Ultimate Ears Boom: The Speaker Jambox Wants to Be

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Forget Jambox. It’s officially been replaced, at least in my mind, by the Ultimate Ears Boom: A portable wireless speaker that sounds almost as good as a much larger home system. It also has a brilliant stereo mode that lets you set up two Booms to act as a stereo pair. And it has a sizzling design.

Ultimate Ears made its name with in-ear headphones that are custom-made to the wearer’s ears. It began by catering to audiophiles (mostly sound engineers), then spread to a more mainstream crowd when Logitech acquired it. The Boom ($199.99) is its first wireless speaker, and it’s a great one.

From its appearance, the Boom is the anti-Jambox. It’s shaped like a cylinder instead of a box, and its design implies durability: The speaker grille has a weave that’s almost like armor, plus it has an unscrewable ring on one of the ends, letting you attach the speaker to a string, wall mount, keychain — anything you want, really. Read more…

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