Summertime is best spent by the water. While we can’t all be lucky enough to live at the ocean, most of us have a pool within driving — or diving — distance. And nothing feels better on a hot day than a dip in a cool pool. So find a towel, break out the water wings and go for a swim… right now. What are you waiting for?
Oh, music. We forgot the music. And a pool party just isn’t the same without a few jams. But water and electronics generally don’t play well together, as anyone who’s dropped their smartphone in a toilet will tell you. Thankfully, people smarter than us came up with a solution: the Monster SuperStar BackFloat.
The BackFloat is a waterproof floating Bluetooth speaker. And it’s a good-looking, well designed product. The speaker is portable with a curved shape that’s balanced to keep the unit floating and the grill always facing up. But it’s not compact to the point where it disappears. Easy top-mounted controls are handy for controlling the volume and answering calls.
The sound — you know, the main reason for owning a speaker — is out of proportion to its size, making this a true superstar. The Monster folks have jammed the inside with all their proprietary tech and optimized the two front full-range drivers for use with mobile devices and laptops. So you get the kind of clarity, dynamics, articulation and tight bass (two passive radiators) that all those other portables fall short of. High volumes don’t yield a lot of distortion either. The audio sounds as true to life as a full-sized loudspeaker… impressive, especially for a speaker doing the backstroke in a pool,
So sync it up with a Bluetooth-enabled device and toss it in the pool. And then jump in yourself. That summer fun in the sun now has a soundtrack.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.