Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST Review

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Updated December 9, 2022
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Expert Score (From 3 Experts)
80/100

Customer Score (From 1810 Reviews)
4.3/5

Overview

The Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST was first launched in late 2017 as a top-shelf Bluetooth speaker designed for outdoor use. The speaker can be used with Amazon Alexa through a WiFi connection, and weighing only 2.4 pounds, it is one of the best speakers for users who are constantly on the move.

The manufacturer claims that its battery lasts up to 16 hours, and to help keep it on for this long, it has a power-saving feature that can be used to have it shut down after a set time. Its Bluetooth connectivity range is also pretty good, and even though the best Bluetooth speakers on the market can maintain a strong connection for up to 334 ft, the MEGABLAST has strong signal strength for devices up to 216 ft.

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Its Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity is an advantage it also shares with the Sonos Roam and Amazon Echo Dot, which you can find out more about in our Sonos Roam review and our Amazon Echo Dot speaker review. Those who’ve placed a very high focus on design over anything else might enjoy our Edifier Prisma BT 2-1 Bluetooth speakers review.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great build quality
  • Decent bass response
  • Works great with Alexa
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Graphic equalizer

Reasons to Not

  • No speakerphone function
  • No support for Google Assistant/Siri
  • Sound distorts at high volume

Market Context

Compared to the same brand’s similar models: While buyers might find that the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST and the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 look almost indistinguishably similar, the MEGABLAST features voice assistant support and WiFi connectivity while the MEGABOOM 3 does not.

However, the BOOM 3 is smaller in size, and it also has a longer 13.7-hour battery life than the 8.1-hour playtime of the MEGABLAST. We’ve looked into the MEGABOOM 3 in our Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 review, so feel free to check that out.

Compared to other brand’s similar models: The Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST has a graphic equalizer while the JBL Charge 4 does not, and it also comes with voice assistant support and WiFi connectivity, which are both missing on the Charge 4.

Critic Consensus

The Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST received critical acclaim from product testers for its impressive portability, build quality, and ability to play stereo content, which created an immersive experience when watching movies. Analysts from Rtings were delighted with its voice assistant performance since, during their tests, the speaker could pick up voice commands quite well. They also lauded it for its easy-to-use Ultimate Ears app and were pleased that they could adjust its sound quality through its graphic EQ.

Testers from What HiFi liked how loud the speaker could get and were satisfied with its bass response when playing music. Another excellent alternative for bass lovers is the Sonos Five, so have a look at our Sonos Five review if you’re interested.

However, the MEGABLAST did not delight testers with its lack of compatibility with Google Assistant and Siri. Testers also noted that its sound gets distorted at loud volumes and were disappointed with its missing speakerphone functionality.

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