Ultimate Ears launches two new voice control speakers

Hot on the heels of the new Sonos One smart speaker, Ultimate Ears has released its own pair of Alexa-powered speakers: Blast and Megablast.

Based on the existing Boom 2 and Megaboom speakers, the new speakers retain their portability, 360-degree sound design and rugged, waterproof build quality.

With Amazon's Alexa personal assistant and wi-fi built in, you can control your music, as well as elements of your smart home, using simple voice commands.

You can stream songs via Bluetooth, too.

While the Blast mirrors the existing Boom 2's configuration, the Megablast has been redesigned with new active drivers, tweeters and passive radiators to give it a sonic lift. Ultimate Ears says Megablast is its loudest speaker yet, measuring a maximum of 93dB and being 40% louder than the Megaboom. It's bigger in size, too.

The Blast and Megablast have battery lives at 12 and 16 hours respectively, and come in six colourful finishes: Graphite (black), Blizzard (white), Blue Steel (blue), Merlot (red), Mojito (green) or Lemonade (yellow).

A new optional charging dock, called Power Up, is also available for £35.

The Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast cost £200 and £270 respectively, and are available to buy from 26th October from Ultimate Ears, and from other retailers soon afterwards.

Stay tuned for a hands-on review very soon.


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Simon Lucas is a freelance technology journalist and consultant, with particular emphasis on the audio/video aspects of home entertainment. Before embracing the carefree life of the freelancer, he was editor of What Hi-Fi? – since then, he's written for titles such as GQ, Metro, The Guardian and Stuff, among many others.