This review was written by Kevin T., the tech contributor of theMomBuzz. He received a sample to facilitate his review and offer his honest opinion.
Creative Blaster Roar
When holding the box of the Creative Sound Blaster Roar, the box is deceptively heavy which gave me the immediate impression of a solid, quality device even without opening the package. This is important, especially with today’s devices and the rush to market products that seem to miss key elements in quality that seems missing in portable speakers currently on the market.
The Roar lies flat with measurements of 2.2-by-7.9-by-4.5-inch (HWD) and weighs in at 2.5-pounds. Throughout the device – front, top and sides covered in a silver metallic mesh. The top has the three-LED battery reminder light, Bluetooth Pairing/Phone Syncing/Volume Control/Roar/On-Off Button brick covered on the front, top, and sides by silver-colored metal grilles. When Bluetooth and Roar Moded are on, a LED light also appears as an indicator informing you of the connectivity. For devices that also pair via NFC, which would shave a few seconds in the pairing process.
Switching to the back of the speaker, it can be a little overwhelming for those who don’t like gadgets, buttons and gizmos – for me, this is fun but if you need a little guidance you have a one sheet product guide for a little tech support. Otherwise you could pretend it doesn’t exist, but why do that?
Located on the back is a power port for the adapter that is included, a 3.5mm aux input, a USB port for charging smartphones (which is probably one of my favorite features, since I’m using it to charge my device while writing this post). According to Creative, “the built-in 6000mAh Lithium Ion battery can charge smartphones or tablets, besides giving you up to 8 hours of audio playback.” This charge can vary depending on existing settings and environmental conditions.
Also along the back, it has a small Play/Pause & Track Forward/Back button, along with Shuffle/Repeat for playback. This also includes a three-way Louds Sound and Alarm switch.
Set-up: Easy setup: Simply plug in and press the BlueTooth pairing button on the top of the device. Go to the settings of your device and wait for it to appear on the screen. Select and you’re good to go.
- ROAR – Pressing the ROAR button instantly boosts speaker audio loudness and spaciousness.
- (DAC) – Digital-to-Analog converter: Meaning it can connect to a PC over the USB
- NFC-Enabled Bluetooth with Mulitpoint
- Speakerphone Teleconferencing
- Integrated Voice Recorder – This is used through the microSD card.
- MicroSD reader when connected to a PC
- Dual Purpose Battery
- One-Touch Siren
- Loud Sounds Mode
- HD Audio Codecs
- Integrated MP3/WMA/WAV Player – used via the microSD card slot
- Sound Blaster Control Panel
- Bedtime Mode
I’ve used and tested a variety of portable Bluetooth speakers, typically they seem to have issues when distance is involved. I found this out recently when testing out another product and I was working on the front of the house and the car. Wanting to keep my phone away from potential danger I moved the speaker closer to my location, it couldn’t muster a distance of ten feet and I felt as though my phone could be in-line for a visit to store for repair afterwards. So pairing and distance is a biggie for me and a potential deal breaker for a purchase. Testing out the roar, to my surprise I was still getting quality sound with the ROAR approximately 111 feet away with it being paired to my iPad 3 – so yes, I’m very impressed!!
Gadgets are fun, as long as they work how they’re advertised and I grew up with the sound quality of Creative through PC usage growing up. I was not disappointed with the Sound Blaster Roar Portable Speaker. With equipment and devices, I can be rough on electronics – ask my wife, all iPhone / iPad purchases are required to have Applecare. The solid build of the ROAR put me at ease and I don’t have the feeling of breaking the device upon holding it. It’s not a smart phone, so weight isn’t as much of a concern and it’s portable, it’ll be used for our next beach trip or outside to the pool. Using the device, it was easy to connect and was used right away. The sound was clear and when played loud, the speakers seemed enjoy the challenge of playing various music from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to techno by Tiesto.
Learn more about the Sound Blaster Roar Portable Speaker and how to purchase it here: www.creative.com/roar/#roar