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Ultimate Ears BLAST Portable Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Speaker with hands-free Amazon Alexa voice control (waterproof) - Graphite Black
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- Ultimate Sound: Super-portable with 360° bold, immersive, crystal clear sound and up to 12 hours of battery. It brings your music to life wherever you take it
- With Amazon Alexa hands-free voice control: Just ask Alexa to blast tunes from Spotify (as of May 2018), Amazon Music, iHeart Radio or TuneIn, change tracks, discover new restaurants - or try any of Alexa's skills
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled: Use the Alexa Voice Service at home or on the go whenever connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot or stream music via Bluetooth from your phone
- Waterproof and virtually indestructible: No matter how wild things get, your music will always be on point. The speaker is IP67 rated and can be immersed in water up to 1 m for 30 minutes
- Smarter over time: Update your speaker with the Ultimate Ears app as new features become available. Drivers: Two 1.4 inches active drivers and two 3.2 inches x 1.5 inches passive radiators
- These are FCC regulated products: FCC ID JNZS00166
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Ultimate Ears BLAST
Meet Ultimate Ears BLAST, the super-portable Wi-Fi/Bluetooth speaker with bold, immersive 360° sound and Amazon Alexa hands-free voice control built-in. Now with Wi-Fi, stream high audio quality, blast tunes, crank the volume, order takeout, and more, with just the power of your voice.
Do I need an Echo / Dot to control BLAST?
No, you don't need another Alexa device. Alexa is already built into BLAST.
Does BLAST support all Alexa commands/features?
BLAST supports nearly all Alexa commands and skills. Features that are not supported include Alexa voice or video calling, Drop-in, notifications and messaging.
What music services are supported through Wi-Fi/voice versus Bluetooth?
Connect to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot to control music with your voice from Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, Deezer, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, or TuneIn or use the Spotify app to play music to our speaker. Stream any music service through Bluetooth.
Can I pair multiple speakers?
Support will be added later this year for pairing multiple BLAST and MEGABLAST speakers. Please note: BLAST cannot be paired with other Ultimate Ears speakers such as BOOM, MEGABOOM, ROLL or WONDERBOOM.
Does the Ultimate Ears app for MEGABLAST and BLAST support all the same features as the BOOM and MEGABOOM apps?
No. Volume control and EQ are already supported, remote On/Off will follow soon. Grouping will be supported later this year, but works differently than Party-Up. MEGABLAST and BLAST will only group with each other, not other Ultimate Ears speakers.
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|Connectivity Technology||Bluetooth, Micro usb, Wireless||—||wireless||—||bluetooth, micro usb, usb|
|Item Dimensions||5.59 x 10.04 x 5.43 in||3.46 x 3.46 x 9.33 in||3.3 x 3.3 x 8.9 in||2.75 x 2.75 x 7.08 in||15.6 x 5.9 x 5.9 in|
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|Power Source||battery-powered||battery-powered||Battery||—||AC & Battery|
Meet Ultimate Ears BLAST, the super-portable Wi-Fi/Bluetooth speaker with bold, immersive 360° sound and hands-free voice control. Now with Amazon Alexa built-in, you and your crew can blast tunes, crank the volume, order takeout, and more, with just the power of your voice. Do it all at home or on-the-go, even take calls without killing the music whenever connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot. BLAST is waterproof, drop proof, and super stylin’ too — go from the shower to the beach party with confidence and style. Just say it to play it with BLAST from Ultimate Ears. • Enjoy 360° bold, immersive sound wherever you go • Control your music hands-free through far-field voice recognition and Amazon Alexa built-in • Up to 330 ft / 100 m range on Wi-Fi and 150 ft / 45 m on Bluetooth lets you move around freely • BLAST is IP67 rated and can be immersed in water up to 1 m for 30 minutes • Add new features as they become available through the Ultimate Ears app ULTIMATE SOUND - Slim, super portable and super stylin', Ultimate Ears BLAST is also insanely powerful. Blasting 360° bold, immersive, crystal clear sound, this Wi-Fi/Bluetooth speaker will bring your music to life in its full glory wherever you take it. ULTIMATE VOICE CONTROL - Ultimate Ears BLAST comes with hands-free Amazon Alexa built right in. Just ask Alexa to blast tunes, change tracks, crank the volume, check the weather – or try any of Alexa’s crazy skills. Use Alexa anywhere your speaker goes, all you need is Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot. THE MUSIC NEVER STOPS - Ultimate Ears BLAST brings Wi-Fi to the portable speaker party and connects directly to the cloud. Enjoy fast, seamless music streaming and a bigger range to roam and dance. Anyone can DJ. And even take calls without stopping the music and killing the vibe. SERIOUSLY WATERPROOF AND VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE - Ultimate Ears BLAST is drop proof, seriously waterproof, and ready to rock any adventure. From the pool to the all-night beach party, the summer festivals to the winter slopes – your music will always be on point no matter how wild things get.
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The speaker itself is quite similar in design to another speaker that my wife and I had been using for a couple of years now, that is the UE Boom. It's bigger and has better sound. I knew that our experience with the UE Boom had been a positive one, the speaker held a charge a long time, was easy to pair and had excellent sound so I held high hopes for the UE Blast. Once everything was configured the UE Blast was very easy to use by issuing Alexa commands. The toughest part is remembering the best way to address the commands, although it should be noted that Alexa doesn't require rote, specific type of commands (as the Xbox does) but through practice my wife and I have found out that it does respond to certain phrasings better than others. You also have to learn to add a slight pause after saying "Alexa" and not just start yelling out commands but that becomes second nature in practice.
I was highly disappointed to see that Alexa could not control Spotify and that Spotify would only work when using a Bluetooth command, similar in nature to the UE Boom. Spotify is my primary music source and I do not like that Amazon seems to want to steer you to their Amazon Prime Music direction. However, it should be noted that you do not have to be a subscriber to the Amazon music service to use Alexa on this device, but it will open up more music, including your own if you have a subscription to it.
I have used the speaker twice now in long sessions and the first session I got about 7 hours out of moderate listening levels which was, in my opinion, disappointing considering the speaker promises "up to 12 hours". We all know "up to" is the key there but still, roughly half of the promised amount is not what I'd consider a home run. The second time listening from a full charge we got roughly 9 hours and that is listening at moderate listening levels so that was a bit better. It honestly made me wonder if the first I was not at a complete charge. It should be noted here that the only way to know the charge level of the speaker is through the app and you will only know two levels of charge, full charge or partial charge and that is a sincere lack of information in my opinion that needs updated with a future fix for the app.
The quality of the sound of the speaker is very high for a large room and the speaker will fill the room with sound. Any larger than a large room though and the speaker will struggle but for most people volume or clarity of the music will not be any issue whatsoever. It was disappointing that I was unable to band my UE Blast to my UE Boom to create a stereo, or mirror, effect from one source. I worked on this for well over an hour before looking online and determining it simply is not possible.
So word to the wise, if you already own a UE product and are considering buying this to add on as a "stereo" effect or even just a multi-room, one source solution you will be out of luck. It remains to be seen if this will be fixed in a future update but I sincerely doubt that it will happen based upon my research.
Ultimately I do recommend this device, it's very clear, very loud, integrates Alexa commands perfectly and has decent battery life. Just be aware though that it won't control Spotify via Alexa, the battery life is not what is promised (but still good overall) and it will not pair with another UE device.
Another downside of course is the price. I am not completely sure this is a great value for most people but I will say if you have the money the device will not disappoint. For most people on a budget this would be a better value purchase on sale or at a discounted rate perhaps on Black Friday. There are certainly more reasonably priced devices that will do many of what this speaker offers. But if you want a great all-in-one solution, are aware of some of the limitations of the device and its app and are willing to pay the money you cannot beat the UE Blast.
I have found 2 snags so far that make it not like a "Fancy ECHO"--
1) You have to tap to wake Alexa up after a time out period, like a night's sleep. You just cant say, "Alexa what time is it?"
2) It seems Sirius XM is not supported. I even deleted the link association from my Echo and reconnected and it can't be picked up. HOWEVER I still can link it with the BLAST through Bluetooth and my phone. Just no "Alexa, play Sirius XM"
voice control. After you Bluetooth in you have to remember to cut the Bluetooth connection to get Alexa back
far superior, well rounded and very warm. The only issue us I have to mute the Alexa when I want to use the Blast in the same room. If the Blast goes on sale again, grab it for the portability and sound.
Changing my review from 5 to 2 stars. It no longer keeps a wi-fi connection for more than 2 minutes. The Echo right next to it works fine.
Update: A firmware update seems to have fixed the wi-fi connection issue. They have also added a Spotify direct play. As the product firmware is being constantly updated, many reviews are out-of-date.
I did purchase this speaker during the $99 sale. I know the UE products are more expensive and have great quality sound. So $99 with the Alexa feature was a steal. With that being said, it’s important to know what features are most important to you before purchasing a portable speaker vs Alexa stationary products...
To begin, it should be noted that first and foremost, this is intended as a portable, high quality speaker. It is waterproof, allowing for functionality virtually anywhere. It comes with a charging cable, like almost all speakers, and holds a charge for longer than I personally need.
With that being said, the Alexa feature is more of a secondary function or perk. Unless you have a prime account, the prime music will be pointless. However, you can use other music apps, or just synce it vis Bluetooth to your phone. I have not had any problems connecting it to my wifi, and the Alexa works fine for me. However, I would not purchase this for the sole intention of using Alexa. I own both the Alexa Echo and Echo Dot. All 3 have their own benefits.
All together, this is a great speaker. It sounds amazing and fulfills my needs for a portable speaker. The Alexa function is a nice addition, but would recommend the UE Boom if this was not on sale and the Alexa function is not important to you.
If you don’t plan on using it as a portable speaker, and Alexa is the more important feature to you, I’d recommend the regular Echo.
Otherwise, I love this speaker!!
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