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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Audiophile's Voice-Controlled Personal Assistant

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    gadgetguy11
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    Ultimate Ears - MEGABLAST is a stunning portable speaker with Alexa built-in. I own several Voice-Controlled Personal Assistants, so I am very familiar with Alexa's capabilities & will compare UE MEGABLAST accordingly. LIKES: 1- Bass output is second to no other device with Alexa onboard. Nothing is even close. Put your hand near the side when it is rocking & feel the air from the woofers & passive radiators! Bass sounds like a quality 8" woofer! 2- High frequencies are crystal clear, noticeably more musical than the average Voice-Controlled Personal Assistant, which is an impressive accomplishment. 3- Waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes. 4- Long lasting built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery rocks out up to 16 hours between charges! 5- Built-in equalization emulates "Loudness On". Bass is always leading & high frequencies are above the midrange. The equalization has been finely tuned & is not adjustable. 6- Bluetooth Input permits sound from any Bluetooth source. This is exceptionally handy in areas with no Wi-Fi. 7- Very rugged case is perfect for portable use. 8- Syncs with other Alexa equipped devices; they all answer questions, play the news, announce sports, weather, route time to work & other traditional Alexa functions. 9- Automatic updates arrive via Wi-Fi to improve performance over time. 10- Uses the tried-and-true Alexa app. 11- Voice command most smart home devices. 12- 360 degree sound is much more obvious than in the average Voice-Controlled Personal Assistant, due to the multiple premium quality tweeters & the sound has a spread matrix stereo effect. It really sounds like there are 2 speakers in the room. In addition to the more forward bass & articulate highs, this spread stereo sound is stunning. 13- The charging base (optional & sold separately) makes charging as simple as sitting the speaker on a round disk. Highly recommended! 14- Auto off after a period of time when the music has stopped to save the battery. Or with the Charging Base, it converts to always on, always listening for "Alexa" command. 15- Plays extremely loud! 93dB rated output! 16- No audible distortion in the bass, even at high SPL's! 17- The light on the top shows status / battery / Alexa command following & many more items. 18- Very easy to set-up with both Ultimate Ears & Alexa Apps. 19- Works great with Amazon Prime Music - simply name a song, or ask to stream music by your favorite artist. 20- Expert, reliable control of HUE Lights & many Home Automation Devices. 21- Most beautiful packaging of any consumer productI have ever seen. 22- Standard 1/4"-20 tripod thread on the bottom makes for flexible placement. CONCERNS: 1- "Alexa Lite" best describes the reduced capability of the personal assistant. Having numerous Voice-Controlled Personal Assistant devices already, the differences jumped out: No Sirius XM, Spotify or Pandora Streaming; no "Amazon" wake-up name option (only Alexa); no voice confirmation when you call out "Alexa", though the light on top indicates Alexa has been queried, if you happen to look in that direction. 2- Equalization (bass / midrange / treble balance) is not user adjustable, though it comes factory set to produce amazing sound. 3- No 3.5mm audio input jack to hardwire sound from an external device to maintain clear audio. Bluetooth is a limited fidelity transmission, and this speaker is so good, that really shows. Streaming sound from Prime Music, for example, sounds stunning; streaming from your phone or tablet by Bluetooth lacks the dynamic range, bass punch & high frequency clarity and sounds just "O.K." 4- Pairing 2) MEGABLAST speakers for Right / Left stereo sound is not possible as of this test. However, this feature may appear via a future automatic Software update. CONCLUSION: If you are an audiophile, BUY MEGABLAST!! You will not believe your ears if you stream music from Amazon Prime or other high quality streaming sources. Avoid Bluetooth for audio purity reasons. Sound quality vs. cost make this device an absolute STEAL for audiophiles!! However, if you prioritize the maximum capability of the Voice-Controlled Personal Assistant over sound quality, then other, less costly devices may better meet your expectations. MEGABLAST far exceeded my expectations & earned my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Alexa Done Right!

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    Wraith
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    If this were a 'NEW' device I would perhaps write a lengthy review but instead it is the fusion/upgrade of a product that has been around for a few years. My best friend received the original Echo back when it first launched and it was pretty sweet though something I didn't really feel the need to own especially since I didn't think it was THAT great of a speaker. I have several Bluetooth speakers but I am always looking for the next and best. With the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST I feel like I have found that speaker. The UE MEGABLAST (you just have to put that in all caps), is an outstanding Bluetooth speaker. It is by far, the clearest and probably loudest speaker I have every owned (minus my old component system back in the day). Add to that the Alexa functionality and it makes this a no-brainer. I do a lot of cooking and my wife likes to bake so to now have a speaker that we can command with our voices and can fill the entire lower floor of our house with great music, is a wonderful thing. I probably won't be using all of the features of Alexa but I have already enjoyed checking the local traffic and weather in the mornings before heading out to work. I'm betting I will also never have the opportunity to fully test out the waterproofing since I plan to keep this inside most of the time and I don't have a pool, but since it is in the kitchen I at least don't have to worry about it getting splashed. Set-up was a breeze. I didn't even do it the right way and was still up and running in less than 5 minutes. I plugged in the MEGABOOM and paired it with my iPhone and the phone prompted me to download the Ultimate Ears app, once that was downloaded it did a quick 30 sec firmware update and I was ready to sign into my Amazon account. 20 seconds later I had the speaker jamming out some Def Leppard and I was good. I HIGHLY recommend the Power Up base accessory since it makes it a lot easier to keep this thing charged since you just have to leave or drop it on the dock. The white base is nice and I actually didn't even have to use the 'brick' that the MEGABLAST came with, I just have the USB cord going into a power port built into my plug outlet. No muss and no fuss. When I want to take it outside or to the beach I can just grab it and go and know that it is charged up. UE says that you can get 16 hours on a charge and I have yet to test that out but it has gone strong for over 7 so far. If you have been thinking about getting an Alexa capable device and have been holding off, don't. Ultimate Ears has created a top notch Bluetooth speaker that deserves to be bought just for that but then ices the cake by adding Amazon Alexa functionality.

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  • 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 haven’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!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best wireless speaker gets better!

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    camdenk
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    PROS: -Waterproof design -Easy setup -Great battery life -Great sound quality CONS: -Price -No hands-free Spotify SUMMARY: If you’re looking for a great sounding battery powered water resistant Alexa enabled speaker and don’t mind the cost or lack of full Spotify support this is the speaker you have been looking for. REVIEW: There is a lot to love about this speaker - the straight forward styling, the easy discovery and setup, and great quality audio. The Megablast is essentially an upgraded version of the Megaboom and it gets even better with the addition of Alexa support. Setup is dead simple. You download the Ultimate Ears app and launch it and it will automatically discover the speaker if it’s already turned on. It will ask for your wifi information and then your Amazon account to setup Alexa if you like. It's dead simple. You can still skip this if you would prefer to use just Bluetooth. It will also check for updates, so the speaker software can improve over time. Hopefully this means we will see support for more music services. The design is what I have come to expect from the UE line. It has the same woven cloth mesh all the way around with large rubber volume buttons. It’s waterproof so you can take this to the beach or let it float in the bathtub at home. The audio quality is top notch. Sound is clear with punch bass that is impressive in a portable speaker. It's just an all around solid sounding speaker. The voice control for music works great especially if you are an Amazon Prime Music user. If you are a Spotify user unfortunately there is not full support, so you won't be using your voice to play any tracks from the service. Since this is just like any Echo device you can control any smart home devices, set timers, as for the weather, etc. The Megablast’s microphone’s are sensitive enough to pick up my voice, but if the music is turned up loud and I am more than 20-30 feet away I will have to yell for it to hear me. If you want privacy you can disable the mic from the app, though it would have been nice to have a physical button like most other voice assistant enable devices. Finally, there is a nifty dock to enable easy charging. Just swap the connector on the bottom and set the speaker on the platform.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sound, perfect for the outdoors with Alexa

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    giper54
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    This speaker is loud. From the tech specs, the speaker has a max output of 93 decibels, which is a 40% increase, can I tell if it is 40% louder, not sure but I can be a good 30-50 feet and have no problems hearing the speaker when I compared it to other Bluetooth speakers that I had. For me the sound reaches everywhere in my back yard and my back yard is about a half acre. It has 360 coverage and it really didn't matter where I was in my back yard, the music sounded great from all angles. It sounds very clear and doesn't have that muddy sound you hear on other speakers when you turn up the volume all of the way. Wifi is rated at 330 feet for wifi and 150 for Bluetooth. I could reach a signal anywhere in my yard and I had a solid Bluetooth connection from 35 feet or so. No drop outs and the sound was great. Battery life is good. One thing I like is that the charger is wireless charging dock so I could really charge the speaker anywhere I went and it gave it a nice base to keep off the table. The battery is rated for 16 hours and I got close to that, but I was near a strong wifi signal and I kept the volume level at about half. I am not sure what happens to the battery life if it is not near a strong wifi signal, but battery life does take a hit if you play at max levels. Alexa is built in so you get hands free access to music services such as Amazon music, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. It looks like Pandora and Deezer will work in the near future. You get access to other Alexa services such as news, weather, auidiobooks, voice control for IoT devices, general questions and 25,000 Alexa commands. Set up is through a new UE app which connects your wifi network and links you Amazon account for the Alexa functions. Since the speaker is WiFi capable, the speaker will get updates quickly for Alexa functions. One of the benefits about being connected to wifi is now your music won't stop when someone is calling you. The Pros: More durable and portable version of the Echo Much louder and clearer than an Echo Sounds much clearer at loud levels, doesn't sound muddy IP67 water resistant. Alexa is always listening no more having to press a button Some Cons: There is no head phone jack, I know not everyone uses one and a speaker is typically so everyone can hear it, but some people will want the earphone access. Can't link older UE speakers and for now you can only play music through one Megablast at a time. Right now only Amazon Music, iHeartRadios and TuneIn are available for streaming music directly. Pandora and Deezer are set to be in the future. So if you use Apple music or Spotify you are out of luck. Can't make Alexa phone calls. I really like this speaker, one of the better sounding ones at full volume. If you need a loud, great sounding portable speaker that has Alexa functions built in so you can be hands free and is water resistant, this is the speaker for you.

    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 haven'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 have 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!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I finally discovered my everyday Bluetooth speaker

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    DJTodd

    I finally discovered my everyday Bluetooth speaker! The Megablast isn't perfect, but it offers more than enough high quality "personal" portable audio for 99% of my daily living. If you want more, then go to your nearest Pro Audio store and get a commercial Bluetooth speaker. The sound quality of the Megablast through low, mid and high volumes is natural, uncolored and to my picky audiophile ear is superb for a small (portable) Bluetooth speaker. If you want more bass use your surroundings and place it in a corner of a room. Again, it isn't perfect but show me a consumer Bluetooth speaker that is. Unlike other brands that tweek the treble too high, (I'm looking at your Flip 4) or boost the bass so much that it overshadows the mids and highs, I found the Megablast to be a joy to listen too at any volume in just about any genre of music. With other speakers I always felt like I was increasing or lowering the volume looking for that sweet spot that you actually wanted to listen to. The Battery life is great. The micro USB charger is nice. It's not USB C but at least it's not some proprietary laptop charger that I have to spend forever looking for before I buy another because I lost it, *looks at Xtreme and scowls*. The white indicator on top of the speaker turns red when the battery is low. Alexa is a bonus. I didn't buy this thing to tell me how long I should boil an egg, I bought it to play music all day and sound awesome at 360 degrees, which the Megablast does in spades. It's "drop proof", water proof, (Do not put speakers in water, they sound horrible and you're inviting dry rot and if by chance a USB port is open it's game over) and it's built like a tank. Cons: It doesn't have an aux or mic input (again head to your Pro Audio store and get a commercial device if you want that). No AM/FM radio but you can stream internet radio with your phone or tablet. You can't pair it with another speaker. It's not flashy and doesn't have gimmicky lights (this is con?) It doesn't make omelettes. I got this on sale and am VERY satisfied so far. Would I pay 300 for this? No but 179 was music to my ears compared to what else is out there..

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The name Ultimate is more than just its brand name

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    Nate34
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    Ive heard quite a few Bluetooth speakers. Some better than others, but one thing they all lacked was good Bass output. Well that has been more than solved here. But its not just about Bass here. The overall sound quality is outstanding. And while were talking about how great it is how about full Alexa control built in as well? YUP... that too. Connectivity to Pandora, iHeart, Spotify, another others as well ensure you will get plenty of choices when it comes to music. In the box is the of course the BT speaker, power adapter, USB cable, quick start guide, and in my case I got the charging dock as well for free. Im not sure but this might be a Best Buy thing. The speaker itself is a nice graphite color that should match most home entertainment set ups. There is also a Blue one if you want something a little more blingier (probably not a word, but you get what I mean). It weighs almost 3 pounds which I assume is because the speaker has some decent drivers to get that the incredible Bass it puts out. Set up is fairly easy. Just download the Ultimate ears app from your devices app store, log into your Amazon account, turn speaker on and follow the instructions to get the speaker and Alexa features all set up. You can also use manual set up via long pressing the power button for pairing to your chosen device. As stated before one of the coolest features this has over some other BT speakers is voice control. So in addition to a Bass rocking speaker you can use it for all sorts off voice commands. Weather updates, play/ pause music, etc. And to top all of this off it is IP67 Waterproof for up to 30 minutes in 3' of water. Accidentally drop it in your tub while having a relaxing bath, kicked into your pool while playing poolside. No problem. The initial charge can take up to 3 hours and is rated for up to 16 hours. So a full day should be no problem at all. And if you have the dock as well just keep it on the dock and never have to worry about charging it. All day music with Alexa their anytime you need it. This is by far the best sounding, and most feature rich Bluetooth speaker I have ever heard. And will be recommending it to anyone looking for a nice gift this Holiday season. The name “Ultimate” is definitely deserved here!! It is the Ultimate Bluetooth Wi-Fi speaker for sure.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome speaker with voice command

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    SimpleLiving
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    My family loves our new speaker that comes integrated with Alexa voice control. It has awesome sound with deep bass good for listening any type of music. It is very convenient that the speaker comes integrated with Alexa. Very easy to set up; just download Ultimate Ears app and follow instruction. During the setup, it suggested speaker software update which I did and found no issue. To use Alexa with the speaker, you need to use an Amazon account and Ultimate Ear offer free trial period for Amazon Music Unlimited. We did not encounter any issue giving Alexa commands even while playing loud music. The microphone works very well at detecting voice command. It is great that more and more devices are made waterproof and this device has this great feature. Hate seeing a good device getting damaged due to splashed water. I don’t plan to use this speaker near a pool but It will be placed on my kitchen’s island counter where water or liquid splash may accidentally occur. The Ultimate Ears website show an image that the speaker can even be used in the shower or the pool. You may even shower with Alexa playing your favorite songs. The speaker is a hard casing but with a coat of rubber-like material with will help in getting a strong grip on the device when transporting. The battery life is great and got the additional accessory for even easier charging. The power-up charging dock accessory is a great addition to get to complete for the speaker. To conclude, my entire house loves this new speaker and I would recommend it because of its awesome sound, this to any home.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great portable speaker for anywhere

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    Robs
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    I have been completely blown away by the performance of this new Megablast portable speaker by Ultimate Ears. I currently own a Boom speaker, which is a previous generation of portable speaker from Ultimate Ears, and this Megablast speaker is a vast improvement in every way. The Megablast looks fairly similar in style to the Boom, with the same cylindrical shape and rubbery feel to the buttons. It is much larger than the Boom. It is advertised as waterproof and this held true when it was tested in a bathtub. This makes it great for outdoor situations, especially for the pool, boat, or camping. The Megablast has far-field voice recognition, reacting to my voice commands from very far away, inside and outside. It can connect either via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It is compatible with Alexa Voice which allows it respond to all of the typical Alexa questions and commands. The speaker currently works with Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn (through the Alexa App). Via Bluetooth, you can connect to your phone and play music from the various music services that are out there. There is a free Ultimate Ears app that will need to be downloaded to your phone which walks the user through connecting the speaker and logging in to Amazon and other music services. The speaker does come with a D-ring, Micro USB cord, and power adapter. I also obtained the Ultimate Ears Power Up charging dock which works nicely with the speaker. The Power Up charging dock works with both Megablast and Blast speakers, but not the previous generation of speakers like the Boom. For me, a single charge lasted about fifteen hours. Now about the sound: it is amazing and comes out in all directions. Compared to my old Boom, music sounds more full and rich, even at loud volume levels. The improvement in the bass is the most noticeable. Music has real weight to it that you just don't hear with other portable speakers thanks to the improved bass drivers. The highs, the mid-range, and the lows just sound so good. I have really enjoyed using the Megablast. It is easy to use, has quality sound, and allows me to use Alexa. If you are looking for a quality portable speaker, I highly recommend the Ultimate Ears Megablast.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate Ears - Megablast with Alexa

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    The UE Megablast speakers live upto its name with quality and really loud sound from an ultraportable form factor. The speakers come very nicely packaged and look premium out of the box. The inside box has unique artwork and really looks good. The box opens in half with paperwork on the left with information on the app to download for ios and android. Underneath the manuals you can find the charger and the cable. The speaker has an excellent rubbery feeling to it. The front has large volume up and down buttons. The top has a small pairing button and a large power button. The bottom has the micro usb charging cable as well as the connection to a dock. The sound from this speaker can get really loud and easily fill a large room. We really like the 360 sound. The base is a little high but still the speakers sound very balanced. The app is an easy add on and complements the speaker well. Alexa was easy to setup and worked flawlessly. However just like any other alexa enabled speaker when the sound is loud it is difficult to get alexa to hear your commands. Our one year old is a big fan of alexa and really fascinated by our interaction. The charging base works flawlessly as well and the speaker runs about 7-8 hours on a single charge. This is an excellent alexa speaker from UE and delivers on all aspects.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, rugged speaker

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    There are great bluetooth speakers, great Amazon Echo devices, and now something that combines both. I've been using a couple of Echo Dots for over a year now and have gotten hooked on using them for home automation as well as listening to news, football games, and music. I had been using an external bluetooth speaker with each in order to make the music sound tolerable. I've now replaced the Dot and speaker combo in the kitchen with the MegaBlast and it's perfect! Here are some features I really like: o I keep it sitting on the charging disk so it's powered on and ready to move if I want to take it with me while washing cars or working in the yard. o It's waterproof so I don't have to worry about splashing it in the kitchen or yard. o It says the battery will last 16 hours which is way longer than I want to be doing yard work. o The sound quality is fantastic. It's really clear even at high volume with no distortion that I can detect. It never sounded "muddy" or "tinny" like some speakers. o A nice perk is that it comes with 3 months of free Amazon Music Unlimited. I have Prime, but there are occasionally songs I've wanted that are only in the Unlimited service. It'll be nice to try it out and see how much I use it. There is really only one slight negative with the speaker that I found. The indicator light on top is recessed, and this is the light that lets you know if Alexa is listening to you. If you're across the room, sometimes you don't have a high enough angle to see the light and I found that annoying. I guess I really did get used to watching the light ring on the Echo Dot so I miss being able to see that across the room. However, I think the quality speaker sound more than makes up for that loss. It's great to have Alexa in a portable, waterproof, quality speaker.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    tons of volume in a relatively small package

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    the good: - sound quality - tons of volume and clarity, and even at high (and i do mean *high* - this little guy pumps out the sound!) volumes very little if any distortion. good spectrum top to bottom, nothing overly forward or distracting. just punchy and fun to listen to. - alexa/wifi integration - the alexa integration may or may not be useful to all. if it is, having a portable speaker of this quality will certainly be a major plus. with an amazon prime music account, you don’t even need another device to play music - “alexa play foo fighters” brought up a nice shuffled mix of foo with nothing else attached to the speaker, even via bluetooth. pretty cool. - design - attractive “360” design, rugged and waterproof -battery life - rated at 16 hours at mid volume, and appears to be accurate. the bad: - pairing issues using my mac - pairing to my iphone was easy and quick, but for some reason pairing to my macbook pro had issues. i was never quite able to just use it as a bluetooth speaker with the laptop as i was with the phone. - can’t keep continuously plugged in w/o the accessory charger - to me it’s a bit of a design flaw, probably necessary to keep the unit water tight, but in any case, the micro usb port is on the bottom of the speaker, meaning you can’t exactly keep it plugged in and charging unless you pay for the accessory charger dock ($40). would’ve been nice to have this ability without the extra cost. overall: i would really like to give this speaker 4.5 stars, but since we are limited in our 5 star review system to only using full stars, i’ll round up and give it 5 stars. the sound quality alone at least justifies that much. just a couple minor issues short of a full 5 stars in my opinion, but highly recommended none the less.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Packs a punch

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    Mukman
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    This speaker really packs a punch. Fantastic Sound. (I have only experienced one other speaker with a little more bass, however, it is much larger and does not have all the other features). The Ultimate Ears Megablast has Amazon Alexa which is a really great feature. I have linked the Alexa to my Dish Network and can tell Alexa to change the channel, pause, rewind etc. I also linked to my iHeart Radio account to play my music lists. Of course, if you have Amazon Prime you can have Alexa play Amazon Music as well. The family loves asking Alexa questions. Still learning everything you can get assistance with. Looking forward to connecting more smart home features. The Ultimate ears Andriod app is pretty clean and easy to use. You will also have to download the Amazon Alexa app to set that feature up. Pros: Sound Quality 360 directional sound Water resistant Long battery life (up to 16 hrs) Alex Assistant Built-in Wifi Rugged Build Cons: Placement of USB charging port - * Not an issue if using Charging dock which I recommend, Some Apps not yet supported by Alexa (Spotify, Pandora) No EQ Overall, you won't be disappointed with the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST. Great quality product! Highly recommend.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow!

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    Balthazar2k4
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    I have had several different bluetooth speakers over the years including Anker and Lifepoof. This is my first Ultimate Ears speaker and all I can say is 'Wow!'. Seriously, this speaker is impressive. It is waterproof and drop proof from around 1 meter up. It is solid, fairly heavy, and feels very premium. It has 16 hours of battery life at mid volume and built-in wi-fi for Alexa use. Let's start with audio quality since that is why you buy a bluetooth speaker. It is nothing short of marvelous in that department. Easily the best sounding bluetooth speaker I have ever heard. Great highs, mids, and very acceptable lows. The two 55mm drivers coupled with the two tweeters do a remarkable job filling a room with clear, musical sound. Plus, this thing gets VERY loud. It easily fills my first floor with sound. Even at max volume there is minimal distortion with bass heavy music which is a real plus. Once you install the app on your mobile device you can get Alexa up and running in no time. I have several Alexa enabled devices in my home ranging from Hue lights and Harmony remote controls to vacuums and sprinkler system. It works them all just like an Echo and the mic easily picks me up from the other side of my house even (albeit at a raised voice). I also have the charging base which is a must in my opinion if you plan to use the Alexa controls as well as keep it portable too. It's a shame the base doesn't come with it for the price. Overall, I can't recommend this speaker enough. Yes, it is pricey, but you get what you pay for in this case. Outside of a Sonos speaker (which isn't truly portable) I haven't heard a better battery powered Alexa enabled speaker (bluetooth or not). It really is fantastic.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best of Both Worlds

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    What do you get when you combine the best Bluetooth speaker with Amazon's Echo technology? The UE Megablast. Logitech has been putting out great sounding speakers for years with the Ultimate Ears series. And now they have added Amazon's interactive technology to make their speakers that much better. Want to listen to your favorite playlist with a simple voice command? Done. Interested in hearing the day's weather report? You got it. Want to connect to your smart thermostat to adjust your home's temperature? Yes, it can do that too. Simply, this speaker eliminates the need for two separate devices in your home. The optional charging dock comes in handy to keep it charged if you plan on moving it often. I keep it docked at all times unless I am taking it outside to do yardwork. The volume is the loudest I have found in a Bluetooth speaker and music does not get distorted even at high levels. Despite combining the capabilities of Alexa and an amazing sounding speaker, the price is still reasonable. I highly recommend this device for anyone that is looking for the highest quality audio mixed with a smart home experience.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great overall portable speaker and Alexa device!

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    PhilGA
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    I was given a free unit in exchange for an unbiased review. Honestly, I'm not sure what's turned out to be better for our family regarding the Ultimate Ears -- MEGABLAST! speaker -- the fact that the audio is quite room-filling or the Amazon Alexa functionality that's built in. Regarding the speaker, per se, for the size, portability and quality of this device, you really can't go wrong -- Logitech bought Ultimate Ears some years ago, so that speaks to the overall culture. It has very good lows, mids and highs for a Bluetooth speaker; turning it all the way up never completely pegged any of the sound frequencies like is possible with lower-quality devices. While we haven't done it yet, we think this might be a great speaker for outdoor movie nights (one of the reasons why we went after the unit to test it). Connectivity was a breeze through the Ultimate Ears app in terms of setup. This was also our family's first foray into Amazon Alexa territory, and the device certainly doesn't disappoint. Asking simple commands -- or "skills," as is Amazon parlance -- does allow for Alexa to retrieve data and perform simple commands with Internet access (the only caveat with Amazon Alexa is that it will respond anytime anyone says, "Hey, Alexa," even if it's over TV!). And since it's software-upgradable via firmware, future integrations continue to come down the pike. We're definitely looking forward to many years' worth of usage from this device, both inside and outside of the house.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing product

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    I don't get excited about products very often, but the Ultimate Ears Megablast speaker is a truly amazing product. First and foremost, it's a speaker. And as such I'm amazed at the sound quality that comes from it. When they say 360 degree sound, they mean it. It literally fills the room with sound. Not just sound, but a rich, full sound with plenty of bass. I am very impressed with both the quality and the volume this thing puts out. Amazon Alexa has been a new, pleasant experience for me. She responds to just about anything you ask her. There is a little bit of a lag, so don't be in a hurry. So far I've enjoyed having Alexa play my favorite music just by asking. And if I need a little extra volume, I just have to ask. I'm hoping I can figure out how to have her control my internet connected garage door opener. And, of course, you can connect to the Megablast using Bluetooth--up to 8 different devices from computers to cell phones. There are just 4 buttons--volume up and down, power, and Bluetooth. Simple. Combining these buttons provides additional functionality. I also like the fact that it's wireless--up to 16 hours. I recommend the charging dock, as well, which makes it super easy to charge just by setting it on the dock. If you want a speaker that delivers amazing sound quality with lots of volume wherever you are, the Megablast is going to be hard to beat. Alexa is icing on the cake.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sweet sounding speaker that's smart too!

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    This speaker is very impressive!! Probably the key thing to know is that the sound is of great quality and it's loud just like the first generation and I'd say this one tops that! It's almost hard to believe you can get that kind of sound out of a small portable speaker but you do with this one. Coupled with it you have Amazon's Alexa built in so it makes it versatile on top of just having great sound - a huge advantage over other speakers. It has the ability to connect via WiFi so you can stream audio directly to the speaker and can use Alexa to control it. With Alexa of course, you can do a lot of different things like controlling smart devices such as lights or appliances or simply use it to control audio, get news updates, etc. If you can't connect to WiFi or have it out and about you can connect directly to your phone or tablet to stream your audio directly to the speaker. The design is solid and simple. All in all, I'd very much recommend this speaker if you're looking for a good high quality speaker that is flexible and can be used both at home on the dock and on the go. Pros: Loud high quality sound and bass (quite impressive for it's size!!) Great battery life WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity Optional charging base makes it easy to charge Micro USB Charging External controls and can also be voice controlled with Alexa Cons: None so far!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker and Alexa works well

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    The Megablast is a great sounding speaker that gets very loud (93 dB) without distorting. It’s quite heavy so even though it’s “portable” you will definitely know you’re hauling it around. I highly recommend the power up base for convenience and because charging is a bit wonky without it (the charging port is located on the bottom under a flap). Alexa works flawlessly except when the volume is high which is to be expected. As of right now, UE and Amazon are teaming up to give you 3 free months of Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan which is a nice bonus. Unlike prior UE speakers, there’s no party mode over Bluetooth but it is available as long as you are on WiFi. Setting up the speaker is very easy when using the app and direct Bluetooth pairing is painless. The only thing I’d fault with this unit is the seeming inability to adjust the bass, mid and treble levels. Even a basic equalizer would be nice to have. At higher volumes the bass tends to drop off and the sound gets too tweeter heavy for my tastes. Putting the speaker nearer a wall or corner alleviates this some but that’s not always ideal. The 360 degree sound output is quite handy and I’m looking forward to using this during pool season, especially since it’s waterproof. Overall I’ve been quite impressed and would highly consider buying another one in the near future.

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