Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Review
After Megaboom, Boom 2, and Roll 2, Ultimate Ears follows up with the Wonderboom. With the Wonderboom, UE introduces a new format, including the well-known trendy and high-quality case. Despite the lower volume, the Wonderboom also sounds a shade better than the Roll 2 and Boom 2, especially in the livelier high-frequency range. But, again, just one box creates a great atmosphere together with two or more Wonderboom make music loud and powerful enough for extended beach parties – and certainly long enough at over 18 hours.
- Waterproof, buoyant, shockproof
- Handy format
- Easy handling
- Coupling with second Wonderboom possible without app
- Volume, track skip, play/pause
- Lively sound plays quite loud
- 18 hours of battery life
- Weak bass at higher volume
- Firmware updates only via computer
The coupling with another Wonderboom box also works without an app.
In time for the warm season, Ultimate Ears Wonderboom surprises with a new Bluetooth box externally positioned between the flat Roll 2 and the tubular Boom 2. Like its siblings, the Wonderboom is shock and water-resistant, according to the IPX7 standard. In addition, UE promises better sound from the new format with a similarly good battery life. And the sound ball should even be able to swim – unlike the Roll 2 without a floating cushion.
UE Wonderboom swims unaided
The Wonderboom withstands the water pressure at a depth of one meter for up to half an hour – the other Boom and Roll models were also able to do this. The fabric-covered loudspeaker is also protected against impacts. So, it can be used at the garden and beach party without hesitation. The spherical Wonderboom is not as easy to stow away as the flat Roll 2, but it is still handy enough to fit in small luggage.
In contrast to the other UE boxes, the Wonderboom floats on the water – even without an additional floating cushion. For this purpose, the Wonderboom is filled with an extra portion of air. The battery life of the ultra-compact loudspeaker is also impressive; UE promises ten hours; in the test, the box even ran for over 18 hours at the standardized test volume.
Control without an app
Unlike the other UE Bluetooth boxes, Ultimate Ears does not have app support. Sound settings can be made on the smartphone, and to pair it with a second Wonderboom, all you have to do is press the UE button on the top of the box. However, this comes with one limitation; unlike the other UE models, the Wonderboom no longer supports stereo mode. Both boxes play the same signal almost twice.
UE Wonderboom in the test: That’s what the ball sounds like
The bass performance of the small sound ball, which is astonishing for its size, is immediately apparent when you first hear it. One cannot speak of a miracle of sound with the Wonderboom, but the sonority is nevertheless impressive. This also applies to the balanced, conspicuously playful, tidy high-frequency range.
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom maintains its powerful bass up to about 25 percent of the maximum volume. At higher levels, the bass becomes relatively quieter but doesn’t boom. You wouldn’t have expected the small sound ball to reach the maximum level of 91 decibels. Two connected Wonderboom don’t play louder when measured but appear much more powerful and generate an enormous richness and subjective volume, which is already sufficient for medium-sized rooms.
Test conclusion: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
With the Wonderboom, UE introduces a new format with the well-known trendy and high-quality case. The Wonderboom also sounds a shade better than the Roll 2 and Boom 2 – despite the lower volume and especially in the livelier high-frequency range. Even one box creates a powerful atmosphere together with two or more Wonderboom make music loud and powerful enough for extended beach parties. And at over 18 hours, it’s certainly long enough.