason why I subtracted a star was because of the MSRP price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best sounding portable BT Speaker

    Posted
    CraigM
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    Spectacular sound. Crisp, detailed full-range sound - best I've heard for a portable BT speaker (and I've tried a lot of them). Most portable BT speakers use "full range" drivers - one driver that attempts to produce the entire frequency range. This Beats+ speaker utilizes separate tweeters and mid/bass drivers (2 of each) --- nothing beats (no pun intended :) separate drivers, when done right. This speaker is built with quality - in design, construction, usability, and most importantly, results (ie, sound reproduction). Lows, mids and highs are all well represented - and this speaker shines in the more difficult to reproduce accurately mids and high frequencies both. It's the best I've heard for a speaker this size.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    If you love bass you will love it.

    Posted
    Utshav
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    This speaker might be small but packs a good punch with a lot of bass which is well balanced. Full volume in a closed room gets very loud considering the form factor. Although in outdoor settings its not so loud which is not surprising. The only downside is the power button kind of feels a little loose when i press it, after about year of heavy use. The battery also lasts a very good amount of time as long as you are not rocking it in full volume. Connectivity in this device is also very simple i just wish it was compatible with Apple Airplay for better use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This thing is AWESOME!

    Posted
    DimIze
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    I love this little guy. We put it out by the pool - each of us can connect to it (Apple, Android, Windows - only one at a time) and play music. Today, I took it to a small team meeting where I was presenting. It was perfect for the room, 15 attendees, and directed PC output to the Pill. It is perfect for 1-30 people in a room 15x20. Don't imagine this would serve yourself as a Sound Bar for a TV or something of that nature. It is a great resource for streaming wireless music for a small gathering, streaming sound from a PC/Tablet in a team meeting, or a small presentation. I like the charging cord so my family (non-Android) can charge their iPhones. you can charge concurrently while listening.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Ok, but I upgraded to MegaBoom

    Posted
    mplockridge
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    Was looking for a cheaper alternative to Harmon Kardon Studio speaker. This was a Deal of the Day and discounted heavily. Other reviewers say it's good for bass-heavy music, but I found the sound generally thin. This retails for about half the price of the H/K, but sounds like it should be 1/3 the price. I returned and bought Ultimate Ears MegaBoom for similar price. Much happier with that speaker. Both are portable, but UE MegaBoom advertises it is drop/water proof (within limits). I is a bit funkier to look at, but sounds much richer. Both distort at highest volume levels, but the BeatsPill wasn't able to get as loud period, and started distortion at a lower volume level.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I wish half-stars were an option.

    Posted
    pjal84
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    I really wanted this to be perfect and I had high expectations. I wasn't disappointed but it's just not perfect. Good size and weight. I like the ability to rename the device with the app if you download it. Now that Beats is an Apple brand I LOVE the fact that it is charged via Lightning like an iDevice. I wish the included wall adapter was a 2.4A charger so it could recharge iPads quickly but its not. The built-in USB port lets you use this as a portable battery if needed when you bring the wall adapter and included Lightning cable. Sound performance is a bit flat but much better than previous Beats attempts but for me lacks a bit behind the JBL Charge 2+. Buy it on sale like I did and it'll check all the right boxes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pill+

    Posted
    Scott
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    I did a little research prior to my purchase. Decided to by two Pill+speakers. Utilizing the downloadable app to control the speakers to allow each speaker to work individually as a stereo pair is amazing. I have used these for a week now and did notice on one occasion that it dropped the stereo pairing. I believe this was an app glitch, not speaker issue. These certainly are no comparison in timbre to my Paradigm Studio 100’s. That being said, they certainly are a great mobile, well sounding and affordable speaker when you don’t care to stuff sound in your ear.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Packs a punch!

    Posted
    Gtracer
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    I was absolutely shocked at this thing. I had high expectations from my experience with Beats wireless headphones and this did not disappoint. I wanted something compact and wireless for my patio, while I grilled dinner or had a drink outside. The range of tones out of such a small device is excellent. The one surprising thing about it was the weight, this sucker is not a lightweight! Connectivity is incredibly easy and confirmed by a simple tone once Bluetooth is connected. I absolutely recommend the pill. Amazing bang for the buck!

    I would recommend this to a friend