So i have got purchased a number of bluetooth speakers and also some airplay only bose ones. For starters i wish i had gone for bluetooth rather than airplay from a connectivity point of view. At the time bluetooth was a bit ropey and i was everything apple. What a mistake now i am still apple but my kids are android so they cannot use airplay speakers. I have not used the mic functionality on this but it looks interesting. From a music perspective the audio quality is really good comparable to my bose soundlink 20 and far superior to my anker (although admittedly they are in a much a lower price category and are still great value for money). I was expecting it to be really bassy but infact the mid range comes through really clearly. Of course when my daughter has dance music it can still handle that really well but the vocals are crystal clear. Battery life is really good and we have had it in the backgarden on a relatively low volume for 5 hours without any issue.
Looks and feels rather stylish. Quite compact and reassuringly hefty. Very easy to set up and use. It synched with all my mobile devices easily and quickly. Does have a lot of features, perhaps too many for some. I personally won’t use most of them. However i found it rather too bassy and on occasions the bass was a little too loud and overbearing.
Big sound from such a small box. It arrives well packages and out of the box looks stylish. It has a charger with a uk plug but you can charge it via usb too. It has the size and weight of a slightly flattened brick. It has all manner of ways of connecting but bluetooth will likely be the most used. Using an iphone and ipad pro bt connection was simple and quick and sound good. It will work with a smart phone as a speakerphone/mic. You can insert a microsd card into the slot to either record your phone calls to or play music from since it has an inbuilt mp3 player. There are many more features like sound profiles and using it as a personal pa systerm, a sleep function. Here are the specifications for the Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro Portable Speaker:
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- Integrated MP3 player, microSD and record function
- 5 driver system with 2 high-frequency drivers
- 6000mAh Li-ion battery that lasts up to 10 hours
- Audio-Codecs: aptX Low Latency, aptX and AAC
- 3 preset audio profiles
I have primarily used the sound blaster as a replacement for desktop computer speakers. It is a solid piece of equipment and quite heavy. I leave it permanently connected to the mains, but have used it on battery as a portable item. It connects easily via bluetooth , though when on the desktop it is connected by 3.
There are many bluetooth speakers out there, offering many different features, but this is one of the best i’ve used. From setup to sound quality, and from features to ease of use, the creative sound blaster roar pro is a winner. The roar pro is about the size of a brick, and looks very discreet, with the most of the top and front surface area given over to the speaker grille, with just a small company logo on the front, and five buttons on the top. The roar pro offers multiple ways to play audio, including bluetooth, aux in, usb, micro sd and nfc. I undertook my testing of this device using the bluetooth and aux in options. Bluetooth setup was pain-free – i find that the rule with initial bluetooth setup is always to read the relevant part of the manual. I did so with the roar pro was up and running in less than a minute. So, the roar pro offers good looks and easy setup, but what about the sound quality?. My disclaimer is that i am not an audiophile, but i enjoy rock, pop and classical music and have listened using many types of speaker and headphones over the years. Put simply, i believe that the roar pro offers excellent sound quality for music and spoken word, relative to the small size of the speaker and its genuine portability.
Reviews from purchasers :
- An impressive, quality portable speaker
- as good as the roar2
- Well constructed item with great sound.
I have owned several previous models of creative’s roar speaker range from the original roar, to the more improved roar 2 which i still own to this day. To be honest, i was a little baffled to why they’ve seemed to have gone back in time with the roar pro; it’s the same weight and size as the original roar, however has a black finish rather than silver and a couple of spec improvements. I remember when the roar 2 came out, creative boasted the more sleek design which improved in being smaller in size and weight whilst still outputting quality audio and they were right to boast about it, there was clearly a quality boost with a more refined design. In comparison from the roar pro and the roar 2; the only difference i can see on the spec sheet is that it can handle one more additional codec which is ‘aptx-ll’ in addition to the previous ‘aac’, ‘aptx’ & ‘sbc’, plus the battery has been improved to delivery 10 hours on a full charge than the previous 8; further more, if you have more than one roar pro, apparently you can link one to be a designated right speaker and the other a left. Another thing to add, this one is compatible with the creative iroar mic wireless voice projector with emotion amplifier which basically turns the roar pro into your own pa system, but at an extra cost of course. I have had the roar pro & roar 2 side by side and both on full power (when the speakers drop to low battery, the volume and performance is affected) and i honestly couldn’t tell the difference in sound quality between them; both provided decent loud volume, clear audio and a blimmin’ good kick of bass, especially when the terabass mode was activated. With the minor spec improvements, increase in size and weight, why oh why would anyone want to splash out an extra £50-£70 for the roar pro (£167 at the time of review on amazon & £150 on creative’s official website), when the roar 2 is available for £99?. Just doesn’t make sense to me. If i hadn’t tested any of the previous models i would have given it a higher rating as it is a very good speaker, however as i have, it’s too hard not to compare, especially when there is such price difference and there really isn’t enough improvement to warrant the much higher price tag; just seems like a but like a marketing ploy if you ask me. Overall this is a good speaker, it’s just there is a better alternative available at a better price from the same manufacture.
This is a review of the creative soundblaster roar pro portable bluetooth speaker. This is quite a a compact but has and impressive array of speakers and a lot of features. It is packaged in a branded box and supplied with; a power adaptor with uk, us and eu plugs, a micro usb to usb cable and instructions. The build quality looks to be excellent with including metal grills and a rubberised soft feel back. There are a lot of buttons and controls with most being on the back and commonly used ones on the top. The unit has five speakers in all including the sub-woofer and has two amplifiers with one optimised for lower frequencies and the other for higher frequencies. You can power the speaker either using the mains adaptor or via the micro usb to usb cable supplied using a multi or phone charger. It has a built in rechargeable battery which is claimed to last 10 hours. This is obviously dependant on use and volume but does not feel too far from the truth. This can also charge phones and other mobile devices via the usb output socket which is a useful feature.
Ordered this speaker to replace my old big jambox by jawbone. This speaker is definitely worth the money, has some amazing bass levels(can be adjusted on the speaker) and has so serious volume and can easily fill a house. Also has a handy battery in so you can charge your phone at the same time. Amazing little speaker and definitely worth the money.
A couple of years ago i got one of the original creative soundblaster roar speakers and was very impressed with it and its performance and it’s been sitting on my desk beneath my imac (and used regularly) ever since. So i was especially interested to try this newer pro version and see if it’s still one of the best wireless speakers available at its price. The first thing that strikes you, if you own the original model, is that this pro version shares the same chassis and is exactly the same size and basic design as the original model – so if you have a carry-case for the original it should fit this one too. There are a few differences with the onboard features and controls, but the basic design is the same. It’s a very solid-feeling unit, brick-solid actually with mostly metal construction that’s partially wrapped in silicon and there’s no creaky or squeaky sounds as you handle it, everything feels very securely and solidly put together. It’s small enough to be easily portable but you’ll be aware it’s in your backpack, it’s not the most lightweight unit. The roar starts quickly with a short musical stab sound and then it’s ready to play from your choice of 4 sources – you can use bluetooth (with an nfc connection option), analogue line-in, usb or you can play mp3’s directly from a microsd card inserted into the slot on the back. The bluetooth feature includes support for the aptx codec which can significantly improve the audio quality but only works if you have an aptx-compatible device (most aren’t). If you connect the roar to your pc or mac using a usb cable it works as a standard usb-audio device, drawing the power it needs over usb too so you only need to connect a single cable. Your roar can also declare complete independence and carry its own music around stored on a microsd card (fat/fat32 format up to 32gb) inserted into the back of the unit.
The market for larger portable bluetooth speakers like this one is getting crowded. I think bose may have been first, but they have strong competition from some of the more serious audio manufacturers like loewe and b&w, and this is creative’s entry into that market. It’s about the same size as a hardback novel, and reassuringly heavy. There is a nice rubberised finish over much of the box, and it looks attractive enough, with a row of buttons on the top and a lot of minor controls and connectors hidden around the back. A mains charger, usb cable and auxiliary audio cable are included in the box. It is pretty feature-rich – it supports the apt-x codec and aac audio, which should improve quality. It has a microsd card slot onto which you can load mp£ and wma files to play directly on the speaker (although the playback controls are restricted to play and track skip – there’s no way to browse for particular songs). There are various options for tuning the sound – you can select one of three modes from ‘warm’, ‘neutral’ and ‘energetic’; there is a ‘tera bass’ function which is designed to improve bass response at low volumes, and a ‘roar’ function which is very similar to the loudness button on a 70’s era hi-fi amplifier. You can also use the inbuilt battery (claimed to be good for 10 hours playback) to recharge your phone via usb. Pairing with my iphone was easy – hold down the bluetooth button to make the speaker discoverable, look for it in bluetooth on the iphone, hit connect and you’re done.
I already use jbl products, but for some reason my wife’s iphone won’t pair with them – possibly because they are already paired with mine. It seemed sensible therefore to get an entirely different bluetooth speaker which hopefully would work with her phone and which i would not mess about with by pairing with my phone. – hence the addition of the soundblaster pro portable. Although it looks like a bit of a brick in the pictures, in reality it is quite unaggressive, being about the size of a thick paperback – though rather heavier. It paired first time, and after charging it up, my wife enjoyed putting it through its paces. The sound quality is really good, and does not distort even when the volume is very high. She also loved the roar button to boost the bass for some of her more headbanging music. The ability to play while charging is also good – not all speakers can do this, apparently. She also liked that she could charge her phone from her soundblaster while i’m charging mine from a jbl. The build quality is very high, so it should also last a long time.
This speaker rocks, one of the must have product.
In my experience, creative labs have always produced quality sound cards and accessories for the pc, and although i haven’t used any of their products for a long time, i was particularly interested to explore their current range, when looking for a bluetooth portable speaker to use with my computer. I’m very impressed with the sound quality of this small device, which is not only a portable speaker but also an external sound card when connected to a pc. This allows a single usb cable to provide power and data connections and the use of sound blaster control panel software (when connected to a pc) for personal choice of equaliser settings, including virtual surround sound, which i prefer. Although i use this with my pc all the time, i’m pleased to have the added functionality of a ‘stand alone’ portable speaker, with a rechargeable li-on battery, that can play music from mobile devices via bluetooth. The unit is very solidly built and doesn’t rattle or vibrate, even on higher sound settings, and setting the device up for use was very easy and straightforward.
In my job, i give plenty of presentations every week (these often include video and audio clips) to groups of people (30 – 100) and i normally cart around a pair of fairly hefty creative speakers creative gigaworks t20 – which i have had for nearly eleven years and which have never let me down. I have been on the lookout for something a little more compact so that i don’t have to haul around unnecessary weight and now i have found another creative device that meets my every need. Small, compact and fairly weighty – this bad boy not only looks and feels premium, the quality of sound is fabulous. I have paired it via nfc with my samsung edge s7 to play music from amazon music and it plays flawlessly with lots of oomph. I have also connected via bluetooth to my ipad mini 4 to play music from my itunes collection – unbelievable audio and no lag. But i digress, my main source for the roar is my microsoft surface pro and either via bluetooth or via the supplied aux cable, again the sound from this unit is amazing. I have been so impressed with this device, i have bought the compatible sound blaster microphone creative iroar mic wireless voice projector with emotion amplifier – paired together, they work effortlessly to create an ultra portable pa system, suitable for gatherings for up to a 100 people in a medium sized conference hall/venue. Buy without hesitation (btw my son who has a bose soundlink mini bluetooth speaker ii – carbon – thought it was great, too).
Creative sound blaster roar pro portable speakerin the box. The speaker, usb lead, dire4ct jack to jack lead and transformer with uk plug plate plus instructions and guarantee. This is a well-made speaker with a metal grill and good quality plastics. The main control panel has a matt rubberised effect. It feels very solid and is quite heavy compared to other similar speakers i have. It measures 20 cm long by 11 cm deep by 5. It has a built in rechargeable battery to make it portable.
Quick delivery and exactly as described. Sound will never replace a proper stereo speaker system but as a portable device it sounds great. Good bass, which i like, but doesn’t drown out other tones. I had read some reviews that said at low level sound there was a hiss but i haven’t noticed that and i have pretty good hearing. The button to change the tones is handy for different types of music. I’m happy and it does the job it was intended for. The sound is more than adequate to fill a large room and for outdoors, the bluetooth covers a large area so you could walk about with the paired device and not losehad it a few days now sometimes the bass is too strong and it’s difficult to hear the words of some songs, even switching on/off roar button etc doesn’t help.
Quick review============i’ve had many bluetooth speakers over the years and this is certainly a powerful one. In terms of styling it’s now looking a little boring, but the sound is really powerful. I’ve had a roar speaker before and only had to reset it twice (press and hold the power button for more than 10 seconds then press the power button again to turn on the speaker) it’s not too stylish, but it is good looking and the sound is impressive. Pros:high end build qualityfull of featureswell balanced sound with awesome basssuperb battery lifecan be charged by usbcons:some of the features i don’t think i’ll ever usefull review===========i have used the bose and was impressed at the styling and the sound was faultless. Bose ® soundlink bluetooth speaker iiithe creative roar isn’t as pretty but i think it’s more powerful. It has charm, warmth and is the perfect guest. Sound=====this is where i thought the bose would win hands down. But side by side, i actually prefer the roar. The bass is more natural but loud. It’s clear, defined, and resounding.
This discreet black box produces quite a lot of sound. But it’s not just a bluetooth speaker – so perhaps it’s best suited to people who will actually use the additional features. I’ll talk about the features separately, starting with its most unique features. Speakerphone/sound recorder* quite a few bluetooth speakers allow you to also use them as speakerphones when making phone calls. However, this sound blaster roar pro has the added feature of allowing you to record content too. You just have to insert a micro sd card into a slot on the back of the device. There are then record and pause buttons on the back to operate the sound recording feature. I sometimes interview people at work and have used a small voice recorder at times. However, i found the sb roar pro’s voice recorder to record and then play back sound that seemed to be of a higher quality.
Somewhat bassy, but powerful and punchy for all that, the roar pro is the size, weight and shape of a small brick and kicks out enough volume for a living room party. I’ve had the original roar since it came out, and it has proved powerful, reliable and highly useful. This upgrade, with additional features such as ‘soothe to sleep’ and a full ten hours of battery life, tweaks the original concept, with refinements to almost every feature. The bottom line on this is that you get an astonishing amount of power and bass from such a small unit, you can connect two devices by bluetooth at once, have ad hoc connections, connect direct to the computer via usb or another player by mini-jack, and even take and receive calls as a hands-free unit—useful for conference calling from one meeting room to another. The sound quality is distortion free at any level, though the roar function compresses it for extra volume — probably not what you want to get the most out of beethoven’s pathétique, but great for parties. Tera bass is a psycho-acoustic bass replacer for listening at low volume levels without loss of apparent oomph. You can also set for warm, neutral or energetic. To my ears, everything on the roar pro is warm, but you can adjust that from your smartphone or computer anyway, which is what this is mainly for. The original roar has outlasted every other similar device we had from the same period, most of which are elegant but flimsy. Good, thumpy sound for good, thumpy music.
Great speaker nice and loud.
Sound quality 5* design and its functions 5* battery life 4*, deffo worth its price.