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.
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.
This takes mass and lots of power.
I wasn't expecting this at all.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
A speaker has to move air. The smaller it is, the less air it can move.
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.
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.