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Ultimate Ears Teams Up With GRAMMY Award Winning Producer Skrillex to Design Limited Edition UE BOOM

UE Expands Artist Lineup with Fourth Artist-Edition UE BOOM

NEWARK, Calif. — Nov. 18, 2014 Today Ultimate Ears announced the newest addition to its limited edition lineup of award-winning UE BOOM speakers with the custom designed Skrillex Edition UE BOOM. With this collaboration, UE provides a new avenue for the six-time GRAMMY Award® winning electronic dance music producer Skrillex to express yet another aspect of his creative talent with his own hand-drawn images covering UE BOOM. 

Just as UE has disrupted how people listen to the music they love, out loud and on the go, Skrillex has transformed their music experience through the creative use of technology, tapping a variety of computer programs to write, record and mix his tracks. Now, his captivating visual style is reflected through his hand-drawn work in this custom designed UE BOOM.

“UE BOOM is awesome because it’s small, portable and powerful,” Skrillex said. “They get so loud! I listen to them all the time on tour – from the bus to backstage. They’re the best little speakers you can get, which is why I’m pumped to have my own artwork covering a custom edition.” 

Introduced in 2013, UE BOOM has won four prestigious design awards. Built to withstand anything life throws at it, and to survive wherever you want to take it, UE BOOM has a cylindrical shape that blasts bold 360-degree sound, and it features a water- and stain-resistant acoustic skin and up to 15 hours of battery life. And now, through this collaboration, UE BOOM is the absolute symbol of how people experience and interact with music today.

“Skrillex has been a disruptive force in the EDM evolution, changing people’s expectations of and experiences with music,” said Rory Dooley, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “UE is thrilled to work with an artist as notable as Skrillex to bring people their music in an exciting – and expressive – package. Skrillex finds inspiration in the combination of music, people and technology, and this collaboration is a natural fit for our brand.”

Pricing and Availability

The Skrillex Edition UE BOOM is expected to be available in the U.S. and in select countries in Europe starting in November 2014 for a suggested retail price of $199.99. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com or www.skrillex.com.

About Skrillex

Skrillex is an underground maven and mainstream success all in the same breath. The six time GRAMMY winner has spanned the globe countless times with hundreds of live show dates a year – from stadiums and major festivals to impromptu after party pop-ups. His music and videos garner tens of millions of views and listens each, while he also enjoys critical attention from the likes of Pitchfork, Time Magazine and Rolling Stone (which he graced the cover of earlier this year). He owns the respected indie label OWSLA, a publishing company under the same name, does clothing collaborations with the likes of LONG and his main form of transport while at home in downtown Los Angeles remains a skate board.

About Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears, a brand of Logitech, revolutionized the way artists perform music on stage with the creation of its custom fit professional earphones in 1995. Today, more touring artists use Ultimate Ears than any other brand, and UE makes critically acclaimed earphones and speakers that are redefining the way people experience the music they love. Ultimate Ears is the leading supplier of custom fitted earphones for professional musicians and an emerging provider of premium speakers and earphones for the consumer market. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

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Ultimate Ears Teams with Skateboard Artist Don Pendleton to Roll Out New Limited Edition UE BOOM

Ultimate Ears Expands Limited-Edition Lineup with UE BOOM – Jettison Edition

NEWARK, Calif. — July 22, 2014 Today Ultimate Ears is expanding its limited-edition lineup of UE BOOM with the announcement of its collaboration with artist Don Pendleton on UE BOOM – Jettison Edition. This limited-edition run of UE BOOM is designed with Pendleton’s distinct organic cubist graphic style and is the latest in a series of one-of-a-kind acoustic skins for UE BOOM, aimed to blend people’s passions for music, design and art.

For almost two decades, Pendleton has made his mark on the skate industry with his design patterns appearing on products from a variety of notable brands, such as Alien Workshop, Burton Snowboards, Element Skateboards, etnies and Mountain Dew®. Now, Pendleton is turning up the volume on his art, bringing his recognizable colors and shapes to the smart acoustic skin of UE BOOM.

“Don has been a major force in fusing the two worlds of art and skate,” said Rory Dooley, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “Skating is often viewed as self expression, much like art and music. Through our collaboration with Don, Ultimate Ears is able to amplify that expression by giving people the opportunity to share the music they love out loud, while also showing off their love for the skating culture.”

Introduced in 2013, UE BOOM has already won four prestigious design awards, including a 2014 gold iF product design award and a gold 2014 International Design Excellence Award (IDEA). The speaker continuously evolves with industry-defining features, such as alarm functionality, sound customization and two-speaker pairing – the Double Up feature – delivered through software updates, setting the gold standard for smart speakers. Built to withstand the rigors of life – including the intensity of the skating world – its cylindrical shape blasts bold 360-degree sound, and features a water- and stain-resistant acoustic skin and up to 15 hours of battery life.

“I've been very lucky to make a career around the two things I love the most: art and skateboarding,” said Pendleton. “Skating has a long tradition of encouraging creativity and of pushing the boundaries of what we traditionally consider 'art.' Working with Ultimate Ears has given me the chance to add music into the mix, which is another important aspect of the skateboarding culture and a huge part of my life. To me, the combination of art and music is as natural as combining art and skateboarding, so it's rad to be involved in this project.”

Pricing and Availability

UE BOOM – Jettison Edition is expected to be available in the U.S. and in select countries in Europe starting in July 2014 for a suggested retail price of $199.99. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com or www.makemusicsocial.com. To find out more about Don Pendleton, please visit www.elephont.com.

About Don Pendleton

Don Pendleton is an American artist, designer and illustrator living in Dayton, Ohio. He was influenced by his father's art at an early age and started drawing at age 9, and began skateboarding at 14. After securing sponsors, he went through the amateur ranks of skateboarding, competing and doing demos. An ankle injury in 1992 shifted his focus back to artwork and he completed a bachelor's degree in graphic arts at Marshall University in 2004. He is currently a freelance artist focusing on select commercial work and painting. In addition to Alien Workshop and Element Skateboards, his clients include Zero Skateboards, Mountain Dew, Pearl Jam, Oakley, Nike 6.0, Gravis, Burton, K2, DVS Shoes and etnies, among others. Don’s work has been featured on the cover of Juxtapoz Magazine and Monster Children Magazine. In April 2014, his first solo museum exhibit – “Fine Lines” – opened at the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, WV, featuring 15 years of skateboard graphics as well as paintings and prints. You can see more of Don's work at www.elephont.com or follow Don on Instagram @pendleton.

About Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears, a brand of Logitech, revolutionized the way artists perform music on stage with the creation of its custom fit professional earphones in 1995. Today, more touring artists use Ultimate Ears than any other brand, and UE makes critically acclaimed earphones and speakers that are redefining the way people experience the music they love. Ultimate Ears is the leading supplier of custom fitted earphones for professional musicians and an emerging provider of premium speakers and earphones for the consumer market. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

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UE BOOM from Ultimate Ears Wins Gold International Design Excellence Award from Industrial Designers Society of America

UE BOOM Clinches Entertainment Category

NEWARK, Calif. — July 7, 2014 — Today Ultimate Ears announced that its popular UE BOOM wireless speaker has won a prestigious 2014 Gold International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in the entertainment category from the Industrial Designers Society of America (ISDA). This is the first IDEA win for the Ultimate Ears brand and fourth design win for UE BOOM since its introduction in May 2013.

“Our goal was to build a speaker that would change standard one-directional sound, so we created a 360-degree experience for people to listen – and share – their music with friends all around them, just how music was meant to be enjoyed,” said Rory Dooley, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “The design of UE BOOM keeps the social aspect of music at the forefront, while allowing people to pick it up and go anywhere without worrying about damaging it. This speaker can take almost anything. We are honored to have received this prestigious design award for UE BOOM.”

UE BOOM is a mobile wireless speaker packed with specific features that set a new standard for listening to music in any environment. Specifically, its versatile go-anywhere shape fits in any backpack or water bottle holder, and it is wrapped in a specially developed acoustic skin that is both water- and stain-resistant. The customizable acoustic skin presents another layer of design, as it acts as a blank canvas that is easily updated to create Limited Edition UE BOOMs. Additionally, thanks to the speaker’s cylindrical shape, it blasts bold 360-degree sound.

 

“We designed UE BOOM to be a speaker to truly fit your life – anywhere you go,” said Branko Lukic, founder of NONOBJECT, design firm behind UE BOOM. “Every detail of the design supports this.”

IDEA by ISDA celebrates excellence in product design in terms of sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts. In 2014, only 27 out of 2,000 entries received the Gold IDEA.

“[UE BOOM] feels like industrial design 2.0,” said Mike Simonian, an IDEA 2014 juror and co-founder, Mike & Maaike. “[It’s] a progressive and fresh approach to form, detailing and color.”

About Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears, a brand of Logitech, revolutionized the way artists perform music on stage with the creation of its custom fit professional earphones in 1995. Today, more touring artists use Ultimate Ears than any other brand, and UE makes critically acclaimed earphones and speakers that are redefining the way people experience the music they love. Ultimate Ears is the leading supplier of custom fitted earphones for professional musicians and an emerging provider of premium speakers and earphones for the consumer market. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

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Ultimate Ears and Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team Up for Formula 1

Custom Edition UE BOOMs to Delight Infiniti Red Bull Racing Drivers and VIP Fans at Formula 1 Races Around the World

NEWARK, Calif. — June 26, 2014 Today Ultimate Ears announced a collaboration with the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team. Ultimate Ears is powering the music for the team’s trackside hospitality suites and gifting its award-winning UE BOOM wireless speaker to both Infiniti Red Bull drivers and VIP fans attending the team’s Formula 1® races around the world this year.

The Infiniti Red Bull Racing team chose UE BOOM as the featured gift for its VIP guests this year because of its superior performance and award-winning design. Each of the team’s VIP guests are to receive a custom-edition UE BOOM that reflects the team’s signature blue and plays the sound of a racecar engine when turned on. And by powering the team’s trackside hospitality suites this summer, the UE BOOM can bring the party to life and help ensure that Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s guests have an experience they’ll never forget.

“Ultimate Ears is a great fit for Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Formula 1 trackside hospitality program,” said Rory Dooley, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “The prestige of the organization and team, paired with the world-class performance of the UE BOOM was a natural match, and we’re thrilled to be providing both the music and the premier merchandise for the exclusive VIP guests, made up of celebrities and industry influencers.”

“We are always looking to collaborate with companies that share the Team’s ethos of doing things differently, whilst retaining a commitment to quality and excellence,” said Christian Horner, team principal of Infiniti Red Bull Racing. “We have found that in Ultimate Ears and we look forward to sharing a successful season together.”

UE BOOM is known for its bold, immersive sound and go-anywhere design. The speaker has a versatile shape that easily fits in any backpack or water bottle holder. The UE BOOM is wrapped in a specially developed acoustic skin that is both water and stain resistant, so you can take it anywhere without worry. Additionally, thanks to its cylindrical shape, the UE BOOM blasts bold 360-degree sound. After downloading the latest UE BOOM app for iOS™ or Android™ through the App StoreSM or Google Play™, the speaker can also pair to another UE BOOM for double the sound or traditional left/right stereo sound.

About Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Infiniti Red Bull Racing has come a long way in a short time. Founded with the goal of doing things a bit differently, the team’s eight championship titles in nine seasons are testament to their success in meeting that target. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 they claimed the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships and, by the end of the 2013 season, had achieved 47 wins, 104 podiums and 57 pole positions. For more information, please visit www.infiniti-redbullracing.com/.

About Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears, a brand of Logitech, revolutionized the way artists perform music on stage with the creation of its custom fit professional earphones in 1995. Today, more touring artists use Ultimate Ears than any other brand, and UE makes critically acclaimed earphones and speakers that are redefining the way people experience the music they love. Ultimate Ears is the leading supplier of custom fitted earphones for professional musicians and an emerging provider of premium speakers and earphones for the consumer market. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

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Limited Edition UE BOOM Rocks Vibrant New Skin by Legendary Street Artist Kenny Scharf

Ultimate Ears Teams with Scharf on Special Blablobs UE BOOM

NEWARK, Calif. — March 5, 2014  Today Ultimate Ears unveiled the latest artist partnership for its popular line of limited edition UE BOOMs. Teaming with New York City street art legend Kenny Scharf, this limited edition run of UE BOOM sports Scharf’s celebrated Blablobs design.

This design collaboration is the latest in a series of one-of-a-kind acoustic skins for the UE BOOM, reflecting the vibrant, spontaneous and socially immersive qualities shared by both Scharf and Ultimate Ears. Since the early 1980s, Scharf has revolutionized the New York City art world, bringing a galaxy of colorful characters to the streets. Now, he’s bringing his joyful brew of pop abstract surrealism to the smart acoustic skin of the UE BOOM.

“This collaboration with Kenny is also a metaphor for Ultimate Ears’ mission,” said Rory Dooley, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “In their simplest form, music and art are our personal expressions shared with the world. Bringing Kenny’s passion for integrating art into everyday life to the UE BOOM reinforces our commitment to social expression.”

Introduced in 2013, UE BOOM features a cylindrical shape that blasts bold 360-degree sound, a water- and stain-resistant acoustic skin and up to 15 hours battery life. Pair all of this with Scharf’s urban style and sci-fi flair and you get the perfect combination of art, music and design.

“I want to bring art into people’s everyday life, making it approachable and easily connectable,” said Scharf. “I believe artists have a responsibility to connect and inspire people across all walks of life. Working with Ultimate Ears, a company that holds the same beliefs, was exciting and fun for me.”

A contemporary of Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, Scharf has continued to remain prolific and relevant as he constantly creates and collaborates across a wide range of mediums. Scharf is represented by Beverly Hills based memBrain Licensing.

Pricing and Availability

The Blablobs limited edition UE BOOM is expected to be available in the U.S. and in select countries in Europe starting in March 2014 for a suggested retail price of $199.99. The design is also available at the Paris-based boutique retailer Colette, in conjunction with an in-store art installation by Scharf. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com or www.facebook.com/ultimateears. To find out more about Kenny Scharf, please visit http://kennyscharf.com/.

About Kenny Scharf

Kenny Scharf rose to prominence alongside his friends and contemporaries in the 1980s, most notably, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Scharf was a pioneer among artists who integrated street culture into the contemporary art mainstream, incorporating pop and comic imagery in his sculpture, installation and paintings. Scharf ultimately established himself as a master of iconic imagery within the field of contemporary art. Scharf’s work is included in numerous public and private collections and has been exhibited internationally at museums and institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Eli Broad Foundation, MOCA Los Angeles and the Stedelijik Museum. Scharf has continued to pioneer unique projects like his Cosmic Cavern – a black light disco installation that was first exhibited at the 1985 Whitney Biennial and inspired his Cosmic Cavern A GoGo disco party, held in the basement of a Brooklyn warehouse from 2008. In 2010, Scharf collaborated with Tony Goldman and The Hole to create an expansive outdoor mural on the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery. He has showcased his unique spray-can paintings on many roll-up storefront shutters throughout Manhattan as part of a public art project by the Mediacy Group’s Gatescapes program. In the spring of 2011, his work was featured in Art in the Streets at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  Scharf lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

About Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears, a brand of Logitech, revolutionized the way artists perform music on stage with the creation of its custom fit professional earphones in 1995. Today, more touring artists use Ultimate Ears than any other brand, and UE makes critically acclaimed earphones and speakers that are redefining the way people experience the music they love. Ultimate Ears is the leading supplier of custom fitted earphones for professional musicians and an emerging provider of premium speakers and earphones for the consumer market. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

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Ultimate Ears Delivers Huge Sound with the New UE MINI BOOM

Personal Bluetooth Speaker Joins UE BOOM in the Ultimate Ears Lineup, Delivering Big Sound You Can Take Anywhere

NEWARK, Calif. — Oct. 1, 2013 — Today Ultimate Ears introduced a major upgrade to the popular Logitech UE Mobile Boombox with UE MINI BOOM, a surprisingly small speaker that delivers unexpectedly huge sound in stylish and vibrant color options. The UE MINI BOOM takes the Ultimate Ears expertise in filling small speakers with big sound to a new level, with a personal speaker with clear highs and deep bass, giving you great stereo sound wherever and whenever you want it.

With a battery that lasts up to 10 hours, simple controls and Bluetooth® connectivity, the UE MINI BOOM is the perfect music companion, whether you're streaming music videos, hanging out with friends or traveling. It streams big sound from any Bluetooth-enabled device from up to 50 feet away, and with such huge sound, you'll need the extra distance. Thanks to its convenient micro-USB charger, it's easy to find a charge for your UE MINI BOOM almost anywhere. Plus, you can wirelessly pair two UE MINI BOOM speakers together after downloading the free UE MINI BOOM app (available for iOS™ and Android™) to double the sound.

"Ultimate Ears is setting the standard for audio solutions that fit today's mobile lifestyle," said Rory Dooley, general manager of Ultimate Ears. "Marrying incredible convenience with huge sound, the UE MINI BOOM is the latest mobile speaker in the Ultimate Ears lineup to deliver the best of both worlds. Whether you're at home watching the latest music video on your tablet, taking a long road trip with family or just listening to your favorite tunes, the UE MINI BOOM was designed to be the ideal companion for today's music consumption lifestyle."

The UE MINI BOOM is available in a range of vibrant colors, including orange, purple, red, yellow and black. It can withstand some rough-and-tumble, thanks to its durable metal frame and rubber casing, so you can throw it in your purse, duffel bag or the trunk of your car without worry. Pair its fun colors with its impressive acoustics, durable build, crystal-clear speakerphone and multi-function button that answers and hangs up calls, and it's clear the UE MINI BOOM is an ideal companion for your music listening.

Pricing and Availability

The UE MINI BOOM is expected to be available in the U.S. in October 2013 for a suggested retail price of $99.99. For more information, and to find a retailer near you, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

About Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears, a brand of Logitech, revolutionized the way artists perform music on stage with the creation of its custom fit professional earphones in 1995. Today, more touring artists use Ultimate Ears than any other brand, and UE makes critically acclaimed earphones and speakers that are redefining the way people experience the music they love. Ultimate Ears is the leading supplier of in-ear-monitors for professional musicians and an emerging provider of premium speakers and headphones for the consumer market. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

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Ultimate Ears Unveils World’s First Social Music Player: UE BOOM

Leverages YouTube Comedy Channel JASH in Summer-Long Campaign Aimed at Making Music Social

NEWARK, Calif. — May 21, 2013 — Today Ultimate Ears introduced UE BOOM, a social music player made to help you rage, riot, party and play the music you love, out loud. It’s designed to make the most of digital music’s convenience, while making it less of a solitary experience.

UE BOOM is the first-ever social music player, a wireless speaker that’s packed with a specific set of features that sets a new standard for listening to music. It offers 360-degree sound and features a 15-hour rechargeable battery. Its versatile go-anywhere shape is wrapped in a specially developed acoustic skin that is both water and stain resistant so you can enjoy your music anywhere you go. And it is made for connecting with others. If more friends crash the party, you can wirelessly connect two UE BOOMs together through the free UE BOOM app (available for iOS™ and Android™) to play them in either stereo-to-stereo mode or traditional left/right stereo mode.

“The digital age has changed how we listen to our favorite songs and interact with music,” said Rory Dooley, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “While online music services have made it easier to access your music, it's remained a challenge to have an anytime, anywhere listening experience that can be shared with others. UE BOOM solves that problem. Ultimate Ears strives to amplify the social experience of listening to music, bringing people together around the music they love. UE BOOM is designed to bring music out into the world, and that’s why we’re also supporting this introduction with a campaign to inspire young music fans to make music social.”

In conjunction with the launch of UE BOOM, Ultimate Ears is initiating The Social Music Experiment – a lighthearted examination of the effect music has on people in social environments. As part of this effort throughout the summer, Ultimate Ears is teaming up with YouTube comedy channel JASH and its noted music expert, Reggie Watts, to produce an original series entitled The Social Music Experiment. Reggie will play the role of Ultimate Ears’ first ever “Head of Socio-Musicology” putting his social music theories to the test in a series of hilarious real-world experiments. In each episode Reggie will take a UE BOOM and his crazy hypothesis to the streets to understand the effects that social music has on everyday people in everyday places. The series launches today exclusively on JASH’s comedy network on YouTube (http://jash.com/social-music-experiment/) and will then be syndicated beginning May 28 across a variety of other digital sites including Collegehumor.com and ultimateears.com. Episodes are expected to roll out through the end of June.

After nearly 20 years of working with the most discerning ears in music, Ultimate Ears has set out to help change the way people experience the music they love with its range of critically acclaimed wireless speakers and earphones. That tradition continues with UE BOOM and interactive programs such as The Social Music Experiment.

Pricing and Availability

UE BOOM is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in May 2013, and in select countries in Asia in June 2013, for a suggested retail price of $199.99. For more information, and to find a retailer near you, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

About Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears, a brand of Logitech, revolutionized the way artists perform music on stage with the creation of its custom fit professional earphones in 1995. Today, more touring artists use Ultimate Ears than any other brand, and UE makes critically acclaimed earphones and speakers that are redefining the way people experience the music they love. Ultimate Ears is the leading supplier of in-ear-monitors for professional musicians and an emerging provider of premium speakers and headphones for the consumer market. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

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