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BOOM Urchin

Water-resistant portable Bluetooth® powered speaker system (Black)

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by Ralph Graves
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Boom Urchin Blue

With its carabiner, the Urchin can go everywhere with you.

Want to enjoy your music anywhere – even in the shower? Then grab a BOOM Urchin and go. This portable speaker features an interchangeable water-resistant silicone cover, making it ideal for indoor or outdoor use. Just stick the Urchin's suction cup mount in your shower stall and you can sing as you soap.

Made for motion

This is one portable system that's designed to go anywhere. The durable Urchin comes with a sturdy brushed metal carabiner, so you can clip it to your bag, backpack, or belt. And there's an included adhesive-backed screw mount, so you can easily attach the Urchin to your car's dashboard.

Bluetooth connectivity for words and music

The Urchin lets you wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, laptop or other device. A built-in microphone turns the Urchin into a wireless speakerphone – a handy feature even when you're not in the shower.

Boom goes the dynamite sound

The Urchin might be small, but it packs a sonic punch. The two full-range speakers deliver clean, focused sound with solid bass. And the system uses Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, an advanced form of wireless technology that ensures strong connections and improved signal reception.

Convenient charging

The Urchin's built-in battery lasts up to eight hours of continuous use. And the system's easy to charge. Its USB charging cable can either be connected to its AC power adapter, or plugged directly into your computer.

From our review A rough-and-ready speaker system comes clean

The Urchin's made for mobility, and is durable enough to work just about anywhere — on a ski slope, at the beach, or on a rock climb. It's got enough volume and punch to be heard in all of those situations. And when you're ready to clean up after your outdoor adventures, the BOOM Urchin can even accompany your singing in the shower.

 - Ralph Graves, Crutchfield Blog and Product Review Editor

Highlights:

  • powered speaker for use with for smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices with built-in Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth v2.1+EDR for strong connections and improved signal reception
  • wireless range: 30'
  • built-in microphone for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
  • shock and water resistant
  • interchangeable silicone skin
  • two built-in full-range speakers
  • minijack auxiliary input for laptops, handheld game consoles, and other portable devices (minijack cable included)
  • built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 8 hours
  • carabiner, suction cup mount, and adhesive-backed screw mount
  • USB charging cable with AC power adapter
  • 4"W x 6-15/16"H x 1-13/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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What's in the box?

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  • Water resistant Bluetooth powered speaker
  • Black skin (pre-installed)
  • Self-adhesive screw attachment (pre-installed)
  • AC power adapter (5V/1000mA)
  • 4' USB charging cable (w/ micro-USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
  • 40" Stereo minijack cable
  • Suction-cup
  • Screw
  • Carabiner clip
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Federal Communication Commission Interference Statement

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Features

Portable Bluetooth Powered Speaker: The BOOM Urchin water-resistant, portable Bluetooth speaker is ideal for your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablets, players and other devices. The BOOM Urchin supports Bluetooth audio streaming and Bluetooth hands-free communication. This unit pairs with your Bluetooth-enabled device with a single press of a button. Once paired, the Urchin will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 33').

  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming (A2DP): The BOOM Urchin portable speaker streams stereo music wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices such as your Apple iOS device, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, computer/PC or other devices. The Urchin offers basic playback control (Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Volume Up/Down) of your music. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device for advance navigation of your music and to view song/artist information.
  • Built-in Hands-Free Communication (HFP): The BOOM Urchin features a built-in microphone and a Answer/En button so you can answer phone calls, talk on Skype, or use Facetime from the speaker. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to view video calls, dial a number, and control advanced phone functions.
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 BOOM Urchin.

Rugged Design: The BOOM Urchin Bluetooth speaker is water resistant, so you can use it in the shower, outdoors, or by the pool. It is also shockproof and dustproof which makes it perfect for hiking and the beach.

Removable Silicone Skin: The BOOM Urchin water-resistant, portable Bluetooth speaker includes a pre-installed silicone skin which helps protect the speaker from water, dust, and shock. The pre-installed silicone skin can be removed and replaced by other skin colors (sold separately).

Mounting Attachments: The BOOM Urchin Bluetooth speaker includes a self-adhesive mount (pre-installed), a suction-cup mount, and a carabiner clip so you can mount it almost anywhere. The pre-installed silicon skin also includes an integrated looped handle

Two Full-Range Speakers: The BOOM Urchin employs two full-range speakers and built-in amplifier for great sound.

Aux Input: In addition to built-in Bluetooth, the BOOM Urchin is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of almost any portable audio player with a headphone output.

LED Indicator: A LED indicator lets you know when the built-in battery needs to be recharged, as well as when the BOOM Urchin is in Bluetooth listening or pairing mode.

Rechargeable Battery: The BOOM Urchin water resistant speaker has a built-in rechargeable battery that provides approximately 10 hours of playback time on a single charge. The battery is easily recharged from the speaker's built-in USB port, using the included AC power adapter or a free USB port on your computer. The AC power adapter can also be used to power the speaker.

 

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

BOOM Urchin Bluetooth® Portable Speaker

BOOM Urchin Bluetooth® Portable Speaker

by Ralph Graves
3/6/2013
 
BOOM Urchin Bluetooth® Portable Speaker

The BOOM Urchin Bluetooth portable speaker is water- and shock-resistant — "ready for anything." And it delivers some full-bodied sound, too.

 
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4 out of 5

Boom Urchin

Written By jtc1984, Sunny Isles Beach, Fl on Friday, December 27, 2013
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Love it ! set up wa seamless and it works without a hitch from all my devices....
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4 out of 5

BOOM Urchin

Written By david, Donna, TX on Thursday, July 18, 2013
 
GREAT speaker. Easily clips on to my belt loops for music on the go. Jacket protects from drops any other scuff damage. Easy and fun to use. Would recommend to friends.
Pros:
Silicone jacket protects unit from damage and there are other colors available. Awesome battery life, never let me down.
Cons:
N/A
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5 out of 5

BOOM Urchin

Written By JimD, Jupiter, FL on Friday, July 05, 2013
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Great sound and very easy to operate. This unit has a much deeper sound than others I have experienced.
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4 out of 5

Great Portable Radio

Written By Dan the Man, Clearwater, FL on Monday, July 01, 2013
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Great portable radio. Connects easily with great range. Great accessories for hanging in shower and cliping onto backpack. Rubber cover protects well on the road and at the beach. Volume is good, but wish it was a bit louder. It does scream in the shower though. I would recommend if you looking for something to take with you, without worrying about it breaking.
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4 out of 5

BOOM Urchin

Written By silver, california on Sunday, June 16, 2013
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one of the best sound small wireless speaker i had bought and i own about 3. it doesnt have the loudness like bose small speaker. But this one u can drop it and have it next to your pool and nothing would have to it.
Pros:
good sounds for its size and its bult strong.
Cons:
i believe it doesnt have a a plug to use your headphones.
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5 out of 5

Just what I was looking for!

Written By D.Reynolds, Greensboro, NC on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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I've been hesitant to spend money on a bluetooth speaker for my Samsung Galaxy 3 because of poor reviews by the tech sites. When I saw the Boom Urchin in the catalog, I knew I could trust Crutchfield. I read some reviews & ordered it, & I'm so glad I did. The sound quality is really great-far beyond my expectations! The price is reasonable, especially with free shipping & no tax from Crutchfield. For me, it's the perfect size, with a silicone skin to protect it and many ways to make it portable- it comes with a carabiner, hooks, & sticky mount. With a ten-hour battery, I can enjoy quality sound everywhere I go now.
Pros:
Super durable, easy to take anywhere, excellent value, great & consistent sound
Cons:
Emits a really loud blip sound when turning it on, colors might be too bright for some but it also comes in black
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5 out of 5

Great Speaker

Written By Mike Q., North Andover, MA on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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I bought this speaker for my teenage daughter, who swims/coaches on a synchronized swimming team. The girls practice their routines to music both in the water and on the pool deck ... so a durable, watertight speaker is essential. This product fits the bill, and has outstanding sound as well ... much better than the competing $200 bluetooth speaker I use.
Pros:
Sound Quality, Water Resistance
Cons:
Pricey, but worth it.
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4 out of 5

Sounds good

Written By DP, New Orleans on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Seems durable. I bought this for the beach so the water resistant feature sold me. Sound is good for its size.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

a portable concert

Written By Bruce S, Woodstock on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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The Boom Urchin is an excellent way to listen to your music while on the go. I had some hesitation about ordering a portable bluetooth speaker. The speakers i had heard in the past were small but sounded aweful and were cheaply made. I felt better about the order after i learned that Boom is a company owned by the same company that owns polk audio. When i received it i pulled the packaging out of the box and right away i could tell it was heavier than i had anticipated and when i opened it the speaker was bigger than i thought as well. The speaker isn't too big though, just right in my opinion. The speaker feels very well made and durable. The directions to use it are very simple. I plugged it in and let it charge for about 4 hours and it was good to go. The sound this device puts out is AMAZING!! It simply blows away any other bluetooth speaker of its size. The clarity even when cranked up is very good and the speaker will get very loud. Great mids and highs , even the bass is passable for a unit of this size. Very nice product , a bit pricey but you get what you pay for.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

QUALITY!!

Written By Oz, Boulder,Co on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
 
I have had the jambox for a year now and as soon as I got my Urchin I gave away the jambox! The sound on this thing is amazing and it is so convenient with it's sleek look and key ring attachment! You can take it anywhere even in the shower!!! I love this thing!!!
Pros:
Best purchase of the year! Waterproof!!
Cons:
I don't have 2 of them!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Buy This

Written By Jake K, LA on Saturday, March 09, 2013
 
Trust me on this guys, buy it. I have been running through cheap speakers for about the past three years until I came across this thing. Durable, loud, Highly Recommended!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

This is SICK

Written By Cam B, Tempe AZ on Friday, March 08, 2013
 
Stoked when I got mine. Its super loud and just what I need when I'm on the go. love that it is water proof, and can't wait to take it snowboarding to really put it to the test!
Pros:
Water proof and dope sound quality. portable and has skins that can be removed to make it custom.
Cons:
None!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Goodbye Jambox, Hello Urchin

Written By CL, Durham, NH on Friday, March 08, 2013
 
A year ago I purchased a Jambox and thought I was in paradise. I came across an article reviewing the Urchin online and was intrigued by the water resistant and drop resistant properties of the device. Also I found the different mounts for the shower and carabiner extremely convenient. In the end I decided to pre-order one and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Not only is it more durable and better looking, it sounds better too! For anyone on the go, this is one accessory that you definitely cannot live without!
Pros:
Water resistant, drop resistant, dust resistant, long battery life, loud, compatibility with all devices.
Cons:
Honestly don't have any
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Clutch!

Written By Anonymous, California on Friday, March 08, 2013
 
BOOM pulls through yet again with the Urchin! Stoked to have this bad boy with me at all times!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect Product

Written By Joe, Delaware on Friday, March 08, 2013
 
It is the most convenient, and useful product by BOOM thus far. It allows you to do so much while worrying so little.
Pros:
reliable, simple, fun
Cons:
none
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Wow.

Written By Anthony S, Storrs, CT on Friday, March 08, 2013
 
Sound quality is just perfect, size and portability is exactly what it needs to be. Bluetooth works without a problem, dropped mine day 1 and zero damage.
Pros:
Size Quality Connectivity Price
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Exceeds expectations

Written By dhughes22, blacksburg va on Friday, March 08, 2013
 
Best Bluetooth speaker out there. I've been anxiously waiting this product and it blew me away. Crisp sound, truly waterproof, and awesome design. BOOM!
Cons:
NONE
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Unique and useful product

Written By JordanN, Ann Arbor, MI on Friday, March 08, 2013
 
This one-of-a-kind water resistant speaker has amazing sound quality and does well to accommodate for the surrounding acoustics. Absolutely buy. I shower with mine every day.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Just got mine!

Written By Joshb, Gainesville, FL on Friday, March 01, 2013
 
Excellent product. Louder as anything. Louder and better sound quality than the mini Jambox. Also water resistant feature is clutch.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

BOOM!

Written By Peter, Florida on Friday, February 08, 2013
 
I saw this product at CES this year! Amazing sound and quality.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

BOOM Urchin

Written By Anonymous, California on Wednesday, February 06, 2013
 
Been waiting forever for the Urchin to come out. definiatly pre ordering!
5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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2 questions already asked

Will this urchin pair with GPS without cell phone pairing? [ Mike  Mar 10, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • Not entirely sure I understand the question. Are you asking about GPS on a phone? I have not tried it like that. [ MICHAEL S   Mar 11, 2014 ]
How do you pair it? My phone just says it has the wrong password. im using a galaxy s4 and an iphone 5 to try and pair with it [ Dan  Dec 24, 2013 ]
1 answer
  • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 26, 2013 ]

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