We’ve been extremely lucky to be given the chance to try the Creative Sound Blaster Road 2.
I was very excited when we were told we could try this out and a little research on the internet showed us that this product could be amazingly great.
So first of all what is the Sound Blaster Road 2 all about? What does the creators Creative say about them?
The Sound Blaster Roar 2 is specially designed for people who not only appreciate portable speakers for their audio performance, but also for their looks. Wrapped in a stylish sleek housing, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 exudes understated sophistication of a well-designed audio instrument that continues to impress – whether it’s in the office, at home or a party.
The Sound Blaster Roar is a marvel of acoustic engineering. When we create Sound Blaster Roar 2, we are pushing the limits of acoustic engineering further, to fit the same components into a 20% smaller1 enclosure. However, good bass requires more physical volume. This time, with a smaller volumetric size, our engineers have to work against the laws of physics to tune the audio to be just as mind-shattering and room-filling, like our classic Sound Blaster Roar.
Whether it’s horizontally or vertically placed, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 tunes to your acoustic preference. A horizontal placement lets you experience room-filling and balanced audio. Alternatively, a vertical placement has a smaller footprint but it produces louder and more directed audio and brings the controls on the back panel closer to you. The Sound Blaster Roar 2 is meant to have dual orientation, with your convenience in mind.
THE SOUND BLASTER ROAR SOUND SIGNATURE
Bi-Amplified Design: Two Amps, Not One
Most portable speakers utilise a single amplifier to reproduce the entire audio spectrum. With a single amplifier design, much demand goes into reproducing the lows and mids, which compromises the delivery of the highs. On the other hand, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 utilises two amplifiers – one dedicated to driving lows and mids, and another is solely dedicated to deliver the high frequencies. This allows the speaker to produce uncompromisingly clear, high definition, and well-balanced music. The top-firing bass and mid-level driver is also laid horizontally, reducing the speaker’s center of gravity, thus stabilizing it.
Same Five High-performance Speaker Drivers
Despite having a smaller enclosure, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 houses the same premium five drivers as the Sound Blaster Roar. From the two far-field tweeters, a powerful subwoofer and two unobstructed passive radiators, which are beautifully machine-finished, every element of the design is thoughtfully considered to enhance your audio experience.
Clean, Powerful Bass
The active 2.5″ driver pumps out impressive mids and lows. Directing the audio upwards also stabilizes the speaker and provides for a wider soundstage that does not require the listener to be situated in the audio sweet spot.
Compact, Powerful, High Frequency Drivers
Durable and lightweight high-frequency drivers deliver balanced highs. These dual 1.5” premium drivers are also designed to provide far-field high-frequency dispersion.
Beautifully Machine-Finished Passive Radiators
The Sound Blaster Roar 2 features dual unobstructed passive radiators that deliver unparalleled bass reproduction for a speaker of its class. It not only sounds good, its glossy finish also adds a touch of iridescence to the look. The passive radiators pulsate mesmerizingly − users can now not only hear the bass, but they can actually feel and see the powerful bass in action.
PUT THAT OOMPH IN YOUR AUDIO
ROAR: Instant No-Holds-Barred Audio Power
Great for parties or where a larger audience needs to be addressed, the ROAR feature boosts overall loudness and utilizes the speaker’s built-in Digital Signal Processor to intelligently widen audio output for bigger and wider sound stage!
TeraBass: Intelligently Boosts Bass When Audio Levels Are Low.
TeraBass is a feature that intelligently makes up for the perceived loss of bass during low volume playback — all without artificially over-accentuating bass levels.
High Quality Wireless Audio Codecs
Not settling for just the basic sub-band coding (SBC) wireless transmission over Bluetooth, the Sound Blaster Roar 2 is also equipped with aptX® and AAC high definition codecs that deliver high resolution, higher quality wireless Bluetooth audio.
8-hour Battery Life
Enjoy up to 8 hours of non-stop music2.
Dual Charging Mode
Out of juice? No worries, you have two ways to recharge your Sound Blaster Roar 2 – the included power adaptor for fast charge3 and/or the micro USB4.
Charge Your Smartphone
With its high-capacity built-in 6000mAh Li-ion battery, Sound Blaster Roar acts as a charger for your smartphone, whenever you need backup power.
CONNECTING TO YOUR SOUND BLASTER ROAR 2
Simply tap to pair your NFC-enabled devices to the Sound Blaster Roar 2.
You can also connect the Sound Blaster Roar 2 to your PlayStation 45 console via the micro USB cable directly to enjoy all that action with punchy bass and audio clarity.
You can also connect your otherBluetooth smart devices wirelessly to the Sound Blaster Roar 2. With Creative Multipoint, you can simultaneously connect twoBluetooth stereo devices to the Sound Blaster Roar 2 and easily toggle between them.6
The Sound Blaster Roar 2 comes with an integrated 3.5mm aux-in for connection to other analogue audio devices.
Connect the Sound Blaster Roar 2 to a PC or Mac via micro USB and it will function as a host audio device, like a powerful external Sound Blaster. PC or Mac users can also utilise the downloadableSound Blaster Control Panel software to access SBX Pro Studio technologies such as SBX Bass, and SBX Dialog Plus – intelligent enhancements for PC/Mac audio in real-time.
Built-in MP3 Player
Now, you can play your entire music collection7directly from the Sound Blaster Roar 2 without relying on your smartphone. Simply insert a microSD card that contains your favourite songs and press the Play button to enjoy a fantastic listening experience.
Built-in Voice Recorder
With the Sound Blaster Roar 2, you can record business talks with your partner or a chat with a friend over coffee — all with a single touch of a button. You can even record incoming phone calls when you use Sound Blaster Roar 2, as a speakerphone.
microSD Card Reader
The Sound Blaster Roar 2 acts as your personal file manager that lets you transfer media between your computer and your microSD card, using a micro USB cable.
Take your calls hands-free, even when you’re listening to your music. Sound Blaster Roar 2 features a built-in microphone and doubles up as a wireless speakerphone when you pair your smartphone with it! It intelligently returns to your music when you’ve finished your phone call.
A CLOSE-UP OF THE PRODUCT
1 Based on volumetric measurement against the Sound Blaster Roar.
2 Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions.
3 It takes 2.5h to fully charge the Sound Blaster Roar 2 via the included power adaptor.
4 Sound Blaster Roar 2 needs to be switched off when charged via USB and may require a longer charging time due to power limitation.
5 System requirement: PS4 firmware 2.03 and above.
6 Playback of music is on a turn-by-turn basis, with 1 source playing at a time.
7 Supports MP3 and WMA up to 320kbps. Records audio, voice or mobile calls 16k, ADPCM wav format. Compatible with microSD cards of class 4 and above, up to 32GB.
As you can see from what Creative have to say it’s pretty much sold itself already. Though for those who need an extra boost we are here to do just that. Not because it’s been given to us to try and we don’t get paid to write these reviews so you’ll find they are totally honest. We want to boast about this product because it is so amazing.
This amazingly small product allows you to listen to your music on the go via Bluetooth, NFC & Aux. As well as listen to your music on the go with it’s amazing speakers it’s got a lion battery built in that allows you to charge your portable device while on the go. You can even charge the Sound Blaster Roar 2 and charge your phone at the same time so freeing up a plug.
You can also connect the Sound Blaster Roar 2 up to your PC or MAC to use as external sound card if you need to or want additional sound output.
Some of the great features I love is the built in MP3 player and voice recorder. You can add mp3’s to a USB Stick or microSD card and the device will play the music without the need for any additional adaptations.
The other great feature I mentioned is the voice recorder. You can connect your phone up via Bluetooth and answer calls from the device you can record incoming phone calls when you use Sound Blaster Roar 2, as a speakerphone. As well as being able to record calls you can also record meetings with colleagues or chats with friends you want to save.
The product has a built in Battery Level Indicator so you can see how charged up the device is to ensure you keep it’s battery topped up and never run out.