Ultimate Ears Blast Bluetooth Speaker – Sound Quality is Insane and the Bass is much better than the UE Boom 2

Sound is fantastic, alexa so easy, use app on phone too.

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.

Good value for money and connectivity is great. I’ve bought four of these and they are easy to use. Here are the specifications for the Ultimate Ears Blast Bluetooth Speaker:

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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. Frequency Range: 60Hz – 20kHz
  • 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
  • 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

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.

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.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Sounds great – Wifi and/or Alexa isn’t
  • Love it. Great size and sound quality is good
  • Exceptionally good speaker!

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.

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.

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.

I own other ue products and brought this to enable me to take alexa around the house and garden. I can listen to music and audiobooks, in the bathroom, in the garage and out in the garden. I have had not had any reliability issues. Sound is very good for the price and has a slightly different balance to an echo, which some may prefer. Overall a well thought out and good value product that should give years of service. Just look out for a good deal and buy with confidence.

The sound quality from such small package is very impressive all my music sounds brilliant & its so handy to be able to use it in the garden in the nice weather highly recommended.

I bought this speaker to take on the road with me as i work away from home the majority of the time. The sound quality is excellent whether listening to an audio book or some power metal and the waterproofing appears to be flawless. I’ve not used the alexa integration much as it’s not compatible with captive hotel wi-fi portals but when i have used it, it has been adequate if a little unresponsive unless i issue commands from very close. The biggest gripe i have with this speaker is the battery longevity. At first, the battery life was excellent and i only needed to charge it every couple of weeks with occasional use (mostly i just used it for 30-45 minutes in the morning to listen to a bbc iplayer episode or similar). I’ve owned it for about a year now and the battery life has fallen to less than an hour (and it won’t work at all while the battery is low even if it’s plugged in. I also bought the ‘power up’ dock about 3 months ago and found that it’s extremely unreliable and will often stop charging the speaker unexpectedly which really doesn’t help.

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.

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.

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.

Superb quality, but slightly smaller than i expected. The speaker when turned up loud was very loud in comparison to the size. Great speaker for the price, but would recommend buying the charging dock if using it often at home. If you want something smaller and less expensive than the megaboom then i would recommend it, but much smaller than what the images show above.

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.

Absolutely amazing sound for the price so loud it’s act unbelievable that much noise could come out of a small speaker not so great on the alexa bit but i didn’t buy it for that and it works ok for me great piece of kit aaaaaaaaa+.

I prefer the wonderboom – this one cuts out a lot.

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.

I ordered the ue blast last night on amazon prime as an impulse purchase as i already own 2 of the ue boom2. It wasn’t until after completing the order that i looked at the reviews which seemed to highlight a number of issues mainly around using the alexa function. The blast arrived by lunchtime the next day which i still think is great considering the order was placed the previous evening which was a bank holiday monday. Before trying out the speaker i connected it to my phone via bluetooth, downloaded the app (different to the app for ue boom) then connected it to my internet and immediately updated the firmware. Once this was completed i linked the device to my amazon account and so far no issues whatsoever. The blast plays my amazon music just by using the alexa wake word and works for the smart plugs i have in the house. All the voice commands have been picked up and actioned so far. I will need to look into changing the wake word for my echo devices though so i can use this speaker throughout the house without activating them when i want to use the speaker (would be nice if i could change the wake word on the ue instead)my only complaint so far is that you cannot link the boom 2 to the blast, as stated previously i own 2 of the booms and would really like to have been able to connect them all. I am happy to be corrected but i see this as being a deliberate firmware lock down rather than restrictions on the hardware. This is the only reason why i would give 4 rather than 5 stars.

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.

Summary
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Ultimate Ears Blast Bluetooth Speaker, Portable Wi-Fi/Loud Waterproof Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Control - White
Rating
4.3 of 5 stars, based on 136 reviews
Price
£169.99