How to improve the UE BOOM :: Make it MEGA

by Volker Weber

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I get asked which portable speakers to buy quite a lot. Not that I am the audio expert, but I get to try out many devices. Up until now I always recommended the UE BOOM. Great sound, very practical, delivers a punch. If you have an Android or iDevice, you get a nice little app to maintain it. That's a tough act to follow.

But just as Gillette adds another blade, you can make it bigger. Quite a lot bigger. And you can make it louder. Quite a lot louder. That's what Ultimate Ears did. Enter the MEGABOOM. It follows the same formula as the original, but takes it up a notch.

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The new speaker comes with a new app. And it has a clever new trick: you can wake MEGABOOM up over Bluetooth and you can put it back to sleep. I don't know whether that comes as a software update to the BOOM as well, but I am sure UE will deliver if the hardware supports it. Just for comparison, the new app is a lot less playful than the old one was. And I like it better.

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Which one should you get? That depends on your use case. If you carry it a lot, the smaller one. If you move it around the house from room to room, definitely the bigger one. My use case is taking it outside, around the house. And since MEGABOOM is rated IPX7 waterproof (immersion in water up to 1 m), it does not matter when I forget to bring it in during a rain shower. (BOOM Was declared as "water resistant"). Up to 20 hours of battery life depending on how loud you are playing it.

Both BOOM and MEGABOOM can be paired and work either in mono or as a stereo pair. And there is a software update coming this year that will let you combine up to 10 MEGABOOMs for a party. Yes, UE really wants to sell you more of these things. ;-)

Editor-refuses-to-give-it-back award. Big time!

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Comments

Ich hätte auch gerne ein Telefon, wo es eine App für so etwas gibt :(...

Ingo Seifert, 2015-01-16

Wenn ich das Gerät lade, spielt es dann gleichzeitig Musik?

Thomas Nowak, 2015-01-17

Ja. Music per Bluetooth, Strom per Kabel. Das ist kein USB sound device. Mal dem Link zum Boom folgen, da steht noch mehr.

Volker Weber, 2015-01-17

...und wann kommt Sonos endlich mal mit einem akkubetriebenen Gerät

Owen Menck, 2015-01-17

"If you carry it a lot, the smaller one." Stimmt: Neben Hotelzimmer-Pimp-Up auch im Flaschenhalter am Fahrrad und Cupholder im ollen Jeep ...passt genau :-) Highly Recommended.

Alexander Schäfer, 2015-01-18

Surf-Cottage in Cornwall gebucht. MEGABOOM bestellt. Kinder, der Sommer kann kommen!

Peter Meuser, 2015-01-20

Da die Hütte für den Sommer schon gebucht ist und seit letzer Woche die CHF/EUR Wechselkurse die Ferien mal schnell 20% billiger gemacht haben, kann ich mir sogar den Megaboom leisten. Also hopp direkt via Link oben bestellen für CHF 399 (kurzer Check auf amazon was das in EUR kostet WAS NUR 299 EUR???)
Das sind dann auch nur 324.- CHF, da mir Amazon die Importgebühren verrechnet.
Logitech glaubt wohl, als Schweizer Firma nicht die Preise anpassen zu müssen? Und ich wunder mich immer, warum deren Aktienkurs nich vom Fleck kommt.

Chris Frei, 2015-01-21

Dieser Preis hat mich übrigens auch zunächst abgeschreckt: NACH dem Besuch von Amazon bekam ich dann eine individuelle Amazon-Werbung eingeblendet, wo exakt das Modell, das ich mir zuvor angeschaut hatte, nur noch 246,50 Ehr kostete.

Wenn das ein Resultat von "BigData" ist, sage ich (trotz etwas Unbehagen im Bauch): Yes.

Peter Meuser, 2015-01-21

Die Preise sind zum Glück etwas runtergekommen, jetzt kosten die noch 319.- fränkli http://www.interdiscount.ch/idshop/product/mini-speakers/917784_ER-8826805256193/ue-megaboom-bluetooth-speaker-blue/detail.jsf

Chris frei, 2015-06-09

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