Review: Sound Blaster Roar is One Great Bluetooth Speaker

g2We love our music over here at inside-Startups, so when we got a chance to review the new Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth system, we jumped at the chance.

It’s all about the sound

If you don’t get much chance to read further, this is a great-sounding portable speaker that puts out incredible sound for the money. If you like to entertain on the patio, this thing will get your guest’s toes tapping without the blaring loudness you might remember from the Boom Box days.

I’m not an expert audiophile or anything like that, but I really enjoy listening to the Roar outdoors. The music is clean and crisp and it delivers a presence in the sound that we found lacking in similar offerings like the Jambox or the FoxL.

g13The secret here is Creative’s sound enhancement technology they call “Roar.” When you want to fill the room with your tunes, the Roar button makes it sound like the speakers are all around you instead of just coming from a single point.

What about the boom?

In our unscientific tests, the Roar speaker was not quite as loud as the Jambox, a device that can really blare out and wake up the neighbors. With that loudness though comes distortion, and our review team all preferred the sound of the Roar system over the Jambox.

Great features for a party

When we host a patio party, we often have guests that want to play their songs. This can be a real dilemma with the Jambox, as pairing and unpairing the Bluetooth connection can be a pain. In fact, some smart phones couldn’t connect to the Jambox no matter what we tried. Nothing brings the festivities to a crawl faster than a five minute lapse n the music.

With the Roar, two smartphones can pair to the speaker at the same time. You can pair off and play your music back and forth, song by song. This alone makes the speaker stand alone out there in the field.

g14If you have a couple of DJs at your party, the Roar also lets you record the whole music session in digital quality onto a microSD card. Very clever!

Quality and Construction

The Roar speaker has great quality fit and finish. This thing is heavy as it takes some mass to move that much air around. It comes with a fishnet case that includes a vibration-absorbing base, so it won’t vibrate off the table like my FoxL.

Summary

If you are looking for a great Bluetooth speaker, the Roar is the way to go. At $149, you can spend less or more, but you probably can’t find a better deal.

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Recently named as one of the Top 20 Big Data Influencers by Forbes Magazine, Rich Brueckner is an avid writer, publisher, and technology pundit focused on high performance computing. He acquired inside-HPC.com in 2010 and has since expanded his online publications to include inside-BigData, inside-Startups, and The Exascale Report. With over 25 years of HPC experience at Cray Research, SGI, and Sun Microsystems, Rich is known to many in the industry as “the guy in the Red Hat.”

When he’s not working, Rich keeps busy writing fiction, cartoons, and parody films. You can check out his stories: Angels of Silence, The Observer Effect, The Three Magi of Katrina, Seven Meals from Chaos, Friends of the Fallen, The Guardian’s End, and Ghosts of the Indian Herb. He has also penned some short film scripts including: Jigsaw Falling into Place and Bardo. In non-fiction, Rich contributed the Foreword to Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Dark Gravity, a book about the Big Bang by Dr. Stephen Perrenod. He also wrote the Foreword to 72 Beautiful Galaxies, an interactive iBook by Dr. Stephen Perrenod.
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