Whether you’re listening to Bob Dylan or your unemployed older cousin who gave you his demo tape in lieu of a Christmas present two Decembers ago, your music is only as good as the speaker you’re playing it on. Many audiophiles believe that music can only be fully experienced through a hi-fi stereo system with four speakers turned up full blast.
While this may have been the case once upon a time, modern engineering has made it possible to hear a song as its creators intended to be heard using a simple portable speaker. Skeptical? Maybe you should take a look at the Wonderboom from Ultimate Ears.
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is a super portable and wireless Bluetooth speaker, carefully crafted by its manufacturer to cram the audio capabilities of a home stereo system into a miniscule plastic exterior. In this article, we’re going to be looking at the many features that have made it so popular among audio enthusiasts and explaining just why this product is being viewed as a game changer by those in the portable speaker industry.
Most portable speakers are relatively straightforward and don’t include any particularly innovative features. They perform only the most basic of tasks and don’t offer anything that might make them of use outside a car or school bus. However, that cannot be said of the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom. This is one of the most feature-rich speakers on the market today, portable or otherwise. Among the many features of this groundbreaking audio device are:
Despite it being a single speaker, and a small one at that, the sound produced by the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is all-encompassing. Clear and crisp, it promises 360-degree sound to ensure the entire room is engulfed by the blanket that is your music. This feature makes it the ideal portable Bluetooth speaker for parties and even performances should the singer in your family ever require a backing track.
Most waterproof portable Bluetooth speakers are designed to hold up in the shower or, at most, light rainfall. The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom, however, goes above and beyond when it comes to waterproofing. Although we know better than to declare anything 100% waterproof, we are willing to say that this speaker is as waterproof as waterproof can be. According to Ultimate Ears, it even has the ability to float and can be thrown into a pool without its performance or sound quality diminishing.
There’s nothing worse than spending your hard-earned cash on a speaker only to accidentally knock it off your counter and see it break into a thousand little pieces. It doesn’t happen often, but if you’re as clumsy as we are, it’s a safe bet you’ve found yourself in such a situation at least a couple of times throughout your time as an audiophile. Thankfully, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is drop proof and is capable of surviving serious falls intact. The manufacturer itself has drop tested the speaker from a height of 1.7 meters.
Pros and Cons
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is undoubtedly one of the most impressive portable speakers currently available. Its plethora of unique features translates and gives rise to an equal number of pros, making the advantages of owning this speaker almost incalculable. That being said, even the Wonderboom is not without its flaws. While there are only a few common complaints about the speaker, they are out there and, in order to provide you with a fair and balanced review of the Wonderboom, we’re going to take a look at them in this section of the article. But first, here are just a couple of the product’s oft-touted pros.
There are some portable speakers that are technically wireless, but require the source of their sound to be within 10 or 12 feet, which renders them virtually useless, especially if you’re looking for a speaker that you can listen to in the shower or at the beach. When it comes to range, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is pretty much second to none. It can connect to smartphones and devices up to 100 feet away, so you’ll always be able to listen to your favorite music no matter how far you must stray from your phone.
Following a full charge, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom will last you 10 hours before losing power. You’ll no doubt appreciate its remarkably long battery life if you’re looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker for a road trip or particularly long day at the beach.
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom comes fitted with a hang loop. This might seem like an insignificant feature at first, but you’ll come to see its value when you don’t have enough room for the speaker in your case and must instead hang it from the straps of your backpack.
As a consequence of its many features and crystal clear sound quality, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom comes in at quite a bit more than most other portable Bluetooth speakers on the market today. If you have your heart set on this product, you should be prepared to drop upwards of $50 on it.
Although it is presumably supposed to be a plus and minus sign to represent an increase or decrease in volume, the design on the face of this speaker doesn’t look unlike a crucifix, which may be a source of controversy and unwanted attention.
Compared to some of the cons associated with many other available portable Bluetooth speakers, those of the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom are pretty minor. In fact, the argument can be made that they are entirely wiped out by the many features and pros the speaker has to offer the audiophiles who decide to go with it. Sure, it may cost you a little bit more than you had budgeted for, but for your money you’ll get flawless sound on even the oldest of songs and the ability to listen to hi-fi quality audio as you drive, fly, or swim to your next concert. Even if you love singing in the shower, this one’s for you!