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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

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate Ears Losing Focus?

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    Xephyroth
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    I own quite a few different speakers from portable Bluetooth speakers to home speakers with integrated voice assistants. The UE Megablast tries to be the jack of all trades, but falls a bit short. UNBOXING: The unboxing experience is simple and pleasant. Without getting into too much detail of the packaging, you're greeted with a speaker, a high-quality flat microUSB cable, and an AC adapter. You can also purchase a charging dock separately which will allow you to drop the Megablast onto the dock for charging without fiddling with cables. Additionally, you can continue to use the Megablast while charging. SETUP: To setup the Megablast, I downloaded the Ultimate Ears app on my smartphone and opened it up. After ensuring Bluetooth was enabled on my smartphone, I turned on the Megablast. From there, you can pair using the app or your phone's pairing menu. After pairing over Bluetooth, the app will continue the setup process. The Wi-Fi connectivity setup process is simple, but only if your home network situation is typical. Ultimate Ears recommends having separate SSID's for each network (e.g. MyWiFi 2.4GHz, MyWiFi 5GHz) so that the Megablast doesn't get confused during setup. I found that following this recommendation led to a successful setup for the Wi-Fi connectivity. After selecting your network and entering the password, you're also given the opportunity to login to Amazon Alexa for the voice assistant functionality. The app will also install any firmware updates during this process. APP: Once the setup is complete, the app is very simple. You have the ability to turn off the microphone for Alexa to work, and you have the ability to see the battery status, Wi-Fi connection status, Bluetooth connection status and Alexa sign-in status. You also have the ability to switch Wi-Fi networks, switch Amazon accounts for Alexa integration, or unpair/forget the Megablast. Lastly, you can change the idle-time before shutdown, the speaker language, and toggle firmware auto-updates. MEGABLAST HARDWARE: The Megablast is pretty simple. It has a power button with an LED in it, a pairing button, and volume down/up buttons. And of course, the 360 degree sound people love so much paired with an IP67 water resistance rating for splashes and even a bit of submersion. However, it does not have a 3.5mm jack—a feature found on the smaller UE BOOM. AUDIO QUALITY: Like the BOOM speakers that preceded it, the Megablast has sparkly highs, clear mid-range, and punchy bass. However, the Megablast starts to fall short at the highest volumes, as compression kicks in to prevent clipping/distortion in the bass frequencies. This is due to the fact that the EQ really pushes the bass on the Megablast, but like any other Bluetooth speaker, it can only physically handle so much—so to prevent damage, it compresses the bass at a certain threshhold. When this happens, the bass sounds either anaemic or uncontrolled. I do want to stress that this happens to most portable Bluetooth speakers, and the Megablast far from the worst of them. Despite this, if you're listening to spacious, dynamic music, then the Megablast will sound fantastic at most volumes. I have gotten the chance to listen to progressive rock, metal, acoustic, swing jazz, big band jazz, EDM and more. Music with more dynamic instrumentation really shines on the Megablast. Music with a constantly hot master may start to lose its clarity when the Megablast is set to its highest volumes. But overall, an excellent listening experience. ALEXA INTEGRATION: I'm not a fan of Alexa, personally. I find that switching between Bluetooth and Alexa is not seamless. Once I call out "Alexa", the Megablast disconnects from Bluetooth, so I have to pair my phone again if I want to use it. Despite this, you can use Alexa with a limited number of unpopular streaming services. You can control Alexa's volume, but not your Bluetooth volume. You also can't ask for the battery status using Alexa. It helps to think of Alexa as a standalone assistant that knows nothing of its existent in the Megablast. When using Alexa, the "Megablast" is irrelevant. It only knows whatever Alexa knows and can only do whatever Alexa can do—except stream from Spotify for some reason. So the lesson here is that if you are using Alexa, don't expect Bluetooth connectivity to resume. Just stick to Alexa's Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn streaming over Wi-Fi. Oh, and just so we're clear, Alexa only works over Wi-Fi. CONCLUSION & FINAL THOUGHTS: So, is it worth the price? I'm not sure. I own portable Bluetooth speakers in the same price range, and the Megablast packs a better sound and more volume, but its Alexa integration is half-baked and its missing the integrated voice that tells the battery status when you hold both the volume up and down buttons at the same time. On top of that, you can't do party mode with multiple Megablasts, you can't do remote power on, and you can't change the EQ. These are all features of the smaller UE BOOM, so I'm rather confused as to why these features aren't available on the Megablast. If you're buying this speaker for the Alexa integration, forget it. But if you want a great Bluetooth speaker with a few missing features compared to its smaller siblings, this could be the one to rock your parties.

    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 is 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 is 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 is 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Wanted to like this...

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    AverageConsumer
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    To start off sound is super objective to the individual listening so I'm not saying I'm a sound aficionado just going to tell you how it sounds to me. First thing that you need to talk about with this unit is the unboxing experience. The manufacturer made it a fun experience with a quality feeling EVERYTHING! Once you get past that you see all its features and I was excited. I booted mine while it was on it's wireless charger to find my first pro and con. Alexa is great if you have amazon music which to be fair Logitech gives you a trail of it to get you started. I don't listen to my music from Amazon and didn't like that I was forced into because my music service was not supported. Asking basic things like paus stop or next track are fun but I noticed that when I used the Alexa side it disconnected the Bluetooth side... every... single... time. So I stopped using it for that and just focused on sound quality. Unfortunately this was a tall order on this unit. I felt the sound had a incredible amount of treble which hurt me even at 50% volume. My phone luckily supports a great equalizer built in and I tweaked it to sound good but not great. For how much you invest in a unit like this I felt like they fell short. It has a lot of things to love like the basic waterproofing it offers and wireless charging to make everything super simple but to me those are cool/gimmicky. To summarize if water proof speaker is what your looking for with wireless charging then I would say this is probably the best one. If your looking for the best sound you can get I would say maybe something else. Thank you for taking the time to read my review and I hope it helped a little in your decision. Good Luck!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound/portability but not Echo replacement

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    Junior
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    We bought this hoping to get the best of both worlds of Amazon echo and Bluetooth speaker. It does great at the latter but only ok at the former. Setup was super easy but had to be done thru an app. I don't believe there was any other way to set it up. As a speaker it sounds incredible. We used it at a Birthday party in a medium to large space and it easily filled the room. Things got a little tinny when we tried to see how loud it would go but in good news it went really loud. Where this speaker fails is as an Echo replacement. There is no way to leave it plugged in to use as a constant Alexa option. The charging port is on the bottom, under a weather proof flap and the cord isn't flexible enough to allow you to flip it back over and stand up regular. It's really meant to be a portable speaker at which it does excel. But then the other issue with using it as a portable speaker for Alexa is that it auto powers off after 15 minutes of no activity or use. So unless you're paying music constantly or asking Alexa to tell you the weather or stock prices every 14.5 minutes, you have to power the thing on to ask Alexa something. Far less than ideal. So it's because of the latter issue with Alexa being barely functional we'll be returning it and buying an actual Echo.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Tech Support

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    Grithwa
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    After about 6 months the Alexa portion of the Ultimate Ears - MEGABLAST stopped functioning properly. Alexa would respond to the wake word only if you were at least 6 inches away and you talked loud. It seemed the microphone sensitivity went down. I called tech support, and after an hour and half or runaround and the "tech" not listening they finally agreed to replace my unit, but they failed to send me the UPS prepaid shipping label. I waited over a week for it to show up in my email, but nothing ever came. I emailed customer support and waited a week and there was no response. I called tech support again, gave them a different email and waited over a week. They again said they would send me out a UPS shipping label, but after a week NOTHING. If you buy this product, I warn that if anything goes mechanically wrong with it, don't expect any resolution from tech support.

    No, I would not 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Alexa is great

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    Oldskool
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    The best part about this speaker is Alexa and the connectivity of smart devices. The sound is crisp and clear even at max level but the bass is minimal at best. At very low volumes the bass actually sounds pretty decent. The audio resonates very well from this speaker and it's difficult to pinpoint exactly where the sound is coming from which is great. Projects well and is very clear. When playing audio with Alexa everything functions beautifully, but connect to bluetooth and you will wish for a headphone jack on your phone. Range is great but connecting and staying connected is a pain. I am hoping a firmware update will fix this since I think this has plenty of potential. The life proofing is great and makes this an ideal outdoor speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Superior sound, has issues

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    Granpaberry
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    I bought it to replace a radio in the bathroom (It's water proof!) I was astounded by the sound. The Alexa feature works well and internet radio stations sound great. Unfortunately my unit decided to not turn on after 6 days while being plugged in to the charger 99% of that time. Internet search lead to reset to factory settings and start all over. Also, you can't set it on a flat surface because the charging port is on the bottom where the usb cord plugs in. Ain't no one got time for that. So I returned it. I would recommend it to a friend who has the patience to deal with the software and design issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Speaker Bad Alexa

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    Nick
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    Well, the speaker sounds great, but since I bought it to be my main Alexa device it doesn't measure up. The Alexa commands to play a song are received but sooner (usually) or later it will just stop. How long I believe depends on how noisy the environment is. Unlike the Echo devices, this speaker doesn't have an array of microphones so it is "hard of hearing" and I figure is getting confused in noisy rooms. I am returning the device.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Too heavy…

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    Sephiroth
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    I exchanged my megaboom for the megablast, but there was no huge difference in sound, maybe it is a bit louder, but it's too heavy, and when I put the megablast on full volume, there was some distortion and skipping on every song, not even worth having alexa, because alexa only works when you are connected to wi-fi, plus, you can't get a geek squad product replacement plan with it, that's why I returned it… if you're planning on get the megablast, get the megaboom instead…

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Audio but so so Alexa...

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    Michael
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    This thing had great sounding audio and great battery life. Setup was super easy and the firmware update was quick which is great. The big BUT is that the Alexa feature is hampered by a less sensitive microphone than that of the Echo Dot. The Dot microphone is just much more sensitive and works more reliably. There is also no standard 3.5 mm audio AUX jack. If you don;t care about the two flaws then this is a great but expensive device. If two flaws make you think twice then just get something else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound but no party mode

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    Slouge
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    This thing really has incredible sound for its size. Seriously amazing That was the good now here’s the bad. Previous models supported “Party Mode” which is using more than 1 speaker at a time. My intention was to buy 4 for around the pool for a more surrounded, richer sound,but they no longer incorporate party mode into the device. I’m so confused as to why they would do this. I feel they have gone backwards in technology and this will cost Logitech sales.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    "Hey Alexa, What happened to the music!"

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    Jim2018
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    I like the Megablast. Has a full sound with plenty of bass. I have not tried my luck with the waterproof claim yet. The only problem I'm having, is with the music stopping for no reason. I'm sure there is nothing wrong with the Megablast but, I have not figured it out yet. The reason for 3 stars and not recommending to a friend, is because of the price. If you can find a new one for $100 or less, I say, "buy it."

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    "Hey Alexa, What happened to the music!"

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    Jim2018
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    I like the Megablast. Has a full sound with plenty of bass. I have not tried my luck with the waterproof claim yet. The only problem I'm having, is with the music stopping for no reason. I'm sure there is nothing wrong with the Megablast but, I have not figured it out yet. The reason for 3 stars and not recommending to a friend, is because of the price. If you can find a new one for $100 or less, I say, "buy it."

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker, BUT!!!

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    EAnderson
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    I wanted to keep this speaker so bad. It sounds amazing! However, it only works with Apple and didn't work with my Galaxy tablet or Galaxy Phone. Therefore, I returned it since it wouldn't support all of my devices. Overall, if you only have Apple products I would recommend this as a must have the speakers are so loud they sound like club speakers!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Don't Turn Up The Bass!!

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    RememberMe
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    I turned up the bass due to it being lacking on some tunes and the speaker stated distorting like crazy. Heck even the tweeters started to sound so tinny. I had to return but it was pretty loud for the size. Pretty good for outdoors, but don't expect any solid bass performance. Turn the bass down when you are going to turn it up.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Sounding. Not full Alexa enabled

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    TahHere
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    Great sound and excellent battery life. I was a little disappointed that the integrated Alexa is not fully enabled. One thing I found annoying was that the speaker could not be added to a speaker group, so multi-speaker music streaming from Amazon was not possible with this speaker.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Could Be Better

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    ImRuss247
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    Sounds good... not $300 good. the speaker is the same as a Mega Boom with Alexa, but doesn’t have all the features. Missing the equalizer, Smart Bluetooth, Party Up/linking other speakers and the Tap features. Unless you absolutely need Alexa, just get a Mega Boom.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

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    Blondie
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    The only reason for 3 stars is that I can adjust the base. As far as Alexa, it has limited capability to answer question. You can request it to play music but it doesn’t respond like Alexa. I got it on sale and the main reason for not returning it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It was supposed to be a speaker

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    Tane
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    Was pretty disappointed with this product. I bought this for my boyfriend so he could sync a speaker with his laptop but he never could get it to work. It also works as an Alexa, so that feature was nice, but I could have bought an Alexa for a lot less

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend