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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

    Works great

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    Dave
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    Overall, this is an excellent speaker. Easy to connect to my phone and sounds great. The volume gets very loud and I haven't noticed any distortion. I have had a couple of occasions where the speaker lost connection with my phone, but I don't know if it was my phone or the speaker causing the problem. Battery life is really good and it charges quickly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker. Almost 5*

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    Patrick
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    Overall I like this speaker alot. Use it on jobs sites paired bluetooth with my phone using pandora. My only issue with the speaker is that there are days where I habe connection issues and the speaker will just disconnect itself from the phone and I have to re-pair it. Other then that I love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Speaker-wise but bad functionality-wise

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    Adithy
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    The speaker has amazing sound quality with loud thumping base and clean vocals. Amazon Alexa is a good addition to a good speaker. Since, this is the first time ever Ultimate Ears tried to build a smart speaker, I think they skipped on many basic functionality: - alexa commands to control your playlist does not work when you play your local phone directory over bluetooth. - UE could have included the feature to connect to two devices at a time over bluetooth. - Bluetooth is the only way to connect to a device. No USB, No headphone jack to connect your phone via it. - the on-board device functionality is limited. You can only increase/decrease volume and know the battery level. I have returned my speaker as I would like to go for their second iteration of their Megaboom lineup as I feel they are going to fill a lot of gaps.

    No, I would not 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: 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good quality/sound Alexa issues

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    hokie00
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    I have tried out a bunch of bluetooth speakers over time. As just a speaker this one is pretty good quality. As far as taking the place of my Alexa it's not up to mustard. Get it for a quality portable speaker, and use the Amazon features just as a bonus. The speaker was easy to get started out of the box. Mine also came with a wireless charging pad (great feature to add to the purchase). It connected easy with my phone to play music etc. I had issues getting Alexa up and running at first but that may have been a wifi connection issue. You will be required to use the app for the speaker to connect. The connection is good, and sound quality is good. One thing I noticed with this brand of speaker before (and this one) the volume up/down controls are slow to respond and lead to over-adjusting the volume before it catches up. This is because it's controlling the phone/device volume it's connected to wirelessly and I guess there's a lag. There are only 4 buttons, volume up, down, power, and sync. All self explanatory. The speaker is a little heavy, so while portable, you probably don't want to carry it around. I suggest taking it where you want and sitting in on a table. The charging pad is great. You simply need to replace the screw in hook on the bottom of the speaker with a metal one provided with the base. Then you plug in the base w/ provided cord from the speaker (micro USB). Just sit the speaker on top of the prongs on the base and it charges wirelessly and automatically (also it will turn on automatically, so if you don't want it on you'll have to turn it back off) The only other items to check are the Alexa features. I already have one so if you do too, make sure you keep them in separate rooms. Otherwise they will both play the same thing at the same time when you activate them. The main difference I notice with this speaker Alexa ability vs my original one, is this is a speaker first, so it's connecting to a device to play music from there primarily. When I tried to access online amazon stations it would not do so and would pull from my Google Play phone radio stations instead. This may be an issue with my Amazon music account that doesn't allow additional devices without changing plans. So if you want full function and this is not your only Amazon Alexa device you may have to change your account/plan settings to add a speaker. If this is your only Alexa device then it may work as expected. Size and shape it's about the same as my Amazon Alexa in size/shape and weight. There is no volume spin control, only up/down buttons. Great speaker, okay Alexa, volume adjustments could be a little more responsive.

    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great BT Speaker! Isn't Perfect However...

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    Justin
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    The new UE Megablast is a newcomer to the UE lineup. Now I have never owned a product in this lineup however I have seen an overall positive impression so I was excited to try it out for myself. This speaker promises omnidirectional sound output, waterproof ability, and the new Amazon Alexa capabilities. What's In the Box? @@@@@@@@ The box has a REALLY neat design! @@@@@@@ -UE Megablast speaker -Quick Start Guide -Micro USB cable -USB Charger Design: The cylindrical design is not new to me however this size is. It is fairly large in length and girth. The speakers are covered with a metal mesh where the two 25mm tweeters, two 55mm drivers, and two 85mm x 50mm passive radiators pass sound through. On the bottom of the speaker is a circular rubber cover protecting the micro usb port for charging. There is also a removable D-ring underneath the speaker which is also used for charging using the optional charging base. @@@@@@@@ Not included) Up top is the power button which is a straight line that illuminates. The oversized volume buttons were VERY hard for me to locate when I first used the device. Well the end up being RIGHT in front of you. I had a couple comments about the buttons resembling a religious cross. Features: - Rugged Design - Omnidirectional Sound (Fairly new to the market although not my first speaker) - Up to 16 hrs battery life - IP67 rating - STRONG Bluetooth Connection. I was able to go to any corner of my house and the speaker didnt hesitate a bit. Other speakers typically did cut in and out or stop altogether. - Wifi music streaming from IHeartRadio, Amazon Prime Music, and TuneIn Radio through Amazon Alexa. Pandora and Deezer are hopefully coming in the near future. - Integrated Amazon Alexa voice assistant Audio Quality: One thing I noticed as soon as this speaker started to play music was its overpowering volume level ability. This speaker was able to get LOUD! I wasnt expecting such an ability out of something this (relatively) small. Now this isnt the only speaker I have in this price range that can do this but it is the first to do it well. The mids and highs are very sharp. Very little distortion while turning the volume up. The bass however does become slightly distorted and cannot get the same depth as my Addon T3 speaker can. The Addon T3 won awards for sound quality in the past so it doesnt surprise me but it is something to note. The Megablast does get louder than the Addon T3 and is not directional so it has the overall win in my book but I love the classy design and sound quality of the Addon better. Problems: I did have very weird "Auto" connection problems with the UE. It would randomly connect to my phone while just sitting on the counter AFTER the speaker was turn off. I found this annoying but it seemed to go away after a couple days. Im also not a huge fan of the fact this came with Amazon Alexa capabilities because you need an Amazon account to participate with the feature but I have a Google Mini that fulfills those need overall. Another problem is the charging brick, its huge! It must be plugged in the TOP outlet for the bottom one to be usable at all. Its way to big... Overall: I think this speaker has very good sound quality and with the omnidirectional sound is a bonus. The waterproofing benefits can be a huge benefit if you plan to take your $300 speaker with you wherever you go but mine will likely stay at home with the occasional outing. A solid speaker I would definitely tell others to take a look at if your in the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend