Tried the speaker for a few days, doesn’t live up to expectations, battery life is short, sound quality is average, was expecting better product. Will try to return it and maybe go for a different brand.
This is perhaps one of the best portable speakers i’ve used in terms of build quality, connectivity and sound quality (for its size). It features lots of connectivity options including bluetooth and wi-fi. The built-in amazon alexa works very well, although it’s very slightly slower at responding compared to amazon’s own alexa speakers – this is the speaker that actually introduced me to the amazing world of alexa and the sole reason i now have 1 echo spot and 3 echo dots. I initially disregarded voice control as a gimmick but didn’t realise how useful it would especially for home automation such as controlling lights with lightwave rf and controlling the heating with tado. Sound quality is excellent for the size of the speaker. It’s crisp and clear with a decent amount of bass (just don’t expect it to shake anything). It can go extremely loud without any distortion, outperforming every speaker i’ve tried (of a similar size). This isn’t the most lightweight speaker you’ll find but the build quality is exceptional and seems like it will withstand heavy abuse. It’s also completely waterproof so it’s perfect for using in the shower, bath, hot tub or pool. Battery life is very good at 12 hours – long enough to not have to worry about charging it.
Ue booms are far superior to any other speaker i have had, the quality is out of this world puts dr dre to shame and the more expensive boos and the likes.
My nephew took one of these speakers (without alexa) on holiday with us – and we were all blown away with the sound around the pool. I bought this one with alexa to use in the bathroom so i could skip through songs and change playlists without having to touch it while showering or in bath. When it connects with wifi, so i’m guessing anything you ask alexa to do – it constantly drops playback – sometimes it will resume – almost as though it is buffering. Sometimes it wont – it just stops like it forget what it was doing. This is the same with spotify, or tunein radio stations. The help says move your router – isolate it from electrical interference – but i must have 20 things in this house using the wifi – and this is the only thing that has connection problems. Anyway using through bluetooth seems to be fine – and it was less than £100 in the sale – so i am keeping it – hopefully ue will do something with firmware or software and sort it out.
Sound is fantastic, alexa so easy, use app on phone too.
Very versatile and excellent sound. Very high quality for the price.
- Love it. Great size and sound quality is good
- Sounds great – Wifi and/or Alexa isn’t
- Sounds great, solidly built
At the standard price, this is expensive; but bought at a discount then is a very good buy. Sound quality & volume is excellent, and omnidirectional, so ideal for outdoor use. Being waterproof is also a bonusyou need to be in the alexa camp to make the most of it though, although it can be used as a normal bluetooth speaker if notthe alexa experience is not quite up to echo standard, but acceptable; and, given a strong wi-fi signal, can work in the some distance away from the houseif you don’t want to fiddle with charging the speaker with a micro usb socket (hidden beneath the rubber base plug), i would recommend the optional charging dock; but it is way too expensive at £35, (and really should be included as standard. )shop around – currys had a half price offer on recently.
Bought a ue blast as was reduced on amazon prime day and liked how could stream spotify onto it without having to use phone or tablet so great to use in garden and generally round the house without having to mess around with plugging it in as rechargeable. Unfortunately the first one i had lasted only about a week before it started to play up – won’t connect to wi-fi and kept dropping out on bluetooth before it finally would only power up for brief time before shutting off again. Amazon were great – organised replacement that arrived next day. Unfortunately the replacement lasted less than a day before it died completely, won’t power up even when plugged into the charger so amazon are refunding it now which is a shame. Considering the rest of logitech’s build quality – i have g series keyboard and mouse now as well as harmony remote and well as in the past and all have been excellent in terms of reliability it’s a shame that their ultimate ears stuff doesn’t seem to be able to last. Will have to look into some other portable speaker instead.
I bought this primarily to provide good quality sound for my mobile devices (phone and tablet). For this task, it works very well and sound quality is great. However, documentation for connecting to wifi was not brilliant and it took some time to resolve. I tried using ipad, iphone, laptop running ubuntu and finally had to reboot an old laptop running win 7 before the s/w worked. The original unit stopped working after a few days. It kept turning itself off despite being housed on the charging unit – so therefore not an obvious loss of power. This was resolved by amazon’s excellent returns system. A new speaker arrived 2 days after i had an online chat with amazon customer services. ***** for amazon cust servsall seems ok now apart from alexa has a tendency to drop the wifi connection when playing direct through the internet. I resolve this by connecting via tablet or phone rather than directly using alexa.
The main concern people have with this speaker is the ultimate ears app, which is not very good. However you only need to use the app for initial setup, which i found to be quick and straightforward. After that you can control the alexa functions using amazon’s alexa app. This allows you to learn about new skills, change your preferences, and so on. I use amazon prime music, so found it easy to play stuff from my library. Once the speaker is set up, alexa works very well on this. I find the microphone picks up male voices better than female, and you have to yell a bit if you want it to hear you while it is playing music. But as it learns your voice, it gets better. It responds to commands quite quickly, and i have had no problems with the software, or the wifi connectivity. The speaker itself is excellent- which is just as well considering the price.
Features of Ultimate Ears Blast Bluetooth Speaker, Portable Wi-Fi /Loud Waterproof Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Control – Green
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- Ultimate Sound: Ultimate Ears most powerful speaker with 360 degrees intensely rich sound, elegant clarity and heart-pounding bass; with up to 12 hours of battery, it brings your music to life wherever you take it
- With Amazon Alexa hands-free voice control: Just ask Alexa to blast tunes from Amazon music*, Spotify or* TuneIn, change tracks, check the weather or try any of Alexa’s skills
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled: Use the Alexa voice service at home or on the go whenever connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot or stream music via Bluetooth from your phone. Multiple microphones with beam forming technology
- Waterproof and virtually indestructible: Never worry about going easy on it, your music will always be on point; the speaker is IP67 rated and can be immersed in water up to 1 m for 30 minutes
- Update your speaker with the Ultimate Ears app as new features become available
From the manufacturer
Meet Ultimate Ears BLAST, the super-portable Wi-Fi/Bluetooth speaker with bold, immersive 360° sound and Amazon Alexa hands-free voice control built-in. Now with Wi-Fi, stream high audio quality, blast tunes, crank the volume, order takeout, and more, with just the power of your voice.
Slim, super portable, and super stylin’, BLAST brings your music to life in its full glory wherever you take it. Blast 360° of insanely powerful, bold, immersive, crystal clear sound.
GET YOUR MUSIC WET
BLAST is seriously rugged, completely waterproof, and ready-to-rock any adventure. From the pool to the all-night party and winter slopes—your is always on point no matter how wild things get.
It’s one mean endurance machine—rugged, portable, and unreal battery life that goes as long as you do. Blast tunes from the sunset beach party to the sunrise after party, all on a single charge.
POWER-UP CHARGING DOCK (SOLD SEPARATELY)
Ultimate Ears POWER UP makes charging BLAST super easy. Crank tunes or access any of Alexa’s crazy skills, all while charging. POWER UP’s sleek design looks awesome with any BLAST color.LEARN MORE
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Compatibility
BLAST brings Wi-Fi to the portable speaker party for fast streaming and a big range to roam. Use Alexa with these music services and stream any music service from your phone via Bluetooth.
With the Ultimate Ears APP, you’ll be asking Alexa to blast tunes in no time. Just download the app to your mobile device and follow the prompts to enable all the amazing Alexa and speaker features.
Hands-Free Voice Control
Connectivity And Range
|Wi-Fi 330ft, Bluetooth 150ft||Wi-Fi 330ft, Bluetooth 150ft||Bluetooth 100 ft||Bluetooth 100 ft||Bluetooth 100 ft|
Waterproof+ Rugged Design
|Up to 12 Hrs||Up to 16 Hrs||Up to 15 Hrs||Up to 20 Hrs||Up to 10 Hrs|
Updates via App
Charging Dock Compatibility
Do I need an Echo / Dot to control BLAST?
No, you don’t need another Alexa device. Alexa is already built into BLAST.
Does BLAST support all Alexa commands/features?
BLAST supports nearly all Alexa commands and skills. Features that are not supported include Alexa voice or video calling, Drop-in, notifications and messaging.
What music services are supported through Wi-Fi/voice versus Bluetooth?
.Connect to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot to control music with your voice from Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer or TuneIn or use the Spotify app to play music to our speaker. Stream any music service through Bluetooth.
Can I pair multiple speakers?
Support will be added later this year for pairing multiple BLAST and MEGABLAST speakers. Please note: BLAST cannot be paired with other Ultimate Ears speaker such as BOOM, MEGABOOM, ROLL or WONDERBOOM.
Does the Ultimate Ears app for BLAST and MEGABLAST support all the same features as the BOOM and MEGABOOM apps?
No. Volume control and EQ are already supported, remote ON/OFF will follow soon. Grouping will be supported later this year, but works differently than Party-Up. MEGABLAST and BLAST will only group with each other, not other Ultimate Ears speakers.
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I like the sound quality and the fact it fills a room. I purchased this for being a good quality bluetooth speaker with added amazon alexa and on that basis its great. It can connect to the amazon tv thingy and easily connects to my mobile phone (i have downloaded the devices app think that helps a lot). The only negative for me is its in the kitchen and sometimes it seems to have difficulty reaching the house wifi signal where our mobile phones or other devices have no problem in the same spot. However i know where to position it so this is not an issue, but it might be for some. My annoyance with amazon is that its alexa software should connect to a spotify free account and not just a paid account. However alexa does connect to tunein radio which is great.
Just ask for a selection from an artist or era and it plays as well as repeating your favourites. It goes around the house with me and we now have a carrier so we can take it on holiday with us.
Very nice and neat, love the fact i don’t need my phone around the house to play music any more. Although wish it had a sim car to use data when i was out and about but never mind. Excellant speaker for only £99.
Great life proof bluetooth speaker with decent battery life. Sounds amazing and goes very loud.
Great speaker lovely deep bass sound guality great , i’ve been using it in the garden for several weeks. I love it alexa players all the music i want. I wanted a rugged speaker as we have two large dog ,chances of it being knocked over are high ,plus we have a lot of water in the garden with 2 ponds and a large paddling pool for the dogs to play in. So loving the fact it’s waterproof.
Good sound quality and work really good whit i builded alexa.
Ultimate Sound: Ultimate Ears most powerful speaker with 360 degrees intensely rich sound, elegant clarity and heart-pounding bass; with up to 12 hours of battery, it brings your music to life wherever you take it
I am familiar with the boom 2 already and i would say this is a refined version with the added benefit of alexa voice control.
Setup was great if not perfectly straightforward. However on looking closer the ue blast shipped without a bottom cap so the micro usb port is exposed to water which means it won’t be fully waterproof. This is seriously dissapointing as i was just starting to enjoy using alexa with spotify but now i’m going to have to return the device.
I prefer the wonderboom – this one cuts out a lot.
If you like alexa you will love this speaker. I got already alexa at home but the fact that this speaker has alexa built in is just amazing, you can now bring alexa on holidays with you without limits considering that the speaker is powered by battery and also waterproof. You will never need your phone again to play music cause the speaker will connect straight to the wifi and play the music from your favorite music provider such as spotify. (no more music interruption if somebody call you on your phone while music is playing). I’ve also notice since i’ve purchased the device that they integrated new funcions in the system such as spotify music and they also fixed some small bugs, this means that they are always improving the software. Really like this speakerno blast no party.
Whilst the sound and volume are really good, it constantly disconnects from bluetooth and no matter what ive tried to do, i cant get it to keep a sustained connection.
Excellent sound and battery life well worth the buy.
With Amazon Alexa hands-free voice control: Just ask Alexa to blast tunes from Amazon music*, Spotify or* TuneIn, change tracks, check the weather or try any of Alexa’s skills
Got this for teenager for christmas. Absolutely loves it, purchased amazon prime also so she can use prime music through the ultimate ears blast. Cannot keep her off it, music playing all the time, even in bathroom as it’s waterproof. Really sturdy and strong looking. Sound is amazing and cannot believe how loud it will go. Had no issues in setting up. Did lots of research before buying this.
Excellent design, sound quality was exceptional. Looked white on amazon pics. Similar colour to a school eraser. It looks as though it would get dirty easier than one of the other colours esp. If you use it as supposed to be. Returned reordered the speaker in blue.
I really like my blast speakers the only problem i have is that the battery doesn’t last for long.
I am rating this four stars because of sound quality. The size and weight are what i expected. The volume can go up really high. The quality and depth of sound is adequate and it’ll be fine for the holidays we have this year, in a cottage, on the beach, etc. But it’s far from hi fidelity. The alexa support is actually quite good and did what i expected (i also have echo products) so i’m not sure what other reviewers expected. Lovely product design and easy to use, hold, carry around, and charge.
Absolutely brilliant, bought as a gift for my wife.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled: Use the Alexa voice service at home or on the go whenever connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot or stream music via Bluetooth from your phone.
Waterproof and virtually indestructible: Never worry about going easy on it, your music will always be on point; the speaker is IP67 rated and can be immersed in water up to 1 m for 30 minutes