Monster Superstar Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

I’m always looking for the latest in portable Bluetooth speakers.  It is fascinating that these mini devices have the ability to deliver quality sound in such a compact package.

There are some that live up to the hype and others that don’t quite make the mark. I was curious to see where the Monster Superstar speaker would fall within this spectrum.

The Superstar is slim and compact. It can easily be tossed into a backpack or slipped into a pocket in case an impromptu party jumps off.

The ability to move my music to the backyard when I’m grilling or to the neighborhood cigar bar where I like to hang out is perhaps my favorite feature.

Aesthetically, the Monster Superstar is appealing and comes in several different colors. I happen to have the grey model with a soft and grippy silicone sleeve that covers the speaker.

The speaker is made of plastic and weighs a mere seven ounces. However, it does not feel too lightweight or poorly-constructed.

The Monster Superstar can be positioned to stand on its side or to lay flat. To get the most bass out of the speaker, I positioned it on its side and against a flat surface.

The speaker has basic controls on the device such as volume up and down, a Bluetooth button for pairing, and the power on/off button.

There are no controls for pause or playback which should be standard on devices like this.

The Monster Superstar also doubles as a speakerphone. I asked one of my teenagers to call me so that I could test this feature. I had to remind him what a phone call was considering that it is the least used feature on his iPhone.

The sound quality of the call was clear and crisp. I would have no issues using the Monster Superstar during an important conference call if the need called for it.

The biggest test of the Monster Superstar’s performance came when I paired it with my phone to listen to how it would handle heavy bass.

The first song I played was Zapp’s “More Bounce To The Ounce” with its thumping bass guitar. Next, I put on a Jay-Z/Rick Ross track with some booming bass.

I must admit that I was a little disappointed. The Superstar failed to handle the bass, especially at high volumes.

The good news is that the Monster Superstar gets plenty loud. If you are hanging out with a small gathering of friends, you shouldn’t have any trouble with the output. The sound quality is more than decent at the mid-level and the bass is present.

However, at higher levels, the sound quality gets tinny and a little strained on some tracks. On Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” for example, the vocals and horns were clear as a bell, but the bass seemed muted.

Overall, the Monster Superstar is a compact device that fits well in the mini-Bluetooth speaker category. The sound quality is good at the low- to mid-level, but becomes strained on some tracks at the upper range.

The compact size makes it easy to move and have your music on the go. At $99.99, it’s not a bad choice for casual use around the house or for the speakerphone option.

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