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Ultimate Ears BOOM 3

Waterproof portable Bluetooth® speaker (Sunset Red)

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Are you ready to play it loud? Really loud? Then you're ready for the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3. This waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker kicks out full-bodied sound at up to 90 dB. And it pumps out the music in a spacious, 360° soundfield. Not enough? You can sync up and play multiple BOOM 3 speakers simultaneously — up to 150. And there's more.

Portable and powerful

Ultimate Ears BOOM 3

Treat yourself to big, outdoor sound.

Are you ready to play it loud? Really loud? Then you're ready for the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3. This waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker kicks out full-bodied sound at up to 90 dB. And it pumps out the music in a spacious, 360° soundfield. Not enough? You can sync up and play multiple BOOM 3 speakers simultaneously — up to 150. And there's more.

Anywhere, any weather

The BOOM 3 is at home on the beach, on the slopes, and especially poolside. It's totally waterproof. The BOOM 3 can withstand submersion under three feet of water for up to a half hour (if you haven't found it by then, you probably never will). That waterproof seal also keeps out dust, dirt, and sand. And with a 15-hour built-in battery, the BOOM 3 might just outlast your party.

The Ultimate Ears POWER UP charging dock is available for easier charging.

App control

The Ultimate Ears BOOM & MEGABOOM app gives you lots of options for your speaker. In the aptly named #PartyUp mode, you can stream simultaneously to up to 150 compatible Ultimate Ear speakers. Party up indeed!

You can simultaneously pair two devices so you and a friend can co-DJ. You can adjust your speaker's EQ settings. Even use it as your wake-up alarm with tunes from Pandora or Spotify.

One-touch Magic Button

With a wireless pairing range of up to 150 feet, there may be times when you're much closer to your BOOM 3 than the smartphone that's playing the music. For those times, the single top-mounted Magic Button lets you pause, play, and skip tunes. If you have an Apple Music® or Deezer® Premium subscription, you can set up playlists to cycle through with just that one button.

Product Highlights:

  • powered wireless speaker for use with smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices with built-in Bluetooth
  • 150-foot Bluetooth range
  • two 1-1/2" full-range drivers and two 1-1/2" x 3" passive radiators for 360° sound
  • maximum volume: up to 90 dB
  • IP67-rated waterproof down to 3 feet, while submerged for up to 30 minutes
  • two-tone all-weather fabric
  • Magic Button — one-touch play/pause/skip control
  • UltimateEars BOOM & MEGABOOM app
    • free download from Apple App Store and Google Play
    • pair 2 devices simultaneously
    • #PartyUp mode — connect up to 150 BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 speakers
    • preset Apple Music and Deezer Premium playlists (subscriptions required)
    • customizable 5-band EQ settings
    • musical alarm with tunes from Spotify, Pandora and more (subscriptions may be required)
    • remote on/off
  • built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 15 hours
  • micro USB charging cable
  • 4" diameter x 7-7/8"H
  • weight: 2 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Bluetooth portable speaker
  • 4' microUSB-to-USB cable
  • "Let's Get Started" guide
  • Important Information

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Nice compact unit with good sound and volume. Great battery life.

Scott, Santa Rosa, CA


Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(12 Reviews)

Set in my ways

Guest from Keswick, VA on 2/20/2019

I was a pretty early adopter of the original UE Boom, and have been hauling that same speaker all over the globe for years. It's been to a couple of war zones and a lot of other gnarly places, and is still working like a champ. Still love it! Love it so much I wanted a second one so I didn't have to keep hauling my first one back and forth to my office. So I picked up a new UE Boom 3, and I love it...just not quite as much as my original, but I chalk that up to being so happy and familiar with the original. The new one is fatter, and that bothers me a little bit because I've gotten used to packing my old one in the same spot in my bag. I'm also having trouble getting used to the power button not being in the center of the top of the speaker any more...and keep launching a playlist when I'm trying to turn it off. So I have probably unfairly given the new one only 4 stars in this review. It still has the excellent sound I appreciated so much from Day 1 years ago, and it is still highly packable and perfect for traveling. I'm not a huge fan of the "Magic Button", which seems pointless to me and I never use its functionality, but if you listen to the same 4 playlists all the time...enjoy. Honestly, though, if I weren't an old curmudgeon about small changes, I'd have given it all 5 stars. If you've never owned an old one and become set in your ways like me, you'll give this 5 stars yourself. Buy it (and take it on some crazy adventure trip). You'll never regret it.

Pros: Excellent sound. Highly portable. Robust. Ridiculously simple to connect.

Cons: Fatter than the original. Not sure the "Magic Button" is worth the loss of total simplicity.


Guest from Prairie View, KS on 2/13/2019

I received this as a Christmas gift, but traded it back for a JBL Flip 4, which I'd bought last Christmas. Out of the box, it doesn't sound as full/deep as the JBL. It also sits on end, which I found weird. Laying it on it's side muffled some output. To be fair, it is substantially louder than the JBL, but not as full sounding.

Pros: Gets loud.

Cons: Couldn't get very good bass out of it.

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Crutchfield customer from Clearwater, FL on 1/16/2019

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The sound is amazing not to much bass and the souls is clear. Compare to other brands all you hear is bass



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Crutchfield customer from Cincinnati, OH on 1/5/2019

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Fantastic sound. Durable product.



Great little device

Scott from Santa Rosa, CA on 12/7/2018

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Nice compact unit with good sound and volume. Great battery life.

Pros: Compact good sound and great battery life.

Cons: If you want thumping base go up one model.

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Crutchfield customer from Murfreesboro, TN on 11/30/2018

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This is a great speaker. Wonderful sound in a compact unit!



Big sound, little speaker

Jim from Eureka Springs, AR on 11/24/2018

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This little speaker puts out a fantastic sound. The Bluetooth connection to my iPad covers quite a distance. I also appreciate having access to the ultimate ears equalizer since I listen to a broad range of musical genres. I'm very pleased with my purchase

Pros: Equalizer to tweak different music, portable over fair distance from source, 360 sound, sleek design.

Cons: None observed

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Crutchfield customer from Granville, OH on 11/18/2018

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Love it! Use everyday!!



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Viper from Mccall, ID on 11/8/2018

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Great sound and control. App is no hassle and works flawlessly. Used this with my Halloween costume to add effects and was awesome.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Weather-resistant Yes
Waterproof Yes
Speakerphone Mic No
NFC Touch Pairing No

Product Research


Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The UE Boom 3 offers supports for Bluetooth audio streaming. You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content on your Bluetooth-enabled device to the UE Boom 3. You can even control basic playback functions such a Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track from the UE Boom 3 speaker. It offers a wireless range of up to 150' (45m). You can pair up to 8 Bluetooth enabled devices and keep two devices connected at the same time to the UE Boom 3.

Note: The UE Boom 3 does not offer support for Bluetooth hands-free phone communication for making and answering phone calls.

Rugged Two-Tone Fabric: The UE Boom 3 is covered in a two-tone fabric that is tough and beautiful. Engineered from materials used in motorcycle jackets and fire equipment, this rugged textile fabric is built for extremes conditions. A custom dying process is used to give the fabric a two tone look. There is a small sewn-in loop strap that can accommodate a carabiner clip (sold separately).

Waterproof & Floats: The UE Boom 3 has passed more than 25 seriously tough durability tests, including thousands of button pushes, 100s of tumbles, multiple drop tests, and more. Its IP67 rating makes it water and dust proof. It can be totally submerged in 3.3' (1m) of water for up to 30 minutes. It even floats. So when you drop it into the pool, it will float back up to the surface.

Note: Always thoroughly rinse and dry the speaker, microUSB port, and charging ring with fresh water after using it in a swimming pool or the ocean. While the speaker is waterproof, the chemicals and salt in your pool or the ocean can damage the waterproof seals over time if not rinsed off after use.

360° Sound: The UE Boom 3 Bluetooth speaker features two 2" full-range drivers and dual 2" x 4" passive radiators wrapped around the speaker enclosure for an immersive 360° sound. The speaker utilizes Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to carefully balance audio at all volume levels and preserve as much of the dynamic range as possible, so your music can be loud and still sound clean and full of detail.

Ultimate Ears Boom & MegaBoom App: The Ultimate Ears Boom & MegaBoom App (for Apple iOS 10.3+ and Android OS 5.0+) provides enhanced features for the UE Boom 3 speaker. Use the app for features like Remote On/Off, One-Touch Play, Customizable EQ, Block Party, PartyUp, Musical Alarm, and Firmware Updates.

  • Remote On/Off: You can power the UE Boom 3 Bluetooth speaker on or off through the Ultimate Ears Boom & MegaBoom app.
  • One-Touch Play: Using the app, you can set up one-touch playlists (for Apple Music and Deezer Premium) from the Boom 3 speaker's "Magic" button.
  • Customizable EQ: You can select the best sound for different occasions with 4 different EQ presets (Bass Jump, Off the Walls, Voices, and Off). In addition to the speaker's EQ presets, use the app's fully customizable 5-band equalizer to further tweak the mids, highs and lows so that they're just right for you and your music.
  • Party Up: PartyUp lets you connect 150 UE Boom, Boom 2, Boom 3, MegaBoom, and MegaBoom 3 speakers using the app to create huge sound. Make sure all speakers have the latest firmware update.
  • Block Party: Block Party lets you and your friends (up to 3) play DJ through your UE Boom 2, Boom 3, MegaBoom, and MegaBoom 3 speakers. Make sure all speakers have the latest firmware update.
  • Musical Alarm: The Ultimate Ears Bluetooth portable speaker can be set to wake you up with your favorite songs, Spotify playlists, Pandora stations and more.
  • Firmware Updates: Firmware and software updates are provided through the Ultimate Ears Boom & MegaBoom App.

Rechargeable Battery: The UE Boom 3's lithium-ion rechargeable battery provides up to 15 hours of playback time on a single charge. The battery is easily recharged using a USB/AC power adapter (sold separately) and the included 4' microUSB-to-USB cable. You can also charge the speaker's battery using the UE Power Up charging dock (sold separately). By pressing the speaker's volume up/down buttons together, you will hear a voice prompt indicating the percentage of battery life left.

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