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Ultimate Ears Boom 3 vs. Megaboom 3: Which should you buy?

Ultimate Ears Boom speakers
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The breakdown

When comparing these speakers, it's important to remember that they're in different classes. The Megaboom 3 is to the Boom 3 as Charmeleon is to Charmander. It's the bigger, more powerful, logical next step as you move up the Ultimate Ears line. For that reason, they have very similar specs.

Boom 3Megaboom 3
Battery life15 hours20 hours
Water resistanceIP67IP67
Bluetooth range45 meters45 meters
Frequency range90Hz - 20kHz60Hz - 20kHz
# of color options44
Weight608 grams925 grams
Charges viaMicro-USB and Power UpMicro-USB and Power Up

The Megaboom 3 is the larger speaker, so its radiators are larger, offering a wider frequency range, meaning deeper, richer bass. However, its maximum sound level is equal to that of the Boom 3 at 90dBA. It'll just offer a more full, well-rounded sound. The larger size also means a bigger battery, so the Megaboom 3 gets an extra five hours over the Boom 3.

In terms of how rugged and water-resistant each speaker is, they're virtually identical. They're both rated IP67, which means they can survive submersion in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The Megaboom 3 is, however, heavier, so it won't survive a drop as easily as its smaller counterpart unless you keep it in a case.

These are virtually identical speakers, so go with the less expensive option.

Each speaker casing is made from the same light-shifting fabric, creating a metallic sheen that looks both formidable and elegant. The volume buttons are on the side, and both have the Magic Button and power button on top, with the Magic Button performing the same duties related to Apple Music and Deezer playlists. You can also use it to play/pause and skip tracks.

Both the Boom 3 and Megabooms 3 can pair with over 150 Boom and Megaboom speakers to create a massive network of sound, though the Party Up function can only receive and play audio from a single source.

So which should you choose? It all comes down to how loud you want your bluetooth speaker and whether you really value increased bass response for an additional $50. If you just want a simple, great-sounding portable speaker, then go with the Boom 3, especially for its Amazon price of $150. This'll be the case for most people. However, audiophiles might find the extra $50 to be worth it for the Megaboom 3.

Mick is a staff writer who's as frugal as they come, so he always does extensive research (much to the exhaustion of his wife) before making a purchase. If it's not worth the price, Mick ain't buying.