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Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM Review

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The Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM speaker is great for music. It has a well-balanced sound profile, portable design, loud output, and a waterproof, dustproof design. However, battery life is low, and has limited connectivity options.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM is a 2023-model mid-range Bluetooth speaker designed to provide 360-degree immersive sound with deep bass. This speaker joins our list of the highest-rated speakers today. It connects via Bluetooth 5.1 but doesn’t have any auxiliary ports and doesn’t support Wi-Fi. Users can access a graphic equalizer and preset with its companion mobile app.

The speaker also has a good range of user-friendly physical controls, including playback, volume, and track navigation. However, it lacks a speakerphone function. It also doesn’t have RGB lights, voice assistants, or multi-device Bluetooth pairing technology. This 4.4-pound speaker boasts an IP67-rated waterproof and dustproof construction. Find alternatives to the EPICBOOM by browsing the most popular Bluetooth speakers today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Thanks to a relatively neutral sound profile with a 0.69 slope and 55 to 19,100 Hz range, the Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM is suitable for music. This speaker also has a mobile app with a graphic equalizer and presets for changing the soundscape as needed. Users will be impressed by its Bluetooth 5.1 technology with an outstanding range of 328.1 feet, 112 ms Bluetooth latency on iOS, and 157 ms latency on Android. That said, it doesn’t support multi-device pairing Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and lacks physical ports, limiting its connectivity options.

It also doesn’t work with voice assistants, and its battery life of just 7.8 hours is subpar, ranking in the bottom quarter compared to other speakers we have reviewed. It gets remarkably loud, though, reaching 93.6 dB. Additionally, weighing just 4.4 and featuring a carry handle, it’s fairly portable. This stereo speaker has a 360-degree design, resulting in an impressive soundstage with a directivity index of just 1.91 dB. The rugged design features a P67-certified submersible waterproof, dustproof design.

Reason to Buy

  • Neutral sound profile
    • It is a great choice for music, capable of reproducing high bass, although the treble and mids sound a bit muddled, as evidenced by its 0.69 dB frequency response slope. It also has a graphic EQ and presets for customizing sound.

    • This stereo speaker has a 360-degree design, giving it an immersive soundstage.

  • Top-grade build quality
    • Made with high-quality parts and featuring an IP67-rated waterproof, dustproof construction, this speaker is great for travel and the outdoors.

  • Portable design
    • Weighing just 4.4 pounds and featuring a carry handle, the EPICBOOM speaker is very portable.

Reason to Avoid

  • Poor battery life
    • Its battery life of just 7.8 hours is poor compared to similar speakers and ranks in the bottom quarter among our certified, tested speakers.

  • Limited connectivity options
    • Lacking Wi-Fi or an auxiliary input, this speaker is limited to connecting via just Bluetooth and doesn’t support multi-device pairing.

Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM Specs

Battery Charge TimeBattery Charge Time2.6 hrs
Battery LifeBattery Life17 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneNo
DepthDepth6.38"
HeightHeight9.49"
IPX RatingIPX RatingIP67
SizeSize4.69"(w) x 9.49"(h) x 6.38"(d)
Smart AppSmart AppUltimate Ears
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage10W
WidthWidth4.69"
Wireless RangeWireless Range180 ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)7.8
Volume Output (dB)93.6
Low End Roll Off (Hz)113.137
High End Roll Off (Hz)16,974.656

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Market Context

The Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM is a 2023-model mid-range Bluetooth speaker designed to provide 360-degree immersive sound with deep bass. This speaker joins our list of…

The Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM is a 2023-model mid-range Bluetooth speaker designed to provide 360-degree immersive sound with deep bass. This speaker joins our list of the highest-rated speakers today. It connects via Bluetooth 5.1 but doesn’t have any auxiliary ports and doesn’t support Wi-Fi. Users can access a graphic equalizer and preset with its companion mobile app.

The speaker also has a good range of user-friendly physical controls, including playback, volume, and track navigation. However, it lacks a speakerphone function. It also doesn’t have RGB lights, voice assistants, or multi-device Bluetooth pairing technology. This 4.4-pound speaker boasts an IP67-rated waterproof and dustproof construction. Find alternatives to the EPICBOOM by browsing the most popular Bluetooth speakers today.

With a higher output at the maximum volume, the Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM is more suitable for big rooms than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3. It…

With a higher output at the maximum volume, the Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM is more suitable for big rooms than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3. It also has a more neutral sound profile out of the box and has an app-based graphic EQ and presets for changing settings as needed. On the other hand, the WONDERBOOM 3 doesn’t have an app or EQ settings. However, it is much smaller and has a much better battery life.

With a more neutral sound profile out of the box and a graphic EQ and presets, the Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM is much better for music…

With a more neutral sound profile out of the box and a graphic EQ and presets, the Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM is much better for music than the JBL Flip 4, which doesn’t have a graphic EQ or presets. It also gets much louder, making it more suitable for parties than the JBL speaker. The JBL speaker costs less, has a slightly better runtime, and is much more portable.

The Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM is smaller and more portable than the Tribit Storm Blast. It also has an IP67-rated dustproof and waterproof construction, which is…

The Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM is smaller and more portable than the Tribit Storm Blast. It also has an IP67-rated dustproof and waterproof construction, which is better than the IPX7 submersible waterproof design of the Tribit speaker. The Tribit speaker is much better for parties, featuring RGB lighting, a louder output, and a much better battery life.

Battery Charge Time

2.6 hrs

2.6 hrs

3.5 hrs

4 hrs

Battery Life

17 hrs

14 hrs

12 hrs

32 hrs

Built In Microphone

No

No

Yes

n/a

Depth

6.38"

4"

2.8"

6.4"

Height

9.49"

3.75"

2.7"

8.9"

IPX Rating

IP67

IPX7

IPX7

IP67

Size

4.69"(w) x 9.49"(h) x 6.38"(d)

4"(w) x 3.75"(h) x 4"(d)

6.9"(w) x 2.7"(h) x 2.8"(d)

16"(w) x 8.9"(h) x 6.4"(d)

Smart App

Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears

JBL Portable

Tribit

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Score Card

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Expert Score

79

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Customer Score

89

*.25

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True Score

80

Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Score

    74
    The Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM is a portable Bluetooth speaker with a premium design. It’s suitable… read more

    By:

    Raphael Boyer
  • Tom’s Guide
    68.04

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The Ultimate Ears Epicboom has a sophisticated rather than ‘epic’ sound, but features could be… read more

    By:

    Lee Dunkley
  • Trusted Reviews
    48.27

    Category Trust Score

    80
    Another entertaining, approachable outdoor speaker from Ultimate Ears, the Epicboom has plenty of charm and… read more

    By:

    Kob Monney
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Score

    80
    Epicboom is finally something to get excited about from Ultimate Ears: all-new, surprisingly big, and… read more

    By:

    Becky Scarrott
  • The Verge
    51.49

    Category Trust Score

    60
    It’s 2023. If Ultimate Ears is going to charge this much, there needs to be… read more

    By:

    Chris Welch
  • Pocket Lint
    51.48

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The Epicboom does what it says on the tin – it’s a new impressively powerful… read more

    By:

    MAX FREEMAN-MILLS

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