Review: Sound Blaster Roar is One Great Bluetooth Speaker

g2We love our music over here at inside-Startups, so when we got a chance to review the new Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth system, we jumped at the chance.

It’s all about the sound

If you don’t get much chance to read further, this is a great-sounding portable speaker that puts out incredible sound for the money. If you like to entertain on the patio, this thing will get your guest’s toes tapping without the blaring loudness you might remember from the Boom Box days.

I’m not an expert audiophile or anything like that, but I really enjoy listening to the Roar outdoors. The music is clean and crisp and it delivers a presence in the sound that we found lacking in similar offerings like the Jambox or the FoxL.

g13The secret here is Creative’s sound enhancement technology they call “Roar.” When you want to fill the room with your tunes, the Roar button makes it sound like the speakers are all around you instead of just coming from a single point.

What about the boom?

In our unscientific tests, the Roar speaker was not quite as loud as the Jambox, a device that can really blare out and wake up the neighbors. With that loudness though comes distortion, and our review team all preferred the sound of the Roar system over the Jambox.

Great features for a party

When we host a patio party, we often have guests that want to play their songs. This can be a real dilemma with the Jambox, as pairing and unpairing the Bluetooth connection can be a pain. In fact, some smart phones couldn’t connect to the Jambox no matter what we tried. Nothing brings the festivities to a crawl faster than a five minute lapse n the music.

With the Roar, two smartphones can pair to the speaker at the same time. You can pair off and play your music back and forth, song by song. This alone makes the speaker stand alone out there in the field.

g14If you have a couple of DJs at your party, the Roar also lets you record the whole music session in digital quality onto a microSD card. Very clever!

Quality and Construction

The Roar speaker has great quality fit and finish. This thing is heavy as it takes some mass to move that much air around. It comes with a fishnet case that includes a vibration-absorbing base, so it won’t vibrate off the table like my FoxL.

Summary

If you are looking for a great Bluetooth speaker, the Roar is the way to go. At $149, you can spend less or more, but you probably can’t find a better deal.

How to Leverage Bitcoin for Your Startup

 

You may have read a thing or two about Bitcoin, but have you looked into how it could turn into a competitive advantage for your Startup?

With more than 12.7 million Bitcoins now in circulation, it’s no surprise that Overstock, eBay & Virgin have all started to accept Bitcoins as a form of payment and even more businesses are planning too this year. The team at Choice have put together an interactive guide that has everything small & medium businesses need to know about Bitcoin – with articles, videos & apps on how it works and how to accept it as a payment option.

Read the Full Story or check out this Guide to Accepting Bitcoin for Small Businesses.

The Day After You Get Funded

StartTawheed Kader (TK) writes that your day job really doesn’t change that much the day after you get funded:

The point is that the day after you get funded is like any other day that you are running your business. Getting funded is not some magical event where all your worries go away. It is not some big party to pop the champagne over. Its the time where you buckle down even more so that you can make it rain.

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Infographic: The Power of Logos

Over at Finances Online, Alex Hillsberg and Chris Sibbet write that many of the powerhouse brands we think of today came from very humble (and cheap) roots.

Logos also create value. Interbrand’s 14th Best Global Brand reported that there’s a new number one brand in the world last year: Apple. Coke was defeated for the first time after thirteen consecutive years of dominating the prestigious list. Many companies will stop at nothing to create the perfect logo. Even to the tune of millions of dollars as part of their branding. The new Pepsi logo was so expensive to create that the agency thought it should justify the million-dollar cost with a lecture on Da Vinci diagrams, yin-yangs, and Mobius strips. On the other end, some popular logos like Twitter and Google cost almost next to nothing!

If your Startup is in the midst of building a brand, their infographic should be great food-for-thought.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Entrepreneurs

imagesOver at TechCocktail, Zach Davis has compiled 22 New Year’s Resolutions from entrepreneurs.

Put a higher value on your time. My resolution: I realize this may sound harsh, but my resolution is to FINALLY stop taking meetings where I share my expertise and ideas and am not compensated for doing so. Why this is important for entrepreneurs: There are several reasons why this is a must including that it devalues your offerings, cheats your existing clients and customers who are paying for such a benefit and takes up valuable time that could have been spent on more pressing activities.

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