Creative Iroar

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Out of the box

While many other portable speakers produce small, constrained sound, the Creative iRoar is designed to deliver powerful space-filling audio.

Most portable speakers utilise a single amplifier to reproduce the entire audio spectrum.

Audio performance

With the traditional single amplifier design, much demand goes into reproducing the lows and mids, which compromises the delivery of the highs. Through much research and development, the iRoar is designed to accommodate 5 speaker drivers, including a active 2.75″ driver, into a compact booklet-sized form factor.

Dual lightweight high-frequency 2″ drivers project far-field high-frequency dispersion while a top-firing active 2.75″ driver pushes bass outwards; and this is enhanced by two side-firing, opposing passive radiators that spreads out the bass even further.

The compact powerful iRoar also features 2 high-performance amplifiers - one dedicated to driving lows and mids, another solely for delivering highs - producing clear, spacious, well-balanced audio without compromising on the bass.

Excellent sound quality . Loaded with connectivity options . Great design with touch controls . Good battery life . Software and hardware add-ons .

Features and design

Expensive, especially with Rock subwoofer . Not weather resistant .

On the whole, Bluetooth speakers are getting better, with improved audio quality increasingly coming from smaller form factors.

Creative has taken that approach in its Roar line of speakers in the past, with both the Sound Blaster Roar and Roar 2 pumping out impressive sound that was louder than one might expect.

Shedding the Sound Blaster moniker, the iRoar stands apart from its predecessors, ramping up its audio prowess and cramming in a Pandora’s Box of features that seem almost implausible for something this size.

SUPERWIDE™ TECHNOLOGY

STRETCH YOUR AUDIO
SuperWide™ Technology enables iRoar Go to deliver startlingly wide audio experience from a small speaker of this size.

DIFFERENT SOUND FOR DIFFERENT SETTINGS
Experience and enjoy the technology in different placement scenarios. You can even sit it near a wall to project wider stereo image.

IPX6 WATER-RESISTANT
AND PORTABLE

SPLASH-PROOF
Designed with an IPX6 rating, the wireless speaker is water-resistant for a splashing good time!

PORTABLE AND LIGHT
At just 1.79 lb, this is the best music companion for all your indoor and outdoor activities.

The excellent (and really loud) sound it pumps out is one thing, but the extras involved here take it to another level. The box and packaging inside sticks closely to that of previous Roar speakers. The iRoar itself is nestled into its own section, with a flap that opens to reveal the accessories. These include the AC power adapter, micro-USB cable (in red, which is cool), a soft pouch to fit the speaker, and power plugs for North America, Europe, and the U.K.
CUSTOMIZABLE EQUALIZER

CUSTOMIZE YOUR SOUND
Personalize your listening experience with the Equalizer mode where you can tune the sound settings to your taste.

This mode also includes a variety of expertly tuned presets that you can choose from.

Beyond that, there’s an instruction booklet outlining the various connectivity options (a full manual is available online) and a warranty paper to detail how that works.

To add more audio prowess to the iRoar, Creative had to add some heft to it as well.

INTELLIGENT
CUSTOMIZATION

PERSONALIZE YOUR AUDIO
Control your 360-degree surround sound experience and tune your speech clarity for music, movies and even games! You can even create your own sound signature while out and about.

PRESET SOUND PROFILES
Listen to music as intended by the Artist or watch an action-packed movie loaded with booming explosions and pristine dialog! The multiple preset sound characteristics profiles are designed to heighten your experience!

SB-Axx1™ DIGITAL
AUDIO PROCESSOR

PROPRIETARY DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSOR (DSP)
SB-Axx1™ is our proprietary DSP that enhances your audio experience with clarity for music, movies and even voice calls.

INBUILT ACOUSTICS BOOSTER
It has an inbuilt BlasterX Acoustic Engine, designed to boost the acoustic performance of your audio for heightened listening experience.

CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS
AND CONTROLS

BLUETOOTH APTX LOW LATENCY
iRoar supports Bluetooth aptX Low Latency codec in addition to AAC so you can enjoy your games or watch movies without delays or interferences.

PLAY VIA MICROSD CARD, OPTICAL INPUT, AND MORE!
It also supports with NFC, microSD card2 with MP3/M4A (AAC)/WAV Playback, Optical Input3 for TV, asynchronous USB Audio4, Built-in Voice Recorder and a 3.5mm AUX-in port!

It’s the same weight as the original Roar, albeit with a little more girth. Under the hood, the iRoar has two amps to better support high-loudness playback without sacrificing clean sound. The speaker indents punctuating both sides fall very much in line with previous models, maintaining some consistency in the overall look and performance of the speaker.

Setup

Grilles cover the front and sides, with a circular grill carved in to the top that includes an NFC tag for faster pairing with compatible devices.

The black body with copper trim gives the iRoar a certain elegance, like a jewelry box with a glossy top.

The back holds all the inputs and controls. From left to right are the power adapter input, micro-USB input, micro-SD card slot with a loop or shuffle toggle, Aux-In jack, optical digital input and a regular 1.5A USB port for charging smartphones and tablets.

On the bottom are two strips of rubber that provide good grip on just about any surface, along with connector dots for mounting on the Rock subwoofer dock.

The top offers backlit touch-sensitive controls for volume, calls, playback, track skipping, Roar, Mic Beam and a menu button.

Below the menu button is another visual LED that indicates what source is connected and shows battery level when charging.

Checking the battery during operation only requires holding the menu button until it appears below. There is a modular element central to the iRoar’s laundry list of features.

The Roar button works exactly like that of previous models, where toggling it on gives the speaker an audio boost for more impact.

Mic Beam is for 360-degree omnidirectional recording, though it needs a micro-SD card to store the recorded files.

Bluetooth pairing is simple enough. For NFC-enabled devices, a simple tap on the tag will do the trick, whereas going the old-fashioned route with those that aren’t, including iOS devices, is straightforward as well.
Up to two devices can be connected at once, allowing for playback to start with one device, and carry on with another, if need be.
While not a necessity in most situations, we can appreciate the selflessness in allowing more than one person to DJ a gathering amongst friends.
The basic setup doesn’t take much, but there is a modular element central to the iRoar’s laundry list of features.
First, the speaker can be tinkered with using free apps on iOS and Android.
The primary app is the iRoar Dashboard, which can change various settings and audio profiles on the fly, shifting sound output based on preset modes.
It also offers a walkthrough guide and is the conduit to push firmware updates to the speaker.
Six sound profiles are baked in: BlasterX, Game On, Audiophile Bliss, Cinemania, Sonic Bass and Live Concert.
An extra slot is available for a custom preset using the built-in EQ.
Immersion and Dialog+ settings adjust how sounds and vocals come through.
There’s a Roar button on the app for quick toggling, plus Smart Volume, an interesting feature that hones in on the audio to adjust volume on the fly for better clarity.
The Night Mode keeps things sounding full at low volumes levels for late night listening.
As if that wasn’t enough, there’s more.
Add-ons can be downloaded to the micro-SD card and installed as extra features for the speaker; examples include an alarm clock, a shake-to-listen feature (using the iRoar’s built-in accelerometer) and even nature sounds.
Once installed, these become accessible via the touch controls at the top.
Creative has an open SDK (software developer kit) for the iRoar to draw in more apps and features from developers.
The second app is the iRoar Remote Assistant for controlling playback for music stored on the device and accessing any audio stored on a micro-SD card slotted into the back.
The optical input make it easy to use the iRoar with a TV or PC, and Cinemania and Game On presets are there to optimize it for watching movies, shows, or playing video games.
In our experience with other speakers, stereo separation is the real benefit, with no real addition of bass or loudness – stuff the iRoar doesn’t suffer from a lack of anyway. Two accessories also stand out for their compatibility. The more interesting is the iRoar Rock subwoofer dock that pushes everything to 11, and blew us away in how it enhanced the existing goodness of the iRoar, while also filling in the bass gaps that a small Bluetooth speaker simply can’t manage on its own. The second accessory is the iRoar Mic, a wireless microphone that turns the speaker into a public address system, complete with adjustable features like voice morphing (fun?

In spite of its size, the iRoar is a beast, earning its moniker in spades. Not only is it louder than its predecessors, it sounds cleaner and more balanced to boot. And this is without using the Roar button often to get a volume boost. The most obvious difference is the lack of distortion on the low end, giving bass the chance to breathe and complementing the already solid highs and mids.

Sade’s No Ordinary Love sounded both mesmerizing and haunting, with the bass guitar sounding great next to her superb voice.

Prince’s Do Me, Baby sounded warm and natural, and we felt the same with the nuances of Maxwell’s Fingers Crossed.

Not only is it louder than its predecessors, it sounds cleaner and more balanced.

Whether it was hip hop, smooth jazz or classic rock, the iRoar didn’t seem to care. By not teetering from one end of the spectrum to the other, it maintained a balance that didn’t sacrifice one genre over another.