Earlier today Logitech launched its new range of Ultimate Ears speakers, which went on sale at Incredible Connection stores.
The range includes the UE Roll, UE Boom 2, and UE Megaboom. A couple of things make these speakers stand out from the rest like being waterproof (you know, if you feel like listening to music underwater up to 1m deep for 30 minutes; it’s drop proof too, as Logitech demonstrated earlier by throwing it around), and you can “Double Up”, by pairing another set of speaker to play from one audio source (party, anyone?).
The Logitech website says:
The UE Boom 2 was designed to live. To see the world. To get wet, muddy, covered in snow and beat-up, but to always be awesome (dirt-proof, waterproof, shock-proof).
The Ultimate Ears collection offers 360-degree sound, and is Bluetooth-enabled, compatible with iOS and Android via an app and allows up to 8 devices to be paired to it. Each speaker has its own app on the app stores.
The Roll has a range of 20m; it takes 5.5 hours to charge and offers up to 9 hours battery life. The Boom 2 has a range of 33m; it takes 2.5 hours to charge fully and has up to 15 hours of battery life. Lastly, the Megaboom has a 30m range; has a charge time of 2.5 hours and playback of up to 20 hours.
I’ve paired the Boom 2 with my iPhone 6 and listening to music as I type this (although I can tell Qwerty isn’t a fan of DMX, he didn’t mind Metallica earlier though), and if first impressions are anything to go by, I won’t be pairing another speaker to my smartphone in a hurry. The setup was straightforward. I like the fact that the speaker tells you how much battery life it has left when you switch it on. If you appreciate good sound quality, you will love the Ultimate Ears range.
The app, called UE Boom for the speaker I’m using, has an Equalizer (standard, bass jump, cramped spaces, voices and custom); alarm; Double Up; and a “more” tab that supports software updates for the speaker, settings, how-to, etc.
I also found out earlier that the buy behind the brand was a sound engineer for Van Halen. Apparently the band couldn’t find decent noise-cancelling equipment at band practise and so the product was created. I don’t know all the facts but you can google it. That alone should give you an indication of quality.
Speaking of quality – you get what you pay for, right? The Ultimate Ears range doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re looking for good quality speakers that are also waterproof, you can pick it up for:
UE Roll – R2500
UE Boom 2 – R3500
UE Megaboom – R5000
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