• UE Megaboom
  • UE Megaboom
  • UE Megaboom
  • UE Megaboom

The Megaboom gets the basics right and successfully builds out other features that make sense on top of that foundation.

- Tyler Hays , Tools & Toys 

If you’re willing to pay for the latest and greatest, the Megaboom is an impressive follow-up.

- Ryan Waniata , Digital Trends 

Specs / Features


Freakishly amazing 360-degree sound with deep bass | Waterproof (IPX7) grab n' go shape that is shockingly light-1.93 pounds | 100 ft. Bluetooth wireless range, 20-hour rechargeable battery and ultra-fast micro USB charging ( Actual wireless range and battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions) | UE MEGABOOM app for additional features and control | Gets better all the time through wireless, over-the-air speaker updates

Freakishly amazing 360-degree sound with deep bass | Waterproof (IPX7) grab n' go shape that is shockingly light-1.93 pounds | 100 ft. Bluetooth wireless range, 20-hour rechargeable battery and ultra-fast micro USB charging ( Actual wireless range and battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions) | UE MEGABOOM app for additional features and control | Gets better all the time through wireless, over-the-air speaker updates

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Specification

Brand UE
Model 984-000436
Size 8 x 8 cm (3.2 x 3.2 in)

Reviews summary

8.6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 24 reviews

What's good  

  • IPX7 rated – waterproof
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good sound fidelity on low and high range at moderate volumes
  • 360 degree sound thanks to cylindrical shape
  • Excellent Bluetooth range

What's bad  

  • Some flattening of sounds at higher volumes
  • High price tag

After the success of the Boom, Ultimate Ears is following it up with the Megaboom. As the name suggests, the Megaboom is larger than its predecessor though it still maintains a very portable size of 8.5 x 3.2 inches and weighs a scant 875 grams. It maintains its trademark cylindrical shape which allows users to set it up either horizontally, vertically or even suspended thanks to a metal climb at the bottom. Regardless of how they set it up, reviewers were able to get the same great sound experience. It is also now IPX7 certified. The rubber doors on the bottom seal up the USB charge ports and 3.5mm input jacket making it waterproof in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. UE hasn't made too many other design changes though, which critics didn't mind. It still has the same rubberized main panel, textured screen and vibrant color options.

Besides some design changes, the Megaboom also comes with a few technical upgrades as well. It now features a longer-range Bluetooth. Critics were able to get a solid connection of over 75 feet with direct line of sight though they over that they experience some occasional dropout. Speaking of Bluetooth, it also comes with Bluetooth Smart technology, which allows users to turn the speaker on and off remotely via the UE app. It can also pair two speakers together, equalize sound and even set up an alarm function.

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The larger size isn't just for show. The Megaboom comes with larger drivers and radiators for a bigger sound. It comes with 2 inch active drivers and 2 4-inch passive radiators to extend the bass. Experts were able to get the speaker to play louder with good clarity and minimal distortion. CNET notes though that when pushed to full volume on certain tracks they were able to "hear it tone down certain frequencies, particularly the low end, to prevent distortion." Digital Trends adds, "…the Megaboom tended to flatten textures, and add a little more pinch to the topside." Critics also mention that while it plays well in indoor situations, the "360-degree sound" shines outdoors as it can cover a wide area.

As a portable device, battery life is incredibly important for wireless speakers and Megaboom delivers. Experts were able to get over 20 hours of continuous play without a charge at moderate volumes. Of course louder volumes will drain the battery faster and they were able to get around 10 hours on full capacity. It can be charged via micro-USB and while it can technically pair up with any charger, critics noticed it charged faster with the included AC adapter.

Overall, reviewers enjoyed the Megaboom though they were a bit turned off by the high price. Still, they agree that it is worth the price. Pocket Lint states, "Megaboom is a standout product…even the high price can't muddy the raft of good points…" Wired adds, "It's the best battery-powered speaker for almost any mobile application, inside or outside the home."

Reviews (8.6/10 Avg. rating)


The Gadgeteer

It is fairly expensive for its size

from The Gadgeteer
The UE Megaboom is an excellent speaker in terms of audio quality. I enjoyed listening to music on it much more than the Boom 2 because it captures more bass thus making electronic music sound more complete. The audio is crisp and clear when listening to all genres of music and did not have any upper-frequency dampening issues when bass frequencies were present which has been a problem with other speakers I’ve tried... Full review
TechRadar

Needs of a killer app to best the competition

from TechRadar
The Megaboom might seem like a redundancy in the UE lineup (and it sort of is), but I'll gladly take more of what has worked so well in the past. However, the Megaboom's next generation needs a killer app to make it more readily worth the investment... Full review
Electronista

A bigger speaker that offers even more volume

from Electronista

If you need a big, loud, portable Bluetooth/NFC speaker, this is the best one we've found in its class. It's unwieldy and overkill for small gatherings, but perfect for big ones, or times when you want more volume than the "normal"-sized Boom or its myriad competitors can offer.

Our chief complaint about the Megaboom is that there is no way we've found to completely neutralize the added bass, which can be minimized but can still be an annoyance to music purists -- but for everyone else, this is a selling point, rather than an issue. The only other complaint we have is an unfair o... Full review

Tom's Guide

Big sound from a tough speaker

from Tom's Guide
With the Megaboom, Ultimate Ears took a good thing and made it bigger and better. Improving on the technology of the UE Boom and Mini Boom, the Megaboom delivers richer bass and balanced treble, and has a longer battery and better weather resistance than the other UE models. Although it's a bit expensive and large for a portable, it's worth the extra cost and effort to tote it around, especially if you value sound quality as much as durability... Full review
Android Guys

Great sound, awesome features, and rugged protection

from Android Guys
The UE MEGABOOM speaker is one of the best speakers that we have reviewed in a while, and it is simple to see why. With great sound, awesome features, and rugged protection, what is not to like about the UE MEGABOOM? If you feel the need to purchase one for yourself, or just want more information about the device, make sure to use the links on the bottom to do so... Full review
Tools & Toys

There's virtually no reason not to bring the UE Megaboom wherever you're headed

from Tools & Toys

For what it is, the UE Megaboom is nearly perfect. It can’t compete against larger speakers with larger drivers, but I don’t think it needs to. First and foremost, the UE Megaboom sounds good. It’s both loud and balanced enough to be useable in most situations. Secondly, the speaker does everything it can to encourage being used at every possible turn.

With a completely waterproof design (that doesn’t seem to sacrifice other aspects), there’s virtually no reason not to bring it wherever you’re headed. It doesn’t matter if it’s supposed... Full review

What Hi-Fi

The mighty Megaboom is a brilliant Bluetooth speaker

from What Hi-Fi
The Megaboom is a great addition to UE’s family of wireless speakers and it’s arguably the most polished performer in the range. Battery life and build quality are excellent, and whether you use it indoors or outside, you’re in for a musical treat... Full review
Digital Versus

The new, explosive portable speakers from Ultimate Ears

from Digital Versus
We don't have much to say regarding the Megaboom's design: it's robust, water-tight, controllable via an app, offers excellent battery life and a comprehensive range of ports. Just what we need for our next adventure. It's a shame that the audio lacked balance a little, and the bass really needs to be reviewed...but the speaker performed very well on the whole, offering great power and omni-directional sound... Full review
Tech Void

Pricey Bluetooth sound you can take anywhere

from Tech Void

I never even thought I wanted a bluetooth speaker before reviewing the UE Megaboom. Logitech and Ultimate Ears have outdone themselves with this product, and I’m inclined to say I’m considering buying one, if not simply it older (smaller) brother. The ability to just play music at the drop of a hat from your smartphone, laptop, or any other bluetooth enabled device is a great luxury. But it’s the UE Megaboom’s sound quality and battery life that really sold me. 20 hours is a great amount of time for wireless music played, especially in a manner that could satisfy aud... Full review

Mashable

The perfect outdoors speaker

from Mashable
The UE Megaboom isn’t the smoothest-sounding Bluetooth speaker you can buy, but its waterproof design and loud, full sound make it a great choice for lovers of the outdoors... Full review

Amazon.com Reviews Summary

1,109 from Amazon.com

1,109 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the UE Megaboom. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.3 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

8.6/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

54 from Amazon.ca

54 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the UE Megaboom. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.6 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

9.2/10

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