The Boom Times Continue – Testing The UE Boom 2 Speaker

I’ve long been a fan of the UE portable bluetooth speaker range.

It started with the UE Boom, a cylindrical speaker, hardly bigger than a drink bottle, that could pump out a lovely clear sound from any of your bluetooth enabled smart devices.

Then came the Megaboom,  a larger and louder version of the Boom which also had the benefit of being water resistant.

Earlier this year the form factor changed with a flying saucer shaped UE Roll.

But the Boom has gone back to its original form factor for the latest version, the Boom 2.

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Family Photo: The original UE Boom in black, the Megaboom in blue, the UE Roll in the foreground and the new UE Boom 2 in the middle in “tropical” colours.

Designed to get wet, muddy and beaten up, the UE Boom 2 wireless mobile speaker blasts great sound in every direction.

Using high-quality materials the Boom 2 is waterproof (IPX 7), drop-proof (from up to five feet high), disruptive and bold, as well as being whole lot of fun.

Like the first Boom, it’s the size of a water bottle so it can be stuck in a bike’s water bottle holder or clipped to a bag, to turn up life and add sound to any experience.

The Boom 2 is 25 percent louder than the original with a longer wireless range of 100-feet and a completely waterproof design, so music can be shared on the beach, at the snow, and everywhere in between.

It has a 15-hour all-day, all-night battery life, plus, new and innovative tap controls that allows users to skip songs, without needing to have a phone in-hand. 

One feature that is sure to please is the pairing.  Using the Boom 2 app for iOS and Android, users can double the sound by pairing Boom 2 with any other Ultimate Ears speaker, remotely turn the speaker on from a phone and even wake up with their favourite music.

New updates are sent to UE speakers wirelessly through the app, so users can easily continue to expand features, making each speaker future-proof and even more awesome over time.

The UE Boom 2 comes in five new vibrant colour variations: Cherrybomb, Phantom, GreenMachine, Tropical and BrainFreeze.

UE Boom 2 is expected to be available in the New Zealand in October 2015 for a suggested retail price of $349.90.

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Music on a Roll – UE does it again

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Following on from the success of the UE Boom and its big brother the MegaBoom, UE have released the UE Roll.

How would you describe the shape of this Bluetooth connected music pumper?  From above it’s a perfect circle but in profile it looks like a flying saucer.  Despite it’s name it’s not designed to roll.

What it is designed to do is to play music anywhere.  And by that I mean anywhere you wouldn’t normally be able to take a speaker.

It’s waterproof and dustproof so you can take it with you with you while kayaking, skiing or mountain biking.  It has a built in bungee so you can attach it to almost anything, a backpack, a belt-strap, the handles of a bike.

As you can see from the promo video below, the UE Roll can be used to pump out the jams in outdoor locations.

I might not be a cool kid but even I found a use for it.  Because it’s waterproof I was able to listen to my favourite Spotify playlist while in the shower, continue to listen while preparing for the day, then keep it playing in my car, just hooking it over the rear view mirror before driving to work. Simple.

Expect to pay $169.90 when it goes on sale in July.  Available in a range of colours.

Tech specs are below the video.




Pics from the launch event at Seeby Woodhouse’s cool house on Auckland’s North Shore:

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Diameter: 135mm
Height: 40mm
Weight: 330 g
IPX7 rated: UE ROLL can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes.

Maximum Sound Level: 85dBA
Frequency Range: 108Hz – 20kHz
Drivers: One 2” driver and Two ¾” tweeters

Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for up to 9 hours of battery life between Micro USB charges. Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions.
Charge time: 5.5 hours

Pair up to 8 Bluetooth ® enabled devices – Connect up to two source devices at the same time.
Wirelessly play (stream) to 2 UE ROLLs from one source.
Mobile range of play is up to 20m or (65ft).

For Audio Playback – Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth® wireless audio profile [Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)] or 3.5 mm audio output.