OUR PICK

Los Angeles Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

The UE Me­gaboom sounds re­ally good, plays loudly and has long bat­tery life. At $300, the Me­gaboom is pricey, but it de­liv­ers a lot for your money. The rugged de­sign is IPX7-rated, which means it can be sub­merged in 1 me­ter of wa­ter for 30 min­utes. It’s about the size of a 22-ounce beer bot­tle, so it fits pretty eas­ily in a beach bag. There’s a speak­er­phone func­tion, and UE claims a 100-foot range for the Blue­tooth con­nec­tion. Its app lets you pair two Me­ga­booms for stereo sound or for sound in two ad­ja­cent rooms. It has a big, clear, full, loud sound (but at full blast it can dis­tort voices a lit­tle). The bat­tery is rated for 20 hours of play­back time, though in our tests it lasted up to 30 hours.

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