If you’re looking for a way to take a party to the next level, a Bluetooth speaker may be exactly what’s missing. These fantastic little devices can produce heart-pounding bass that was only possible with the most expensive stereo systems 25 years ago. The 21st century has been a revolution for the music industry – part of that change has been the rapid advancement of portable music technology with devices such as the UE MEGABOOM Bluetooth speaker, which offers a powerful bass sound much deeper and richer than its cousin, the UE Boom 2.
All the products in the UE Boom line of speakers offer top-quality sound – it’s just that the MEGABOOM takes it to another level. As you might expect, this speaker’s a little more expensive than the earlier models produced by this company, but it’s still not outlandishly priced at under $300. That’s a price point at which most music lovers might be willing to make the investment.
It’s All about the Bass
The UE Boom line of speakers is known for a unique design that produces 360 degrees of sound, but this particular speaker in the line produces a sound that will probably make you do a double take. The amazingly rich bass sound it produces maintains its quality even at the highest volumes. I remember trying one of these speakers out in a local store and getting more than a few stares as I cranked it up to the top volume – hey, I had to try it out right? The Boom 2 also produces a great bass sound, but it loses some of its integrity at higher volumes and that’s really the difference between the two speakers.
Almost No Weight at All
As a young kid I had a boombox – for you younger folks that aren’t sure what that is, it was a very large, so-called portable stereo system that required a whole bunch of batteries to work. We sure got our workout in those days, carrying those portable stereo systems around, but it allowed us to take our music with us wherever we went and that was all that mattered.
Today the boombox has been replaced by the combination of Bluetooth speakers and our smart phones – both devices easily fit into the palm of our hand. In fact, the UE MEGABOOM weighs in at a minimal 1.93 pounds, and at that weight you don’t get much of a workout at all. Music really is portable today and the sound that you can produce out of a Bluetooth speaker like this would have absolutely floored us back in the day when we were hauling around our 30-pound stereo systems.
Impressive Range and Lasting Power
The manufacturer of UE Bluetooth speakers has always produced products with an impressive range and this one doesn’t disappoint either – like its predecessors it has a range of up to 100 feet. That will ensure you don’t have to worry about the speaker going quiet if you happen to walk around the backyard a little bit. There’s nothing more frustrating than a Bluetooth speaker with minimal range.
When it comes to battery power they’ve taken it up a notch. Other models of Bluetooth speakers produced by this company have an impressive battery life of up to 15 hours, but this speaker has even more to offer. While it depends on how you use it, you can expect to get up to 20 hours of battery life from this speaker. Chances are your party will come to its natural conclusion long before your speaker’s battery runs out.
Something a Little Extra
This speaker comes with and app you can download on your smart phone that gives it some extra features such as a musical alarm, a 5-band equalizer, and gesture controls. A few years back I had a stereo with a great equalizer and I just loved tweaking my music’s sound by making minor adjustments to the equalizer – needless to say I was very pleased to find out that this speaker had this type of feature built-in as well. I’m a firm believer that we all hear music just a little bit differently; having the equalizer option lets you tweak the sound to your own ears.
There’s one other great feature that they’ve included in this product that I just have to mention. You don’t have to plug any wires into it to update this speaker, and that’s a good thing because UE is a company that believes in continuous upgrades to their products. When a new update comes out you can simply update the speaker wirelessly over the air – it’s almost effortless.
There’s Always Something Missing
The one criticism that always comes up when people are looking into buying a portable Bluetooth speaker system is that the sound just doesn’t measure up to expensive home stereo systems. That may be the case, but I think some people have to lower their expectations. You’ll probably never be able to reproduce concert level sound in a compact Bluetooth speaker system, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get some amazing sound out of such a system. When compared against similar products, the UE MEGABOOM comes out the winner in most cases.
The MEGABOOM really is an impressive little speaker. If you’re looking for a powerful little Bluetooth speaker that doesn’t distort at higher volumes and produces heart-pounding bass, this speaker won’t disappoint you. At a price tag of just under $300 it’s also quite affordable.