Compared with previous generation speakers, BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 use new, two-tone, high-performance fabric that is extremely tough and originally designed for purposes such as motorcycle jackets and fire equipment.
The speakers also include a new Magic Button on the top of the cabinet for better access to music controls, while MEGABOOM 3 is equipped with deeper bass thanks to new passive radiators.
We were able to check out the new MEGABOOM 3 before the debut and we were impressed by the fresh design and the new controls Logitech has implemented. The new two-tone fabric looks stunning and the overall design of the speaker is much slimmer because the rubber strap that is usually on the front has been moved to the back. This also gives more surface area for the sound, for better 360 degree sound.
We checked out the red version of the speaker, which is vibrant and eye-catching, but it also comes in black, blue and purple. Apple will also sell two exclusive BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 colors: sky, a light blue and denim, a darker blue shade. It is worth noting that the new fabric speaker is made of, provides better resistance to dust, increasing the water resistance and input value of the IP67.
MEGABOOM 3 and BOOM 3 will stick to liquids and can be used on the beach, at the pool, in the rain and in other similar conditions. This year, the speakers move so you can keep them right in the pool to listen to music while you swim. Ultimate Ears makes water resistance correct and we have never seen problems with the speakers in wet conditions.
BOOM 3 is the smallest of the two speakers and is more portable, while MEGABOOM 3 is bigger with higher sound and more bass, making it ideal for outdoor use. Sound Wise, MEGABOOM 3 is high enough that at the highest volumes is more than loud enough to be heard in more rooms or over much of a pool or beach area.
With the new look, the buttons "+" and "-" blend right into the speaker's fabric for a more subtle design, and most importantly, the micro USB drive backs up to the back of the device instead of the bottom, so it's now possible to charge while the speaker is upright and in use.
Both MEGABOOM 3 and BOOM 3 are compatible with $ 40 Power Up Charging, however, as Ultimate Ears launched last year, which lets you charge the speaker inductively so you do not have to fuss with a cable and micro USB port.
MEGABOOM 3 and BOOM 3 have built-in batteries. The BOOM 3 battery can last for up to 15 hours before charging, while the MEGABOOM 3 battery can last for 20 hours.
Performance and App
While MEGABOOM 3 and BOOM 3 look great, it's the addition of Magic Button that increases its utility beyond previous generation Ultimate Ears speakers.
Paired with the new Ultimate Ears BOOM app, Magic Button MEGABOOM 3 and BOOM 3 allow to work with playlists for the first time. From Apple Music, you can import up to four playlists. You can include self-made playlists or those that Apple makes, such as New Music Mix and Chill Mix.
Playlists can be played automatically with Magic Button. A long press will activate your playlists, while another long press will skip to the next playlist. This is useful if you have different playlists you want to access at a party or while on the beach or in the pool, but do not have your iPhone handy.
Magic Button also offers full control for other purposes. If you press it, the speaker turns on while another press will pause. A double tap will skip to the next song.
You can set up four playlists using the BOOM app, required to use the playlist. On iOS devices, it works with Apple Music and extracts content from your music library, Apple recommendations, and preset playlists you've created. Playlists feature is limited to Apple Music, so unfortunately it will not work with Spotify at the moment.
On Android, however, it works with Deezer Premium, and Ultimate Ears says that more music services will be added in the future.
However, you can still play Spotify music or other music service from iPhone over the Bluetooth connection to the speaker. The BOOM app also offers full music control and the ability to turn the speaker on and off, plus it offers an equalizer to adjust bass, mid and tweeter to preferred levels.
The app also provides access to key features Ultimate Ears speakers are known as PartyUp to connect up to 150 speakers together and Block Party, allowing more people to stream content to MEGABOOM 3 or BOOM 3.
Ultimate Ears says that both MEGABOOM 3 and BOOM 3 have been upgraded with improved Bluetooth range of up to 150 feet and long-range support was evident in the test compared with previous generation Ultimate Ears speakers .
Ultimate Ears Speakers always sound good, and while no improvements have been made to the sound quality of BOOM 3, MEGABOOM 3 has noticeably deeper bass through the inclusion of new passive radiators.
We failed to test BOOM 3 audio, but MEGABOOM 3 sounds even better than previous generation Ultimate Ears speakers.
How to buy
The new MEGABOOM 3 and BOOM 3 will be available for purchases starting in September in the United States and selecting countries in Europe and Asia.
BOOM 3 is priced at $ 149.99 and MEGABOOM 3 is priced at $ 199.99. As mentioned, Apple will sell exclusive versions of the two speakers in two different shades of blue.
Note: Ultimate Ears gave MacRumors with MEGABOOM 3 for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.