Dual speaker-equipped phones like the HTC U11, Nexus 6P, and Axon 7 may have better sound than their competitors, but the fact of the matter is that a phone's sound will never beat out a standalone speaker's. So if you want good portable sound and don't yet own a Bluetooth speaker, the UE ROLL 2 may be worth considering. Given its capabilities, the ROLL 2 is a no-brainer at just $45, which is less than half of its MSRP. Read More
Here at AP, we're quite fond of Ultimate Ears' MEGABOOM Bluetooth speaker. In our review of it from back in 2015, we found that it was tough, sounded great, and had a nice companion app. The only major sticking point - its MSRP of $299.99 (which it still retails for, by the way) makes it pretty pricey for a Bluetooth speaker. However, Best Buy is currently selling refurbished units of the MEGABOOM for just $129.99 a pop, making it a much more enticing value. Read More
Logitech's speaker brand, Ultimate Ears, includes the UE Boom and UE Megaboom speakers. They have mobile apps available, allowing you to connect multiple speakers together, change the EQ settings, and more. Now Logitech has released beta versions of the UE Boom and Megaboom apps, with the first new feature being Alexa support. Read More
Smartphones have never produced particularly good sound through their speakers. Sure, phones like the older HTC Ones, the Nexus 6 and 6P, and the Axon 7 have dual front-facing ones, but none of those are any match for a true, dedicated speaker. Even the JBL Moto Mod for the Moto Z line isn't all that great for its price and size. Now, though, you can get a highly-rated and highly portable Bluetooth speaker in the form of the UE ROLL 2 for just $49.99 on Amazon. Read More
There are a ton of Bluetooth speakers on the market these days, but it's hard to find one as well-rounded as Logitech's Ultimate Ears (UE) Boom 2. Not only does it look nice, but it also sounds great, is water resistant, and has a very long wireless range. Now, the price is awesome too. For just $149.99, you can pick one of these bad boys up from Amazon in any color you'd like. Read More
If you're in the market for some new Bluetooth gear, ley your fingers do the walking over to Woot's Electronics portal today. The site is offering a wide variety of Bluetooth headphones and speakers from a collection of different brands, all at around half off. This is one of Woot's daily deals, so the sale items will only be available today, Sunday (though they may show up in different sales later). Unfortunately Woot is a US-only site. Read More
The UE ROLL was one of the most interesting new Bluetooth speakers launched last year. With a waterproof (IPX7), disc-shaped body, and an attached bungee cord, the ROLL was marketed as a perfect companion for any adventure, rain or shine. Cam was a big fan of the device and had almost no complaints in his review.
Ultimate Ears is back at it again this year with an update to the original ROLL. It's called the UE ROLL 2 ($99), and as you might expect, it's even better. Read More
Logitech reached an agreement today to purchase Jaybird LLC for $50 million cash, plus up to another $45 million in earn-out pay if certain growth targets are achieved over the next two years. Jaybird joins Ultimate Ears as another wireless audio innovator brought under the Logitech product portfolio umbrella.
Jaybird's fitness oriented headphones, the BlueBuds X and more recently, the X2 have a very loyal group of followers, including AP's owner and founder, Artem. These fans should be somewhat reassured by the fact that Logitech intends to keep the Jaybird brand intact. The UE brand has continued to thrive and produce excellent speakers after being purchased by Logitech, and I think we can expect to see a similar path forward for Jaybird. Read More
The UE MEGABOOM speaker doesn't just go boom. It goes megaboom. That explosion you hear is the sound of a cylindrical Bluetooth speaker pumping music in all directions. It's not on your desk yet, but you can hear it already, and right now you can make it happen for $50 less than usual. Read More
Sound is pretty simple, especially in the form of music. It should be nice. It should be loud when I want it to be. It should fill the room. In the case of Bluetooth speakers, they should be easy to pair. Battery life should be decent. After that, see desired qualities listed for sound.
The Ultimate Ears Boom Bluetooth speaker should meet most of these qualities. Two years ago, our own Cameron Summerson considered this the Bluetooth speaker against which all others should be judged. That still means something, even if it's no longer the latest model.
I'm not an audiophile. Read More