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Ultimate Ears - WONDERBOOM Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Stone Gray-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding, H2O proof compact Bluetooth player

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    giper54
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    This is a great little speaker. It's fairly small, but the volume and sound quality was surprisingly good. Connecting the speaker to a Bluetooth compatible device is easy. I was able to connect my iPhone 7 plus via Bluetooth seamlessly, and the speaker connected to my phone automatically after I turned the speaker on again. I could place my phone about 30 feet away from the speaker before I would lose connection. I could hear the music clearly every where in a full size basketball court. I like how the music could be heard 360 degrees unlike front facing speakers. I've used it in the shower and not had any issues with it getting wet, I still need to test it out in a pool or other larger area of water to see how it does. Controlling the music is easy. Tap the UE button once to play or hit pause. Press again to resume the track. Tap it twice to skip to the next song. Long press it to sync with another nearby Wonderboom speaker. Press again to resume the track. You can push both volume buttons at the same time and it gives you an audio tone to tell you it is it “high” charge which is a series of notes of increasing pitch, “medium” charge which is a couple of tones, and “low” which is a series of decreasing pitch notes. A few things I didn't care for, the battery life is not the greatest, only giving me about 3 hours max, compared to other similar speakers I've had that easily go for twice as long before dying on me. You cannot tell the battery level visually. The directions said 2.8 hours, so I left it 3 hours it was still giving me the “medium tone" After five hours I got the “high” charge. I am not a fan of this sort of battery indicator. I did not like the recessed connection for the USB connection, I assume that the design is necessary for the waterproof feature, but it's very hard to see which way your cord needs to be turned to insert it, so if you get this you may want to pick up one of the USB cables that is able to be inserter either way (I really wish companies would include that kind of cable in fact, particularly when they have a design like this where it's especially hard to get it inserted). It's also fairly hard to see the button on the top for turning it on, although you can find it by feeling around a bit. If having a waterproof speaker is the most important thing to you, this one would certainly be a good contender as well.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressive sound

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    DSPARKA
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    Packing- Not much inside the box. Just the speaker, the USB cord, and a safety compliance small brochure. I think this should include instructions of the features and a plug for the wall because a USB port is not always available. Appearance- I don't mind the look because there is great sound coming out the compact speaker. The + sign over the - sign looks like a cross. It's something that I noticed but I hope it don't bother most people. I really like the rubber feel and the stretchy cord to hang it. Performance- Like I mentioned it sounds great to me and loud if you want. If you sync 2 wonderboom together I think this will sound even better. I played a great amount of music but I cannot tell where my battery level is. Having a battery indicator will be helpful so I can know to charge before it runs out. The waterproofing so far is working great. Now I can have the speaker in the shower instead of having it outside. Cons- I cannot answer calls on this and the music do not resume playing after missing a phone call. I tried several times and I can't get it to work like my other speaker. No wall plug come with it for wall outlets. I do like this Bluetooth speaker but I think it's priced a little high but if people give it a try they will most likely enjoy it. This is just a waterproof speaker with no added features that I can use.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Terrific Small Portable Speaker

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    HarvickFan
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    Very big sound from a very nice and compact speaker. The 360 degree sound field is also very cool, meaning you can set the speaker in the middle of where you are and sound simply envelopes the area. That’s something that in a speaker this small is worth it. The sound is big, but depending on your source, can also sound flat and slightly high mid to treble heavy. If you’re using a flat source with no EQ, the sound is good, but can have that high mid to treble heavy sound, depending on type of music. Any music that is Bass heavy, if you have a source that can EQ, you can get the most out of the speaker, and the lows for a speaker this size are very good, just keep your expectations in check. It also gets pretty loud, so very good for average size rooms, and you can also connect two of them together to create a stereo setup, and really fill up large areas. The controls on top and front are super easy, and the speaker feels solid and well built. It’s also waterproof, which is a huge plus if you’ll be around water environments. No worries about taking to the pool or the beach. Heck, even using as a shower speaker is sort of nice. Charging is with a micro USB connection, and it seems to take a charge very quickly. I’ve been using it pretty regularly as a desktop speaker while I work, and it’s amazing, and haven’t needed a recharge yet. If you have a need for a speaker of this type and this size, definitely give it a go!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ideal for Rugged, Outdoor Use

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    TechGuy
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    Pros: - Good sound for the speaker size - Comes in variety of colors - Simple design, hold the UE logo once to play and press it again to pause a song. Double tap it to skip song. - Compact size (size of a softball or large apple) - IPX7 rated waterproof and shockproof, and ability to float makes it ideal for outdoor use (camping, cookouts, picnics, beach, pool, lake, etc,) or in a bathroom - Can be paired with a second Ultimate Ears - UE Wonderboom Portable Bluetooth Speaker (sold separately) for additional sound - 360-degree sound - 100 foot wireless Bluetooth range - 7-10 hour battery life - Hang loop for strapping - Pair up to 8 Bluetooth enabled source devices - Connect up to two source devices at the same time - Wirelessly play to 2 Ultimate Ears - UE Wonderboom Portable Bluetooth Speaker from one source. - Works with most Bluetooth-enabled devices - Compatible With Amazon Echo Dot For Alexa Voice Control - No app needed - Mid-level price, not too high. Cons: - A little heavy for a portable/compact speaker - Full charge time can last 3-4 hours - No Siri And Google Now Voice Control - No audio customization - Cannot be paired with other UE products (With the exception of another UE Wonderboom) - No visual battery level indicator - No instructions so you may need someone that is tech savvy or experienced with using Bluetooth speakers to set up - Cannot connect source to speaker via cable, only works via Bluetooth - Not premium audio

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound For A Portable Device

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    BenisJ
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    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM is a smart, low-cost, better-than-average sounding speaker perfect for connecting when you want bigger sound than what comes out of your laptop/phone/tablet speakers. Approximately the size and weight of a soup can (but shaped a little more like a softball), the UE WONDERBOOM pushes decent quality, crisp sound and volume for the price. As with any portable bluetooth speaker, bass isn't insanely deep but the UE WONDERBOOM does a better job hitting the low end than many other entry-level bluetooth speakers with minimal distortion. The "360" sound makes it feel "bigger" than it really is. As for the UE WONDERBOOM design, it has a loop to help you hook it up virtually anywhere. We did not float it in a pool but we did use it in a wet environment where it was sprayed with water. It is a nice fit in the kitchen, bathroom, home office, or back patio. It is weighted well so that it won't easily get knocked over. Functionally, there are very few buttons to worry about on this unit. Buttons are obvious and rubberized. There is an on/off button and pairing button on the top, and a +/- button on the side. On/Off play a different tune to let you know when you are on/off/connected/disconnected. I never walked more than 50' away with my paired cell phone but I had no problem staying connected as I moved through rooms of my house. The device charges via a standard micro-USB port for up to 10 hours according to the manufacturer. It seems to charge relatively quickly but there doesn't appear to be an indicator to let you know how fully charged it is. There isn't a headphone option on this model which may be a drawback for some users. Nor can you give the device direct voice commands. You can, however, pair the device with another WONDERBOOM to "double your sound" according to the manufacturer. "Musical ecstasy" (as suggested by UE) is a bit of a stretch, nonetheless, the sound, power and longevity is above average and is worth a listen.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great all-around travel speaker!

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    majesty8
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    Overall, a great travel speaker! I initially was looking to buy one of the plethora of $20-30 Bluetooth speakers to choose from, and as they say “you get what you pay for”. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with them: in general you will get decent sound out of them, but it’s when more power/volume is needed is where the Wonderboom shines. Cheap speakers will generally start thinning out and start sounding “tinny” and the frequencies will start washing out into a garbled mess... not with the Wonderboom! Price wise it’s at the next price point up from the $20-30 speakers, but it packs a lot more punch and power, and IMO, well worth the investment: I like the 360/all-around speaker output as opposed to a mono directional speaker. Power output is AMPLE enough I can easily hear it from the other side of my house without sound degradation, and most importantly, small enough to tote around. Operating it is fairly intuitive. Only drawback I have with it is I wish there would be markers/simple instructions on buttons when pairing, but I reallly the automatic sound indicators signaling Bluetooth pairing! Overall, the Wonderboom is a solid, travel Bluetooth speaker that will easily warm and fill up the ambiance of any room for those on-the-go. Highly recommend!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great portable speaker

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    Ninjakid
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    This little speaker has good battery life and fantastic sound for its size. It has good weight to it but can be carried easily . It has a cord loop on its top that you can use to attach it to a backpack if you use a attachment device like a clip or something. It can also be hung from a hook. I personally put it on a shelf in my shower where it works well, since its waterproof its perfect for shower/ bathtub use. The only flaw and disappointment is that while it comes with a USB charging cabel they do not give you a power brick to plug it into. So if you want to charge it you need to use a powered USB hub or plug it into a computer or a wall adapter from your phone which might cause slow charge times depending on the charger output. The lack of a wall charger took away one star as this can be a extra expence for something that should have been included. Also there is a lack of detailed instructions for the device, while you can find some info online I have not been able to find information about charging status there is a blinking status light but what does it mean? I have no idea. I left it plugged in about 6 hours and the light went off so I assume that means its fully charged but not sure since there is no documentation with the device or on the support site about this.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ah! Great Shower Radio 2017 Version

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    CoolBoomer
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    This little baby was easy to pair with my Moto, which I did while it was fully charging before the first use. (Yes I always charge things first no matter what.) The manual is a teeny tiny thing tucked into a corner of the rather lavish packaging but I was at the PC so downloaded one from Logitech, so I didn't need a magnifying glass. The sound is pretty good for something of this size. It puts out the best bass when placed on a table or counter. I wasn't blown away by the volume or quality of the audio but it is still pretty good for something in this price range. I try not to compare it with the first Echo I had, which had an advantage being constantly powered with an AC adapter vs the battery powered Wonderboom. This thing is waterproof to a certain degree so I christened it in the shower with the new Mastodon, and it was interesting. That to me is the best selling point--it's rugged and waterproof. You can play anything from your phone, so you can go and bring your news and music in the bathroom with you. Or on the boat. Or in the pool. Not sure if it floats! I would have given it 5 stars if there was more "boom" to the Wonderboom.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good,durable little speaker!

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    Ozzie
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    I bought this speaker to replace the INCREDIBLY anemic Braven unit I previously used for listening to music while on job sites...I am VERY pleased that I did! It has good range, better than average volume & decent bass. Battery life is good, too: it ran all day at @ 70% volume while I was working in our warehouse last week and still had life left. I can’t speak to its water resistance, but I can say that it seems to be durable: it resides in my work backpack that gets slammed around a lot and has been dropped (oops!) twice from around 4feet—-once onto a concrete slab—-with no apparent effect on function and zero visible damage. One thing that I DON’T like about this unit is its inability to function as a speaker phone. I often receive calls from clients/colleagues while listening in the field, and this would be a great feature to have (the ONLY pro the Braven has over this unit). Overall, I’m happy with the purchase and would recommend it to anyone who wants a relatively cheap, durable and weather-proof speaker for field use.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker Especially for the Price

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    Grabes
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    I had been searching for a good outdoor speaker I could use while doing everything from kayaking to general yard work at the house but did not want to spend a ton of money. I stopped into Best Buy and was trying out the different speakers (most likely annoying other customers and workers haha) when I stumbled across this little gem. It was LOUD especially for the size and the sound quality was fantastic. I even compared it to the more expensive WonderBoom models and found this one to have better sound quality. The speaker does not weigh much and has a loop where you can easily hook a carabiner making it very portable. The real test, however, came while testing it at home while in the backyard...and I am very happy to say I can place this speaker at one end of the yard and hear it loud and clear from the other end and do not even have to turn it up all the way. The only downside I will say is the bass is a little lackluster but that is not a huge deal for me. All in all I love this little speaker.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Speaker For the Price

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    zboot
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    So, I must start off by saying that I'm already biased towards the UE Boom 2 speakers. I'm glad to report that the Wonderboom maintains the same level of sound quality and great bluetooth range. In a warehouse setting, I was able to get almost 100 feet away with no degradation in signal. That includes doors, shelving, and concrete in between the speaker and my phone (I had to turn the volume up to the max to conduct this test). That said, it seemed the overall volume was still a bit lower than the Boom 2s. That's not to say it isn't great and the Boom 2s are a bit more expensive. Size wise, I'm conflicted. It's pretty compact, and again, my bias my be showing, but I felt it wasn't quite as portable as competitor speakers. The ruggedness and waterproof features are a plus and expected at this price point. If you're looking for a nice travel speaker, to just clip to your bag or set outdoors, it's great. If you need something with more oomph to drown out a noisy environment and packs extremely well, you can guess where I'd steer you!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and easy to carry

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    eMJay
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    After searching and trying different speakers this one beat them all. I was searching for something small enough to carry around. But I also needed something loud enough to hear in a loud warehouse. This is the only speaker that did the job. But I'm disappointed with the battery life. I needed something to last at least 4 hours, but sadly this only last about 1.5 to 2 hours when the volume is all the way up. Also there is a little loop for easy hanging. I added a caribiner to hang it on my belt. Unfortunately the loop was not durable enough and fell off. But overall it's a great speaker with great sound. The only thing I wish it had was the option to skip songs. Other than that I recommend this product if you're looking for something compact.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker but lacks support

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    Techuser
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    The Good: I am very surprised to see how small this speaker is (It’s a little bit bigger than a softball). But what was MORE surprising was the sound coming out of it. Really clear quality to a certain point. Enough to fill my living room ( 30x 30 x 10). Just by holding the speakers you can tell it will with stand the “drop test” it’s a really ruggedize feeling. I haven’t tested it out yet, but I am pretty sure float in water and have no issues. The Bad : Some distortion with max volume and songs with a lot of base. But to me that’s common with all speakers. Had issue with pairing a second phone to the device, but this was my mistake, I was pressing the wrong button. However, I took the tech support 1 week to get back to me after I sent them a video of what I was doing.. 1 week is rather long to get support. Overall I would recommend this to anyone looking for a durable speaker.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love it! Nice sound and highly portable

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    Randy
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    I've had the UE Wonderboom for a little while now and it is very impressive. Its smaller than I thought it would be when I ordered it, see the attached picture (I have medium-sized hands). Even though its small it pacts a powerful punch and puts out a lot of sound. And it has a surprising amount of base for such a small device, not overwhelming by any means, but it definitely puts out some base. I find the sound to be slightly "tinny", though, which is why I'm knocking off a star. The claims of 100 feet bluetooth connection are true, I measured it and I was still connected, and I've gotten 10 hours of continuous play out of it so again I was impressed. I haven't had a chance to test out the waterproof feature but I know my daughter is excited for Summer and wants to take it to the pool with her friends. Once she gets her hands on it I doubt she will want to give it back it so I'll be buying one for her birthday. Overall, a great portable bluetooth speaker!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    UE WONDERBOOM Port. Bluetooth Spkr works well

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    YamaOtoko
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    Around April of this year (2017), I felt that after ~six or so years that it was time to replace my prior portable bluetooth speaker, so I went shopping at Best Buy. The salesperson was very helpful and was the primary reason that I chose Ultimate Ears' (UE) entry level bluetooth speaker, the WONDERBOOM. I like its short (4" tall), small cylindrical size, its sound quality, and its waterproof versatility in that I can take it into my shower and have unimpeded sound right there with me. I can only think of one recommendation that I could make to UE regarding the The short recharging cord is a flat bold and bright yellow. Of the few faults that I find with this unit is that the recharging cord is too short at less than a foot; I believe that it should be a minimum of two feet in length. Overall, I truly enjoy the WONDERBOOM and anticipate many years of listening pleasure.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Bluetooth Speaker

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    Luvkor4evr
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    This compact Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker has amazing sound quality. It delivers all that it’s advertised to do. I love that the sound fills the room and never sounds “tinny” like many other small speakers do. If there is anything negative to say, it would be that it makes a short, obnoxious “boom” sound when you turn it on and off. My teen daughter thinks the sound is cute, so maybe it won’t seem too obnoxious to others. I also like that you can use it while plugged into the mini-USB charger. I bought it in “Unicorn” color, so its very cute! Overall, I’m lovin’ it!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Little speaker packs a punch

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    CripiloDust
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    This little cutie was purchased as a gift for a teen, who previously had a Bose that had stopped working suddenly (probably taken into the shower too often). It was tempting to get a larger speaker, but this one is a really great size! It has awesome sound quality and is plenty loud enough for a dorm room or party on the patio. It's small enough to sit anywhere or put in a backpack. The loop is great for hanging up in the shower (Yay, it's waterproof!). The Bluetooth connects easily to a phone for playing your favorite playlist and the speaker can also connect to another one if you had two (we don't, so we have not tried that feature). This speaker was definatly a good value. I didn't need to spend more or go larger to get a loud great sounding speaker. I would definatly buy it again!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, easy to carry

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    Elboro
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    I visited the Best Buy store with my mind set on a mini Harman Kardon portable speaker, not only for brand reputation, but because I already own one and I really like it. Unfortunately the store didn't have it available in stock, so I browse for other brands. Decided to ask the rep for his advice, and he recommended this Ultimate Ears for the price range I was shopping for. I like the design, it's portability, and the sound is better than you would expect for its size. My wife loves it. We use it for the pool, patio and even the beach. Definitely recommed it you're not looking for extreme ultimate crispy & deep bass sound. It's worth the price and it's economical. It also comes in blue and I believe green. I opted for black. What are you waiting for?, go get yours.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid choice for all around use

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    AverageUser
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    This was a purchase for my wife, with the intended use being audio books, podcasts and some music. Pairing was simple, and the controls are intuitive but limited. Sound volume was good for average room sizes, and the sound was pretty good with a bias toward the midrange. This allows for decent music quality, but it can be a little muddy for plain voice applications like the audio books. Bass response had a nice feel, but is not especially powerful. I purchased this on sale, and feel that it was a good value, but would probably explore other options if it was full price.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker

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    Twardle64
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    I was looking for a good wireless speaker that I could mostly use in my work truck for road trips. I had been reading many reviews for different speakers and kept coming back to the UE-Wonderboom. I happened to be at BestBuy last week to return a headset and saw this speaker was on sale plus an additional $10 off on an Amazon price match... I picked it up hoping for the best. As soon as I got to my truck I easily paired it to my phone and tested it out. I am very impressed with the all around sound and Volume of the unit it was a win win for me. We can now drive cross country with tunes, Comedy, News and info. I am very happy with the quality and rich sound Great Little Bluetooth Speaker!

    I would recommend this to a friend