MYboom is a small, rechargeable, Bluetooth-enabled sound system that’s claimed to wirelessly connect to any smartphone, tablet or computer up to 80 feet away. In addition, MYboom is claimed to allow you to make hands-free phone calls, and its handy pause button to help you quiet your music quickly.
Because MYboom is so small, it can fit in your pocket, backpack, or purse, and is portable enough to go wherever you need. Despite its size though, MYboom is claimed to output 84 decibels and to “fill the room with high fidelity sound”—something the company claims represents “breakthrough audio technology” (more about this in a moment).
We’ll get right to the point: We have our doubts that the MYboom speaker really works as well as the manufacturer claims, and here’s why:
Is the MYboom Speaker Loud?
According to KitGuru, at 84 decibels, MYboom falls somewhere in noise level between the side of the freeway and a motorcycle, which is obviously loud enough to listen to music.
However, just because the sound coming out of your MYboom speaker is loud, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good quality. Let’s find out why.
Does MYboom Provide Good Sound Quality?
MYboom’s manufacturer claims that it provides “big, rich, high-fidelity” sound. But what does this mean?
As we outlined in our Tidal HiFi review, high fidelity sound picks up as many nuances from the original performance as possible, and then accurately reproduces these sounds for the listener. As you might imagine, this means that true hi-fi sound has as much to do with file quality (if not more) as it does the equipment through which it’s being played.
Second, obtaining truly “big, rich” sound from a speaker about the size of a quarter would represent a fairly big leap forward in sound transmission (as well as a challenge to physicists). While we won’t go into unnecessary detail here, this has a lot to do with the frequencies/wavelengths of deep, rich, low end sound, as well as the amount of air that larger speakers are able to displace.
In short, it’s our opinion that the “deep, rich” sound claimed by MYboom’s manufacturer likely won’t play out in reality.
Other Portable Bluetooth Speakers
Finally, keep in mind that Bluetooth-enabled speakers have been on the market for years, so the technology has had plenty of time to improve, while the costs have continued to decline.
Because of this, if you’re in the market for a mini portable speaker, you’ve got hundreds from which to choose, and from dozens of manufacturers. In fact, you’ll probably be able to find one at your local electronics store, which might help save a ton of money on S&H charges if you’re dissatisfied (more about this in the Pricing section).
Are MYboom’s Customers Jamming Out?
MYboom was a very new product at the time of our research (URL registered January 2015) and didn’t have any online customer reviews available.
Among nearly 90 HighYa reader reviews for these products (as of 3/31/15), they have an average rating of 1.5 stars, with common complaints citing failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and difficult customer service experiences. Granted, you may not experience the same, but it’s definitely noteworthy.
Perhaps because of this, Telebrands holds an F rating with the Better Business Bureau, with more than 1,300 closed complaints over the past three years; most of which appear to cite many of the same concerns noted above.
MYboom Pricing & Refund Policy
One MYboom speaker is priced at $19.99 plus $7.95 S&H. The website indicates you’ll be able to purchase a second speaker for an additional $7.95 S&H, although this option wasn’t presented when we attempted to check out.
Clearly, price is MYboom’s biggest advantage over the competition, which can cost well over $100, and which may not be as small as MYboom. But as we saw above, it may be the case that you get what you pay for.
MYboom comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 855-668-1655.
Can MYboom Provide Good Quality at a Low Price?
Chopping to the Point: Taking into consideration MYboom’s ultra-small size, it would truly be a technological feat if it was able to provide the sound quality claimed by the manufacturer. And given the manufacturer’s reputation for poor quality products that may not always work as advertised, we might recommend exploring all your options before placing a MYboom order.