As nicer weather returns the SupeStar Monster Blaster High Performance Portable Bluetooth boombox is poised to fill the outdoors with music, beats, and even the spoken word.  We have reviewed a host of wireless speakers here at Busted Wallet, but we haven’t seen anything quite like this. Monster has reinvented the boombox for 2016.

Monster was founded in 1979 by Noel Lee.  Born on Christmas, Noel had the perfect background to build an audio company out of his garage.  An engineer by trade and a drummer with the band Asian Wood, Lee left the prestigious Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he was a laser-fusion design engineer to tinker with audio wirMonster SuperStar Blaster Reviewing.  Legend has it that Lee became convinced that the quality and design of audio cables could improve sound quality when experimenting with different configurations and listening to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Recently we had the opportunity to fully test and review this boombox. Here’s what we discovered…

Key Features:

  • Indoor and Outdoor EQ Modes
  • Splash Resistant 
  • Bi-Directional Drivers/Angled 360⁰ Orientation
  • Down-Firing Integrated Powered Subwoofer
  • NFC For Quick Pairing
  • USB Charge Out
  • Aux-In, Microphone In
  • Integrated Handle
  • US and French Power Adapters
  • 11.1 V, 5200mAh rechargeable battery
Monster Superstar Blaster – Review Breakdown


The Monster SuperStar Blaster boombox is a portable, rechargeable, Bluetooth/NFC speaker built specifically to fill the outdoors with high-quality sound.  This is what sets it apart from the vast array of portable speakers now on the market.  The Monster Blaster cranks out bass and decibels that would have been unimaginable in a portable speaker only a few years ago – and it manages this with a rechargeable 5200mAh battery that lasts for hours.  Long gone are the days of single use 12D batteries.

Monster SuperStar Blaster Review

This is the perfect speaker for raging pool parties, large barbecues, the basketball court, and pretty much any outdoor social gathering.  The Monster Blaster will be heard above the wind and waves at the beach, and could even stand in for a car stereo that has seen better days. The power bass and integrated sub-woofer are ideal for techno and hip-hop, but the sound quality is good enough to rock Adele at top volume.  It’s not just the overall volume that’s impressive. When you crank it up to full volume there is little to no distortion. The Blaster has indoor and outdoor EQ modes, but really either will suffice.

If your current portable speaker is only loud enough to produce unintelligible background noise when projecting past a ten foot radius outdoors, this speaker is worth considering.

Disappointingly, the Bluetooth connection paired with an Iphone 5s perfectly for only about thirty feet in a wide open area.  This was Bluetooth class two. With all the other heavy duty tech built into the SuperStar Blaster we were hoping for the class one rating and 100 meters.

Monster SuperStar Blaster Review


Monster SuperStar Blaster Review

The Monster SuperStar Blaster was designed for the outdoors. The matte black and grey finish are entirely handsome, but it’s worth noting that the internet abounds with rumors of a few more design and color schemes pending. The solid, substantial handle and no-nonsense, rugged construction are reminiscent of military design. Forgotten in the back of a pick-up truck, the Blaster Boom Box will be just fine if it goes for a role.

The one major knock on the Blaster’s portability is the weight. We weighed it at 13 pounds on a typical bathroom scale, so that could be off a few pounds either way.  Regardless, don’t plan on carrying anything else in the hand that you’re carrying this speaker with, it’s too heavy and requires a firm grip.  The Busted Wallet team wouldn’t want to walk more than a mile or so with it, so bring it along on short hikes or when you have relatively easy access to a car.  Or just make your buddy carry it.

Special Features:

Monster SuperStar Blaster Review

The Blaster Boom Box also stands out from many in the portable speaker crowd with its USB charging port and 3.5 mm MIC IN (microphone not included). That’s right, the Blaster doubles as a portable PA system. With its big sound and compact design it will unobtrusively become both the PA and sound system for your next event; don’t be afraid of its size compared to a typical PA system, the Blaster is going to be effective with large crowds in open spaces.


The Blaster Boom Box is a pricier portable speaker, but that’s because it really is in a different class. Monster wasn’t kidding when they said they wanted to reinvent the boom box. This speaker accomplishes that goal and then some.

If you Buy Now you can pay over time! When you purchase the Monster Blaster directly from you receive:

  • A lifetime warranty (1 year standard warranty when purchased from authorized dealers).
  • One time, no fault replacement.  If the Blaster has any issues (your fault or Monster’s) return the product and get a replacement.
Monster SuperStar Blaster - Tech Review
The Superstar Monster Blaster Boom Box is an outdoor speaker built for high quality, robust sound. It's excellent handle grip makes it very portable, but only for relatively short distances because of its significant weight.
Sound Quality9.9
The Good
  • Volume and Sound Quality
  • Handle Grip
  • Compact, Rugged Design
The Not So Good
  • Weight
  • Splashproof, not waterproof
  • Bluetooth Range
9.2Overall Score
Reader Rating: (273 Votes)

About The Author

Nick is a resident of Grand Rapids, MI. He is in love with the outdoors, sports, adult beverages, and any happy combination of the three. Whether its cruising Lake Michigan’s fresh coast on his kiteboard or rocking its wooded hills on his mountainbike he is a firm believer that to move is to live. Stints living in Colorado, Hawaii, D.C., the Deep South, and across Michigan have exposed him to a wide range of experiences and activities. In his day job he works to conserve natural resources and protect the environment.

12 Responses

  1. Corina Siordia

    Can I use the microphone and listen to music at the same time?

    • Brent Thomas

      Aloha Corina. I’ve seen where they claim that you can use the microphone while listening to music at the same time on a website, but I could not get it to work (perhaps I was doing something wrong). However, there are no printed instructions in the accompanied manual that says you can do this. When I plug in a microphone, I am unable to switch modes to listen to music, it just stays in PA mode. My microphone, while not the best (it’s a Radio Shack model around $40) it was extremely quiet and would not be satisfactory as a PA system at all. This is simply an extraordinarily loud and clean sounding music box and isn’t good for Karaoke or the like (in my opinion).

  2. Laura Lefebvre

    I just bought one and while I have gotten it to work, the volume seems to be struck on Low. I pressed the MODE but and then pressed the up arrow, no response. Have you experienced this problem?

    • Brent Thomas

      Aloha Laura. You must first press the volume up (or down) button once to unlock the buttons, then press the volume up repeatedly (or hold it down for a few seconds) until you hear the sound increase.

      • Brent Thomas

        On further examination, it appears that many units are faulty. My first unit developed a problem where the buttons would freeze and you couldn’t adjust the volume or even turn the unit off.

        I returned that unit to the store and got a new unit. The new unit was way worse. Completely freezing and not allowing me to turn the volume up and I could barely hear it. It stayed that way for a long time. I was charging the unit at that time and then I unplugged the charger. That seemed to make it start functioning again. I haven’t had any similar problems yet with this unit but if I do, I will continue to take it back to Costco and get another replacement. I do think that the sound is so incredibly good that I just leave the volume at full blast (for the most part) and I’ll deal with the button lockup the best I can.

  3. Mark Peterson sr

    There’s no volume at all on my superstar monster blaster. No matter what connection I use there’s no sound.. All my other speckers work well with my phone or tablet. I had the specker since August, 31 2017. Please help.

  4. Earn

    For some reason my speaker won’t charge or turn on. Can anyone help? Is there a way to reset it? I just received it today.

  5. steve

    after using my monster blaster for 2 months, i tried swiching it on, it connects but its giving me this loud radio screeching sound.some of the music is coming out but its covered by the annoying radio screeching sound..i dont no if its broken or some of the settings r jus not right….need help guys..thanks

  6. Konrad Hirschey

    My speaker will not connect to Bluetooth! Usually when you turn it on, the voice says, “you are connected”. However, for the last 10 months, it hasn’t worked, or connected! Please help!

  7. Brendon

    My blaster turns on and connects with no sound whatsoever no power on tone or voice prompts and wont play music please help


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