Ultimate Ears produces some of the most impressive portable Bluetooth speakers. Their Boom, Megaboom and Wonderboom speakers have been a pioneering force for creating the best sound quality, volume, and durability in such speakers. The Megaboom series is in the companies mid to high price range and are perfect companions for practically any situation, including the pool. This article will compare the Megaboom against Megaboom 3 and explain the key differences and upgrades.
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There are quite a few differences that make the Megaboom 3 more advanced and a better speaker.
- The Megaboom 3 is a more powerful sounding speaker.
- The Megaboom 3 is a more robust build that will survive more falls.
- The Megaboom 3 has a hang loop for easier transportation.
- The Megaboom 3 comes in four colors whist the Megaboom has five colors.
- The Meagboom 3 has a button for playing, pausing, and skipping tracks. On the original, you have to use your smartphone to do this. This button also allows the user to access playlists on streaming services.
- The Megaboom 3 is dustproof as well as being waterproof. On the other hand, the original Megaboom is just waterproof. This difference is reflected in their IPX ratings; the Megaboom 3 is IP67 and the Megaboom is IPX7.
- The Megaboom 3 is compatible with the Ultimate Ears Power Up charging station whilst the original is not. This is a separate device sold separately that makes charging the device easier.
- The Megaboom 3 has a wireless range of 45 meters and the Megaboom has a wireless range of 33 meters.
There are some similarities that might make the original Megaboom a worthwhile choice as it is cheaper.
- Both these models have a similar size and weight, although they are marginally different. The Megaboom 3 measures 225mm x 87mm and weighs 925, whilst the Megaboom is 226mm x 83mm and weighs 877g. This makes them equally as portable.
- Both have 360 degrees sound.
- The battery life is 20 hours on each model and the charge time is 2.5 hours.
- The EQ is customizable on both models.
- Each model has a maximum volume of 90 decibels.
- The frequency responses are similar, around 60/65Hz-20kHz.
- You can connect each speaker to up to 150 other Boom speakers using the PartyUp mode.
The differences and similarities between these two speakers are pretty crystal clear, although there are quite a few things to factor in. Comparing the Megaboom 3 against the original shows that the newer model is better in many ways. The main features that matter are the sound quality, powerfulness of the sound, battery life and robustness of the speaker. In most of these areas it is the Megaboom 3 which is the winner and is why we would definitely recommend it over the original. The original is a better option for limited budgets though.