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UE MEGABOOM Charcoal Black Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker (Waterproof and Shockproof)
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- Freakishly amazing 360-degree sound with deep bass.For Audio Playback: Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart wireless audio profile [Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)] or 3.5 mm audio output.
- Waterproof (IPX7) grab n’ go shape that is shockingly light—1.93 pounds
- Connect with Echo Dot (2nd Generation) for hands-free voice control of Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM with Alexa; ask Alexa to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn on your MEGABOOM
- PartyUp from Ultimate Ears allows you to wirelessly connect more than 50 Ultimate Ears speakers
- 100 ft Bluetooth wireless range, 20-hour rechargeable battery* and ultra-fast micro USB charging (* Actual wireless range and battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions)
- Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM app for additional features and control
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Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM
Portable Wireless Speaker with Freakishly Amazing 360-Degree Sound
Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM is a portable wireless speaker on steroids. Blast freakishly amazing 360-degree sound with deep, heart-pounding bass–everywhere you go. It has a waterproof** grab n’ go shape that is shockingly light– just 1.93 pounds. Take advantage of its long battery life and extended wireless range to start a rager wherever, whenever you need.
PartyUp from Ultimate Ears lets you connect wirelessly to up to 150+ Ultimate Ears speakers using the Ultimate Ears app***, so you can take your parties everywhere. Caves. Mountains. Lakes. Rooftops. You name it. So grab your friend’s speakers and your friend’s friend’s speakers and head to any location you can dream up to take the party to a whole new level.
And with Siri + Google Now voice integration on Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM, just say it to play it.***
- Freakishly Amazing 360-degree sound with deep bass.
- Shockingly light go-anywhere waterproof shape**.
- Siri and Google Now voice integration—just say it to play it***.
- Tap to play, pause or skip songs***.
- 100 ft. Bluetooth wireless range and 20-hour rechargeable battery*.
- Works with Apple and Android Bluetooth-enabled devices.
- PartyUp lets you connect wirelessly to up to 150+ Ultimate Ears speakers*** and take your parties to a whole new level.
Freakishly Amazing Sound
Designed to incite epic parties and minor riots, Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM blasts amazing 360-degree sound with deep, heart-pounding bass–everywhere you go.
Musical Mayhem on the Go
Go anywhere, start a rager anywhere. Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM has a waterproof (IPX7) grab n’ go shape.** Whether you’re dancing in the rain, barreling down a mountain or just causing mischief with friends, its durability and easy portability make it as spontaneous and crazy as you let it be.
**IPX7-rated waterproof (up to 30 minutes and a depth of 1 meter).
Designed for the Next Adventure
Bold, iconic design; 100 foot Bluetooth wireless range; 20-hour rechargeable battery*; ultra-fast micro USB charging. We designed Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM to make your musical adventures awesome and easy. You bring the friends, it’ll bring the music.
*Actual wireless range and battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions. Rechargeable speakers have a limited number of charge cycles.
In Control with the App
You’d never walk all the way to your TV to turn it on and you shouldn’t have to with your wireless speaker either. Use the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM app to control the party from afar and to unlock an expanding set of cool additional features like our musical alarm, fully customizable 5-band EQ, and Gesture Control*** — tap to play or pause, tap-tap to skip songs.
***Requires latest firmware and software update.
Pair Up to PartyUp
PartyUp from Ultimate Ears lets you connect wirelessly to up to 150+ Ultimate Ears speakers using the Ultimate Ears app***, so you can take your parties everywhere. So grab your friend’s speakers and your friend’s friend’s speakers and head to any location you can dream up to take the party to a whole new level.
Alexa Voice control with Amazon Echo Dot
Compatible with Amazon Echo Dot for Alexa voice control. Use hands-free voice control to ask Alexa to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn on your Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM.
- Platform agnostic, compatible with Android and Apple.
- For Audio Playback: Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart wireless audio profile [Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)] or 3.5 mm audio output; NFC (passive) enabled devices—(works with active NFC enabled source devices *Android Jellybean and higher).
- For Phone Calls: Phones that support Bluetooth Hands-Free Profile (HFP1.5).
- Waterproof – IPX 7 rated: Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes.
What’s in the Box?
- Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM.
- Micro USB cable.
- Power adapter.
- User guide.
|Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM||Ultimate Ears BOOM 2||Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM|
|Sound||Big ultra-portable sound||Bigger sound for any adventure||Massive sound on the go|
|Stream Music To Multiple Speakers At Same Time||DOUBLE UP 2 speakers||PARTY UP 150+ speakers||PARTY UP 150+ speakers|
|100 Ft/30 M Bluetooth Wireless Range**||✓||✓||✓|
|Rechargeable Battery Life**||10 hrs.||15 hrs.||20 hrs.|
|Compatible With Amazon Echo Dot For Alexa Voice Control||✓||✓||✓|
|Siri And Google Now Voice Control||-||✓||✓|
|Block Party (take turns playing music from 3 Bluetooth devices)||-||✓||✓|
|Wide Compatibility (works with most Bluetooth-enabled devices)||✓||✓||✓|
|*IPX7-rated waterproof (up to 30 minutes and a depth of 1 meter)||**Actual wireless range and battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles|
Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM is a portable wireless speaker on steroids. Blast freakishly amazing 360-degree sound with deep, heart-pounding bass-everywhere you go.
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With respect to sound quality the Megaboom sounds clean and remains fairly distortion free even at high volumes. The Infinity, Bose, and JBL Charge 2 all produce more low frequency bass than the Megaboom. The Megaboom produces fairly punchy upper bass, but the bass does not go very "deep". My Infinity One is very sensitive to speaker placement. Put the Infinity in a corner and it's bass response goes way up. The Megaboom is not nearly as sensitive to placement. When both speakers are in a corner the Infinity's bass response is much deeper and stronger than the Megaboom's bass response.
On the other hand, the Megaboom seems to be good at producing crisp treble. The Infinity One and Bose Mini both sound a bit muffled when compared to the Megaboom, which sounds very bright. The Pill XL has a nasal sound to it and sounds poor at low to mid volumes. I played test tones at the following link and the Megaboom was clearer and louder than the Infinity and Bose from 8k and up -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nklzAUrXSuM
The Megaboom allows you to run an app with some cool features and some limitations. You can update the speaker's firmware from the app, which is a great feature. The speaker also has a Smart Bluetooth feature that allows you to turn it on and off from the app and you can schedule an alarm to turn it on and off as well. The Smart Bluetooth feature consumes some battery power and it can be turned off if you don't need the remote on/off features. Be aware that a recharge cycle will _not_ complete successfully if Smart Bluetooth is off. If you attempt to recharge the speaker with Smart Bluetooth off the speaker will lock up and stop recharging after about 20 minutes. When that happens the LED recharge light will go out and the speaker will not turn on, you will have to unplug the speaker before you can turn it on or continue to recharge it. I strongly suggest always recharging with Smart Bluetooth on. **Edit** – The charging issue was resolved with a firmware update available June 2015.
The UE app has an EQ, but it does not work like a typical EQ does. If you attempt to boost something it just cuts other frequencies to create the "boost". For example, if you boost the lowest frequency for bass it doesn't actually boost the bass. It just cuts the other frequencies and the speaker loses volume. The end result is you turn the volume up higher with every frequency except bass cut so the bass seems "boosted". Consider the EQ as a set of filters that will only cut frequencies, it will not boost anything. I only have 1 speaker so I did not try the double-up options.
UE advertises the speaker as being able to produce 360 degree sound. The speaker has a much wider sound stage than the Infinity One, the Bose Mini, and the JBL Charge 2, but I would not call it 360 degrees. It is closer to 270 degrees because there is definitely a dead spot when the volume buttons are facing you. Frequency response is fairly uniform in all other positions, but it does sound best if one driver is facing you. With that being said, the Megaboom is certainly much less directional than the other speakers I have used.
The Megaboom is a nice speaker, but I deducted one point for the recharging issue with Smart Bluetooth off (to save battery power) and the poor EQ implementation. If you only plan to use the speaker indoors, you prefer bass over treble, and you don't need very high volumes then you will be happier with the Infinity One or the Bose Mini. If you want a speaker that you can take outdoors, you prefer treble response over bass response, you want high volumes, and you want a very long battery run time then the Megaboom might be perfect for you.
** Update 6/11/2015 **
I noticed that there was a new firmware version available in the UE app. I applied the update and the speaker now charges properly with Bluetooth Smart off. Battery life continues to impress me. 50% volume plays for over 48 hours and 1 or 2 steps down from 100% plays for over 7 hours. The Bluetooth range is more impressive than the range of my Infinity One. I can leave my iPad on the second floor of my house and walk all around the first floor of my house and in my garage without any drop outs. I was very happy to see the charging issue resolved with the firmware update so I decided to change my overall rating to 5 stars. Most manufacturers don’t even offer the ability to update a speaker’s firmware.
If you're looking for a portable speaker that maximizes sound volume with good quality, I would recommend the Aiwa Exos-9, over the Klipsch KMC 3 in most cases. It's twice as expensive, but if you really want something with battery power on a regular basis it has slightly better sound and a rechargeable battery. The Megaboom has become a bit more appealing as it goes down in price, and its portability makes it a great choice if you're on the go. But for around the house listening I always use the Klipsch or non-battery powered speaker.
I'm a sound geek. I started building PA speakers in high school, and my house is filled with different speaker setups. Portable speakers have always been appealing to me, but they always come with sacrifices. Thus far there are no perfect portable speakers, you need to pick one based on your needs and planned usage. If you want something easy to carry and durable, the Megaboom is a good choice. If you want music to shake the neighborhood and don't mind carrying a big speakerbox, there are better options such as Klipsch KMC 3. However, large speakers such as the KMC 3 use D cell batteries, which can be costly to replace, and rechargeable ones have iffy qualify. I own two KMC 3, and eventually gave up using them as portable speakers (but they are nice for plug in speakers)
If you're shopping for portable speaker (emphasis on portable), you have to come to terms with the fact it's not going to sound as good as a plug in speaker. It just can't exist.
Part of the issue has to do with the nature of acoustics and speaker box design...in general the smaller the speaker enclosure, the worse the sound will be. That's why subwoofers are in huge enclosures. Where space isn't an issue (club or concert), the speakers tend to be very large. All these portable bluetooth speakers coming out are trying to pack a ton of sound in a small package, and there's only so much you can squeeze in without making sacrifices to audio quality and battery life.
The Megaboom does not have "mega" sound or size, but for it's size the sound is better than other comparatively sized bluetooth speakers. It just doesn't have a lot of bass...the sound doesn't distort much at full volume at least. It's priced on par with other bluetooth speakers of similar caliber, although I wouldn't pay more than $250 for it personally. The speakers truly had 360 degree sound, and by placing in a corner or against a wall you can achieve fuller sound. The speaker is the size of a 24 ounce beer, so it's easy to toss in a backpack. You can throw this in a pool, and not worry about water damage. The exterior surface is easy to grip and durable. You can also pair up to 6 Megabooms together. If you spend that much money to get 6 of these, you should probably give your money to someone else who will buy something better.
Sound quality. The biggest and most important issue. I'm just not impressed. However, I'm also someone who's been frustrated with portable speakers as a whole, and I had high expectations when throwing down $300 on a portable speaker. Would I buy this over the UE Boom? Yes. Would I buy 2 of these? Probably not. Are there better portable speakers around the same size as this? No. Are there better portable speakers that are bigger than this? Yes.