The Megaboom 3 is an Ultimate Ears round speaker that floats, and also its brilliant
- Waterproof (IP67) as well as floats
- Sumptuous style
- Integrates with streaming solutions over Bluetooth
- It doesn’t appear like the UE Megablast
- No Bluetooth aptX support
In 2017, I examined Ultimate Ears’ Wonderboom, the best Bluetooth speaker that drifts on water. Its exceptional performance meant you might throw the speaker in a swimming pool as well as not need to worry about fishing it out from the bottom. There indeed wasn’t anything like it until now—progression, the business’s most current development– the Megaboom 3.
UE Megaboom 3 evaluation: What you need to understand
The Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 speaker is an all-weatherproof Bluetooth speaker that likewise drifts on water. It’s IP67 accredited, which indicates it’ll make it through both water as well as dirt. Cosmetically, it’s stunning and is to last with a shockproof layout.
Unlike its older brother or sister, the Megablast, the more recent Megaboom 3 is Bluetooth speaker-only, which means it doesn’t have any Wi-Fi capabilities or an online assistant built-in.
UE Megaboom 3 evaluation: Price and competitors
The Megaboom 3 costs ₤ 170, while the smaller Boom 3 costs ₤ 129. At the composting time, the initial Megaboom expenses ₤ 160 (reviewed at ₤ 236) and the Boom 2 are currently ₤ 75.
The Megablast, UE’s high clever speaker, costs ₤ 180 (examined at ₤ 270), while the smaller-sized Blast is now ₤ 120.
The closest competitor when it comes to drifting audio speakers is the UE Wonderboom, which currently sets you back ₤ 64.
UE Megaboom 3 evaluation: Build quality, design, and also features
At launch, the Megaboom 3 Speaker is readily available in 6 colors: Ultraviolet (Purple), Sunset (Red), Lagoon (Blue), Night (Black), Denim (Dark Blue), as well as Cloud (Light Blue)– Apple will specifically offer the latter two colors.
The Megaboom 3 is an elegant gadget, and the speaker’s round design is a definite improvement over its precursor. Ultimate Ears has tightened up space in-between the mesh textile, which borders the speaker. I examined the Ultraviolet model with stunning two-tone color to it– better seen under intense sunshine than on a rainy day in London.
There are two distinct, rubberized, plus, and minus volume buttons at the front of the speaker. Near the bottom, Ultimate Ears has gotten rid of the metal D-ring in favor of the Power Up charging plate, which rests on the Power Up billing dock that’s sold independently for ₤ 35. That enables you to charge the Megaboom 3 without needing to faff around with a micro-USB wire.
If you’re not ready to spend an added ₤ 35 for a bit of comfort, Ultimate Ears gives a micro-USB port, which gets hidden under a latch behind the speaker. It’s great to see the company has removed the latch from the speaker’s underside, which was a little inconvenient on the original Megaboom.
If you’re worried that you can no more put on hold the speaker from the ceiling (as a result of removing the D-Ring), do not fret. There’s currently a strong textile loop on top of the speaker; wack on a carabiner, and also, you’re excellent to go.
On top of the speaker, there are three illuminated switches. One has to turn on/off the speaker. One more is for pairing and ‘PartyUp,’ which allows you to daisy chain up to 150 Boom and Megaboom speakers with the Megaboom 3 (that includes the older versions). If, nevertheless, you happen to have two Megaboom three audio speakers, they’ll work in stereo. Nifty.
A recent enhancement to the Ultimate Ears array is the ‘Magic Button.’ That allows you to play, stop and miss tracks when you’re paying attention to songs. It likewise has a party trick up its sleeve: if you set up the speaker through the Ultimate Ears iPhone mobile app, you’ll have one-touch access to your playlists on Apple Music. Similarly, on Android, it’ll be via Deezer Premium.
Why should you care? Well, this tactile switch, when set up, allows you to play songs without having to faff around on your phone. By long-pressing the button, you can additionally avoid playlists– so no matter which state of mind you’re in, you can have songs ready at the touch of a button. It’s easy but convenient.
When it comes to the speaker’s dimension, it’s 225mm tall and 87mm in diameter– a smidge smaller than the Megablast. Nonetheless, it does consider a great deal less than its bright sibling: at 925g, it’s noticeably much easier to lug in one hand over the 1.2 kg Megablast.
The Megaboom 3 links via Bluetooth. It has a series of around 45m; a renovation over its predecessor, which sat at about 30m. It can also attach to two sources at the same time. Its battery life goes over, lasting around 20hrs and taking approximately 2.5 hrs to charge to full from vacant.
There’s still no aptX codec, so you’ll be restricted to A2DP over Bluetooth. There’s no 3.5 mm supporting jack either, though, which should not come as a surprise if you’re familiar with the Ultimate Ears range.
UE Megaboom 3 testimonial: Waterproofing as well as drifting
All of the Ultimate Ears’ speakers are water-resistant, yet it used to be that just the Wonderboom might float. Now, the Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 sign up with the drifting armada.
If you chuck the Megaboom 3 in a swimming pool, it’ll rise to the top, then drift on its back (the volume controls are face down). Music will still play, and also, it’ll even gush out water while it’s at it, too. I loved this feature on the Wonderboom, and again, I’m genuinely delighted to see it incorporated with this variety, as well.
Not surprisingly, the speaker has access defense. Currently, at IP67, the speaker can be immersed at a deepness of 1m for 30mins. However, it’ll additionally survive dirt being thrown at it– fantastic for the coastline. The older tools were IPX7-rated.
UE Megaboom 3 evaluation: Sound quality
Onto high sound quality, and the Megaboom 3 has had a slight change over its precursor, the Megaboom. Both have two full array 50mm vehicle drivers, yet the newer Megaboom 3 has 2 55 x 86mm passive radiators. Its predecessor selected 2 101mm radiators. As a result, the Megaboom 3 can get a little lower– it currently goes down to 60Hz, whereas before, it was limited to 65Hz. It’s not a radical change, but it does have a smidge better low-end rumble.
The bass does cut-off, which indicates you will not obtain a noticeable low-end extension. Its mid-bass slam, however, is regulated as well as pronounced. It has healthy bass-in-your-face audio.
The mids get regrettably pushed back as well as recessed, more significant than they were on the Megablast. In challenging tunes, which combine a solid mid-bass with vocals, the Megaboom 3 struggles. When listening to Travis Scott’s Goosebumps, the musician’s voice gets drowned out by the low-end slam as an example.
The highs additionally roll off on the top end. Yet once more, a bit more than they did on the Megablast. Here, songs don’t have that same toe-tapping result, making the Megaboom 3 noise a little less exciting.
However, the speaker still has that beautiful 360-degree sound, enabling you to put the speaker at all you please. Its soundstage has good width and deepness to it. Instrument separation is excellent, as well. Evaluated on Dr. Dre’s The Next Episode (San Holo Remix), as an example, the speaker truly comes to life by marvelously dividing the instruments’ vocals.
When it comes to volume, the speaker is audible for a normal-sized living room or an outdoor gathering, but it isn’t as loud as the Megablast, loud enough to load a spacious interior space.
UE Megaboom 3 testimonial: Verdict
It’s up to you to choose what you value a lot more if you’ve got a spending plan of around ₤ 200 as well as you’re looking for a waterproof speaker. While writing, both the Megablast and Megaboom 3 get similarly valued at ₤ 180 as well as ₤ 170, specifically, and they’re both IP67-certified.
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