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Ultimate Ears UE BOOM

Ultimate Ears specializes in custom fitted earphones for professional musicians and touring artists. As part of Logitech, it also has been expanding its line of premium speakers and earphones for the consumer market -- as I've covered previously.

The current headliner is the Ultimate Ears UE BOOM wireless Bluetooth speakers.

The UE BOOM delivers great sound, with dual 1.5", 4 Ohm performance drivers for mids and highs and dual 2" passive radiators for bass low frequencies. These provide clean sound at full volume, loud enough to fill a room (but not blow it out).

Even better, it's designed to provide "360 degree" all-around sound, radiating in all directions.

You also can use the UE Boom app for iOS & Andoid to pair two speakers for stereo, or to double the sound. It also provides features including an alarm, 5-band equalizer, and customized settings.

The BOOM plays music (and also can act as a speakerphone) up to 50 feet over Bluetooth, connecting up to two devices at the same time, and remembering up to 8 paired Bluetooth source devices. It also supports quick tap connection to NFC-enabled devices.

The design is a tall cylinder, 7.1 inches tall, 2.6 inches in diameter, and weighing 19 ounces. You can play it standing up vertically, lying down horizontally, set up in a cupholder, or clipped to a backpack (there's a tripod mount).

The BOOM also works outdoors, protected by a colorful acoustic skin with plasma coating. It's water and stain resistant, and can be cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth.

It charges though micro-USB in 3 1/2 hours, and plays for 15 hours. There's also a 3.5mm audio jack for wired input.

The Ultimate Ears UE BOOM is available for around $169, in a wide varity of colors as well as two-tone and other fun designs.

Find the Ultimate Ears UE BOOM on Amazon.com

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This entry posted on December 24, 2014.

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