Sound Blaster Roar new

Compact Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with NFC

Never before has such powerful and well-balanced audio come from such a small compact booklet-sized speaker. With the Sound Blaster Roar, we've done the impossible by taking an impressive bi-amplified 5-driver system (including a kickass subwoofer) and shrinking it into a size no larger than a dictionary. The result: a speaker that is smaller, lighter, more stable and more powerful than any other speaker in its class. You'll have to hear it to believe it.

With its unbeatable factory-direct price, the Sound Blaster Roar easily outperforms speakers twice its price and is selling like hotcakes, with more than one unit selling every 30 seconds.

US$149.99SRP$199.99

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Defying the laws of acoustic engineering...

A portable Bluetooth wireless speaker no larger than a booklet that doesn't just look great, but also has powerful audio and kickass thumping bass. On top of that, it must have a big battery, great killer features and an unbeatable killer price.

How could all these be possible? It was like defying the law of gravity!

We razed through countless designs and built many different prototypes to stretch the limits of the possibilities. Numerous times we crossed into the terrains of the impossible...

Find out how »

KILLER AUDIO

Mind-blowing 5 drivers powered by 2 high-performance amplifiers. Built-in subwoofer for kickass thumping bass. Further enhanced with proprietary ROAR, TeraBass & MegaStereo technologies.

KILLER LOOKS

Award-winning stylish and compact design. Bagged the prestigious international 2014 Red Dot Award for its amalgamation of precise audio engineering and minimalist design.

KILLER FEATURES

AAC & aptX for high-quality audio, NFC, MP3 player, voice recorder, speakerphone, 6000 mAh Li-ion battery, battery bank, Bedtime listening mode, USB Sound Blaster, siren, and Link Security to configure Bluetooth for different usage scenarios.

KILLER PRICE

Outperforms wireless speakers twice its price! Made possible by removing the middle-men and going direct.

Mind-Shattering Performance ● Precision-Tuned Fidelity ● ROAR Audio™ Power

Bi-Amplified Design: Two Amps, Not One

Most portable speakers utilize a single amplifier to reproduce the entire audio spectrum. With a single amplifier design, most of the demand goes into producing the lows and mids, which thus compromises the delivery of the highs. On the other hand, the Sound Blaster Roar utilizes two amplifiers - one dedicated to driving lows and mids, and another which is solely dedicated for delivering the high frequencies. This allows the speaker to produce uncompromisingly clear, high definition, 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.

Space-Filling Dispersion

While many other portable speakers produce small, constrained sound, the Sound Blaster Roar is designed to deliver space-filling audio. That's because we have incorporated far-field high frequency drivers in the Sound Blaster Roar, and these project audio further than most other speakers in its class. This is complemented by the boxer-style layout, which also delivers a room-filling, nonsweet spot-specific audio experience.

ROAR: Instant No-Holds-Barred Audio Power

Most other portable speakers either focus on audio power thus compromising audio fidelity, or vice versa; this removes the power of choice from end users. The Sound Blaster Roar is designed to be different. By default, it produces balanced, high fidelity audio. And in scenarios where sheer audio power is needed - such as in large parties and social gatherings - users can press the ROAR button that instantly boosts the loudness, depth and spaciousness of the audio.

TeraBass: Optimal Bass, even at low volumes

The Sound Blaster Roar's TeraBass feature intelligently provides bass boost to compensate for the loss of perceived bass during low level listening, such as at night or in less than ideal acoustic environments. The bass compensation level is reduced as the playback volume increases till it reaches the maximum dynamic output, where no processing is applied. TeraBass can also be switched off if the bass compensation is not desired.

MegaStereo: Double the Roar, double the power!

The Sound Blaster Roar already delivers an amazing stereo audio performance on its own. Now, imagine the audio performance you will experience with two units of Sound Blaster Roar! Using the MegaStereo Cable, you can link up two units of Sound Blaster Roar to create a mega stereo experience of left+left and right+right channels to achieve a wider sound stage, giving you even more powerful, all-encompassing audio for your music, movies and games!1

ENSLAVE OTHER SPEAKERS

You can also have fun "enslaving" other speakers by connecting them to the Sound Blaster Roar with the MegaStereo Cable.

Advanced High definition Audio Codecs — aptX and AAC

The Sound Blaster Roar supports aptX and AAC — advanced HD codecs that deliver high quality audio for Bluetooth transmission. These codecs — supported by branded Android phones and the iPhone — are crucial for great wireless audio and is not even found on many expensive wireless speakers.

What lies beneath

Minimizing energy wastage to deliver better audio quality

Delivering balanced highs and far-field high-frequency dispersion

Pumping out impressive bass and directed upwards to stabilize the speaker

Offering more bass enhancement and widening the soundstage

Clean, powerful bass

The active 2.5″ driver pumps out impressive bass. 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.

Even more bass enhancement

Not only that, it is further complemented and enhanced with dual opposing, side-firing passive radiators that widen the soundstage dramatically.

Acoustically optimized speaker design

The rigid monocoque endo-skeletal chassis has fewer internal components that vibrate individually. This translates to lesser energy wastage and better audio quality.

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.

YOUR MOBILE COMPANION

Take the Roar with you

Sound Blaster Roar's built-in 6000mAh battery makes it highly portable, giving you the flexibility to place it anywhere or to bring it along with you.

Play your music non-stop for up to eight hours2. And, when it's out of juice, simply charge it using the proprietary power adaptor or the micro USB cable.

Charge your smartphone

With its high-capacity built-in 6000mAh Li-ion battery, Sound Blaster Roar can be used to charge your smartphone, so you'll always have backup power whenever you need it.

Convenient hands-free calls

Holding on to your phone throughout a lengthy call can be tiresome. Conduct hands-free conversations with Sound Blaster Roar by simply speaking through its built-in microphone.

GET CONNECTED TO ROAR

Tap & play

All it takes is a tap, to pair your NFC-enabled device wirelessly to the Sound Blaster Roar.

If your phone doesn't come with NFC, you can always connect via Bluetooth the good old-fashioned way.

External Sound Blaster by USB Audio

The Sound Blaster Roar is not just a wireless speaker for smart devices. Users can connect it to their PCs or Macs via USB to enjoy clear digital audio from their desktops or laptops.

Connecting the speaker via USB enables for advanced PC audio processing through the downloadable software - the Sound Blaster Control Panel and full access to the SBX Pro Studio™ suite of technologies that intelligently enhance audio in real time.

LINK SECURITY: YOUR Speaker, your rules

There are many ways to maintain Bluetooth connectivity; The Sound Blaster Roar has just about the most comprehensive and versatile connectivity options available for a portable wireless speaker. Three modes are available. Default Creative Bluetooth Multipoint (LS2), Friendly (LS1) and Free-For-All (LS OFF).

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    LS Mode 2: (Default) Creative Bluetooth Multipoint mode

    Allows you to connect up to two Bluetooth devices at the same time - while playing music on one device at any one time. This mode requires music to stop playing for another device to pair or connect.

    Great if you've connected one or two Bluetooth devices and you don't wish to share your Sound Blaster Roar with another person trying to connect to the speaker...you're in control!

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    LS Mode 1: “Friendly Access” mode

    Allows Bluetooth devices that have been paired to the speaker before to takeover control of the Sound Blaster Roar -- by you simply initiating 'connect' on these devices.

    Great for users who want to easily re-connect their devices to the Sound Blaster Roar and share music...re-connecting your Bluetooth device is now even more hassle-free!

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    LS OFF mode: “Free For All Access” mode

    In this mode, Sound Blaster Roar is in discoverable mode even with 1 device connected via Bluetooth.

    Great for anyone at a party or a business meeting who wants to wirelessly connect to the Sound Blaster Roar and share music - and it's done without having to actually touch the speaker. Anyone can take over control of the Sound Blaster Roar instantly!

Play or record via the microSD card slot

Integrated MP3/WMA/WAV player

Simply insert a microSD card3 containing your favorite songs and press the play button to enjoy them. A great option if you do not wish to commit your mobile phone for music playback.

Integrated audio and voice recorder

The Sound Blaster Roar's voice or audio recorder allows recording of audio directly into a microSD card3. You can even record voice calls!

Get the most out of your Sound Blaster Roar

Get acquainted with the Sound Blaster Roar's controls, connectors and connectivity options with the User Experience Guide. If you are also interested in learning more about this technological marvel, simply just refer to the white paper, where we've included a detailed account of the speaker's architecture and the technologies found within it.

Read User Experience GuideRead White Paper

AWARD-WINNING DESIGN

SOUND BLASTER ROAR SR20
reddot award 2014 winner

Award-winning stylish and compact design. Bagging the prestigious international 2014 Red Dot Award for its amalgamation of precise audio engineering and minimalist design.

TAKING THE MARKET BY STORM: Best Seller in Amazon

Right from the get-go, the Sound Blaster Roar began attracting fans with its amazing audio prowess. Within days of launch, the Sound Blaster Roar has secured a Best Seller status in many categories in Amazon, notably, the Home Theatre Speaker System, and Hot New Releases in Bluetooth Speakers.

Proud owners of the Sound Blaster Roar have been leaving 5-star reviews and unabashedly share the joy their speakers have given them. Many of which, took a notch further, went on to get their second unit, along with the MegaStereo Cable for wider sound stage with twice the punch.

Read the 5-star reviews

From the leader in PC Audio...
Over 400 million Sound Blasters sold worldwide!

 

1 Only audio playback from Bluetooth®, MicroSD card and USB audio via PC/Mac are supported when the MegaStereo Cable is in use. While using MegaStereo feature, the audio may sound unbalanced when the Sound Blaster Roar is running on battery mode after an extended period of time. This is due to the difference in individual speaker battery levels. For optimum performance, it is recommended to connect both speakers to their power adapters.
2 Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions.
3 Supports microSD or microSDHC cards up to 32GB formatted in FAT/FAT32. Supported audio formats: MP3, WMA and WAV (16 bit 48kHz PCM). Supports MP3 and WMA up to 320kbps. Does not support WMA Pro/Lossless.

REVIEWS

  • The Gadgeteer

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-09-17

  • Tom's Guide

    Dollar for dollar, the Sound Blaster Roar produces the best sound of any portable Bluetooth speaker I've heard.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-09-12

    4

  • Dysorder

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-08-28

  • Pocket-lint

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-08-20

  • Best Stuff

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-08-15

  • Gear Patrol

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-07-31

  • Android Police

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-07-31

  • GIZMAG

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-07-31

  • Sound Guys

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-07-31

  • MyMac

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-07-25

  • Entertainment Buddha

    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...

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-07-23

  • Oluv's Gadgets

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-05-26

  • Gizmodo Australia

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-05-12

  • Mr. Gadget

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-05-12

  • smashpop.net

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-05-12

  • Music | Photo | Life

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-05-12

  • Craving Tech

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-04-28

  • Custom PC Review

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-04-22

  • HWZBB

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-04-17

  • iPhoneLIFE Magazine

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-04-16

  • GamingShogun

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-04-16

  • My Tech Methods

    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. 

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-04-15

  • Inner Fidelity

    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!

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-04-04

  • Tech Attack

    ...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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-03-05

  • Hardwarezone

    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.

    Sound Blaster Roar

    2014-03-03

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Customer Reviews

  • C. Tree

    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.

  • M. Erb

    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.

  • A. D. "Aragorn"

    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.

  • S. M. Lerch

    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.

  • K. Gagarin

    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.

  • PhotoGraphics

    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.

  • K. Groh

    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.

  • MCCT

    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.

  • jjceo

    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.

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A Closer Look At Your Product

    • SPECIFICATIONS
    • System Configuration One-piece
    • Dimensions Speaker: 57.0 x 202.0 x 115.0 mm (2.2 x 7.9 x 4.5 inches), Power Adaptor Cord Length: approx 1.9m, USB Cord Length: approx 0.75m
    • Weight Speaker: 1.10kg (2.5lbs), Power Adaptor Weight: 153g
    • Bluetooth® Version Bluetooth 3.0
    • Bluetooth® Profile A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth), AVRCP (Bluetooth Remote Control), HFP (Hands-Free profile)
    • Supported Codecs aptX, SBC, AAC
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    • PACKAGE CONTENTS
      • Sound Blaster Roar
      • Power adapter
      • Micro USB Cable
      • Quick Start Guides
    • WARRANTY
    • 1-year limited hardware warranty