The rule is that small speakers sound small. But not this little fellow. Ultimate Ears small wireless speaker unit is called BOOM for a reason.
The small battery powered speaker - that plays music up to 15 hours - is no larger than a pint of beer, but sounds like a whole keg. Ultimate Ears claims that the maximum sound pressure is 88 dB, and that´s very high for something so small!
Boom is available in several different colors and distribute the sound 360 degrees using two 1,5″ drivers, and a pair of 2″ passive drivers to helps in the bass. There are two drivers on each side.
Connection to smart phones is done wirelessly, either with bluetooth or using the free app UE BOOM available for iOS and Android, which has a particularly convenient feature: you can choose double wireless connection of two speakers. They can play left and right channel in stereo or 2 x mono if they are not near each other.
Boom works beyond all expectations. Even a single speaker sounds dynamic and captivating. There´s no deep bass and the treble could be airier, but the sound is still rich and potent. A single Boom simply fill the room with music and two works as stereo speakers unless the room is too big.
Voices appear clearly, and you can even hear small details in the sound. Amazingly, it all gel together even when playing (relatively) loud. Even then the sound image is defined and almost free from distortion.
UE Boom is well constructed and is water resistant. It is robust enough to carry around in a bag and rattle around among other gadgets. Unfortunately, there is no rubber cap that covers the USB port, which is used to charge the battery, and audio input jack on the bottom. If it's on purpose or just overlooked by Ultimate Ears we do not know, but it's on the other hand the only bad thing we have to say about this well made bluetooth speaker.
The relatively high price can be justified by the Boom's solid construction - but if you want two of them to play in stereo, it´ll cost a hefty penny.
Anyway, UE Boom is one of the best bluetooth speakers we've tested so far. And definitely one of the coolest.
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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.
- Pair up to 8 Bluetooth® enabled source devices - Connect up to two source devices at the same time.
- Wirelessly play (stream) to 2 UE BOOMs from one Source.
- Mobile range of play is up to 15m (50 ft).
- NFC (passive) enabled - (works with active NFC enabled source devices * Android Jellybean and higher).
- Maximum Sound Level: 88dBA
- Frequency Range: 90Hz - 20kHz
- Drivers: Two 1.5", 4 Ohm Drivers; Two 2" Passive Radiators
- Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for up to 15 hours of battery life between Micro USB charges.
- Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions.
- Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles.
- Charge time: 3.4 hours
APP CONFIGURABLE (iOS AND ANDROID)
2-YEAR LIMITED HARDWARE WARRANTY
- Diameter: 6.5cm (2.6”)
- Height: 18 cm (7.1”)
- Weight: 538g (speaker only) 19oz
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.
For Phone Calls:
- Phones that support Bluetooth® Hands-Free Profile (HFP1.5)
- Ingress Protection Rating – Liquid – Level 4: Water Resistant Acoustic Skin