Entering into the boombox arena is the Monster Blaster 3.0. This boombox is a portable unit with a durable handle to carry with one hand, or you can toss it on your shoulder like a 1980s Run DMC music video.
Inside the metal anodized mesh speaker cover are four 15-watt full-range speakers (a set of two on each side) and a 60-watt integrated subwoofer. There is no need for a handful of C or D batteries to charge this bad boy like the old boombox days. It holds enough rechargeable battery power to be in use for up to 12 hours before it needs to be plugged in.
It connects to your phone or mobile devices via Bluetooth and has NFC to connect to your phone seamlessly. It also has a 3.5 mm port for a wired connection to an older device. There are two modes for playing music — outdoor and indoor, and a handy light indicator on the side of the speaker to let you know which mode you are on.
Works in the rain
When it’s in use outdoors, you don’t have to worry about a little unwanted weather rolling in. The Monster Blast 3.0 rated IPX 4 water-resistant, so a bit of rain or a splash up from the pool shouldn’t be a bother.
While we’re on the topic of durability, the speaker mesh combined with the matte textured finished plastic encasing is scratch-resistant. It even looks like it can handle a beating with the hex screws on display throughout the plastic casing (in other words, looks aren’t deceiving).
Powers all your gadgets
Usually, when you find your phone’s battery is on the fritz and you don’t have a wall outlet or battery pack handy, you’re out of luck. But the Monster Blast 3.0 has a USB-A port charging port that can charge your phone’s battery and keep the tunes going.
Public announcement for on the go
And if you really want to liven up the party, you can plug a microphone into the mic-in port and use the Monster Blaster as your own personal portable PA system and, yes, even karaoke. The choice is yours.
We can’t wait for the SPY team to get our hands on this boombox and see it in action. A full review will be coming soon.
What Other Boombox Choices Are Out There
If you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker with a little more oomph than the handheld ones, a boombox is an intelligent upgrade. These have more significant drivers and overall more power to push music harder and further to help you fill up bigger indoor and outdoor spaces. Check out some of these options below.
Sony SRS XG500
Want your music to be heard loud and clear? Look no further than the Sony SRS XG500. This hefty boombox packs plenty of audio punch and has a big enough battery to last up to 30 hours before it needs a charge. And in a pinch, a 10-minute charge provides up to three hours of battery life.
JBL Boombox 2
If you are looking for something a little more waterproof than the Sony SRS, The JBL Boombox 2 has an IPX7 rating, so pool splashes or the unanticipated quick-moving rising tide won’t ruin your boombox. It matches the sound quality of the Sony SRS and has a battery that lasts 24 hours.
Anker Soundcore Motion Boom
This Boombox isn’t as visually appealing as any of the boomboxes we’ve talked about to this point, but the $100 price tag certainly is a head-turner. Even though the price is affordable, you still get 24 hours of battery life and an IPX7 waterproof rating.