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Ultimate Ears Megablast vs. Blast: Differences and which should you buy

The breakdown

The Megablast and Blast are essentially two classes of the same speaker, as the name might imply. However, the Megablast, along with more powerful, well-rounded sound, also has some extra features that make it a win in our book.

MegablastBlast
Battery life16 hours12 hours
Water resistanceIP67IP67
Alexa integrationYesYes
Wi-Fi range100 meters100 meters
Bluetooth range45 meters45 meters
Customizable EQYesNo
Frequency range60Hz - 20kHz90Hz - 20kHz

The key differences between these two speakers are size and compatibility with the Boom app. The Megablast is an altogether more powerful speaker simply because it's larger — it has a wider frequency range, capable of deeper, richer bass, and it becomes less distorted at full volume.

The Megablast is also controllable with the Boom app, which lets you control playback, turn the speaker on and off, and customize the equalizer to your liking: more bass, drop the mids, crank the treble, whatever you like.

Both speakers do feature full Amazon integration, so you're able to voice command Spotify, Deezer, and the rest of the streaming services you love. Plus, you can use Alexa's full range of Skills, with the ability to control your smart home devices. Both speakers also have an IP67 water resistance rating, which means they can survive under one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Since you can often get the Megablast on Amazon for under $200, there's no doubt that it's the clear winner here. It's an altogether better speaker, and the fact that you can change the EQ to your liking puts it way ahead of the Blast. Being able to get it below $200 puts the price close to the Blast's, so the latter's lower price tag is negligible. At this point, given the quality of the Boom 3, Megaboom 3, and the price difference between the Megablast and Blast, the Blast should just be discontinued altogether.

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.