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The 3 Best Ultimate Ears Speakers of 2023 Reviews

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Best Ultimate Ears Speakers

We've currently tested six Ultimate Ears speakers. Ultimate Ears is an American brand that manufactures audio products like speakers, headphones, and earbuds. Their speakers are very well-built and portable, making them well-suited for outdoor use. Also, many are compatible with the Ultimate Ears app, which has some sound customization features like a graphic EQ. Ultimate Ears speakers often don't have voice assistant support or Wi-Fi compatibility. 

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Best Ultimate Ears Speakers


  1. Best Ultimate Ears Speaker

    The best UE speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. It's a premium Bluetooth speaker with great sound quality for listening to your favorite tunes. Thanks to its hefty build, this speaker easily reproduces the deep thump and rumble in the bass, which is great for genres like EDM and hip-hop. Voices and lead instruments also clearly reproduce, making it suitable for many other genres. Like most premium speakers on the market, there's even a room correction feature that automatically optimizes its audio reproduction based on the unique acoustic characteristics of your room.

    You can also manually adjust the speaker's performance using its graphic EQ. Traditional EQ preset modes like Bass Boost and Podcast are also available through the companion app if you want an easier way to switch up its sound. Plus, the speaker's portable enough to listen to your favorite tunes on the go. Its built-in carrying strap makes it easier to transport, and it's even rated IPX4 for water resistance, meaning it can withstand light exposure to the elements. No matter where you go, its over 23-hour battery life ensures you can keep the party going well into the night.

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  2. Best Mid-Range Ultimate Ears Speaker

    If you're looking for a more affordable Ultimate Ears speaker, consider the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. Despite its more budget-friendly price, it's still a versatile speaker, and its smaller and more compact size makes it even more suitable for bringing your favorite tunes with you on the go. This cylindrical Bluetooth speaker is available in several colors and has a solid and sturdy build, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance to protect it from the elements. It's small and lightweight, so you can easily carry it in one hand or use its built-in hook to attach it to your bag.

    Compared to the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM, this speaker lacks a room correction feature, so it may sound slightly different depending on your room. With its graphic EQ, you can manually adjust its sound profile or use one of its multiple preset modes to get the best possible sound. It brings a little extra boom in the high-bass and is loud enough to fill larger, more open spaces with sound. Its battery life lasts for over seventeen hours, too, which isn't quite as impressive as the HYPERBOOM, but it'll still be more than enough to enjoy listening sessions late into the night.

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  3. Best Budget Ultimate Ears Speaker

    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is the best Ultimate Ears speaker in the budget category we've tested. This portable Bluetooth speaker is designed to take the party with you wherever you go, with a small and lightweight design that's easy to transport. Use the built-in hook to strap it onto your bag or carry it in one hand on your next trip outdoors. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, and the manufacturer even says it can float in water, making it an excellent choice for your next pool party. It's available in many colors, so you won't have trouble finding a style that suits your needs.

    This speaker is a solid choice whether you listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks. It's smaller than our top picks, so it doesn't bring as much rumble in the bass as the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. If you don't listen to music with a lot of bass mixed in, it's not a big deal, though. Voices and lead instruments remain clear in the mix, and there's even an Outdoor preset to make audio more crisp when you're in a more open space. You won't find a graphic EQ like with the more premium options on our list. However, it's great for a simple plug-and-play speaker that won't break the bank.

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Compared To Other Brands


  • Bluetooth-compatible.
    The Ultimate Ears speakers we've tested are Bluetooth-compatible, and many have low Bluetooth latency, which helps with watching videos. Some apps compensate for latency differently, meaning real-world experience may vary.
  • Long battery life.
    Ultimate Ears speakers tend to have batteries that last a long time, making them well-suited for outdoor use. The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 lasts for close to 18 hours, while it's small and easily portable.
  • Sound customization options.
    Many of the Ultimate Ears speakers we've tested are compatible with the Ultimate Ears app, which has a graphic EQ and presets that let you customize the speaker's sound profile. Some, like the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM, even come with a room correction feature Ultimate Ears calls 'Adaptive EQ' feature, which automatically adjusts the speaker's sound profile based on the room's acoustics.
  • Wide soundstage.
    Most of the Ultimate Ears speakers we've tested have open and spacious soundstages, immersing you in your audio. It's often thanks to their 360-degree design, which makes audio sound clear from all angles.
  • Good build quality.
    The Ultimate Ears speakers we've tested tend to be very well-built. Many also come with IP ratings for dust and water resistance, and UE advertises them to float in water. The manufacturer even advertises some to be drop-proof from a height of three feet. That said, you need to rinse the speakers with fresh water after beach or pool water exposure.
  • Often no voice assistant support.
    The Ultimate Ears speakers we've tested tend not to support voice assistants. However, the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST has built-in support for Alexa over a Wi-Fi connection, which you can activate with your voice.
  • Lacks low-bass.
    The Ultimate Ears speakers we've tested tend to lack low-bass, although many of these speakers come with a graphic EQ in the Ultimate Ears app, which lets you adjust the sound profile to your liking. Some, like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, have a boomy high-bass that may please some fans of bass-heavy music.
  • Not compatible with Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, or Google Chromecast.
    The Ultimate Ears speakers we've tested often don't support these streaming options. However, the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST has Wi-Fi support. Also, you can connect your device over Bluetooth, which usually has low enough latency for watching videos, though this can vary based on the app or device.

Ultimate Ears vs JBL

JBL and Ultimate Ears offer speakers at a wide range of price points. Compared to other brands on the market, their speakers are generally geared towards outdoor use, with sturdy builds and water-resistant designs to bring your tunes on the go. Ultimate Ears tends to offer more customization features, especially with its budget models, whereas JBL's lineup includes party speakers, a great option for those hosting big events.

Ultimate Ears vs Bose

Ultimate Ears is a speaker manufacturer with products generally geared toward outdoor use. With rugged designs and sturdy builds, they aren't quite as stylish as Bose's home-oriented products, but they're a great choice for listening on the go. They tend to come with more customization tools than Bose speakers. That said, Bose offers better voice assistant capabilities, with built-in support for smart speakers that are excellent for home use.

Ultimate Ears vs Sonos

Like Bose, Sonos generally manufactures smart speakers designed for home use, though they offer a few models you can bring outside. With stylish designs and built-in voice assistant support, Sonos speakers are also really easy to integrate into your existing Sonos ecosystem. However, Ultimate Ears offers more budget-friendly models, and their products are more geared towards outdoor use, which is great if you're an avid hiker or camper.

Ultimate Ears vs Sony

Sony and Ultimate Ears offer a wide range of speakers available at many different price points to meet your needs. That said, Ultimate Ears products are generally more geared towards outdoor use, so you're more likely to find models that can float in water, even at lower prices. However, if you're looking for party speakers, Sony offers an extensive lineup that will likely be more suited to your needs.

Overall, Ultimate Ears makes speakers that are generally designed for outdoor use. Many of them have IP ratings for water and dust resistance, and they're generally well-built. Many of their speakers are compatible with the Ultimate Ears app, which has sound customization features like a graphic EQ and presets. However, the Ultimate Ears speakers we've tested generally don't support voice assistants, and many aren't compatible with Apple AirPlay or Google Chromecast.

Lineup

Ultimate Ears produces outdoor-oriented speakers at both premium and budget-friendly price points. They don't offer "lineups" like other manufacturers on the market, per se. Still, some of their models are available in first, second, or third generations with slight improvements along the way. The improvements may not be worth the added cost, depending on your usage habits.

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 26, 2023: Confirmed product picks. Minor text updates for clarity.

  2. May 30, 2023: Picks remain the same. Minor text updates for clarity.

  3. Feb 01, 2023: We've verified that the picks remain relevant, and made some minor updates to the text for clarity.

  4. Oct 04, 2022: Replaced the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 with the next generation Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3. Also made the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 the 'Best Mid-Range Ultimate Ears Speaker'. Text was updated for consistency.

  5. Jul 15, 2022: Restructured article to better reflect user expectations and updated the text for consistency. No changes were made to product picks.

Conclusion

Ultimate Ears offers quite a few speakers for a variety of uses. Generally, they're well-built and designed for outdoor use, but they don't have voice assistant support. These Bluetooth speakers often have a wide and spacious soundstage. However, they lack some low-bass. Thankfully, quite a few let you customize their sound profiles using the graphic EQ in the Ultimate Ears app.

Test Results