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The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM wireless speaker is the best combination of portable and durable, and still sounds good enough to justify using it as the primary listening device in your house. It is compatible with the most popular voice assistants: Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. The companion app is easy to navigate and has unique controls for linking multiple Ultimate Ears Bluetooth speakers together and playing the same song or playlist. The setup process is easy, and we had no problem quickly pairing and unpairing multiple mobile devices.
The MEGABOOM has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 20 hours on a single charge. The Fugoo Style XL is the only portable speaker we tested with a better battery life: 36 hours per charge. The MEGABOOM’s IP7 waterproof rating allows for submersion in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes without damaging the electronics. The slip-resistant, course rubber exterior is available in eight fun and unique color patterns and helps keep the speaker from sliding around on wet surfaces. The micro-USB charging port and aux input are located under a weatherproof flap on the bottom panel. There’s a LED under the flap that lets you know when the speaker is charging, but the speaker can’t stand vertically when the charging cable or aux cable is plugged in.
We compared the sound quality of this speaker with far less durable wireless speakers and it held its own. The MEGABOOM has a more balanced sound stage than the other two battery operated speakers we reviewed. The app has EQ controls for adjusting the treble and bass frequencies. We suggest taming the bass if you are listening indoors, but music sounds great in open spaces with a bit of hyped bass. There are a pair of two-inch amplified speakers and two passive radiators that project sound 360-degrees around the speaker. We noticed the surround coverage has a hole if you stand directly in front of the volume buttons, but it’s barely noticeable.
The MEGABOOM doesn’t connect to your home Wi-Fi network to play high-fidelity tracks. The auxiliary input is the best way to play lossless files, but the speaker must lay horizontally to utilize the aux input, which detracts from the amazing surround sound. Bluetooth connections are more convenient, but they don’t offer the same quality as a Wi-Fi connection.
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The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM is a durable and worthy travel companion with well-balanced audio. Toss this speaker in a backpack and head to the pool or beach party because it can take a beating and dish out danceable volumes in open spaces.