Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth Speaker, Great value portable speaker

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.

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.

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.

Comments from buyers

“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!

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.

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.

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’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.

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.

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.

Fantastic fidelity and brilliant portability.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upgraded from my ue boom 2 and the bass quality is second to none. Highly recommend just go for it if you’re unsure.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth Speaker, Portable Wi-Fi/Loud Waterproof Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Control - Green
Rating
5.0 of 5 stars, based on 170 reviews
Price
£269.99

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  1. 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.
  2. This review is from : Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth Speaker, Portable Wi-Fi/Loud Waterproof Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Control – Green

    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.
    • 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.
  3. This review is from : Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth Speaker, Portable Wi-Fi/Loud Waterproof Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Control – Green

    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.
    • This review is for those who like to listen to music at a lower volume (or with a lot of empty spaces like piano music or audiobooks). The speaker emits an audible static noise that remains the same at any volume. If you have trained ears (and even if you don’t) you will hear it at lower volumes at quiet times – like late night listening. I bought this item to listen to classical music, audiobooks or some nature sounds to wind down before going to bed. I chose the megablast to not compromise on the lower notes. Thunderstorms, piano, bassy rumbly narratos, they all sound better on a well rounded specturm. But the static noise sadly overshadows it all. If you are a classical listener, you also probably want to “hear the room” of the recording. However, with all the static – even ever so subtle – you won’t be able to hear the room. At places you might even hear some of the drivers mechanical movement / pressure shifting inside the device on certain notes.
      • This review is for those who like to listen to music at a lower volume (or with a lot of empty spaces like piano music or audiobooks). The speaker emits an audible static noise that remains the same at any volume. If you have trained ears (and even if you don’t) you will hear it at lower volumes at quiet times – like late night listening. I bought this item to listen to classical music, audiobooks or some nature sounds to wind down before going to bed. I chose the megablast to not compromise on the lower notes. Thunderstorms, piano, bassy rumbly narratos, they all sound better on a well rounded specturm. But the static noise sadly overshadows it all. If you are a classical listener, you also probably want to “hear the room” of the recording. However, with all the static – even ever so subtle – you won’t be able to hear the room. At places you might even hear some of the drivers mechanical movement / pressure shifting inside the device on certain notes.
  4. This review is from : Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth Speaker, Portable Wi-Fi/Loud Waterproof Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Control – Green

    Unfortunately my experience with the megablast has been an absolute nightmare and so far extremely frustrating. I own the bose sound link, the bose sound link mini, a jvc portable speaker and a jam heavy metal and i have never experienced any problems with any of them. I bought the megablast speaker because i was attracted by his features like being powerful, water proof and having the alexa service. Initially things were working all right. Initial set up was not the easiest but relatively straight forward. However always experiencing a few problems loosing the connection with my iphone 7 every now and then but then spontaneously reconnecting. Since i have upgraded my phone to iphone xs i can’t use the megablast any longer. I deleted the up and downloaded the most updated version again but not able to connect at all. Downloaded the software on my laptop and tried to set it up that way. Reset the speaker to factory settings, no luck. After many attempts and a lot of frustrations eventually somehow the phone connected to the speaker a few days ago. The app is not finding the device and i can’t connect it and therefore i can’t use it again. To be honest i have had enough. I’ll contact the seller and try to get a refund. This is a great shame because the actual speaker is very good but completely let down by the software.
  5. This review is from : Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth Speaker, Portable Wi-Fi/Loud Waterproof Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Control – Green

    Unfortunately my experience with the megablast has been an absolute nightmare and so far extremely frustrating. I own the bose sound link, the bose sound link mini, a jvc portable speaker and a jam heavy metal and i have never experienced any problems with any of them. I bought the megablast speaker because i was attracted by his features like being powerful, water proof and having the alexa service. Initially things were working all right. Initial set up was not the easiest but relatively straight forward. However always experiencing a few problems loosing the connection with my iphone 7 every now and then but then spontaneously reconnecting. Since i have upgraded my phone to iphone xs i can’t use the megablast any longer. I deleted the up and downloaded the most updated version again but not able to connect at all. Downloaded the software on my laptop and tried to set it up that way. Reset the speaker to factory settings, no luck. After many attempts and a lot of frustrations eventually somehow the phone connected to the speaker a few days ago. The app is not finding the device and i can’t connect it and therefore i can’t use it again. To be honest i have had enough. I’ll contact the seller and try to get a refund. This is a great shame because the actual speaker is very good but completely let down by the software.
    • I thought something of this size and price would have excellent sound quality, especially the bass. If you put your hand over the surface you can see where the sound is coming out, it’s only a pair of tiny tweeters. Also dropped out a fair bit while on bluetooth, not awful, but why does it need to drop out at all from 2 meters away. Also alexa integration is really slow, takes a 1-2 seconds process your voice, my mate’s alexa answers almost instantly. What a rip off, returned for a refund.
  6. This review is from : Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth Speaker, Portable Wi-Fi/Loud Waterproof Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Control – Green

    I thought something of this size and price would have excellent sound quality, especially the bass. If you put your hand over the surface you can see where the sound is coming out, it’s only a pair of tiny tweeters. Also dropped out a fair bit while on bluetooth, not awful, but why does it need to drop out at all from 2 meters away. Also alexa integration is really slow, takes a 1-2 seconds process your voice, my mate’s alexa answers almost instantly. What a rip off, returned for a refund.
  7. This review is from : Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth Speaker, Portable Wi-Fi/Loud Waterproof Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Control – Green

    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.
  8. This review is from : Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth Speaker, Portable Wi-Fi/Loud Waterproof Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Control – Green

    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.
    • Bought this speaker based on which mag best buy. After not very much use and 6 months on it would no longer turn on and off – remained permanently on and i could no longer adjust the volume which was very loud. So eventually i unplugged the speaker and when i tried to recharge it was dead. It’s also a bit bulky to move from room to room. Amazon replacement service flawless and they are sending me a replacement. My only quibble is i wanted a refund to buy another bluetooth speaker as i no longer have any confidence in this product; but this option was denied.
      • Bought this speaker based on which mag best buy. After not very much use and 6 months on it would no longer turn on and off – remained permanently on and i could no longer adjust the volume which was very loud. So eventually i unplugged the speaker and when i tried to recharge it was dead. It’s also a bit bulky to move from room to room. Amazon replacement service flawless and they are sending me a replacement. My only quibble is i wanted a refund to buy another bluetooth speaker as i no longer have any confidence in this product; but this option was denied.

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