|Average Battery Life (in hours)||15 hours|
UE BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black
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- Make Some Noise: UE BOOM is the 360-degree speaker that drops bold, rich resonant sound in every direction with exceptional bass size.
- Up for Anything: UE BOOM has a versatile, go anywhere shape that is designed to be spontaneous
- Life-Resistant: Colorful acoustic skin with plasma coating makes UE BOOM water and stain resistant
- Live Wirelessly: Switch songs, adjust volume and take phone calls from up to 50 feet away. The rechargeable battery has 15 hours of playback
- Double Up: Wirelessly connect two UE BOOMs together in stereo via the UE BOOM app to spread the sound and pump up the volume. Please refer to compatbility information present below.
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From the Manufacturer
360-Degree Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Make music social with Ultimate Ears BOOM – the wireless speaker made to rage, riot, party and play the music you love, out loud. The 360-degree speaker design drops bold, immersive sound into any space. And the water and stain resistant acoustic skin and 15-hour rechargeable battery mean you’re ready for wherever the night takes you.*
More friends crash the party?
Wirelessly connect two UE BOOMs together via the UE BOOM app to spread the sound and pump up the volume. UE BOOM—it’s the ultimate social music player.
* Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles.
- Bold, immersive 360-degree sound
- Wireless connectivity to most Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets and computers
- Versatile, go-anywhere shape
- Water and stain resistant acoustic skin
- 15-hour rechargeable battery*
UE BOOM drops bold, immersive sound in every direction. Dual performance drivers pump out full, balanced sound with clear mids and vibrant highs. Two passive radiators bring deep, low bass.
Made for play
Every adventure needs a soundtrack. UE BOOM has a versatile, go anywhere shape that makes it as spontaneous as you. And with the convenient D-ring, you can clip it to just about anything. UE BOOM brings the music, you bring the friends.
Because epic events don’t always go as planned the colorful acoustic skin with plasma coating makes UE BOOM water and stain resistant—and a removable rubber cover adds protection to the USB / Aux ports.
With UE BOOM, you can switch songs, adjust volume and take phone calls from up to 50 feet away. Grab a friend and take turns sharing songs from different devices. Pair up to 8 Bluetooth devices at once or easily connect NFC-enabled devices. Plus, you can use UE BOOM as a crystal-clear speakerphone to take calls from right where you’re sitting or standing or dancing.
Music all day (or night)
The music doesn’t stop until the party does. UE BOOM has a 15-hour rechargeable battery* that gives you non-stop music from dusk till dawn. Use the UE BOOM app’s alarm feature to wake up to your favorite music from your iTunes library, Spotify playlists, Pandora, iTunes Radio and more.
More friends crash the party? Wirelessly connect two UE BOOMs together in stereo via the UE BOOM app to spread the sound and pump up the volume.
- For Audio Playback: Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth 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)
- IPX4 RATED: Ingress Protection Rating—Liquid—Level 4: Water Resistant Acoustic Skin
What’s in the box
Micro USB cable and AC power adapter
User guide and warranty
Pair up to 8 Bluetooth enabled source devices — Connect up to two source devices at the same time.
Wireless play (stream) to 2 UE BOOMs from one source.
Mobile range of play is up to 50 feet.**
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for up to 15 hours of battery life* between Micro USB charges.
Charge time: 3.4 hours
** Actual wireless range will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions.
|UE MINI BOOM||UE BOOM||UE MEGABOOM|
|What do you get?||Ultra-Compact Wireless Bluetooth Speaker / Speakerphone||Ultra-Portable 360-Degree Wireless Bluetooth Speaker / Speakerphone||The Ultimate Portable Bluetooth Speaker / Speakerphone with amazing 360-degree sound, extended wireless range and longer battery life|
|Water-Resistant Acoustic Skin||✓||✓|
|Speakerphone with Built-In Mic||✓||✓||✓|
|Bluetooth Wireless Range*||50 ft||50 ft||100 ft|
|Multi-Host Technology: Take turns playing music from two Bluetooth devices at the same time||✓||✓||✓|
|Two-speaker wireless connectivity: Easy pairing for even bigger stereo sound||✓||✓||✓|
|Aux Input (3.5 mm) for iPod and Most Other Portable Music Players||✓||✓||✓|
|Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery**||10-hour battery life between charges**||15-hour battery life between charges**||20-hour battery life between charges**|
|Works with Bluetooth-Enabled Smartphones, Tablets/Computers running iOS, Android, Windows & other OS||✓||✓||✓|
|*Actual wireless range will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions.||**Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles.|
Make music social with Ultimate Ears BOOM - the 360-degree wireless speaker made to rage, riot, party and play the music you love, out loud.
Top Customer Reviews
I initially got the Oontz Angle Plus after my Sol Republic Punk died (you can check out my review of that product there). For $35 the Oontz was capable, but not as loud as I would like. I wanted a speaker for three things: working out in the garage, in my office when I write, and for the beach. Therefore I was looking for a splashproof speaker.
The UE Boom cost 5x the Angle Plus on sale. The Boom has nice aesthetics, and is quite loud. I didn't think it was worth the difference in price, but my husband said I could not keep the Oontz after he listened to the Boom. Obviously the Oontz is not in the same league (but it is a very serviceable speaker), but my husband didn't like the wimpy sound compared to the Boom. We found the JBL Charge 2+ on Warehouse Deals, so we threw that into the mix to test.
Compared to the Boom, the JBL Charge 2+ is not as loud...I say about two clicks less. Depending on the song, my husband tested about 8 db less on the Charge. A few songs, there was no audible difference, nor measurable difference in the casual db tester. However where the JBL wins is definitely the bass. The UE Boom sounded like it was screaming at you vs the full, sexy, resonating sound of the JBL. Bass is relative though...neither speaker will rumble your baseboards. But comparatively, the UE Boom had no bass to speak of next to the JBL. However again, it is noticeably louder for most of the songs we played, if that matters to you. It also seems more natural upright, whereas the JBL seems like it could topple more easily. But the JBL can sit horizontally whereas the Boom would roll around. I actually prefer the vertical (smaller) footprint, so the Boom wins there.
The JBL on my kitchen scale weighed about 3oz more than the Boom, and it is wider so it's a little bulky for my smaller hands. The Boom also just looks cooler, compared to the giant candy colored beer can look the JBL has going. But here are a few other reasons I chose the JBL over the Boom:
On the JBL:
- The battery indicator - the 5 dots gives you a nice idea of battery level
- The volume buttons to me were easier to push than the Boom, however I like that it's easier to tell in the Boom when you hit max vol (I keep just pressing on the JBL until I think I've gotten there)
- The ability to skip, pause, and play from the speaker. I leave my tablet in the house as it doesn't pick up wireless well in the garage. I put the JBL in my elliptical's cup holder and can skip tracks by pressing the phone button twice quickly. (pressing once pauses, pressing it once again plays.) All you can control from the Boom is volume. Even the Oontz allows pause/play from the speaker.
The Boom has NFC, but I don't find the 2 extra steps for bluetooth that difficult. Still, it's a nice feature. I think the Boom can link to two devices, while the JBL can remember 3. Don't quote me on that one though.
Ultimately, it depends what you are looking for. But for the $30 price difference I was judging between the Boom and the JBL, the JBL was the clear winner.
I admit that I lean towards Bose due to my positive history with the company. All things considered, I expected a "blowout" with the Bose coming out on top. WAS I WRONG! First, we put the Boom and the Mini head to head. The Bose Associate controlled both units from his iPod Touch to start. He started with the Mini and switched over to the Boom. Both were played at 50% volume with a very noticeable difference in output. To clarify, the Mini's MAX volume was equivalent to the Boom's less than 75% volume output. In other words, the Boom was MUCH louder than the Mini. The employee was dumbfounded at this. I said ok, lets test the sound quality with a song that I find myself listening to quite often. It is Mothers Wingspan, by Ben Leinbach, which I think covers the sound spectrum pretty well.
We hooked both units to my phone for this test. Testing on the Mini began with a slight popping from the speaker. You could tell it was really straining. It should be noted that the volume on the Mini was set at 50%. The song was switched to the Boom, and the sound was phenomenal. Never did we hear popping from the Boom. However, at 80% volume you could begin to hear distortion, but by this point the volume was at an uncomfortable level (for your ears). Though slight, it was there. It was at this point the Bose employee asked me to turn it off, so he could go get his manager. He said he had to let his manager hear this.
The store manager came in the room and we started back up and switched between both units. Again, the Boom BLEW the Mini away! When I stopped the music, the manager asked me what this "thing" (UE BOOM) was. I told him, and he said that he couldn't believe the sound coming from this thing. Once I gave him the specs and other abilities of the Boom, the only thing he said was, "wow, that is amazing" as he shook his head and walked out the room. By this time, I was feeling pretty happy with my decision. Especially, given the fact that I could buy another one and have twice the sound!
To confirm my decision, I asked if we could put the Boom head to head with the Soundlink II. Again the employee was happy to give it a go. Maybe because I told him that if it was a big difference, I would buy the Soundlink and take the Boom back. So, we hooked them up and played Mothers Wingspan just as we had with the prior test with the Mini. Folks, the Boom did not blow the Soundlink II away. HOWEVER, it did get as loud and as clear as the Soundlink. The only thing the Soundlink did better was the presentation of lows from 0%-50% volume. That being said, it DID NOT present them so well that I would spend an additional $100.00 on the unit. It should be noted that the low's that create a fuller sound for me are what sells a speaker to me. I could not believe the Boom had just comparably performed with the Soundlink II. Neither could the Bose employee! As a matter of fact, he said that this made him want to leave work today and go buy a Boom for himself. In the same sentence, he also said that he wasn't going to tell anybody about the Boom because it would put the Bose Mini out of business! He was just as amazed as I was!
Now factor in above the ability to pair two Booms, water and dust resistant, 15 hour battery, pairing options, and shear sound. All of which, with exception to sound on the Soundlink II, the Bose cannot do. The question of which should I get, is answered! The Boom!!!! The only proof I can give you of my account with the testing as described above is............If you don't believe me, get one and go to a Bose store and do it yourself. I bet you will be surprised with the outcome. Just as the Bose employees will be too! I would absolutely recommend the UE Boom. To put the icing on the cake, with a big fat cherry; The Boom comes with a 2 YEAR warranty, as opposed to Bose's 1 year warranty on their units. I am just amazed at the performance of the Boom! I forgot to mention above; the Booms pairing is super fast! Both the Bose and Boom are fast, but the Boom also outperformed the Bose in this test as well. Get it! I don't think you'll be dissatisfied.