There’s nothing better than lounging on the beach on a hot summer day enjoying some great tunes, but when you head out into the water you have to leave the tunes behind – at least until recently. These days we’ve been increasingly introduced to new technologies that allow us to take our music with us as we head out for some fun in the water. Perhaps one of the most popular choices for waterproof Bluetooth speakers are the UE BOOM 2 models. These speakers are threatening to revolutionize the portable Bluetooth speaker genre with its fully waterproof design.
What really surprised me about this particular model of Bluetooth speaker wasn’t just the fact that it’s waterproof, but also that it has a very friendly price tag as well. The suggested retail price of this speaker is only about $200 – that’s pretty impressive for a speaker like this with some interesting credentials. It’s not just attractive because it’s waterproof, though – it’s also got a great little sound packed into a little box.
360 Degrees of Sound
The UE BOOM 2 speaker has an amazingly rich sound for a speaker that’s not much bigger than the palm of your hand. What makes it even more unique, though, is that this speaker is designed to distribute the sound in 360 degrees – that means that no matter where you’re sitting or standing you’ll get the full experience of the music coming out of those speakers. It’s also designed to produce a deep and rich bass sound, so if you love the rock ‘n roll it will sound great on this little speaker.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Water
Arguably the biggest selling point of this speaker is that it’s completely waterproof. There are other speakers that can withstand a couple of drops of rain, but this can actually be submersed in water without causing any issues whatsoever. It’s rated for up to 3 feet of water so you can even take it in the pool with you or float on your innertube on the beach out front of your cottage; just remember to leave your smart phone on the shore or you might have some problems!
Designed for Continuous Play
Another feature of this UE BOOM product that really caught my attention was its amazing battery life. Most Bluetooth speakers are designed for somewhere between 5 and 10 hours of listening, but this speaker will last a lot longer than that. In fact, you can expect to get up to 15 hours of listening enjoyment out of this Bluetooth speaker from one charge. You probably won’t get this much listening time if you have the speaker system cranked to full volume the entire time, but if you listen to it at a reasonable level there is no reason you can’t make it last.
Most Bluetooth speakers I’ve had the opportunity to listen to have a fairly limited range – I think on average the majority of Bluetooth speakers have a range somewhere between 25 and 50 feet. That’s okay if you don’t mind keeping your smart phone or tablet near the speaker, but if you want the freedom to walk around your environment a little bit while still holding onto your device and letting your friends listen to the music at the same time it’s somewhat limiting. This speaker has a range of about 100 feet and in most cases that’s more than enough.
Tap and Play
If you’re anything like me you’re probably already quite impressed with the innovative nature of the speaker system, but they haven’t stopped there. When the manufacturer upgraded the original UE BOOM speaker system to the UE BOOM 2 they decided to add another innovative feature. You can now tap on the top of the speaker to play and pause your music, and if you double tap you can skip to the next song. It’s a really novel idea – great for a quick change in the music selection if you’re not impressed with the song that’s playing.
Multiple Device Connections
There’s one more innovation that this product has that also bears mentioning – you can actually connect more than one speaker together to increase the sound quality of your experience. At the moment the speaker system is capable of connecting two UE BOOM speakers together, but in the future they’re looking at increasing this to up to 10 speakers at a time. Just imagine if all of your friends had one of these speakers and you got together at a party and linked them all together – the sound would be absolutely epic and that’s what’s coming. The great thing is that once this upgrade has been made you’ll still likely be able to use your existing speaker, as it’s designed to be upgraded through software upgrades when new innovations are introduced.
What Are Its Limitations?
While this speaker system is highly impressive it does have one issue that should be mentioned. It shares a problem that’s common with most compact Bluetooth speaker systems in that it tends to distort at higher volumes for some songs. This is particularly noticeable when you’re playing songs designed to push the limits, such as heavy metal songs. It would certainly be nice if this wasn’t the case, but as this is a common issue with portable Bluetooth speakers it’s not really a deal breaker.
Ready for Innovation
The amount of innovative groundbreaking technological features that have been introduced in this UE BOOM 2 speaker system are mind-boggling. You’ve got to love a speaker system that’s completely waterproof, has 15 hours of battery life, a range of up to 100 feet, and can be paired with another speaker for richer sound. This speaker is absolutely on my short list.