Some people keep paintings from their favorite artists on the walls in their houses, but UE has taken that idea a step further. They’ve partnered with Australian artist James Reka for a limited edition UE Boom 2 that features his artwork wrapping around the fabric of the speaker. The collaboration is called “Lost Time” and features colors and interesting abstract shapes typical of Reka pieces.
If you’ve already picked up a UE Boom 2 for yourself you shouldn’t feel too bad since there are no hardware improvements to take note of. The only difference between the original UE Boom 2 and this limited edition one is the artwork printed on the fabric. Where most companies simply release new colors of their best selling products, UE has found a way to keep each item unique and interesting by collaborating with a number of different artists from all around the world for these special edition limited runs. Whether or not you’d want to spend a extra dollars more on one of these collabs is up to you, but it’s definitely a great way to reach customers who enjoy owning works of art that also happen to play music.
The UE Boom 2 has an IPX7 water-resistant rating which means that it can be submerged in 1m of water for around 30 minutes. We wouldn’t recommend testing this out at home, but at least you can have peace of mind when bringing this to the beach or a pool party. Thanks to the cylindrical design that many people have come to associate with the Boom line of speakers, you also get sound in 360 degrees around the speaker. It has two 45mm drivers and two passive radiators that help it to push bass as low as 90Hz and highs up to 20kHz. Of course, specs aren’t everything when it comes to sound but plenty of people seem to enjoy the sound that comes out of these speakers.
With a battery life of rated at about 15 hours, the UE Boom 2 can power through a long day without needing to be plugged in. When it does need to be charged, it goes from zero to full in only 2.5 hours. If you or a friend happen to own a second UE Bluetooth, you can also sync them together via the app turning them into left and right speakers for a true stereo sound.
The “Lost Edition” UE Boom 2 is available now exclusively through the UE website for $199.