Monster SuperStar Backfloat Bluetooth Speaker Review with Video

 

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Today’s top smartphones from Apple and Samsung offer amazing screens, high-resolution cameras, and ever-increasing amounts of storage and battery life. But there’s one area where even the best phones disappoint: playing audio through the built-in speaker.

Many people have turned to wireless Bluetooth speakers as a way to enjoy better quality sound from their mobile devices. With their larger drivers, a portable speaker can play louder and clearer without distorting. The marketplace for speakers is getting crowded with products from Jambox, Urbanears, and of course, the Beats Pill speaker by Dr. Dre.

At CES 2015, I was introduced to a Bluetooth speaker that really stood out from the crowd. The Superstar Backfloat from Monster can do one thing these other speakers cannot: it can go swimming in the pool with you! Think about that for a second: electronics and water are not a good mix. Monster has managed to take a portable Bluetooth speaker and not only make it waterproof, but it also floats on the surface instead of sinking to the bottom.

Video review by Ryan from MobileMars

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CES 2015: Monster Superstar Backfloat Waterproof Speaker (Video)

 

CES 2015: Monster Superstar Backfloat Waterproof SpeakerDo you want to enjoy your favorite music in the pool or the shower? Bringing your phone with you is not a good idea. A Bluetooth speaker solves the problem, except most Bluetooth speakers are not waterproof. Enter the Superstar Backfloat from Monster.

This thing is completely, 100% waterproof. You can take it swimming with you and best of all – it floats instead of sinking to the bottom!

The speaker has a protective shell made of all-weather silicone that is extremely tough. The whole speaker is 2x larger than the original Superstar Bluetooth Speaker, which provides a wider Stereo array for more room-filling sound.

The speaker will last over 7 hours at 50% volume and sounds great whether it’s standing or lying flat. The Superstar Backfloat goes on sale in early 2015 with an MSRP of $169.95.

College Logo Bluetooth Speakers from AudioSpice

 

MobileMars is excited to announce the latest addition to their catalog of mobile accessories: Bluetooth speakers! We are now stocking the BX-100 and LX-100 Bluetooth speakers from AudioSpice.

These speakers are printed with the logos of NCAA colleges and universities. They make an excellent gift item for students, alumni, and anyone who just wants to show their support for their favorite team. Let’s take a minute to explore each item and its features in depth.

BX-100 Speaker
bx100-college-speakersThe BX100 is a rectangular speaker that’s a little bit smaller than a soda can. The front grille features the team logo printed in full color. On top, there are four buttons for volume and song controls, as well as answering calls using the built-in microphone.

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Headphone Basics: Open Back vs. Closed Back

 

closed-vs-open-back-headphonesA pair of stereo headphones might seem like a pretty simple thing. You plug them in to a computer or iPod and you listen to music: what else is there to know?

The truth is that there’s a lot more to headphones than you might think. At a broad level there are earbuds, on-ear headphones, and over-ear headphones. Within each of these types, there are different quality levels and price points designed for different types of listening. A pair of headphones that a DJ or musician uses might be very different from the kind a recording engineer uses or a commuter uses while riding public transit to work.

Today I want to talk about over-ear headphones such as Beats by Dre, Skullcandy Hesh, and the AudioSpice Force headphones by US Digital Media. These type of headphones fall into two categories: open back and closed back. What is the difference between the two and why should you care? Read on to find out.

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Split Earbuds Are A Truly Innovative Idea

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The word “innovative” gets thrown around a lot these days, but I feel that it’s the most appropriate word to describe the Split Earbuds from Greenwing Audio. This 3-person startup company from Miami Beach, Florida has come up with a completely new and original way to listen to music.

Let me explain what makes their idea so different from other earbud headphones on the market. If you’re like most people, you probably use your iPhone or Android smartphone for listening to music. The phone is a player, which stores the audio tracks digitally and converts them to an analog signal. That signal becomes a sound wave by means of a speaker driver, such as those found in a pair of speakers, or a tiny version inside a pair of headphones.

The Split Earbuds combine the player and the earbuds into one device. You don’t plug them in to anything. You don’t pair them wirelessly with your phone. The earbuds ARE the player!

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