Ul­ti­mate Ears Me­gablast Smart Speaker

Sound & Vision - - NEW GEAR -

Ama­zon might dom­i­nate the mar­ket for smart speak­ers, but it’s not the only game in town. Me­gablast, the lat­est ad­di­tion to Ul­ti­mate Ears’ line of por­ta­ble wire­less speak­ers, is an app-con­trolled/voice-en­abled speaker that in­cor­po­rates Ama­zon’s pop­u­lar Alexa vir­tual as­sis­tant. In ad­di­tion to be­ing dust­proof and wa­ter­proof—its IP67 rat­ing means it can be sub­merged in up to 3 feet of wa­ter—the speaker sup­ports Blue­tooth stream­ing and voice con­trol of mu­sic over Wi-fi from Ama­zon Mu­sic, iheartra­dio, and Tunein, with Pan­dora and Deezer com­ing in the fu­ture. Hello Alexa: Voice com­mands can also be used to con­trol a va­ri­ety of smart-home-en­abled de­vices once the skills are en­abled. Bat­tery life is rated for up to 16 hours, and UE of­fers a charg­ing dock for $40. Color op­tions in­clude black, white, blue, red, green, and yel­low. Price: $300 Ul­ti­mate Ears • (646) 454-3200 • ul­ti­ma­teears.com

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