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Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 Portable NFC Bluetooth Speaker with aptX/AAC (Black)
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- CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SOUND BLASTER ROAR SOUND SIGNATURE. From the Sound Blaster Roar which garnered more than 1,000 5-star reviews. Powered by 2 amps, astounding audio delivered by 5 drivers -2 high-frequency drivers, a woofer, and 2 passive radiators
- SMALLER, LIGHTER, SEXIER & SWEETER. Never has a speaker so small sounded this awesome! The 5-driver system, built-in 6,000 mAh Li-ion battery, and a host of killer features - all tightly packed into a 20% smaller enclosure that sits on your palm.
- SPORTS MORE FEATURES THAN OTHER WIRELESS SPEAKERS. A built-in MP3 player, a voice recorder, a speakerphone, a battery bank, and a USB Sound Blaster. With a battery life of 8h that can be charged via the included power adaptor or a micro USB cable
- MULTIPLE WAYS TO PLAY YOUR AUDIO. Simply pair your devices wirelessly via Bluetooth or NFC, or via a wired connection from USB or AUX-in. You can even store your songs in a micro SD card and play them directly out of the speaker.
- DUAL ORIENTATION MODE. Lay the speaker flat for room-filling and balanced audio or prop it up for louder and more directed audio. Also supports HD wireless audio codecs - apt and AAC that deliver high quality audio for Bluetooth transmission.
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Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2
Smaller, Lighter, Sexier, and Sweeter
The new variant of the critically acclaimed Sound Blaster Roar, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 is 20% more compact with the same five high-performance speaker drivers, cutting-edge design, and built-in 6000 mAh Li-ion battery. It is specially designed for people who not only appreciate portable speakers for their audio performance, but also for their looks. Wrapped in a stylish sleek housing, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 exudes understated sophistication of a well-designed audio instrument that continues to impress.
Bi-Amplified Design: Two Amps and Not One.
Most portable speakers utilize a single amplifier to reproduce the entire audio spectrum. With a single amplifier design, much demand goes into reproducing the lows and mids, which compromises the delivery of the highs. On the other hand, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 utilizes two amplifiers - one dedicated to driving lows and mids, and another is solely dedicated to deliver the high frequencies. This allows the speaker to produce uncompromisingly clear, high definition, and well-balanced music. The top-firing bass and mid-level driver is also laid horizontally, reducing the speaker's center of gravity, thus stabilizing it.
Dual Orientation Capabilities
The Sound Blaster Roar 2 has flexible placement options. You can choose to place the speaker horizontally for room-filling and balanced audio, or vertically for louder and more directed audio.
What's in the Box:
- Sound Blaster Roar 2
- Power adapter
- Interchangeable adapter plug(s)
- Micro USB Cable
Five High-Performance Speaker Drivers
Despite being 20% smaller, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 houses the same premium five drivers as the Sound Blaster Roar. From the two far-field tweeters, a powerful subwoofer and two unobstructed passive radiators, which are beautifully machine-finished, every element of the design is thoughtfully considered to enhance your audio experience.
High Quality Wireless Audio Codecs
Not settling for just the basic sub-band coding (SBC) wireless transmission over Bluetooth, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 is also equipped with aptX and AAC high definition codecs that deliver high resolution, higher quality wireless Bluetooth audio.
NFC and Bluetooth
Simply tap to pair your NFC-enabled devices to the Sound Blaster Roar 2. You can also connect your Bluetooth smart devices wirelessly. With Creative Multipoint, you can simultaneously connect two Bluetooth stereo devices to the Sound Blaster Roar 2 and easily toggle between them.
PC/Mac Audio Enhancements
Connect the Sound Blaster Roar 2 to a PC or Mac via micro USB and it will function as a host audio device, like a powerful external Sound Blaster. PC or Mac users can also utilize the downloadable Sound Blaster Control Panel software to access SBX Pro Studio technologies such as SBX Bass, and SBX Dialog Plus.
Connect the Sound Blaster Roar 2 to your PlayStation 4 console via the micro USB cable directly.
Built-in MP3 Player and Voice Recorder
Play music directly from the Sound Blaster Roar 2. Simply insert a microSD card* that contains your favorite songs and press the Play button. You can also record audio and phone calls when you use the Roar 2 as a speakerphone.
microSD Card Reader
The Sound Blaster Roar 2 acts as your personal file manager that lets you transfer media between your computer and your microSD card*, using a micro USB cable.
*MicroSD cards of class 4 and above, up to 32GB. Audio formats such as MP3, wma and wav up to 320kbps.
8-Hour Battery Life
Enjoy up to 8 hours of non-stop music. Recharge your Sound Blaster Roar 2 with the included power adapter for fast charge and/or the micro USB for convenience. With its high-capacity built-in 6000mAh Li-ion battery, Sound Blaster Roar also acts as a charger for your smartphone, whenever you need backup power.
The Sound Blaster Roar 2 also comes with an integrated 3.5mm aux-in for connection to other analogue audio devices.
Compare to similar items
SOUND BLASTER ROAR 2 Smaller. Lighter. Sexier. All of the Classic Sound Blaster Roar’s killer audio signature in an even more compact size. Pushing the boundaries of speaker miniaturization even further, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 is 20%* more compact than the Classic Sound Blaster Roar, while still retaining its critically acclaimed killer audio signature; which has garnered a deluge of rave reviews all over the world. The Sound Blaster Roar 2 -- although smaller, lighter, and sexier -- is meticulously designed with the same electrical design, the same 5 high-performance speaker drivers, and the same battery capacity as the Classic Sound Blaster Roar. So what you get is the same mind-shattering room-filling audio and astounding battery life -- but now with a smaller, lighter and sexier form factor. *Based on volumetric measurements
Top customer reviews
Pros: Great mids and highs, the bass is good enough to get your heading bobbing but for those looking for Beats type of Bass you will need to look elsewhere. I still think the bass is best on the roar compared to the other 3 though. Especially with the "Terabass" feature and the " Roar" feature. Amazing features, of which half you will never use. Cheapest option. Best overall in my opinion except....
Cons: This was a deal breaker for me. When you connect via bluetooth there is a very noticeable white noise ( static noise ) when no audio is being played. At very low volumes it most apparent. When I listen to podcasts I constantly hear the noise. Apparently it is a common issue with these, creative has a thread online. I know there can me white noise from any speaker but this one was very annoying because it was so prominent. That being said at mid-high volumes you will not be able to notice a thing. I ordered two just to make sure I did not get a lemon, however it was just as bad. I also tested it outside away from all my indoor electronics to see if anything was interfering, however to no dice.
Pros: Best overall sound in terms of clarity for all ranges. Best portability in my opinion.
Cons: Bass is somewhat lacking. No features at ALL. No micro USB charging. Does not get loud, the other 3 blow it out of the water especially the UE Boom. The Bose Color is louder. I also bought that one too.
Pros: Gets loud....really really loud. If you are just looking for something for OUTSIDE use when having a party. Get the UE Boom. The other 3 do not come close. Waterproof. 100 ft bluetooth range. Battery life is 15 hours. (the others range from 7-8 hours). You can pair it with another UE boom to get true Stereo. ( That will also cost you twice as much)
Cons: No Bass at all, I am not a bass head but this was weak sauce, seriously really bad. If you listen to EDM, Hip Hop etc this will not do it for you. For classic rock, jazz, pop no problem at all. There is no removable battery, apparently if it goes out you have to buy a whole new speaker.
Pros: Good highs, mids and lows, pretty good bass comparable with the Creative Roar. Lots of features similar to the Roar.
Cons: This is the biggest problem I could possibly have with a speaker. It does not sound nearly as good compared to when it is plugged into an AC adapter. It even states this in its buyer guide. The whole point of buying a bluetooth speaker is for the portability. What is the point of paying for the freedom to move without wires if I have to leave it plugged in to get great sound. That being said, when it is plugged in, it is amazing.
So you decide what works for you....Hope that Helps.
I purchased the New Creative Sound Blaster Roar about 1 month ago on the basis of outstanding reviews. It was returned because the Bluetooth dropped - even at close range. But apart from my experience (which I consider an individual unit flaw) I want to address the larger issue of the unit's sound quality in view of the effusive reviews.
The audio quality was OK - not great. My sister has an older first generation Bose Soundlink - which is better than the Roar (and to be fair twice as expensive). Admittedly, it is in different price range; I mention it because there have been many wild comparisons to other products Bose Soundlink (not just the mini), Bose wave radio, $30,000 stereo systems, etc, .... The Roar's audio quality was dependent on location - moving slightly off-axis changed the sound. Was the Roar's sound quality terrible - no. Was it good yes - I'd say even quite good. Was it "audiophile quality" no..... not even close.
But there are so many breathless reviews throwing around terms like "best bluetooth speaker ever" "masterpiece" "audiophile." I would urge caution on buying on the basis of these reviews.
Many of the glowing reviews have coincided with the reviewer obtaining a free Sound Blaster Roar - and while many reviewers candidly acknowledge that fact, I think many more have not. When I received my Roar, I believe there were 100 or so reviews - now about 1 month later - there are 511. One reviewer commented: "Creative has a promotion going on now. Write a review for the sound blaster roar on amazon and get a free carry bag for the roar." I don't know if that is true or not, but based on the wild claims and zealous tone of some of the reviews, I would not be surprised.
An example of a typical review that I would characterize as "breathless"
"Holy Moly! This thing is AWESOME! My buddies have a BOSE in which is bluetooth also, but I gotta say the price versus what you get with Bose is not as good as this deal! I AM IMMEDIATELY BUYING A BACKUP UNIT!!! This thing BOOMS... Talk radio sounds so natural and clear, the connection is a snap, speakerphone works and sounds good.... er, uh.... argh... confusion, excitement, gosh I wanna just keep on writing about this awesome boom box but Brooklyn 99 is on.... So just buy this product already"
"If you are reading reviews on the ROAR your wasting (ROAR) time. you will not find a better product. I even ordered a second one. This is a show stopper. Everyone will want one. At least 5 of my friends ordered one after hearing the pure sound quality. Not much else [sic] to say this unit speaks for itself. THIS IS A MUST HAVE BEST PURCHASE OF 2014 and I buy a lot"
". . .all my friends love it 4 of them ordered one."
"The sound quality - The sound reproduction is exactly as it is on the recording - no coloring or processing involved. It just lays bare the song as it is on the recording. Which is exactly what my $30k sound system also does."
In sum, I value genuine customer feedback on Amazon.
I use to value Yelp - but Yelp has gone the way of pay-to-play - and good actual unfiltered unbiased customer reviews are getting harder to find.
I don't want Amazon reviews to go the way of Yelp.
So, in sum, apart from my bluetooth problem, the Soundblaster is a good unit with decent sound - not a fantastic unit with exceptional sound. If you are motivated to get a good speaker for a reasonable $150 - I would say it is a good deal and you will be happy. If you are motivated to get a fantastic audiophile quality speaker that is the best of its kind (i.e. a great deal) on the basis of these reviews, you may find yourself disappointed and deceived by what are "compensated endorsers."
My criticism is directed at the strategy to overhype what is otherwise a fairly good product.
Above all, I hope Amazon's reviews stay genuine, authentic, and unbiased.