Ultimate Ears just released UE MEGABOOM, the biggest and most rugged portable wireless speaker in the “BOOM” series, which include the UE BOOM (regular) and UE BOOM mini (smallest). Although MEGABOOM is the largest, it is still lightweight, portable, and easy to grab with one hand. More importantly, being bigger means it offers better sound. Plus it is waterproof enough to be submersed in up to 3-feet of water, but it floats so sinking to that depth shouldn’t even be an issue. Although it won’t play submersed, you can rest assured it won’t break.
The most unique feature of MEGABOOM is the free companion app that unlocks some pretty cool features. For starters, the app allows two MEGABOOMS to be configured as left and right channels, or even more MEGABOOMS can be linked together and controlled independently. Other extras include remote On/Off, alarm functionality and fully customizable equalization sound settings. But more importantly, and for the first time ever, updates can be made to the speakers over the air. That means as Ultimate Ears develops better algorithms for sound quality or extra features, the speakers become infinitely upgradeable without any user interaction. Amazingly, the speakers could get better over time!
The company says UE MEGABOOM blasts freakishly amazing 360-degree sound with heart-pounding bass. With a waterproof – IPX7 certified – and stain-resistant acoustic skin, and a durable grab-and-go design, UE MEGABOOM makes your musical adventures both awesome and easy. Plus, UE MEGABOOM weighs less than two pounds, features a 20-hour rechargeable battery life and 100-foot wireless Bluetooth range, so you can keep the party going anywhere.
“People want their music wherever they go, and to be part of everything they do,” said Rory Dooley, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “That’s why we designed UE MEGABOOM to be strong enough to withstand your life and your adventures, and allow you to share the magic of music wherever you go.”
Pricing and Availability
UE MEGABOOM is expected to be available in the U.S., and in select countries in Europe and Asia in January 2015, for $299.99.
- 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).
- Speakerphone – supports Bluetooth Hands-Free Profile (HFP1.5)
- Support Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart wireless audio profile A2DP or 3.5mm audio output.
- Waterproof (IPX7 rated) – can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes.
- iOS and Android Apps
- 2-year limited hardware warranty
- 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