SuperStar BackFloat Bluetooth Speaker Review:
BackFloat by Monster is a ‘superstar’ in the Bluetooth speaker category.
One of my favorite tech products these days is the portable Bluetooth speaker. It seems to fill a void that other tech products don’t. I was an early adopted of the MP3 player and have had many in my lifetime. When Bluetooth was first added to devices in the early 2000s, I never imagined that it would play such a big role in the technology world today. For quite some time, I’ve thought that the speakers included on mobile devices and tablets were lacking. But, I’ve never really liked the idea of hooking them up to a set of computer speakers just to get a better sound. Enter the portable Bluetooth speaker. These handy little (and sometimes not so little) devices give more sound to mobile devices while still being nearly invisible. One of the speakers I’ve been fortunate enough to test recently is the SuperStar BackFloat by Monster.
The SuperStar BackFloat is a wonderful speaker with a great sound. For starters, it’s a little larger than some other Bluetooth speakers I’ve used, but not too large. It measures in at 7.25 inches long, which is only about an inch and a half longer than the iPhone 6. It has a huge sound due to its two full-range drivers that fill any space with high-performance sound.
Now, the most intriguing thing about the BackFloat is that it can literally do the back float in a pool or hot tub. Monster dubs it the perfect party companion because of its splash resistance and ‘Monsterous’ outdoor sound. I can confirm that its sound quality and amount is very impressive. It’s not lacking for volume and has a very nice depth of sound. I’m always a bit concerned that bass might end up sounding hollow. I did not find that to be the truth with the BackFloat.
In order to prove or disprove the splash resistance of the BackFloat, I decided to run a little experiment. Monster’s website states that you can, “Sing along in the shower or tub or float this powerful speaker in the Jacuzzi.” I really latched onto the float part of that statement because, after all, the speaker is called the BackFloat. So, I filled a very large Pyrex bowl with water (since it’s in the middle of winter and pools are a bit scarce) and placed the BackfBackFloatloat into it very carefully. The speaker did float successfully and the body of the speaker was contained within the silicone covering quite nicely.
The instruction booklet that comes with the speaker states that after every use of the BackFloat near water, you should remove the silicone cover and ensure that it’s dried completely and that there is no errant water on the body of the speaker itself. It also states that it’s not recommended for use with salt water. You also want to be sure that your ports are completely covered by the silicone cover. Basically, as long as the silicone backing is in place and functioning properly, you should be able to have fun and rest assured that your speaker is going to be protected.
Even though it’s built for outdoor activities, the SuperStar BackFloat is also great in an office setting. In addition to its high-performance sound, the speaker also has a built-in microphone that lets you use the BackFloat as a speakerphone. I did make and receive calls using BackFloat and was thoroughly impressed with that function, too. I’ve had a problem with speakerphones sounding hollow, but this one came through loud and clear. The caller on the other end stated that I sounded a little soft spoken, but was clear and easy to understand. One feature that I want to point out is that the Backfloat really works flawlessly with the iPhone’s functions. When I was done with my phone call, the music I had been listening to from a third-party app continued right where I left off.
The battery life of the BackFloat was also pretty impressive. On a full charge it lasted approximately 6 hours of continuous playback, which is about an hour longer than the specs listed for the BackFloat. Again, this was in an office setting and I’m not sure if outdoor exposure would make any kind of difference on the battery life. As far as recharging the battery, I plugged it in overnight and it was ready to go by morning. I would say 7-9 hours to recharge it fully. Monster does include a USB charging cable so you could conceivably have the BackFloat plugged in throughout the day if you are at a desk. This would ensure that you have a fully charged battery when you want to be ‘on the go’ with the BackFloat.
One very important function of any Bluetooth device is pairing. I really look for devices to be easy and effortless when it comes to pairing between devices. I’ve had some real troubles in the past with devices, like speakers, unpairing or just being difficult on its initial pairing. The SuperStar BackFloat is incredibly simple and once you pair, you don’t have to worry about it un-pairing randomly or not recognizing it the next time you turn on the BackFloat. Since my initial pairing, I’ve had the BackFloat on and off several times. Each time I power it on, it immediately connects to my iPhone. The initial pairing process requires that you open your Bluetooth settings on your iPhone and depress the Bluetooth button on the speaker. This puts the speaker into discovery mode and once it appears in your menu on your iPhone, you tap the speaker’s name and you’re done.
All in all, the SuperStar BackFloat is a win in the Bluetooth speaker category. It’s easy to pair with your device, provides a quality sound with ample volume, has a fantastic battery life and is water/splash resistant. The BackFloat is a great companion for your iPhone or any other Bluetooth enabled mobile device.
The SuperStar BackFloat has an MSRP of $169.95 and comes in two different color choices – neon green and neon blue. It comes with a stylish carrying case and USB charging cable.
For more information, visit SuperStar BackFloat.