I bought 2 of these so i could have music in bathrooms ( i already have 8 echos in the bedrooms and kitchen), however, there are certain issues i have to raise 9 good/bad)good – sound is clear and loud, it certainly warrants the price point. The portability is great, as i have taken one of these away with me a few times whilst travelling for business -connects well with bluetooth. Bad – alexa is sporadic at best = they do not connect automatically with your bluetooth device (phone/tablet)the start up process look like this – turn on >go to phone and connect to bluetooth >open the ue app – see if alexa has logged in/started, if not reload the app>restart and voilaits a pain that alexa does not always work, and the audio settings seem to change back to standard every time you start them. Bluetooth range is certainly not great indoors, as it stops working if you have your phone in a bedroom, and the ue in the bathroom on the same floor. I spoke with someone, and they mentioned the ue gets confused with so many echo’s in one house, and the auto log in to bluetooth always has to be started manually. Most of these issues i believe can be resolved with a solid firmware update, however i do not know when these issues will be ironed out. I was looking for a portable speaker for travel and bathrooms, and the ue is great for this, however, i paid the premium for alexa integration so i had voice control – this is patchy, and i would probably recommend the standard megablast as i have found i end up using my phone to hook up anyway.
This speaker was an excellent purchase. The sound quality is unparalleled and it easily fills any room without needing to be turned up too much. The built in alexa is a great added bonus and makes for easy control of the speaker while at home. I couldn’t be happier with this product, would recommend to anyone willing to throw in the extra cash.
So today i received my ultimate ears megablast. As a bit of context i should mention i am also the proud owner of an amazon echo 1st gen and a ultimate ears boom 2. The main difference between an echo and a megablast is the fact that an echo is more of a voice control hub that also happens to have an integrated speaker, the megablast is a high quality speaker that also happens to have alexa voice control in it. The key thing here is if you intend on listening to a lot of music (anywhere you want to go) then in my humble opinion the megablast operates in a whole different league of greatness. Before i received this i had my echo in my living room and the boom 2 in my office. Main reason for getting the megablast is because i never really rated the sound of my echo for music playback so i have been waiting for something capable of doing all the alexa stuff but most importantly with the sound quality of a purpose built audio device. As this is going to sit mainly in my living room i didn’t want to go down the echo dot plugged into a speaker route as it looks a little ugly to be on show. To start with the positives:first and foremoust, the sound quality is immense, significantly more ‘oomph’ than my boom 2, it sounds a lot bassier and warmer to listen to. The thing that jumped out more than anything is how crystal clear the mid and high top notes are. At 100% there was no reduction in sound quality, just very very loud.
Fantastic fidelity and brilliant portability.
I already have amazon echo so good to compare. The echo has very average sound but the alexa is very responsive. I mainly listen to the radio with alexa. I wanted a better portable speaker and the megablast seemed best option and value for money. The sound is definitely a huge step up better bass and overall sound. However the alexa is not quite as responsive. Sound was my priority however so i am happy and it is very durable and portable. The alexa is an added benefit. For serious listening i have a separates system that i use which can be beaten. Decide what your priority is.
Upgraded from my ue boom 2 and the bass quality is second to none. Highly recommend just go for it if you’re unsure.
- Awesome Bluetooth speaker but glitchy as an Echo device
- Really great speaker and ideal for a bathroom or en-suite
- Sensational! Everything an Echo Should have been and then some more!
Such a meaty little speaker. I also tried the megaboom, but it was too tinny for my kind of music, i like a lot of bass and although this one is bigger and heavier it’s perfect sound quality = loud.
Lets split this into 2 parts. Oh and i’ve only had the speaker 2 days. Part 1 – as a bluetooth speaker i give it 5 stars. The sound is awesome, set up is simple (with the app) and i love it. Not really pushed it to its limits yet, but the bass is good and whether i am listening to music, talk radio or as the audio for a recording on my phone it sounds fab. Controls easy to use, speaker very portable, sure it’s a tad on the heavy side but i find that just adds to the ‘quality’ feel of the device. Now as an echo device, so far my impressions are not great. I have the original echo, about 2 years now so i am familiar with it, and so far the megablast is not a patch on it. It seems to struggle with basic commands, for instance this morning i was listening to absolute 80’s (don’t judge me) and when i told it to stop the response was ‘sorry something went wrong’ and it carried on playing.
This is a truly incredible bit of kit. The only hassle is not being able to charge it without either turning it over or buying the £35 charging station but this is easily fixed by a small mic tripod like this one:https://www. Uk/gp/product/b013u48zz4/to my ears this also improves the tightness of the bass and looks cool too.
I got this at a great price. The rrp of £279 is a total joke, especially as it then priced around sonos and homepod territory which are in different class when it comes for sound. What you have is a very durable, stylish, portable, waterproof speaker which competes well with other similar speakers. The sound is clear, and perhaps a bit too shrill in the treble which i think will improve as the speaker runs in. Bass is tight, controlled and free of distortion which is not easy to achieve. Midrange reasonable accurate. You need the sonos or homepod for that (in stereo configuration). It is a bit large but still portable.
I’ve only used it a bit, so can’t talk about much beyond the sound and performance. For what it is, a portable speaker, the sound is impressive. I’ve compared it to a couple other, older more expensive speakers, and it stands up well in terms of sound and cost much less. Portable is great, but to properly use it with alexa you’d need the expensive (£35) charging base, as it turns off if not used. For music on the move, or in the garden, as long as you have wifi it is just what you need.
Features of Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth Speaker, Portable Wi-Fi/Loud Waterproof Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Control – Blue
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- Ultimate sound: Ultimate Ears powerful speaker with 360 degrees intensely rich sound, high 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
- Frequency range: 60Hz – 20kHz. 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; operating system requirements are iOS 10.2 or android 5.0
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Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST
Meet Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST, our most powerful portable Wi-Fi/Bluetooth speaker with big, bassy 360° sound and Amazon Alexa hands-free voice control built-in. Now with Wi-Fi, stream high audio quality, blast tunes, discover new music, order takeout, and more, with just the power of your voice.
Meticulously engineered from the ground-up, MEGABLAST features custom drivers for full, crisp sound at all volume levels. It streams using high-fidelity Wi-Fi or Bluetooth for even better sound.
MEGABLAST is seriously rugged, completely waterproof, and ready-to-rock any adventure. From the pool to the party and winter slopes—your music will always be on point no matter how wild things get.
16-hour Battery Life
It’s the ultimate endurance speaker—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 MEGABLAST super easy. Crank tunes or access any of Alexa’s crazy skills, all while charging. POWER UP’s sleek design looks awesome with any MEGABLAST color.Learn More
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
MEGABLAST brings Wi-Fi to the portable speaker party for fast streaming and a big range to roam. Use Alexa with these music services or 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
|Amazon Alexa Enabled||Amazon Alexa Enabled||N/A||N/A|
Connectivity and Range
|Wi-Fi 330ft / Bluetooth 150ft||Wi-Fi 330ft / Bluetooth 150ft||Bluetooth 100 ft||Bluetooth 100 ft|
|Loudest and most powerful||Bold/Immersive sound||Rich deep bass||Immersive and loud|
|Up to 16 hrs||Up to 12 hrs||20 hrs||15 hrs|
|N/A||N/A||150+ BOOM 2/MEGABOOM||150+ BOOM 2/MEGABOOM|
Updates via App
Charging Dock Compatibility
Do I need an Echo / Dot to control MEGABLAST?
No, you don’t need another Alexa device. Alexa is already built into MEGABLAST.
Does MEGABLAST support all Alexa commands/features?
MEGABLAST 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: MEGABLAST cannot be paired with other Ultimate Ears speaker such as BOOM, MEGABOOM, ROLL or WONDERBOOM.
Does the Ultimate Ears app for MEGABLAST and BLAST 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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Ultimate ears megablast bluetooth speaker, portable wi-fi/loud waterproof wireless speaker with amazon alexa voice control – bluei have never come across a speaker of that size that is so powerful and loud while also retaining amazing quality. I purchased this speaker the beginning of this year and i don’t think i have ever been as satisfied with speakers other than this one. When on full volume these speaker still manages to keep the quality and doesn’t distort in anyway. The speaker is rather heavy but it makes up for it in every other way. The alexa integration works really well and makes your life so much easier when wanting to find out a bit of information or just wanting the quickly listen a song without using your phone. I don’t have one fault with the speaker and would highly recommend this to anyone looking for something loud, portable and of high quality.
Really great speaker and ideal for a bathroom or en-suite. I have a first gen alexa & alexa pro & a do, and now this kiddy in the ensuite. The sound is surprisingly rich and full and covers all ranges very well. You will need the power up charging dock for always-on alexa which i managed to sort. You can play and stream most services via wifi or bluetooth (spotify hopefully will be able to stream on wifi soon with updates but at the mo, on bluetooth. I’ve been using the speaker a couple of weeks now and i’m very pleased and it’s turning out to be a worthwhile investment.
Took me a wee while to decide on what speaker to buy, but not disappointed with my purchase, absolute fantastic speaker, no complaints at all.
Very good sound – especially when played at louder volume, but it does have some constraints when comparing to the amazon echo itself which i previously had on my desk (before the ue arrived). For example:- the ue device is either turned on or off, so if you user the timer or alarm options on the echo they will only work if you have the unit turned on (it tends to power itself off after 15 minutes if it is not playing – which makes sense as a rechargeable device). This can be a little annoying as i used to get the echo to set a reminder for key conference calls (as the outlook reminder usually gets hidden at the bottom), so it means i have to remember to have the ue on at the time i have these alarms to ‘ring’. The echo didn’t have this problem as it was always powered on in the background even when you’re not using it. – the ue doesn’t always get what you are saying and tells you it is having difficulty, but this can be a little annoying when you are just trying to get it to pause whilst you take a call. I don’t think i have quite so many issues with the echo understanding/acting on simple commands. – the sound is good, but is best quality when it is on a louder setting – i’m not sure i am getting best value from it just using it at my desk, the echo i used previoulsy was fine at the volume levels i tend to use whilst at my desk (that one has now moved upstairs). In summary the ue megablast is good quality, a great looking device (i’ve got the red one) and looking forward to taking it outside with me in the summer, but i think it is horses for courses and the echo i originally bought for my desk would have sufficed. We already have a number of echo-dots around the house ‘plumbed’ in to other devices to improve their sound quality e. By bluetooth into the stereo in the kitchen, same again in the lounge into our amp etc. So there is no real need to carry the ue around from room to room unless i am moving about a lot and don’t want to keep turning devices on around the house as i go. Although there are other options to do this – which my husband has now implemented using a harmony hub etc. For someone who initially didn’t want an echo/dot he’s certainly bought a few and using them to control all sorts of appliances – turning on the tv/amp/sky box before you get to the lounge, turning on lamps in other rooms before you get there etc.
Lacks basic controls like play/pause physical button. No speaker phone not an issue for me as i don’t use speakers for calls. Spotify and amazon music is flawless. Music control is also either through phone spotify as remote or alexa commands.
I already have one of these and this was supposed to be the second one. Unfortunately i found out the hard way that these speakers aren’t compatible with the party up feature. I believe it’s something to do with it having alexa. Why can’t you just disable alexa whilst in party up mode?.Or just have one microphone enabled?. Logitech sort yourselves out. On its own it’s an amazing speaker.
Ultimate sound: Ultimate Ears powerful speaker with 360 degrees intensely rich sound, high clarity and heart-pounding bass; with up to 12 hours of battery, it brings your music to life wherever you take it
I love the family of ultimate ears bluetooth speakers. I bought the biggest ‘megablast’ thinking it would be louder and bassier than the slightly smaller ‘megaboom’ but to be honest i’ve been more impressed with the sound from my friend’s megaboom. I’m pretty annoyed by the really flakey ‘spotify connect’ functionality which i was assured had been implemented into this model of speaker. It drops out from time to time and often isn’t appearing in my spotify device list despite both my phone and the speaker being on the same network.
It looks great, is simple to use, battery life brilliant and it sounds huge. The volume range covers more than i need for single room use. Sound quality is well above what i could have imagined including reassuring power, splendid bass and clarity across the frequency range. It goes well beyond a small mobile speaker trying to sound big – it belongs in the really good speaker that happens to be compact and mobile category. I haven’t tried alexa so cannot comment on that facility.
I got this for christmas, i particularly wanted this model ‘the megablast’ becuase of the bluetooth and wifi with alexa. So i could take it away in our campervan. Hopefully pairing it to my iphone and using alexa on the road wherever we go. Use it outside the van for listening to our music and movies we watch. Having bought many different high quality speakers over the years. This lives up to its reputation. Clear, precise and detailed with a solid bass.
Works perfect, sounds good, but bass is not strongest side of megablast. Install app and received updates since realese with more features. There are 2 adapters: uk and europe, very good for traveling. Keep in touch with updates, hope soon spotify and other speaker features like equilizer and etc.
The sound quality is just fantastic – brilliant bass and punchy power. It’s well-built and good looking too. I was looking for a bluetooth speaker but i’ve ended up using the smart functionality more, which i wasn’t expecting (alexa is sometimes glitchy though). Battery life could be a lot better. I only get around half what they say at 50% volume. After doing a lot of research i bought this instead of the megaboom 3 as it’s better value (and the flagship product in the ue range) and i have no regrets.
I’m quite sniffy about the quality of the sound that i get. It was £130, which i deemed good value. I don’t think it’s one to take on a business trip. But for my big bathroom, i can ask alexa to play anything from spotify, or play bbc radio 6. (late breaking news – my wife has nicked it for her bathroom, so i need another one.
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
When it turns itself off from being idol it will not sound your morning alarms, learned that the hard way, i think it’s another little scheme to get you to buy their charging dock, fantastic speaker anyhow no other problems.
This speaker produces very high quality sound for its size with a lovely bass for music and clear treble for speech. It has a small footprint so takes up little space and can be positioned virtually anywhere. The built in alexa works fine, as does the app. I bought from amazon at £129 which is a bargain considering the usual price. I have a bang and olufsen beolit 17 portable speaker costing nearly twice the price retail and although it cannot provide the all round power and bass of that larger speaker it nearly matches it in overall sound quality and beats it hands down in portability and versatility.
Dislike the alexa interface. Have to talk loud and clear for it to understand. Not as good as the proper echo’s. Frustratingly keeps losing internet connection. Have updated but still does it. Sound is fantastic so top mark’s there.
This was my first bluetooth speaker and i’m really pleased with it. Alexa integration also works without any issues. Not sure why people have some many problems – mine had 0 issues. Since buying this, i have also bought beoplay a1 and beoplay m5, but the ue megablast remains my default go to speaker. Excellent battery life, superb sound, bluetooth and wi-fi. Managed to get this on black friday deal at £129. 99 and have used it almost every day.
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
Frequency range: 60Hz – 20kHz.