Looking to take your audio capabilities over to the Dark Side? Award-winning designer Plox is looking to allow any Star Wars fan to instantly transport to a galaxy far-far-away with their Death Star Floating Speaker. This is a floating wireless Bluetooth speaker that is meant to double as a gravity-defying orb replica of the famous Death Star from Star Wars.
The speaker itself rotates above a handy magnetic base while providing 360-degree sound quality for up to 5 hours of continuous play with a Bluetooth connection. With 5W capacity and iOS or Android connectivity, the speaker touts the ability to rival any speaker on the market today. Does it live up to its claims?
Death Star Floating Speaker Specs
Speaker type: Bluetooth
Batteries: 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required
Average Runtime: 5 hours
Size: 8.3 x 8.3 x 8.3 inches
Weight: 3 Pounds
Before you can put the Death Star Floating Speaker to use you’ll need to set it up. Included in the box is a speaker that emulates the Death Star, a power adapter, a micro USB charging cable, a magnetic base, and an instructional manual. As is standard with most Bluetooth speakers, the first aspect of the setup is simply charing the speaker. This will take about two hours.
One key thing you’ll notice right away is that you can play music even as the device charges. This is not standard on many Bluetooth speakers. Thanks to an included LED indicator light, you’ll know when the Death Star is fully charged as the light will turn green. Once you’ve achieved a full battery, you can start to pair with a mobile device or computer.
Once again, the LED light comes in handy, as when you begin pairing the LED will pulse blue. As soon as the device is connected, the light will stop flashing and maintain a static blue appearance. Connecting is simple. All you have to do is press and hold the power button until it connects to your device.
Much of the setup of the Death Star Floating speaker is a breeze. However, setting up the levitation aspect can be tricky at first. Some users do cite that getting the speaker to levitate over the base unit takes getting used to. However, all you have to do is turn the power onto the base unit and hold the speaker above the unit to find the right levitation point.
Does the levitation feature work? Yes, but it can interfere with sound quality should you place the unit on the wrong type of surface. The strong battery at the bottom of the unit can create interference when placed on metal or surfaces. With that said, as long as you test the surface before you let go of your Death Star BlueTooth speaker you should be just fine.
How does this gravity-defying orb do at actually playing music? Plox included a 5-watt speaker that is intended to deliver 360 degrees of uncompromising sound quality. Overall, we found the sound quality to be good, but a bit tinny with certain songs.
While the Plox Death Star Floating Speaker does perform better than some Bluetooth speakers, it does not come with a way to easily control sound levels or quality. However, when played at a regular volume level and sitting near the speaker, the sound quality should be just fine. Keep in mind, the speaker only boasts a 33-foot range. If you move out of range, the speaker will disconnect itself.
Features and Usability
The most impressive feature of the Death Star Floating Speaker is its overall appearance. A levitating orb doubling as a Bluetooth speaker is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it should delight any true Star Wars Fan. In terms of usability, the speaker performs well, but it isn’t going to blow the minds of a regular audiophile.
One thing to note is that the Bluetooth Speaker and device can affect the operation of nearby electronics including any medical devices Make sure that you keep the Death Star floating speaker close to you and maintain a clear line of sight between your device and the Death Star.
Charge and Battery Life
Charging the base of the unit can be accomplished through the included USB-C device. Once charged, you can easily garner around 5 hours of total playtime before you’ll need to plug the base unit back into the wall. As noted above, you can use the device as it is charging, you simply won’t be able to move it around the room.
Value and Price
In terms of price, the Star Wars Death Star Floating Speaker retails for around $319.00. This is quite pricey for a Bluetooth speaker, but serious Star Wars fans may find the unit well worth the higher price tag. While there are similar Death Star Bluetooth speakers on the market today, none of them levitate nor do they offer 360-degree 5W speakers.
If you’re a Star Wars collector or a true fan of the Star Wars culture, you’ll find this speaker to be a good value. If you’re a casual fan or simply intrigued, you may want to pass.
Pros and Cons of the Death Star Floating Speaker
- Seriously cool design that should delight any Star Wars fan
- Levitation feature works as intended
- 5W 360-degree speakers
- 5 Hours of playback on a single charge
- Ability to charge while using the device
- Above-average sound quality that should suit most music fans
- High volume can sound a bit tinny
- No way to reset volume controls on the device
- Sound interference can occur when the base is set on certain surfaces
Though a bit pricier than the average Bluetooth speaker on the market today, the Death Star Floating Speaker is a solid option for any serious Star Wars fan who wants to bring a bit of whimsy and galactic fun into their audio experience. While it may not be well-suited for audiophiles or those looking for serious sound, it is a fun speaker that levitates and works as promised. Be sure to also check out our review of The 7 Sense Arc Star Floating speaker. If you are into studio headphones, you may also be interested in some of the best studio headphones under 100 from our list, so check them out. Also don’t forget to check out our list of the best wireless earbuds for phone calls.
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