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Creative iRoar Go Review: Mobile, Powerful Bluetooth Speaker

Special Features

In addition to the outstanding IPX6 jet water protection, the Creative iRoar Go has a rechargeable battery with a capacity of 5,200 mAh. This means that a playing time of up to twelve hours can be guaranteed. With Roar mode activated in Bluetooth mode, we were able to measure a battery life of almost 9 hours at room volume. In comparison, the Roar 2 has a battery with 6,000 mAh and a playing time of eight hours.

The app supports direct title selection of all playable files available on storage media and offers additional FLAC support. Thanks to the Bluetooth 4.2 standard, high energy savings are possible.

Although the iRoar Go does not require aptX as a transmission protocol, its sound is much more open. Although it only supports SBC codec. Nevertheless, we were able to perceive a clearer detail drawing.

With USB support, the Creative iRoar Go can be used as a USB speaker for laptops and PCs.

Sound of the Creative iRoar Go Bluetooth Speaker

The sound of the Creative iRoar Go is far superior to its predecessors. The Bluetooth loudspeaker has numerous options for adjusting the sound. There are five sound modes to choose from

  • energy-charged
  • Neutral
  • Roar
  • Superwide

Thanks to the TeraBass integrated in Roar mode, a clearly audible bass boost is possible when playing quietly. In the “energetic” mode, a slight bass emphasis can be perceived when playing quietly. This makes the Creative iRoar Go sound very balanced. When playing at room volume, the fullness of the sound increases. However, the sound can also be adjusted very well in the individual EQ mode. Each preset displays the curve, which can also be changed immediately.

Regardless of the selected mode, the bass doesn’t overdrive tracks like Soulpersona’s with its speaker-specific settings. Only basses above 60 % volume will be reduced, but will remain powerful. We couldn’t find any effects that reduced a bass response immediately after playing. All modes are perfectly tuned.

In SuperWide-mode the iRoar Go has a spatial but not very wide stereo sound. When we used our smartphone’s EQ to add bass during our SuperWide-mode test in SuperWide-mode, the spatiality was completely preserved.

On the positive side, we have experienced that every setting we have done in the iRoar Go app is stored. This can also be recalled by pressing the Roar button without using the app. Thus there are always three modes available. EQ, Flat and Roar. The EQ mode is always the last one to be set via the app. This also makes sense, because it makes it easy to remember which mode is currently active even without an app. When the EQ mode is activated, a small blue LED lights up. If the Roar mode is activated, the button itself is illuminated.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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