Logitech Unveils New UE Line of Wireless Portable Boomboxes, Headphones, and Earbuds [Video]

Minutes ago, Logitech took the wraps off their brand new line of audio equipment under their UE (Ultimate Ears) brand in a variety of boomboxes and headphones/earbuds for the Android audiophile. There’s quite a lineup so let’s just dive right in.

First up is the Logitech UE Boombox, a portable and powerful wireless speaker meant for taking the party on-the-go. Priced at $250, the boombox can pair 3 devices simultaneously and save up to 8 Bluetooth enabled devices in its memory. Pretty nifty for beach trips with groups of people looking to share music across multiple devices on a single boombox. The UE Boombox comes with 8 custom drivers inside it’s futuristic housing, providing up to 6 hours of rechargeable battery power.

Next is Logitech’s all new UE Mobile Boombox, a sequel of sorts to their Mini Boombox (a product I own and love). The UE Mobile Boombox is priced similar to last year’s model at $100, although designed to be more rugged and will be available in a variety of color options. The Mobile Boombox can pair 2 devices simultaneously and it can be charged using an existing micro USB cable, delivering up to 10 hours of music in a single charge. The mini boombox also acts as a bluetooth speaker phone thanks to an integrated microphone.

Also announced were a plethora of UE headphones in a variety of sizes, priced all the way from $400, down to $100. Logitech mentioned their new UE lineup will be available by September and provided a quick video highlighting all these products, as well as the full press release that can be found below.

NEWARK, Calif., Aug 29, 2012 — Today Logitech (SIX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:LOGI) responded to music fans who want pure, undiluted music wherever they go with the launch of a new line of Logitech UE(TM) products.

The products enable people to enjoy their music when and how they want, delivering seamless wireless audio, facilitating discovery and making sharing simple with a complete line of music products that take you from morning to night. The new offering includes earphones, headphones, wireless speakers, and a smart radio.

“Today’s fans have their music with them wherever they go – they carry it with them on their tablet or smartphone,” said Rory Dooley, Logitech senior vice president of music. “But no matter how or where you choose to store or access your favorite music, this lineup is the best way for you to experience it. Whether you want to be completely immersed in your favorite song, to share music with friends, or to discover new favorites, Logitech UE is the clear choice.” As people shift away from traditional methods of music consumption toward services that are easily accessed through mobile devices, they are increasingly able to surround themselves with their favorite music no matter where they go or who they’re with.

Combining Logitech’s expertise in seamless connectivity with UE’s heritage of providing great sound in the tiniest of packages, the new lineup blends form and function to deliver the right sound for any situation.

Highlights of the new lineup include: Logitech UE Boombox The Logitech UE(TM) Boombox is an on-the-go speaker that lets you use your smartphone or tablet to play and control your music from up to 50 feet away. Up to eight Bluetooth(R)-enabled devices can be paired with the speaker – with up to three connected at the same time – so you and your friends can take turns playing music. With eight custom-tuned drivers, the Logitech UE Boombox delivers sound that is rich, balanced and clear, with enough bass to make every song feel as real and as raw as it should. An integrated, sculptured aluminum handle makes it easy to roam – from the kitchen, to the bedroom, to a party at a friend’s house or anywhere in between – with uninterrupted music at your side. With a six-hour rechargeable battery, you won’t have a power outlet holding you down. The Logitech UE Boombox will be available for a suggested retail price of U.S.

$249.99.

Logitech UE Mobile Boombox The Logitech UE(TM) Mobile Boombox is an ultraportable speaker that connects to your smartphone or tablet to play and control your music from up to 50 feet away. Because two mobile devices can be connected at the same time, you can keep your two most-frequently used devices connected. Designed to give you surprisingly big sound in a portable package, the Logitech UE Mobile Boombox includes a rechargeable battery that delivers up to 10 hours of music, depending on use, settings and conditions, and can even double as a speakerphone for voice or video calls. With metal finishes, vibrant accents and a grip-action rubber casing, it is built to look good, feel great in your hand, and withstand a little rough and tumble. The Logitech UE Mobile Boombox will be available for a suggested retail price of U.S. $99.99.

Logitech UE Smart Radio The Logitech UE(TM) Smart Radio is a dedicated music device that can play Internet radio, online music services and the music on your PC or Mac(R) – all through one simple, unified interface.

The color screen displays album art, track and station information. And you can save your favorite stations and playlists for one-touch access to the music you listen to most. What’s more, the Logitech UE Smart Radio Controller app for iPhone(R), iPad(R) and Android devices transforms your smartphone or tablet into a master music controller, giving you seamless navigation of your music services, radio stations and personal music collection. The rechargeable battery lets you take your music with you around the home, with up to six hours of continuous playback depending on use, settings and conditions. The Logitech UE Smart Radio will be available for a suggested retail price of U.S. $179.99.

Logitech UE 900 Noise-Isolating Earphones Logitech UE(TM) 900 Noise-Isolating Earphones deliver sound that is surpassed only by Logitech UE’s professional custom in-ear monitors. Thanks to four-armature speakers and a three-way crossover in a universal fit, you’ll hear a wide soundstage with soul-satisfying bass, heavenly highs and a crisp, piano-like timbre. The unique UE sound signature faithfully recreates the original recording – and adds a low-end kick. Five silicon and three Comply(R) Foam tips, each designed with a large-bore opening, ensure audio is delivered cleanly. Two detachable, braided cables – one with a mic and controls, and one without – let you swap out the standard cable for a cable with mic and controls. And ear loops offer a secure, comfortable fit no matter what you’re doing. The Logitech UE 900 Noise-Isolating Earphones will be available for a suggested retail price of U.S.

$399.99.

Logitech UE 9000 Headphones With the Logitech UE(TM) 9000 Headphones, there are no wires and no distractions. They connect wirelessly to your favorite Bluetooth devices, but also include an optional cable should you want to go wired or run out of power – plus, they fold flat when you’re on the go. The high-resolution drivers of the Logitech UE 9000 Headphones deliver pure, undiluted audio that’s distinctly UE – rich, clear and perfectly tuned – for a spacious soundstage and a remarkable level of power, punch and clarity. Powered by a long-life battery, our proprietary Bluetooth implementation provides freedom from cords without sound-quality compromises. Listen wired or wirelessly – so the music never has to stop. Active noise canceling technology filters out ambient noise for a more immersive experience. With asymmetrical memory foam cushions, articulating joints and an around-the-ear design, the Logitech UE 9000 Headphones conform to the contours of your head, so you’ll be comfortable for those extended listening sessions. Logitech UE 9000 Headphones also feature intuitively and discreetly placed controls that respond to the touch of your fingertips, so you can select songs, turn up the volume, or answer a call – naturally and easily.

The Logitech UE 9000 Headphones will be available for a suggested retail price of U.S. $399.99.

Logitech UE 6000 Headphones Tune in to the music and tune out everything else with your Logitech UE(TM) 6000 Headphones. They connect to your favorite devices, fold up like sunglasses when you’re on the go and come with a splitter to make sharing simple. The distinct UE sound signature provides pure, undiluted audio with a wide-open soundstage and a remarkable level of detail in all your music. Active noise canceling technology filters out ambient noise for an immersive listening experience. The Logitech UE 6000 Headphones feature plush memory foam cushions; breathable, soft-as-leather surfaces; and an around-the-ear design. The Logitech UE 6000 Headphones will be available for a suggested retail price of $199.99.

Logitech UE 4000 Headphones The powerful, high-sensitivity drivers in the Logitech UE(TM) 4000 Headphones make your music come alive with depth, authenticity and emotion. You can immerse yourself in your music with these compact on-ear headphones that come with a zippered, microfiber-lined travel pouch. On-cord mic and controls let you answer calls, change tracks and adjust volume – all without taking your phone or device out of your pocket. The Logitech UE 4000 Headphones also feature plush memory foam cushions; breathable, soft-as-leather surfaces; and an on-the-ear design. The Logitech UE 4000 Headphones will be available for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Availability All of these new music products, compatible with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, are expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in September 2012 at Apple Store locations. For more information, please visit or our blog.

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  • YourLittleBrother

    Hey Chris Chavez,

    Thanks for reprinting their press release. Nice job.

    A reporter may have asked them if these devices were compatible with the Logitech Media Server (esp. given their cost) and if not, what does that mean for the future of LMS?

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Can’t tell if sarcasm or……?

      Anyway, the speakers mentioned in the post are all bluetooth wireless — with the exception of the UE Smart Radio from the press release which uses an app, not LMS — so it looks like these wont be compatible with Logitech Media Server.

      I’m in contact with Logitech so I’ll see if I can dig up any info on future Squeezebox or LMS-enabled devices. Cheers.

      • YourLittleBrother

        I apologize for the nasty attitude. I don’t understand Logitech’s behavior wrt LMS, because they seem to support it, barely, when for $250 for a freakin boombox you could ask yourself, how hard would it be to have it do bluetooth as well as act as a squeezebox, which would make it much more interesting to me.

        Also, they sure are ugly!

        • John Smith

          >
          Logitech Media Server

          never heard of it.

          • YourLittleBrother

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logitech_Media_Server

            It used to be known as Squeezeserver, it’s an open source alternative to things like Sonos that allow you to use a cloud (mysqeezebox.com) or your PC (or your linux box or your linux wall wart) to serve recorded audio or, internet radio in a synchronized fashion to many devices around your house/apartment/office.

            There are various devices from Logitech that support it, from “low end” basically speakers to high end devices that support some amount of video interactive display.

            There are apps from 3rd parties (rhapsody, bbc, etc.)

            It can be quite nice, but it opens up the question of how come every Logitech speaker/boombox device over about $100 doesn’t support it because how much could it cost, and it would help strengthen and reinforce their lines.

  • meliorist

    Tangential whinge alert:
    You know what bugs me?
    I go into a store and look at the digital radios and other audio stuff, and most of them seem to have iPod connectors, but apparently no USB, microUSB, line in, aux in, or SD card slots. In other words, they’re designed to be be connected to Apple products and nothing — absolutely nothing — else.
    No help at all to me as an Android device owner.
    Why?
    I’ll laugh when Apple changes its connector and all those useless gadgets have to be thrown in the trash unsold.

    • John Smith

      check out the TecSun boombox stereo radios at Amazon. AM/FM/Shortwave and Aux in.

      • shonangreg

        Or jawbone’s Jambox and Big Jambox. Line-in or bluetooth — no cradle.

        What I’d like to see is a bluetooth splitter device that can share one phone’s music with several bluetooth speakers surrounding a party, even ones from different makers. The speaker systems that can do this now are lower quailty audio devices. My Big Jambox is going to be pounding out good music for years. I’d like to keep it and supplement it with more. If jawbone isn’t going to offer a master speaker device, then a third party could.

        • John Smith

          bought the Jawbone Jambox. i was very, very unimpressed with the volume and clarity. i could not believe it would not go louder! returned it. if you want a BT stereo loudspeaker the best is the Bose Soundlink IMO. go check it out at the store. so much better than Jambox but it is ~$100 more. test it!

          • shonangreg

            Yeah, the Bose SoundLink is the other competition. But Bose is sue-happy. They are anti-consumer choice (similar to Monster Cable and Apple).

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bose_Corporation#Legal_action

            And the one review I saw comparing the Bose SoundLink and the Big Jambox said that a crowd of people basically all said the Big Jambox was marginally louder (without saying it had bad quality audio), but that at lower volume levels, the Bose sounded marginally better.

            Jawbone will put out better and better products; they are on an upswing. Bose will too, but they will also continue suing the competition trying to lessen our choices. I know which outlook serves me and the rest of us consumers, and I know which companye I will support with my purchases (and in online discussions ;-)

    • Guest1001

      Hey, the UE Boombox has no iPod connector! It connects 8 devices via bluetooth and is charged with a Micro-USB (just check out the video). There is also a line-in for non bluetooth devices.

  • tekkitan

    If these work as well as my Logitech mini boom box, then I will pass on these.

  • Unorthodox

    Very unappealing, both aesthetically and cost-wise.

  • ineptone

    Any audio product that has the actual audio aspect listed third to smart integration and materials seems questionable from the get-go.

  • Guest1001

    They look great and are cheaper than much of the competition. Cheaper than my Jawbone Jambox with same functions.