Ultimate Ears Megaboom vs Megablast

There are different brands of portable speaker out there for you to choose from. Whilst names like Bose and JBL are well known within the market, you can also look at lesser known brands like Ultimate Ears too.

I say lesser known, by Ultimate Ears (or UE) have made a name for themselves over the last few years. Their small range of Bluetooth speakers is good quality, loud and above all, cost effective.

Two of the most popular models that they sell are the Megaboom and the Megablast. But how are these two speakers different to one another? That’s what we’re going to try and find out.

Ultimate Ears Megaboom vs Megablast

These speakers are very similar to one another, and it can be difficult to tell them apart. However, the key differences are in the volume, where the Megablast is a little louder. Also, the Amazon Alexa integration; the Megablast can be integrated with Alexa, whereas the Megaboom 3 can’t.

Aside from this, there’s actually very little difference between these two pretty impressive speakers. But, we’ll continue to look at them both in a closer detail to find out more about them.

Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3

Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Powerful Sound + Thundering Bass, Bluetooth, Waterproof, Battery 20 hours, Range 45 m) - Lagoon Blue

Released towards the end of 2018, the Megaboom 3 has proven to be one of UE’s most commended and well received speakers that they’ve released. It’s a good improvement on the original, and it generally has a whole lot to offer.

Design: What the Megaboom 3 is probably most well known for is it’s design. It’s fully waterproof, and it’s made to be very resilient, which makes it the perfect speaker to use when you’re outdoors. The fabric is improved on this model, so it’s even more long lasting and durable. The 360° design of the Megaboom must also be commended, as it allows the audio to be delivered equally.

Battery Life: The battery life of the Megaboom is definitely pretty impressive. The states maximum battery life is 20 hours, and although it might not quite manage to meet these heights, you’ll be using it for a while before it needs recharging. You can charge it to full battery in just a few hours.

Performance: Although overall the speaker does sound very good, it could definitely be a little clearer all around. This is especially true if you intend to take advantage of the speakers waterproof nature, as it doesn’t sound as good when it’s in the water.

Pros

The design is something that UE excels in, and the Megaboom 3 is one of their best.
Easy connect with up to 150 other Megaboom speakers.
It’s designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind.

Cons

Although it does well at all ranges, clarity could be improved.
The lack of Alexa voice integration will put some people off.
No wifi options or AUX, only connect with Bluetooth.

Overall Verdict: It’s still one of the best Bluetooth speakers to come out in recent years, and there’s little difference between these two.


Ultimate Ears Megablast

Ultimate Ears Megablast Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Wi-Fi, Powerful Bass, Alexa Built-In, Waterproof, 16 Hours Battery Life, Connect Multiple Speakers, 150 ft Range, Microphone, Black

Released a little bit before the Megaboom 3, the Megablast is one of the less popular speakers from UE. However, it’s still a perfectly respectable speaker in it’s own right.

Design: Definitely one of the better designed speakers out there in terms of appearance, it’s a simple yet well made speaker. It’s definitely worth mentioning that this is more of a home and portable speaker, as you can connect to it via wifi. The Megaboom 3 is a strictly portable speaker, and it doesn’t have the same capabilities.

Battery Life: The Megablast has a perfectly good battery, but it isn;t quite as good as the Megaboom 3 and other portable speakers similar to it. This is likely because it’s not a true portable, and is intended to be good for the home as well.

Performance: As I’ve mentioned, this speaker manages to be louder than the Megaboom, with a 93dB maximum volume. Even though it can be played at very loud volumes, it does this without suffering from distortion. It has two large active drivers which manage to deliver a louder sound, and works excellently as a pair.

Pros

Undoubtedly one of the loudest portable speakers currently available.
One of the better looking speakers that UE have released in the last few years.
Being able to use it with your smart home speakers is a plus, along with wifi connectivity.

Cons

The main negative about this speaker is the software it uses, which definitely lets it down.
The Megablast had a relatively good battery, but it isn’t as good as the Megaboom.
It’s bulkier in design than the Megaboom.

Overall Verdict: A very good speaker for anyone looking for something they can use as easily in their bedroom as they can at the park or beach.


Recap

Alexa integration: Many of us are looking for a speaker that we can integrate in with and use with our Amazon Alexa’s at home. You can use the Alexa voice assistant with the Megablast, but you can’t do this with the Megaboom series.
Volume: Generally, all the different UE speakers are very good at delivering sound. The Megabook can definitely reach a loud enough volume on it’s own, but it’s not as loud as the Megablast.
Bass: The difference between the two in terms of bass is not much at all, but the Megablast is very slightly better in this area too.
Devices: The Megablast is nowhere near as popular as the Megaboom, so it’s unlikely you’ll connect it to other speakers. However, there’s an 8 speaker limit with the Megablast. With the Megaboom, you can connect it to 150 other devices if you know others with the same speaker.
Water: The Megablast is quite a bit heavier than the Megaboom, and unlike true UE fashion, the Blast won’t float if you put it in water. The Megaboom will.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it’s fair to say that there’s very little difference between the two. I’d say that if you want the Alexa integration, then the Megablast will prove to be the better option of the two. However if this isn’t a problem for you, then I’d opt for whichever one is cheaper at the time – Amazon often has sales on Ultimate Ears speakers.

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