The UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker was designed as an upgraded version of the previous model, UE Boom, the speaker is waterproof, has loud volume and the sound is pretty good. Even though the speaker has been around for some time, it is still the favorite speaker for most people. With the Ultimate Ear Boom 2, most problems associated with the earlier model were all sorted making an ideal Bluetooth for the budget.
The Ultimate Ears Boom 2 has more features than the first model, the speaker is waterproof, has loud volume and the sound is pretty good. Boom 2 has an omnidirectional 360-degree audio sound, portable, affordable, and simple to use. Although Boom 3 is a newer version, Boom 2 still has more similarities with boom 3.
Boom 2 design and features
Usually, the UE speakers‘ design somehow looks similar, but with a few tweaks, the difference can be pinpointed. The speaker has a 360 degree sound just like the UE Boom 3, the speaker has an all-round grille with a rubber strip in the middle and a rubber casing on the top and bottom.
It also has control buttons on the top casing and comes in different colors. The speaker is rated IPX7 water-resistant much like all UE Bluetooth speakers, and can survive submersions in water. The speaker uses Bluetooth 4.2 with a range of up to 100 feet as claimed by the manufacturer, but in reality, you will be pleased to get up to 50 feet of stable connection without cracks.
Boom 2 sound quality
As with UE speakers, the UE Boom 2 has a loud volume and sound, unlike the previous model which has issues when it comes to highs, mids, and lows. The UE Boom 2 sorted the problem, equipped with two drivers and two passive radiators which produce good solid bass. This also comes with issues when listening to tracks with heavy bass, on high volumes this can cause distortions, but the company came up with the UE Boom app which lets you adjust the equalizer to match the track, ‘awesome right?’.
With the Boom app, there are much you can do, like increasing and decreasing volumes, change tracks, pair other speakers and stream playlist from music streaming apps like Amazon Music and Spotify. Another good thing about the app is, from time to time, UE sends an update either adding new features or updating current features which makes me personally like the brand. The only thing I can complain about is, at up to 90% volume, you can clearly hear distortions, but it is common with most portable Bluetooth speakers of such size and capacity, even though it wouldn’t be something I personally do. In general, the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 has a room-filling sound and no complaints at all, especially for the price.
Boom 2 battery
The UE Boom 2 uses a rechargeable battery that lasts 15 hours of playtime, this will reduce as I noticed when playing music at high volumes. For me, loud music is a must, but with this battery drainage, I tend to constantly have it on charging after all I don’t use it outdoors. The speaker is not the best at charging fast like other speakers may claim, at 2.5 hours, the speaker reaches a full charge which is not bad for a portable speaker.
If you are looking for a cheap Bluetooth speaker with decent sound, then you may want to try the UE Boom 2, even though I personally prefer a speaker with a more recent touch or upgrade. The UE Boom 2 design is very good with a choice of different colors and app features. For speakerphone, you want to try something else as the speaker has none. But honestly, for the price range of the UE Boom 2, you could easily get more sound speakers with all the features not found on Boom 2, like the Bose SoundLink Mini II Limited Edition.
Ultimate Ears Boom 2 vs Boom 3
The UE Boom 3 is the upgraded version of the UE Boom 2, with it comes new features, design, and sound quality. The Boom 3 has a complete makeover with charging, Bluetooth, waterproof, Aux-in, and Magic button upgrade. Check out the full difference between Ultimate Ears Boom 2 vs Boom 3.
Boom 3 vs Boom 2 – design changes
The Boom 2 weighed 1.2lb while Boom 3 weighed 1.34lb. The Boom 2 had a carrying loop at the bottom which was changed to the side and then replaced with the ‘Power Up’ dock for charging. UE still has the same waterproof materials for UE Boom 2 and UE Boom 3 without any changes. The Boom 2 is rated IPX7 waterproof while the Boom 3 is rated IP67 waterproof and dustproof, which is basically the same thing, they both submerge in water but the Boom 3 can actually float.
Boom 2 vs Boom 3 – battery
Talk of the Power Up, unlike the Boom 2, the Boom 3 has can be charged using Power Up charging dock and MicroUSB, though this is sold separately for $40. The battery life of the two speakers seems to be the same, at 15 hours playtime, or 13 hours at 60% volume. Not much improvement with the battery, it takes the two speakers 2.5 hours for a full charge.
Boom 2 vs Boom 3 – sound
The sound of the Boom 3 is slightly improved providing a deeper bass, clear, crisp, and louder. The thing they share in common is the app, as with all UE speakers, all the UE speaker models work with the app, unlike JBL speakers which tend to separate models with apps. With Boom App, you can change the equalizer setting for UE 2 and UE 3, with four, presets, Standard, Cramped Spaces, Voices, and Bass Jump. Both the Boom 2 and Boom 3 have 360 degrees of omnidirectional sound, nothing changed.
Boom 2 vs Boom 3 – features
The AUX-in port on Boom 2 was removed completely on Boom 3, whatever the reason for this we may never know, non-Bluetooth devices will have to choose Boom 2 for this. The Boom 3 was also equipped with a Magic Button that replaced the traditional buttons on Boom 2. The Magic Button will pause/play, skip tracks, and automatically play music playlists from any connected music streaming app. They both use Bluetooth 4.2 with the Boom 3 having a range of 150 feet and Boom 2 having a 100 feet range. Put this to the test and you will realize that it may not be in reality because to get at those stated ranges, you will find your music a bit unstable. Check out the UE Megaboom 3 Review.
Is UE Boom 3 Better Than Boom 2?
To consider if UE Boom 3 is better than Boom 2, from the above review, you will realize you are rather going to pay too much for almost the same speaker with just a few changes. For portability, affordability, and simplicity, the Boom 2 is the best, except you want to pay more, sacrifice AUX-in, then pay to have a charging dock, I suggest you go for UE Boom 3.
Is the UE Boom 3 louder than the UE Boom 2?
The sound of the Boom 3 is slightly improved providing a deeper bass, clear, crisp, and louder. With Boom App, you can change the equalizer setting for UE Boom 2 to your taste, with four presets, Standard, Cramped Spaces, Voices, and Bass Jump. Both the Boom 2 and Boom 3 have 360 degrees of omnidirectional sound, nothing changed.