« Digitsole Warm Series - Connected Heating Insole | Main | TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charging Station »

Sound Blaster Roar 2 - Portable Bluetooth Speaker

I'm a big fan of portable Bluetooth speakers to share the music from our portable devices.

There are nice small more portable speakers for an office space or hotel room, and larger ones to pump up the sound for a party.

And there's the Sound Blaster Roar 2 -- the kitchen sink of portable Bluetooth speakers, loaded with features.

It starts as a powerful speaker, including five drivers with built-in subwoofer. You also can enhance the sound with loudness and bass sound boost modes.

You can connect it wirelessly to your phone or tablet or laptop over Bluetooth (switching between two devices), and also using NFC. Or you can connect the old fashioned way with an analog cable. Plus you can connect directly to a PC or Mac or PlayStation 4 with a USB cable, and it will serve as an external digital speaker.

Or you can use the Roar 2 as a stand-alone music player -- It has a microSD card slot that you can load with music files. Of course, with the card slot and a USB connection, you also can use it as an external drive for your computer.

Plus there's also a built-in microphone so you can use the Roar 2 as a wireless speakerphone, or record to the SD card -- either from the mic or from Bluetooth.

Of course, the Roar 2 has a built-in battery that runs about 8 hours, and recharges in 2 1/2 to 3 hours. So, of course, you even can use it as a phone charger.

Even with all these features, the Roar 2 is relatively small at 2.0 x 7.4 x 4.3 inches, but does weigh a noticeable 2.2 pounds.

The Sound Blaster Roar 2 is an impressive portable speaker, available for around $169.

You may not need all of its plethora of features, but they are certainly handy. For example, you can connect it to your laptop to work as a digital speaker when playing YouTube videos, and then switch to playing music wirelessly from your iPhone.

- See Crowdfunding Examples for more on fun crowdfunded projects.
- And the full crowdfunding article in Princeton's U.S. 1 Newspaper:
    Holiday Giving: A Digital Twist to Coins in the Kettle.

Find the Sound Blaster Roar 2 on Amazon.com

Manifest Tech Site