Ultimate Ears (UE) has announced the release of its newest speaker model, the Epicboom. Positioned between the Megaboom and the Hyperboom in the UE lineup, the Epicboom offers a portable speaker option with enhanced volume capabilities. Priced at $350, the Epicboom is now available for purchase on the company’s website.
The UE Epicboom fills a gap in the UE lineup by providing a speaker that offers more volume than the Megaboom while still maintaining portability compared to the larger Hyperboom. With a design that resembles a double-wide Megaboom, the Epicboom delivers 360-degree sound. The speaker features two 1.5-inch mid-high transducers on its rounded sides, along with passive radiators on the front and back, enhancing the surround sound experience. The interior of the Epicboom houses a 4.6-inch woofer, providing a well-rounded bass experience down to 50Hz. The speaker also includes an adaptive EQ system that optimizes audio output based on the surrounding space.
Another notable feature of the Epicboom is its outdoor mode, which adjusts the speaker’s output to prioritize mid to high-end frequencies, making it clearer and more audible at greater distances. The speaker utilizes Bluetooth 5.2 technology, offering a range of up to 180 feet, and includes an IP67 rating, making it waterproof and suitable for use in various outdoor environments. The dimensions of the Epicboom are 6.3 x 4.6 x 9.4 inches, and it weighs 4.36 pounds, making it portable but still taking up a good amount of space.
In terms of battery life, the Epicboom boasts a rating of up to 17 hours and features an LED battery indicator above the volume buttons. Unlike previous UE models, the Epicboom does not come with a charging dock accessory. Instead, it has a single USB-C charging port on the back, and it does not include any aux inputs.
One potential downside to the Epicboom is its slightly chunky design, which may make it difficult to hold and carry by hand. However, the speaker includes a carrying strap with a magnetic clasp on the back, allowing users to secure the strap in place for easy transportation. The speaker also reintroduces NFC functionality for Android users, allowing for quick and easy pairing with compatible devices.
The Epicboom is compatible with the Boom app, which has been updated to include a PartyUp feature that enables users to connect multiple UE speakers, including the Epicboom, for a synchronized music experience. The app also offers a variety of pre-set EQ options and includes a new Deep Relaxation mode. While the app experience has not been tested at the time of writing, it promises to enhance the overall user experience.
The UE Epicboom is a compelling option for Ultimate Ears fans looking to upgrade their portable audio output. With its spacious sound and impressive audio capabilities, it offers a notable improvement over the Megaboom models. The speaker is currently available for purchase on the UE website in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific regions. Other retailers will begin selling the product on September 22nd.
– Size: 6.3 inch (L) x 4.6 inch (W) x 9.4 inch (H)
– Weight: 4.36 lbs / 1.98 kg
– Bluetooth version: 5.2
– Bluetooth range: 180 ft / 55 meters
– Battery life: Up to 17 hours
– Charge time: Less than 3 hours (with 5V/0.5A or more than 0.5A adapter)
– Drivers: Two 1.5-inch active mid-high frequency transducers and one 4.6-inch woofer
– Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL): 94 dBC(normal) and 95 dBC (outdoor)
– Frequency range: 50Hz to 20kHz
– Rating: IP67
– Sustainability factors: 100% post-consumer polyester fabric mesh, 59% post-consumer recycled plastic