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The Bose Soundlink III makes use of its size more ef­fec­tively than the Nyne TT, and is a bet­ter propo­si­tion than its smaller cousin, the Soundlink Mini while still be­ing por­ta­ble. Per­for­mance-wise, it has the best sound pro­jec­tion among our tested speak­ers, though the Roar came very close. On all the gen­res of mu­sic we tested, the Soundlink III con­sis­tently pro­duced rich, full sound with min­i­mal dis­tor­tion even at high­est vol­umes. Blues tracks, rock, pop, and any­thing that goes well with a slight rum­ble of bass will play ex­cel­lently on the Soundlink III. What its $499 pre­mium buys you is room-fill­ing au­dio and an in­cred­i­bly long bat­tery life.


The Roar cer­tainly ticks a lot of boxes, and when we re­viewed it stand­alone in April, we were very much im­pressed by how much Cre­ative has man­aged to pack into such a small speaker just shy of $200. If you’re look­ing for value, the Roar beats just about ev­ery­thing out there re­gard­less of size or class. It has more fea­tures built-in than most and man­ages to prod­uct huge, solid sound. We would’ve ac­tu­ally pre­ferred it to be a tad larger how­ever, if it meant bet­ter au­dio sep­a­ra­tion from all those driv­ers packed into its body. Also, while the Roar is able to match the Soundlink III in out­put, you’ll have to turn on its “Roar” func­tion, which im­pacts bat­tery life. But then again, who can ar­gue with its $199 price tag.

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