Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Dec 14, 2020 at 09:43 am
Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 Picture
6.8
Music
6.1
Videos/Movies
8.0
Podcasts
3.2
Voice Assistant
7.8
Outdoors
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Speakerphone
No
Voice Assistant
No
Battery Powered
Yes

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a colorful speaker with a carrying strap so that you can take it with you on-the-go. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and has an outdoor EQ mode to help boost its bass performance, although we don't currently test for either feature. However, it doesn't get very loud and it really lacks low-bass out-of-the-box. It also has high latency on Android as well as iOS and it doesn't support voice assistants. Still, this sturdy and lightweight speaker is a suitable choice if you want to listen to audio outdoors.

Our Verdict

6.8 Music

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is alright for music. While it lacks a lot of low-bass, the rest of its sound profile is fairly well-balanced, so vocals and lead instruments sound present and detailed. It also has an outdoor EQ mode to help boost its bass, though we don't currently test for it. Since it's a 360-degree speaker, it has an outstanding soundstage. However, it doesn't get very loud.

Pros
  • Outstanding soundstage.
  • One-hand carry.
  • Bluetooth compatible.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud.
  • Lacking low bass.
  • Not voice activated.
6.1 Videos/Movies

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is mediocre for videos and movies. It lacks a lot of low bass, which can be disappointing if you like action-packed films, and it doesn't get very loud. It also has high audio latency on iOS and Android, although some apps and devices compensate for latency differently. On the upside, it has an outdoor EQ advertised to help boost its bass reproduction. It has an outstanding soundstage, too.

Pros
  • Outstanding soundstage.
  • One-hand carry.
  • Bluetooth compatible.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud.
  • Lacking low bass.
  • High Bluetooth latency.
8.0 Podcasts

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is great for podcasts. Although it doesn't get very loud, it has a fairly neutral mid-range so it can reproduce accurate and clear vocals. It also has a wide and natural soundstage and supports multi-device pairing.

Pros
  • One-hand carry.
  • Bluetooth compatible.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud.
  • Not voice activated.
3.2 Voice Assistant

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 doesn't have voice assistant support.

7.8 Outdoors

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is good for outdoor use. This portable speaker has a great build quality with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. Its battery lasts just under 13 hours continuously, and it has an outdoor EQ mode, which is advertised to help bass reproduction, even though we don't currently test for this. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud.

Pros
  • IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.
  • Outdoor mode EQ preset.
  • One-hand carry.
  • Bluetooth compatible.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud.
  • Lacking low bass.
  • 6.8 Music
  • 6.1 Videos/Movies
  • 8.0 Podcasts
  • 3.2 Voice Assistant
  • 7.8 Outdoors
  1. Updated Dec 15, 2020: Review published.
  2. Updated Dec 15, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is made from 2-tone knit fabric and comes in several colors, so you can find one that best matches your style. It has very large and visible volume up and down buttons on its front face, which some users may find less than aesthetically pleasing. There's also a matching fabric handle.

9.3
Design
Portability
Volume
58 in³ (944 cm³)
Weight
0.9 lbs (0.4 kg)
Power Source
Battery & USB
One-Hand Carry
Yes

This speaker is exceptionally portable. It's very lightweight, and it has a handle so that you can carry or suspend it from a hook.

9.0
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Great
Water Resistance
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Impact Resistance
Yes (IK rating unspecified)
Floats In Water
Yes

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 has a fantastic build quality. While the knit fabric covering feels a little rough, it's solidly built. It has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, and the manufacturer advertises that it can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes, although we don't currently test for this.

6.5
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Decent
Feedback
Decent
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Physical)
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
Yes (Physical)
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 has alright controls. It has physical buttons but unfortunately, they can be a bit hard to press and they don't offer a lot of feedback. However, the volume controls are easily accessible on its front side, and there are buttons on its top side for power, pairing, and music management. There's also a button on the bottom for an outdoor EQ mode that helps to add more bass to your audio, but we don't currently test for this.

Design
In The Box

  • Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 speaker
  • Micro-USB cable
  • User Manual

Sound
6.2
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
0.41
Std. Err.
2.61 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
89.8 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
16.3 kHz

This speaker has an acceptable frequency response accuracy. Like the JBL GO 3, it lacks a lot of low bass on its default setting and won't be suited for more thumpy genres like EDM or hip-hop. The rest of the range is fairly balanced, which helps to keep vocals and lead instruments present in your mixes. If you prefer a more bass-heavy sound, you can activate 'Outdoor Mode', which is advertised to help with bass reproduction, but we don't currently test for this. If you want a speaker with a full graphic EQ for sound customization, check out the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
9.1
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
1.66 dB
Stereo
Yes

As the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a 360-degree stereo speaker system, it has an outstanding soundstage, and its directivity is wide, large, and natural-sounding.

7.3
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
87.9 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.27 dB

This speaker has decent dynamics. While it doesn't get as loud as speakers like the Anker Soundcore Motion+, there are minimal compression artifacts present at max volume, which ensures a fairly clean and clear sound. On the downside, it struggles to reproduce low-bass frequencies, even at a higher volume.

Active Features
9.1
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
12.9 hrs
Charge Time
2.5 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
Micro-USB

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 has an outstanding battery performance. In our test, we measured just under 13 hours of continuous battery life, which is longer than the Bose SoundLink Micro and the OontZ Angle 3, making it well-suited for long listening sessions. The speaker automatically turns itself off after 15 minutes of inactivity to save battery life. However, battery life can vary according to usage, so your experience may differ.

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

Unlike the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 and the Sonos Roam, this speaker doesn't have voice assistant support.

0
Active Features
App
App Name
No App
iOS
No
Android
No
EQ
No
Stereo Pair Mode
No
Party Mode
No
Multi-Room
No

This speaker doesn't have a companion app. If you're looking for a speaker with a companion app that offers a graphic EQ for sound customization, check out the Sony SRS-XB43 or the Anker Soundcore Flare 2.

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

You can't use the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 wired as it has no audio input ports. You can only charge it using its included micro-USB cable.

7.0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
Unspecified
Bluetooth iOS Latency
215 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
174 ms
Bluetooth Range
155.2 ft (47.3 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices

This speaker has decent Bluetooth connectivity. You can pair it with up to two devices at a time, which makes it easy to switch between devices, and it has a good range. However, unlike the Sony SRS-XB13, it won't be suitable for playing videos, as it has a high latency on both iOS and Android. That said, some apps seem to compensate for this, 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 WONDERBOOM 2 comes in several color variants: 'Concrete', 'Deep Space', 'Bermuda Blue', 'Radical Red', 'Crushed Ice Grey', 'Just Peach', and 'Unicorn'. You can see the label for the model we tested here. We also expect these color variants to perform similarly to our test unit.

If you come across another variant of this speaker, please let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is an eye-catching and colorful speaker with a carrying strap so you can take it with you on-the-go. It has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance and an outdoor EQ mode advertised to help add bass to your music, although we don't currently test for either feature. It can also get decently loud and it provides almost 13 hours of continuous battery time.

JBL FLIP 5

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the JBL FLIP 5. The Ultimate Ears is better-built, can play stereo content, and has a wider soundstage. It can also get louder, and its continuous battery life lasts longer.

Ultimate Ears BOOM 3

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3. The WONDERBOOM 2 is better-built, and it has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. It also has an 'Outdoor Mode' EQ that's advertised to create a more bass-heavy sound. However, the BOOM 3 has a companion app that offers a full graphic EQ and presets for greater sound customization.

Bose SoundLink Micro

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker for outdoor use than the Bose SoundLink Micro. The Ultimate Ears has a better build quality with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, although we don't test for this. It has a better-balanced sound profile, it can play stereo content without downmixing into mono, and it can get louder with fewer compression artifacts. Its battery performance is better too. However, the Bose has a better Bluetooth performance and it has a companion app. 

Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3

The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is a slightly better speaker than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. The MEGABOOM 3 is compatible with the Ultimate Ears app, which features a graphic EQ and presets, so you can tweak the speaker's sound to suit your preferences. You can also use it to connect multiple compatible speakers when you want your audio to fill a large room without increasing the volume. That said, the WONDERBOOM 2 is smaller and more portable than the MEGABOOM 3, and you can pair it to two devices at a time, which can come in handy when you need to quickly switch between audio sources. 

Sony SRS-XB12

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Sony SRS-XB12. The Ultimate Ears is better-built and has a more balanced sound profile. Its soundstage is better as it can play stereo content and it can get much louder. However, the Sony supports voice assistants via your smartphone.

JBL Clip 4

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the JBL Clip 4. The Ultimate Ears has a better build quality and due to its 360-degree design, it has a wider, more spacious-feeling soundstage, especially as it's in stereo. It also has a better-balanced sound profile, can get much louder, and has longer-lasting continuous battery life. However, the JBL has lower latency on iOS and Android.

JBL GO 3

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the JBL GO 3. The Ultimate Ears can get louder, has a better soundstage, and has longer battery life. While both speakers struggle to reproduce low-bass, the Ultimate Ears has a more extended low-bass. That said, the JBL has lower latency with Android and iOS devices.

JBL Charge 5

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better overall speaker than the JBL Charge 5, though they have different strengths. The Ultimate Ears is smaller, more portable, and has much better directivity resulting in a more open and natural-sounding soundstage. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono and has fewer compression artifacts at max volume. That said, the JBL can produce a deeper bass than the Ultimate Ears and can be paired to multiple PartyBoost-compatible speakers which can come in handy when you want your audio to fill a large room.

Anker Soundcore Motion+

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ and the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 are two portable speakers with different strengths. The Anker comes with a graphic EQ to customize its sound profile, and it can get louder. However, the Ultimate Ears has fewer compression artifacts at max volume. The Ultimate Ears also has a more open soundstage, although it struggles more to produce low-bass.

Sony SRS-XB13

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Sony SRS-XB13 overall. The Ultimate Ears can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, is better-built, and can get louder than the Sony. That said, the Sony has fewer compression artifacts present at max volume and has lower Bluetooth latency with iOS and Android devices, though some apps compensate for latency differently, and your experience may differ.

Sony SRS-XB23

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Sony SRS-XB23. The Ultimate Ears has a better soundstage and can get louder with a lot fewer compression artifacts. Its battery lasts longer too. However, the Sony has less latency via Bluetooth and it has a companion app with a graphic EQ to tweak its sound. It can also be paired with smartphones if you want voice assistant support.

Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a better speaker than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, though they have different strengths. The HYPERBOOM can produce a much more extended low-bass, and can get significantly louder than the WONDERBOOM 2 with less compression present at max volume. It also comes with a graphic EQ to tweak its sound to your liking. That said, the WONDERBOOM 2 is smaller and more portable. It also has better directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage.

Sonos Roam

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 or the Sonos Roam. The Sonos has built-in voice assistant support over Wi-Fi, and it comes with more sound enhancement features, including room correction and bass and treble adjustments. However, the Ultimate Ears has a better soundstage performance, a longer battery life, and it gets louder. It's also advertised to float in water, though we don't test for this.

Anker Soundcore Flare 2

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker for most uses than the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. The Ultimate Ears is better-built with a longer battery life. Also, it gets louder, and it has less compression when played at max volume. However, the Anker supports voice assistants, and it also has a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization.

Bose SoundLink Color II

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Bose SoundLink Color II overall. Thanks to its 360-degree design, the Ultimate Ears offers a wider-sounding soundstage. It can also get a bit louder with less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volume levels. Additionally, it's much better built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance though we don't currently test for this. That said, the Bose supports voice assistants through your smartphone, though its performance isn't very good.

Sony SRS-XB33

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker for outdoor use than the Sony SRS-XB33. The Ultimate Ears feels better-built, has a more neutral sound profile, and its soundstage seems more wide and spacious. However, the Sony has better controls, it supports your smartphone's voice assistant, and it has a companion app with a basic graphic EQ. It also has low iOS and Android latency, although some apps seem to compensate for latency differently.

Sony SRS-XB43

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Sony SRS-XB43. The Ultimate Ears is better-built and it has a wider soundstage. While the Sony's low-bass is more extended, the Ultimate Ears has a better-balanced treble range. The Sony gets louder, but the Ultimate Ears has less compression at max volume. However, the Sony supports voice assistants, unlike the Ultimate Ears, and it has a graphic EQ for sound customization.

Marshall Emberton

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Marshall Emberton. The Ultimate Ears is better-built, and it has a longer continuous battery life. Its soundstage is better, and it gets louder with fewer compression artifacts present at max volume. However, the Marshall has lower latency with Android and iOS devices, although some apps compensate for latency, so your real-world experience can vary.

Anker Soundcore 3

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Anker Soundcore 3 overall. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it offers a fantastic soundstage that can be perceived as wide and natural-sounding. It can get louder with less compression present at max volume. It's also better-built, with an IPX67 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. That said, the Anker is more customizable with a graphic EQ and presets to tweak its sound to your liking.

JBL Xtreme 3

You may prefer either the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 or the JBL Xtreme 3 depending on your listening habits. The Ultimate Ears is smaller and more portable than the JBL. It offers a much more open-sounding soundstage than that of the JBL, thanks to its 360-degree design. It also has less compression present at max volume, resulting in a cleaner sound at louder volume levels. However, the JBL can get louder, and can produce a much more extended low-bass than the Ultimate Ears. It also has lower latency with iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth, though some apps compensate for latency differently and your experience may differ.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2, though they have many different strengths. The Ultimate Ears has a more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and it can play stereo content without downmixing it into mono. It gets louder, with less compression present at max volume. Also, its battery lasts for close to thirteen hours on a single charge, while the Bang & Olufsen lasts less than five hours. However, the B&O has a companion app with a 'Beosonic' sound customization feature and five EQ presets, so you can tweak its sound to your liking.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a slightly better speaker than the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore. The WONDERBOOM has a better-balanced sound profile, a wider sounding soundstage, and can get louder than the Beosound Explore, with fewer compression artifacts at max volume. That said, the Beosound Explore is more customizable thanks to its 'Beosonic' sound customization feature and EQ presets featured on its companion app. It also has lower latency with iOS and Android devices, though some apps compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary.

Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better overall speaker than the Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR. The Ultimate Ears is smaller, more portable, and better-built. It has a more neutral sound profile, it can play stereo content without downmixing it into mono, and it has a better soundstage performance. It also gets louder. That said, some listeners may prefer the Alpine Corporation's outdoor-friendly, rock-like design and its built-in solar panel for charging. It also has a longer battery life than the Ultimate Ears.

Sony SRS-XB01

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Sony SRS-XB01. The Ultimate Ears is better-built, and it gets louder. Its sound profile is more neutral, and it has a more extended low-bass. Also, its soundstage is better. That said, Sony supports voice assistants, unlike the Ultimate Ears, and it's much smaller, which can be ideal for you're looking for something to bring with you on-the-go.

OontZ Angle 3

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the OontZ Angle 3. The Ultimate Ears is better-built and has a more even sound profile that can produce low-bass. It has a better soundstage and its battery charges up in less time too. It can even be paired with up to two devices at a time. However, the OontZ can get slightly louder with fewer compression artifacts.

Google Nest Audio

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker for most use cases than the Google Nest Audio. The Ultimate Ears is better-built, and since it can be used with a battery, it's more portable and better suited for outdoor use. Also, it has a better soundstage, and it can get louder with fewer compression artifacts. Thanks to its lower latency, it's better suited for watching videos and movies, too. However, the Google is a better choice for voice assistant support, since it has built-in Google Assistant capabilities.

DOSS SoundBox Plus

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the DOSS SoundBox Plus. The Ultimate Ears is better-built with longer battery life. Also, its sound profile is more neutral, and it has a better, more immersive soundstage performance. However, the DOSS supports voice assistants, unlike the Ultimate Ears.

Kove Commuter 2

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Kove Commuter 2. The Ultimate Ears is better-built with longer battery life. Its sound profile is more balanced and neutral, and it offers a more open, spacious soundstage performance. However, some listeners may prefer the Kove's split design.

Limitless Innovations TikiTunes

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. The Ultimate Ears is better-built with a more neutral sound profile. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it into mono, unlike the TikiTunes, and it can get louder. That said, the TikiTunes has longer battery life, and some users may prefer its torch light design.

Pohopa EF-B210G

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better overall outdoor speaker than the Pohopa EF-B210G speakers. It's better built, more portable, and has a better-balanced sound profile with an Outdoor mode EQ preset. However, the Pohopa speakers have a wider Bluetooth range and a longer battery life. They also come in a pair of two speakers that can be paired to each other, with unique lantern designs and LED lights which some users may prefer over the design of the Ultimate Ears.

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