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Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Cherry Bomb Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker (Waterproof and Shockproof)
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- Insanely good, loud 360degree sound with deep bass
- Portable design so you can bring the music anywhere
- Waterproof*, shockproof, designed for adventure (* IPX7 rated waterproof up to 30 minutes and a depth of one meter)
- Connect with Echo Dot (2nd Generation) for hands-free voice control of UE BOOM 2 with Alexa; ask Alexa to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn on your UE BOOM 2
- Tap the speaker to play, pause or skip songs
- Companion app and overtheair speaker updates
- Maximum Sound Level: 90dBA. Frequency Range: 90Hz – 20kHz. Drivers: two 45mm (1 3/4") active drivers and two 45mm X 80mm (1 3/4" x 3") passive radiators.
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- Blasts amazing sound in every direction.
- Waterproof* and shockproof.
- Siri and Google Now voice integration—just say it to play it***.
- Rechargeable 15-hour battery**. 100 ft. Bluetooth wireless range.
- Tap to play, pause or skip songs***.
- Companion mobile app and over-the-air speaker updates.
- Camera mount and detachable D-ring.
- Works with Bluetooth wireless smartphones, tablets and other devices.
- PartyUp lets you connect wirelessly to up to 150+ Ultimate Ears speakers*** and take your parties to a whole new level.
Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Insanely good 360-degree sound
Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 is the 360-degree wireless speaker that blasts loud, insanely good sound with deep, full bass in every direction–everywhere you go. Rain or shine, rage, riot, party and bring the beats to your favorite beaches, trails, and climbs.
Need even bigger sound? 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 where no other sound system can go. 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 BOOM 2, just say it to play it.***
*IPX7-rated waterproof (up to 30 minutes and a depth of 1 meter).
** Actual battery life will vary with use, settings, and environmental conditions. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles.
*** Requires latest firmware & 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 where no other sound system can go. 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.
Bring the Party. Anywhere.
Never worry about taking the party too far. Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 has 100-feet Bluetooth wireless range, 15-hour rechargeable battery**, and the perfect design to bring the music anywhere.
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 BOOM 2.
Getting even More Awesome
We craft living top rated Bluetooth speakers that get better over time. It’s kind of our thing. We regularly add improved or even entirely new features through speaker and app updates. Tap the top of Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 once to play or pause and twice to skip songs.*** Use Block Party to take turns playing music from three Bluetooth devices. Set your perfect EQ and Musical Alarm.
What you Need:
- 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.
App Configurable (iOS and Android).
What’s in the Box?
Ultimate Ears BOOM 2.
Micro USB cable.
Wireless Capabilities: Pair up to 8 Bluetooth enabled source devices. Wirelessly play (stream) to up to 150+ Ultimate Ears speakers from one source***. Mobile range of play is up to 100 feet.
Audio: Maximum Sound Level: 90dBA. Frequency Range: 90Hz - 20kHz. Drivers: Two 45 mm (1 ¾ inch) active drivers and two 45 mm x 80 mm (1 ¾ x 3 inch) passive radiators.
Power: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for up to 15 hours of battery life between Micro USB charges.** Charge time: 2.75 hours.
Waterproof—IPX7 Rated: Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 can be immersed in water up to 1m for up to 30 minutes.
|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 BOOM 2 is the 360-degree wireless speaker that blasts loud, insanely great sound with deep, powerful bass in every direction–everywhere you go. It was designed to get wet, muddy, and beat up. PartyUp allows you to wirelessly connect to up to 50 Ultimate Ears speakers and takes your party where no other sound system can go. Caves. Mountains. Lakes. Rooftops. You name it. It's waterproof*, shockproof and crafted from the sexiest and most uninhibited premium materials in the known universe. And with Siri + Google Now voice integration***, you just open your mouth and use your words — so instead of reaching for your phone, you can pick up BOOM 2 so nothing comes between you and the music. *IPX7-rated waterproof (up to 30 minutes and a depth of 1 meter). ** Requires latest firmware & software update.
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Both the adapter and the Micro-USB cord come in a bright yellow color, which is very handy when trying to figure out which cord belongs to which electronic device, believe me, I know. The "Challenger", comes with a short 1 meter (3.2 feet) versus the UE Boom 2's 4 ft or 1.2 M cable, it makes a huge difference. The Boom 2 also comes with a 2 amp wall "travel" adapter, this is handy as it will charge the Boom 2 in about 3 hours, and you can also use it for your iPhone 6 or iPad. The Boombottle does not. You must supply your own (probably repurposed) 1 amp charger. The challenger has a 2,300 mAH battery (2.3 amp hour), while the Boom 2 has a larger battery than it's predecessor (the original boom had 3.7v with 2100 mah) however they most likely upgraded to a larger 18650 cell with 4000 mah to keep the party going for longer. The Boom 2 charges very quickly, in around the 3 hour mark, compared to some other models, that use a 1 amp charger and take 8-10 hours to charge. Li-ion batteries have a finite number of cycles before they die, and you CAN replace them on this unit. Instructions are included on how to do so, but as this hasn't hasn't died yet, I wont be yanking my new toy appart anytime soon.
The speaker controls for pause/skip are gesture controls that are only activated once you pick it up, and are controlled with touches on the top. The 3.5mm jack plug and the Micro-USB charging interface are on the bottom, as well as a d-ring for attaching a lanyard. You can remove the d-ring to allow a standard camera mount to screw in. From some of the advertisising, ostenstibly this is to allow you to put it on a stick to help keep it out of water. The headphone jack and charge port are hidden behind covers which fit tightly and make them waterproof, even with the covers uncovered, it is still waterproof. The gesture controls say to pick this up and tap once, with two fingers to play\pause, or two times to skip tracks. However, this has varied in my tests. Perhaps a later update or some muscle memory will yield better results. On a note, when you are charging the Boom 2, you flip it upside down (?) to access the mini-usb port, so the gesture controls cannot be used.
To connect to the speaker, just power it on and look through your bluetooth devices. Once you chose the UE Boom it will ask you if you want the app. You can choose to download the app or not, but you can be up and running in a matter of seconds in either case.
The app allows you to add another UE Boom, Boom 2 or UE Megaboom (untested). You can also access a DSP ( digitial signal proecessor) that will give you some preset EQ settings or customize your own setting, giving you control over the output, and tailor it to your liking. Larger units, such as the Megaboom will have a better bass response, and most articles will point out the lack of low end response. Frequency response is billed as 90Hz-20kHz, which means that you will get the more audible bass, but are out of luck for any really deep or bass intense tracks. This unit has slightly larger, (1 3/4" ) drivers as well as 2 (1 3/4' x 3" ) passive radiators. The original UE Boom 2013 UE Boom had two 1.5in drivers and twin 2in passive radiators. While I don't have an original to compare it to, having heard my friends UE Boom before, I have a feeling that the 90Hz isn't limited by the size of the drivers, but by the DSP to prevent the drivers from bottoming out or distorting. On a note about the DSP, until you hit at least 3\4 volume, the DSP doesnt appear to attenuate the bass (90Hz and up) on all but the deepest tracks. The DSP does a great job of rolling off harmful low frequencies, allowing maximum voume with minimal distortion. You can also power it off or set an alarm, for those that are deep sleepers, and can't be woken up by their puny cell phone speaker. The app also allows you to have total control over the volume, without needing to manually set it on your phone first, then the device. The app will overide your phones volume as you push the buttons on the speaker itself. I found myself leaving my phone in the other room more and more, where before with other products, you had to fiddle with settings or have your phone close by for tweaking the volume.
The Boom 2 is IPX7 rated vs the UE Boom (IPX4) which is "Splash rated". As I can confirm from having the challenger splashed, the IPX4 rating really means a light splash. The IPX7 rating means it should come out fine after being submerged at 3 feet for 30 minutes (plenty of time to pick up the bottle). Tossing this around at a pool party would probably mean disaster if it sunk in the deep end, but would be fine if dropped in a bathtub. However, I don't want to submerge my new $200 speaker underwater just yet. :).
Both the challeneger and the original Boom had a maximum bluetooth distance of about 33 feet if you were lucky and had a clear line of sight (optimal conditions). The Boom 2 claims 100 feet in optimal conditions, and from my testing, it has no problem at all with me leaving my phone in the other room or vice versa. Even through walls it didn't disconnect, whereas the challenger would have trouble maintaining a connection if you walked to the kitchen.
They claim this is 25% louder than the original UE Boom, and from the specs, and DSP magic, I am sure it is. I don't have the original boom for reference, but I can tell you, this thing gets plenty loud. It has no problem filling a large room or area with music. At full volume, you basically need to yell at each other to be heard over this thing. As mentioned before, the bass rolls off around 75% volume, and with the magic of the DSP, it still sounds clear even maxed out. Audiophiles, or those without my damaged old ears, might notice some distorotion at full volume, but most will not.
Since I am not one to purposefully drop a $200 speaker, I will just go with thier shockproof claims. However, with how rugged this unit is, I dont think an accidental drop from a normal height will do much damage. I cant say the same about some of it's comeptitors though.
To conclude, I was a bit leery at the $200 price point, and just happened across this while looking at the original boom. I am glad I purchased this. It absolutely destroys my old bluetooth speaker in every way. My wife, also leery of a $200 bluetooth speaker, loves it. She carries it in the bathroom while getting ready, or just hanging around the house.
I was being absent minded, and accidentaly set the business end (the one wiht the 3.5 mm jack and charge port) inot about 3" of water in my cooler. Don't asl :). I quickly noticed the sound and pulled it out. The sound was more direct, and richer, as my head was directly above the cooler. However, I quickly pulled the UE out and all was rigth with the world. A quick shake off of the UE Boom 2, and no harm no foul. It never skipped a beat.
Bluetooth speaker - I would NOT recommned using it as a bluetoooth speaker. No microphone inputs, and the output is way below average. However, I have not been happier with a bluetooth speaker, and my wife loves it so much, she wants to get one for everyone on the list. At $200, thats not going to happen, but I would recommend this to anyone.
I decided against the Bose since it can’t pair with a second speaker for a stereo setup, is slightly older, doesn’t look as attractive (quite a dated look in fact) and the sound quality reviews do not put it above the other two.
Then I couldn’t decide between the UE and JBL, so purchased both. I compared them side-by-side for a week with the following observations:
1) Batteries on both last for a ridiculously long time. Yes, JBL lasts longer, but the 15 hour battery on UE is a week of regular use. What other electronics do you charge so rarely?
2) Both speakers are very loud. Assuming you’re not hosting an actual dance party, it would be surprising for either to run out of volume. JBL stays composed all the way to the max, maybe keep UE one notch above the very max on the bass-heavy songs.
3) UE has crisper high and mid frequencies, while JBL has a deeper, bigger bass. It took me a week to decide that this constitutes a tie for me, but most people would likely prefer the bigger bass of the JBL. Also, UE gives you the 360 sound, which is quite neat: you can put it in the middle of the room rather than against a wall. This could work as an effective sound multiplier since you reduce the distance to people if using it in a group.
I compared both to a single Sonos 1 speaker (much heavier and non-portable), and Sonos is significantly better across the entire frequency range than either UE or JBL. This is not to say that that UE or JBL produce low quality sound: they both sound surprisingly good for their size. My point is that we shouldn’t obsess with the sound quality comparison between the two because neither is close to being a reference sound device.
4) Size is important here. JBL is over 50% larger than the UE, which makes a huge difference. Please see the photos: the JBL is longer, wider and heavier than the UE. This was the main factor in declaring UE the winner by a good margin. The speakers are roughly tied before the size comes into play, and the UE is just a lot smaller. I am simply more likely to take it with me when travelling.
5) Other features. Both speakers are waterproof. Charge 3 will charge your phone, which is not exactly useless, but probably not a deciding feature. UE feels much sleeker design-wise, with fewer buttons and better symmetry.
To summarize: JBL Charge 3 is a great speaker, worthy of a 5 star rating. However, for my preferences, UE Boom 2 was the clear winner given its much more compact size and neater design due to them being close to tied in other areas, including sound quality.