It never ceases to amaze me how much powerful sound tiny Bluetooth speakers can produce these days. There’s an amazing assortment of choice out there if you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker, but not all of them are created equal. Even speakers that cost less than $100 can produce amazing sound quality, and once you get over that price threshold you’ll find speakers that produce sound that’s often more powerful than some of the largest stereo speakers from 20 years ago.
The Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 is definitely one of those speakers that can produce a sound quality that’s above and beyond anything you might have found 20 years ago. What’s even more impressive is the price tag on this model – this speaker retails for under $175. It will produce a level of sound quality generally only found in some of the more advanced speaker systems. It’s not perfect, but it produces a sound that’s more than adequate for most people.
The Complete Sound Package
This tiny Bluetooth speaker packs a heck of a punch with five speaker drivers. It has two drivers that handle the high-frequency sounds, a subwoofer, and two passive radiators that produce a sound quality that’s highly impressive. I have an older Bluetooth speaker tower that does the job just fine, but it only has three speaker drivers and you can tell from the quality of sound it produces that something’s missing – the sound is just okay. By introducing a five speaker driver system this Creative Sound Blaster speaker has successfully produced a sound quality that rivals some much more expensive systems.
Charge It Up
Where some Bluetooth speakers fail is in the fact that they’re not truly portable because they don’t have a rechargeable battery source – instead they rely on a traditional plug in an electrical outlet. The Roar 2 on the other hand is completely rechargeable with a lithium ion battery designed for hours of playing time either inside or outside – in fact this battery has an expected life of up to eight hours on one charge. If you’re heading down to the lake for a little sun and relaxation you can take this speaker along with you and not have to worry about finding a power source – which means hours of great music while you’re enjoying the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Built-In MP3 Player
One of my favorite features of this little speaker system is that it has a built-in MP3 player. Most Bluetooth speaker systems are designed to pair with your smart phone or tablet and that works great, but having the additional option of a built-in MP3 player is pretty sweet. The way they’ve built this in is to provide an SD card slot, so you can load your music up on an SD card, insert it into the speaker, and not have to worry about pairing it with your smart device. If you’re having a party and you just want to start the music and let it play without having to worry about interruptions when your phone rings, this is a great solution.
A True Marriage with Your Phone
While there are times, especially when you’re entertaining guests, that you don’t want your music to be interrupted, there are also other times when you do. If you’re listening to music while working in your home office, chances are that you’re ready and willing to accept phone calls when they come in. This speaker has a built-in speakerphone that will interrupt your music and allow you to talk hands-free when your calls come in. It’s a great added bonus of the system and you won’t have to worry about your music drowning out an important business call.
Lots of Pairing Options
While the built-in MP3 player is a nice option, there’s a good chance at some point you’re going to want to use your Bluetooth speaker system with either your smart phone or tablet. The Sound Blaster Roar 2 is well-equipped to handle pairing with your smart devices as well. It can be paired with your device through Bluetooth, or NFC. If you’re not familiar with NFC technology, this is a type of Bluetooth technology that allows you to tap your device on the speaker system and automatically pair it, simplifying the process. This method works great for Android devices, but it is not compatible with Apple devices, so if you own an iPhone this won’t be much of a selling feature for you. You also have the option of connecting older devices with this speaker system through the auxiliary port on the back.
It Does Have Its Critics
The most common criticism of this speaker is that the sound quality isn’t rich enough. Most customers that haven’t been entirely satisfied with the sound don’t dismiss it outright – they simply state that there are much better systems out there. I think you have to consider the price range, though, and it’s doubtful that you’ll find better sound quality in a speaker system under $200.
One other issue that has been associated with this speaker is that the battery doesn’t always last as long as advertised. As we mentioned above, the manufacturer claims that the battery will last for up to eight hours, but in many cases customers have complained that the charge runs out a lot quicker than that.
A Great Choice for the Money
For a Bluetooth speaker priced under $200 the Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 is a great deal. I was particularly impressed with the fact that it has built-in MP3 capability via an SD card, and I also liked the speakerphone functionality. While some customers may complain that the sound quality isn’t the best, most customers are quite satisfied with the level of sound for the money.