Portable Bluetooth® powered speaker (Red)

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"All that sound from this little bad boy?"

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Small size, big sound (pictured in red, next to golf ball for scale)

Rarely does a product live up to its name quite as well as the UE Mini BOOM. You'll get plenty of comments and double-takes from people passing by, who won't believe the massive sound pumping out of this mighty mite. The Mini BOOM measures less than 4-1/2 inches wide by about 2-1/2 inches tall, and weighs in at less than a pound. A pair of drivers and a passive radiator belt out your music, and you control it all with three big buttons.

There's always room for BOOM

Sure, it's small, but the Mini BOOM is pretty durable, too. With a tough rubber shell and hard metal grille, you can confidently carry it in your luggage, gym bag, or purse. Play some tunes when you're decompressing in a hotel room, hanging by the pool, or even working at the office. You can pretty much go anywhere — 10 hours of playback time with a fully charged battery means you won't be tethered to an outlet.

Extended Bluetooth playback with 50-foot range

You don't have to hover around the Mini BOOM to keep the music going. Most Bluetooth speakers can reliably sync up to compatible smart devices within about 30 feet, but the Mini BOOM boasts up to 50 feet of Bluetooth range. Simply push the large center "multifunction" button, and you'll hear the familiar Bluetooth tone. Once the Mini BOOM appears on your Bluetooth-enabled phone, tablet, or laptop, you're connected and ready to play music. Listen to your favorite downloaded music or one of your streaming music services. Whatever audio sources you can get through your phone will play on the Mini BOOM.

Using an assist from the free downloadable UE Mini BOOM app for iOS® or Android™ devices, you can also wirelessly connect two Mini BOOMs together for stereo sound.

Doubles as a speakerphone

While it's cool that your smartphone has so many apps and music options, let's not forget its primary function — making and taking calls. The UE Mini BOOM can help here, too. Rather than having to toggle back to your phone's inferior speaker, simply hit the center button on the Mini BOOM and use it as a speakerphone. You'll be able to hear the person on the other end clearly, and the Mini BOOM's built-in microphone lets you talk back to them with ease.

Product Highlights:

  • built-in Bluetooth streams music wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet, or other compatible device
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) one-touch pairing with compatible device
  • wireless range: 50'
  • A2DP Bluetooth for better sound quality
  • built-in microphone for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
  • pair 2 devices simultaneously
  • play 2 UE Mini BOOMs from single source for stereo sound with free downloadable app (available at iTunes® app store and Google Play store)
  • built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours
  • stereo minijack auxiliary input
  • USB charging cable
  • 4-7/16"W x 2-7/16"H x 2-5/8"D
  • weight: 0.66 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Bluetooth speaker
  • 2' micro-USB to USB cable
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Important Information

Features and Specs

Weather-resistant No
Waterproof No
Speakerphone Mic Yes
NFC Touch Pairing Yes

Product Research


Bluetooth Speaker: The UE Mini Boom is a self-powered, portable Bluetooth speaker that is ideal for your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, Windows PC, Mac computer, or other devices. It supports Bluetooth A2DP music streaming and Bluetooth HFP hands-free communication.

  • Wireless Audio Streaming (A2DP): The UE Mini Boom will wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer, etc. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to navigate your music and to view song/artist information.
  • Hands-Free Communication (HFP): The UE Mini Boom features Bluetooth HFP and an integrated microphone so you can use the UE Mini Boom as a wireless speakerphone for your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. The UE Mini Boom will automatically pause the music to let you take your phone call. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to view video calls, manually enter phone number, and control advanced phone functions.

Multi-Device Pairing w/ NFC: Up to 8 Bluetooth enabled devices can be paired with this unit and up to two devices can be connected simultaneously. However, only one Bluetooth device can be played at a time. Once paired, the UE Mini Boom will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 50'). Android smartphone/tablet devices with Android OS Jellybean or higher installed can be paired simply by touching the device to the Bluetooth speaker via NFC (Near Field Communication).

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the UE Mini Boom.

Mini Boom App: Download the UE Mini Boom App (from the App Store or Google Play) onto your Apple iOS (5.1+) or Android (4.0+) device and gain access to other cool features like EQ settings, online User Guide, Double Up Mode, and more from your smartphone or tablet. EQ settings include Out Loud (best for most environments), Intimate (for small rooms), or Vocals (for talk radio/podcasts and movies).

Stereo or Multi-Room Application: You are able to wirelessly connect two UE Mini Boom speakers together with the UE BOOM app for Apple iOS and Android. You can choose to connect two Mini Boom speakers in a "Stereo" configuration for when you want to enjoy stereo sound with wide separation in one room, or connect two Mini Boom speakers in "Double" mode for sending the same wireless audio stream to two different Mini Boom speakers in two separate rooms for multi-room audio.

Multiple Driver Array: The UE Mini Boom Bluetooth powered speaker features two 1.5" full-range drivers and one 3" x 1.5" passive radiator for an overall frequency response of 130 to 20,000Hz.

Rechargeable Battery: The UE Mini Boom has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 10 hours of playback time on a single charge. The battery is easily recharged from the included 4' micro-USB to USB cable from a free USB port on your computer/laptop or a 3rd party USB/AC power adapter (sold separatel); charging time is approximately 3.8 hours. There is a LED on back of the speaker which indicates battery life (Green = more than 15% of the battery charge remains; Red = less than 15% of the battery charge remains).

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Better than your phone speaker

Written By Spur, MN on Saturday, January 24, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

It won't blow you away, but it's significantly better than my phone speaker

Pros: Price Size Bluetooth connectivity (if that's what you call it) is easy. Obviously showing how non-tech savvy I am.

Cons: Bass is a little light, but I was looking for something priced reasonably that was better than my phone(ie didn't make me want to pull my hair out because it's so tinny). This is does not make me want to pull my hair out (meets requirements).


Written By Emily, Visalia CA on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

I bought this for my daughter as a Christmas gift. She loves music and is always playing her playlist off her phone. With the mini boom she can connect quickly and enjoy her playlist louder with a more surround crisp sound quality. The fact that there is no wires is great! Her cousin got a JBL Speaker and compared side by side the mini BOOM has an overall better sound! We love everything about the Mini BOOM!

Pros: Small and portable. Very sturdy. Crutchfield has a great satisfaction garunteed commitment. I ordered mine and it was out of stock they did not charge me until it was available. I didn't have to do a thing they emailed me that it would be in its way and I had it ASAP.

Cons: The colors are hard to find. I irigionally wanted the Orange and gray but it must be very popular.

Awesome Little Speaker

Written By Willdog, Bellwood, NC on Sunday, January 18, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

Love the fact that this unit is so compact, yet has the ability to pair with another unit for double the sound. This unit is loud and clear however, it could use more bass. The only drawback is the unit will move around a bit and fall right off an elevated surface so secure it againt a wall, etc.

Pros: Loud, small, can be paired with another unit, and has a long battery life.

Cons: Could use more bass and the unit moves around a bit.

UE Mini Boom

Written By C. F., New York on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

A fantastic find. Perfect to listen to my music from my Ipad.

Pros: Great sound, very portable, great look and design.

Cons: Have not found any yet.

2 speaker stereo option does not work well

Written By Ed R, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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I purchased 2 so I could do the stereo thing. I downloaded the UE Mini Boom app and saw many reviews about how in stereo mode the sound cuts out every 10-15 seconds. I was hoping I might not have that problem, but sure enough I do. I have only had them playing for 15 minutes or so, but sure enough listening in stereo mode using the Android app (HTC One M8) and the sound cuts out every 10 seconds or so. The speakers themselves sound pretty good for the size, and I would be super happy if not for this. If you are going to buy just one I am thinking you will be fine, but anyone hoping to use the 2 speaker stereo option steer clear, it basically does not work.

Pros: Small size decent sound

Cons: During 2 speaker stereo use sound cuts out incessantly

Packs a Boom

Written By Dave, New York on Thursday, December 25, 2014

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

I wanted a player that was small and still sounded good. The UE Boom delivers. The audio quality is great and low end response is pretty good considering its size. I tried many other units including the bose soundlink (no way as clear), sony srx-3 (sound ok, low end not as good), jbl flip2 ( pretty good sound, low end not as good). For the price its a home run. The only other unit I would have considering was the soundfreq, but I choose the UE since it was almost half the price.

Pros: Audio quality. Size. Battery life. Ease of use

Cons: Wish there was a way to skip songs from the unit.

Powerful little guy!

Written By Caitlin, bellingham, wa on Sunday, December 21, 2014

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

This little guy is a serious powerhouse. Great sound, simple to use, great range, holds a long charge, a must have for music lovers! I hooked this up to my laptop too for watching movies, way better than my crummy computer speakers!

Pros: Great quality sound, super portable, easy to sync

Cons: none so far after a few weeks!

Just the right size

Written By Bassman, DFW, TX on Friday, December 12, 2014

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

These are solid little speakers that put out a very balanced sound. I have purchased several of these for my kids and they put them through the wringer and just keep on going. Can't have enough music in the house!

Pros: Good sounds; robust

Cons: None really


Written By Beth, Cambridge, MA on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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The mini boom did have good sound, but it was not convenient. Each time you use it you have to reconnect to your device, it's not automatic. It didn't sync well w the iPad so the sound was off when watching shows, and it dropped the connection randomly for no reason from a phone and computer, even when recently charged up. I'm returning it. Crutchfield was awesome RE the return process!

Pros: Good sound Small

Cons: Dropped connection Not synced w shows Connection process cumbersome each time


Written By Margaret R, Milwaukee, Wi on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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I am very satisfied with my UE Mini Boom. It was very easy to set up and the sound is terrific!

Pros: Easy to set up, great sound, and the price is right. I had some questions prior to ordering, and the people at Crutchfield were great with all their help. Very good company to deal with.

Cons: None


Written By Mike, Drexel Hill, PA on Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Small speaker packs a big punch!

Pros: Can pair up a second one

little with a huge sound and load

Written By keith, east marion new York on Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Can't believe a little speaker like this can produce a loud sound and for along time

Pros: Small

Cons: None

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Can you charge your phone on it [ paula  Dec 02, 2014 ]
If you have an audio jack output you should be able. [ Tom  Aug 23, 2014 ]
Sorry, but I do not know. This was the first UE Boom that I purchased. I use it standalone in my car for music and hands-free phone (car is 15 yrs old without Bluetooth). Sound is very nice, and the UE Boom mini is a great small package in size and good price. [ William  Aug 14, 2014 ]
Not sure here.....I know I love my Mini-Boom....great sound. [ Leo  Aug 14, 2014 ]
yes [ ROSELIO  Aug 14, 2014 ]