Review: UE MEGABOOM
Last year we reviewed the UE BOOM, a wireless speaker system that packed a ton of awesome sound in a single tiny package. We thought pretty highly of the UE Boom, so when we discovered that Ultimate Ears had developed a new Boom, the UE MEGABOOM, we were all ears.
- 360 Degree sound
- “Deep bass”
- Able to partner with a second UE MEGABOOM or UE Boom for stereo sound or double sound!
- Pair up to 8 Bluetooth enabled source devices – Connect up to two source devices at the same time.
- Wirelessly play (stream) to 2 UE MEGABOOMs from one source.
- Mobile range of play is up to 30m (100 ft).
- NFC (passive) enabled – (works with active NFC enabled source devices * Android Jellybean and higher).
- Maximum Sound Level: 90Dba
- Frequency Range: 65Hz – 20kHz
- Drivers: Two 2″ drivers and two 2” x 4” Passive Radiators
- Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for up to 20 hours of battery life between Micro USB charges.
- Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions.
- Serviceable battery (it can be replaced)
- Charge time: 2.5 hours
- Diameter: 8.3cm (3.3”)
- Height: 22.6 cm (8.9”)
- Weight: 877 g (speaker only)
- 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
- For phone calls – Phones that support Bluetooth hands-free profile (HFP1.5)
- Waterproof – IPX7 rated, UE MEGABOOM can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes… we don’t however recommend you do this!!!
Ultimate Ears took a simplistic approach to the MEGABOOM’s design. Much like the Boom, the MEGABOOM’s design is practical – they just upsized it a little. We compared the original Boom to a bottle of water, so I’d guess you’d say that the MEGABOOM is about the size of a 1 litre bottle of milk.
It isn’t loud or gaudy – it’s actually quite minimalistic, like a soundbar. Similar to the Boom, the MEGABOOM comes in a variety of colours – black, red, purple and blue, so people wanting a splash of colour with their booming sound will be happy.
The MEGABOOM’s shape is identical to the Boom, though obviously it is larger than Logitech’s previous wireless speaker system. Being a cylindrical shape, It’s best yet again to stand up the MEGABOOM on one end to avoid it rolling around. It also sports the same convenient hook as the Boom did, meaning that you can hang it on a wall hook inside or outside while you entertain.
In addition to the colour and shape of the design, the MEGABOOM is also sturdy and (not that you would want it too) it feels as though it could handle a bump or two. The outside of the MEGABOOM is made up of waterproof mesh. The Boom was IPX4 waterproof, meaning that it could handle a light splash of water (accidents happen) but the MEGABOOM is IPX7 waterproof, meaning that it can actually be submerged in roughly 3 feet of water and still work.
As one would expect, a bigger Boom means bigger and better sound. While the MEGABOOM is an improvement over the Boom’s sound, the sound itself isn’t quite perfect – though the MEGABOOM does remarkably well for its price and size – the only thing that will sound better will be a full stereo or a wireless single-speaker system that will cost about 5 times as much as the MEGABOOM.
Listening to a variety of music on the MEGABOOM, I couldn’t fault it. Whether I listened to rap, dance, metal or K-pop, the MEGABOOM sounded great. The bass wasn’t overly powerful, but the treble and mid were spot-on. Overall, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better sounding single wireless speaker system for the price of the MEGABOOM.
Setup and Use
After a good charge, the MEGABOOM is good to go. When turned on for the first time, the MEGABOOM will enter “discovery mode” – where it automatically looks for Bluetooth devices to pair with. Simply turn your phone’s Bluetooth on and you will be prompted to pair with the MEGABOOM. Once you’re paired, you’re ready!
If you want to pair the MEGABOOM with another device, simply hold down the Bluetooth button near the power button and repeat the pairing process.
There’s also a free app available which lets you check the battery life of the UE MEGABOOM, as well as control equalisers and other things. If I’m going to be honest, there’s a distinct lack of equaliser options available, but I’m assuming that is because this is a single speaker system. The equalisers only really control the amount of bass present.
The UE MEGABOOM’s packaging tells us the speaker system has a 15 hour battery life – and they’d be correct. Pretty good considering how much use you can get out of it! It comes with a charger, though it will also charge with a Micro USB cord plugged into a PC – I’ve even charged it via my Xbox One.
Ultimately, The UE MEGABOOM is a step up from the Boom and well worth its asking price. It’s stylish, practical and delivers excellent sound for a wireless single speaker system. If you’re after a convenient portable Bluetooth speaker, check out the UE MEGABOOM.