The Bluetooth speakers from Ultimate Ears are great in most situations, but not for large parties. The new HyperBoom promises to be that. It is a long, rectangular, 360-degree speaker that is powerful enough to fill a room with loud, clear sound and heavy enough to need a handle to carry it around.
It is not difficult to find a party speaker who can blow music into a room full of loud partygoers. Some even cost less than the $ 399 HyperBoom. But this speaker is worth watching for a few reasons. The subdued design blends nicely into your room, and it has an adaptive EQ that automatically adjusts to the layout of that room. Moreover, it has some unique functions, some new and some borrowed from the other speakers of Ultimate Ears. It can also fulfill a dual function, both as a party speaker and a home cinema speaker.
Those familiar with the UE Tree recognize the outside of the fabric and the “+” and “-” buttons on the upper surface of the HyperBoom. These buttons can be used to adjust the volume or to check the battery level if you keep them both pressed. This time, however, they are capacitive instead of clicky.
This speaker supports playlists at the touch of a button, another useful feature that you may remember from the recent speakers of Ultimate Ears. After you have configured the Ultimate Ears app, you can start playing your favorite playlist in Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music or Deezer by long pressing the play / pause button.
The buttons on the HyperBoom make it easier to share music from multiple devices, both wired and wireless. Unlike the speakers of other Ultimate Ears, partygoers no longer have to download the company’s app to connect to it. Two devices can connect via Bluetooth, and just a push of a button on the top mounted controls switches between them. Ultimate Ears even thought of adding a subtle blur of two seconds to make it less shocking while jumping to another device. The HyperBoom has two additional inputs: an additional auxiliary port of 3.5 mm and an optical audio port. You can switch between those wired sources with the other two buttons that surround the play button. This is an impressive series with which the HyperBoom can act as a party speaker and a sound system for gaming or watching movies.
The fun features distinguish this from other speakers at a party. But what is perhaps even more important is that this speaker sounds really good. The HyperBoom weighs 13 pounds and is built with custom drivers, consisting of two 4.5-inch woofers, two 1-inch tweets and two 3.5-inch passive radiators (Ultimate Ears notes that they each have the size of one Boom 3 speaker). It has the IPX4 rating when the valve is closed over the ports, so it can handle some moisture from any direction, whether it’s a brief moment in the rain or a spilled drink.
Just like the Apple HomePod and the Google Home Max, the HyperBoom has an adaptive EQ that changes based on spatial information captured by the microphone. Ultimate Ears, however, insists that this is not a smart speaker. It doesn’t work with voice assistants and the company says it’s not listening to you, which is a refreshing change of pace.
This large loudspeaker works on batteries and, according to Ultimate Ears, has the equivalent of four Ultimate Ears Boom 3 batteries. The HyperBoom uses a 90W barrel charger and it takes only two and a half hours to fully charge. With a full battery, the company claims a battery life of 24 hours at half volume or three at full power. The speaker also has a USB Type-A port, which can charge your phone or tablet while you stream music from it.
The Ultimate Ears HyperBoom is for sale from March 2 for $ 399. For now, it will only be released in the “basic black” colorway that is shown in all the photos above.
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