Creative unveils iRoar, ‘the most intelligent Bluetooth speaker on the planet’

It’s a Bluetooth speaker but not “just another Bluetooth speaker”, the way Creative describes the iRoar Intelligent Portable Bluetooth Speaker System. That mouthful of a product name looks to be a fit to the wide feature set the device has been released with.

Naturally a speaker first, the iRoar is designed to be customizable to fit a variety of audio tastes. It’s also highly customizable and meant to be a foundation for further integration and expansion. This will include software add-ons and hardware extras using the iRoar’s Docking Expansion Port. In theory, this allows developers and other manufacturers to build on top of what’s already there or create their own solutions. We’re not clear on how this will work yet, and will be sure to find out more during CES.

There are five speaker drivers inside, made up of dual lightweight high-frequency 2-inch drivers, two passive radiators pushing out the sides, and a 2.75-inch subwoofer that pushes the bass up. The two amplifiers are also separated to balance the audio spectrum so that one drives the mids and lows while the other handles the highs.

Product_iRoar_Right_Angle

The speaker’s “intelligence” comes from the SB-Axx1 processor, which enables it to sound different through various profiles and custom presets. It also enables the iRoar to work as a high-end sound card to pump out cleaner and clearer audio for gaming, music, and movies.

To add some perspective, Creative claims the iRoar has twice the power of the original Sound Blaster Roar “like two Roars in one”, according to Creative CEO Sim Wong Hoo.

As has been the case with the Sound Blaster Roar speakers, Creative has also developed iOS and Android apps called the iRoar Dashboard. This suite of apps gives users remote control of the iRoar, adjusting settings like the EQ, audio processing, microphone, and voice controls. There is also Smart Volume to automatically adjust levels in cases where there is an abrupt shift in resonance. The speaker can act as a speakerphone, and features voice morphing as an option.

Preset profiles are already baked in to get things started and cater to different tastes. These are reportedly customizable, too.

  • BlasterX lets users customize their listening experience
  • Live Concert provides a more immersive sound for a concert atmosphere
  • Audiophile Bliss delivers original pure sound just as the artist intended
  • Game On delivers pinpoint realism with enhanced cues for games
  • Sonic Bass enhances bass with more resonance in the lower frequencies for thumping music
  • Cinemania allows users to enjoy a full cinematic experience with explosive explosions and clear dialog
  • Personal Sound is customized audio settings according to a user’s individual preference

Aside from the context-sensitive touch controls on top, the iRoar’s connectivity lineup includes NFC, Bluetooth with Multipoint and HD audio codec support, USB audio, optical input, and a microSD slot. There is also an audio recorder though it’s not yet clear what bitrate it will record from. The battery inside also has the ability to charge smartphones and tablets, much like the Sound Blaster models.

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.

The iRoar is launching during CES 2016 on the company website at a price point of $370.

Computing

Make your games sound amazing with one of these sets of awesome gaming speakers

If you want to take your gaming sound to the next level, you need to find the best gaming speakers for your set up. Whether you're on a tight budget, want some fancy RGB lighting, or just need the best speaker set money can buy, these great…
Home Theater

These awesome A/V receivers will swarm you with surround sound at any budget

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to shopping for a receiver, so we assembled our favorites for 2019, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR and much more.
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods — we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our favorites, with all the features you want.
Home Theater

Smart speakers add convenience to your life, and these are the best right now

Stuck talking to yourself? Get an A.I. assistant to keep you company! Whether you put your stock in Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, we've picked out the best smart speaker for any smart home ecosystem.
Movies & TV

Will Smith’s best movies ranked, from Bad Boys to Ali to Hitch

A ranking of Hollywood actor Will Smith's best movies to date. From his early roles during the Fresh Prince days to his Oscar-baiting dramas, Smith has played all kinds of characters in a wide array of beloved films.
Deals

The best 4K smart TV deals for June 2019: Samsung, LG, and Vizio

A good 4K smart TV is the only way to enjoy all your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. If you're looking to take your home entertainment to the next level, then we've got the best 4K TV deals right here.
Home Theater

What is Dolby Atmos Music, and how can you experience it?

Dolby Atmos is a surround sound format that creates immersive, 3D soundtracks to make movies come alive. But the same technology is also being adopted for music creation, and it's a game-changer. Here's everything you need to know.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix right now (June 2019)

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Movies & TV

Who needs sunshine? Stay inside and watch the best movies on Netflix instead

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Deals

Amazon drops prices on Bose and Plantronics wireless noise-canceling headphones

Earlier this week, Dell dropped the price of Bose's QuietComfort 35 II noise-canceling wireless headphones. Amazon has now matched Dell's price, dropping the price of its stock down to $299.
Movies & TV

Get your pulse racing with some of the best action movies currently on Netflix

In need of a movie that will really get your adrenaline pumping? Netflix offers a ton of films that fit the bill, along with a few you might want to avoid. Here, we rounded up the best action movies currently streaming on Netflix.
Movies & TV

Snuggle up with the best romance films currently streaming on Netflix

Looking for a story about love and lust? We've rounded up the most romantic films currently on Netflix, whether you're looking for a story about young love or a man who falls in love with artificial intelligence.
Movies & TV

The best movies streaming on Hulu right now (June 2019)

From dramas to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Plant-based shoes and a ukulele learning aid

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!