Mohu – makers of consumer-favorite over-the-air antennas – has entered the “world of high-end” audio. Yes, you read that right. Mohu has released the BeBox, a $499 portable sound system with a built-in Android tablet.

Leaning heavily on its experience with Android’s operating system learned from Mohu Channels, the antenna-gone-speaker manufacturer feels that it can compete in this space.

Mohu’s BeBox looks much like other portable wireless sound systems on the market today. Similarly, it has many of the same features such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, built-in USB ports and access to a myriad of streaming sources. There are five speakers built-in, including a six-inch long woofer, two dome tweeters and a pair of mid-range drivers. Mohu claims its system will “fill a room with warm, deep bass, lifelike clarity and a full range of sound”.

“Our mission in the TV cord-cutting world has always focused on giving consumers choice, simplicity and the best entertainment experience possible,” said Mark Buff founder and CEO of Mohu. “We’re taking that same spirit to music lovers, who crave big sound and the flexibility to access all of their audio listening experiences simply. By reaching back in time to the boombox for inspiration, we’ve upgraded it with a powerful Android tablet to give listeners the audio experience that even Marty McFly would be proud to discover.”

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The BeBox defers from others in that it has a built-in Android tablet and touchscreen display for navigating through menus and finding music. While an Android tablet may not be my first choice for quality, the approach of having a touchscreen display sets Mohu’s newest release apart from similar offerings at this price point. The system runs on Android OS 4.4.2 and is powered by a ARM Cortex A7 quad-core processor.

Mohu has included an eight hour battery for on-the-go listening as well as a microUSB slot for adding your own music. From the outset, users will be able to access music libraries from the Google Play Store as well as other sources.

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At $499, Mohu has some convincing to do. Many consumers are more likely to opt for trusted and established brands like Bose when looking to spend this much money. On the other hand, price-conscious consumers may be more likely to reach for a Bluetooth option from JBL or UE. It will be interesting to follow the path of the Mohu BeBox as it tries to establish itself amongst more notable names in the industry. The Mohu BeBox is available today for a special price of $449 when promo code LAUNCHPARTY is applied during checkout.

Looking for an all-in-one wireless solution? We recommend the SONOS PLAY:1 Starter Pack which includes two speakers at a special $349 price during the holidays.

Mohu Launches BeBox to Bring Big Sound Back to Portable Audio

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Mohu, creator of the popular paper-thin indoor HDTV antenna, today launched BeBox, the world’s first hi-fidelity boombox music system with a built-in HD Android touchscreen tablet. Debuting at a time when movable wireless speakers demand consumers choose convenience over sound quality, Mohu BeBox combines the powerful sound of the high-end speakers with portability and built-in intelligence that allows users to access all of their audio experiences. Priced at just$499, the BeBox is now available for purchase at http://bebox.gomohu.com/.

“Our mission in the TV cord-cutting world has always focused on giving consumers choice, simplicity and the best entertainment experience possible,” said Mark Buff founder and CEO of Mohu. “We’re taking that same spirit to music lovers, who crave big sound and the flexibility to access all of their audio listening experiences simply. By reaching back in time to the boombox for inspiration, we’ve upgraded it with a powerful Android tablet to give listeners the audio experience that even Marty McFly would be proud to discover.”

With five speakers, including a six inch long high-performance throw woofer, two soft dome tweeters and two midrange drivers, BeBox fills a room with a warm, deep bass, lifelike clarity and full range of sound. Users have untethered access to musical variety by using BeBox’s Wi-Fi capability and easy-to-use Android tablet to download personal applications, playlists and musical libraries using the Google Play store.

Designed for Hi-Fi on-the-go consumers who also enjoy listening to music as a shared experience, BeBox also allows users to connect external devices in a variety of ways, including via Bluetooth, a 3.5mm Jack, USB port and a MicroSD card slot. In addition, BeBox was designed for long-haul listening with an eight hour internal battery source for entertainment on the go.

To view the full list of BeBox technical specifications, please visit: http://bebox.gomohu.com/bebox-tech-specs/.

About Mohu Mohu is a consumer electronics manufacturer dedicated to leading the audio listening and TV cord-cutting revolutions. The company’s approach to TV and audio is founded on the motto “Be Set Free,” making its products simple to use, and enabling consumers to have an exceptional experience without burdensome costs or constraints. Since introducing the world’s first paper-thin Leaf HDTV Indoor Antenna in 2011, Mohu has helped its customers save more than $300 million by reducing or eliminating costly monthly cable and satellite bills. Available at major retailers and ecommerce sites, Mohu offers a full line of high-quality, easy-to-install and cost-effective HDTV antenna and audio products. For more information, visit www.gomohu.com.

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