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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    UE Boom 2 vs. JBL Charge 3

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    Amiibro
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    I wanted to get a portable travel speaker in addition to my home Sonos setup. Googling for ratings and reviews, I came up with UE Boom 2, JBL Charge 3 and Bose SoundLink Mini II as the frontrunners from nearly all reviewers. All 3 of these have very high ratings on Amazon both in the US and the UK, so the choice likely comes down to personal preferences. I decided against the Bose since it can’t pair with a second speaker for a stereo setup, is slightly older, doesn’t look as attractive (quite a dated look in fact) and the sound quality reviews do not put it above the other two. Then I couldn’t decide between the UE and JBL, so purchased both. I compared them side-by-side for a week with the following observations: 1) Batteries on both last for a ridiculously long time. Yes, JBL lasts longer, but the 15 hour battery on UE is a week of regular use. What other electronics do you charge so rarely? 2) Both speakers are very loud. Assuming you’re not hosting an actual dance party, it would be surprising for either to run out of volume. JBL stays composed all the way to the max, maybe keep UE one notch above the very max on the bass-heavy songs. 3) UE has crisper high and mid frequencies, while JBL has a deeper, bigger bass. It took me a week to decide that this constitutes a tie for me, but most people would likely prefer the bigger bass of the JBL. Also, UE gives you the 360 sound, which is quite neat: you can put it in the middle of the room rather than against a wall. This could work as an effective sound multiplier since you reduce the distance to people if using it in a group. I compared both to a single Sonos 1 speaker (much heavier and non-portable), and Sonos is significantly better across the entire frequency range than either UE or JBL. This is not to say that that UE or JBL produce low quality sound: they both sound surprisingly good for their size. My point is that we shouldn’t obsess with the sound quality comparison between the two because neither is close to being a reference sound device. 4) Size is important here. JBL is over 50% larger than the UE, which makes a huge difference. Please see the photos: the JBL is longer, wider and heavier than the UE. This was the main factor in declaring UE the winner by a good margin. The speakers are roughly tied before the size comes into play, and the UE is just a lot smaller. I am simply more likely to take it with me when travelling. 5) Other features. Both speakers are waterproof. Charge 3 will charge your phone, which is not exactly useless, but probably not a deciding feature. UE feels much sleeker design-wise, with fewer buttons and better symmetry. To summarize: JBL Charge 3 is a great speaker, worthy of a 5 star rating. However, for my preferences, UE Boom 2 was the clear winner given its much more compact size and neater design due to them being close to tied in other areas, including sound quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Tap Controls Are Awful

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    OblongBox
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    The speaker sounds great. I would give it the slight advantage over my Altec Lansing Mini Life Jacket 3 as far as the quality of sound goes. The speaker looks great. The black and red colors go very well together. It's waterproof, which is a huge plus because you can use it to listen to music while in the shower. There are a lot of things to love about the speaker. So, you may be wondering why I am only giving it 3 stars and not 5. The reason is the same reason why I ultimately decided to return the speaker for a refund. The reason is the tap controls. In order to stop a song from playing or skip to the next song, you have to tap the top of the speaker (once for stop, twice for skip). There are no actual buttons for these functions. Now, this doesn't seem like a big deal, until you actually attempt to do it. It's a complete mess. Half of the time, it reads 2 taps (skip) as 1 tap (stop) and your music just stops playing instead of going to the next song. I need to mention that the button that turns the speaker off is also on the top of the speaker. So, half of the time when you tap the speaker once to stop a song from playing, it turns the speaker off entirely because it thinks you are hitting the power button. Not to mention the fact that in order to get the tap controls to work at all, you don't just have to lightly tap the speaker, you have to hit it, hard. If you tap it gently the way that they show in the UE commercials, half of the time nothing happens at all. It's frustrating beyond belief, especially for someone like me who likes to change songs frequently. Another frustrating thing about the speaker is that there is absolutely no way to skip backward to the previous song. You can skip forward to the next song, but you cannot skip backward to the previous song. Or replay a song. This is extremely annoying and frustrating for me, especially coming from using the Altec Lansing Mini Life Jacket 3, which can do all of these things with ease. Having used that speaker, I know that it's very possible to just put skip forward, skip backward, play, pause, and on/off functionality and still only have 3 buttons on the speaker. That speaker has all of these features and only has 3 buttons (the same amount of buttons that the UE Boom 2 has), so I am baffled as to why UE didn't put the same functionality in their buttons. Overall, it is a good speaker as far as sound quality and aesthetics go, but it does not measure up to other speakers as far as controls go. Unfortunately, that area impacts the listening experience a lot and is a deal breaker for me. Overall, I cannot recommend this speaker.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Happily listening to good quality sound!

    Posted
    Karen12
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    Researched thoroughly before buying. Read more reviews than I should have on bluetooth speakers under $200. Narrowed my search down to the UE Boom 2, JBL Charge 3, and Bose Mini II. Ruled out the Bose due to not waterproof, and I wanted waterproof for that night I forget it on the deck and it pours down raining. haha Also so many of the Boom 2 reviews compared the sound to Bose as equal or better. I went to store to listen and since they were spaced apart it was hard to really tell much. Discussed with the Best Buy sales person about reviews on the UE Boom 2, but I am also a fan of JBL. She said you have 15 days if you want to take the UE home and try it. If not happy bring it back and we will hook you up with the JBL. I immediately made the decision on the Boom 2. The bluetooth distance was impressive, the reviews on best buy were all so positive. (UE BOOM 2 was in the top 3 of every comparison reviews I read online.) Got it home, paired with my computer and phone. I simply could not be happier with the decision. Friends have the JBL and it is wonderful, but I think the Boom has a cleaner warm sound, especially at low volumes. I agree with the reviews that the JBL can go slightly louder and more bassy than the Boom 2, but that is okay because so far the only time I have turned the Boom 2 all the way up was to show it off. haha Personally I think the Boom 2 has great bass sound. Very clean not overloading the other instruments. I am so pleased with this product that I am already looking at buying a second one to pair in stereo. FYI had the UE Boom 2 not been on sale for $149, I probably would have chosen the JBL at $129 just because of the cost difference. Thank you Best Buy for having it on sale, because this speaker is perfect for my listening pleasure. PRO's - size, sound quality, bluetooth distance (one of the best), battery at average volume last for a long time, speaker phone you can be heard from several feet away from the speaker. CON's - No voice command for answering phone. Tapping feature could use some technology advancement. Per UE website it only works while in your hand slightly tilted, not if it is sitting on a table. In other words only if you hold and tap it just right. To sum up my review: I brought it to use with my phone for music on the deck. I have found I use it just as much in the house with my computer, and tote it with me often. I could not be happier with my purchase, I would buy again and have already been recommending to friends.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound

    Posted
    HongKongPh00ey
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    I've been using a Braven BRV-1 for the last three years. It doesn't seem as loud as it used to, I'm not sure if it's age, usage or the fact that I always leave it in my car unless it's charging (it's been left in my car for some -17 degree winter nights and some 90 degree summer days). Anyway, it was time for an upgrade. My friends have a UE Boom and I liked it so I decided to get a Boom 2. I love this speaker! I keep it in my car all the time. The stock stereo in my Xterra is too much of a hassle to replace so I use my Bluetooth speaker for music. The Boom 2 fits in the console just below radio like a glove. The alcove amplifies the already loud speaker so much you can hear it clearly outside the vehicle (that's not what I'm going for but I noticed it one day when I hopped out to run into 7-11). It also fits perfectly in a cup holder. I used to like the square shape of my Braven but now I'm discovering how much more I can do with the round shape of the UE Boom 2. I use my speaker for disc golf, hiking, snowboarding, and just hanging out around the campfire, hot tub, or patio. The round shape fits perfectly in the side water bottle pockets of my disc golf bag, Camelbak, and camping backpack. It's waterproof so it's great for tubing, the hot tub, or the pool. The app is great for setting the equalizer and seeing the battery level and when I connect it to my friend's Boom with the Party-Up mode the two of them are crazy loud! I can't imagine connecting 3 or 4 let alone 50! Great battery life, love the flat cable charger included. If you're looking for a great Bluetooth speaker check out the UE Boom 2, you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic sound from this UE Boom 2

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    Sandrock
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    For some time I wanted to have a portable speaker system with Bluetooth. I have finally finished converting my 600 CD collection to Digital and am storing them on a Apple IMac Mini as a Music Server. I have loaded several hundred songs on my IPhone 6 and am using it to control the UE Boom 2 speaker. What a fantastic sound the unit puts out. It also has an EQ in the custom App setting which I continue to play with. But they have done the job right!!! One does not need to look anywhere else. Yes it retails for 2 bills however I got mine on sale at BestBuy for $149.99. What could be better, right? Remember, one gets what one pays for! So if you are cheap, then you will get cheap, tinny sound and features etc. I recommend that you pay a bit more and step up to the very best and buy the Boom 2. Remember, long after you have spent the money you will have to live with your choice. Go for the home run and step up to the UE Boom 2 and be done with it. BTW I think the Mega Boom is a bit much and somewhat overkill. Plus its a lot to lug around. The UE Boom 2 is the way to go. I have showed it around and compared it to other makes and models and the feedback is always the same....The UE Boom 2 is by far and away the best sounding and feature packed unit on the market. Everyone says how clear and clean the sound is and being a life-long Audiophile I agree with them. Don't wast your money, purchase the best...the UE Boom 2 Good luck with what ever you decide......

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All They Hype is TRUE!!

    Posted
    BiggVikk
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    All of the hype is true!! This little speaker is the bomb!! I read the reviews and did some research and found out first hand that this speaker is worth the money. During my research I discovered that the UE brand is made by Legitech (and they make great sounding speakers). Don't let the small size fool you. I originally purchased the UE Boom and returned it for the UE Boom 2. The original Boom was nice but I wanted the Boom 2 because of the ability to submerge at least 3 feet in water and the shock proof (just in case I need it). The Boom 2 may be slightly louder but that's about it. I didn't notice any improved battery or bluetooth extension verses the Boom. I had two (borrowed another one) to try out the Double Up feature. It worked perfectly and sounded great in stereo (however, you need to have the same type matched/double up i.e. boom and boom, boom 2 with boom 2, etc.). I plan to buy a second one for the double up ability (one for each night stand, both sides of the backyard, etc.). I love the app that works perfectly from my phone, I like the DJ feature and spend hours enjoying music with friends taking turns playing our favorite songs. The battery gives you about 5 hours on midway but does not reach the claim of 15 hours as battery life is linked to volume, the louder you play it the shorter the battery. However, when played around midway, the battery can last for hours/days. This is well worth the money (even better when it's on sale). Since I purchased it a couple about two months ago, I don't leave home without it. It's small enough to take it everywhere, work, bathroom, backyard, car, friends house, etc. It's as easy and comfortable as having your phone in your hand. Try it for yourself, if you don't like it, Bestbuy will allow you to return it so you can try it risk free.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor Long Term Ownership Experience - Bad Battery

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    Dadawada
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    I purchased 2 of these from Best Buy a year or so ago. At first I loved these like everyone else. I would have written a raving review when I first got them. But long term ownership is a poor experience which many here will soon discover. First, the batteries and charging circuitry is poor. The batteries used in these units are LiPos and have a very limited lifespan with both light useage and heavy useage. There is no way to replace the batteries without opening the unit, cutting wires, purchasing a new battery yourself (provided you can find one online), and soldering the new battery in. It is a horrible design and this should have been better thought out. Support from the manufacturer, aside from the obvious language barrier has been poor at best with multiple emails back and forth with each asking for some new piece of information in a never ending non-helpful thread.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing speaker

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    ankurbs
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    I picked up this speaker as my previous BT speaker was working, but could not a hold a charge. I also wanted something that could take a beating as I have kids and love to throw everything they can get their hands on. I can safely say that after 5 months having this speaker, it rocks. The pairing process is seamless and while I have not really used the app, i have not had any issues with it (though UE has issued 2 iOS updates since I bought it). The sound nothing short of amazing, especially when you consider the size of this speaker, it is BT, and is using a battery. I mainly use this on vacations for my kids music when they sleep, but since it is all weather, we took it on the 2 beach vacations we took this. The sand and water had not affect on the speaker what so ever. in fact, my kids buried it in the sand and we have dropped it more than a few times. The nit i have is with the charger. Is use a standard USB cable, but if you are not using the yellow one which it came with, I have noticed 2 things: (1) When it is fully charged, the charging light still blinks with the non-UE cable where as with the UE cable, the charging light will be solid; (2) while the charging port is a USB cable, the entry is quite small, so you have use a small USB cable that does not take much space. I have several and oddly enough, they were all too big, so I have been using the UE cable, but just something to know ahead of time. On one trip, i brought along another cable and it didn't fit, but thankfully it was fully charged and it lasted us the entire weekend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Portable Speaker

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    Julio
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    -Great speaker with an even better discount. - Battery: I've had this speaker for a very short time so I can't say wether it has battery issues (read other comments and watched some videos of people complaining that the battery was awful). Til now it has worked great. - Sound: It's not the loudest or bass heavy speaker out there definitely, but it produces a very nice balanced sound overall. It gets really loud with minimal distortion, would recommend for a small to medium-sized room. -Compared to other speakers: Own a UE Megaboom and JBL Charge 3. The UE Megaboom produces the same balanced tone sound but being bigger in size it obviously sounds louder and has a heavier bass. The JBL Charge 3 is also bigger than the BOOM 2 (almost like the megaboom) and is definitely inclined to the bass response. -Portability: If you're looking for something that's on-the-go this is an easy choice. It's sturdy but not really heavy and it's size makes it easy to fit almost anywhere. Being water resistant is a great bonus if you plan to use it outdoors. -Price: Being that I got it on discount I can't really justify the price over other speakers. Regular pricing is higher than the JBL Charge 3 and cheaper than the Megaboom. -Music choice: I would recommend this speaker to someone who doesn't listen a lot of bass-heavy music, since it lacks in that department (get the Charge 3 or the megaboom if you can afford it instead). But, if you need something that has a very nice neutral sound, great portability, and is very well built this is a great option for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the speaker!

    Posted
    proud2beviet
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    I had the original UE boom and really liked it. Had it for about 2 years. So when I found out the new model was out I rushed to buy it. Amazon did not have it yet so I picked it up at a local Best Buy. Boy oh boy do I love it!! It is the same size as the previous one but it just feels more solidly built. I compared the two and noticed a difference. The new one was louder and a little crisper in sound. I played a song off spotify and it was very loud & clear. Loving it so far. Not sure how the battery life is as the previous when I blast it at the max it only last 2-3 hours. That is probably due to the type of music I was playing and it plays louder. Hoping this one last longer or even the same since it is more powerful. We will see but so far so good. For people that never heard about the UE boom when they first hear it they always ask what model and wonder how it can be so loud. I would recommend this speaker to people who like to have little parties or even mid size parties and need something portable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Get this when it's on sale!

    Posted
    muser1994
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    I would find myself eyeballing UE products every time I went into a Best Buy but wouldn't dare purchasing one because, to be honest, UE products are a bit overpriced. And yes, I could have bought a speaker and returned it within 15 days. But, is that a decent, realistic listening experience? No one wants to keep rotating speakers every 15 days. The BOOM 2 doesn't even sound good enough to justify its original price (came out at $199!). But, when I saw it on sale for just $99.99, I instantly got one and have been enjoying my purchase ever since. For a hundred bucks, this speaker is FANTASTIC. It doesn't shake the ground with bass, as it's physically not big enough to do so, and that's fine. I find it to have a pretty balanced sound signature; no too harsh in the highs and does a decent job with the lows at 50% volume (I rarely go higher as it enough to fill my dorm room). The fact that this thing blows out 360-degree is a bonus. The waterproofing is great; haven't had any issues yet. Seriously, get whichever model is on sale because, otherwise, if you have $179+ to spare, you're better off with a Bose speaker, since that thing will give you bass for days and all-around quality sound. But it ain't gonna be as durable as a BOOM 2, that's for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Ergonomic Marvel

    Posted
    ChrisNH

    The Boom 2 just looks and feels terrific. It's got a very nice shape and feel to it. The sound volume is fabulous, and the ability to tweak the equalizer through the app is a nice feature. The app also allows you to turn the speaker on and off from your iPod, iPad, or iPhone. I got the INDIGO-colored one, which has a very classy look. But there are 'WOW!' color schemes for those so inclined. The controls are simple and intuitive. One center (top) button to turn the speaker on and off (for those who don't depend on the app); one smaller button next to it to handle the pairing. On the bottom you have a feature that I really like...mostly. There is a small hook that can be used to hang the speaker from a chain (in case you don't have a surface to place it on). I can think of many instances I'd use that feature (hang it from a rafter in the garage while working; hang it outdoors). Now, this 'hook' can be unscrewed to reveal a threaded hole with which you can mount the Boom 2 to a tripod. Also a great idea! However, I noticed that the bottom of the Boom 2 is NOT flat and flush. Rather, it is CONCAVE. This means that the typical threaded screw on a tripod cannot quite 'reach' the hole. One of two things needs to occur: either a longer tripod screw is needed OR the BOOM 2 needs a flat bottom. I realize why the bottom is concave; it allows the hook to fold up without preventing the speaker from standing 'flat.' But it renders the tripod mount feature essentially useless since a screw cannot quite thread into the hole.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you don't own this you should!

    Posted
    jrauck
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    After spending some time researching all of the water proof speakers this is the one I decided to go with, without even listening to it. As soon as received this speaker, I immediately opened up the fantastic packaging it came with and turned this baby on! I will definitely say I was more impressed than I expected! The sound quality is excellent for a speaker this size, and that's without even using the equalizer on the app. This speaker works perfectly with allowing 2 people being paired to it simultaneously, which is hard to find with other speakers. Another feature that I think is awesome which I have yet to see another speaker do is that you can pair 2 speakers together to give you stereo sound. The battery life is not quite as high as other speakers out there, but after reading reviews on the other speakers I have gathered that the speaker companies achieve better battery life by significantly decreasing the sound. In saying that I will definitely say this thing is loud. I turned this speaker up to its max volume and went to the other side of my house (about 1000 sq ft) and you could still hear it pretty significantly with no distortion. Another thing I think is cool that this speaker has is the 1/4 screw mount (what most cameras use) which can allow you to mount 2 speakers on a tripod, keep it attached to your float on the river, or many other ways to attach it to something. All in all if you want a great sounding speaker that is waterproof, I highly suggest this one over others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Value and Sound

    Posted
    Chance
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    Have had many bluetooth speakers over the last five years ranging from the Jawbone Jambox, the JBL Charge 2, the Fugoo XL, and now the UE Boom 2. The JBL Charge 2 was my favorite of the bunch so far. I purchased the UE Boom 2 due to some recommendations from friends and family. All of my family members have a UE Boom, and although I have the newest iteration of the speaker, I am looking forward to getting them all hooked up together for a multiple speaker pairing. The speaker really performs best when in a higher spot than when on the ground. It works and sounds great on the lake and in the shower. The technology is improving and one of the best features any of these speakers is their ability to be waterproof. I urge any of you interested in bluetooth speakers to stay away from the Fugoo brand. Had mine for one month, my daughter placed it in the tub, even with the seal, it quit working. Contacted their customer support, speaker was replaced within three weeks with a refurb speaker. That speaker lasted about two weeks and set off a high-pitched noise that would not stop at maximum volume. I could not turn the speaker off and the battery was freshly charged. Long story short, after three shots with a 9mm, it quit, and my $300 loss was placed not-so-delicately in the trash. If I could recommend any bluetooth speakers it would be the UE Boom 2, UE Megaboom, JBL Charge 2 or 3, or the JBL Xtreme.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Such a great speaker that it’s worth getting 2

    Posted
    brian
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    I had first gotten one as a gift this past holiday season, and while I wasn’t thrilled (nothing to do with the product itself, I just didn’t feel like I needed a Bluetooth speaker), I gave it a shot and ended up loving it so much that, three months later, I bought myself a second one. Now, one of these alone is a great speaker. The sound quality is outstanding, I occasionally bring it in to use it while I work, and I’ve had many coworkers comment on how great it is. It’s a great size, and features a tough, rugged design, which is apparently completely waterproof (haven’t tested this myself, but I take their word for it). With the Boom 2 (and apparently any other UE Boom derivative speaker), you can use the app to “party up”, meaning you can sync supposedly up to 50 of these devices. Now I personally don’t have a need for 50 speakers, but I was interested in getting a second one when I read that with two speakers, you can change the sound output to stereo mode. Is it worth it? Yes, yes it is. The sound, while already quite excellent, becomes even richer. The price may seem a bit steep, but you can occasionally find one of these for around $100 (as of this writing, I had gotten my second one for that price at my local store).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice sounding, portable, easy to live with

    Posted
    Scott
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    I bought this speaker to replace a JBL Charge 2+ speaker that quit working after a year and a half of use in my home office (never wet or abused). I really liked the sound of the JBL, but their customer service was attrocious. I read several online reviews and decided to go with the UE Boom 2. So far, I'm really enjoying it. It is a little lighter than the JBL. It is also steady and upright, so the sound fans out across the room more uniformly rather than directionally as was the case with the JBL Charge 2+. The UE Boom 2 comes with a nice app (for Android or Apple) that allows me to connect bluetooth, adjust volume, and set equalizer settings. My only complaint so far is the quality of sound isn't quite as good as the JBL (still very good though) was out of the box. I have yet to have time to play around with the equalizer and see if I can get it sounding how I'd like though. Happy with this purchase and Best Buy made it easy. I think I found it just a tad cheaper elsewhere, but bought on BestBuy.com because I like to spend at Best Buy on anything I go and physically check out at their brick and mortar stores which was the case here.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent all purpose speaker

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    DJFRIEDMAN
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    I've wanted one of these since my friend purchased one last year. When I saw it on sale Black Friday I pick it up without hesitation. In fact, I went back Saturday to try and get a second but the store was sold out so I had to order it online. It was still on sale! The sound quality is great on all but the loudest levels with the most bass you can force into it. Almost no distortion even at max, which is VERY loud. The battery has had no issues with run time. I use it at about 25/50 percent volume and got almost a weeks worth of nighttime background music play out of it. Much better than the 15-20 hours it says it should get. Recharge time from dead to full charge was about three hours using my computers USB port. Haven't tried it from an AC charger yet. All in all this is an excellent allnpurpose speaker. It'll go where you want and play as long as you want. And the party-up feature is nice too. I can get REAL stereo sound by using both speakers or I can have one in each room playing the same music. Can't wait to try the DJ feature that lets my friends queue up their choice of music rather than my preset playlist at our next dart night.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Bluetooth Speaker on the market

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    brandonTMR
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    A friend of mine has a couple of these speakers and after seeing them in action, they had be wanting a pair for myself. The sound quality is excellent at low, medium, and high volumes. Of course when it is turned up nearly all the way, you're subject to getting the standard bluetooth feedback on certain songs more than others. The equalizer on the app is great for changing the sound between music styles. Or if you listen to podcasts and audiobooks they have an EQ option for that as well. I purchased 2 of the Boom 2 speakers since they were on sale and the only thing I regret is not buying a third. Having multiples of these speakers is really great since it's so easy to link them together on the Boom app. You can achieve insane surround sound in a room, or have it playing indoors and outdoors so you can walk around the party and never lose the music. Sure, these speakers cost a little more than most, but they're waterproof, drop proof, they easily link together, and the sound quality is phenomenal. This will be the last bluetooth speaker you purchase until you want to buy another UE Speaker to achieve even greater surround sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Please Read: MY FELLOW RIVER RATS & WATER BABIES

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    Xtinag713
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    So I just bought this during a last minute emergency. I needed a waterproof speaker to go toobing down the Guadalupe river including rapids. The sound was amazing - we got several comments from strangers about the amazing sound. BUT- it died within 2 hours- we are usually in the water for about 5-8 hours. Their claim on life of the battery is actually based on LOW volume. We were blasting it the entire way- which drains the battery quicker- another group on the river told me they had the same speaker and it died quickly as well- he was pretty upset. SO- if you aren't in water and can charge it, I do recommend the UEBOOM2. BUT for everything I need it for (ALWAYS IN WATER- NO OUTLETS), it's really inconvenient. The claims on the wireless range- are tested and true!! There seem to be EXTREME pros and cons with all the waterproof speakers- not sure if I will return it yet. I will research SOLAR powered battery packs/charging packs to see IF I find something waterproof. If I do, then I will keep it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great portable speaker

    Posted
    Joey
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    Purchased speaker on sale. After reading other reviews, it seemed decent enough to give it a try. This replaced a much cheaper Bluetooth speaker, which did serve me well in my home office for the price I paid for that one. I must say that the sound on this speaker is much better and has far better options than my previous speaker. The battery life is far greater as well, and I can check on the battery charge remotely through the app or directly on the speaker itself. I particular like the app and the ability to power on the speaker remotely if it has powered off (from when I take a call during the day and the sound then transfers to the phone). My only criticism so far would be that I wish it allowed a little more customization of the equalizer settings other than the preset options. I have not tried the linking feature yet (think its called 'Party-up'), so I cant comment on that, but I suppose it would be pretty cool if I had other speakers. That said, one by itself is pretty loud. For the quality, price, and other options, I would recommend this product vs other comparably priced speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend