Creative iRoarby Creative Labs

  • Creative iRoar
  • Creative iRoar
  • Creative iRoar
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VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
90%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The speaker delivers terrific sound quality and power for its size.
  • The iRoar comes packed with tons of features and multiple connection options.
  • The company released a free software developer kit, so you can develop your own software and hardware for the iRoar, if that's your thing.

CONS

  • The iRoar is not weatherproof, nor is it particularly rugged.
  • This speaker is a bit pricey for a portable unit when compared with other products in this category.
  • Depending on your aesthetic sense, you may not be drawn to the overall design; the iRoar sports a rectangular-box shape, and it's almost entirely black.
The iRoar from Creative Labs strives to be a jack-of-all-trades: This portable Bluetooth speaker features a multi-core processor, which lets users personalize the sound. With the free iRoar Dashboard app, you can customize your listening experience with settings that include Audiophile Bliss, Live Concert, Game On, Sonic Bass, and Cinemania--or you can create your own preferences. You'll also find more than 20 add-ons that enable the iRoar to work as a conference call speakerphone, alarm clock, metronome, motion detector, voice changer called Voice Morph, and more. The free SDK allows users to expand the speaker's functions, opening up a world of possibilities and collaboration. The package includes a USB cable, wall charger, plugs, and a carry pouch.
NameCreative iRoarUE MegaboomTurbo XSoundLink Bluetooth Speaker IIItreVolo
ManufacturerCreative LabsLogitechRivaBoseBenQ
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The Creative iRoar is a one-of-a-kind speaker that may very well change the future of audio development. The iRoar proves that 5+ speakers m…

The Creative iRoar is a one-of-a-kind speaker that may very well change the future of audio development. The iRoar proves that 5+ speakers may no longer be needed to achieve a thorough surround sound experience.

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The iRoar handles our bass test track, The Knife's "Silent Shout," with gusto, shaking the furniture without distorting either the kick drum…

The iRoar handles our bass test track, The Knife's "Silent Shout," with gusto, shaking the furniture without distorting either the kick drum hits or the bass synth notes. It can put out an impressive amount of sound for its size, dwarfing other portable Bluetooth speakers like the UE Boom 2 at maximum volume.

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The iRoar's embedded tech is borderline ahead of its time, but amid the fun and novel gizmos, there are many capabilities an inclined user w…

The iRoar's embedded tech is borderline ahead of its time, but amid the fun and novel gizmos, there are many capabilities an inclined user won't want to live without.

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The Creative iRoar is an impressive piece of kit on paper. While brandishing the title of the 'world's smartest speaker', in my honest optio…

The Creative iRoar is an impressive piece of kit on paper. While brandishing the title of the 'world's smartest speaker', in my honest option, the smarts don't sell the product overall.

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Battery life for the iRoar is rated at 20 hours, but this will almost certainly be lower if the speaker is playing at louder volumes.

Battery life for the iRoar is rated at 20 hours, but this will almost certainly be lower if the speaker is playing at louder volumes.

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The core of the iRoar is a multi-core floating point SB-Axx1 processor that enhances audio. It's programmable, so buyers can customize the w…

The core of the iRoar is a multi-core floating point SB-Axx1 processor that enhances audio. It's programmable, so buyers can customize the way their speaker functions. PC owners can also use the iRoar as a sound card.

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The self-proclaimed smartest speaker in the world comes with a wealth of features, as you’d expect, and customisation is the name of the gam…

The self-proclaimed smartest speaker in the world comes with a wealth of features, as you’d expect, and customisation is the name of the game. Most of the control and interaction is handled by the iRoar Android and iOS apps, where you’re able to do a multitude of interesting things.

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The iRoar keeps the unique capabilities that helped the Roar line stand out from the crowd, including the ability to play music from SD card…

The iRoar keeps the unique capabilities that helped the Roar line stand out from the crowd, including the ability to play music from SD cards, audio recording and the ability to charge a mobile device using a 1.5A USB port.

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The new iRoar had big shoes to fill with the high performance of the Roar 2. But the new iRoar delivered in spades, improving in functional…

The new iRoar had big shoes to fill with the high performance of the Roar 2. But the new iRoar delivered in spades, improving in functionality AND sound. Creative has another home run on it's hands.

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The audio performance is simply stunning from something this small, especially in a smaller room where the bass has a powerful presence. Sou…

The audio performance is simply stunning from something this small, especially in a smaller room where the bass has a powerful presence. Sound is well balanced and remains composed even at high volumes.

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The iRoar’s major differentiation with other Bluetooth speakers lies in how Creative has positioned the unit as a feature-rich platform that…

The iRoar’s major differentiation with other Bluetooth speakers lies in how Creative has positioned the unit as a feature-rich platform that can be customized and expanded.

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An absolutely phenomenol speaker
I own several high end Bluetooth speakers, and the Creative iRoar out shines them all in overall volume (in it's category), battery life, and most importantly audio quality over the entire spectrum. I am waiting in anticipation for the upcoming iRoar Rock, the attachable bass subwoofer. I can't even imagine how good this speaker will be, partnered with this sub.

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