ROAR manages to create a large presence with balanced sound that filled the entire house. The sound was very pleasing and melodious. The 'ROAR' feature makes the sound come alive. The kick drums really kicks ass. I can't believe this is possible from such a small speaker. Creative has really created something amazing. It looks beautiful and is very portable. And for $150, this is a real steal.
The bi-amp design results in a cleaner overall sound with less distortion since the bass speaker and the front-facing drivers are powered separately. This is essentially unheard of in any other bluetooth speaker that I'm aware of. This is the sort of amplification scheme that high-end audio has been using for years and now it's in this very reasonably priced bluetooth speaker. So how does it sound? Fantastic.
What really counts in an external speaker is sound quality, portability, ease of operation and price and on all of the above, Sound Blaster's ROAR is outstanding. Oh, of course, I forgot to mention the ROAR button. It's what you use if you want to expand the sound to 'fill the room'. It works and it does seem to spread the sound around.
A. Dent "Aragorn"
I have reviewed a large number of speaker of this size over the last year, and I can candidly say that it has the best sound of any portable speaker I have tried. It also has a lot of features besides being a bluetooth speaker. I am writing this review after a couple of weeks of daily use based on how I adapted the features to my daily life.
Believe me when I say this (and I am very selective about quality) there is not a portable speaker on the market today that offers these same features for the price. However, the overwhelming deciding factor for ownership should be sound quality and fidelity, which this speaker delivers! If you can put your hands on one and hear it, you'll see that this sounds better than other "premium" portable speakers out there for 3x the cost.
If you have the money to spend on this speaker, don't walk, RUN to the order button and just buy it. This is easily the best sounding portable speaker I have ever heard, and if you pair them it is likely the sound from these two devices will trounce what most normal people usually listen to music on at home.
Stephen M. Lerch
The Sound Blaster ROAR not only causes you to drop your jaw in disbelief, it is also very listenable over the long term with practically any music genre. In fact I like it better than any of the other palm-size speakers I have tried, and yes that does include Bose. So much so that as of now this is the one that will travel with me to make boring hotel rooms come alive with music or videos played on my iPad sound more like my home surround system.
I've always wanted that high end sound but could never afford the kind of speaker that produced it… Until now. Sound Blaster has thought about just about everything that makes the listening experience amazing and easy. Lots of features, amazing sound, compact size. And it comes with a carry case as well! This is well worth the investment.
One thing that separates this unit from most of the units in the marketplace today is that it shies away from the ubiquitous "boom tizz" (too much bass with an overly bright high frequency response) type of sonic voicing… Overall, I can (and do) recommend this unit without hesitation. At it's retail cost of $149.99 It simply crushes its immediate competition (and some competitors at double or triple the price). Buy one!
I wanted hear what movies sound like with the ROAR. So I went ahead and plugged it in. I found out my tv is able to turn the ROAR up about 3x the volume that my phone can. No, I didn't try maxing it out..sorry, but I got it loud enough that I thought my neighbors would complain for sure. Let me also state I live in a good sized 1 bedroom apt with brick on the outside. Anyways, movies sound phenomenal, the ROAR plays every sound, makes each one distinguishable, and sound great.
This speaker has excellent sound, great bass and crystal clear treble. It has good stability at high volumes with no noise or rattling. The wireless music sounds as good as the wired connections using state of the art data transmission technology. This speaker was built to party! This speaker is a 5 star and it deserves even a higher rating.
I am very pleasantly surprised by the volume, but more importantly, the quality of the sound. I research endlessly and tirelessly when making audio purchases. Please trust, I did the same thing here, despite the reviews, because hearing is believing. This is one of the best purchases that I have ever made from a tech standpoint and will encourage friends and family to buy it also. Trust the time that I put into it as well as the other reviewers and just buy it.
When you first take it out of the box you really feel solid built quality, great design and pleasant weight which means there are serious guts inside. Sound : Mmmmm first start with bass - pretty well for its compactness and here you feel that this bass is really enough for a human ear , mids - also great as well as highs . With one word sound is much much “pricey than the price”. Guys this thing is priceless !!! Grab it !!!
I could go on and on about how much I love the ROAR, how much other around me love it, but I'll put a lid on it and let the specs speak for themselves. Across the board, from Generation X to Generation Y, the verdict is, is that the Creative Sound Blaster ROAR is now the best speaker on the market.
This thing gets loud and the base is perfect. The sound is crisp and remained clear from the low levels all the way to the maximum volume. This is a product that puts the comsumer first, as it offers an abundance of features and delivers as it promises. I don't feel like I was paying extra for a name or that this product lacked anything that I wanted. Surprisingly, it has features that I didn't even consider until I found this, such as the Link 2 bluetooth mode which allows 2 devices to be linked simultaneously for a jukebox-type experience.
Overall, I am very satisfied with the sound quality, and using it to watch a movie with no complaint (without even using the sound card feature!) was pretty cool. In summary, I would highly recommend this device to anyone looking for a good value on a bluetooth speaker providing excellent sound quality.
The Creative SoundBlaster ROAR is a fully featured and powerful portable bluetooth speaker. Out of all the Bluetooth speakers I’ve ever used, this is definitely one of the best… This speaker gives very well balanced and very high quality sound. Mids and Highs are excellent and clear, even at the higher volume levels.
Sound wise was good; bass was tight & highs were crisp. The ROAR shines at normal to high volume (not max volume) and sounds better when it is further from me (say 1 m). I use it primary for movie and gaming and it serves me well for that purpose.
This speaker has some of the best dynamics I've heard from almost ANY speaker, with the only thing in question being its volume. Yes, it can still get hugely loud, but don't expect to have dance hall booming bass, especially in large rooms. That's not a drawback, in my book, rather it's a description of most portable speakers' capabilities.
Decent battery life, sturdy design and, most importantly for any audio device, sound quality that will outsmart plenty of its rivals are obvious high points. There's a lot of bass that warmly sweeps into the mix - far more than you'd anticipate for a device of this scale.
5 out of 5
The ROAR sounds killer, and it's definitely very balanced: lows are deep and rich, mids are very pronounced, and highs are a well-blended part of the mix. The combination of the three make it sound like a much larger speaker than it actually is. And when you crank the volume, it can handle it – there's no distortion even at max volume.
Considering everything else it does, this is not only a great value, but one of the flat out coolest speakers we’ve seen in some time. It’s not the smallest or most portable speaker we’ve seen for sure, but if you’re looking for the audio equivalent of a Swiss Army knife, this is the speaker for you.
9 out of 10, Editor's Pick
The Creative Sound Blaster ROAR is one of the best wireless, portable speakers I’ve ever heard. The battery life is good, the sound is fantastic, and the additional features make it a decent conference call and recording device. You should definitely pick one of these up.
All in all, the ROAR is one of the most impressive bluetooth speakers currently on the market. Small details such as allowing users to choose whether they want more bass in their mix are what consumers want. I’m absolutely impressed by the unique combination of volume, audio quality, and customization Creative packed into this speaker.
You’ll buy it because it produces high-quality audio, has hassle-free Bluetooth pairing and is more affordable than its competitors. Those — used to deliver a healthy dose of David Lee Roth — are reason enough.
Creative has used all of its years of audio experience to create a piece of hardware capable of producing a remarkable, room-filling sound and then delicately programmed it to take advantage of the hardware. The vaunted "ROAR" function makes a noticeable difference when used, increasing the volume and the expansiveness of the sound.
How loud is this ROAR speaker? Loud enough to invoke a “Turn that #$%& thing down, John” shout from Mrs. Nemo, indoors or outside, whenever I nudge the volume control on my iPhone upward. Even better, there is no distortion when SR20 is playing at full capacity. It will fill an apartment or small house with sound just as it fills my patio in every direction.
10 out of 10
Creative Labs’ Sound Blaster ROAR is an amazing portable wireless speaker system that can definitely bolster your mobile audio needs while on the go. Its five driver system powered by two independent amps produces amazingly clear and powerful tones that can turn any Bluetooth audio device into an impressive sound system. Connecting to the ROAR is a breeze thanks to its easy-to-use NFC and Bluetooth pairing modes, so listening to music on it doesn’t require a technical degree. The extra functions only add more value to this already impressive device...
90 out of 100
The ROAR is a very interesting and nice sounding portable speaker. Featurewise it beats most of the competition with built-in handsfree, NFC, Apt-X and such unique features like micro SD-card playback and even audio recording.
The Sound Blaster ROAR is solidly built, is chock-full of fancy features, and sounds pretty impressive — and it costs a lot less than I thought it would.
The best bluetooth speakers in terms of sound and features is hands down the Creative Sound Blaster ROAR S20. Well done to Creative Labs who have been diligently working on producing the best sound from their devices for years and have such a great reputation for it. If you’re looking for a high performance portable wireless speaker, the Creative Sound Blaster ROAR S20 is it. Absolutely highly recommended.
9.5 out of 10
I personally like to use it in my room as the ROAR is able to fill up the whole room with my music as if the speaker is built into the walls. Creative calls this “Space-Filling Dispersion”. It’s really an amazing experience that you can only feel if you have it in your room.
The SR20 is a stunning product with the amazing price and the Swiss-army knife-like list of features, and I have no qualms to proclaim that the "Audiophile Sound Booklet" SR20 is the best wireless portable speakers I have reviewed in terms of overall value and audio capabilities.
ROAR, is loud and sounds good. Real good. That awesome sound quality, thankfully, can be enjoyed with pretty much any device you can throw at it. It supports pretty much all connections that you can think of: Bluetooth, 3.5mm jack, NFC, USB, and even a microSD card.
4.5 out of 5
Overall, the Sound Blaster ROAR SR20 is definitely the most impressive Bluetooth speaker we’ve reviewed for quite a while – it not only sounds good, but it’s also extremely versatile, which is all you could really ask for with a Bluetooth speaker.
CPC Certified AWESOME Award - Gold
We blasted a couple of tracks at it, from The Eagles' Hotel California to Celine Dion’s Incredible and Katy Perry’s ROAR, the speakers volume was amazing, for its size. Even with the ROAR function enabled, at the loudest volume, the speakers managed to continue to churn out its music, without any distortion. Bass performance, for these portable speakers however, is incredible. Extremely punchy and deep, its performance in this segment has probably set the bar up another notch. High’s were fine and fortunately, not too sharp till it irritates one.
With the number of wireless speaker choices on the market, manufacturers like Creative need to differentiate themselves with the features contained in their products. Creative has certainly accomplished this objective with the ROAR SR20. It is packed with dozens of features, many of which are unique to the Sound Blaster wireless speaker line.
The sheer amount of sound coming from the ROAR filled the room and no one in our audience missed any of the action. We have tried several other Bluetooth speakers for this role, but most fall short of putting out enough sound for everyone to hear clearly. The ROAR is now my speaker of choice for room-filling sound.
5 out of 5
This speaker also has 5 drivers: 2 passive drivers on the side that produce the bass, 2 in the front that produce the highs, and 1 on top that produces the mids and bass. This allows it to give a very powerful well-balanced audio playback that will fill up an entire room. That is probably the best feature about this speaker. It can fill up a whole room very easily and when it’s playing in a room you can’t really tell where the speaker’s located. You can’t really tell where the sound is coming from. That’s how good of a job that this speaker does at filling up a whole room with high quality audio.
I really like the ROAR SR20... Adding in significant sonic control with the SB Control panel software; the ability to record voice and phone calls; the ability to play computer audio over USB; and the ability to act as a stand-alone player with music on the Micro-SD card makes it a product that delivers terrific value for money. This is a great little unit for the business traveler as it's small enough to fit in a brief case if needed, and will help you set-up a dandy little office in your hotel room. Totally dig it, happy to recommend this very cool audio tool!
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...wherever you place the ROAR, you get a great sense that its sound reaches outwards to fill the space, which I think is well beyond the expectations of many smaller sounds systems, to say nothing of portable wireless speakers.
Regardless of your budget, if you are in the market for a compact wireless Bluetooth speaker, you would be foolish not to at least consider the Sound Blaster ROAR.
9 out of 10
The ROAR is hands-down, the best sounding speaker I have heard in this size range. Its combination of clarity coupled with decent, but not overpowering bass, makes the speaker’s sound approach audiophile quality. I could listen to the ROAR all day and not wish I was listening to a different portable speaker. Whether I was listening to a Pulp song with their heavy reliance on vocals and bass, a light classical Debussy waltz or even Malcolm McLaren rapping about Buffalo Gals in an early hip-hop song, it didn’t matter. Everything sounded great. There are few speakers that can handle every style of music effortlessly.
The ROAR easily got to a respectable volume with room to go even louder if it was needed, and the sound quality was great, considering its size.
Dollar for dollar, the Sound Blaster ROAR produces the best sound of any portable Bluetooth speaker I've heard.