Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 05, 2021 at 08:10 am
Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM Picture
7.5
Music
6.8
Videos/Movies
8.0
Podcasts
3.0
Voice Assistant
8.1
Outdoors
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Speakerphone
No
Voice Assistant
No
Battery Powered
Yes

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a portable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in carrying strap to make it easier to bring on-the-go. Out-of-the-box, it has a neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to lots of audio content, though it really struggles to reproduce low-bass. However, it's very customizable, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets in the Ultimate Ears app that helps you adjust its sound to your liking. It gets loud, too, and its long battery life makes it suitable for multiple long listening sessions without a recharge.

Our Verdict

7.5 Music

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is good for music. This speaker has balanced mid and treble ranges that can reproduce clear and accurate vocals and lead instruments. It gets really loud without a lot of compression, too. While it struggles to reproduce low-bass, the Ultimate Ears app offers a full graphic EQ and presets to help you customize its sound to your liking.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ + presets.
  • Gets pretty loud.
  • Good soundstage.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
6.8 Videos/Movies

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is adequate for videos and movies. Though it struggles to reproduce the thumpy low-bass found in action-packed movie scenes, it can still reproduce dialogue clearly. It has a good soundstage, and it can get loud without a lot of compression. Also, its latency with iOS and Android devices over a Bluetooth connection is low enough to be suitable for watching videos.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ + presets.
  • Gets pretty loud.
  • Good soundstage.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Okay directivity.
  • Doesn't support Apple AirPlay or Google Chromecast.
8.0 Podcasts

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is impressive for podcasts. Thanks to its balanced mid-range, dialogue sounds clear, accurate, and detailed. You can use its graphic EQ to customize its sound, and there's even a 'Podcast' preset available, though we don't test for it. This speaker gets loud, and you can easily bring it with you from one room to the next.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ + presets.
  • Gets pretty loud.
  • Supports multi-device pairing.
Cons
  • No Multi-Room feature.
3.0 Voice Assistant

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM doesn't support voice assistants.

8.1 Outdoors

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is great for outdoor use. This speaker has an over 23-hour battery life that's ideal for long days outside, and its built-in strap makes it easy to carry with one hand. It also gets pretty loud. Its default sound profile is quite neutral and suitable for lots of different audio content, though it struggles to reproduce low-bass. Its overall build quality is decent, and it has an IPX4 rating for water resistance, but we don't test for this.

Pros
  • Gets pretty loud.
  • Lasts over 23 hours off of a single charge.
  • IPX4 rating for water resistance.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • 7.5 Music
  • 6.8 Videos/Movies
  • 8.0 Podcasts
  • 3.0 Voice Assistant
  • 8.1 Outdoors
  1. Updated Apr 15, 2021: We updated the results for impact and dust resistance to 'No'.
  2. Updated Mar 12, 2021: Updated our Bluetooth latency results with iOS and Android devices.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a tall speaker that's meant to sit vertically. It comes in an all-black design that can blend in easily with most home decor. It's wrapped in a tight fabric with plastic on the top and bottom.

8.4
Design
Portability
Volume
864 in³ (14165 cm³)
Weight
15.0 lbs (6.8 kg)
Power Source
AC & Battery
One-Hand Carry
Yes

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is impressively portable. It's tall and a bit heavy, but you can still carry it with one hand thanks to its built-in carrying strap. Also, it's battery-operated, so you can bring it outside without having to worry about plugging it into an outlet.

7.0
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Good
Water Resistance
Water-resistant (IPx4)
Dust Resistance
No
Impact Resistance
No
Floats In Water
Unspecified

Update 04/15/2021: We updated the results for impact and dust resistance to 'No'. While we don't test for these features, the manufacturer advertises that it isn't rated for dust or impact resistance.

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM has a decent build quality. The top and bottom are made of hard plastic, which feels solid, and the other sides are wrapped in a tight fabric that doesn't seem like it could rip easily. Also, the built-in carrying strap feels nice and thick. It has an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't test for this. Unfortunately, the weatherproof door for the input ports doesn't have a very tight seal.

5.8
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Good
Feedback
Good
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Physical)
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Tactile)
Track Next/Previous
No
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

The controls are middling. On top of the speaker, some buttons let you power it on/off, adjust the volume, play/pause your audio, choose between different Bluetooth sources, and play audio over the AUX or Optical inputs. You can hit both volume buttons at the same time to get audible feedback on the battery level. Also, you can hit the play/pause button twice to skip to the next track and hold it to start playing the playlists you can set in the app. However, there isn't a way to skip to the previous track.

Design
In The Box

  • Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM
  • Power adapter and power cable
  • User manual

Sound
7.1
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
-0.23
Std. Err.
2.84 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
55.0 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
17.5 kHz

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM has decent frequency response accuracy. With its Adaptive EQ feature turned on, it reproduces balanced mid and treble ranges, so vocals and lead instruments are clear and accurate. The Adaptive EQ feature analyzes the unique acoustic characteristics of your room and optimizes audio reproduction accordingly. However, it still struggles to reproduce low-bass, which can be disappointing if you like bass-heavy genres like EDM. You can also customize its sound profile using the graphic EQ and presets in its companion app.

Note: This speaker can be powered by either AC or battery. For our testing, this speaker was battery-operated. Our results are only valid with these test settings.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
7.7
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
4.36 dB
Stereo
Yes

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM has a good soundstage performance. It can play stereo content, which results in a more immersive listening experience. However, its directivity is just okay, so its soundstage may be perceived as a bit narrow or directional.

9.0
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
98.3 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
0.39 dB

This speaker has superb dynamics. It gets pretty loud, and there isn't a lot of compression when you play it at max volume, so your audio reproduction is clear and pure.

Active Features
9.1
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
23.9 hrs
Charge Time
2.5 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
AC

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM has an incredible battery performance. It lasts over 23 hours off of a single charge, so you don't have to worry about recharging it daily. However, battery life can vary according to usage, so your real-world experience may be different. That said, the speaker also has a power-saving feature that turns it off after fifteen minutes if it's not connected to a power source and it's not playing audio, which can help conserve battery life.

0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Siri
No
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone

This speaker doesn't support voice assistants.

7.9
Active Features
App
App Name
Ultimate Ears
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
Graphic
Stereo Pair Mode
Yes
Party Mode
Yes
Multi-Room
No

The Ultimate Ears app is very good. It offers a graphic EQ for sound customization, and there are also three different EQ presets you can choose from: 'Bass Boost', 'Game/Cinema', and 'Podcast'. You can pair it with another HYPERBOOM speaker to create a stereo pair, or to amplify your audio across a crowded party.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
Yes
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
Yes

This speaker has several wired inputs. There's an AUX port that lets you plug your phone directly into the speaker, as well as an Optical port and an AC cable port. The USB-A port is for charging only, and the micro-USB port is just for servicing the speaker.

9.3
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Bluetooth iOS Latency
25 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
53 ms
Bluetooth Range
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices

Update 03/12/2021: After setting the Reaper Frames per Second to 60, we retested Bluetooth latency for both iOS and Android devices. The review has been updated accordingly.

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM has outstanding Bluetooth connectivity. You can pair up to two devices to it at the same time, and you can use the 'Bluetooth 1' and 'Bluetooth 2' buttons on the top of the speaker to switch between your different audio sources. Also, thanks to its low latency with iOS and Android devices, it's suitable for watching videos. However, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary.

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

This speaker isn't Wi-Fi compatible.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM comes in 'Black', and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

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

Compared To Other Speakers

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a portable Bluetooth speaker with an outstanding battery life of over 23 hours. Its default sound profile is quite neutral and balanced, and it gets loud without a lot of compression artifacts. Also, its graphic EQ and presets offer a lot of sound customization options. However, like many speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass. It also doesn't support voice assistants. See also our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best home speakers, and the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers.

JBL PartyBox 300

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a better speaker than the JBL PartyBox 300. The Ultimate Ears is more portable, and it has an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't test for this. It has a better soundstage performance and a longer battery life, and it's also more customizable thanks to its graphic EQ and presets. However, the JBL does get a bit louder, and it has RGB lights.

JBL PartyBox 100

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a better speaker than the JBL PartyBox 100. The Ultimate Ears has a slightly smaller, lighter design, which some users may prefer. It also has a longer battery life and an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't test for this. Also, its graphic EQ and presets make it easier to customize its sound profile to your liking. However, the JBL has RGB lights.

Sonos Five

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a better speaker overall than the Sonos Five. The Ultimate Ears is battery-powered, so it's more portable and can be used outdoors. It's better-built, and it gets louder with fewer compression artifacts at max volume. Some listeners may prefer its graphic EQ over the Sonos' bass and treble adjustments, too. However, the Sonos reproduces more low-bass out-of-the-box, and its default sound profile is more neutral and balanced.

Sony SRS-XB43

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a better speaker than the Sony SRS-XB43. The Ultimate Ears has a better soundstage performance, and its out-of-the-box sound profile is better-balanced. It also gets louder and has longer battery life. However, the Sony supports voice assistants from your smartphone, and it's smaller as well as better-built.

Bose Portable Smart Speaker

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a better speaker than the Bose Portable Smart Speaker. The Ultimate Ears has a much longer battery life, and it can get louder without much compression at max volume. It also has a full graphic EQ in its companion app, while the Bose just comes with bass and treble sliders. However, only the Bose is compatible with voice assistants, and it comes with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in.

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