November 23, 2020


Connecting People

UE Hyperboom review: A jumbo portable Bluetooth speaker that rocks

The UE Hyperboom is a person tall pitcher of Bluetooth speaker.

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Best Ears Increase speakers occur in a several distinct measurements, but none as large as the Hyberboom. A supersize wi-fi speaker that guidelines the scales at a hefty thirteen pounds, the Hyperboom tends to make the Megaboom three appear unquestionably puny. Out there in black only at start, the Hyperboom expenses $399 (399 euros, AU$599). Which is not inexpensive, but it sounds much better than a lot of the jumbo portable speakers on the current market right now. (There is certainly no term nonetheless on United kingdom pricing or when it will be released in the United kingdom, but it’s going to likely match the euro value.)


  • Massive sound with robust bass and fantastic depth
  • Up to 24 several hours of battery lifetime at moderate quantity levels
  • IP4 water-resistance ranking (splashproof)
  • Great wi-fi Bluetooth vary (up to 150 ft)
  • Can wirelessly hyperlink with other UE Increase and Megaboom speakers
  • Integrated microphone quickly reads the surroundings and calibrates the sound to fill any area, indoors or outdoors

Really don’t Like

  • High-priced
  • No Wi-Fi or voice assistant developed-in
  • At thirteen pounds, it truly is not a speaker you want to carry far too far

Best Ears reps told me the Hyperboom was created soon after the business acquired responses from its prospects looking for a larger speaker that could participate in loud enough and have deep enough bass to electricity a celebration. The speaker can do just that — Best Ears says it truly is 3 times as loud and has 6-and-a-50 percent times the bass of Megaboom three — and has no trouble filling a pretty big place with sound. 

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Of course, this speaker is “portable” — battery lifetime is rated 24 several hours at moderate quantity levels. But if you actually crank the quantity, that selection will fall extra like 3 several hours. Adequate to get you through a celebration? Perhaps. But you can normally plug it in (you have to charge it with its very own AC electricity adapter) if you’re around a electricity resource. The battery is not replaceable but should last several a long time.

The speaker supports four enter resources — two Bluetooth wireless, a person three.5mm auxiliary and even an optical enter if you want to link a recreation console, Television or Computer system. With a push of a button you can swap in between the resources and have two phones related by using Bluetooth at the exact time so you can trade off participating in music with a close friend. There is certainly also a USB-out port for charging units. But to be crystal clear, this is a Bluetooth-only speaker — there’s no Wi-Fi.

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UE added Alexa voice-assistant aid to its smaller Blast and Megablast speaker, the two of which are the two Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled. This speaker has no wake-term voice handle, even so, for either Alexa or Google Assistant. I never believe that’s a large offer, but some men and women may possibly hope a $four hundred speaker to have voice handle. Of program, you could attach an Echo Dot by using the auxiliary port to get Alexa aid when you have the speaker at house.

The Hypberboom towers in excess of the Increase three and Megaboom three speakers.

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The Hyperboom is splashproof with an IPX4 ranking, and an integrated microphone quickly reads the surroundings and calibrates the sound to fill any area, indoors or outdoors. As I stated, it truly is very hefty, so you in all probability never want to carry it far too far. But the retractable rubber take care of looks durable and is securely mounted to the speaker. I lugged it close to for several blocks all through our video shoot.

As a single speaker, it sounds much much better than any UE Increase or UE Blast speaker I have listened to right before. The bass goes deep and stays perfectly-defined, even at better volumes, and there’s good clarity (it does not distort at max quantity). I in comparison it to a Sonos Shift, a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth speaker that also expenses $four hundred but is smaller. The Hyperboom did sound larger, with much better in general clarity and extra powerful bass. It surely has extra kick to it.

This has larger, extra refined sound with extra bass than the JBL Xtreme two, a well-known jumbo portable Bluetooth speaker that lists for $350 but is currently on sale for $250. And soundwise this actions up perfectly to the JBL Boombox, which lists for $500. For outdoor use, I do like the type of the JBL Boombox, but the Hyperboom’s merely black box design is ready to mix in much better with indoor decors.   

Connectivity selections.

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Whilst it has multiple drivers, the Hyperboom does have its sound limits it are not able to really escape sounding like a single speaker. If you want to just take it to the following stage, you can pair two of these guys and get authentic stereo sound (they do sound really fantastic paired alongside one another but that will set you back $800). Or you can wirelessly link it with any other Increase, Megaboom ($a hundred and ten at Amazon) or Hyperboom speakers employing the PartyUp aspect in the companion app for iOS and Android to spread the sound throughout extra area.

Eventually, this is the portable speaker for anyone who’s weary of sacrificing sound high quality for sizing. Of course, it truly is larger, heavier and pricier than all those compact Bluetooth speakers out there. But it seems to be and sounds extra like a “authentic” speaker in your house and is still portable when you want to just take it on the go. 

Right here are the Hyperboom’s critical specs, in accordance to Best Ears:

  • Proportions (H/W/D): fourteen.33 inches (364mm) x 7.five inches (190mm) x 7.five inches (190mm)
  • Pounds: thirteen pounds (five.9kg)
  • Enter resources: Two Bluetooth, a person three.5mm auxiliary and a person optical audio
  • Bluetooth vary: 150 ft (46m)
  • Battery lifetime: Up to 24 several hours (three several hours max quantity)
  • Cost time: two.six several hours
  • Drivers: Two 4.five-inch (114mm) woofers, two 1-inch (25mm) tweeters, two three.five-inch (89mm) x 7.5inch (191mm) passive radiators
  • Maximum Sound Stress Degree: 100 dBC
  • Frequency vary: 45Hz-20KHz
  • Drinking water-resistance: IPX4 rated (splashproof)
  • Warranty: Two-year confined components
  • Rate: $399 (399 euros, AU$599)