UE Hyperboom review: A jumbo portable Bluetooth speaker that rocks

Matthew N. Henry

The UE Hyperboom is a single tall pitcher of Bluetooth speaker.

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Supreme Ears Increase speakers come in a several different measurements, but none as large as the Hyberboom. A supersize wireless speaker that recommendations the scales at a significant thirteen kilos, the Hyperboom would make the Megaboom 3 look unquestionably puny. Available in black only at start, the Hyperboom prices $399 (399 euros, AU$599). Which is not cheap, but it appears far better than a ton of the jumbo portable speakers on the current market correct now. (You can find no phrase still on United kingdom pricing or when it will be unveiled in the United kingdom, but it will probable match the euro rate.)


  • Large sound with robust bass and excellent element
  • Up to 24 several hours of battery lifetime at moderate quantity concentrations
  • IP4 drinking water-resistance ranking (splashproof)
  • Fantastic wireless Bluetooth assortment (up to 150 ft)
  • Can wirelessly connection with other UE Increase and Megaboom speakers
  • Integrated microphone routinely reads the environment and calibrates the sound to fill any space, indoors or outside

Really don’t Like

  • High-priced
  • No Wi-Fi or voice assistant created-in
  • At thirteen kilos, it’s not a speaker you want to carry far too much

Supreme Ears reps instructed me the Hyperboom was developed right after the firm acquired suggestions from its clients searching for a larger speaker that could enjoy loud enough and have deep enough bass to electrical power a bash. The speaker can do just that — Supreme Ears claims it’s 3 periods as loud and has six-and-a-fifty percent periods the bass of Megaboom 3 — and has no trouble filling a relatively massive home with sound. 

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Yes, this speaker is “portable” — battery lifetime is rated 24 several hours at moderate quantity concentrations. But if you really crank the quantity, that range will drop extra like 3 several hours. Plenty of to get you by means of a bash? Maybe. But you can always plug it in (you have to cost it with its individual AC electrical power adapter) if you happen to be around a electrical power source. The battery is not replaceable but must last a number of several years.

The speaker supports four enter resources — two Bluetooth wireless, a single 3.5mm auxiliary and even an optical enter if you want to join a match console, Tv or Laptop. With a push of a button you can switch amongst the resources and have two phones related by means of Bluetooth at the same time so you can trade off actively playing songs with a pal. You can find also a USB-out port for charging equipment. But to be apparent, this is a Bluetooth-only speaker — there is no Wi-Fi.

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UE additional Alexa voice-assistant guidance to its smaller sized Blast and Megablast speaker, the two of which are the two Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled. This speaker has no wake-phrase voice manage, however, for possibly Alexa or Google Assistant. I you should not feel that’s a large offer, but some folks may well expect a $four hundred speaker to have voice manage. Of program, you could attach an Echo Dot by means of the auxiliary port to get Alexa guidance when you have the speaker at home.


The Hypberboom towers above the Increase 3 and Megaboom 3 speakers.

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The Hyperboom is splashproof with an IPX4 ranking, and an integrated microphone routinely reads the environment and calibrates the sound to fill any space, indoors or outside. As I said, it’s fairly significant, so you likely you should not want to carry it far too much. But the retractable rubber deal with would seem sturdy and is securely fastened to the speaker. I lugged it all over for a number of blocks in the course of our online video shoot.

As a solitary speaker, it appears significantly far better than any UE Increase or UE Blast speaker I’ve heard ahead of. The bass goes deep and stays properly-outlined, even at higher volumes, and there is good clarity (it won’t distort at max quantity). I when compared it to a Sonos Move, a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth speaker that also prices $four hundred but is smaller sized. The Hyperboom did sound larger, with far better total clarity and extra strong bass. It certainly has extra kick to it.

This has larger, extra refined sound with extra bass than the JBL Xtreme two, a well-liked jumbo portable Bluetooth speaker that lists for $350 but is currently on sale for $250. And soundwise this steps up properly to the JBL Boombox, which lists for $500. For outdoor use, I do favor the type of the JBL Boombox, but the Hyperboom’s simply black box style and design is capable to mix in far better with indoor decors.   

Connectivity solutions.

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When it has multiple drivers, the Hyperboom does have its sound constraints it are unable to quite escape sounding like a solitary speaker. If you want to take it to the next amount, you can pair two of these fellas and get authentic stereo sound (they do sound quite excellent paired collectively but that will established you back $800). Or you can wirelessly join it with any other Increase, Megaboom ($110 at Amazon) or Hyperboom speakers using the PartyUp attribute in the companion app for iOS and Android to unfold the sound across extra space.

In the end, this is the portable speaker for an individual who’s worn out of sacrificing sound high-quality for size. Yes, it’s larger, heavier and pricier than all those people compact Bluetooth speakers out there. But it looks and appears extra like a “authentic” speaker in your home and is still portable when you want to take it on the go. 

Here are the Hyperboom’s crucial specs, in accordance to Supreme Ears:

  • Dimensions (H/W/D): 14.33 inches (364mm) x 7.5 inches (190mm) x 7.5 inches (190mm)
  • Excess weight: thirteen kilos (5.9kg)
  • Enter resources: Two Bluetooth, a single 3.5mm auxiliary and a single optical audio
  • Bluetooth assortment: 150 ft (46m)
  • Battery lifetime: Up to 24 several hours (3 several hours max quantity)
  • Demand time: two.six several hours
  • Motorists: Two four.5-inch (114mm) woofers, two one-inch (25mm) tweeters, two 3.5-inch (89mm) x 7.5inch (191mm) passive radiators
  • Greatest Audio Pressure Level: a hundred dBC
  • Frequency assortment: 45Hz-20KHz
  • Drinking water-resistance: IPX4 rated (splashproof)
  • Guarantee: Two-yr confined components
  • Selling price: $399 (399 euros, AU$599)
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