Monster Superstar Bluetooth Speaker

Last updated date: January 4, 2019

DWYM Score
7.6

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 53 expert reviews, the Monster Monster Superstar Bluetooth Speaker placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Bluetooth Speaker for a detailed review of all the top bluetooth speakers.

Expert Summarized Score
7.1
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
131 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
With a built-in microphone, it has speakerphone capabilities (it performed pretty well in my tests), and there's a line input for non-Bluetooth devices.
- CNET
June 27, 2014 | Full review
The speaker has an appealing design, it floats in water like a champ – but it can do more than that.
- Tech Radar
May 11, 2015 | Full review
The BackFloat has an IPX6 rating, meaning it's both splash-resistant and shock-resistant—so it can float in water and get wet, as it's designed to, but you might not want to completely immerse it for very long.
- PC Magazine
February 6, 2015 | Full review
It sounds halfway decent, and watching water bounce off its drivers and passive radiator in time with your favorite tunes is great fun.
- TechHive
June 17, 2015 | Full review
The design of the Monster Backfloat is attractive and rugged looking.
- Busted Wallet
May 15, 2015 | Full review
The mids are solid and thick sounding, with a nice emphasis on low mids in particular that makes the SuperStar particular well-suited to rock music and other guitar-heavy genres.
- Soundguys
July 25, 2014 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Like a lot of these little speakers it plays loud for its size, but it also distorts with certain tracks at higher volumes.
- CNET
June 27, 2014 | Full review
With that, the seven hours of advertised battery life isn't enough for the price, especially when compared to some cheaper competition in its size class, like the UE Mini Boom.
- Tech Radar
May 11, 2015 | Full review
It's hard to complain too much about a water-resistant speaker that also delivers quality audio performance for its size, but the BackFloat does seem slightly overpriced.
- PC Magazine
February 6, 2015 | Full review
What is missing is a bit of upper mid-range, which leaves the BackFloat’s renderings lacking a touch in definition.
- TechHive
June 17, 2015 | Full review
Although one negative is the charge time on the Backfloat seemed pretty long at roughly 2.5 hours.
- Busted Wallet
May 15, 2015 | Full review
Unfortunately, big sounding doesn’t always equate with loud, and we did notice that as we pushed the volume up, some distortion was occasionally apparent, especially in bass-heavy tracks.
- Soundguys
July 25, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Superstar Bluetooth Speaker - Grey

Overall Product Rankings

1. Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
3. Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
4. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Monster Superstar Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 6
6. JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
7. Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 3 Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 2
8. Beats Pill Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 2
9. Philips Izzy Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Bluetooth Speakers

At one time, if you wanted to listen to music at home, you needed a full stereo system, complete with large speakers and a CD or record player. But if you’re like many consumers, your music now resides on your smartphone, whether it’s songs you’ve purchased and downloaded or through a streaming service like Pandora or Spotify.

Sure, you can listen to your music through earbuds or the tiny little speaker built into your phone. But what if you’re having people over? Or what if you simply want to blast some tunes to keep you entertained while you tackle some big household project? For that, you’ll need a Bluetooth speaker. Simply connect it to your phone and press play.

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of Bluetooth speakers is that you can take them with you. Whether you’re planning a day at the beach or you just want some music while you’re hanging out with friends, the right speaker can have you up and running in minutes.

But chances are, you’re choosing a Bluetooth speaker based on a variety of factors. Your budget is important, but you also want to make sure you get the sound you want. If you’re taking it on that beach vacation, you’ll also want to make sure it can handle the occasional accidental splash of water. With so many options, the good news is that you can easily find a speaker that checks all of your boxes at a price that fits your budget.

As you’re shopping, though, consider exactly what you’ll be doing with your speaker. If you’ll be tossing it into your backpack or overnight bag, weight is an important factor. You may instead want to keep it in the shower or the edge of your bathtub, which makes water resistance important. When you factor in sound quality, the right choice will probably be clear.

DYWM Fun Fact

Bluetooth technology uses radio waves to allow two devices to communicate. At one time, making this communication happen could be clunky, but today’s phones can usually connect with just a couple of clicks. Once you’ve finished the initial pairing, your device should automatically connect when you press the power button on the speaker. At the very least, you’ll have to go to settings and click the speaker name to pair it manually. The only problem is, you may find that once you’ve added multiple Bluetooth devices, you have a hard time differentiating between them. From the start, try to give each device as specific a name as possible to help you remember it.

The Bluetooth Speaker Buying Guide

  • If you’re buying a speaker, great sound quality probably tops your must-have list. No matter what features a speaker has, in the end, it’s all about the listening experience. Sound quality can be subjective, but all of today’s top speakers excel when it comes to producing clean bass without being overwhelming. You can’t go wrong with Bose speakers when it comes to top-quality sound, but don’t rule out the Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth speaker, which offers smooth bass lines and controls to let you customize your experience.
  • One of the best things about today’s Bluetooth speakers is that you don’t have to leave them at home. But if you plan to take your speaker with you, weight is an important factor. The OontZ Angle 3 speaker wins in this area, weighing in at only 0.5 pounds. Bose’s SoundLink speakers weigh in at between 1.25 and 1.5 pounds. The Marshall Stanmore speaker is better suited for home use, with a weight of more than 12 pounds.
  • As important as sound quality and portability are, though, you can’t get around the cost factor. Although it has the least impressive sound, the ultra-portable OontZ Angle 3 will be light on your bank account at less than $30. Compare this to the Marshall Stanmore’s price tag of around $250. You can compromise with the Bose SoundLink, which costs around $150 for the basic version and roughly $200 for the SoundLink Revolve.
  • Portable speakers let you listen to your tunes in the shower or while lounging poolside. But you’ll need to make sure your speaker can withstand the occasional accidental splash. While none of the speakers are waterproof, two do offer a certain amount of water resistance: the OontZ Angle 3 and the Bose SoundLink Revolve.
  • If you’re leaving the house with your speaker, you’ll want a battery that can keep you going throughout the day. The Oontz Angle 3 will provide the longest playtime, with up to 14 hours of battery life, but that’s followed closely by the Bose SoundLink Revolve, which promises up to 12 hours of battery power. You’ll get up to eight hours with the Bose SoundLink. Further adding to the Marshall Stanmore speaker’s limits is the fact that it has to be plugged in for use.