Designed as an advancement of the previously reviewed Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 speaker, the Roar Pro claims to offer five internal drivers, abilities to become a portable P.A.
system, and further advanced features that we've come to expect from the Sound Blaster name.
With the 'Pro' tag comes advanced features, internals, and price.
The Roar 2 scored highly in my previous tests, and I'm interested in seeing where Creative has taken this product. This feature rich speaker will be analyzed from many different angles.
While the original Roar nailed the sound quality section, other drawbacks plagued its overall presentation.
This review will be looking into similar issues that include accessories, weight, build quality, functions, price, and more.
Packing five drivers into this one package, Creative has decided to throw in two drivers (one for left and one for right), a dedicated subwoofer, and two side-facing passive bass radiators.
What I find a little annoying is that there doesn't seem to be any information regarding what frequency these drivers run at, nor what size they are.
This feature-rich speaker offers many of the same things as seen with the Sound Blaster Roar 2, giving users the ability to connect through Bluetooth, a memory stick, AUX 3.5mm or SD cards, further offering a micro-USB input port for use with various devices.
Other ports on this product include a 15V wall charger connection and a 5A 1A USB charging outlet.
Providing recording features once again, users can record directly to external storage through this speaker, providing recording, pause, and microphone mute buttons.
Other top-facing buttons include music play/pause, song skip, loop or shuffle, pre-set equalizer enhancements, a switch between USB Audio and Mass storage, and finally the option to turn off and on the Sound Blaster TeraBass enhancement.
This speaker can be connected in unison with other Roar Pro units, functioning then as the left and right speaker, respectively, and helping increase your field of sound. The included wall charger is said to power the 6,000mAh battery by providing 1.6A of current. With a claimed Bluetooth/NFC range of up to 10 meters, Creative tells us that this speaker functions thanks to Bluetooth profiles including A2DP, AVRCP, and HFP - with the last setting meaning that you're able to use this speaker as a hands-free phone calling device.
Currently available on Amazon for $199.99 with free shipping, the pricing puts this Bluetooth portable speaker into the upper middle of products in its class, meaning that users should come to expect decent sound quality mixed with useful features and handy accessories.
Creative has provided a rather simple package with the Roar Pro as seen with the Roar 2. In this case, we get a power adapter, interchangeable adapter plugs (for different countries), a micro USB cable for phone or computer connections, and a user manual.