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Brilliant just about sums this up!,
This review is from: Logitech UE Boombox (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
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Logitech raised the bar quite high with this product. For £200 you expect a lot.
Wow did Logitech deliver.
The UE Boombox is another of Logitech's products to gain from Logitech's purchase of Ultimate Ears. This wireless speaker packs some serious punch considering its size!
When it comes to looks they decided to go down the practical but sleek look.The top of the device is a sturdy aluminium look handle(I think it isn't real aluminium but the quality of it is totally sturdy). The sides of the device are a good quality rubber as it the bottom fifth of the device. The speaker grille is a good quality aluminium.
Logitech really seems to have pushed the boat using materials that will wear well. The build quality is also such that I'd expect it to be able to take a fair amount of abuse.
Simplicity is key with a product such as this. Logitech had this in mind and kept buttons and switches to an absolute minimum. On the left side an On/Off switch, a Bluetooth pairing button on the right massive volume up/down buttons. The left also houses the charging port and the Auxiliary 3.5mm input.
I was really impressed by the bluetooth range which was about 17m with my iPhone and just over with my iPad. Pairing was really easy. Simply go into the bluetooth menu, switch on the boombox and add it to your devices. Once paired an audible chime is played and you can start your music.
Simple as anything. Swapping devices is a case of stopping the music on one and pressing play on the other. The transition is perfectly seamless. The supplied charger is also an unfiddly power adapter affair.
6 hours of battery life is also pretty brilliant. It is enough for most gatherings and to be honest if you are playing music for longer than that you can probably find a power adapter.
The most important part.
Now I compared this to a Bose ® SoundDock® Portable Digital Music System and a not so portable Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air B&W Wireless Speaker with Airplay.
I should probably also mention that I did take time to set up my Boombox before using it. I use apps to stream music which have great equalisers. I did drop the bass quite a bit and added to the midrange. However as with any audio product I think this is something you need to take into account as necessary. Nothing will ever be tuned perfectly. If using an iPhone's iPod function I suggest using either FLAT or Bass Reduced in the EQ menu unless you use another app to play music in which case set up the equaliser as you see fit. You won't get the best audio performance without doing that.
The sound from the Boombox was quite surprising. Firstly I had read that this device was overly bass heavy. Although the bass really isn't light I wouldn't say it was overpowering. In-fact I would say that the Zeppelin can be more overpowering than the Boombox. I'd say it is probably quite similar to the Bose Sound Dock.
The mids and highs were very well redered with a beautifully full sound emerging. Playing Dire Straits' 'Expresso Love' sounded really good. The guitar sounded wonderfully rich and the drums equally so. The vocals were lost on occasion but to be honest most speakers have issue with it. Moving into some modern electronica Gramophonedzie's 'Why Don't You' is also dealt with well. The bass was crisp and the vocals not lost underneath. Again quite impressive. With that I decided to move it up a notch. So far it had coped well with rock as well as chilled electronica. Usually devices trip up by now but as of yet the Boombox hadn't even at really high volumes.
Die & Interface's 'Bright Lights' provided the perfect track to take the Logitech UE Boombox out of its comfort zone. This Drum and Bass track has both high vocals mixed with a relaxed vibe as well as a super heavy baseline and fast moving percussion. It was only wit the volume up high I noticed the only flaw I could, the bass frequency doesn't actually go that low. So if you play some heavy drum and bass or even electronica you sometimes miss most of the baseline. In the grand scheme of things though, considering the cost, the wireless technology and the amazing battery life this really isn't that bad. This device isn't placed as a home entertainment system. Nor is it meant to be used as a computer speaker. This is THE perfect successor to the original boomboxes. BBQs, House Parties, Picnics and other social gatherings are what this was made for. For that it isn't bad.
The sound is strong enough to fill a large room or a garden easily. Pop this on a table, let people pair their devices and off you go. Against the Bose Sounddock you are saving yourself over £100 and in my opinion getting something better. The sound really is as good as the Bose and connectivity is better. Also it is easier to carry around. The Zeppelin is probably still better if you have the money to burn but it isn't portable. It does sound incredible though so if you are more likely to entertain guests in your home I would have that over the Boombox. Interestingly I also noticed the sound was a smidgen louder when it was plugged into power. Odd but not enough to make a difference.
In summary I honestly feel this is brilliant. At £200 I expect if you are seriously considering one of these you probably have the kind of lifestyle which would make one of these useful. It is definitely a gigantic upgrade from using a mobile phone speakers to entertain people. I cannot wait till the summer when this could genuinely become invaluable.
Another perk is that it will play Audio from any app on your phone. So movies or anything else can be greatly enhanced whilst you are anywhere!