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.
|Battery life||16 hours||12 hours|
|Wi-Fi range||100 meters||100 meters|
|Bluetooth range||45 meters||45 meters|
|Frequency range||60Hz - 20kHz||90Hz - 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.
The best for most people
The Ultimate Ears Megablast has a satisfying low end, full control of streaming services and smart home devices through Alexa, and full control through the Boom app, making it the best portable speaker that Ultimate Ears offers.
Even with Alexa, it's the least appealing
While the Blast provides a more portable Alexa and decent sound, it just doesn't stack up to the Megablast or other "lesser" speakers in Ultimate Ears' lineup. Only go for it if you want something more compact than the Megablast.
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