Can’t afford a Sonos Roam? Earfun’s new bigger Bluetooth speaker is just $60

Earfun UBoom L speaker on a table, with Bose Soundlink Flex in the background
(Image credit: Oluv's Gadgets (via YouTube))

Summer's here, and the time is right for dancing in the street a brand new Bluetooth speaker. But what if the Sonos Roam is a little too rich for your blood, given the current cost of living situation? Earfun gets it.

Meet the all-new Earfun UBoom L. It won't launch officially on Amazon until July 11 (and will start shipping on July 12) but the company just put an early-bird offer live: sign up to the mailing list beforehand and you'll receive a 25% discount code, slashing the price from an already-reasonable $80 to just $60 (around £67 or AU$116). 

And it won't be a case of clicking 'buy' and hoping for the best when it comes to how it sounds, either. That is because aside from the dual 55mm dynamic drivers, 16 hours of playback (for quick reference, you'll only get 12 hours from the JBL Flip 6, still one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can currently buy), stereo pairing, speakerphone functionality and three sound modes for indoor, outdoor or video duties, there's a fair bit of proof that the thing is actually good. 

To explain: the sound has been fine-tuned by Olaf Lubanski, a producer with over 10 years of music industry expertise, and he has released a 45-minute YouTube video detailing how Earfun beats the best of the rest from the likes of JBL, Bose, Denon, Sonos and more. 

But don't just take his word for it! Lubanski isn't afraid to show you – and yes, he does think its performance is far superior to the Sonos Roam. In the video which we've shared below, he pits the Earfun UBoom L directly against the Bose Soundlink Flex, the JBL Flip 6 and the Anker Soundcore Motion+. Got a spare 45 minutes? Let Lubanski take you through his comparative tests, in various environments. 

Analysis: Earfun is now a proven name in audio and for this money, its UBoom L speaker is a no-brainer

At this point, Earfun (a little-known brand until 2019) has proven its merit – see our reviews of the Earfun Air and Earfun Air Pro for reference. Lubanski also makes some fine points in the video above; why pay $200 for something when $60 can get you a product that (he argues) is actually better? 

Did we mention the thing is IPX7 rated, which means it can be submerged in water at a depth of up to one metre for 30 minutes and survive? That puts it up there with some of the best waterproof speakers on the market. 

Perhaps the most interesting feature in the Earfun UBoom L is the option to select from three different sound modes, something we first saw in the splendid-though-ageing Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2, released in summer 2019. In fact, where is Ultimate Ears these days? In its seeming absence, other audio manufacturers are certainly picking up the slack…

Remember though that in UE's mug-sized speaker, you had just one outdoor boost mode (a little tree button on the underside) whereas here, there's also the option of a video boost mode. 

Naturally, the bass weight of any portable Bluetooth speaker will be limited given its relatively bijou dimensions, but Lubanski makes no bones about that and even asks for feedback from buyers. Refreshing. 

Given what I've seen and heard already, for this money I'll be first in line to snap one up, but we'll bring you a full review whenever we're able.

Becky Scarrott
Senior Audio Staff Writer

Becky is a senior staff writer at TechRadar (which she has been assured refers to expertise rather than age) focusing on all things audio. Before joining the team, she spent three years at What Hi-Fi? testing and reviewing everything from wallet-friendly wireless earbuds to huge high-end sound systems. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, Becky freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 22-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance starts with a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo and The Stage. When not writing, she can still be found throwing shapes in a dance studio, these days with varying degrees of success.