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UE Blast and Megablast speakers launch in Australia (with Alexa)

The Alexa-enabled speakers will let you play music with your voice, with voice support for Spotify coming soon.

The UE Megablast (left) and Blast speakers.

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Ultimate Ears' Blast and Megablast smart speakers are coming to Australia, and they're bringing Alexa with them.

The speakers, which launched in the US late last year, will be available in Australia from May 8, letting users control services like Amazon Music and TuneIn with their voice. The company has announced that voice control for Spotify, stereo pairing and "party mode" speaker grouping will be coming to these speakers soon.

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The key features on deck:

  • Alexa voice control for Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio and TuneIn.
  • UE app for Android and iOS, featuring equaliser controls.
  • Waterproof and dustproof (IP67 rating).
  • Wi-Fi range of 100 metres, Bluetooth range of 40 metres.
  • Optional Power Up base to keep the wireless speaker constantly powered and charging. 
  • Spotify voice control (coming soon): This feature is on Echo speakers by default, but manufacturers need to manually add it to third-party Alexa-powered speakers. Spotify Connect will also soon allow one-touch playback from the Spotify app.
  • Stereo pairing (for using two Blast or Megablast speakers as left/right channels for true stereo) and "Party Mode" (for grouping multiple speakers) coming soon.

The stereo and "party mode" features are already available in the Blast and Megablast's predecessors, the Boom 2 and the Megaboom -- but those models don't have Alexa support. UE says the Spotify features are "coming soon," with the grouping features "expected to be available later this year."

The speakers go on sale on May 8 and will be available at retailers including JB Hifi, Harvey Norman, Myer, Officeworks and Amazon. The Blast will be available for AU$279, the Megablast for AU$379 and the Power Up base will sell for AU$50. The speakers 

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