After reading all the reviews i have to say i am somewhat disappointed with this speaker. Yes it has good clarity of sound but the bass is non existent. I have sonos speakers in the house so i compared it to the sonos 1. Unfortunately the sonos 1 blew it out water, there was no comparrison to be had, the sonos was superior in every way, clarity, bass, volume. These two speakers are similarly priced. I also compared it to the bose soundlink and again i felt i had the inferior product, there is just so much more bass with the bose. If i could, i would have returned it and bought the bose. I have no idea why other reviewers think this is so good. I bought this speaker at half its rrp and still feel disappointed, i’d have been gutted if id paid full price.
Cheaper than the special edition ones being sold in john lewis on black friday for £95. Quick delivery, great sound for all of the types of music i have. Sleek design though you have to lay the speaker on its side to charge it via cable and wall plug. Comes 40% charged and charges up fully very quickly. App is a bit rubbish though that isn’t the seller’s responsibility, however, something buyers should be aware of. My main speakers are bose and this is a fantastic travel speaker.
I live on a boat so the waterproof feature was a huge selling point for me. I haven’t dropped it in yet but have cruised in heavy rain and not had any problems. The sound quality is great and the battery lasts a very long time. The bluetooth works a treat i hook it up to both my phone, and laptop when i’m watching movies. People have mentioned that it’s a bit chunky, and it is. It has a feeling of real quality to it. It’s clearly very well made. I’ve had my ue boom for quite a few months now and it’s been bashed around a fair bit and carried around in backpacks many times and it still looks great.
Key specs for Ultimate Ears 984-000559 BOOM 2 Wireless/Bluetooth Speaker (Waterproof and Shockproof) – Purple/Orange:
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- Ultimate Ears wireless bluetooth speaker provides 360 degrees surround sound for a rich, crisp and powerful audio experience
- This portable speaker pairs with up to eight bluetooth devices at the same time, with a mobile range up to 33 m/100 feet and NFC enabled
- Ultimate Ears bluetooth speakers are multi-award winning including 2016 IF Design Awards and What Hi-Fi 5 star awards across the whole range
- Ultimate ears waterproof speaker can be immersed in water up to 1 m for 30 minutes
- Connect your portable bluetooth speakers with echo dot (2nd generation) for hands-free voice control of UE BOOM 2 with Alexa, to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn
Comments from buyers
“If you want the best look no further, Great value, durable, well made, waterproof speaker with excellent battery life., Best of the bunch by some margin, ridiculous value.”
Recently attended a retreat where more than half the teachers were using ultimate ears speakers, with the boom 2 leading the way. Perfect for background music for work place or classes, as well as for social events – especially in party mode. The concept of having up to 150 of these units all synced together is incredible, and i’d love to see how it would work in a real world situation. Once you update the firmware on the speaker, you get great battery life, great sound and easy use with multiple devices. People keep asking me about it and where they can get one, so it sells itself. The waterproof feature is ideal for poolside, or for outdoor work. Mine has been rained on and covered in mud, and still works perfectly.
Good battery, has an aux socket which is great for phones with a built-in dac, and supports tripods and standswaterproofing is great, mine lives in the bathroom so puts up with a lotgood volume and good sound quality, i would say the best you’ll get for the money (i got on offer for £70 but would pay £100 and still think i got a good deal)doesn’t support the world’s foremost bluetooth standards but nothing does at this price pointjust don’t forget to turn it off when you’re done, because the auto off seems like a long time – but this will be a personal preference as i’ve seen so many that turn themselves off way too quickly.
Like all the reviews below say. . I’ve had 2 really good bluetooth speakers and they’ve finally expired. Read the reviews on amazon and online, all of which pointed to the boom2. I’ve learned that running your speaker in for a couple of hours isn’t a myth and it really does improve the range and especially the bass. 4 hours in, it’s everything the other reviews said it was. Amazing volume without distortion. Uncanny 360 degree sound which is hard to believe. Dithering and second guessing about a purchase is fault of mine.
For a single, standalone speaker, the sound quality of this speaker is surprisingly good. Volume can be turned up so that it is very loud, without ‘vibrating’, which is ideal for certain outdoor situations. I haven’t had it out when it is raining as it doesn’t look like it would resist a lot of water, so i can’t comment on its water resistance. A fully recharged battery lasts for up to ~6 hours. You can download an app so you can control it from your phone. I don’t think that you can control it in a similar way from your computer although i stand to be corrected.
Small in stature huge in sound, best of the bunch by some margin, tried a few including the bose soundlink mini 2, this is superior in every respect to my ears, playing spotify via the lower quality free setting from my laptop the sound is gutsy but never boomy, in fact bass is crisp & tight but also full powerful & punchy, mids are ridiculously expressive & detailed, top end blends seamlessly with the rest of the range, give it a good few hours though from new if you want to hear what this capable of, out of the box the sound is more restrained & hard, once those drive units have loosened up with use, this soon melts away & your left with a sound so packed full of musicality it beggars belief, havn’t taken it past half volume as yet, the sound is powerful enough at this level, having owned high end audio equipment for many years from the likes of naim & quad to name but 2, this purchase was both a delight & a wake up call, in fact if anyone has listened to naim gear they may enjoy this speaker, has that similar addictive, direct, solid presentation, i have listened to nothing else since, cannot recommend this highly enough, buy one, you will not regret it.
I’ve had minirigs for years, since they came out. Been through about 4 of them, while at the time i thought they were the best thing ever lately i have been dissapointed with their toughness. A drop from about 1 meter onto tarmac left 2 of the plastic cone mounting points shattered. Plus not waterproof, and the short round shape which does look nice is actually highly inconvenient for carrying. Searched around a bit until i decided to give ue a try, the boom2 seemed to be roughly equivalent to a minirig. Firstly the build quality is very high. The thing is properly tough, and waterproof. I have dropped it, splashed it, had it bounce around an all terrain forklift cab for over a week with absolutely no problems at all. Louder than the minirig, and definitely a better sound reproduction.
I’ve tried loads of portable speakers over the years ie bose jambox sony etc but none are remotely as good as these. . Superb soundloud ( not distorted )easy to charge with the bright yellow charger includedvery quick and efficient bluetooth pairingwater resistant so ok fo the bathroomgreat build qualitygreat colorscan form a stereo pair if you have 2.