Logitech Unveils New Ultimate Ears Speakers with Alexa Support
Today, Logitech have revealed their new Ultimate Ears speakers with the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST and Ultimate Ears BLAST, two new speakers that are part of the brand’s new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth smart speaker range. Both wireless, portable speakers have immersive 360-degree sound and come with Amazon Alexa built-in.
MEGABLAST is Ultimate Ears’ loudest, most powerful and best sounding speaker to date and is meticulously engineered from the ground up with custom drivers that produce a full and crisp sound. The result is a speaker with more powerful mid-range, deeper heart-pounding bass, vocals and instruments that are produced clearer than ever before in our highly portable, battery-powered speakers. With a maximum sound pressure level of 93 dBC, MEGABLAST is the loudest speaker from Ultimate Ears and is 40 percent louder than Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM. BLAST offers ultra portability in a smaller, slimmer shape and share the same bold, immersive 360° sound quality as Ultimate Ears BOOM 2.
Music fans will now be able to experience the benefits of Wi-Fi on MEGABLAST and BLAST, including streaming the highest quality audio possible, text message or make calls without interrupting the music and save phone battery. On Wi-Fi, you will also have bigger range to roam and dance with a range of 100 metres on Wi-Fi. Both speakers have a Bluetooth range of 45 metres.
MEGABLAST and BLAST have Amazon Alexa built-in, so you can control your music with just your voice. When connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot, just ask Alexa to play a song, turn up the volume, cue your favorite playlist, control smart home devices or try any of the skills available for Alexa. Voice control is available for Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio and TuneIn, with more music services to come in the future. On Bluetooth, you can enjoy music from any of your favourite music services.
“With MEGABLAST and BLAST, we wanted to take the mobile music experience to the next level with this new range, adding Wi-Fi and far-field voice recognition with Amazon Alexa,” said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “We turned it all the way up with MEGABLAST; we believe it is the best sounding portable smart speaker available today, and with its sleek, waterproof design, it will look at home with any interior, or wherever you take your music, from kitchen to backyard, beach to mountain.”
“We’re excited that these devices will bring great-sounding music, durability, portability and hands-free access to Alexa to more customers, even outside of their homes,” said Steve Rabuchin, vice president, Amazon Alexa.
Today Ultimate Ears also announced Ultimate Ears POWER UP, a sleek charging dock that makes charging easier for BLAST and MEGABLAST. The speakers stay powered on when placed on the charging dock, so you keep the music playing while charging and Alexa voice control is always available when connected to Wi-Fi.
BLAST and MEGABLAST also share similar features to its award-winning Bluetooth speakers BOOM 2, MEGABOOM and WONDERBOOM. Both BLAST and MEGABLAST are IP67 rated, so they are dustproof and waterproof. Download the new Ultimate Ears app for the smart speaker range to get the latest features as the speakers get smarter and better over time. Available later this year is a new grouping experience for the smart speaker lineup, optimised to take advantage of the speakers’ built-in Wi-Fi capability which enables greater range for grouped speakers and improved connection reliability. In this new grouping experience, you will be able to connect up to eight MEGABLAST and BLAST speakers, with stereo mode supported for groups of two speakers on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
MEGABLAST and BLAST are available in six colors: Graphite (Black), Blizzard (White), Blue Steel, Merlot (Red), Mojito (Green) and Lemonade (Yellow). Color availability varies by country.
Ultimate Ears BLAST, Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST and Ultimate Ears POWER UP are expected to be available in New Zealand on May 8, 2018 for suggested retail prices of $349 for BLAST, $449 for MEGABLAST and $69.90 for POWER UP. All speakers and charging dock sold separately. The free Ultimate Ears app is available for iPhone and iPad on Apple App Store, and for Android™ on Google Play store.