Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro audio system review

First of all, this device is addressed to teachers, presenters - Roar Pro works great in tandem with a wireless microphone and allows you to communicate with a large audience without tension.

Microphone

The main difference between the regular Roar and the Pro is the presence of a wireless microphone. Or rather, let's start with the one to whom this interesting device is addressed. Imagine that you are lecturing to a small group. You are renting an auditorium or some other room. If you give a lecture for two hours and even slightly raise your voice, fatigue inevitably sets in. That's for "coaches" of all stripes and came up with Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro, a convenient device that fits easily into a bag. You have to buy an external microphone separately, although in some countries things are sold in pairs.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

The little thing is made interestingly, on the front end there is a joystick for controlling the volume and buttons for switching between tracks, on the bottom end there are connectors for a microphone, audio cable connection, microUSB for charging. Note that everything has been provided for, the microphone can be used as a kind of wireless transmitter, although I can hardly imagine such a scenario. On the back there is a clothespin for a pocket, you do not need to hold the microphone in your hands, you can hang it on your shirt and communicate calmly. There is a button to quickly mute the microphone.

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The operation of the device is organized very simply: you turn on the speaker, turn on the microphone, the devices find each other by themselves (you don't have to do anything), the sound immediately starts to be transmitted. There was not a single failure in a couple of weeks of testing, instant communication, good sound quality, I can just imagine how happy the teacher will be when he gets such a tool at his disposal. The sound quality is excellent, the volume margin is huge, you can communicate not only with a group of ten people in a cafe, but also with a much larger audience.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Microphone operating time - about 10 hours, weight - 30 grams. I hope that in Russia they will sell exactly a set of a microphone and a speaker and will focus on the target audience, such a device is unlikely to be useful to ordinary “civilians”. Unless someone likes to sing and wants to do it for the family? By the way, if you do not teach, but you see scenarios for using this gadget, write me an email or in the comments.

Design, construction

The device is based on the Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20, let me remind you, this is the first generation Roar, one of my favorite devices of all time - announced two years ago, aroused great interest among both specialists and buyers. Unusual design, unusual features, excellent sound quality, versatility, Roar could work not only as a portable picnic device, but also as an all-in-one home music center. Accordingly, the review appeared on our site Women Tights on the site for a long time, so I'll just give here are the main features. There are differences between just Roar and Roar Pro, about the first, microphone support, I have already told, I will return to the rest.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20

The speaker comes in a thick cardboard box, looks good. Well, Roar is also surprising. Firstly, it surprises with its weight, not such a big box (202 x 57 x 115 mm), but it is felt in the hand. Weighs 1.1 kg, something reminded me of H & K Esquire, it created an equally strange impression. Secondly, an amazing design for Creative, as if the company decided to start from scratch. Neat perforated metal panels, metal inserts on the sides (passive radiators underneath), gray hard rubber overlay on top. All this is perceived quite harmoniously. Thirdly, the backlighting of the buttons and indicator lights are very well made. Finally, no complaints about the assembly, this is a thing with a capital B, no toy colors or shapes. I think Roar will appeal to men the most - and especially to those men who love multifunctional gadgets. And this column with functions is all right.

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At the end there is a connector for the power supply, a 3.5 mm input, microUSB for connecting to a computer (charging or playing sound), a slot for a microSD memory card. Why is she needed? The fact is that the column can work as a player - MP3 and WMA playback is supported, moreover, it can also work as a voice recorder. Separately, I will talk about exactly how the column should be located during playback. It should lie with the power button up, you don’t need to put it on small ends: on one - buttons, on the other - a speaker. The position greatly affects the quality of playback, do not forget about it.

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Roar Pro has a slightly changed color, nothing has changed in terms of build quality, everything is fine.

Management

There are a lot of buttons here, perhaps, I have not yet had a single column with such a scattering on the test. On the side is the NFC area, everything works with Sony smartphones, it makes pairing easier. Nearby is the Bluetooth and call answer button, to activate the pairing mode, you need to press and hold it. Immediately - volume control, ROAR (activates a special sound setting), power button. On the same panel - miniature light indicators, made with high quality. At the end there are buttons to turn off the alarm, control playback, turn the microphone on and off, there is even a lever that activates the Shuffle mode - it will come in handy if you listen to music from a memory card. In general, it is not difficult to deal with management.

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Additional Functions

Since the speaker has a microphone, it can be used as a speakerphone, this function works well. Voice recording is also supported, I don’t know why such a function may be needed, but it is there. Please note that the REC indicator on the front panel lights up.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

More interestingly, Roar is easy to connect to a computer (OS X or Windows, it doesn't matter) and use it as an external speaker. The sound quality here is truly impressive, there is a program for setting up the device (presets, etc.).

Memory cards up to 32 GB are supported, I tried to install my own, the column saw the MP3 file without problems.

You can charge any smartphones using the speaker, it will not work to charge tablets. Among the features, work with PS4 is indicated, I decided to check how this happens - I connected it using a microUSB cable, but nothing happened, to work with PS4 you need to use either an optical input or HDMI. Apparently, some kind of mistake.

The voice quality is good, the speaker can be easily used as a speakerphone in a quiet room.

Opening hours

The claimed operating time is about 10 hours, there is a 6000 mAh battery inside. It will take about three and a half hours to charge, using a power adapter with a thin plug. Let me remind you that the working time has increased by two hours. Interestingly, in addition to charging with the included power supply, you can also use a microUSB cable, only this way you will need much more time.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

The speaker now has buttons for turning on already configured equalizer presets, firstly, it's TeraBass, an interesting proprietary feature that improves bass reproduction regardless of volume, I recommend trying it first. Secondly, the lever below works in three positions, Warm, Neutral, Energetic. To be honest, I didn't notice much of a difference, although after listening to it for a long time I came to the conclusion that I like the Warm with TeraBass disabled the best when listening to bass. Thirdly, among the accessories there is a MegaStereo Cable, with its help you can connect two speakers into a stereo pair, it works with both Pro and regular SR20A. But it won't work with Roar 2.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

There are a lot of interesting things here, two amplifiers are used, one for low and medium frequencies, the other for high frequencies. The location of the speakers is such that a kind of sound field is created around the Roar, a low-frequency speaker (2.5 inches) looks up, high-frequency speakers (1.5 inches) are directed forward, passive radiators are on the side, you can see the design here.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Very good basses, a little sonorous, here you understand that Roar is demanding on the quality of the recording - many musicians upload recorded ones to SoundCloud, don’t understand how mixes, and so, you immediately understand where a person took care of others and where there is no smell of any care . The volume level is very high, even in a large Roar apartment you can hear even from the farthest rooms, but if you have a studio, then it can become a music center, no other equipment is needed. Excellent detail, after different small speakers Roar sounds like a larger system, the sound is literally thick. It is worth noting the omnivorous nature, you can listen to any genre.

Yes, I almost forgot, it uses aptX Low Latency and AAC Bluetooth codecs, when connected to Android smartphones, you can experiment with FLAC and other formats when connected wirelessly.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Conclusions

In retail, the column costs about 17,990 rubles, of course, we have Roar of the very first version, but so what? A good speaker has become even better, and even found a chip - support for a wireless microphone, which is very, very useful for teachers and not only. Users will like the sound settings, extended battery life, the ability to charge gadgets and many, many other features, even now Roar compares favorably with some classmates. Support for aptX Low Latency, sound quality like a larger speaker, excellent design, the ability to connect to a computer, control buttons and interesting preset equalizers, TeraBass are the undoubted advantages of the device.

Before asking questions about the price, read the review again. I am sure that Roar Pro will definitely find its consumer.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro audio system review

First of all, this device is addressed to teachers, presenters - Roar Pro works great in tandem with a wireless microphone and allows you to communicate with a large audience without tension.

Microphone

The main difference between the regular Roar and the Pro is the presence of a wireless microphone. Or rather, let's start with the one to whom this interesting device is addressed. Imagine that you are lecturing to a small group. You are renting an auditorium or some other room. If you give a lecture for two hours and even slightly raise your voice, fatigue inevitably sets in. That's for "coaches" of all stripes and came up with Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro, a convenient device that fits easily into a bag. You have to buy an external microphone separately, although in some countries things are sold in pairs.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

The little thing is made interestingly, on the front end there is a joystick for controlling the volume and buttons for switching between tracks, on the bottom end there are connectors for a microphone, audio cable connection, microUSB for charging. Note that everything has been provided for, the microphone can be used as a kind of wireless transmitter, although I can hardly imagine such a scenario. On the back there is a clothespin for a pocket, you do not need to hold the microphone in your hands, you can hang it on your shirt and communicate calmly. There is a button to quickly mute the microphone.

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The operation of the device is organized very simply: you turn on the speaker, turn on the microphone, the devices find each other by themselves (you don't have to do anything), the sound immediately starts to be transmitted. There was not a single failure in a couple of weeks of testing, instant communication, good sound quality, I can just imagine how happy the teacher will be when he gets such a tool at his disposal. The sound quality is excellent, the volume margin is huge, you can communicate not only with a group of ten people in a cafe, but also with a much larger audience.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Microphone operating time - about 10 hours, weight - 30 grams. I hope that in Russia they will sell exactly a set of a microphone and a speaker and will focus on the target audience, such a device is unlikely to be useful to ordinary “civilians”. Unless someone likes to sing and wants to do it for the family? By the way, if you do not teach, but you see scenarios for using this gadget, write me an email or in the comments.

Design, construction

The device is based on the Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20, let me remind you, this is the first generation Roar, one of my favorite devices of all time - announced two years ago, aroused great interest among both specialists and buyers. Unusual design, unusual features, excellent sound quality, versatility, Roar could work not only as a portable picnic device, but also as an all-in-one home music center. Accordingly, the review appeared on our site Women Tights on the site for a long time, so I'll just give here are the main features. There are differences between just Roar and Roar Pro, about the first, microphone support, I have already told, I will return to the rest.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20

The speaker comes in a thick cardboard box, looks good. Well, Roar is also surprising. Firstly, it surprises with its weight, not such a big box (202 x 57 x 115 mm), but it is felt in the hand. Weighs 1.1 kg, something reminded me of H & K Esquire, it created an equally strange impression. Secondly, an amazing design for Creative, as if the company decided to start from scratch. Neat perforated metal panels, metal inserts on the sides (passive radiators underneath), gray hard rubber overlay on top. All this is perceived quite harmoniously. Thirdly, the backlighting of the buttons and indicator lights are very well made. Finally, no complaints about the assembly, this is a thing with a capital B, no toy colors or shapes. I think Roar will appeal to men the most - and especially to those men who love multifunctional gadgets. And this column with functions is all right.

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At the end there is a connector for the power supply, a 3.5 mm input, microUSB for connecting to a computer (charging or playing sound), a slot for a microSD memory card. Why is she needed? The fact is that the column can work as a player - MP3 and WMA playback is supported, moreover, it can also work as a voice recorder. Separately, I will talk about exactly how the column should be located during playback. It should lie with the power button up, you don’t need to put it on small ends: on one - buttons, on the other - a speaker. The position greatly affects the quality of playback, do not forget about it.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Roar Pro has a slightly changed color, nothing has changed in terms of build quality, everything is fine.

Management

There are a lot of buttons here, perhaps, I have not yet had a single column with such a scattering on the test. On the side is the NFC area, everything works with Sony smartphones, it makes pairing easier. Nearby is the Bluetooth and call answer button, to activate the pairing mode, you need to press and hold it. Immediately - volume control, ROAR (activates a special sound setting), power button. On the same panel - miniature light indicators, made with high quality. At the end there are buttons to turn off the alarm, control playback, turn the microphone on and off, there is even a lever that activates the Shuffle mode - it will come in handy if you listen to music from a memory card. In general, it is not difficult to deal with management.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Additional Functions

Since the speaker has a microphone, it can be used as a speakerphone, this function works well. Voice recording is also supported, I don’t know why such a function may be needed, but it is there. Please note that the REC indicator on the front panel lights up.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

More interestingly, Roar is easy to connect to a computer (OS X or Windows, it doesn't matter) and use it as an external speaker. The sound quality here is truly impressive, there is a program for setting up the device (presets, etc.).

Memory cards up to 32 GB are supported, I tried to install my own, the column saw the MP3 file without problems.

You can charge any smartphones using the speaker, it will not work to charge tablets. Among the features, work with PS4 is indicated, I decided to check how this happens - I connected it using a microUSB cable, but nothing happened, to work with PS4 you need to use either an optical input or HDMI. Apparently, some kind of mistake.

The voice quality is good, the speaker can be easily used as a speakerphone in a quiet room.

Opening hours

The claimed operating time is about 10 hours, there is a 6000 mAh battery inside. It will take about three and a half hours to charge, using a power adapter with a thin plug. Let me remind you that the working time has increased by two hours. Interestingly, in addition to charging with the included power supply, you can also use a microUSB cable, only this way you will need much more time.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

The speaker now has buttons for turning on already configured equalizer presets, firstly, it's TeraBass, an interesting proprietary feature that improves bass reproduction regardless of volume, I recommend trying it first. Secondly, the lever below works in three positions, Warm, Neutral, Energetic. To be honest, I didn't notice much of a difference, although after listening to it for a long time I came to the conclusion that I like the Warm with TeraBass disabled the best when listening to bass. Thirdly, among the accessories there is a MegaStereo Cable, with its help you can connect two speakers into a stereo pair, it works with both Pro and regular SR20A. But it won't work with Roar 2.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

There are a lot of interesting things here, two amplifiers are used, one for low and medium frequencies, the other for high frequencies. The location of the speakers is such that a kind of sound field is created around the Roar, a low-frequency speaker (2.5 inches) looks up, high-frequency speakers (1.5 inches) are directed forward, passive radiators are on the side, you can see the design here.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Very good basses, a little sonorous, here you understand that Roar is demanding on the quality of the recording - many musicians upload recorded ones to SoundCloud, don’t understand how mixes, and so, you immediately understand where a person took care of others and where there is no smell of any care . The volume level is very high, even in a large Roar apartment you can hear even from the farthest rooms, but if you have a studio, then it can become a music center, no other equipment is needed. Excellent detail, after different small speakers Roar sounds like a larger system, the sound is literally thick. It is worth noting the omnivorous nature, you can listen to any genre.

Yes, I almost forgot, it uses aptX Low Latency and AAC Bluetooth codecs, when connected to Android smartphones, you can experiment with FLAC and other formats when connected wirelessly.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Conclusions

In retail, the column costs about 17,990 rubles, of course, we have Roar of the very first version, but so what? A good speaker has become even better, and even found a chip - support for a wireless microphone, which is very, very useful for teachers and not only. Users will like the sound settings, extended battery life, the ability to charge gadgets and many, many other features, even now Roar compares favorably with some classmates. Support for aptX Low Latency, sound quality like a larger speaker, excellent design, the ability to connect to a computer, control buttons and interesting preset equalizers, TeraBass are the undoubted advantages of the device.

Before asking questions about the price, read the review again. I am sure that Roar Pro will definitely find its consumer.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro audio system review

First of all, this device is addressed to teachers, presenters - Roar Pro works great in tandem with a wireless microphone and allows you to communicate with a large audience without tension.

Microphone

The main difference between the regular Roar and the Pro is the presence of a wireless microphone. Or rather, let's start with the one to whom this interesting device is addressed. Imagine that you are lecturing to a small group. You are renting an auditorium or some other room. If you give a lecture for two hours and even slightly raise your voice, fatigue inevitably sets in. That's for "coaches" of all stripes and came up with Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro, a convenient device that fits easily into a bag. You have to buy an external microphone separately, although in some countries things are sold in pairs.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

The little thing is made interestingly, on the front end there is a joystick for controlling the volume and buttons for switching between tracks, on the bottom end there are connectors for a microphone, audio cable connection, microUSB for charging. Note that everything has been provided for, the microphone can be used as a kind of wireless transmitter, although I can hardly imagine such a scenario. On the back there is a clothespin for a pocket, you do not need to hold the microphone in your hands, you can hang it on your shirt and communicate calmly. There is a button to quickly mute the microphone.

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The operation of the device is organized very simply: you turn on the speaker, turn on the microphone, the devices find each other by themselves (you don't have to do anything), the sound immediately starts to be transmitted. There was not a single failure in a couple of weeks of testing, instant communication, good sound quality, I can just imagine how happy the teacher will be when he gets such a tool at his disposal. The sound quality is excellent, the volume margin is huge, you can communicate not only with a group of ten people in a cafe, but also with a much larger audience.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Microphone operating time - about 10 hours, weight - 30 grams. I hope that in Russia they will sell exactly a set of a microphone and a speaker and will focus on the target audience, such a device is unlikely to be useful to ordinary “civilians”. Unless someone likes to sing and wants to do it for the family? By the way, if you do not teach, but you see scenarios for using this gadget, write me an email or in the comments.

Design, construction

The device is based on the Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20, let me remind you, this is the first generation Roar, one of my favorite devices of all time - announced two years ago, aroused great interest among both specialists and buyers. Unusual design, unusual features, excellent sound quality, versatility, Roar could work not only as a portable picnic device, but also as an all-in-one home music center. Accordingly, the review appeared on our site Women Tights on the site for a long time, so I'll just give here are the main features. There are differences between just Roar and Roar Pro, about the first, microphone support, I have already told, I will return to the rest.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20

The speaker comes in a thick cardboard box, looks good. Well, Roar is also surprising. Firstly, it surprises with its weight, not such a big box (202 x 57 x 115 mm), but it is felt in the hand. Weighs 1.1 kg, something reminded me of H & K Esquire, it created an equally strange impression. Secondly, an amazing design for Creative, as if the company decided to start from scratch. Neat perforated metal panels, metal inserts on the sides (passive radiators underneath), gray hard rubber overlay on top. All this is perceived quite harmoniously. Thirdly, the backlighting of the buttons and indicator lights are very well made. Finally, no complaints about the assembly, this is a thing with a capital B, no toy colors or shapes. I think Roar will appeal to men the most - and especially to those men who love multifunctional gadgets. And this column with functions is all right.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

At the end there is a connector for the power supply, a 3.5 mm input, microUSB for connecting to a computer (charging or playing sound), a slot for a microSD memory card. Why is she needed? The fact is that the column can work as a player - MP3 and WMA playback is supported, moreover, it can also work as a voice recorder. Separately, I will talk about exactly how the column should be located during playback. It should lie with the power button up, you don’t need to put it on small ends: on one - buttons, on the other - a speaker. The position greatly affects the quality of playback, do not forget about it.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Roar Pro has a slightly changed color, nothing has changed in terms of build quality, everything is fine.

Management

There are a lot of buttons here, perhaps, I have not yet had a single column with such a scattering on the test. On the side is the NFC area, everything works with Sony smartphones, it makes pairing easier. Nearby is the Bluetooth and call answer button, to activate the pairing mode, you need to press and hold it. Immediately - volume control, ROAR (activates a special sound setting), power button. On the same panel - miniature light indicators, made with high quality. At the end there are buttons to turn off the alarm, control playback, turn the microphone on and off, there is even a lever that activates the Shuffle mode - it will come in handy if you listen to music from a memory card. In general, it is not difficult to deal with management.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Additional Functions

Since the speaker has a microphone, it can be used as a speakerphone, this function works well. Voice recording is also supported, I don’t know why such a function may be needed, but it is there. Please note that the REC indicator on the front panel lights up.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

More interestingly, Roar is easy to connect to a computer (OS X or Windows, it doesn't matter) and use it as an external speaker. The sound quality here is truly impressive, there is a program for setting up the device (presets, etc.).

Memory cards up to 32 GB are supported, I tried to install my own, the column saw the MP3 file without problems.

You can charge any smartphones using the speaker, it will not work to charge tablets. Among the features, work with PS4 is indicated, I decided to check how this happens - I connected it using a microUSB cable, but nothing happened, to work with PS4 you need to use either an optical input or HDMI. Apparently, some kind of mistake.

The voice quality is good, the speaker can be easily used as a speakerphone in a quiet room.

Opening hours

The claimed operating time is about 10 hours, there is a 6000 mAh battery inside. It will take about three and a half hours to charge, using a power adapter with a thin plug. Let me remind you that the working time has increased by two hours. Interestingly, in addition to charging with the included power supply, you can also use a microUSB cable, only this way you will need much more time.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

The speaker now has buttons for turning on already configured equalizer presets, firstly, it's TeraBass, an interesting proprietary feature that improves bass reproduction regardless of volume, I recommend trying it first. Secondly, the lever below works in three positions, Warm, Neutral, Energetic. To be honest, I didn't notice much of a difference, although after listening to it for a long time I came to the conclusion that I like the Warm with TeraBass disabled the best when listening to bass. Thirdly, among the accessories there is a MegaStereo Cable, with its help you can connect two speakers into a stereo pair, it works with both Pro and regular SR20A. But it won't work with Roar 2.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

There are a lot of interesting things here, two amplifiers are used, one for low and medium frequencies, the other for high frequencies. The location of the speakers is such that a kind of sound field is created around the Roar, a low-frequency speaker (2.5 inches) looks up, high-frequency speakers (1.5 inches) are directed forward, passive radiators are on the side, you can see the design here.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Very good basses, a little sonorous, here you understand that Roar is demanding on the quality of the recording - many musicians upload recorded ones to SoundCloud, don’t understand how mixes, and so, you immediately understand where a person took care of others and where there is no smell of any care . The volume level is very high, even in a large Roar apartment you can hear even from the farthest rooms, but if you have a studio, then it can become a music center, no other equipment is needed. Excellent detail, after different small speakers Roar sounds like a larger system, the sound is literally thick. It is worth noting the omnivorous nature, you can listen to any genre.

Yes, I almost forgot, it uses aptX Low Latency and AAC Bluetooth codecs, when connected to Android smartphones, you can experiment with FLAC and other formats when connected wirelessly.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Conclusions

In retail, the column costs about 17,990 rubles, of course, we have Roar of the very first version, but so what? A good speaker has become even better, and even found a chip - support for a wireless microphone, which is very, very useful for teachers and not only. Users will like the sound settings, extended battery life, the ability to charge gadgets and many, many other features, even now Roar compares favorably with some classmates. Support for aptX Low Latency, sound quality like a larger speaker, excellent design, the ability to connect to a computer, control buttons and interesting preset equalizers, TeraBass are the undoubted advantages of the device.

Before asking questions about the price, read the review again. I am sure that Roar Pro will definitely find its consumer.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro audio system review

First of all, this device is addressed to teachers, presenters - Roar Pro works great in tandem with a wireless microphone and allows you to communicate with a large audience without tension.

Microphone

The main difference between the regular Roar and the Pro is the presence of a wireless microphone. Or rather, let's start with the one to whom this interesting device is addressed. Imagine that you are lecturing to a small group. You are renting an auditorium or some other room. If you give a lecture for two hours and even slightly raise your voice, fatigue inevitably sets in. That's for "coaches" of all stripes and came up with Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro, a convenient device that fits easily into a bag. You have to buy an external microphone separately, although in some countries things are sold in pairs.

The little thing is made interestingly, on the front end there is a joystick for controlling the volume and buttons for switching between tracks, on the bottom end there are connectors for a microphone, audio cable connection, microUSB for charging. Note that everything has been provided for, the microphone can be used as a kind of wireless transmitter, although I can hardly imagine such a scenario. On the back there is a clothespin for a pocket, you do not need to hold the microphone in your hands, you can hang it on your shirt and communicate calmly. There is a button to quickly mute the microphone.

The operation of the device is organized very simply: you turn on the speaker, turn on the microphone, the devices find each other by themselves (you don't have to do anything), the sound immediately starts to be transmitted. There was not a single failure in a couple of weeks of testing, instant communication, good sound quality, I can just imagine how happy the teacher will be when he gets such a tool at his disposal. The sound quality is excellent, the volume margin is huge, you can communicate not only with a group of ten people in a cafe, but also with a much larger audience.

Microphone operating time - about 10 hours, weight - 30 grams. I hope that in Russia they will sell exactly a set of a microphone and a speaker and will focus on the target audience, such a device is unlikely to be useful to ordinary “civilians”. Unless someone likes to sing and wants to do it for the family? By the way, if you do not teach, but you see scenarios for using this gadget, write me an email or in the comments.

Design, construction

The device is based on the Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20, let me remind you, this is the first generation Roar, one of my favorite devices of all time - announced two years ago, aroused great interest among both specialists and buyers. Unusual design, unusual features, excellent sound quality, versatility, Roar could work not only as a portable picnic device, but also as an all-in-one home music center. Accordingly, the review appeared on our site Women Tights for a long time, so I'll just give here the main features. There are differences between just Roar and Roar Pro, about the first, microphone support, I have already told, I will return to the rest.

The device is based on the Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20, let me remind you that this is the first generation Roar, one of my favorite devices of all time - announced two years ago, aroused great interest among both specialists and buyers. Unusual design, unusual features, excellent sound quality, versatility, Roar could work not only as a portable picnic device, but also as an all-in-one home music center. Accordingly, we have a review Women Tights Women Tights has been on the site for a long time, so I'll just list the main features here. There are differences between just Roar and Roar Pro, about the first, microphone support, I have already told, I will return to the rest.

The speaker comes in a thick cardboard box, looks good. Well, Roar is also surprising. Firstly, it surprises with its weight, not such a big box (202 x 57 x 115 mm), but it is felt in the hand. Weighs 1.1 kg, something reminded me of H & K Esquire, it created an equally strange impression. Secondly, an amazing design for Creative, as if the company decided to start from scratch. Neat perforated metal panels, metal inserts on the sides (passive radiators underneath), gray hard rubber overlay on top. All this is perceived quite harmoniously. Thirdly, the backlighting of the buttons and indicator lights are very well made. Finally, no complaints about the assembly, this is a thing with a capital B, no toy colors or shapes. I think Roar will appeal to men the most - and especially to those men who love multifunctional gadgets. And this column with functions is all right.

At the end there is a connector for the power supply, a 3.5 mm input, microUSB for connecting to a computer (charging or playing sound), a slot for a microSD memory card. Why is she needed? The fact is that the column can work as a player - MP3 and WMA playback is supported, moreover, it can also work as a voice recorder. Separately, I will talk about exactly how the column should be located during playback. It should lie with the power button up, you don’t need to put it on small ends: on one - buttons, on the other - a speaker. The position greatly affects the quality of playback, do not forget about it.

Roar Pro has a slightly changed color, nothing has changed in terms of build quality, everything is fine.

Management

There are a lot of buttons here, perhaps, I have not yet had a single column with such a scattering on the test. On the side is the NFC area, everything works with Sony smartphones, it makes pairing easier. Nearby is the Bluetooth and call answer button, to activate the pairing mode, you need to press and hold it. Immediately - volume control, ROAR (activates a special sound setting), power button. On the same panel - miniature light indicators, made with high quality. At the end there are buttons to turn off the alarm, control playback, turn the microphone on and off, there is even a lever that activates the Shuffle mode - it will come in handy if you listen to music from a memory card. In general, it is not difficult to deal with management.

Additional Functions

Since the speaker has a microphone, it can be used as a speakerphone, this function works well. Voice recording is also supported, I don’t know why such a function may be needed, but it is there. Please note that the REC indicator on the front panel lights up.

More interestingly, Roar is easy to connect to a computer (OS X or Windows, it doesn't matter) and use it as an external speaker. The sound quality here is truly impressive, there is a program for setting up the device (presets, etc.).

Memory cards up to 32 GB are supported, I tried to install my own, the column saw the MP3 file without problems.

You can charge any smartphones using the speaker, it will not work to charge tablets. Among the features, work with PS4 is indicated, I decided to check how this happens - I connected it using a microUSB cable, but nothing happened, to work with PS4 you need to use either an optical input or HDMI. Apparently, some kind of mistake.

The voice quality is good, the speaker can be easily used as a speakerphone in a quiet room.

Opening hours

The claimed operating time is about 10 hours, there is a 6000 mAh battery inside. It will take about three and a half hours to charge, using a power adapter with a thin plug. Let me remind you that the working time has increased by two hours. Interestingly, in addition to charging with the included power supply, you can also use a microUSB cable, only this way you will need much more time.

The speaker now has buttons for turning on already configured equalizer presets, firstly, it's TeraBass, an interesting proprietary feature that improves bass reproduction regardless of volume, I recommend trying it first. Secondly, the lever below works in three positions, Warm, Neutral, Energetic. To be honest, I didn't notice much of a difference, although after listening to it for a long time I came to the conclusion that I like the Warm with TeraBass disabled the best when listening to bass. Thirdly, among the accessories there is a MegaStereo Cable, with its help you can connect two speakers into a stereo pair, it works with both Pro and regular SR20A. But it won't work with Roar 2.

There are a lot of interesting things here, two amplifiers are used, one for low and medium frequencies, the other for high frequencies. The location of the speakers is such that a kind of sound field is created around the Roar, a low-frequency speaker (2.5 inches) looks up, high-frequency speakers (1.5 inches) are directed forward, passive radiators are on the side, you can see the design here.

Very good basses, a little sonorous, here you understand that Roar is demanding on the quality of the recording - many musicians upload recorded ones to SoundCloud, don’t understand how mixes, and so, you immediately understand where a person took care of others and where there is no smell of any care . The volume level is very high, even in a large Roar apartment you can hear even from the farthest rooms, but if you have a studio, then it can become a music center, no other equipment is needed. Excellent detail, after different small speakers Roar sounds like a larger system, the sound is literally thick. It is worth noting the omnivorous nature, you can listen to any genre.

Yes, I almost forgot, it uses aptX Low Latency and AAC Bluetooth codecs, when connected to Android smartphones, you can experiment with FLAC and other formats when connected wirelessly.

Conclusions

In retail, the column costs about 17,990 rubles, of course, we have Roar of the very first version, but so what? A good speaker has become even better, and even found a chip - support for a wireless microphone, which is very, very useful for teachers and not only. Users will like the sound settings, extended battery life, the ability to charge gadgets and many, many other features, even now Roar compares favorably with some classmates. Support for aptX Low Latency, sound quality like a larger speaker, excellent design, the ability to connect to a computer, control buttons and interesting preset equalizers, TeraBass are the undoubted advantages of the device.

Before asking questions about the price, read the review again. I am sure that Roar Pro will definitely find its consumer.