Floating speaker rises above its gimmick with great sound [Reviews]

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The floating speaker part is fun, but it's the killer sound that makes it worth every penny.
The floating speaker part is fun, but it's the killer sound that makes it worth every penny.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Best List: Mars Bluetooth floating speaker by Crazybaby

The Mars Bluetooth speaker has a fairly reliable gimmick: the top part — which looks like a little UFO from an old sci-fi flick — floats above the bottom cylinder. It’s a cool visual trick managed by some fairly strong magnets, but it’s just that: a fun gimmick.

What’s surprising, though, is just how great this speaker sounds. It fills my house with deep bass thanks to the subwoofer abilities of that lower section of the speaker, and the UFO attachment flies proud while reproducing the rest of the sonic spectrum with highs and mids that don’t get lost in the bass response, but are also not too brittle.

Turn this floating speaker up and you’ve got a serious powerhouse Bluetooth speaker that just cries out to be admired by everyone at the party.

The other killer feature? Mars is battery-powered for when you want to take it outside for a tailgate party or set it up on a picnic table. I was able to get a good four hours or so in before I needed to plug the base back into a power outlet. The base charges the UFO, too, and includes a couple of USB ports you can use to charge up your iPhone while in use.

Even underwater, this speaker sounds great.
Even underwater, this speaker sounds great.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
The UFO speaker functions on its own, too, which means you can grab it and toss it in your backpack on the way out the door. The magnet on the bottom (which helps it levitate on the base) will let you stick it to any metal surface you like for instant tunes where ever you end up.

Plus? The top UFO portion is IPX7 water resistant, the same as the Apple Watch, which means you can submerge it for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water and not ruin it. Sadly, you won’t be able to pair the speaker while it’s underwater, but it will keep playing — I totally dropped it in the sink while listening to Oasis’ (What’s the Story) Morning Glory.

Downloading the free Crazybaby+ app is a breeze, and it lets you control the levitation of the UFO along with the LED light that can spin around the outside edge of this top part of the speaker, adjusting the brightness or pace of the light chase around the edge. It’s got an EQ setting to tailor the Mars speaker’s output to the environment with four different settings, and an auto-volume feature that lets the music get louder the closer your iPhone is to the speaker itself. You can change the name of your Mars speaker (I chose “Marvin,” of course).

You can even pair up two Mars speakers for true stereo, but as one unit is over $300, that’s an option for those with a bit more cash than I have on hand for Bluetooth speakers.

Even so, with the option to use this baby as an indoor plug-powered conversational item, an outdoor battery-powered speaker that can charge your iPhone, or even as a small portable UFO-only speaker that sticks to anything metal, the Mars Bluetooth floating speaker is one flexible speaker that sounds out of this world.

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