Creative Sound Blaster Roar
Price: Rs 15,999
Portable Bluetooth speakers are available in all shapes and sizes but it is the sound output that matters the most. While I still swear by the sound of the JBL Flip that I reviewed in 2013, Creative's Sound Blaster Roar lives up to my expectations.
At first look, the Sound Blaster Roar reminded me of the Bose SoundLink Mobile Speaker that I reviewed in early 2012. Even this one has got a rectangular design with metallic casing. With a metal mesh running around the top and the front, the rest is covered with silicon material. It offers a host of features and connectivity ports, which have been neatly placed on the top and the rear.
The power, roar, volume up, volume down, and Bluetooth/speakerphone controls along with LED indicators are placed on the top. The list of controls on the rear are endless - we have a DC input for charging, a 3.5 mm aux input, USB port, microSub, microSD card slot, mic mute switch, record and playback buttons, tera bass, music control, shuffle to name a few. The overall straight line design looks good and the silicon padding makes it sturdy to hold, too.
The Sound Blaster Roar offers a host of connectivity options - Bluetooth, NFC and auxiliary. Pairing it over Bluetooth was a few seconds job and the speaker automatically detected the paired smartphone when turned on next time. It supports two Bluetooth connections simultaneously, which means you don't have to free Bluetooth pairing while connecting it to a second device.
While the sound output is impressive, the Roar button doubles the output. There is also a tera bass button that can be turned on/off depending on the genres you plan to play. The overall sound output was loud and clear. The voice wasn't flat and the instruments could be heard properly. I connected this speaker to my TV using the auxiliary cable and it definitely enhanced the movie watching experience. It is more than just a portable speaker for playing music.
Creative has added many utility features, too. For instance, it has an integrated sound recorder, too. The sound clarity of the recording is superb and the files are stored directly to the memory card. It can also be used for answering calls when paired to a smartphone over Bluetooth. There is a bedtime mode, too, that gradually reduces the playback volume and then automatically shuts down. While testing out the speaker, I pressed a key that started playing out a siren. This was the one touch siren added to grab the attention. I don't think this was a much needed feature, yet Creative has added this one, too.
It also packs in a 6000 mAh battery that will not only help in playing music wirelessly, but can also be used as a battery pack to charge smartphones and tablets.
Bag it or junk it:
A fully loaded portable speaker worth buying if you are serious about playing music wirelessly