I’m a sucker for a great portable Bluetooth speaker. I’ve tried more than I can count and I’ve got one in almost every room in my house (kitchen, bedroom, office, living room — even in my master bathroom for listening to music or a podcast while in the shower). And those are just the speakers I’ve kept; I’ve gotten rid of several speakers that didn’t make the cut (and have only kept the very best around the house). Which leads me to the Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2: a feature-packed little speaker that looks good, sounds good and has some interesting surprises. Will it make the cut and find a place in my speaker-packed house?
Let’s start with the looks. If a speaker sounds good but is ugly it has no place in my life — or yours (in case you needed my opinion).
The Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 I tested was the white model which has a white front with a grey stripe across the top where the main buttons live. It’s bottom, top and back are also white and the sides are black. Personally I love anything white like the Apple products that debuted around the time of the original iPod (or like the interior of the space station in 2001: A Space Odyssey with the white walls, floor, chairs, etc.). In this case I really like the contrast of the sparkling white and the pure black on the sides of the speaker — it’s a bit like a stormtrooper (and you can’t go wrong with that).
The speaker’s also not too big — and that is a good and bad thing depending on your tastes and desires. If you’re looking for a compact, portable Bluetooth speaker that you can take anywhere and that basically fits anywhere: this is a great bet. And for it’s size it really packs a BIG sound (and big base — we’ll get to that). But a speaker can’t physically be this small and produce chest-thumping sounds. So if you’re looking for a more permanent speaker (that you won’t need to take with you anywhere) that is a “heavy hitter” in terms of being able to produce massive, intense sound (rather than just being loud) then no portable Bluetooth speaker will fit that bill (including this one).
So if it looks good, how does it sound? I’d say it definitely ...