25% Lighter, 40% Smaller, 100% More Weatherproof
I've been an audiophile for a very long time. I bought my first high-end audio system at age 18, and have owned many since. Back then it was a science.
He talked about signal-to-noise ratio, dynamic range and total harmonic distortion. We anxiously awaited innovative products. Every once in a while something would come out of left field and the entire industry would be astounded. I place this little speaker into that category...innovation out of left field. I never imagined a small, two pound speaker system with bi-amplification.
Until now, this has been reserved for very high-powered and very expensive audio systems. That's why I bought this little speaker...curiosity. And this from Creative Labs?! Don't they make computer parts?
Hmmm....worth a look..and a listen.I was looking for something with decent sound quality (for a small speaker) to replace my current travel speaker, which sounds good, but weighs almost five pounds.
Reading through the other reviews it seems that people expect concert hall volume and clarity out of the smallest of sound systems. That just isn't going to happen. This takes mass and lots of power.
I wasn't expecting this at all. I want a speaker that can serve as background music while I'm working away in a hotel room on any of the four continents I travel to regularly (and..the write-up didn't say anything about this speaker coming with a power supply with interchangeable plugs for the US, Europe and the UK!!.but it does, and auto select voltage too).So, this little speaker arrives from Amazon.
I plug it in to charge the battery and play some low volume music through it for five hours (you can ruin a speaker by hitting it hard when its brand new..the glue has to give a little on the drivers). After the break-in, I went straight to the song that I always use to audition an audio system...True Colors by Cyndi Lauper.
It did a very good job with this song. I was impressed. Yes, if you push it very far past the RMS power level (.707 of peak power) it will distort..especially with a severely limited dynamic range source such as Bluetooth. That's to be expected. I'm an electrical engineer. I know the limitations the designers face. If you take into consideration the physical size of this speaker, it does an amazing job.
A speaker has to move air. The smaller it is, the less air it can move. The designers came up with a passive radiator system on each end that visibly moves!!
I wasn't expecting that. I'm impressed, and I'm not easily impressed. To the designers from a colleague...and I hope you see this...BRAVO!! This is an overall top quality product. SUPERWIDE™ TECHNOLOGY .
SUPERWIDE™ TECHNOLOGY. iRoar series continues the legacy of the critically acclaimed sound signature of Roar with a core enhancement – intelligent customization capabilities in wireless Bluetooth speakers.
A Closer Look
SOUND SIGNATURE: 5-DRIVER AND BI-AMP DESIGNEach component is dedicated towards delivering uncompromisingly clear, high-definition, and well-balanced audio. CUSTOMIZABLE AUDIO PROFILESEmpowers tech-savvy users with the ability to customize preferred audio profiles.
ROAR MODE: BOOST YOUR AUDIOIntelligently widen audio output for a bigger and wider sound stage – perfect for large parties and social gatherings. Intelligent Splash-proof Portable Bluetooth® Speaker with SuperWide™ Technology.
SB-AXX1™ DIGITALAUDIO PROCESSOR. Wireless Intelligent Speaker with Custom Audio Profiles. “We were most impressed with the highly adaptable nature of the design, the super wide sound, and superb build quality.”.
“Its virtually endless expansion and customization options make it ideal for music tweakers and tinkerers..”. “The result is a sound that, using the flat, audiophile-tuned preset on the iRoar, is exciting and crisp without lacking in bass.”.
Creative iRoar Go . 54 x 192 x 97 mm(2.1 x 7.6 x 3.8 inches) . 810 g (1.79 lb) . 2 x 1.5” Tweeter2 x Passive Radiators1 x 2.5” Neodymium Woofer .
Sound Blaster Connect
2 x 2” Tweeter2 x Passive Radiators1 x 2.75” Woofer . Bluetooth/NFCmicroSD CardUSBAUX-in . Up to 12 hours . Included Power Adaptor . Sound Blaster Connect(For iOS devices and Android devices) .
iRoar Dashboard(For iOS devices and Android devices) .
Sound Blaster Roar 2. Powerful Portable Bluetooth® Speaker, 5 Drivers with Built-in Subwoofer.
Prefer something classic? Sound Blaster Roar 2, the predecessor of Creative iRoar and Creative iRoar Go, houses the same 5-driver with bi-amp system that delivers the Roar signature that impresses – whether in the office, at home, or at a party.
5-driver and bi-amp design with dual orientation. Audio sources: Bluetooth/NFC, microSD card5, USB, AUX-in.
Up to 8 hours of battery life.
1 Supports MP3 and WMA up to 320kbps and FLAC up to 1.3Mbps.
Compatible with microSD card (SD and SDHC) of class 4 and above, up to 32GB. Class 10 microSD card recommended for recording.
USB thumb drive up to 128GB formatted in FAT16/ FAT32/ exFAT. Does not support WMA Pro/Lossless. 2 Supports playback of MP3 up to 320kbps, M4A (AAC), WAV. 3 Up to 24-bit / 96 kHz PCM . 4 Asynchronous USB Audio Class 1, 24-bit / 48 kHz.
5 Supports MP3 and WMA up to 320kbps. Records audio, voice or mobile calls 16k, ADPCM wav format. Compatible with microSD cards of class 4 and above, up to 32GB.
[section label=”Introduction”]. Last year, I reviewed the Creative Roar 2 portable wireless speaker which has quickly become my favorite Bluetooth speaker of all time.
Along with great sound quality, the Creative Roar 2 is portable, has a long battery life, is an extremely good looking speaker, and is a good value for the price. Since then, Creative has released the next generation of their Roar speakers, the first of which is the Creative iRoar launched early last year. Following up on the iRoar, Creative also launched a miniaturized version of the iRoar, creatively titled the Creative iRoar Go.
The new Creative iRoar Go promises the same powerful performance of the Creative ROAR series, except it’s now not only smaller and even more portable than ever, it’s also weatherproof to ensure a little splash doesn’t ruin your day.
How does Creative’s latest Bluetooth speaker stack up? Let’s take a closer look! [section label=”A Closer Look”]. Here’s a look at the packaging for the Creative iRoar Go. Included in the packaging is some documentation, a power adapter with an array of international adapters, a 3.5mm microphone extension cable, a microUSB cable, and the iRoar Go.
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Here’s a closer look at the top of the Creative iRoar Go. If you’re familiar with the product line, it utilizes a similar design to previous Creative Roar and iRoar products. Top button layout on the Creative iRoar Go is fairly simple.
At the top left there’s a power, volume up/down, Bluetooth/call, and source button. At the top right is a source indicator which lets you know which source the device is playing audio from.
At the rear of the Creative iRoar Go is a few more buttons which allow play/pause, skipping tracks, shuffle, recording (to microSD card), as well as a ROAR button which will engage the Creative iRoar Go’s ROAR functionality or it can also be used to activate the iRoar Go’s equalizer functionality.
As the Creative iRoar Go is weatherproof, the ports onboard are protected underneath a rubber weatherproof rubber cover. Underneath the cover is a DC in port, aux in port, USB Type-A DC out (for charging USB devices) port, microUSB port, and a microSD card slot.
The side of the Creative iRoar Go is outfitted with passive radiators which pulsate when in use. At the bottom of the unit is a grille which allows any air to escape from the upward firing subwoofer. Here’s a look at the internal design for the Creative iRoar Go.
It’s very similar to what we’ve seen in the past for the Roar and iRoar series, but it still continues to be the most impressive Bluetooth speaker design on the market.
In the Creative iRoar Go, Creative has outfitted the system with two 1.5″ tweeters and a 2.5″ subwoofer.