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Published on December 5th, 2016 | by Greg

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Creative iRoar Go: Splashproof, Go-Anywhere Sound

Recently, we’ve seen floor-standing speakers- not the sort of thing you can easily hide under the Christmas tree. And we’ve checked out bookshelf speakers, ideal for a library or entertainment center. But one of the most popular items for holidays are more portable Bluetooth speakers, the kind that can almost fit inside a stocking, and can help get your party in the spirit with carols (or something completely different).

The Creative iRoar Go is the latest in their line- it’s 25% lighter and 40% smaller than the Creative iRoar but still boasts five drivers. Inside the compact unit are dual tweeters, a subwoofer, two passive radiators… as well as two distinct amplifiers, one for the lows and mids, and another for the higher frequencies. Unlike the predecessors, this one also is IPX6 splashproof rated for use even in the rain, or safely in the bathroom or at the beach. And the company touts their “SuperWide” technology, which aims to create a larger sound stage, and certainly there was plenty of presence.

As with most similar speakers, there is a rechargeable battery, and this one features 12 hours of playtime between charges. Weighing in at less than a svelte two pounds, it can be oriented in either a horizontal or vertical position. There’s a microphone, so you can make or take calls, and the iRoar Go is NFC-capable for easy connectivity to Android smartphones. If you want, you can even connect and play music via USB, or the traditional 3.5mm minijack auxiliary connection. More unusually, there’s even a microSD slot, like the iRoar that we checked out a few months ago (and it can serve as a voice recorder too). We liked the color scheme a little better, metallic instead of red accents for a little more of a restrained aesthetic.

We liked that there was an app for easy EQ adjustment, allowing you to boost . Some portable speakers require you to grab your device to control the music, but this one has built-in controls for everything (though they are somewhat oddly separated between two sections). With Bluetooth 4.2, the range is easy, pairing is simple, and music was rich and full. There is some distortion at higher volumes, but there is plenty of power for small rooms, and it’s great for hip-hop or pop music, snappy and punchy. Available now, online and in stores, expect to spend around $179.99 for the friendly and fun new Creative iRoar Go.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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