I’ll start this review out by saying this, you either love Monster products or you hate them. I’ve seen much maligning of the brand on social media and across the Internet and if you’re in that camp, this is not the review for you. As I do with any of my reviews I approach it without prejudices as much as possible. So let’s move on to the Monster Superstar Backfloat review.
- Connects to any music device using a 3.5mm Aux line
- Charges via USB cable (included) attached to a USB power adapter
- Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery
- 7.25in L x 3.25in W x 1.57in D, 0.5 lbs
- 7 hours of playback
- 33 feet, 10 meter wireless range
- IP6 rated waterproof
- Take handsfree calls from any Bluetooth phone, including Apple and Android
- High-performance microphone for crystal-clear phone calls
- Shockproof and rugged
The Superstar Backfloat is lightweight yet feels substantial in the hand, mostly made of plastic but it’s not cheap feeling at all. There’s no doubt that this is a Monster speaker with the distinctive Monster M on the front flanked by the company tagline. While I generally favor minimal branding, I feel this branding is part of Monster’s personality and it’s not gaudy by any means and it fits into the role here. The speaker is nicely designed to fit in your hand nicely making it very easy to move from one place to another. The “acoustically transparent” case is a nice mesh bag that adds very little bulk and can also be used with the speaker inside. Overall the design is slick, modern, hip and well done fitting directly into Monster’s identity.
Monster has been around for a very long time and has always billed themselves as Monsters of sound, working with some of the music industries greats. Not only do they make speakers, they also make headphones, cables and other sound accessories. The Superstar Backfloat is no slouch when it comes to sound, this thing sounds really clear and loud, especially indoors. Working the volume up towards the top levels there is a little distortion but that’s typical of this size of speaker from any maker. Heading towards the outdoors, where I would think most people will use this, the sound degrades a little bit without walls to bounce off of. It’s still plenty loud but without solid objects to reflect sound back it does lose a little of its impact. Overall the Superstar Backfloat has a great sound, just don’t expect deep end bass and thumping club quality sound, I mean, it is a small Bluetooth speaker.
IP6 rated waterproof the Superstar Backfloat is indeed protected from the water and you can throw this into the pool, boat or bathtub and rock out to your favorite tunes. The protective silicon sleeve keeps things from getting wet inside and it’s important to be sure to close the flap on the side that covers the microUSB and AUX ports otherwise you will get water into the speaker, making it not waterproof.
The Monster Superstar Backfloat rings in at $149.95 and that’s honestly pretty close to other name brand speakers on the market of the same features. Overall I think you can’t go wrong with this Monster product, it does exactly what it advertises it supposed to do and it sounds great doing it.