Today Ultimate Ears has introduced the new WONDERBOOM 2 Bluetooth speaker. Following up on the popular first generation model, UE has upgraded the latest version with longer battery life, upgraded weatherproofing and supposedly increased bass performance. WONDERBOOM has long been a hit with our readers at 9to5Toys, so we’re not surprised to see UE bring an upgraded version to market this summer. Along with upgraded specs, WONDERBOOM 2 will arrive with new colorways, including an Apple Store-exclusive option that will be available in the coming months. Head below for more on today’s announcement.
Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 arrives with upgrades, new colors
When the original WONDERBOOM hit back in 2017, it arrived with one of the smallest footprints we’ve seen and certainly from Ultimate Ears. The $99 price tag quickly fell until Black Friday when many retailers had it listed at $60 or less, making it an easy gift and summer companion for outdoor activities.
The second generation model announced today looks to continue where the original left off with increased battery life and better dust-resistancy for outdoor activities. Specifically, this new model bumps to IP67, so it’s safe for most water-bound activities and can take a beating with dust and the like.
Battery life comes in at 13 hours, which should be plenty for most outdoor activities and days away. Inside you’ll find two 40mm drivers and a pair of passive radiators. Ultimate Ears is promising increased bass performance on the WONDERBOOM 2 thanks to a slight redesign which helps fill larger, open spaces.
WONDERBOOM 2 delivers stereo pairing as well
While a rugged design and increased battery life are two standout features, the ability to pair two WONDERBOOM speakers is a nice touch as well. This continues on the latest version, delivering a true left and right audio experience. If you’re throwing a party or have multiple spaces in need of audio coverage, this feature should come in handy.
Pricing and availability
The new WONDERBOOM 2 will begin shipping later this month with a $99.99 price tag. It will be available in five colors at launch: Radical Red, Crushed Ice (grey), Deep Space Black, Bermuda Blue and Just Peach. The grey coloring will be an Apple Store-exclusive with planned availability in July.
Ultimate Ears Brings Even Bigger Sound and Bass in the Portable WONDERBOOM™ 2
LAUSANNE, Switzerland & NEWARK, Calif. — June 4, 2019 — Ultimate Ears is back to introduce the next generation of our critically acclaimed portable and waterproof BluetoothⓇ speaker—Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This new speaker rocks even bigger 360-degree sound than before and extra bass anywhere you need it. With an all-new Outdoor Boost mode, extended 13-hour battery life, IP67 rating, Double Up true stereo pairing and eye-catching two-tone knit fabric, WONDERBOOM 2 is ready to accompany you on day trips, beach detours and biking adventures with booming sound to follow you every step of your journey.
“Our customers love the original WONDERBOOM, so we wanted to give them even more of what they enjoy in WONDERBOOM 2,” said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “We’ve taken onthe-go music listening even further with new audio features that fit your outdoor environment and the ability to experience true stereo sound when you pair two WONDERBOOM 2 speakers together. Now, you can take music anywhere and enjoy even bigger, crisper 360-degree sound in any conditions, all day long.”
The brand new Outdoor Boost feature is specially-tuned for outdoor listening. Simply press the button located on the bottom of your WONDERBOOM 2 speaker to turn on Outdoor Boost and experience louder, crisper audio with a built-in and pre-adjusted equalizer (EQ) that compliments any outdoor environment.
Unlike its predecessor, WONDERBOOM 2 now comes equipped with even more bass, thanks to a lower cutoff frequency, 30 percent more battery life and a new IP67 rating, making it waterproof, dustproof, and able to float. With a redesigned button interface on the top, you can easily play, pause and skip tracks directly on the speaker. You can even pair two WONDERBOOM 2 speakers using the upgraded Double Up feature to enjoy a true wireless, left and right stereo experience, or simply party louder. Each speaker comes in a stylish two-tone fabric, drawing inspiration from this season’s athleisure wear and colorways. WONDERBOOM 2 will be available in the following five colors: Deep Space Black (Black), Crushed Ice (Grey), Radical Red (Red), Bermuda Blue (Blue) and Just Peach (Pink). Pricing & Availability Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is available now in select countries in Europe, and for pre-order in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $99.99. It is also expected to be available in Asia, and Australia and New Zealand beginning this summer. Pricing varies by country. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com or connect with us on Instagram.
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