Not long ago, I reviewed the UE BOOM speaker and it is still my favorite wireless speaker so far. It is water and stain resistant, it has a portable design that you can bring anywhere, its battery life is almost the longest one and its sound quality is better than all wireless speakers at the price range.
In the review, I mentioned an interesting feature that I didn’t have a chance to try. That is the Double Up feature which allows wirelessly connecting two BOOM units to double the sound.
Basically, you will need two BOOM speakers to try the feature. I connected the first speaker via Bluetooth and it acts as a master speaker. Then I installed the UE BOOM app which can be found on Google Play or App Store. The app is very clean and easy to use, you can also use this app to change Equalizer settings and set alarm. Here we will just use the Double Up feature. The app will require you to connect to the second speaker by pressing twice on its Bluetooth button. That’s the whole setup process. You just need to set up once, it will remember each other and automatically double up your sound next time.
You can check out the video below for more details.
The app offers 2 modes in the Double Up feature, which are Double and Stereo. In the Double mode, two speakers will play the same sound, so it will be suitable for large environments like party or outdoor use. The Stereo mode is where you can enjoy stereo sound as two speakers will act as left and right channels. I really love the Stereo mode as it really unleashes power of the wireless speaker. It makes the bass more powerful and the sound stage becomes much wider.
However, you will have to reconsider because of its high price tag. The UE BOOM speaker is available on Amazon for nearly $200 each, so the pair will cost $400. UE BOOM will have to face many better competitions at this price range.
Besides, the UE BOOM app has a lot of limitations at this time. There is no option to change master volume, therefore, you have to manually set volume level for each speaker. Another disadvantage is that you can only see battery level of the master speaker (the first speaker you connected), so you will never know when the other one will get out of juice.
Having said that, the pair of UE BOOM speakers is a high-quality product with the best audio quality you can find in the portable design. We are still recommending the product and hopefully its price will decrease soon.
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Can you only use the double up capability if you have iOS or Android i.e. can you still use the Double Up feature with Windows Phone or Windows 8.1?
Tuan Do says
You can use the Double Up feature with any Bluetooth-enabled device. It can be activated without the app by simultaneously pressing the Bluetooth and + buttons on the already-connected speaker, then press the Bluetooth button twice on the speaker that you want to add. However, you won’t be able to choose between Stereo and Double mode without the UE Boom app. The app is available on just App Store and Google Play at the moment.
I just wanted to say, Tuan Do, that I’ve copied and pasted your excellent comment into a .txt file just to have in case techwalls.com ever disappears. So far, your comment is the ONLY place I’ve found it written down how to get Stereo mode from 2x speakers from a laptop, sans smartphone app. THANK YOU! Works great both from my Android phone and my Windows laptop. I tried it on my grandmother’s mac (always seems like it’s grandparents that use Apple products, eh? haha) and it worked great from there too.
I agree, the sound is amazing. 1) where can I find the app. It’s not on the ultimateears or iTunes Store. 2) I have a UE Boom that all of a sudden won’t pair with my TV. I have a Bose that does AND the Boom will pair with my iPhone 7 and iPadPro, and 3) I just got two UE Boom 2 speakers that I want to use in tandem on another TV. When I first set it up, I was able to pair with the TV and the two speakers linked up. I did some testing to make sure that the speakers would not conflict with the Bluetooth speaker in the other room. I have not been able to link up the two speakers since. I can just pair one of them at a time. I have done a factory reset (power/-) to no avail. Any ideas
Sadly, the app is extremely buggy and lately, it doesn’t ever work at all. You will see there are lots of 1 star reviews for android. It’s currently getting worse and not better. I miss that stereo sound, but for now I recommend buying a mixer like the Z1 and running a line to each speaker until UE gets their act together.
I have 2 ue boom 2s already paired and am buying 2 megabooms to compliment them. Should I pair the 2 megabooms together 1st, then pair the lead one only? Or should I link the new megabooms separately to the lead boom 2 please? Any help gratefully received . Thank u ?