Ultimate Ears Megablast review (A Portable Wi-Fi/Bluetooth waterproof Speaker with hands-free Amazon Alexa voice control – Graphite)
UE Megablast review: If you’re on the hunt for Powerful, portable speaker with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity and Amazon Alexa, which is perfect for garden and pool parties you should struggle for the UE Megablast. The Megablast provides loud and bassy 360° sound and voice control on Wi-Fi, at home and on-the-go.
The UE Megablast is the replacement to the Megaboom, and it’s the largest speaker in UE’s current products range. It comes with redesigned internals along with the new Amazon Alexa smart functionality that currently in fashion. In the system, this worth you can shout commands and questions at the Megablast when it’s connected to a Wi-Fi network and expect a response.
It is a good news that the Spotify Premium subscribers can now control their playlist with voice commands, meaning you won’t be limited to Amazon Instant Music.
Overall, the new internals redesign work to great effect and mean the Megablast offers above-average audio quality at this price. If you want a portable speaker that can really get the party started, in this case, the Megablast is a fantastic impressive speaker. But issues with its Wi-Fi functionality mean it isn’t the ingenious smart speaker around.
Build quality and design:
We are vastly explaining its built quality and design through this UE Megablast review. The Megablast is built its body with strong materials and with its beautiful looks magnificent design. There are five different colors UE Megablast speaker available such as Blizzard (white), Lemonade (yellow), Graphite (black), Mojito (green), Blue Steel (blue) and Merlot (red), and it’s covered with a surfaced mesh textile not only looks lovely but also feels great under the finger.
The speaker is 237mm tall and has a diameter of 88mm and weighs around 1.2kg. It’s not something that’ll fit in a jacket pocket but it is easy to carry in a messenger bag or special Hard Travel Case for UE Megablast without any hassle.
The cylindrical shape speaker has a hard rubber covering wrapped around the top, bottom and along one of the sides too featuring the large plus and minus buttons that are now signatures of UE’s speaker design, and this protects the speaker from drops. It also provides a means of relating to the Alexa-enabled speaker.
On the top, there’s almost a rectangular-shaped lit up power button, which blinks and dims when Alexa is being consulted and a smaller button you can press to turn on Bluetooth pairing. There is also an option to mute the Megablast with a press of this smaller button and the volume down at the same time. Oversized volume up and down buttons are found along the side of the speaker that is big “+” and “-” sign, but there’s no physical play/pause button on the speaker, which rather annoying.
Under the speaker, there’s a metal D-ring, which can be used to hang up the speaker; instead, you can remove it to expose a stand insert and a set of charging points, which allow the Megablast to be Micro-USB port for charging by setting it down on the additional Power Up charging dock which is not included. This is a handy accessory if you don’t want any straggling wires spearing out of the speaker. You can also charge the Megablast through the micro USB port that’s covered under a rubber flap next to the 1/4 tripod filament.
The UE Megablast’s waterproof and dustproof design, It’s rated to IP67 which means the speaker can be fully underwater in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes and also delivering great 360-degree sound, with plenty of volume and bass, these key features that stands out from other smart speakers. Due to its multi-purpose design, the UE Megablast become exceptional and impressive.
Connectivity, apps and Amazon Alexa:
Let you know about connectivity, app, and Amazon Alexa through this UE Megablast review. For speaker’s connectivity, the Megablast has provisions for dual-band 802.11abgn Wi-Fi and up to eight different Bluetooth sources. You can stream music from Amazon Music Unlimited, iHeartRadio and Tune-In radio. Pandora and Deezer through the speaker over the Wi-Fi connection. The connectivity ranges are for Wi-Fi 330ft and Bluetooth 150ft.
The one big inadvertence here is Spotify. It doesn’t work over Wi-Fi even though the Amazon Alexa app. Though you can use Bluetooth to fill the gap that you need to make sure the connected device is within range for music to continue playing. Unacceptably too, there’s no support for Bluetooth aptX nor a 3.5mm headphone jack present. Appreciably to its combination with Amazon Alexa, the Megablast can’t be daisy-chained with other Ultimate Ears products through the Party Up feature.
The Amazon Alexa combination on the Megablast, however, is second to none. It works perfectly and due to far-field voice recognition, the speaker is able to pick up a voice from across the room too, even while music or radio is playing. As with most smart speakers, there is a lacking to this and you’ll either need to raise your voice or lower the volume to get the speaker to pick up voice commands when the music is playing loudly.
And the UE Megablast will do well enough everything Amazon’s Echo speakers will. It can tell the weather forecast, play music or favorite radio stations, set timers and alarms and control your smart home devices and can be prolonged with the same range of third-party skills. The absent feature is Alexa Voice calling, so you won’t be able to use the speaker to call others in your house.
We are presenting all major features into this Ultimate Ears Megablast review. Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST truly has to go at 360° of extremely amazing sound with crisp clearness with deep bass. This Wi-Fi/Bluetooth speaker will bring your music to life in its full beauty wherever you take it.
It comes with Amazon Alexa built-in and connects directly to the bank of cloud with Wi-Fi. Go on through Wi-Fi or any mobile to enjoy voice-controlled music and the full range of Alexa’s skills, all from just about any place.
It is a Bluetooth-enable speaker, so when you far away from the Wi-Fi range, you can keep enjoying music from any smartphone or other Bluetooth devices. With this speaker, the party never can be stopped. Stream from your favorite music services.
UE Megablast is extremely sharp, totally waterproof, and ready-to-rock any adventure. From the pool or garden to the all-night party, even it is the summer festivals on the winter slopes—your music will always be on topic no matter how wild placed you are.
UE Megablast is the ultimate durable speaker. It’s rough, portable, and thanks to an unreal 16-hour battery life, will keep on going as long as you do. Boom tunes from the sunset beach party to the sunrise after party, all on a single charge.
It powers up makes charging your portable Wi-Fi/Bluetooth MEGABLAST speakers super easy and this charging dock sold separately. A right of entry any of Alexa’s crazy skills or crank tunes, all while charging. POWER UP’s shiny design looks awesome with any MEGABLAST color.
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Our UE Megablast review will help you to clearly understand its sound quality. The Megablast delivers the same sound quality as other Ultimate Ears speakers. It has a deep tone, a hard-hitting mid-bass, and a spirited treble response. Ultimate Ears claims the Megablast is its loudest speaker yet which a maximum of 93dB sound and being is 40 percent louder than the Megaboom speaker. The insides have been redesigned with the Megablast now features two active drivers, two passive radiators, and two tweeters. The performance says it all. The Megablast has no problem filling up our medium-sized listening room with a sound that noticed your attention. It’s not only just loudness that we impressed, it’s the fact the speaker manages to go so loud without sound distorting or harsher. That’s something even hi-fi stereo speakers can’t manage at all.
The Megablast speaker is able to deliver inspiring instrument separation, an amazing soundstage and it continues a good tonality throughout. Its rounded design also distributes audio in the full 360-degrees so it doesn’t matter where you’re sitting in the room you can enjoy your music from anywhere in the room.
Does that loudness disturb how well Alexa hears you? The UE Megablast has no problem hearing when playing music at a reasonable volume such as about halfway through the 10-step volume level.
Any louder sound beyond level seven and we have to shout or lean closer to Alexa – which works Hands-Free voice control. While at full volume, you’re better off using your smartphone’s controls or the Megablast’s large volume buttons. But we’re quite happy to simply listen to the Megablast, it has a tremendously dynamic presentation for a speaker of this size.
It drives the song’s effective rhythm, maintaining such a passionate force you’ll be joining in with the memorable response every time. Each note – a rock-hard drum hit, booming cymbal, and solid guitar strum – is handled with accuracy. But we’re also pleased the Megablast is massive fun to listen to regardless of this level of control over its performance.
The Megablast is a bit sinewy tonally than we’d expect, with its rival ‘Sonos One’ smart speaker having a touch more warmness through the midrange. Ben Folds’ genuine singing in the sparse Brick is more reflective through the smooth-sounding Sonos One, with the piano coming across as sweeter and more full-bodied.
It can’t match the Megablast’s level of crisp clearness sound and detail, though, or its confident forces at work. That wiriness is what gives Megablast its prompt and dynamic sense of rhythm, too, so we’re willing to forgive this balance.
At the time of writing this UE Megablast review, Prices were:
UE MEGABLAST Portable Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Speaker with hands-free Amazon Alexa voice control US$179.00
Ultimate Ears Power Up Charging Dock for Amazone Alexa Enabled & Megablast US$39.99
Hard Travel Case for Ultimate Ears Megablast Portable Wi-Fi Bluetooth Speaker US$15.99
All including Total price US$ 234.98
UE Megablast: Technical Specification
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UE Megablast: Warranty
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Through this UE Megablast review, we are trying to let you know the final thought. After a long wait for a decent substitute to the Amazon Echo and then two speakers arrive at once in the UE Blast and Megablast.
Basically, the Megablast feels like a speaker with some smarts rather than an absolute smart speaker but that’s not a bad thing. Ultimate Ears is first and foremost a speaker brand and with the Megablast it’s done a brilliant job. It’s loud, solid, looks great and claims a stable Bluetooth connectivity.
It’s great to be able to take hold of Alexa from the living room where you’ve been using Alexa to control the TV and take her without an issue into the Kitchen to help with recipe amounts, and from there listen to music while you shower.
If you’re going out to a friend’s party or down into your garden, you can take the UE Megablast along with you and while Alexa’s functions are just a Wi-Fi connection away. It’s a smart speaker with flexibility which very nearly makes up for the ways in which it’s lacking next to the Echo.
That said, the Amazon Echo is meaningfully less expensive than this speaker. At $190.00 (and that’s not even including the dock) the Megablast will fix you back more than the most recent Amazon Echo or a Sonos One speaker.
The Ultimate Ears Megablast feels very much like an outstanding speaker with smarts rather than a direct smart speaker. If you’re looking for some Alexa skills but you’re not particularly worried about having the best and loudest sound or taking your speaker outdoor party, it’s best to save some money and go for a cheaper but much more appropriate alternative.
The UE Megablast is comparable with the JBL Charge 2+, but the JBL Charge 2+ doesn’t work with Alexa.
Overall, the Megablast is an excessive addition to the Ultimate Ears lineup and maybe its best sounding speaker yet. It hasn’t quite fulfilled all of your expectations but when it gets Alexa support for a comprehensive range of music services and can generate a multi-room speaker network it’ll be pretty damn good.