Ultimate Ears has been one of the leading makers of audio equipment since 2013. For years now, it has been the go-to brand of those looking for outdoor Bluetooth speakers that are loud, great-sounding, and durable. Its current lineup includes six portable, Bluetooth-enabled speakers, which are all at different price points with different features. The question now is which one of them is the perfect one for you? In this guide, we compare all of the latest offerings — from the Blast to the Hyperboom — to help you decide which Ultimate Ears speaker fits your needs perfectly.
Inside This Article
- Best Ultimate Ears Speakers at a Glance
- Wonderboom 2
- Boom 3
- Megaboom 3
- Why Choose Ultimate Ears Speakers?
- Which is the Loudest Ultimate Ears Speaker?
Choosing the best among the current lineup of Ultimate Ears speakers can be tough since all of them are great in their own right. To make the choice easier, here’s a quick overview of what each model brings to the table:
|Hyperboom||Wonderboom 2||Boom 3||Megaboom 3||Blast||Megablast|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth||Bluetooth||Bluetooth||Bluetooth||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi|
|Dimensions||14.33 x 7.5 x 7.5 in||4.02 x 3.68 x 3.68 in||7.25 x 2.9 x 2.9 in||8.75 x 3.2 x 3.2 in||7.5 x 5.6 x 5.6 in||9.3 x 3.5 x 3.5 in|
|Weight||13 lbs/5.9 kg||0.9 lb/0.4 kg||1.8 lbs/0.8 kg||2.9 lbs/0.9 kg||2.2 lbs/1 kg||2.6 lbs/1.2 kg|
|Maximum Sound Level||100 dBC||86 dBC (Standard Mode)/ 87 dBC (Outdoor Boost Mode)||90 dBC||90 dBC||90 dBC||93 dBC|
|Virtual Assistant||No||No||No||No||Amazon Alexa||Amazon Alexa|
|Battery Life||24 hours||13 hours||15 hours||20 hours||12 hours||16 hours|
The Ultimate Ears Hyperboom speaker is the brand’s latest release. It’s also their most massive one yet, standing at 14.33 inches with a base of 7.5 square inches. As you might expect, it is quite hefty, but you can easily transport the 13-pound speaker — thanks to its built-in handle. Plus, all that surface area means you get extra features that you don’t see in smaller UE speakers. These include an AUX input, optical audio input, and a USB port that allows your phone to charge as you’re playing music.
Besides its sheer size, the UE Hyperboom also packs quite a punch when it comes to loudness and bass. Inside it are two 1-inch tweeters, two 4.5-inch woofers, and two 3.5 x 7.5-inch passive radiators. The power of all of these drivers combined produces a sound that can go up to 100 decibels. Additionally, the Hyperboom has an adaptive EQ microphone that adjusts the sound balance according to the kind of space you’re in. Thus, you can transport it from one room to another without worrying about the sound quality dropping. To toggle the EQ settings, you can utilize the UE app that works with the audio device.
The UE Hyperboom also has an IPX4 rating, which means it’s resistant to small splashes of water. You can’t, however, take it to the pool with you. Nonetheless, the Hyperboom has the longest battery life (24 hours) out of the current Ultimate Ears speaker lineup. Of course, how far into your listening session (or house party) it lasts still depends on how you use it. Unfortunately, this Ultimate Ears speaker can’t connect to Wi-Fi, so you can’t use it to summon Alexa or any other virtual assistant. That said, it is Bluetooth-enabled with a range of up to 45m.
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is at the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to size. It’s the smallest out of the current Ultimate Ears speaker lineup; it’s only approximately 4 inches around and weighs less than a pound. Plus, it’s the most budget-friendly option out of all of them. That said, the Wonderboom 2 is still decently loud and bassy. It packs in two 1.5-inch active drivers and two 1.8 x 2.6-inch passive radiators. In standard mode, it can go as loud as 86 decibels. But if you want to take it outdoors, you can switch on Outdoor Boost mode. With this mode on, you can play your music a decibel higher at peak volume. It also lowers the bass while amplifying the treble, so you still get well-balanced, crisp, and layered audio even at maximum volume.
While this Ultimate Ears speaker isn’t as loud as its alternatives, you can pair it with another Wonderboom 2 or Wonderboom speaker for a more sophisticated, true wireless stereo sound. The Wonderboom 2 doesn’t come equipped with a customizable EQ, though, unlike other UE speakers. That said, it does have IP67-rated protection. That means it’s dust-resistant, and you can submerge it in a meter of water for up to half an hour without worrying about damage. It’s also floatable and built to withstand 5ft drops.
With the tough built-in loop, you can easily hook it onto your backpack with a carabiner and take your music with you anywhere. Plus, it has a battery life that lasts up to 13 hours, which is 30% longer than the original UE Wonderboom. The speaker also touts 30m wireless connectivity via Bluetooth. However, just like the Hyperboom, the UE Wonderboom 2 can’t connect to Wi-Fi and doesn’t support virtual assistants.
From here on out, the UE speakers in this guide will all look very similar. But make no mistake — each of them still has their unique charm. For instance, while the Boom 3 does have the classic cylindrical UE design, it sports a more seamless look than the Blast and the Megablast speakers. Plus, it has a Magic Button at the top, which allows you to directly skip, play, and pause tracks on the speaker.
The UE Boom 3 is also the only Ultimate Ears speaker in the current lineup that you can customize the look of. It has a two-tone fabric cover that’s made from the same material as motorcycle jackets, so you can expect that it’s tough as nails. Inside are two 2-inch drivers, as well as two 2 x 4-inch passive radiators that deliver balanced and crystal-clear audio at whichever volume level you select. It also produces rich bass, a 90-decibel maximum sound level, and spatial 360-degree stereophonic sound. On top of that, it’s compatible with the UE companion app, so you can easily customize the equalizer and pair more than 150 other Boom 3, Megaboom 3, and Hyperboom speakers for a more immersive listening experience.
It’s also the perfect Ultimate Ears speaker if you’re looking for something extremely durable. It’s built to withstand all sorts of impact from drops and tumbles, and the buttons stay put no matter how hard or how many times you push them. The UE Boom 3 has IP67 protection as well, making it more durable than the Boom 2. Plus, the battery life of this speaker is very reliable and can last up to 15 hours of typical use.
The UE Boom 3 is Bluetooth-enabled and has a range of 46m. However, it doesn’t have support for Wi-Fi or virtual assistants.
The Boom 3 and the Megaboom 3 share the same release date, but they do have several differences between them. For one, the Megaboom 3 is slightly taller, wider, and heavier than the Boom 3. That said, it’s still lightweight and portable, and there’s a built-in hang loop that allows you to attach it to your bag.
The Megaboom 3’s drivers are different as well. In it, there are two 2-inch and 4-ohm full-range drivers, as well as two 2.2 x 3.4-inch passive radiators. With a max sound level of 90 decibels, it can go just as loud as the Boom 3. However, it is a lot bassier, and it offers a frequency range of 60Hz to 20kHz. The Megaboom 3 delivers 360-degree sound as well, giving it an all-around open and spacious soundstage. Plus, with the UE app, you can customize the equalizer and choose among four different audio presets. Like the Boom 3, the Megaboom 3 lets you use the Power Up feature of the companion app to pair it with more than 150 other UE speakers — all for an Earth-shattering wall of sound.
The Megaboom 3 has a Bluetooth range of 45m, which is a bit less than that of the Boom 3. However, it does last longer and has a battery life of up to 20 hours. And if it runs out of juice, you can easily dock it onto the Power Up wireless charger so that you can recharge your speaker even when you’re on the go. It’s also built to last long, as proven by its IP67-rated protection and the numerous durability tests that it has undergone and passed. Sadly, just like most of the other UE speakers on this list, it’s not compatible with Wi-Fi or virtual assistants.
The Blast has been around since 2017, but it’s still one of the best UE speakers around. It delivers the same maximum loudness as the Megaboom 3 and the Boom 3 at 90 decibels. It also has decent bass, but it’s not as full-bodied as the Hyperboom or the Megaboom 3. The UE Blast has two 1.4-inch active drivers and two 3.2 x 1.5-inch passive radiators, which, all together, produce a frequency range of 90Hz to 20kHz, just like the Boom 3.
The UE Blast’s sound quality and balance are phenomenal, just as you would expect from any Ultimate Ears speaker. If you want to amp up the volume, you can pair it with multiple Blast or Megablast speakers. Its cylindrical design allows it to deliver spatial 360-degree audio as well. However, you can’t customize its EQ with the UE app.
The Blast is one of only two Ultimate Ears speakers that’s Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-enabled, which means you can play music directly from the cloud or music streaming service. It also comes built-in with Alexa, although the integration isn’t as seamless as you’d hope. Still, it’s useful for controlling your music hands-free, checking the weather, controlling your smart home devices, and more — all without the need for Echo or Dot. Plus, it can also fairly easily detect when you’re speaking, thanks to its multiple mics with noise cancellation technology. It also has a Wi-Fi range of 100m and a Bluetooth range of 45m.
In terms of battery life, though, the UE Blast falls behind other UE speakers since it only lasts up to 12 hours. That said, it’s still as water- and dust-resistant as the other UE speakers, thanks to the IP67-rated protection it offers. Furthermore, it won’t get damaged easily due to 1m-high drops.
The Megablast is the Blast’s big and strong brother. At full volume, it can reach 93 decibels, making it the second loudest Ultimate Ears speaker in the current lineup. It features an intensely rich 360-degree soundstage, which you’ll find in other UE speakers as well. As compared to the Blast, its drivers are slightly bigger: it incorporates pairs of 2.2-inch drivers and 3.3 x 2.2-inch radiators. There are two 1-inch tweeters too, which the Hyperboom also integrates. With all of these drivers, the Megablast can produce a sound that’s not only loud and bassy but crisp and layered as well. Since it’s compatible with the Ultimate Ears app, you can customize the EQ to your liking with just a few taps.
If you’re having a house party and you feel like the music isn’t loud enough, you can pair the Megablast with one or several other Blast or Megablast speakers for an even more blaring and heart-pounding music listening experience. Its battery life is longer than that of the UE Blast and can last up to 16 hours. Plus, it supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can play music from your favorite streaming apps (like Deezer and Spotify) directly from the speaker. It has the same Wi-Fi and Bluetooth range as the UE Blast: 100m and 45m, respectively.
Just like the UE Blast, the Megablast is built-in with Alexa, but you might want to use your Echo or Dot instead if you want a less finicky integration. It also has far-field voice recognition that makes hands-free media control seamless. Aside from that, this Ultimate Ears speaker is rated IP67, so it’s resistant to dust, and you can take it with you to the pool.
There are many good reasons why you should get an Ultimate Ears speaker. Below, we list down the most important qualities that give UE speakers an edge over other brands.
The top reason why Ultimate Ears speakers are among the best out there is the excellent audio quality that these speakers produce. Whichever model you decide to take home with you, you will for sure be impressed by the superior sound quality it delivers. All UE speakers come equipped with the best drivers, so you get audio that’s well-balanced, crisp, and detailed. And, even when you pump up the volume, there’s no distortion or compression at all. You get music that’s true to how it’s supposed to sound.
On top of that, all of the UE speakers in the current lineup offer spatial 360-degree sound — except for the Hyperboom, which only gives you 270-degree audio. Still, the soundstage an Ultimate Ears speaker delivers allows you to immerse yourself in the music, even if you don’t have your headphones on.
When you buy an Ultimate Ears speaker, you gain access to a world of customization options and exclusive features through the UE Boom and Blast & Megablast apps. With these apps, you’re in control of how your music sounds and can choose among audio presets or manually customize the five-band EQ to your liking. However, take note that this doesn’t apply if you have a Wonderboom 2 or a Blast speaker.
Besides customizable EQ, the companion apps also give you access to a unique feature called Party Up. This allows you to pair multiple speakers together for even louder and more immersive audio. For Hyperboom, Wonderboom 2, Boom 3, and Megaboom 3 speakers, you can pair a whopping 150+ other speakers to the one that’s already playing. For Blast and Megablast speakers, on the other hand, you can pair up to eight other speakers in the same range.
The apps also allow you to check the battery, play and pause tracks, as well as control the volume remotely. With the UE Boom app, you can also set a music alarm so that your speaker wakes you up with your favorite song.
Besides delivering phenomenal audio, Ultimate Ears speakers also look great, which is always a bonus with Bluetooth speakers. Each of them features the trademark oversized volume buttons on the front. They also have a sleek silhouette and a two-tone woven fabric cover that won’t look out of place on any occasion. All of these UE speakers (except the Hyperboom) also come in a variety of colors, including red, blue, purple, and gray. If you want more control over how your Ultimate Ears speaker looks, get the Boom 3. With this speaker, you get to pick the pattern of the fabric, as well as the colors of the end caps, the volume buttons, the spine, and the loop. You even have the option to place custom text along the spine.
Plus, unlike other portable speakers, Ultimate Ears speakers don’t have those multicolor lights as your music plays, which adds to its clean and pared-down look. This also helps to focus its energy on producing excellent audio.
Another great thing about Ultimate Ears speakers is that they’re durable and are built to last long. All of them are drop-tested, and you can drop them from a 5ft height without worrying about damage. Out of all of them, the Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 are the most life-proof. That’s because they’ve undergone (and passed) the most durability tests.
The Ultimate Ears speakers in the current lineup are water-resistant as well. Save for the Hyperboom, all of them come equipped with IP67 protection. That means they’re resistant to dust and sand, and they can be submerged into a meter of water for up to 30 minutes without incurring any damage. The Hyperboom, on the other hand, is only IPX4-rated, which makes it resistant to small splashes of water from any direction. However, it doesn’t have protection from dust and sand.
UE speakers are not only built to last long in terms of durability, but they’re also long-lasting in terms of battery life. The UE Blast has the shortest battery life out of the six UE speakers on this list. However, it can still last up to 12 hours, which is already above the 10-hour average battery life of most Bluetooth speakers. With 24-hour battery life, the UE Hyperboom is the longest-lasting out of the current lineup. So, unless you’re playing blaring-loud music from dusk till dawn, this Ultimate Ears speaker should last you several days.
It’s important to note here as well that if your speaker doesn’t last as long as the advertised maximum battery life, that doesn’t mean it’s defective. Keep in mind that many factors affect the speaker’s battery life, like environmental conditions and the settings you’re using.
The UE Hyperboom is the loudest Ultimate Ears speaker yet and can reach 100 decibels at peak volume. It’s also the bassiest, so it’s perfect for having massive house parties. According to the brand, the Hyperboom is capable of three times the loudness and over six times the bass of the already Earth-shattering UE Megaboom 3. What’s also great about it is that the sound balance and quality don’t get distorted at all, even at maximum volume.
If, for some reason, the Hyperboom is still not loud enough for you, you can pair it with more than 150 other Boom, Megaboom, or Hyperboom speakers to amp up the volume even further. To do that, simply go to the UE app and tap on the Party Up icon. Make sure that all the speakers you’re connecting are updated to the latest firmware.
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Ultimate Ears speakers are among the best in the market, especially if you’re looking for something that you can use outdoors. They produce well-balanced and crisp audio, are built to last, and feature a sleek design. Not to mention, they can go incredibly loud and bassy if you need them to.
Ultimately, the choice of which one of them to get is up to you. If you want a speaker that can go as loud as possible, go for the Hyperboom. If you want something more affordable and compact but still delivers booming audio, consider getting the Megablast. The Wonderboom 2 is the obvious choice for those wanting a budget-friendly and ultra-portable but still loud UE speaker. The Boom 3, Megaboom 3, and Blast speakers are all outstanding mid-range choices as well. They sound great, are portable, and their batteries can last long.
We hope this comparison guide has helped you pick the Ultimate Ears speaker that perfectly fits your needs and style. Got friends who are also thinking of buying a UE speaker? Feel free to share this guide with them!