The boombox was a significant contributor to the rise of hip-hop culture in the 1980s – but has now been re-imagined for the modern era, with audio brand Monster releasing a Bluetooth speaker that ushers in the so-called ‘Golden Age of the Ghetto’ came back. Blaster’.
The Monster Blaster 3.0 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that comes with 12 hours of playtime and an IPX4 water-resistance rating, and doubles as a USB-A powerbank for charging your smartphone.
Despite these thoroughly modern credentials, the Monster Blaster 3.0 comes with a carrying handle that means you can carry it on your shoulder—just like early hip-hop enthusiasts did in 1980s New York .
Aside from that handle, the outdoor speaker looks quite different from the clunky boombox of old. Coming in bright red, white and black, the Blaster 3.0 sports an angular, modern design that combines steel speaker mesh with a heavily textured polymer to prevent scratches.
Soaking rubber feet mean the speaker can be mounted on any surface without damaging its internal mechanisms—and they also ensure that your music is isolated, avoiding unwanted vibrations.
The 60W dual-stereo speakers work in tandem with two passive radiators and a bass woofer, which the company describes as “monstrous” sound with deep bass, while a push-button EQ means you can get the sound of Blaster 3.0. You can adjust according to your preference. ,
Also, Bluetooth connectivity, the speaker comes with stereo aux-in port and 3.5mm mic mono jack.
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All that will set you back $399 / AU$649 – UK pricing still to be confirmed, but that works out to around £290.
It may sound expensive, but it’s cheaper than the JBL Boombox 2, one of our favorite boomboxes on the market, impressing with its loud, distortion-free sound, IPX7 water-resistance rating, and 24-hour battery life. That particular model comes in for $449.99 / £399.99 (about AU$650).
Recently, JBL announced a new version in the lineup, with the Boombox 3 launching at CES 2022.
It will be available for purchase later this year for the same price as its predecessor, and includes a number of improvements, including a new three-way speaker system with a racetrack-shaped subwoofer. The Boombox 3 will also come with Bluetooth 5.3, which will provide impeccable connectivity and better energy efficiency.
If you’re not bothered about the boombox look, there are plenty of excellent Bluetooth speakers on the market that won’t make such a big dent in your bank balance.
Our favorite, the Sonos ROM, costs $179 / £179 / AU$299 and offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a powerful sound, robust design, excellent connectivity features and smart home controls.
Or, for those on a really tight budget, we’d recommend checking out the Anker Soundcore Flare 2, which costs $80 / £64.99 / AU$140, and offers a nice light show as you play your music Thanks for the LED rings. each end of the speaker.
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