The boombox gained popularity in the United States in the mid-seventies and its popularity continued on into the very early nineties when the Walkman took its place. I remember my old silver Panasonic boombox with dual cassette deck and ridiculously massive speakers and lots of faux chrome, lots of it. The boombox was a bit of a status symbol back in those days and it showcased your personal musical taste and style. Now Monster is revisiting the past and bringing it into the future with the SuperStar Monster Blaster Bluetooth speaker, read on for our full review!
- Lifetime Warranty when purchased directly from Monsterproducts.com
- One time, no fault replacement when purchased directly from Monsterproducts.com. If the Blaster has any issues (your fault or ours) return the product and get a replacement.
- 1 year standard warranty when purchased from our authorized dealers.
- Indoor and Outdoor EQ Modes
- Powerful Sound for Large, Open Spaces
- Splash Resistant for Outdoor Use
- Bi-Directional Driver Design with full range drivers in angled 360⁰ orientation
- Down-Firing Integrated Powered Subwoofer
- NFC For Quick Pairing
- USB Charge Out
- 1/8” Aux-In, Microphone Input
The SuperStar Monster Blaster isn’t anywhere near as huge as the boomboxes of old but it also isn’t the smallest Bluetooth speaker on the market. That is OK of course, because the whole point of this product is to bring back that boombox feel. The rounded triangle shape is visually appealing with clean lines and super high quality plastics and metals throughout.
I love how the speaker grill material is carried around the entire speaker from top to bottom, it gives it a seamless clean look. The exposed screws that hold it together are a nice touch too. The Monster name is stamped in the handle with pride and while it’s big, it’s not colored or distracting, really well done. The end caps of the Blaster have the Monster logo, power button, and aluminum trim with the product name engraved in.
On one end cap is the Mode button which allows for switching between two EQ modes, indoor and outdoor. The power button and volume buttons are also on this side. On the other end cap is a dust cover that covers the USB charging port, mic in, AUX in and power port. NFC pairing is also done on this end. The one thing the Blaster IS though, it’s heavy! This is one solidly built and high quality speaker and that comes with some weight. I don’t suspect many people will be carrying this on their shoulder very long. Overall the design is great, ergonomic, clean and modern.
Ease of Use
There are two ways to connect to the Monster Blaster, Bluetooth for all phones and NFC for Android phones with that capability. Both methods are dead simple to use and if you’ve ever paired to Bluetooth products before this is pretty much plug and play. Everyone should be able to use this with ease.
HUGE! This thing gets loud and Monster wants it that way to live up to the old boombox tradition. As with most Monster products it favors the low end so you’ll feel that punchy bass. But overall the rest of the sound is fairly balanced. This thing is made for outdoor use. You can use it indoors and it will fill up a decent room but it does shine outdoors. Overall the sound is premium quality with that slight favoring of the low end.
Battery Life is going to vary depending on how loud you’re playing your music. I averaged around 16 hours of continuous play at around 50% (with about 10-15% left) volume and below. You can also use the USB port on the side to charge your phone while it’s playing which is a great feature to have.
Priced at $399.95 this might be the only hangup for some prospective buyers. The sound and build quality are amazing and worth the price of admission but you’ll have to decide if you want to part with four Benjamins.
Overall the Blaster produces some massive and crisp sound and is a great speaker with great features. The price point might be an issue for some but its quality sound and construction more than justify the price. Be prepared for your arm to get sore if you plan on holding this on your shoulder.