Ultimate Ears' current BOOM line of Bluetooth speakers features some of the most beloved Bluetooth speakers on the market. But if you were holding off on buying a BOOM or MEGABOOM because they don't have Amazon Alexa integration or WiFi and you maybe want some better sound, UE has the solution for you: the new BLAST and MEGABLAST.
As you might expect from the naming scheme, the MEGABLAST is the larger, more powerful version of the BLAST. Logitech doesn't discuss the smaller BLAST's sound much, but notes that the MEGABLAST has custom drivers and is the loudest Ultimate Ears speaker ever made with "more powerful mid-range, deeper bass, vocals and instruments that are produced clearer than ever before." It sports a maximum sound pressure level of 93 dBC, making it an impressive 40% louder than the MEGABOOM.
Both speakers feature IP67 water resistance, WiFi, and Amazon Alexa integration. Users in the US, UK, Germany, and Austria can use their voice with Alexa to control playback from Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn, with support for Pandora and Deezer expected in the future, when connected to WiFi. Alexa will also be able to order food and control smart home devices, among the 25,000 skills that it supports in total. Plus, there'll be a new Ultimate Ears app for iOS and Android that will update the speakers' firmware with new features. WiFi is good for a 330-foot range, and Bluetooth for 150 feet.
BOOM and POWER UP.
UE quotes the BLAST's battery life at 12 hours and the MEGABLAST's at 16. Logitech is also announcing a new $39.99 "POWER UP" charging dock that uses POGO pins that will prevent you from having to mess with wires every time you need to charge your speaker up.
The BLAST and MEGABLAST will cost $229.99 and $299.99, respectively, in the United States beginning late October. It'll also be sold in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria. Plus, those who order one before January 23rd, 2018 will get a free three-month trial of Amazon Music Unlimited, though it's only available for new subscribers. Color options include Graphite (black), Blizzard (white), Blue Steel, Merlot (red), Mojito (green), and Lemonade (yellow). In the US, the BLAST and MEGABLAST are already available for pre-order on Amazon and Ultimate Ears' site.
Ultimate Ears BLAST and MEGABLAST Deliver Breakthrough Portable Sound With Amazon Alexa Hands-Free Voice Control
Around the Home or On-The-Go, Ultimate Ears Takes Mobile Music Experience to Next Level with Portable Smart Speakers with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
LAUSANNE, Switzerland & NEWARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Ultimate Ears introduced Ultimate Ears BLAST and Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST with Amazon Alexa: portable, wireless, Wi-Fi and BluetoothⓇ speakers with immersive 360-degree sound and hands-free voice-control, for at home and on-the-go.
When connected to Wi-Fi, music fans in the US, UK, Germany and Austria can use the power of their voice to ask Alexa to control music from Amazon Music, iHeartRadio and TuneIn, and we expect to add voice control for Pandora and Deezer in the future. With Bluetooth, you can enjoy music from any of your favorite music services.
As Ultimate Ears’ loudest, most powerful and best sounding speaker to date, MEGABLAST is meticulously engineered from the ground up with custom drivers that produce a full and crisp sound. The result is a speaker with more powerful mid-range, deeper bass, vocals and instruments that are produced clearer than ever before in our highly portable, battery-powered speakers. With a maximum sound pressure level of 93 dBC, MEGABLAST is the loudest speaker from Ultimate Ears and is 40 percent louder than Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM.
“With BLAST and MEGABLAST, we brought together everything that our fans loved about our Bluetooth speakers -- amazing sound quality, waterproof, ready-for-anything design -- and upped the ante with Wi-Fi and far-field voice recognition with Amazon Alexa,” said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “And with a battery life of up to 12 hours for BLAST and 16 hours for MEGABLAST, you can take these portable speakers everywhere and enjoy great sound all day.”
Today Ultimate Ears also announced Ultimate Ears POWER UP, a sleek charging dock that makes charging easier and more seamless for BLAST and MEGABLAST. With POWER UP, say goodbye to messy wires and keep the music playing while charging.
You can now take your music and Alexa anywhere your BLAST and MEGABLAST can go, from party to pool to park. When connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot, just ask Alexa to play music, order pizza, control smart home devices or try any of the more than 25,000 skills available for Alexa.
“Alexa should go everywhere you want to go, and the BLAST and MEGABLAST speakers make that even easier,” said Steve Rabuchin, vice president, Amazon Alexa. “We’re excited that these devices will bring great-sounding music, durability, portability and hands-free access to Alexa to more customers, even outside of their homes.”
Other features from BLAST and MEGABLAST include:
Music never stops: When connected to Wi-Fi, you can take calls on your phone while the music continues to play uninterrupted on the speakers. And with hands-free voice control, anyone can play DJ -- just ask Alexa to play a song, turn up the volume or cue your favorite playlist. BLAST and MEGABLAST also give you the ability to stream music from the cloud, and a bigger range to roam and dance with a range of 330 feet on Wi-Fi. Both speakers have a Bluetooth range of 150 feet.
Seriously waterproof and long-lasting battery life: Both BLAST and MEGABLAST are IP67 rated, so they are dustproof, waterproof and can be immersed in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Keep the party going with a battery life of up to 12 hours for BLAST and up to 16 hours for MEGABLAST.
Smarter over time: Featuring a new Ultimate Ears app, BLAST and MEGABLAST get smarter and better over time. Using the app, you can update the speakers for new experiences and features as they become available.
Subtle yet stunning colors for every style: A twist on classic saturated primary hues, BLAST and MEGABLAST are available in six colors: Graphite (Black), Blizzard (White), Blue Steel, Merlot (Red), Mojito (Green) and Lemonade (Yellow). Color availability varies by country.
Amazon Music Unlimited
Any purchase of BLAST and/or MEGABLAST through January 23, 2018 will come with a three-month subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited. Amazon Music Unlimited, the full catalog on-demand streaming service, offers access to tens of millions of songs and thousands of hand-curated playlists and personalized stations, as well as natural language voice controls powered by Alexa. This promotion is only available to new subscribers of Amazon Music Unlimited.
Pricing and Availability
Pre-orders start today. Ultimate Ears BLAST, Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST and Ultimate Ears POWER UP are expected to be available in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Austria beginning late October for suggested retail prices of $229.99 for BLAST, $299.99 for MEGABLAST and $39.99 for POWER UP. Pricing varies by country. All speakers and charging dock sold separately. The free Ultimate Ears app is available for iPhone on App Store and for Android™ on Google Play. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com or connect with us on Instagram.
About Ultimate Ears
Ultimate Ears is transforming the way people experience music together, wherever life takes them. Ultimate Ears first revolutionized the way artists interact with their concert audiences by reinventing the on-stage monitor, turning it into a custom-fitted earphone. Today, Ultimate Ears, a brand of Logitech International, continues to bring music to life with its award-winning family of wireless speakers. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Learn more at www.ultimateears.com or connect with us on Instagram.
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