Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 Review

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“A powerful Bluetooth speaker for everyone”

If you enjoyed the Sound Blaster Roar, then you will definitely want to try its improved version! According to the manufacturer, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 is 20% smaller but maintains the same level of audio performance.

At the first look you can definitely see that the producer didn’t aim for extreme portability like it happened with the Harman Kardon Esquire Mini. Actually, even if it is smaller than its previous version, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 is still pretty big to hold in one hand and it will never fit in your pocket. However, what it loses in portability it gains in fantastic audio performance and slick design.

We actually liked this cute speaker due to its amazing audio and battery features and the fact that you can use it almost everywhere you want. The speaker will perform amazing in your car, your office, your room or even outside on a camping trip. It’s big enough to accommodate 5 speaker drivers and a subwoofer, so you can only imagine how great the sound experience must be.

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Design & Special features

The design is pretty straightforward as the speaker looks like a slim, rectangular box. You can find it in two versions of color: black and white with a silver/black stripe highlighting the buttons area. Honestly, when you sit it up straight, it kind of reminds you of an old radio which is pretty cool.

The physical dimensions are: 4.3 x 7.2 x 1.9 inches (Height x width x depth) and it weighs 2.2 pounds. As mentioned, this is a big portable Bluetooth speaker and while you will be able to stuff it in most bags, it won’t fit a pocket.

The front side is covered with a metal grill and the sides are covered with rubber radiators for an increased bass performance. The button strip is armed with a series of controls like:

  • Power button
  • Volume buttons
  • Phone button which has 2 functions: answer calls and Bluetooth pairing
  • A microphone pinhole so you can use it as a Bluetooth handsfree for your phone
  • The NFC panel which is great for a simpler pairing process

Even more, on the back panel, you’ll find another interesting looking set of controls. But first, did you know that the Creative Sound Blaster Roar has a built-in MP3 player, a voice recorder and various audio modes that allow you to personalize the audio experience? As you can see, the speaker may be big in size, but it packs a lot of amazing features.

Now let’s talk about connectivity and available ports. The speaker is well-equipped in this area as well and you’ll find the following ports on the back panel:

  • A proprietary power port for the 3.5 mm input jack for the charger
  • A big USB port for charging other devices
  • A microUSB port to connect to your computer
  • A microSD card slot that completes the voice recorder and MP3 player features.

The best part with this speaker is that it doesn’t have a specific position. You can either lay it flat in order to send the sound upwards or you can sit it upright. The speaker is equipped with dual sound orientation, thus when it sits flat, it will provide a more powerful and balanced audio experience and when it sits vertically, the audio experience is less bouncy but more direct.

Audio performance

This speaker packs 5 drivers in order to provide a complete and fulfilling audio experience. Even more, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 is armed with 2 amplifiers: one dedicated for the low and mid tonalities and the other one handling the highs. This results in a crystal clear audio journey with well-balanced notes and high definition of sounds.

Battery life

The Li-Ion battery is big (as expected) and packs 6,000 mAh. Thus the battery is capable to support the audio technology embedded in the Sound Blaster Roar 2 and can also serve as a portable charger for your mobile devices.

According to manufacturer’s specifications, the battery will last for 8 hours of continuous music.

Final Thoughts

PROS:
  • Great audio quality
  • Great battery life
  • Integrated features like MP3 player and voice recorder
CONS:
  • Big in size
  • Lots of buttons and ports that can be confusing

In the end, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 may be a big portable Bluetooth speaker but it does compensate through high audio quality and great battery life. So, if you’re not the kind of user to wear your smartphone in your pocket, this device may be the best choice.

9.7 Total Score
Excellent!

Performance
9.5
Design
9.2
Portability
9.5
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