The Boom type of outdoor-friendly speakers from Ultimate Ears has offered modestly room-filling power in a concise, waterproof design for quite a while now. The $149.99 UE Boom 3 may be the latest model, sitting between your smaller Wonderboom ($99.99) and the bigger Megaboom 3 ($199.99). It’s an elegant speaker that may get loud and will be offering fairly strong balance, but also for the purchase price, its bass feels a lttle bit weak. In addition, it faces heavy competition over the board from models offering more power, less price, voice assistant support, or a combo of the three.
The Boom 3 shares the same cylindrical condition as its predecessors, measuring 7.3 inches tall and 2.9 inches wide. It’s obtainable in eight different color combinations, three which are exclusive to Best Buy and among which is exclusive to focus on. The round sides are completely covered in grille cloth save for a strip of rubber running the distance of the speaker and ending in a fabric loop, and the most notable and bottom which are hard rubber.
Large plus and minus symbols take a seat on leading of the speaker, dominating the grille cloth opposite the rubber strip on the trunk, and serve as volume controls. The most notable panel includes a large, circular multifunction button (what UE calls the Magic Button), a smaller power button, and an indicator LED. That’s it for physical controls.
A micro USB port for charging sits behind a rubber door on the strip on the trunk of the Boom 3, and a cable is roofed. Underneath of the speaker features a tiny indentation for charging with out a cable, with the optional $39.99 SWITCH ON charging base. No wired audio tracks connection is available.
The Boom 3 is rated IP67, this means it really is submerged in water and continue steadily to function, and handle dust and dirt easily. The speaker can be buoyant, if you bring it right into a pool it’ll float.
You can tweak the Boom 3’s sound using the best Ears Boom and Megaboom iphone app for Android and iOS. It offers a five-band EQ with a number of presets, and permits a few additional features. You should use the application to create the Magic Button at the top of the speaker to play your chosen playlists from Amazon Music, Deezer, or Spotify. The iphone app also lets you hook up the Boom 3 to multiple additional Boom 3, Megaboom 3, and Hyperboom speakers for simultaneous playback across every one of them in party mode.
According to UE, the speaker can last up to 15 hours between charges, though which will rely upon your desired volume levels. The Boom 3 does not have any microphone, so that it doesn’t work as a speakerphone and it doesn’t support voice assistants just like the UE Blast and the JBL Link Portable.
The Boom 3 doesn’t quite make good on the promise of its name, specially when compared with the bigger Megaboom 3 and the much bigger Hyperboom. It may easily fill an area with sound, nonetheless it isn’t quite the party driver its bigger siblings are.
At maximum volume, the kick drum hits in Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” sound punchy with strong low-mid presence, nonetheless they don’t reach deep in to the sub bass range. Using the Bass Boost EQ preset in the iphone app gives the hits a lttle bit more force, nevertheless they still don’t produce much palpable resonance. In addition they don’t distort, which is good, though this appears to be from digital signal processing (DSP) tamping down the low frequencies at higher volumes. Tracks with strong bass elements should be paid attention to at medium to medium-high volume levels, because the bass simply doesn’t increase past a specific point, which will make it sound flimsy at high volumes.
Yes’ “Roundabout” sounds full and balanced on the Boom 3, if not particularly with the capacity of extremes. The opening classical guitar plucks get yourself a good amount of low-mid resonance plus some higher-frequency string texture. When the electric bass kicks in, it sounds poppy enough to keep occurrence in the mix even without much low-end punch. Vocals and drums float prominently over the bass, although guitar strums fade slightly in to the background. The track gets strong range and balance, but lacks much treble finesse.
The ominous backbeat in The Crystal Method’s “Born Too Slow” gets enough occurrence in the lows and low-mids to punch through the dense mix, however the Boom 3 doesn’t reach quite low enough in to the sub bass realm to make the track thump. Your guitar riffs and harsh vocals stick out against the steady beat, again giving the track a good balance without reaching too ambitiously in to the extremes. That is another track where medium to medium-high volume levels work best, because at higher volumes the mids and highs get louder however the backbeat stays the same, throwing off the total amount.
A Moisture-Friendly But Modest Speaker
The UE Boom 3 is a rugged, room-filling little speaker with a generally balanced sound. But its $150 price feels somewhat high in comparison to less costly, similarly sized, and similarly waterproof speakers just like the $99.99 Sony SRS-XB23 and the $119.95 JBL Flip 5. For the same price, meanwhile, the bigger Sony SRS-XB33 offers better bass, and for somewhat more money you can obtain the bigger, better Megaboom 3 or the voi