Tuesday, October 11, 2016

UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp.

#PartyUp indeed. Street Fashion Sydney had the privilege of attending the Ultimate Ears, BOOM 2 2016 launch at Carriageworks in Sydney. And it certainly was a cracker of a party. First shot as you scroll down you just can see the countdown to the launch projected on the left; the curtains opening to a massive industrial space, illuminated 'robots' drawing back the curtain on a colour and sound filled spectacle, in we all go... And I am wondering, how will they showcase, 'illuminate' a small 18 cm personal speaker?
The curtains open for the UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
So we had a great light show, including projections some light and flame performances, cool DJs spinning tunes; then about 30 or 40 minuets into the night, the head of UE/Ultimate Ears made the totally bold announcement that they were going to switch from the great sounding music PA.. and go to the 100 linked, BOOM 2 and Mega BOOM speaker cross boom above our heads; cue - light up the boom - and as you can see from the size of that space it was a huge call for tiny speakers! How did it go? Well a LOT better than I expected. The music filled the room, loud - distortion free, it did BOOM that's for sure, it was pretty damn impressive. Now it was not as clear as the 'real' PA - but it was quite amazing, and these small speakers are not really meant to power such a ginormous party space but they did. At the end of the night I was gifted a BOOM 2 and have been testing/using it for a few days now - so keep scrolling down for my REVIEW below towards the end of the pictures. Do I know what I am writing about when it comes to audio? Well for a few years I ran an online-retail called Vintage Audio .Com .Au (now disbanded) and we did pretty well & were pretty well known and respected, so I will be giving it my VA equipment review best. The old site is down but if you are interested the old VA blog is still online, here, http://vintageaudioaustralia.com.au/2006/my-cd-player-or-my-amp.html
Electric light robots - UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
The music crowd and the boom overhead, UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Detail of the boom of 100 UE Boom 2s, Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
The 100 Mega Boom & Boom 2 - Cross Boom - It worked!
People partying to the BOOM 2 sound system. UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Fire dancer, UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Wall projections guests and fire dancer, UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Vivienne Shui and Joshua Heath UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
White tee's at the bar - UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Light robot stilt walkers and Vanessa Christopher and Vivienne. UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Room and light show filled with people. UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Video team - UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
A group with green party wigs, UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Guys, pink party wigs and a selfie. UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Party wigs and Glasses - Best after a few drinks..  - Blue and green wigs, selfie time! UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Outside the 'party tent' young women in white and denim. UE Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Kent with his UE Boom 2 at the Launch, Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp  Street Fashion Sydney.
Me and my BOOM 2 - Review below - Pic by vivalaViv.
Open pack shot of UE BOOM 2 - Boom 2 Launch at Carriageworks Sydney #PartyUp photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
So what is a BOOM 2, what does it do and do you need one? Lets start with what it is.
The BOOM 2 is a small 18 cm tall 6.7 cm diameter portable, waterproof (for 30 min to 1 meter) wireless/Bluetooth active/self-powered speaker. What that means is it's a speaker with a built in amplifier so all you need to do is supply the source-music via your phone or tablet or device-with-Bluetooth connection. Being waterproof it is basically a take anywhere sound source, a 'boom box' without the size. Power is supplied via Li-Ion battery, up to 15 hours per charge is claimed; this would no doubt depend on how hard you run your sound.

I have been testing my Boom 2 in a small but not tiny studio apartment; first music was early 80s classics on YouTube - Psychedelic Furs, Blondie, Talk Talk, Thomas Dolby, which all sounded somewhat better than I remember hearing them when they first came out.. well TV's didn't have very good sound back then anyway. So even though YouTube is a compressed sound format, the Boom 2 had the music sounding pretty good. I then went for Diana Krall Live in Paris which was my key 'test CD' for most Vintage Audio systems I reviewed. The great thing about this album is I know were systems excel or fall down. Now there is no way a small single speaker is going to reproduce a full stereo sound stage; and I certainly don't expect it too. What I would like if I can get it is rich sound, a feeling for the base, clarity, sibilance on cymbals and high percussive notes, no distortion, fast dynamic response. The BOOM 2 delivers, it delivers surprisingly good sound regardless of it's size.

As I sit here typing this review, I have gone over to full uncompressed music files, Roy Hargrove Crisol Habana, all Cuban brass, percussion and piano and the best thing I can possibly say about the sound is that I am forgetting what it is coming out of, where it is coming from; I am just enjoying the music. For some more contemporary bass heavy tunes I went with Angie Stone's Mahogany Soul, which sounded, great, with full rich sound.

But wait there's more! There's an App for the BOOM 2 too.. of course there is and it's pretty useful as well. There is a 5 Band EQ (I knocked the treble back one notch) and if you have more than one Boom speaker you can set the system up for true stereo sound - now that would be interesting to try; OR if you and your friends have more Booms you can hook them up together to spread the sound, increase, the output, which is essentially what was shown to us at the lunch event with 100 hooked up playing together and that was a LOT of sound.

So should you buy one? Well I think I will be taking mine along on small studio shoots in the future, at least I can be sure of the sound quality and how it works. In fact great for taking on any jobs where you want some music & if you use the phone/App it can double up as a speaker phone too, which caught me by surprise yesterday. I have even seen someone working on their motorbike out in the street (before the launch) and thought that's better than boom boxes used to be! So if you like portable sound, I can recommend the BOOM 2. Would I choose to go BOOM 2 over my stereo, no it's a completely different scenario each with benefits of their own, but it's turning into a great second sound source, to enjoy listening too, with pleasure.
Pack shot of the UE Boom 2. photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.



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