Time and again, Creative has shown its seriousness they put in the audio products and despite being good products, the Woof and the Muvo range doesn’t really cut it for the audiophiles. Creative deems Sound Blaster Roar is the answer to satisfy audio enthusiasts. But does it walk the talk? Let’s find out.
Creative is really proud of Sound Blaster Roar’s design and we tend to agree; the speaker is beautifully designed. The front, top and the sides feature a mesh design that gives the speaker a very clean look along with silicone pad at the back that gives a good grip to the speaker. Testimony to the speaker’s design are the Red Dot Design Award and President’s Design Award Singapore.
As for the placements, the NFC chip is placed on the top, signified by the logo whereas the Bluetooth/Call, Volume +/- button, Roar and Power button are at the right hand side. There’s also an LED indicator on the top. At the back, the speaker’s feature set is enhanced by a slew of ports like Aux-in, microUSB port, microSD card slot, player controls, TeraBass and more.
The Sound Blaster Roar is integrated with two amplifiers, two 1.5” speaker drivers on the front, a 2.5” subwoofer at the top and two opposing passive radiators on the side. The result is top notch audio quality. We were very impressed by Roar’s audio clarity with balanced lows and mids with one amplifier and another one dedicated to deliver the highs. The speakers are loud enough for a small room but the loudness can be enhanced with the dedicated Roar button. There’s also a TeraBass option that delivers bass even at a low volume.
Now that we have talked about its audio performance, there are other features as well that differentiates Sound Blaster Roar from the competition. Although NFC and Bluetooth ensures users to enjoy music from their mobile devices wirelessly, Sound Blaster Roar can also act as a standalone music player. The speaker can play music from microSD card slot and can be controlled with the help of integrated audio controls. MicroSD card also enables users to record music or voice calls carried through Bluetooth. The Sound Blaster Roar also doubles up as a speakerphone when connected to the mobile device.
Sound Blaster Roar can also be connected to PS4 to output all the audio from the console to the speaker or hook up two Roar speakers with the MegaStereo Cable to enhance the sound significantly.
Sound Blaster Roar packs in a 6000mAh battery that offers up to 8 hours of playback but in case of an emergency, the speaker also works as a charger for a mobile phone (it can charge at 1A).
To sum this up, Sound Blaster Roar will make you feel overwhelmed with the number of features it offers but one area where it particularly stands out is in the audio playback department. It offers very good audio playback quality in a compact form factor.
The Sound Blaster Roar retails in India on Amazon.in for Rs. 14,999.
Pros: Audio quality