Ultimate Ears have built quite the repertoire over the years, offering some of the loudest and durable portable speakers in the market. Their latest offering, the Megablast, promises to be one of their loudest speakers yet.
With a name this bold, will the Megablast blow us away, or will it be no more than dead air?
So, let’s take a look at our in-depth UE Megablast Review…
The Megablast takes a lot of its design cues from its predecessor, the Megaboom. It’s quite similar in size and form factor. The biggest differences are the aesthetic changes the company have made.
The signature large plus and minus symbols are back. On top of the speaker, there is an LED indicator and a smaller Bluetooth button for connecting and pairing devices.
There’s a small metal D-ring on the bottom if you wish to hang the speaker. There’s also a rubber flap keeping the charging port safe from water.
Portable and waterproof…
Just like other UE portable speakers, the Megablast comes with an IP67 rating, making it fully waterproof. Likewise, you won’t have to worry about dropping this speaker into the river accidentally, since they float. Perfect if you need some music on your boat trip.
UE also sells a charging cradle separately, if you prefer keeping the speaker in one for most of the time. This cradle keeps it fully charged until removed.
There’s nothing more to say design-wise. Just like other UE portable speakers, the Megablast is super rugged, waterproof, and floats when dropped in water.
This is where the Megablast really sets itself apart from other speakers in the UE wireless speaker range.
Loud and clear…
Saying this speaker is loud is an understatement. UE’s signature sound is present here. It’s warm, with a tight, punchy mid-bass sound. It does lack some sub-bass, but it’s a problem most portable speakers struggle with.
Cranking the volume up, we hear no distortion or any struggle with the high-end frequencies. This makes the whole listening experience pleasurable, no matter how loud you need the music.
Big and full…
The biggest surprise to us was the audio separation. The speaker is large, but the soundstage sounds much larger than the speaker itself. The cylindrical form factor means audio is played in 360 degrees. As a result, every inch of the room is filled with sound.
Is it a great representation of the original mix? No! But what it is, is a really fun sound signature that fits perfectly with any genre of music and will have all your friends at the house party dancing till morning comes.
Connectivity and Battery Life
The Megablast supports up to eight Bluetooth devices and supports dual-band WIFI. Furthermore, using the speaker over WIFI gives you some great streaming options from Amazon music, Tune-in radio, and much more.
The biggest letdown connectivity wise is the lack of a 3.5mm jack. This speaker only works wirelessly.
Also, there are no hi-res audio codecs present.
Alexa, play my jams…
The biggest upside is Alexa integration. This speaker seamlessly integrates with Alexa on a level that few speakers have done so far.
The speaker has far-field voice recognition. Therefore, it can pick up your voice from quite a distance and even through loud music playing.
The only missing Alexa feature is voice calling. Unfortunately, this means you won’t be able to use these speakers as an intercom.
Let the music play…
Battery life is great. We almost got 15 hours at 60% of the volume. Expect anywhere between 10 to 16 hours, depending on the volume you’re listening at.
Who is the UE Megablast for?
This speaker can fill quite a few voids. If you want a dependable, virtually indestructible portable speaker, look no further. The IP67 rating means this speaker can endure harsh environments without hesitation.
If you are constantly on the road, hiking, or camping, there aren’t any more rugged speakers than Ultimate Ears speakers.
An ideal Alexa companion…
The speaker is also perfect for people looking for Alexa compatible wireless speakers, but don’t want anything to do with the Echo range from Amazon. The Megablast has some of the best Alexa integration we’ve seen from a non-Amazon product.
Music on the go…
Last but not least, if you want a loud portable speaker that can get a party going anywhere, the Megablast has got you covered.
The Megablast can go up to 93dB. For comparison, most lawn mowers crank up to 90dB, which means the Megablast can drown out the sound of a lawnmower!
UE Megablast Pros and Cons
- It’s loud.
- Sounds great.
- Durable with an IP67 rating.
- Floats in water.
- No hi-res codecs.
- No 3.5mm jack.
- Lacks sub-bass.
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UE Megablast Review Round-Up
The Megablast is one of UE’s best and loudest speakers yet. It’s loud and proud. It’s expensive, but you get what you pay for. Perfectly integrated Alexa features make it the perfect home companion, whilst its rugged build makes it great for outdoor use as well.
Whether you are having a house party indoors, by the pool, going to the beach, or hiking up a mountain, the Megablast will never let you down.
Until next time, may your music always sound sweet.