Logitech Goes Round The Bend With New EU Speaker

Written by David Richards     17/06/2015 | 07:35 | Category: ACCESSORIES

Logitech used an event at the UNSW Roundhouse in Sydney last night to launch a new Ultimate Ears 360 degrees round speaker.

Logitech Goes Round The Bend With New EU Speaker

The low cost speaker is an expansion model to the Ultimate Ears range which includes the Mega Boom speaker that was launched last year.

The new flying-saucer-shaped Ultimate Ears product is called the 'Roll' it will sell for $149 in Australia Vs US$99 in the USA.

 It will join the $199 Boom launched two years ago and the step-up $295 Mega Boom, which shipped in January. The Roll replaces the bottom end mini portable UE speaker model that lacked 360-degree stereo sound and was neither waterproof nor dustproof.

"We're building a family with the same core features," said Ultimate Ears senior VP Rory Dooley.

The 360-degree sound field reflects "the way people consumer music," he added. The new speaker, available in six colours and design patterns, features a top-mounted woofer flanked by a tweeter on each side and pointing out at an angle to disperse stereo sound over 360 degrees.

It's IPX7-rated to survive immersion in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes, even without the user closing a flap that covers the USB-charging port and 3.5mm input.

The flap must be closed, however, to make the speaker dust-proof. The Mega Boom is also IPX7-rated, and the standard Boom is IPX4 rated for water-resistance.


Both are also dust-proof, but both require their flaps to be closed to withstand water and dust. All three speakers are also said to be drop-proof, and the Roll also floats when attached to a small inflatable life preserver provided with the speaker.

The Roll uses antenna design to extend Bluetooth range to 19.8 from the typical 1 metres.

Battery life is up to nine hours. Like the other two speakers in the line, the Roll features Bluetooth LE so it can be turned on and off via Bluetooth. With all three models, one mobile device can stream simultaneously to two of any type of Ultimate Ears Bluetooth speaker at a time, each running in stereo.

Two Ultimate Ears speakers of the same type can be used simultaneously as a separate left or right speaker. In the fall, Ultimate Ears will offer a firmware upgrade to enable a mobile device to stream to as many as 10 speakers at a time, though only two speakers at a time could be used as a left-right pair.

The update will be downloaded to a mobile device for transfer over Bluetooth to the speakers. No other supplier currently offers firmware-upgradable Bluetooth speakers, whether side loaded from a PC or transferred via Bluetooth, Dooley said. All models also feature internal clock so they can be used as alarm clocks set from a mobile device.