Ultimate Ears Boom Three and Megaboom 3 Review: New Features, Lower Price


If you are a shopper electronics model, what do you do when your hit product—a best-seller and a vital darling since its debut—turns 5 years previous? You purchase it a brand new go well with, after all.

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Ultimate Ears has up to date each of its cylindrical Bluetooth audio system. The Boom Three and Megaboom Three have a refreshed look, barely up to date capabilities, and a brand new lower cost. The Boom Three is $150, which is a $30 worth drop from the $180 Boom 3. The Megaboom Three is $200, an entire $50 cheaper than the unique Megaboom (sure, that is solely the second Megaboom, however UE has named it the Megaboom Three to maintain all the things matchy-matchy). Both audio system will ship in September to the US, Asia, and the fortunate components of Europe.

The new Booms take some design cues from final 12 months’s Blast and Megablast, UE’s pair of Wi-Fi-enabled audio system that got here with Amazon Alexa onboard. The new Booms share the Blasts’ squared-off corners, and the compatibility with the Power Up charging dock accent that debuted alongside the Blast line. Since the coupler for the Power Up is on the underside of the Booms, the USB charging port has moved from the underside of the speaker to the facet, the place it sits close to the speaker’s rubber foot. This is a boon for Boom house owners and not using a charging dock, as they will now plug in a microUSB cable to cost the speaker whereas it is standing up. Of course, with the previous Boom, one may simply flip the speaker upside-down whereas it charged and go away the cable sticking straight up. If that bothered you, properly, that drawback has been solved (and likewise please search assist).

Touch Me

One of my favourite issues about earlier UE Booms was the pair of massive, chunky buttons that sat in a fats strip of rubber that ran down the size of the speaker. With this new design, that strip of rubber is fully gone. The buttons are nonetheless there, however they’re embedded instantly into the physique of the speaker, the place they sit flush with the material wrapping. As such, the buttons are not chunky. You can nonetheless discover the volume-up button with a moist hand once you need to enhance the depth of your shower-time Hendrix, however the huge plus- and minus-shaped controls aren’t as simple to finger within the new design, and so they do not feel as rugged. I miss the previous, wanna-mash-em buttons.

Also modified is the material that envelops the audio system. It’s nonetheless waterproof, however it’s finer and glossier. The cloth additionally now has a mysterious iridescent high quality, kind of like that customized paint job your good friend bought for his Prelude that appears like one shade once you view it straight-on, however modifications subtly on the edges once you stroll round it. Metallic and shimmering, however not fairly sparkly. I believe it is positive, although I’d love the choice to select up a matte model. The shiny cloth is available in black, purple, blue, and crimson. There are additionally some denim coloured choices which might be unique to the Apple Store.

Sound Logic

The audio high quality of the smaller Boom Three is unchanged from the earlier era. It nonetheless places out clear, energetic, and deceptively loud audio for such a compact speaker. The Megaboom 3, nevertheless, has a brand new passive radiator that UE says affords improved bass response over the previous design. I’ve an unique Megaboom that I used to be in a position to check alongside the brand new Megaboom 3, and I discovered the change in low-frequency response to be barely perceptible. There’s a lift within the low finish, however it’s not dramatic—at the very least not with the default settings. Once I opened the Ultimate Ears app and futzed the five-band EQ to nudge the bass up a bit, I may hear extra of a thump. I discovered myself conserving the low finish only a notch or two above the default, which was simply sufficient to maintain issues spicy. Beyond that, the bass tended to overwhelm the sound. If you are fanatic about customizing your audio, you may like utilizing the app. And in case you by no means open the app, you may nonetheless be impressed with the Megaboom 3’s rowdiness.

Pressing Issue

On the highest of each audio system is a brand new factor from Ultimate Ears. It’s referred to as the Magic Button, and you should use it to play and pause the music, or to skip tracks. If you open the app, you may sync up the Magic Button with a few of you favourite streaming playlists, then summon them with a protracted press of the button.

So what playlists are you able to add? If you are on iOS, you may add playlists from Apple Music. On Android, you may add playlists from … Deezer Premium. And these are your solely choices. You cannot add playlists from Spotify, Google, or Amazon, although Ultimate Ears says that at the very least Spotify is coming very quickly. Until you should use the Magic Button together with your service of alternative, you may simply must launch your playlists the quaint approach—by asking your telephone’s voice assistant.

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