Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Best Buy. All opinions are my own.
There is hardly a lovelier way to spend a summer evening than lounging in a swinging hammock or sitting underneath a canopy with friends. Although, if you ask me, any day that I get to spend outside is usually a pretty good one. For this reason, I have been putting a lot of time into creating an outdoor area at my house that I can enjoy; space where I can relax and unwind.
Can you guess what will be coming soon to the blog? Yep! A tour of my newly designed outdoor living space! I’m so excited!! Although, until I’m ready to share this outdoor revival tour with you, I’ve decided to share a few of the quick things I’ve learned along the way that have helped me to create my dream outdoor living escape.
One of these things and the best investment I’ve made so far has been purchasing a portable speaker. My portable speaker has proven itself to be useful in a ton of different ways and to put it frankly – it rocks! So let’s take a closer look at the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST and BLAST portable speakers to see what makes them so worth the investment.
3 Reasons to Invest in Portable Speakers
1. They’re Portable.
My intent in buying a portable speaker was to use it outdoors, however, I’ve done so much more than that! Being that they are (duh) portable, they are super easy to carry with me wherever I want to have added sound. I’ve often found myself using them around my house indoors where other speakers weren’t available and in hotel rooms while traveling!
What’s better yet is the MEGABLAST portable speaker from Ultimate Ears is created with a built-in rechargeable battery, allowing up to 16 hours of listening time and the BLAST can offer up to 12 hours on a single charge! The BLAST is also water-resistant and has a dustproof IP67 rated speaker that can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes. Anyone else thinking beach tunes??? 🙂
2. They Create Useful Decor.
Typically, a speaker is something you want to hide. But not with the MEGABLAST and BLAST portable speakers from Ultimate Ears! They are available in several different colors such as Blizzard, Steel Blue, Graphite, and Merlot to add to your decor instead of clutter it up. We like the look of our portable speaker so much that we let it hang out front and center as a part of our side table decor!
3. Do More Than Listen to Music.
Here is the thing that surprised me the most about my portable speaker – we aren’t just using it for music! Because the MEGABLAST and BLAST portable speakers are Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capable, we found ourselves using our portable speaker to listen to podcasts, access Amazon Alexa voice command features, and take hands-free mobile calls!
The freedom we found portable speakers to offer is so much more than not having a cord! Do you agree? Share your favorite way to use your portable speaker in the comments below!
New Updates Just in Time for Summer!
If you’ve been thinking of adding the MEGABLAST or BLAST portable speakers from Ultimate Ears to your home, there are a few new updates arriving that make them better now than ever! Just in time for summer, here’s what you can expect to find.
Enhanced controls on the Ultimate Ears app:
Volume can now be remotely controlled via the app, which is especially useful if you have your music cranked up loud and want to use Alexa. You can also check battery status in two ways – either through the app, or right from the speaker by pressing the “+/-” volume buttons simultaneously. Starting in May, you can personalize your sound for any artist or music genre with the custom equalizer (EQ).
Voice control on Spotify and more (coming soon):
Just ask “Alexa, play my Discover Weekly” or any music from Spotify on MEGABLAST and BLAST. Spotify will soon join other Amazon Alexa supported music services such as Amazon Music, Deezer and TuneIn globally; and Pandora, iHeartRadio and SiriusXM in the U.S. — use your voice to control music from these streaming services over Wi-Fi. On Bluetooth, you can enjoy music from any of your favorite music services.
A better way to listen with Spotify Connect (coming soon):
MEGABLAST and BLAST will be the first Ultimate Ears speakers to integrate Spotify Connect. When on Wi-Fi, open the Spotify app on your phone and play music directly to our speakers (under “Devices Available”) without the need to pair through Bluetooth. Music fans can also stream the highest quality sound possible from Spotify. With Spotify Connect, text message or make calls without interrupting the music and save your phone’s battery.
New grouping experience for smart speakers (coming soon):
You can group up to eight MEGABLAST and BLAST speakers on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Stereo mode is supported when you connect two MEGABLAST or BLAST speakers. Optimized to take advantage of the speakers’ built-in Wi-Fi capability, you will experience greater range for grouped speakers and improved connection reliability. Grouping is expected to be available later this year.