Iroar Speaker

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Design and Build

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.

Buttons Galore

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.

Ports Galore

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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 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.

Creative iRoar

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.

Choosing a Bluetooth speaker nowadays can be a pain in the ass; with what seems like thousands of options to choose from, finding a good one is not as easy as you would hope.

Tinny sound, poor build and bad battery life not loud enough, weak bass are all usually top of the consumer complaints.

Portable Bluetooth speakers have always been about compromises, but Creative hopes that its new version of the iRoar Go can solve many past issues.

At the same time as addressing all these issues, they also seek to offer a whole other level of bonus features so you can do more for your money.

We have had the iRoar Go in the office for 2 weeks not, and it's time to get the review done.

We want to know that it can live up to its lofty promises on the spec sheet and how well it stacks up against the other competition on the market in 2017.
On paper, the Creative iRoar Go looks absolutely jam-packed full of tech and tricks.
Feature-wise it is definitely one of the most advanced portable Bluetooth speakers we have seen to date.
More than just a Bluetooth speaker, the iRoar Go can be used in many different ways.
It can play mp3 and FLAC files, operate as a voice recorder, Bluetooth speakerphone for calling, a portable battery pack, and an external USB soundcard.
That's a lot of features crammed into such a small chassis, and to top it all of the speaker is also water-resistant, rated to IPX6, meaning it's perfect for going on camping and beach trips.
There are 5 separate diaphragms in the unit that each performs their own task regarding sound quality.
Two tweeters work in tandem with the central subwoofer and side-mounted radiators to pump out the beats.
To up the power, Creative have even decided to use 2 separate amp units instead of the more common choice of driving via a single amp unit.
Some other cool tricks that the iRoar Go has up its sleeve are what they call Superwide technology.
The simplification of this is that you can place the speaker in various positions in a room, and it will change the way you hear the music, adding both width and depth.
Any speaker placed against a wall or in a corner will usually sound louder and fuller, but Creative has actually designed the iGo.
Presets such can be found on the creative app that you can find on the google play and apple app stores and some other tweaks that further enhance the listening experience.
The iRoar is a good-looking little unit, and you can see the evolution of the Roar speaker line throughout.
A rectangular slab, I was actually shocked to see how compact it actually is.
I expected a far larger unit given all the features it has to offer.
Material quality is great, and whilst it doesn't feel quite as robust as the Minirig or as refined as the Bang & Olufsen units, I would have no worries about the long-term durability of the speaker.
Up top, you find the Playback buttons (skip forward/back, play/pause). You also get a record button and playback if you wish to dictate to the unit, record voice memos, etc. A shuffle button is another nice option for playing music directly off a Micro SD card. One of our favorite functions of the iRoar Go is the button up top labeled "ROAR" Please press this button.
15v power port for charging the speaker. 3.5mm Aux-in port to directly connect your source. A 5V/1A DC out port (USB type A) for charging external devices (Yes, the iRoar can be used as a portable battery pack). A micro USB port. A micro SD card slot. I can't think of any other portable Bluetooth speakers this small that houses so many advanced connection options. Given its size, the Creative iRoar Go manages to produce quite a full and weighty sound. I will admit that after the testing was done, I hardly ever found myself using the speaker without the "Roar" function turned on, and I suspect that's what most people who buy this speaker will also do.

Without the Roar option enabled, the speaker sounds clear and precise but quite flat and with minimal bass response. With it enabled, it's a whole other ball game. This speaker becomes a beast. The unit comes alive both in the physical and aural sense.

The side plates start to vibrate like a mini Devialet Phantom. The room fills with sound, and all tracks become much more punchy and engaging.

Mids and highs are both obvious and are distinctly separate from being muddied by the low end.

This is probably due to the separation of the drivers and amplifiers.

As I previously mentioned, the iRoar GO actually has two amplifiers. One that handles the low end and another that handles upper frequencies. This means that the sound is much clearer than you would find on other similarly sized speakers.