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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 372 reviews

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  • 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: 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: 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.

    Posted
    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
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Big sound + little package, but not a game changer

    Posted
    BillnMish
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Waterproof and durable!!

    Posted
    jago
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love It!!!

    Posted
    ScottLaRoc
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    With a few different speaker types in my home, I was able to compare them all to the BOOM 3. 1. JBL 2. Ultimate Ears The BOOM3 is amazing in sound, highs, lows, bass and overall sound. Battery life is great compared to the mentioned above. Played all types of music from Blues to Hip-Hop. You won't get that deep, deep bass from the speaker but will get a good sound that doesn't sound distorted or pop when put at a higher volume. Design and packaging is great. Very simple to use and setup. Buttons are clearly marked and easy to press. One of the great things about this device is you can attach it to multiple BOOM 3 speakers for added sound and it's completely waterproof!!!! Pool time, shower time, bath time no worries about the water getting it wet! All in all, this is a great device, its small, not too heavy, can be packed into almost any small bag and looks and sounds great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for size.

    Posted
    TexasBoy
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    I got this speaker for annual river floating trip on the Guadalupe. The speaker took a rough trip and definitely got wet and had no issues. Carabiner that comes with is definitely handy. Sound was great for outside and have enjoyed inside as well. My only negative that if volume is turned up over half the battery will fade fairly quick. Half volume is pretty loud but outside wanted more but drained battery life within 3 hours and as battery get weaker Bluetooth range weakens too. Overall, good, with better battery would be excellent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    LOUD ft BASS

    Posted
    Cc21
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    Great speaker, with even better bass! My boyfriend said he wanted something loud, light in weight, easily portable, and able to take on the river! This speaker was all of that! He was able to bring it everywhere with us! This brand even makes it super easy to control by having an app you can control all the buttons without having to get up and turn it down or change the song! Great speaker highly recommend. Only down side is we were having trouble with keeping it connected to your phone from a further distances. That was the only downside of this speaker. Everything else is great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great!

    Posted
    Fran
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    I think it’s a great speaker with only one downside: it’s not two way meaning if you put it in the cup holder in your car because you drive a classic and talk to friends on the phone it doesn’t do it. But the sound is incredible for music and audiobooks, better than other comparable or even more expensive brands, the battery last forever, I love the design and it’s easy to handle, I also love the matching up app where you can switch it on and off. Would I recommend? Absolutely!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great little speakers. Love 'em

    Posted
    GeoFLL
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    Compact size, great sound, wireless. What's not to love ? Well the problem with this unit is its bigger brother does it all a little better. It is worth it to upgrade to the MegaBoom units for more of what the Boom 3 gives. If I did not have the bigger unit, I would have rated this unit 5 stars. But I still love this product

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Totally Surprised

    Posted
    FishLips
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    I was looking for a good sounding Bluetooth speaker that could travel and provide music in an office, shop and hotel room. The Boom provided the quality of sound and volume I wanted in a portable unit. I couldn’t believe it but this unit sounds much better than my Bose unit that cost more. The volume buttons are especially easy to use when I’m wearing gloves while working in the shop. People that come into the shop can’t believe the sound coming from this unit. Highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound

    Posted
    Jessica
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    After standing in Best Buy’s portable speaker aisle for about an hour, playing through most speakers, this one was chosen based on the clear sound quality for the price point. It will be used for streaming music via Bluetooth from phone on job sites. The battery life was about 1/2 of what was promised on product details, so will have to keep a charger handy for longer work days - maybe this was due to consistent use, instead of “idle” times of it just being on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very clear sounding Speaker

    Posted
    ConcordCool30
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    I am really impressed with the sound quality of Boom 3. I love that its waterproof so I can use it outdoors with fear of ruining with spills and showers. My only letdown was that per app website it supports features on Boom 3 but upon further research, it does not yet support Boom 3. Maybe app will get updated in the near future. The battery seems to last a long time. I used it for about 8 hours with no problem. UE is constantly evolving and has done a nice job here.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers

    Posted
    007AL
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    These spkrs were purchased as an update to my original Boom2 spkrs. Better sound and much easier to pair up!! Only drawback is that to pair more than two spkrs you need the app. This here lies my dilemma, since I use older iPods for my music they are not comparable to this party up app they advertise. Two spkrs can be paired without a hitch but when it comes to pairing of four spkrs you are out of luck!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    pairing not straightforward

    Posted
    Jack
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    The sound is great and the speaker is good looking and a nice size. But pairing seems to require using an app that must be downloaded from an app site. You can't just walk in to the room with some audio on a bluetooth enabled device and hope to pair with the speaker and play your audio. Doesn't work, needs the app. Not friendly for friends. Recommend with cautions/reservations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker for a music lover

    Posted
    Trainer
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    Speaker has a great sound and connects easily. However, if using this for training, when clicking between slides and having a discussion between them, the sound takes a few moments to kick in, so the first 5 words the slide speaks are missed. So in facilitating a Workshops - would not recommend this speaker.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend