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Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Review: Better Than The Original, But No Longer The Best

Back in July of 2014, a speaker came out that changed the way I thought of Bluetooth speakers: the Ultimate Ears BOOM. At the time — and for many months after — this speaker was the benchmark by which all others were judged. Then came the MEGABOOM, a damn-near double sized BOOM. Again, benchmark-quality stuff. The ROLL is the smallest entry from Ultimate Ears, but that didn't stop it from also being incredible. Needless to say, Ultimate Ears has been putting out some of my favorite speakers over the last two years.

Then JBL came along and changed the game again.

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Ultimate Ears Announces The BOOM 2 With Increased Volume, Longer Battery Life, And IPX 7 Protection

For the past two years, the Ultimate Ears BOOM has been, in my opinion, the benchmark Bluetooth speaker. It was the first one to come out that really and truly changed the way I personally thought about BT speakers, because it was the first one that didn't sound like a tiny, ultra-portable speaker. Since then, we've seen a lot of really nice speakers step the game up, but despite being two years old, the BOOM has been able to hold its own against basically all of them.

Today, UE announced the successor to the BOOM, the BOOM 2. Naturally, this builds on what UE started with the BOOM and makes it better.

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Ultimate Ears Will Soon Allow Ten Or More BOOM/MEGABOOMs To Be Paired Together For Huge Sound

When it comes to portable Bluetooth speakers, the Ultimate Ears BOOM ($199) and MEGABOOM ($299) stand above the rest in my opinion. Each speaker has outstanding sound quality for its size, they're both incredibly robust, and Ultimate Ears backs them with an unprecedented two-year warranty.

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They both also have a killer feature called Double Up that allows two speakers - either two BOOMs, two MEGABOOMs, or a combination of either - to be paired together for stereo sound using the Ultimate Ears apps. In my experience, this works very well and is super easy to set up. In the coming months, however, it looks like Ultimate Ears is going to allow 10, or perhaps even 20 speakers to be paired together in the same way that Double Up works, as reported by re/code.

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Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM Review: The Biggest, Baddest, Loudest BOOM Yet

When I reviewed the Ultimate Ears BOOM back in July of 2013, it quickly became my favorite portable speaker, and held that title all throughout last year. To this day, in terms of portability, form factor, and sound quality, I don't think you can get a better all-around package. Sure, there are more robust speakers (like the Fugoo speaker), and there are even speakers that sound better (like the Bose SoundLink Mini, which is amazing for the size), but when it comes to one do-it-all monster, the BOOM is it.

Naturally, when Ultimate Ears announced the MEGABOOM at CES, I had to jump in line to check it out.

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Scosche Announces the boomBOTTLE – A Weatherproof, Water Bottle-Sized Wireless Sound System For Your Bike

Describing it as "a wireless omnidirectional outdoor speaker," Scosche today unveiled the boomBOTTLE – a wireless speaker for your bike that's roughly the shape and size of an average water bottle.

Powered by Bluetooth, the boomBOTTLE fits in your bike's water bottle holster and promises "rich, deep" audio courtesy of dual 40mm drivers in each unit. The device also has an integrated passive subwoofer with a ported enclosure.

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