The UE Epicboom delivers a steadiness of energy and portability

It’s been a short time since Final Ears (UE) launched a completely new speaker mannequin and this one slots proper into the prevailing lineup between the Megaboom and the Hyperboom. Persevering with with the whimsical hyperbole, this newest mannequin is named the Epicboom and it’s accessible beginning as we speak on the firm’s web site for $350. Now that it’s right here, it appears apparent a speaker was lacking from the UE lineup. It pumps out a bit extra quantity than the Megaboom, however remains to be extra transportable than the bigger Hyperboom celebration speaker.

The UE Epicboom is sort of a double-wide Megaboom in dimension and form, and it nonetheless supplies 360-degree sound. It does appear that the 2 1.5-inch mid-high transducers are on the rounded sides with passive radiators alongside the back and front. This enhances the encompass sound vibes should you’re listening to it head-on. Inside, the Epicboom packs a 4.6-inch woofer for a extra rounded bass expertise right down to 50Hz, at the least. And similar to the Hyperboom, it has an adaptive EQ that supposedly helps present the perfect audio output attainable on your house.

There’s an out of doors mode accessible, which appears to drop the low finish down a bit in favor of the mid to excessive finish output so it may be heard extra clearly at higher distances. The speaker has Bluetooth 5.2 and in step with custom, the speaker claims as much as 180 toes in vary (in the perfect line-of-sight situations attainable I assume). The Epicboom positively has a strong vary and labored all through my condo with out the sound dipping out, which is commendable.

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As ordinary, the speaker is absolutely waterproof with an IP67 score. Go forward and plop it within the pool should you like. It’s a rugged field of beats that may match right into a backpack though it should take up a great deal of house at 6.3 x 4.6 x 9.4-inches and 4.36 kilos. You shouldn’t have to fret about battery life a lot both, because it’s rated for as much as 17 hours and there is an LED battery indicator simply above the +/- buttons. In contrast to the Growth and Megaboom, there’s no charging dock accent for the Epicboom. It has a single USB-C charging port alongside the again and no aux inputs.

The UE Epicboom shows off its backside and carry strap while resting on the steps of a stoop.
Photograph by Jon Turi / Engadget

The speaker is barely chunky and except you’ve obtained massive mitts, the rounded edges makes it a little bit bit troublesome to seize and maintain by hand. There’s a carrying strap in fact, and should you hate having a free loop dangling about your machine, you’re in luck. This flattened strap makes use of a small magnet to assist maintain it in place alongside the again. It is heavy nylon (like seat belts) and though it has a loop, it takes some fiddling to drag it aside. I discovered myself simply grabbing the strap as it’s to haul it round.

NFC, a protracted misplaced Final Ears characteristic, has returned with the Epicboom. It really works for customers with Android 8.0 or later, however sadly there isn’t any help for iOS. The speaker has multipoint connectivity permitting you to pair as much as eight units and this may also help velocity up the method immensely. It additionally helps to future proof the speaker, as getting older units can typically be troublesome to pair with and NFC is a superb backup plan.

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The UE Epicboom's top control panel in detail.
Photograph by Jon Turi / Engadget

You need to use the PartyUp characteristic within the Growth app (which will get an replace as we speak) to play music on the Epicboom plus some other Hyperboom, Megaboom and Growth fashions close by. There are additionally quite a lot of pre-set EQs together with Signature, Bass Enhance, Sport/Cinema, Podcast/Vocal, and a brand new Deep Leisure mode. I did not get an opportunity to check the brand new app expertise but, so I am unable to present any extra particulars in that regard.

When you’re an Final Ears fan and need to improve your output, however nonetheless have a speaker that’s comparatively simple to convey alongside once you’re out and about, the Epicboom may very well be best for you. It appears to have a extra spacious sound than the Megaboom fashions and its audio output positively covers some floor for a tool this dimension. It’s not fairly the powerhouse celebration output of the Hyperboom, nevertheless it’s an honest improve from the Megaboom 3. Individuals in the USA, Europe, and Asia-Pacific areas can order the $350 UE Epicboom beginning as we speak on the corporate’s website and different retailers will start promoting the product on September twenty second. 

Product Specs

  • Dimension: 6.3 inch (L) x 4.6 inch (W) x 9.4 inch (H)

  • Weight: 4.36 lbs / 1.98 kg

  • Bluetooth model: 5.2 

  • Bluetooth vary: 180 ft / 55 meters

  • Battery life: As much as 17 hours

  • Cost time: < 3 hours (with 5V/0.5A or greater than 0.5A adapter)

  • Drivers: Two 1.5-inch energetic mid-high frequency transducers and one 4.6-inch woofer

  • Most Sound Strain Degree (SPL): 94 dBC(regular) and 95 dBC (outside)

  • Frequency vary: 50Hz to 20kHz

  • Score: IP67 

  • Sustainability elements: 100% post-consumer polyester cloth mesh, 59% post-consumer recycled plastic

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