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Ultimate Ears - MEGABLAST Smart Portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Speaker with Alexa - Graphite-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 501 reviews

89%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product I just didn't have a iphone

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    Shon
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    Never could get Alexa to play my songs on my tidal playlist even after I download the app she suggested. I later discovered it was for iphone only. I had an Android

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great smart speaker with excellent features.

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    OE43
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    Great sound, great appearance. The app needs a little work as far as sound control. Either high or low, middle is hard to obtain.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice sound for a chargeable mobile speaker

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    Twobravo
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    Two reasons it's not 5 stars. 1 when it's charging it can't be played in it's intended use as the charging dock is on the bottom. 2 the Alexa app is better suited through your phone. It will work without your phone through home WiFi but you have to disconnect your Bluetooth on your phone and the Alexa app is slow responding, kinda like streaming tv versus watching it live on an antenna. Still like the system though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    LOUD!

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    Jacktl5i
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    When selecting this particular line of UE be aware you will no longer be able to pair multiple speakers through the UE app as it's "UE Boom" series. For now the speaker is strictly WiFi as well as Bluetooth capable. Takes a little playing around with the app to pair it with your home WiFi but once paired works fine with Alexa. Extremely portable, although TSA will make you take it out of your back pack at security checkpoints. Sound quality is amazing!! Battery lasts either very long (6-8hours, on low volume)... or very limited (1-2hours of play, on moderately high volume) no distortion and very clear sound and the bass bumps as well. Overall it's an awesome portable and rugged/ waterproof speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker with a few flaws

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    couponkingofjax
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    Ultimate Ears - MEGABLAST Smart Portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Speaker is definitely a contender for one of the best bluetooth speakers I've ever heard. The sound is crisp, clear, and LOUD. Louder than any other speaker I feel like I've tested. The nice thing about the speaker is that even though it reaches unreached levels of sound, it doesn't get too blown out at the higher levels. Sometimes static and fuzz can occur and I hear none of it. Like the new Bose speakers, the sound is projected in a circular fashion which I absolutely love. Being able to hear the music from any part of the room as if you were right next to it's a great accomplishment. The packaging on the speaker is slick and the unit itself is very robust and heavy. I like the fact that the speaker is waterproof, but it will be a while before I put that to the test. The only real thing that bugged me about the speaker is the APP that the company forces you to use to setup the device. I had issues getting it to recognize the speaker, installing the updates and even pairing with WIFI. Repeatedly I had to restart the app and sometimes it just would not pair with the device at all. Finally I just got it to pair with bluetooth and turned off the app, so as of now I don't use the Alexa function. I don't really use Alexa so it's not a big deal to me, but the hassle from the app itself makes me not even want to try and finish the process. So that to me is the only real detriment to the device. Other than that I think it's a great quality speaker that competes with any of the other bluetooth speakers I've heard out in today's market. You can't go wrong with this one, but I hope they update and fix the bugs in the App soon, cause it hurts the experience!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not ready for primetime

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    CDF3
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    I was really excited about this speaker, but unfortunately this is the worst bluetooth speaker I've ever used. The sound quality is clean and crisp. Has some bass, but not a lot. The issue seems to be it's ability to keep a connection, and the Alexa support. It's very buggy and needs work. Whenever I've my phone paired to the speaker via Bluetooth, then ask the speaker a question using it's builtin Alexa feature, I hear nothing but hiss and static. When I go back to playing music, the sound will be from my phone only. I've to repair the Bluetooth connection. I've to do this every time I attempt to ask the speaker a question. The Alexa feature doesn't seem to work at all. If I ask it a question, I get 10 seconds of hissing noise. They have an Android app. It appears many people are having issues with their app. The rating for their app is quite low, with numerous complaints. I can't recommend this speaker at the moment. Perhaps an update will address these issues.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the Best Bluetooth Speakers I've Tried

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    Mark
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    Sporty, Loud, waterproof, and most importantly it has Amazon Alexa. This Bluetooth speaker has far been my favorite on the go speaker, I've owned several Bluetooth speakers, and this has far been my favorite sound wise and looks wise. I got the black option. It's discreet and simple just like a speaker should be. It's larger than your average Bluetooth speakers (Height: 9.3 inches, Width: 3.5, and Weights about 3 pounds). To use Amazon's Alexa, you will need to download the "Ultimate Ears" app and sign on with your amazon prime account (if applicable), you will also connect to your WIFI with this app other than that it's a basic app with minimal features. Nothing stands out in this app. To really customize your Alexa experience, you will also need to download the Amazon Alexa app once again log in with your amazon prime account, you can enroll to other music services (Spotify - Must have Premium, Pandora - Basic Account okay, Tune In - No acct needed, and Iheartradio) so you can command Alexa to play these music apps by voice command. The sound coming out of this Bluetooth speaker is great! It's loud, loud enough for my 1-bedroom apartment. The highs are nice, but when playing it loud the lows drown out a little bit, it's not really on the bass heavy side but that doesn't take away from the clear sound this speaker has. It didn't bother me at all. It really sounds great! I also recommend that you also include the Charging Dock with the speaker, it's roughly 40 dollars and it's well worth it! It's make the charging effortless, you just place the speaker on top of the dock and automatically starts charging. I placed the charging dock next to my bed so when I wake up I just turn it on, command Alexa to play my favorite music apps or tune in (talk shows), ask what's the traffic time to work is, and turn it off when I leave to work. I like that the company includes a 2-year warranty, better than the average 1-year warranty. The battery life is 16 hours which is more than enough for your music needs. I'ven't tried the water-resistant feature, but it states it can be immersed in "liquid" up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Overall, I really like this speaker, and all speakers should be like this product moving forward. It's really a great Bluetooth speaker and I normally don't like paying North of 200 dollars for a speaker, but this speaker is worth it and recommend to anyone!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Happy & Disappointed

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    Izzy
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    This speaker has everything! As a previous owner of the BOOM2 I was really looking forward to connecting them. Unfortunately the app is very much TRASH. And there was no way I could pair them. Unfortunately this is not as advertised and I'll be returning it. It is not the only waterproof speaker in the market so I'll be shopping for a replacement soon. But quality is very nice! That is. . If you only plan to buy one speaker.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Does not work.

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    nuismer
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    When I got this it had a attached cover letter to help you get started. Didn't work for me. First, I could not find the Android App in the Play Store. There were other similar Apps but none of them looked like they were applicable. And their reviews were not very good. So I went to my Apple iPad and found a App there. During the setup the speaker itself needed to be set up on my WiFi. I did that and then it failed several times to connect to a update server. I have a limited WiFi connection and this chewed up about 300 Megs and still not a peep out of the speaker. I think this device is way too complicated for the average user.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Sound, nice integration with Alexa

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    BGWolf
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    I've used multiple Bluetooth speakers in my years and I would say that the MEGABLAST rates right up there in the top. The most important feature to me off the bat is the music quality. I listen primarily to classic rock and heavy metal and the highs on the output were very crisp. The bass was very punchy and pronounced but I felt at times that the the low end wasn't filling in on louder volumes (full disclosure, I tend to listen to music loud! @@@@@@@ When I listened to acoustic songs, the crisp sound sounded beautiful and it was a very pleasurable experience. The unit structure itself is incredible solid. I like when electronics have a dense feel, the only thing I would say is that it actually packs some weight behind it! I also found the battery life to be phenomenal! The app itself is a little cumbersome in the flow of things while using an iPhone, and other apps didn't stream out (like Instagram videos), but maybe there's a little more tweaking I've to go through. This is the first time that Uve really used Alexa and I've to say I just might try it more and more! The microphone picked up my voice pretty easily (even while playing music at my high volunes) which was a huge plus! Overall I recommend anyone looking for a solid and rugged base, nice sounding music, and especially if you are hooked into Amazon's Alexa!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound. Alexa integration lacking

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    IAMom99
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    I have a UE Megaboom speaker and several Alexa devices already that I love. So I thought this would just be more to love...a great speaker with voice control and voice assistant. I was specifically looking to use in a workout room to play music, set timers, etc. The great sound was there. However, the Alexa integration was slow and not very responsive. I had to repeat myself...a lot. And this is frustrating mid-workout when you are conserving air. :). The app for this speaker also does not have a power on/off feature like my Megaboom. @@@@@@@@ And why is there more than one app?? But that's a discussion for another day...). In summary, this is way too expensive to be so mediocre. Returned this to the store.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound quality, inconsistent microphone

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    DoctorHoo
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    Compared to Amazon's Echo, this speaker offers better sound quality. The midrange is very crisp and clear and makes vocals really stand out. When I listened to some of my Diana Krall playlist, her vocals sounded very intimate like she was singing right in front of me. Setup was very easy, you just plug it in and download and install the Ultimate Ears App for your phone/tablet and the app searches for and connects to the speaker after which you can set it up. To set up the speaker to connect to your wifi network, the app did require me to type in my wifi password which can be a pain on a phone/tablet if you have a long password. I've seen other apps that have the ability to automatically set up the password without the user having to type it in (after all the phone/tablet already knows the password if it's on your wifi network) My speakers came with a charging dock that is a must have accessory. It normally costs $39.99. Just sit your speaker on the charging dock and it will start charging. You don't have to fumble around to flip the rubber tab hiding the usb port to charge the speaker. To set up your speaker to use the charging dock, you unscrew the original black plug on the bottom of the speaker and replace it with a shiny metallic plug that makes contact with the charging pins on the dock. I do wonder if the speaker is still as waterproof with the shiny metallic plug since water would be able to touch the charging rings on the plug. After you set up the speaker, you can use the standard Alexa app to fine tune the Alexa part of the speaker. One thing I noticed is that you can't change the wake up word for the MegaBlast to anything else (Amazon, Computer etc.). It will only respond to Alexa. Also, some services like Spotify aren't available yet but that didn't bother me since I mostly use Amazon Music. So, basically, it seems like the MegaBlast doesn't currently support all the features of the Amazon Echo. Hopefully, future firmware upgrades will fix this. The top of the speaker is slightly concave with a light bar that lights up when it recognizes a voice command. Compared to the Echo and Echo Dot, I found myself having to repeat myself a lot more before the MegaBlast would respond to my voice commands. Because of this, I don't think it's microphones are as good as those in the Echo. To make matters worse, it's sometimes hard to know if it recognizes the wake up word because it can be difficult to see the light at the top of the speaker if the speaker is located at or above eye level. I had no problems using it as a bluetooth speaker. Pairing with my phone/tablets was easy and I always had a strong connection with no drop-outs. In summary, the MegaBlast is a stellar portable bluetooth speaker that offers superior sound quality over most competing bluetooth speakers. As an Alexa smart speaker, it falls a little short of a real Amazon Echo with regards to command recognition and it currently doesn't support all the features of a real Amazon Echo. Hopefully future firmware upgrades will rectify some of these shortcomings.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome audio......so-so functionality

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    JRausta

    Hands down, this is the best bluetooth speaker I've heard. Since everyone's listening tastes differ, you mileage may vary. There's more than enough bass (tight and slightly "punchy" that you can feel) and the mids/highs are more pronounced and crisp. And, with any speaker, the quality that goes in is reflected in the quality that comes out. So, your Spotify extreme downloads will sound better than the music ripped from Napster in 2002. There's more than enough headroom to overwhelm a small (12x12) room but a large room wouldn't be a problem, either. As it's winter in my locale, I'ven't tested outdoor results but fidelity will obviously be lost, as is the case with any speaker, absent any reflective surfaces. Yeah, it's a fairly large speaker but I'd have no problem putting it into a carry-on to accompany me on a vacation. Solid build and finish. I put this up against BB's standard aisle fare and it really stood out for me with its superior sound. I walked into the store expecting to buy the large Bose Revolve+ but didn't like its sound characteristics nearly enough. That may be the right speaker for you so take the opportunity to do an in-store listen before purchasing. The other UE offerings just didn't have the clarity and sound I wanted although others can be paired up for stereo sound which would make a difference. In the end, I just wanted one speaker and this was it. And, if you want a decent carry case, search Amazon for telephoto camera lens bags. I think mine (JJC) was about $12 and carries the charge cable and wall wart with the speaker with ease. What can be improved: Wi-fi connectivity is spotty. For whatever reason it stopped connecting to my primary wi-fi network but has no problem with the guest one. Go figure. The microphones aren't nearly as sensitive as my Alexa devices. In fact, I've to raise my voice enough that other devices pick up the requests, too. Bluetooth doesn't autoconnect in the app. It's just a couple clicks but I can be listening to music, open the app, and it won't find the speaker until I select it in the menu. Dumb. The recharge port is kinda' in a dumb place, on the bottom, protected by a threaded cover. Makes sense for durability but I'm sure more than one owner will lose his/her cover or threaded bolt. UE could stand to add an EQ setting in the app but I'm running EQ Pro on my Android and that launches automatically so NBD. Still, it would be nice if a speaker manufacturer had the forethought to allow customizing its products' sound without going third-party. Again, just a nit but I like messing with the sound. Good luck with your search and happy listening!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Early Firmware missing features

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    nhtechie
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    Megablast Setup: I encountered firmware update issues during setup - so I had to continue setup & go back to update (took a few times, then was finally successful). Usage / Buttons: You have to be dead center on the large buttons. At the top of the 'volume down' - it feels like you're hitting a button (feels springy), but you're not - you have to go lower and the volume will decrease. The 'volume up' will accept a lower press to raise the volume. Unlike my $99 Wonderboom, you can't pair more of these speakers that are ~3x the price for a better surround sound. Say whaaat? The sound is a typical UE sound - it's really clean & bassy. It's heavy, but it's grippy & portable - I dig it. It has its own independent sound control - so, raising / lowering volume doesn't change the phone's volume as some devices do (which is where you run into the volume being too low - or just a bit too loud). I've had this before & it's nice that the Megablast is not following that example. Charging the unit appears to make you put it on its side to get to the connector and there's no way it'll be able to stand once you hook up the USB cable. Enter the "POWER UP" charging dock - which gives you a replacement nut at the bottom allowing standing charging & use. It's an extra $40 or so, but is worth it, should you really use this a ton & don't want the aggravation. Bluetooth Usage: If you're streaming via bluetooth and ask Alexa a question, it kills the bluetooth connection & doesn't auto-reconnect to continue playing. There are Bluetooth reconnect issues too - I use a few BT devices, even a UE Wonderboom, so it's not my first rodeo. If I disconnect from those, I can reconnect without issue. With this Megablast, sometimes I've to cycle Bluetooth on my phone & then it works. And I'll hear some static during the reconnect too, which is odd. "Alexa" Features: Voice recognition is 4/5 times successful for acknowledging that it heard me. Via the UE App, you can toggle the 'microphone off' - so it's not always listening (small red light appears on the top at the bluetooth button). There is no tone to let you know it has heard the wake word (it should be an option at least), but the top light blinks. It can't tell how much battery remains: "I don't have a battery." As of Mid-November 2017, there was no Pandora integration yet - though it responds like it's getting my station - but voices an error. There must be an update coming soon (fingers crossed! @@@@@@@ . It doesn't work well with Amazon Prime Music. It says it's going to shuffle my collection, but it pauses for a long time and then only sometimes starts playing, then cuts out. Smart-ish Home Thoughts ... I could control my HUE lights via room names & the ever finicky Harmony Hub without issue, just as my Tap does - no issues seen here. So, the recommendation is a "yes" for the sound - you just need to be patient & hope that these'smart' quirks get worked out soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend