CNET First Look
The Monster SuperStar BackFloat is a buoyant Bluetooth speaker for playing tunes in the poolMonster's floating waterproof Bluetooth speaker is fun to use in the pool, but it needs a substantial price drop before we recommend you go out and drop $150 on it.
If you're hosting a pool party, heading out camping, or just need an extra tough portable blue tooth speaker you should consider the Monster SuperStar BackFloat, if you're down to spend a little more money. I'm Justin Yu for CNET, this is a first look at the Monster SuperStar BackFloat bluetooth speaker. So now that there are a ton of options for these wireless portable speakers, we're starting to see more niche devices that cater to more specific features. This one by Monster is a variation of its Superstar Bluetooth Speaker but its designed to throw in the pool or the bathtub. It looks like your average rectangular speaker, but two speakers and the bass radiator are positioned on the front Because it's designed to float on it's back. The buoyancy is aided by this removable skin that's made of silicone, and you can easily remove it to wash it if it starts to get grimy inside. But even if that does happen, you shouldn't worry about it breaking. It's extra durable and rated at military standards, protecting it against light impacts, dirt, and of course water. If you flip open the window on the right side, you'll see a couple of ports for a direct wired connection with an auxiliary cable. And there's a microUSB port for charging up the battery life, which is rated at seven hours. But I should mention here that the speaker is only waterproof if the ports are sealed. So don't let any water get into this section or the speaker's toast. In terms of sound quality, this thing is pretty good but not great. There's only two small speakers inside, so don't expect it to blow you away with its bass qualities. But the [UNKNOWN] does do a pretty good job of giving you an extra bass boost. I did notice though that pumping up the volume all the way had a tendency to produce a lot of distortion which is pretty typical for a bluetooth speaker. It's a little disappointing though considering the high price tag at the time of this review. But if Monster does end up lowering the price, this would definitely be a fun way to add a soundtrack to your next pool party. You can check out all the details and my full review on CNet, but that's going to do it for this video, thanks for watching. [MUSIC]