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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb Sound, Waterproof, Extra Features!

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    JimC
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    Logitech, well-known for its ultra-reliable computer peripherals like mice and keyboards, has a superb portfolio of audio and video equipment subsidiaries. Among these is Ultimate Ears which started as a supplier of custom in-ear monitors for Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, Faith Hill and other famous professional musicians. In the past three years Ultimate Ears has created a new line of wireless/Bluetooth speakers. The latest of these are the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 and MegaBoom 3 wireless portable Bluetooth speakers. This review will focus on the Boom 3 speaker, a surprisingly powerful unit with very nice sound quality and some great bonus features. After extensive testing of the Boom 3 speaker in a wide variety of applications my conclusion is that this very compact unit has a superb combination of features, power and sound quality which surpass the vast majority of its competitors in its price range. First, consider that the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is packed with a great set of features and specifications: • Spatial 360 degree stereophonic sound radiation • Maximum sound level 90 dBA (VERY LOUD!) • Frequency range: 90 Hz to 20,000 Hz • Two 38mm drivers, Two 40mm x 80mm passive radiators • Amplifier provides 10 watts of power for each speaker (at 4 ohms) • It is very compact, 7.2” tall, 2.9” diameter • Weight: 1 pound, 5 ounces and feels very solidly built • Shock-resistant: Survives 4 foot drop test • IP67 certified water proof in fresh or salt water to 3 foot depth for 30 minutes and it floats! • Dust proof and tight-weave on fabric exterior is very easy to clean • Total Harmonic Distortion of just 1% • Bluetooth connectivity with up to 150 foot range • Power supply: lithium ion battery, micro USB recharge cable included • Battery life up to 15 hours (6 hours at maximum volume level), recharge time 2.75 hours • Supports wireless charging with optional Power Up stand • Ultimate Ears app may be used to control all speaker functions • Two year limited warranty The Boom 3 comes very nicely packaged in a slip cover and beautiful storage box wrapped in great artwork. Included is an elegantly simple illustrated getting started brochure, the usual safety warnings (Don’t smack yourself in the head with it! Don’t try to swallow it! Blah, blah, blah …), and one of the nicest micro-USB cables you are likely to find. There is also a link to the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 app. Most electronic devices today offer phone apps and most of those apps are a waste of your phone’s memory and screen space. But the Ultimate Ears app is one that you will want to download. It gives access to a nice equalizer, “PartyUp” – a way to connect up to 150 Boom 3 speakers in a daisy chain to really add sound to your party, “Block Party – a means to allow multiple phones to link into your speaker so that each can play their own music, one touch access to your own playlists, a full owner’s manual and FAQ. Lots of good stuff and all of it very well explained. The Boom 3 speaker is very solid and quite attractive. It can survive the usual rough handling that portable speakers have to endure. The IP67 rating means you can submerge it in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes without problems and it is essentially dust proof. It will float if you knock it into the pool or toss it in the lake. And the tight weave on the iridescent fabric makes it very easy to clean. The USB charging port is carefully sealed behind a block of rubber at the back. You can attach the charging cable and it will be unobtrusive while you use the speaker or you can buy the optional wireless charging dock. But the long battery life (15 hours) means that you won’t be recharging very often. The controls are very simple. The top has on/off and Bluetooth connecting pressure switches, positioned on either side of the “Magic Button” which controls play, pause, skip and access to playlists. My favorite controls, however, are the great big volume controls on the front. You won’t fumble around looking for the up/down volume controls because they are a bigger-than-life plus and minus sign. Very cool. There is also a little loop tab at the back of the top which can be used to hang the speaker or secure it with a carabiner. The Bluetooth connection was effortless and solid from every device I tried (phone, tablet, laptop). It held the connection steady up to about 90 feet from my music source. The claim of 150 feet for Bluetooth connection range is optimistic unless you have an absolutely clear line of sight between source and speaker. But realistically, when would you ever need that kind of range? One nice bonus feature is the ability to connect a chain of up to 150 Boom 3 or MegaBoom 3 speakers which can extend your music throughout a large home or provide multiple sound sources in the same room. If you add just one speaker they function as traditional left/right stereo speakers. OK, so that’s the basics, but the big question is, how does it sound? In a word – awesome! My ultimate test for a speaker is to play a complex jazz classic on it and compare that sound to the very expensive reference speakers on my old school, top-of-the-line stereo system. For the Boom 3 test I chose the album, “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis, perhaps the greatest jazz recording of all time. It features the Hall-of-Fame legends, Miles on trumpet, John Coltrane on tenor sax, Bill Evans on piano, Cannonball Adderly on alto sax, Paul Chambers on bass, Jimmy Cobb on drums – a dream team before anyone ever thought up the term, playing some of the most important jazz compositions ever created. With this amazing music the Boom 3 showed me what it can really do. The Miles trumpet solos were clean and bright, I could literally feel the bass strumming and drum solos as though they were right in front of me, the piano riffs were perfect and the brilliance of Cannonball and Trane was undiminished. The Boom 3 transported me back to that historic 1959 recording date. If I walked into my study and turned on my five figure stereo system to the same music I might be able to isolate some minor differences from the reproduction achieved by the Boom 3. But considering the cost differential, I could buy four Boom 3 speakers to play this music simultaneously for perhaps 5% of the cost of my main system. And if I did that I am not sure that I would be able to consistently tell the difference even in pieces like “Kind of Blue” for which I know every note. I really cannot give this wonderful Boom 3 speaker a higher compliment than that. Compared to the alternatives available I believe that the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Bluetooth speaker is one of the best values on the market. It has my whole-hearted and enthusiastic recommendation!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A pool party or job sites best friend

    Posted
    MrBill250
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    Open the smartly designed box and you find one approximately 3” x 7” cylinder speaker, a flat white 4’ micro-USB cable, and a quick start guide. There is no AC USB Adapter. The battery in the unit was dead, but it only took about 2.5 hours to fully charge with a 3 AMP USB charger. Lower amp chargers (.5 -2 AMP) will need more time. Hold both the + and – volume buttons together a few seconds and the unit will verbally tell the percentage of power remaining. Or check it in the app. It automatically shuts off after 15 minutes of no activity. A quick press of the power button turns it on as does a long press of the Magic Button. Holding the Bluetooth button puts it into Pair mode. Look for BOOM 3 in your Bluetooth devices to pair. Easy enough, no surprises here. I checked and found a Firmware update in the App. Click the update button and a minute later you’re ready to go. Easy. The unit starts and powers off with a swish and a tribal drum roll sound effect. This can be turned off in the app. On the top there are two small buttons off center. A Power button with LED, so you know it’s on. And the Bluetooth button, whose LED goes out once you are connected. My first use was a continuous 16 hours and 8 minutes of streaming Pandora Plus from my iPhone which I left in the house while working outside in the yard. Over an hour better than the 15 hours listed. Bluetooth was solid with up to 80’ and a wall between the BOOM 3 and my phone. The sound coming out of such a small package is very rich and clean at all volume levels. It’s as if it has some magic reserve that exceeds its physical size. It can play LOUDLY, advertised up to 90db, yet clearly. It does not sound strained or flatten out like others; there is still a good range to be had even when maxed out. With a decent bit rate on your source, it will sound awesome. In the center is the ‘Magic Button’. which will pause and play the song with a single click. A double press will skip to the next track. A long press will skip playlists, but only in Apple Music and Deezer Premium. Hopefully more apps will be added in the future. Please? The Magic Button worked well with Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and Google Play. The Amazon Music app however, it would not resume play after a pause. I had to go back to the app. It would skip to the next song in the playlist but would not play. Maybe next update… The Magic button is a welcome feature. No need to mess with the source and this speaker is waterproof and it floats! Great for a pool party. Keep the phone inside safe and dry. Dustproof? Oh yeah! I used this while doing yard work and kicked up LOTS of dust. It looked bad! When I power washed my house later, I gave it a few quick and lights blasts. Clean as new as new and it never missed a beat. The BOOM 3 allows up to 4 devices to pair. You can alternate who plays DJ with this and not need to re-pair after someone else. Very nice! The free app for iOS is good but it could be great with just a bit of attention. It has a 5 band EQ to get the sound just right for your music and setting. There are some presets; Standard (flat), Cramped Spaces, Voices, Bass Jump, and Custom. The range of adjustment is +/- 15. The bass is already prevalent and cannot be bumped up before the sound is mired in bass. You can only change the Custom profile. If you try to change one of the other presets, those settings overwrite your custom setting with no warning. Unfortunately, you cannot save EQ settings beyond the one custom. Hopefully this comes in an update. The EQ setting for different spaces; outside, my garage, living room and shower are very different as they are for different type of music. Using the app, you can power it on/off, set the volume, set the language (English, French, Spanish, and German), find the serial number for registration. The PartyUp setting allow you to connect to 150 BOOM speakers to play together, even older Boom and MEGABOOM models can be added. Music throughout the home or yard for any occasion. You can control whether others can connect to your BOOM 3 or not in the app. The default is to allow inclusion. It’s strictly Bluetooth for music input. There is no mini-DIN aux port as some others have. Maybe because its waterproof? There is a waterproof mini-USB port covered by a rubber plug to keep out dust. The power plug is on the back near the bottom, so you can leave it discreetly plugged in most the time if you’d like, even while using it. There is a very sturdy fabric loop on the back near the top so you can hang it with carabiner, bungie cord, or even rope. There is no microphone and it will not do phone calls. The speaker hardware is great, near indestructible and has a 2 year warranty. I’ve checked out several this year and this is my current top pick. The app is solid, works well, but basic. It could be great with some savable EQ profiles and play list support. It’s a short want list, which is a sign of a mature top tier product worthy of consideration on a short list. It’s not quite 5 stars, but much better than 4 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Speaker - Love this Thing!

    Posted
    cjviscito
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    First and foremost, I love this speaker! Logitech's new line of Ultimate Ears doesn't disappoint. I've tried several bluetooth speakers that are waterproof, but this one is only the second one I've found that combines waterproofing design with awesome, fully realized sound. Right out of the box, the BOOM 3 is about the same size as my Echo Tap - maybe slightly bigger. Like the Echo Tap, the BOOM 3 can be charged by the supplied micro-USB cable or, as an extra purchase, Logitech's charging puck base. I held off on buying the charging base until I was sure that this speaker would be a keeper, but now it looks like it'll have to get added to my shopping list. In terms of design, there's a micro-USB charging port on the back, and the top has 2 buttons: The power button and the magic button. Admittedly, I thought the magic button was more of a gimmick than feature, but I've come to love using it. A quick press pauses and plays, a double-tap skips to the next song in your queue, and a long hold will move to the next playlist. I'll get to that last part below in the companion app part. The setup was quick and painless - and while I usually complain about having to download companion apps (because they tend to be bloatware), the Logitech BOOM app has something that I sorely missed in other speakers: a customizable equalizer! Part of the setup process included adding up to 4 playlists to the BOOM's quick play feature. Using the magic button, you can long-press and skip from playlist to playlist. Just to be clear - this isn't storing music on the speaker itself, there's not a hard drive or anything. It's playing the music from your paired phone. In terms of battery, I've used this thing for several days at an hour or two at a time and haven't worn it down. I decided to give this thing a test and use it in the shower and it blew me away! Using the equalizer option for "enclosed space", I can jam out in the shower to my kind of music without making the entire house listen in as well. Make no mistake - this thing easily kicks out the noise! You crank it up high enough and it'll get plenty loud. The only reason I rated this item as 4 stars was due to the lack of an Aux input - not a huge deal breaker, but would've certainly made this thing a home run in my book. The BOOM is priced around $150 - which is in line with more full-feature devices, like the ones from Sony. It's definitely not the cheapest speaker out there, but I've come to expect a certain level of quality from Logitech and the BOOM 3 is another solid product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    360 Surround Sound and Rugged

    Posted
    RalphHenry
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    The Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is a very nice 360 surround sound speaker. It has incredible sound for such a small package. You may be familiar with the WonderBoom or Boom 2 which are other portable, waterproof, Bluetooth 360 surround sound speakers – all from Ultimate Ears. I have them all so I could compare the earlier products with the new Boom 3. The sound from each is excellent but I did feel the bass was better on the Boom 3. The footprint for the Boom 3 is also better in that it has a smaller diameter but is taller and for me that made it fit better on the real estate of my computer desk. Pricing for the earlier WonderBoom is about 1/3 the cost of the newer unit so that may be a factor for you. However, Ultimate Ears people were listening to feedback on the earlier products and made quite a few changes that may be useful to review. Be aware that there is a complete lineup of Ultimate Ears products now, so you can up your game with even more robust units than the excellent Boom 3. The Boom 3 does come with two 2” drivers and two 2” x 4” passive radiators – this is where the 360 sound technology comes from – marvelous. The Boom 3 has a more attractive and durable finish, in my view, than the Wonderboom or the Boom 2. The new Boom 3 also has a so-called Magic Button to play, pause and skip and you can use this button to run playlists from your cell phone without touching your phone – nice. The Boom 3 has an optional charging disc that you can stand the Boom 3 on and charge without wires. This is especially nice since many folks will want to toss this unit in the pool, and the less messing with the waterproof cover over the USB charging port the better. However, it’s pretty costly and you may want to wait for a better price point on it before you pick one up. You can always charge using the included USB cable which is what I’m doing. Here’s an interesting point, the WonderBoom and the Boom 3 will float, but the Boom 2 will not. So that’s a big improvement since you don’t want the unit to sink beyond its approximately 3-foot water resistance. The Boom 3 is also dust proof which the others are not, so you can toss it in the sand on the beach for example – very nice feature. Bluetooth range is 50% better on the Boom 3 (about 150 feet) which I found nice when walking around my basement workshop paired with my cell phone. I also paired it with a desktop and a Sling AirTV unit – no pairing problems at all. These units are drop tested to ensure they are rugged and that is a very important fact since the units are meant to be portable and used without a worry that a drop on the ground will harm them. There is an android app for the Boom 3 which is pretty much a must if you pair it with your phone. It gives you an equalizer and abilities like combining two or even up to 150 Boom 3’s. You can party-up’ Boom 3’s with any of the Ultimate Ears’ line-up including Boom 2 or MegaBooms. However you can’t ‘party-up’ the Boom 3 with the older WonderBoom. You can update the Boom 3 firmware which is not an option on the WonderBoom. It has a very strong hang loop and this is a definite requirement. The 15 hours battery life with lithium-ion batteries is great and tested out. It does take almost 3 hours to charge up. You can choose it in red, black, blue or violet. If you get more than one, it might be nice to have different colors. If you are still putting up with the old PC speakers, they are now very old sound technology. This Boom 3 has sound so much more vibrant and so convenient with Bluetooth that it’s really nice if you can move up to these types of units. In addition, the ‘party-up’ type function and the ability to drop it in water or sand make its versatility hard to beat. I do highly recommend this unit as the best I’ve tested at this price point for a small Bluetooth speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Rugged Outdoor Speaker

    Posted
    Ponskippa
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    This is the first rugged water resistant speaker i've ever actually had the guts to fully submerge in water. The box doesn't state how deep you can take it, but it does say that it can be submerged for up to 30 minutes. I let it take a plunge in about 3 feet of water and it floats! The sound is affected by the water obviously, it becomes muddy and the volume lowers when in water but most importantly it survived the dive and works fine after getting soaked. I wouldn't recommend charging it until it completely dries out just to be safe. The audio quality of the speaker is about as good as it gets for something small and portable. I really am amazed at how loud it gets and is water proof. It is kind of cool to watch the water literally shoot out of the speaker grill lol. Out of the box, I find that it doesn't have deep bass but if you connect it to the UE app on your phone or tablet, you can use different presets to get more bass and tweak the mids and treble. The app also helps you pair the speaker with other UE speakers and even lets your friends control the music with it. The app does have some pretty cool features. With some tweaking the speaker sounds pretty good even at high volumes. My only complaint with the speaker is that there seems to be a "dead zone" on the speaker. The whole can isn't one large speaker, It does seem to have a "360" sound but id say that only about 75-80% of the whole can projects audio. the bottom portion of the speaker does not produce sound. I assume its because the speaker is meant to be stood upright so in most situations you will not notice it. I only noticed it because i picked it up to put it on a stand that was above shoulder height. All in All, this is one of my favorite speakers I've used and I can recommend this to someone who likes to have a speaker while doing anything outdoors. Whether it be on your bike, while camping, swimming, or chilling at the beach. It is super rugged and I think will be able to tag along with you at just about any outdoor activity

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another solid product from Ultimate Ears

    Posted
    TechnicallyCorrect
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    As an owner of multiple UE speakers over the years including the Blast ( basically the Boom 2 with Alexa,) I was not expecting much of a difference in the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 . I feel that most speakers updates are incremental at best. That is true to a point, companies like Ultimate Ears have mastered the sound quality for speakers. Every Ultimate Ears speaker in the “Boom” line has great, powerful sound. If you never owned a quality bluetooth speaker, you will be shocked at how much sound this speaker can produce in a small package. It can easily fill a medium sized room like a living room. So what is the difference between the new Boom 3 and it’s predecessor and the competition. First it is IPX67 rated ( water proof) and floats in water. Most people could not care less if it floats but a completely water proof design is a nice touch that you will not appreciate until you accidentally spill a drink on your speaker. The speaker has a button that you can chain together multiple Boom speakers to cover large areas. Another feature that is welcome addition is what UE calls the “Magic Button”. The button allows you to play, skip or pause songs. Additionally you can access Apply playlists ( up to 4) that are set in UE app. In looking a the build quality and looks, you will be impressed with the quality. The Boom 3 is solid as a rock with good tactile buttons and stylish finish of knitted fabric mesh. So the million dollar question is it worth it? Yes and no. If you already own a UE Boom 2, no there is not enough differences to justify an upgrade. However, if you are in the market for a quality bluetooth speaker ; look no further than an Ultimate Ears Boom 3. But before you jump in , ask yourself do you need a quality bluetooth speaker or do you need a quality bluetooth “Smart” speaker. I say that because last year’s Blast model has basically the same sound quality but adds Alexa. If you do not need a smart speaker, you really cannot do better than the Boom 3 or the Megaboom 3 for a larger sound. If you need a smart speaker – go with the Blast. Regardless of which model you choose, you cannot go wrong with Ultimate Ears speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for the outdoors

    Posted
    Phjilek36
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    The sound quality is very crisp and full sounding. A nice feature is the 360 sound, so it pushes sound in all directions. So I was out on my deck, and it started to rain. Because this is waterproof, I didn't have to worry about it getting wrecked. It can float down a river and it will still work. Granted, I never tried that, but they built it that way, so I'll take the manufacturer's word for it. I have been at the pool, and wanted to change the song, or skip the one I'm on, or turn up the volume, but with other speakers you have to dry off and grab your phone. Not with this guy: you can touch the top (magic button) of the unit and make it advance to the next song (skip) or pause it, and even play. There is a big + and - button that you can control the volume with. There is an app that I would suggest you download. There are several different ones for different Ultimate Ears speakers so make sure to read your instructions. In the app there is an equalizer, and also allow friends to be the DJ where they can stream to it as well. You can connect up to 150 speakers. Not sure who would have that many,, but still possible. The fact that you can have several connected is pretty nice, as most only allow 1 Bluetooth connection at a time. The app also wants you to download the Deezer app, which is a song streaming app. It has channels and songs and asks you what sort of songs you like, so it suggests things for me. Sort of like Google Play Music, but seems more in-depth. Overall, it is a great speaker. I did a sound test with another top speaker, and asked my wife which was better. I'd play one, then the other, a d mix them up and ask which was better. She couldn't tell the difference, as I was mixing them up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BOOOMMM

    Posted
    sollyp
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    I have always loved the UE BOOM series. First, bomb name. Next, I really loved the 360 degree sound. With the Boom 3, they really have outdone themselves. I really like the box it came in. The unboxing experience nowadays is just as part of the whole package as the product itself. The Boom does not disappoint. It's a pretty compact little package. You take off 2 stickers and the cover slides off. You open the box and the speaker sits there. It is gorgeous. I loved the cylindrical look of the Boom 2. The 3 is just a complete cylinder. It has a modern look to it and really looks nice anywhere you place it. It has the trademark + and -. Pairing is really easy. It recommends that you download their app when you first pair. I would recommend the app! It is really well made and user friendly which is not something that I can say with all the other speaker apps. You can control the equalizer settings. Best of all, you can turn on/off and control the volume of the speaker with the app! You can also get firmware updates and the usual. Really like the app. The charging cable is micro-USB. It's a fairly long white cable. Looks nice. There is no power block so you'll have to find some old phone power brick you're not using or something. The speakers are also waterproof and float! If you want to be that guy at the pool, be my guest. This speaker lets you do that! The sound quality is great! Still has the 360 degrees of sound. The volume is loud enough to fill a room. Really lives up to the BOOM name. You can fiddle with the equalizer settings to really match your tastes. I do think that the vocal clarity is a little lacking but it doesn't take away from the whole experience. It has a great battery life! They advertise 15. I would say I definitely got around that much. I think these speakers are awesome and well worth it! Considering that they're cheaper than even the Boom 2 right now, I would say this a great buy and absolutely worth it. All in all, I would definitely recommend this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good speaker to take on the go.

    Posted
    MIXMASTERICE
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    The Boom 3 is perfect for taking camping, to the pool or on a bike ride. It will fit very well in the water bottle slot on most bicycles. It's waterproof and if you happen to drop it in the pool or the lake it will float. It's a good on the go speaker. The Boom 3 can be controlled through the UE app, which will have to be updated for the Boom 3. Out of the box the Boom 3's treble is dull and lifeless. The app does have some EQ settings and a custom option, but it doesn't seem to want to stay on the custom EQ if you use it. I found it better to use a dedicated EQ app on my phone. With EQ enabled, the treble (highs) were much clearer and enjoyable. You can set up playlists and control that from the magic button on the speaker. The speaker itself is covered in a hard fabric covering, similar to the JBL Flip 4 and some of their other speakers. Has a loop to attach a carabiner, not included. Bottom of the speaker is a connector for charging from a docking style base plate, also not included. Boom 3 did move the micro-USB charging port from the bottom to the side, which is an improvement. No power brick included with this speaker, just a charging cable. Overall, this is a solid speaker. It's slightly larger than my JBL Flip4 and plays a little louder and with a little more bass capability than the Flip 4. $150 is pretty pricey, IMO, but you do get a solid, rugged speaker with solid battery life, good output and sound quality when properly EQ'd.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It is LOUD, but...

    Posted
    JKhan
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    I have always heard great things about the boom series of speakers. So, I was excited to give one a try and compare it to other speakers in its class. Let's get right to it. This speaker is loud, really loud, but loud does not always equate to better. The first thing I like to do is crank up the volume. With this speaker, out of the box, I noticed distortion and clipping at high volume. After tweaking the EQ within the app, I was able to correct most of the issue. Not all, but most. The bass is where I found most of my disappointment. I wasn't expecting room shaking thump, but being that the speaker is always advertised as the party starter, I was expecting a bit more bass than what was present. Even going into the EQ and turning up the bass all the way, it still seemed "hollow." The low end bass tones were decent, but the bass drums lacked any presence. This isn't terrible, but in comparison to other speakers, it was a bit of a letdown. On a side note, I did notice that placing the speaker on some non porous surfaces, like concrete, yielded a better result. As for the build of the speaker, it's top notch. it's sleek, durable to the point where I can just throw it in my bag and go, has great weight, and the IP rating is fantastic. Even in all of my tests, I had no problem with water. I also will add, unlike other speakers, the app really does add to the experience of the speaker. I was able to tweak a custom EQ to fit most of my needs. That typically is unlikely with a lot of speakers in this class. To summarize, while I feel this will be a great speaker to take to the beach, or hanging out by the pool, I can't quite say that it is the party starter that it is advertised to be. Perhaps the megaboom would more fit that description, but I have yet to test that model. Overall, I would still recommend this speaker to anyone who is interested.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Meh sequel but great standalone.

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    muser1994
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    Allow me to elaborate: I purchased a UE BOOM 2 last year when it was on sale and thought it was a brilliant purchase because Ultimate Ears delivered a great portable speaker with enough ruggedness to withstand my daily showers. The sound was good for its size and price, and I was excited when UE announced the BOOM 3. Let me say that the new BOOM 3 looks pretty darn gorgeous. The BOOM 2 looked great, too, but was more on the funky side. The BOOM 3 is more elegant with its two-tone fabric weave. I'm very glad UE added a button on top for play/pause and skip controls. The BOOM 2 had those controls but you had to pick it up, and "tap" it, like tapping a bottle of ketchup. The BOOM 3 is wider than the BOOM 2, but it's not a deal breaker. It's still a nice water-bottle-looking speaker that plays nice with corners and backpack pockets. On to the sound quality -- or should I say, sound signature? The BOOM 2 was as good as it can gets for a rugged waterproof speaker. I thought UE would improve the sound signature on the BOOM 3, but it sounds like it's the same. Which isn't a bad thing, but a bit of a letdown. Good news is the BOOM 3 starts at a lower price. So, in a way, the BOOM 3 is what the BOOM 2 could have and should have been. Again, not a bad thing, and I'm glad they went with that route. App support is great and you still get cool features like the ability to remotely turn the BOOM 3 on/off. The EQ settings come in handy because they have practicality to them, like "Cramped Spaces," which dials the mids down a bit for smaller rooms. Overall a great speaker that is amazing on its own, but stands a bit dull as a sequel to its predecessor, the BOOM 2. But hey, maybe BOOM 3 isn't meant to be a sequel and I'm just putting that pressure on it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice updates but still a bit lacking in bass

    Posted
    JMan
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    We own a UE Boom 2 so I was curious what improvements UE would make to the Boom 3. The new look is nice with an iridescent mesh scheme all the way around the device instead of only mesh accents. It’s also nice that in addition to being fully waterproof and submersible, the new Boom 3 now floats. Operation is mostly the same with the exception of the new magic button on the top that can be used to start, stop, advance and rewind tracks. Volume is still controlled via the app or the large plus and minus signs on the front. Sound quality is good and the volume gets loud enough to make the Boom 3 ideal for small parties or get-togethers. You can daisy chain speakers together using the block party feature of the app. Like the Boom 2, the Boom 3 isn’t particularly strong with bass, at least to me. The bass is there and music sounds nice but it’s a bit flat, especially if you like bass heavy music. The high and mid frequencies are nice and crisp and sound great. Sound can be adjusted and tweaked via the Boom app. Battery life and charging time are both good. The charging port is now on the side but is still micro-USB. I was a bit disappointed UE didn’t move up to USB-C like most manufacturers are doing. The speaker comes with a micro-USB charging cable but no wall adapter. You can use a micro-USB phone or similar adapter if desired. The improvements are nice but if you own a Boom 2, I’d say hold steady for the next release unless the new ability to float is super important. Even with the new lower price, I can’t see any new features compelling enough to ditch a Boom 2 and upgrade. If you don’t own a Boom speaker already, the new features and lower price make this absolutely worth it. Just make sure to have realistic expectations if you’re a bass head.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Improvement to the UE Boom Line

    Posted
    zboot
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Ah, the UE Boom 3. The previous generation speakers were already pretty dang good. Great bluetooth range, battery life (8-12 hours) depending on how much you taxed the BT range and if you had speakers paired. Decent sound, ability to act as a speakerphone should you decide to take a call on a nearby speaker. Rugged cool design. So, how do the UE Boom 3s stack up? Any reason to choose these over the Boom 2? The answer is a resounding yes. Here's why: 1. The Boom 3 continues the cylindrical design with a much tighter weave. You end up with a bluetooth speaker that looks a bit more stylish. 2. Battery life, bluetooth range, sound performance is all unchanged. You are not losing out on features and functionality. In fact, battery life is a bit up by a couple more hours. 3. There's a new "magic" button. This can play/pause music and via the app, allows triggering playlists with one touch. 4. Despite being more stylish, more rugged. The previous speakers can handle water, but this seems more designed for it. Floats better (or actually, depending on your view), sounds just as good under water. 5. With the latest BT technology, it can pair to more source devices, up to 8. I only had three sources available to test and that worked well. 6. Perhaps the most useful change, the charging port! On the prior models, one plugged in via usb on the bottom of the cylindrical speaker. This meant either standing it upside down if you wanted to play music while charging or rolling it on it's side. Now, with the port rotated up, one plugs in at the "back" of the speaker while it stands upright. I know this seems minor, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who has set their Boom 2s on top of the cord, putting stress on the cable and usb connection on the speaker. In short, I'm impressed with the Boom 3s improvements.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    360 Sounds; Is a game changer

    Posted
    Ebonovic
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    So this Bluetooth speaker is a bit different then others that have recently come out. Compact tube design, about the size of 20oz soda bottle. LOUD!!!! This CRANKS the tunes on full volume, almost too loud for a table. Per the packaging, you can link 2,3,150+ of these together... I only own one, so can test it... but have done it with other products, and that is a MAJOR advantage. You could wireless connect these, and spread an entire field area with just these small speakers, all in sync. Back to this single speaker: - has a screw in option in the base, so you can mount it to a standard camera tri-pod. Don't think that is a big deal, think about it... you can take it and place it anywhere, and it doesn't have to be on a table. It can be in the corner of the tent, or just out in the open. - Big power and volume buttons, you won't be searching for these. - LONG provided cord. While it has an impressive battery life (ran it for 6 hours, and still didn't kill it)… you can take this cord, and add any size battery pack (or even a wall outlet), with no problem. You do need to provide the power adapter though, not included. - So my FAVORITE feature, the 360 sound. You can't see the cones in this speaker, so I don't know how they are doing it.... but the AUDIO is the same all the way around this speaker. left, right, front, back, a little left and to the back, etc.. so there is no one place with this speaker that you are at a disadvantage... According to the packaging it is water-proof and floats.... I am not ready to test that yet.... not something in my normal routine. I'll leave that for the next reviewer

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Big sound + little package, but not a game changer

    Posted
    BillnMish
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    All the other talking points have been pointed out and discussed at length, so I will leave this to but a few key talking points. After using the UE Boom 3 for a week straight at home and office, I can certainly agree with the other 4 and 5 star reviews that this is a great little speaker. I can also confirm as others have stated that it gave me a solid ~75' of distance via Bluetooth connection. Put it on the back porch, went all the way to the back of the yard (which is not flat and has plenty of trees) with my phone in my pocket and no choppiness or skipping. As far as sound; it gets loud and stays relatively clear (especially at this price-point) but it isn't as full as I was expecting. Not bad, but also not blowing me out of the water. I took it to the office and used it as often as I could during the workday. The battery required charging twice with everyday on/off listening habits during that 5 days - so I'd say I got 12-16 hours of playback out of a full charge. The app works as intended. It allows quick (a handful of presets) and fully customizable adjustments to the EQ. It's very simple, not very robust, but the little bit it does do it does well. When you consider all the features; waterproof, dustproof, having the ability to float, PartyUp mode, etc etc etc it's very easy to see that this thing is well-worthy of consideration if you happen to be in the market for a great all-around portable speaker. If 1 sounds as good as it does, I would *love* to link 10-20 of these together (let alone to the max allowed 150) and place them around the house and to see how amazing that would be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the box it came in as much as the sound quali

    Posted
    JerryZ
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Love the box it came in as much as the sound quality! Logitech brought their "A" GAME to the party with this one. So easy to pair (via bluetooth). Even have an app that can walk you through it. You really want to load the app and get the extra features built in the ULTIMATE EARS speaker. Visually the two-tone (grey and black threads) fabric is cool to look at, as well as comfortable to hold and tough for rough play. The charger is a standard USB micro with a long white cable included. There is an optional charging base so you can just plop the BOOM 3 on it, charge and play at the same time. Cool feature: link up to 150, not a typro!, 150 other speakers. Can you even imagine? . (pun intended) The app lets you link two or more quickly. I tested my new speaker while painting the garage door yesterday. What great sound! The plus and minus symbols on the back are actually volume up and down control buttons! Clever! On the top one push on or off. Special center button for pause, skip or via the APP special playlist feature. Even without the great other features it sounds fantastic. No more 50-pound boomboxes of the 70's.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Decent at best

    Posted
    Jimmy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I bought two of these speakers, the megaboom 3 and this one. I bought this one and wasn't satisfied with the bass quality so I thought since I could pair them to just get the megaboom 3 and have the extra bass with surround sound. The boom 3 is a decent speaker, not great on bass but good for what it is. The pairing of the two is an absolute nightmare. Owning two of the UE speakers is completely unnecessary as the pairing function is constantly cutting out or booting the other speaker off with my phone and both speakers not only in the same room but feet away from each other. I have gone through every suggestion and step that UE has put me through to ensure proper pairing and nothing works. Best buy would not return the boom 3 as it was outside the 15 days and UE does not refund anything bought outside of their website. I went through tons of reviews before buying the boom 3 and most of what I read praised this speaker. Best buy support/customer support from UE, not to mention this speakers overall sound and connectivity have all been a huge letdown. Over priced for the sound quality and trying to pair any of these speakers is next to impossible. So if you are planning to buy from them I would suggest only one speaker and investing a few extra dollars for the megaboom 3.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound in a Small Package

    Posted
    MRWilson
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I have always been impressed with the Bluetooth speakers that Ultimate Ears has released and the Boom 3 is no exception. The build quality is once again exceptional and I really like the new texture on the outside of the Boom 3 that differs from the older models as it feels great and gives it a more high quality look. You can definitely tell that high quality materials were used building these speakers. The sound is exceptional with this speaker for the size as it is difficult to find smaller Bluetooth speakers that don`t distort vocals too much or drown them out with base as the volume is increased, but the Boom 3 does a great job with this. The ability to navigate songs, play/pause, and turn the volume up/down are extremely simple which is appreciated. The massive volume buttons with this are probably my favorite aspect of any Bluetooth speaker as they look stylish yet greatly improve functionality. The ruggedness of this speaker is great and the fact that it is not only waterproof, but also floats is so useful as it allows it to be taken on a lake or ocean and you don`t have to worry about it falling off a boat and sinking like many other waterproof speakers. One other small aspect I did want to mention is the loop on top of the speaker that allows it to be hung from numerous places instead of having to mess with metal mounts that make you have to screw it in. Overall, this is my favorite portable bluetooth speaker for outdoor activities as the look, ruggedness, and overall performance are exceptional!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Waterproof and durable!!

    Posted
    jago
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is a very handy little speaker. The sound it creates will make you think that it is a much larger speaker than it is 360 degrees of sound means you can hear it from every angle. A bit of clipping and distortion at high volume but playing around with the EQ in the App I was able to make it sound better. I really like that about it. Bass is not as good as I would like, but it does the job for the most part. You can pair it up with 150 additional Ultimate Boom speakers (Version 2 or Version3) for even more sound. I was not able to test out that functionality since I only have one. The speaker is IP67 rated (water proof and sand proof) for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water, but that part doesn’t matter really since it floats. That would come in handy if you are boating and happen to drop this overboard. Also, the Bluetooth range is great, I was able to get about 100 feet away and it still was streaming my music, but this was with a clear view of the speaker. The magic button is pretty awesome as well. You can use the App to create a playlist and simply hit the magic button and it will start your playlist, you don’t even have to touch your phone and of course it also functions to pause/play/FF music. There is also a place to hook it onto something which really comes in handy as well. Charging via the included USB micro cable from either a computer port (will take a while) or my Samsung Note8 wall adapter was fast to fully charge. This is rated to have a 15 hour battery which will easily last most parties.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best speaker for its size

    Posted
    dlowen
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Ultimate Ears makes some of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market. I have owned previous versions of the speaker and have been a long-time fan of them. This new speaker is no exception. It has some slight tweaks that make an already great speaker that much better. The overall build quality and feel to the speaker is great and improved over previous versions. Although the design is only a slight change it feels much more premium and I am a huge fan of the new design versus the old. Having owned many UE speakers, I can say they really upgraded it this year. It is hard to improve and already great speaker but the boom 3 offers deep bass and rich sounds. The sound is amazing, and the speaker allows you to take that sound with you anywhere. Since this speaker is water proof you can take it outside near the pool or to the beach. Even outdoors it has a large enough sound to fill the space. I love that you can use the app to connect multiple speakers at once. With multiple speakers hooked together this device is unstoppable. Battery life is on the shorter end compared to some speakers but honestly it is more than enough. Rated at around 15 hours it should be plenty for any need. Ultimate Ears also makes a charging dock for this speaker that allows you to place the speaker on and charge while using it, then grab the speaker and run when you need. Anyone looking for a durable, loud, great sounding compact speaker should look at this as an option. I highly recommend this speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend