In 2008, Logitech took over Ultimate Ears, a high-end headphone manufacturer for a cool $34 million. Founded in 1995, Ultimate Ears specialized at custom made headphones for consumers and professionals. The merger gave way for UE range of audio products from Logitech which includes earphones, headphones and wireless speakers.
Sometimes back we had reviewed the Logitech Mini Boombox , a small tiny curved rectangle box that packed quiet a good audio quality and solid features and in our review today we have Logitech UE Boombox, an over-sized beefy wireless speaker that flashes the UE branding.
The UE Boombox is elegantly sculpted, imbibes minimalistic approach and produces a true-to-the-name booming sound for music on the go.
What’s In The Box?
Being a wireless speaker, the box contents are kept simple. So comes with the package are:
- Boombox speaker
- Power adapter
- Two power plugs
- User documentation
You can check out our unboxing video below.
Logitech UE Boombox – Design and features
In a world where the music box has shrunk to iPods and Smartphones, wireless speakers thanks to Bluetooth and Wife technology are throwback to the era of bulky cassette boombox and it is a refreshing retake.
Right from the branding Logitech reflects a minimalistic approach in the making of UE Boombox, the only branding seen in the entire speaker is a prominent yet small blue colored UE logo on the front grille. Logitech name is conspicuously absent.
The UE Boombox features a sleek, clean design with a minimalistic elements. Neither futuristic nor is exactly cute and beautiful but it grabs the attention.
Most of the UE Boombox skin area comprises of matte aluminum meshed speaker grille except the rubberized plastic bottom and the side panels. The elegantly done brushed aluminum handle is merged with the sides of the speaker. If not for the UE logo, there is no other differentiators for the front and back of the 6.5 by 15.2 by 3.1-inch speaker.
Though all around the speaker looks arresting, a complaining note would be the low-handle which hinders the easy holding of the speaker. The handle neck could have been slightly longer for the finger knuckles to glide in for a firm grip to carry around the speaker comfortably.
On the left side of the speaker is housed a vertical row of buttons and ports. Since it’s a ‘all-wireless’ speaker, the controls and buttons are pretty straightforward and few.
A large Bluetooth connect button on the top with a power on/off toggle below and followed vertically below by a 3.5mm auxiliary input port in case your music device does not support Bluetooth, and a power port on the bottom to charge the Boombox’s rechargeable battery.
The right side is almost a blue clean slate barring the plus and minus signs which are the volume controls.
Setting up the UE Boombox is simple enough. It supports Bluetooth A2DP profile to connect to your smartphone, tablet or any other Bluetooth-enable music players. Keep the Bluetooth profile in your music player turned on to discover mode, during the first set-up scan for the nearby devices and the speaker profile name would be UE Boombox and pair your device with it and your are ready to boom.
When you switch on the UE Boombox it comes alive with a musical note (I found the sound level annoying each time I switch on and switch off the speaker) and a the Bluetooth connect button flickers in a blue halo. To bring the Bluetooth alive, hold the button for few seconds and it will rapidly glow and be ready to handshake with your music player.
You can connect up to three Bluetooth music devices simultaneously at a time and can play musical chair from the playlist of different devices.
Logitech UE Boombox – Sound Quality and drivers
Behind the metal cage is housed an array of 8 drivers – two 0.5- inch tweeters, two 3-inch woofers and four 2 5/8 inch passive radiators. Living up to the UE tag, the speaker is a boom-fest delivering a deeper, bass-heavy frequency response the credit for which goes to those passive radiators.
The Logitech UE Boombox delivers a seriously bass-heavy experience. Crank the volume up, it responds well with good clarity without getting shrill at any point. Within the ambit of unabashed bass-heaviness, it delivers full notes and details. Having said this, UE Boombox is more enjoyable at mid-volume.
Dabbling with variety of genres and artists from Indian film music to dubstep, the speakers produced rich depth with no
Using a variety of sources and artists ranging from jazz to punk and yes, even dubstep, the speakers produced tones with no noticeable audible distortion with smooth response throughout the frequency range.
- Good design
- Solid build quality
- Rich bass heavy audio experience
- The narrow space between the handle and speaker does not give a comfy grip while carrying
- No travel case