For most users looking for a mid-priced wireless speaker, the Boom 3 is the one to get. It offers all that you need to listen to your favorite music over a long period of time between charges, even when swimming.
- Super sound
- 15 hours between charges
- IP67 water and dustproof rating
- 45m wireless range
- Customizable EQ
- No 3.5mm jack
- Few color choices
Less expensive option
The Boom 2 is still a very good speaker. In fact, there's no difference with the sound between the two models. Where it lacks is on durability and range.
- Available in various color choices (including special editions)
- Also offers 15 hours of music between charges
- Less range (33m)
- A little bit less durable than its successor
No matter if you get the Boom 2 or the Boom 3, you're going to get a solid speaker. You just have to figure out if buying the newest model is the right choice for you. Normally, the only advantage you get with an older model is a drop in price, but the price difference between these two speakers is small enough that you should still go with the Boom 3.
Breaking it down
When you compare these Ultimate Ear speakers, you're not going to find that many differences between the two. Despite this, there are key reasons to choose the new one over the old.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Boom 3||Boom 2|
|Battery life||15 hours||15 hours|
|Bluetooth range||45 meters||33 meters|
|Frequency range||90Hz - 20kHz||90Hz - 20kHz|
|Weight||608 grams||548 grams|
|Charges via||Micro-USB and Power Up||Micro-USB|
For more money, you get a newer device that has more Bluetooth range, can charge with Ultimate Ears' Power Up (opens in new tab) device and has better water resistance. Despite this, the newer device hasn't made any advances when it comes to sound and hours of enjoyment between charges. Both the Boom 3 and Boom 2 offer 15 hours of service between charges and both also have the same frequency range.
There's no doubt about it, the Boom 3 is newer than the Boom 2. As such, it offers a few new features over its predecessor. With that being said, this is an incremental update at best, which is something to consider when the price is the most important factor. If you want to spend a little less on your Bluetooth speaker and don't care about the range or other small features, it might be worth it to get the Boom 2. You'll be getting similar sound either way.
Another small factor that might influence your purchase: Do you like out-of-the-ordinary colors or styles? Ultimate Ears often reveals special editions for all of its speaker lineups, so a specific one might catch your eye. If you're eying the Boom 3 but don't like the choices, sit tight. More colors are probably coming soon.
It's the best Boom to date
The evolution continues. After making broad changes between the Boom and Boom 2, Ultimate Ears slowed down making advances when it designed the Boom 3. It's still the best Boom to date, however, and one of our favorites.
A good, but not the best choice
With the Boom 2, you get the Ultimate Ears wireless speaker experience for a little bit less. Buy one to save cash.
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Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.
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