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EarFun UBOOM L Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 15, 2024 at 09:38 am
Latest change: Retest Jan 29, 2024 at 02:47 pm
EarFun UBOOM L Picture
6.0
Music
5.6
Videos/Movies
6.7
Podcasts
4.8
Voice Assistant
6.1
Outdoors

The EarFun UBOOM L is a portable Bluetooth speaker designed for listening to music wherever you go. Its small and lightweight design makes it easy to carry around in your bag or backpack. It's even rated IP67 for dust and water resistance to help protect it against the elements. It doesn't come with as many sound enhancement features as more premium models; you can still switch between its Indoor and Outdoor sound modes as you move around, and its Video Mode helps reduce latency when you watch videos through your paired device.

Our Verdict

6.0 Music

The EarFun UBOOM L is passable for music. Voices and lead instruments are present in the mix, though they lack some detail due to the roll-off in the treble range. Also, this smaller speaker doesn't bring a lot of punch or rumble in the bass, which is disappointing if you love bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. You can widen the speaker's sound with its Outdoor Mode, but it doesn't have more traditional bass or treble adjustments to customize its sound.

Pros
  • Portable design.
  • Clear reproduction of vocals.
Cons
  • Few sound customization tools.
  • Lacks low-bass.
5.6 Videos/Movies

The EarFun UBOOM L is middling for videos. You can pair up your smartphone to watch videos, and the speaker's Video Mode helps reduce latency to avoid lip-synching issues. It's not designed for movies, though, since it doesn't get very loud and doesn't reproduce a lot of low-bass.

Pros
  • Video Mode to reduce latency.
Cons
  • Not loud enough for larger spaces.
  • Lacks low-bass.
6.7 Podcasts

The EarFun UBOOM L is okay for podcasts. Thanks to its balanced mids, voices are reproduced with clarity in the mix. They lack detail, though, due to the roll-off in the treble. Unfortunately, you don't have many sound customization tools to switch up its performance. It's loud enough for an average-sized room, though it struggles to fill up larger spaces with sound, so you might want to stereo pair a second unit if you prefer a louder sound.

Pros
  • Portable design.
  • Clear reproduction of vocals.
Cons
  • Few sound customization tools.
  • Not loud enough for larger spaces.
4.8 Voice Assistant

The EarFun UBOOM L doesn't have built-in voice assistant support. Instead, it uses the voice assistants from your paired smartphone. Overall, the speaker does a decent job picking up your commands when you're far away or in a noisier environment. It doesn't have as many features as speakers designed with voice assistant use in mind, though, so you can't mute its microphone, for example.

Pros
  • Clear reproduction of vocals.
Cons
  • Not loud enough for larger spaces.
  • No built-in voice assistants.
6.1 Outdoors

The EarFun UBOOM L is acceptable for outdoor use. This small, lightweight speaker is incredibly portable, and its IP67 rating for dust and water resistance helps protect it against the elements. Its Outdoor Mode is also designed for listening in larger and more open spaces. This speaker doesn't get as loud as other models on the market, like the JBL Charge 5, and its battery life falls short of its advertised length.

Pros
  • IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.
  • Portable design.
Cons
  • Few sound customization tools.
  • Not loud enough for larger spaces.
  • 6.0 Music
  • 5.6 Videos/Movies
  • 6.7 Podcasts
  • 4.8 Voice Assistant
  • 6.1 Outdoors
  1. Updated Jan 29, 2024: Added information to the Battery box about the speaker's performance on Outdoor vs Indoor Mode.
  2. Updated Jan 15, 2024: Review published.
  3. Updated Jan 05, 2024: Early access published.
  4. Updated Dec 20, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Dec 12, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Dec 01, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.
  7. Updated Nov 08, 2023: The product has won our suggestion poll, so we'll buy and test it soon.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The EarFun UBOOM L is available in Black, and you can see the label for our tested model here.

If you come across another version of this speaker, let us know in the forums so we can update this review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The EarFun UBOOM L is a portable Bluetooth speaker with a design similar to other models like the JBL Charge 5. It's a more wallet-friendly option for listening on the go, though its sound quality isn't as impressive as that of more premium models like the JBL. You don't get access to as many sound customization tools as similarly-priced models like the Anker Soundcore Flare 2.

See also our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers under $100, the best portable Bluetooth speakers, and the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers.

JBL Flip 6

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the JBL Flip 6 or the EarFun UBOOM L. They're both portable Bluetooth speakers with similar designs but have different strengths. The JBL is better built, and its default sound is more even, which some users may prefer. It's more customizable, too, thanks to its graphic EQ. However, it doesn't support voice assistants like the EarFun.

JBL Charge 5

The JBL Charge 5 and the EarFun UBOOM L are similarly designed portable Bluetooth speakers. However, the JBL is the better pick overall. It's better built with a longer battery life and offers better sound quality with more rumble in the bass range. Also, its companion app gives you more control over its sound thanks to its graphic EQ. It has to downmix stereo sound into mono, unlike the EarFun.

Anker Soundcore 3

The Anker Soundcore 3 and the EarFun UBOOM L are both portable Bluetooth speakers available for less. The Anker is the better of the two, as it has many more customization features, like a graphic EQ. Also, it has a longer-lasting battery life and a smaller size that may be more ideal for some users.

Tribit StormBox Blast

The Tribit StormBox Blast is a more premium alternative to the EarFun UBOOM L. The Tribit comes with a lot of extra features, such as RGB lights and a graphic EQ to customize its sound. It also gets louder than the EarFun, and its battery life is longer-lasting. That said, it doesn't support voice assistants like the EarFun.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The EarFun UBOOM L is an all-black horizontal speaker designed for on-the-go listening. It looks similar to other speakers like the JBL Charge 5.

9.1
Design
Portability
Volume
85 inยณ (1,393 cmยณ)
Weight
1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
Power Source
Battery & USB
One-Hand Carry
Yes

This speaker is very portable. It's small and lightweight, and since it's battery-powered, you don't need to keep it plugged into an outlet to use it.

8.1
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Good
Water Resistance
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
Yes

The EarFun UBOOM L has a great build quality. It doesn't feel as premium as other portable Bluetooth speakers like the JBL Charge 5, but its materials still feel good and solid. The mesh feels sturdy, and the texturized rubber buttons on top are good to touch. However, the plastic build for the passive radiators on the sides feels a little cheap, and the rubber isn't as good quality as what you get with the JBL.

7.9
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Good
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Physical)
Call Answer/End
Yes (Physical)
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
Yes (Physical)
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

This speaker has an easy-to-use selection of physical controls. Since it doesn't have a companion app, you can control all its settings from the device itself. The buttons are clicky and offer good feedback, so it's easy to keep track of the settings as you adjust them. There's even audible feedback when you turn the speaker on/off as well as when you reach maximum volume.

  • Power button:Press to turn the speaker on/off.
  • Bluetooth button:Press once to pair to a device over Bluetooth. Press twice to activate Video Mode, which reduces latency. Hold for three seconds to start True Wireless Stereo pairing.
  • Volume buttons:Press to raise/lower the volume.
  • Play button:Press to play/pause audio or answer/end phone calls. Hold to activate the voice assistant from a connected device.
  • Sound Mode button: Press to switch between the Indoor and Outdoor sound modes. Hold for two seconds to enable Party Mode with a paired speaker, which lets you play both devices simultaneously.

Design
In The Box

  • Manual
  • USB-A to USB-C cable

Sound
6.0
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
-0.38
Std. Err.
4.73 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
74.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
16.3 kHz

The EarFun UBOOM L has a passable frequency response accuracy. Its sound profile is fairly even, especially in the mids, where most voices and lead instruments are reproduced. However, the roll-off in the treble range makes audio sound less detailed. Like most small speakers, it also lacks a lot of low-bass, so you don't get the deep thump and rumble in genres like EDM and hip-hop.

This speaker comes with Indoor and Outdoor sound modes, which are designed to adjust audio to suit the space you're in. Outdoor mode is designed for listening in larger, more open spaces like a backyard. We tested the speaker in Indoor mode since it offered the most even sound profile. You can see a comparison of the two sound modes here, and you'll notice that Outdoor mode brings a touch less punch in the bass. We also tested the speaker with Video Mode turned on and off, and we found that it had no impact on the sound.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
6.4
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
6.73 dB
Stereo
Yes

This speaker can playback stereo sound, which is great since most music is mixed in this format. It has a more front-facing design, so you don't get consistent sound from all angles around the device.

6.5
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
89.6 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.34 dB

The EarFun UBOOM L gets loud enough to fill an average-sized living room with sound. However, it doesn't get as loud as other models we've tested, and there's some compression when you push it to max volume. You can always stereo pair a second unit to the speaker if you want a louder sound.

Active Features
4.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
6.9 hrs
Charge Time
2.6 hrs
Power Saving
No
Charging Port
USB-C
Battery Powered
Yes

Though it's advertised to have a 16-hour battery life, in our tests, the speaker only lasted a little over six hours when set to Indoor Mode. It lasts longer when set to Outdoor Mode, though, with a battery life of around 9 hours. Some users have reported the oppositeโ€”that Outdoor Mode drains the battery fasterโ€”but we couldn't replicate this in our tests. Let us know in the forums if you experience anything similar.

4.0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
Speakerphone
Yes
Siri
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
Voice Assistant
Yes
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No
Far-Field Performance
Decent
Ambient Noise Performance
Decent

This speaker doesn't have any built-in voice assistant support. Instead, it uses the voice assistants from your paired smartphone. It does a decent job of picking up your commands with Google Assistant. The speaker didn't perform as well in our tests with Siri, but subjectively, we didn't notice much of an issue with its performance.

0
Active Features
App
App Name
No App
iOS
No
Android
No
EQ
No
Stereo Pair Mode
No
Party Mode
No
Multi-Room
No
Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
Yes
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
Yes

You can wire your devices to the speaker using the AUX port. There's also a USB-C port to charge the speaker, and you can use it to charge other devices like a smartphone, which is handy.

7.7
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Bluetooth iOS Latency
83 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
136 ms
Bluetooth Range
280.2 ft (85.4 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
No

This speaker is Bluetooth compatible, though you can only pair it to one device at a time. If you want to watch videos on a paired smartphone, you're in luck since this speaker comes with a Video Mode designed to reduce latency. It significantly improves the speaker's performance, so you notice fewer lip-synching issues with your videos and movies. Our results represent the speaker's performance with Video Mode on; you can expect much higher latency if you turn it off.

0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
No
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A