UE Megaboom: Top indoor/outdoor wireless speaker gets jumbo sized
This is the UE Megaboom a $300 portable bluetooth speaker that is the new jumbo size version of UE highly rated boom speaker that has been on the market for a while.
Hi, I am David Cartaway and UE has made a number of improvements in this new model which comes in a few different color options.
For starters, it's waterproof instead of water resistant, and can be fully submersed in water for several minutes, without getting damaged.
The rubber gasket that covers the micro USB and audio input ports, has been better integrated into the unit, and is easy enough to get open and closed.
Like the original Boom, when you unscrew the gaskets fastener, you'll see you have a threaded tripod mount.
The MegaBoom is a little over eight inches tall and about twice the size in volume of the original Boom with a weight of 1.93 pounds.
Even though it's bigger, it's still easily transportable and is overall a durable speaker.
UE has equipped this speaker with longer range Bluetooth, and depending on the device you pair with it, you can stray up to 100 feet away from the speaker and still stream audio to it.
I did get a few dropouts, but overall playback was pretty smooth.
The speaker also has Bluetooth Smart, which allows you to turn the speaker on and off remotely from the free UE app.
That app also allows you to pair two speakers together, or even pair the Mega Boom with the original Boom, and includes an equalization feature for tweaking the sound, along with an alarm function the original Boom which remains on sale has excellent battery life and the Mega-Boom disappoint in that department either.
Offering up to twenty hours of battery life.
It charges via micro USB and although you can use any charger with it, it charges quickest with the included AC adapter.
As you might expect, this new larger speaker offers more bass than the original boom, and plays louder, with good clarity and minimal distortion.
It does have its limitations, however, and when it's pushed very hard by certain tracks you can hear it tone down certain frequencies, particularly in the low end to prevent distortion, but I think most people will be very impressed with the sound.
It does deliver both indoors and outdoors.
Like the original Boom, it takes a spot among the best portable Bluetooth speakers, and even at its high price of $300, it's easily recommendable.
I'm David Carnoy.
Thanks for watching.
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