If you can’t win on function, blow it out of the water with form. That appears to be the guiding principle behind the Mars speaker from Crazybaby, a levitating Bluetooth device that looks incredible, and sounds pretty decent as well. It’s difficult for any speaker to be heard above the cacophony that is the enormous speaker market of the present day. And with each company promising better sound quality than the last, it makes sense to try to stand out in a different way. And stand out the Mars most certainly does.
The flagship product of Crazybaby, a company founded in 2014 by Allen Zhang, the Mars managed to raise an impressive $820,000 in a highly successful Indiegogo campaign. And backers don’t appear to be disappointed by the results of the futuristic speaker. The device comes with a cylindrical base that is sleekly designed and serves as the control unit, and a pretty powerful subwoofer. But the real magic happens at the top, where you will see a freestanding, floating, UFO-esque disc. When you switch the speaker on, it levitates to about three inches above its base, and pulses sound in all directions.
Controlled by your smartphone and an accompanying app, the entire Mars experience is meant to be 100-percent wireless. Watching the disc take off is an experience in and of itself, and its ability to stay suspended in the air is sure to make the Mars a topic of conversation at any dinner party. Even when the speaker itself runs out of battery power, it simply floats down effortlessly to recharge itself (wirelessly, of course), before powering right back up.
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But how’s the actual sound quality of the speaker?
The short answer is that it’s perfectly adequate. The subwoofer makes the sound a bit bass-y, and it’s a little tough to control the volume with any sort of finesse. (That said, this arose when your reviewer was trying to get the speakers soft enough to lull her to sleep, which probably isn’t the normal use case.)
Another cool element is the Mars’ auto-adjusting volume feature, which detects how far away your smartphone is and turns itself up or down accordingly. But if you’re looking to broadcast sound to a huge room or in the great outdoors, it may not be quite adequate.
The Mars will set you back about $325 on Amazon, but just remember, you’re buying more than a speaker — you’re buying your own UFO.