Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Last updated date: January 4, 2019

DWYM Score
6.7

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We looked at the top 1 Bluetooth Speakers and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including CNET, Tech Radar, Consumer Reports, Trusted Reviews, Tom's Guide, PC Magazine, Wired, Tech Gear Lab and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Bluetooth Speaker you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 55 expert reviews, the Ultimate Ears Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Bluetooth Speaker for a detailed review of all the top bluetooth speakers.

Expert Summarized Score
7.5
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
8,873 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
As for battery life, it's rated at 15 hours at moderate volume, matching the original's Boom's strong battery life.
- CNET
September 15, 2015 | Full review
The controls of the UE Boom 2 are unchanged, and at that, still remarkably simple to use – even if you're using the speaker for the first time.
- Tech Radar
October 17, 2018 | Full review
While Bluetooth pairing was easy and is NFC capable, the UE Boom uses controls that either are unlabeled or have low-contrast labels.
- Consumer Reports
Maximum volume was equally impressive, with the UE Boom 2 easily loud enough to fill my two-bedroom flat.
- Trusted Reviews
January 18, 2017 | Full review
The Boom 2 delivers good overall sound, especially on vocals, though it lacks detail in the bass and treble that some other speakers in this price range produce.
- Tom's Guide
September 15, 2015 | Full review
It's capable of putting out an impressive amount of sound, and while it's not exactly wall-shaking, it'll certainly command attention at your next gathering or small party.
- PC Magazine
September 21, 2015 | Full review
The first UE Boom was a champ at sustaining a signal even with my phone in the other room or in my pocket, so I already was impressed.
- Wired
September 15, 2015 | Full review
The clarity was quite good with plucked guitar notes sounding crisp and well defined.
- Tech Gear Lab
April 5, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
If you're on a budget, the JBL Charge 2+ or the step-down Flip 3 (half the price of the Boom 2) are arguably the better values.
- CNET
September 15, 2015 | Full review
Battery life remains unchanged from the 15 hours that the original put forward, but it still meets, if not exceeds, the industry standard.
- Tech Radar
October 17, 2018 | Full review
Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience and is lacking in detail.
- Consumer Reports
But when I cranked up to 90%, both distortion and noise began to creep in – by this point the speaker was at a volume that most home users are unlikely to turn it up to, however.
- Trusted Reviews
January 18, 2017 | Full review
But people on the other end of the line complained that I sounded muffled — the iPhone's built in speakerphone was clearer.
- Tom's Guide
September 15, 2015 | Full review
The speaker also adds tap-based gesture control, but it was inconsistent in our tests.
- PC Magazine
September 21, 2015 | Full review
I can also hear some digital signal processing being applied to keep the music from distorting as you crank the volume.
- Wired
September 15, 2015 | Full review
It provides decent bass, but it is decidedly lacking in that aspect when compared to our top scoring speakers.
- Tech Gear Lab
April 5, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 is the 360-degree wireless speaker that blasts loud, insanely great sound with deep, powerful bass in every direction–everywhere you go. It was designed to get wet, muddy, and beat up. PartyUp allows you to wirelessly connect to up to 50 Ultimate Ears speakers and takes your party where no other sound system can go. Caves. Mountains. Lakes. Rooftops. You name it. It's waterproof*, shockproof and crafted from the sexiest and most uninhibited premium materials in the known universe. And with Siri + Google Now voice integration***, you just open your mouth and use your words — so instead of reaching for your phone, you can pick up BOOM 2 so nothing comes between you and the music. *IPX7-rated waterproof (up to 30 minutes and a depth of 1 meter). ** Requires latest firmware & software update.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
3. Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
4. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Monster Superstar Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 6
6. JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
7. Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 3 Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 2
8. Beats Pill Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 2
9. Philips Izzy Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Bluetooth Speakers

At one time, if you wanted to listen to music at home, you needed a full stereo system, complete with large speakers and a CD or record player. But if you’re like many consumers, your music now resides on your smartphone, whether it’s songs you’ve purchased and downloaded or through a streaming service like Pandora or Spotify.

Sure, you can listen to your music through earbuds or the tiny little speaker built into your phone. But what if you’re having people over? Or what if you simply want to blast some tunes to keep you entertained while you tackle some big household project? For that, you’ll need a Bluetooth speaker. Simply connect it to your phone and press play.

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of Bluetooth speakers is that you can take them with you. Whether you’re planning a day at the beach or you just want some music while you’re hanging out with friends, the right speaker can have you up and running in minutes.

But chances are, you’re choosing a Bluetooth speaker based on a variety of factors. Your budget is important, but you also want to make sure you get the sound you want. If you’re taking it on that beach vacation, you’ll also want to make sure it can handle the occasional accidental splash of water. With so many options, the good news is that you can easily find a speaker that checks all of your boxes at a price that fits your budget.

As you’re shopping, though, consider exactly what you’ll be doing with your speaker. If you’ll be tossing it into your backpack or overnight bag, weight is an important factor. You may instead want to keep it in the shower or the edge of your bathtub, which makes water resistance important. When you factor in sound quality, the right choice will probably be clear.

DYWM Fun Fact

Bluetooth technology uses radio waves to allow two devices to communicate. At one time, making this communication happen could be clunky, but today’s phones can usually connect with just a couple of clicks. Once you’ve finished the initial pairing, your device should automatically connect when you press the power button on the speaker. At the very least, you’ll have to go to settings and click the speaker name to pair it manually. The only problem is, you may find that once you’ve added multiple Bluetooth devices, you have a hard time differentiating between them. From the start, try to give each device as specific a name as possible to help you remember it.

The Bluetooth Speaker Buying Guide

  • If you’re buying a speaker, great sound quality probably tops your must-have list. No matter what features a speaker has, in the end, it’s all about the listening experience. Sound quality can be subjective, but all of today’s top speakers excel when it comes to producing clean bass without being overwhelming. You can’t go wrong with Bose speakers when it comes to top-quality sound, but don’t rule out the Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth speaker, which offers smooth bass lines and controls to let you customize your experience.
  • One of the best things about today’s Bluetooth speakers is that you don’t have to leave them at home. But if you plan to take your speaker with you, weight is an important factor. The OontZ Angle 3 speaker wins in this area, weighing in at only 0.5 pounds. Bose’s SoundLink speakers weigh in at between 1.25 and 1.5 pounds. The Marshall Stanmore speaker is better suited for home use, with a weight of more than 12 pounds.
  • As important as sound quality and portability are, though, you can’t get around the cost factor. Although it has the least impressive sound, the ultra-portable OontZ Angle 3 will be light on your bank account at less than $30. Compare this to the Marshall Stanmore’s price tag of around $250. You can compromise with the Bose SoundLink, which costs around $150 for the basic version and roughly $200 for the SoundLink Revolve.
  • Portable speakers let you listen to your tunes in the shower or while lounging poolside. But you’ll need to make sure your speaker can withstand the occasional accidental splash. While none of the speakers are waterproof, two do offer a certain amount of water resistance: the OontZ Angle 3 and the Bose SoundLink Revolve.
  • If you’re leaving the house with your speaker, you’ll want a battery that can keep you going throughout the day. The Oontz Angle 3 will provide the longest playtime, with up to 14 hours of battery life, but that’s followed closely by the Bose SoundLink Revolve, which promises up to 12 hours of battery power. You’ll get up to eight hours with the Bose SoundLink. Further adding to the Marshall Stanmore speaker’s limits is the fact that it has to be plugged in for use.