Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-channel Gaming Soundbar review: Page 2 of 7

Posted by Kristin Bailey on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 8:00am

Features & Specifications

Key Features:

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Under Monitor Audio System: So Sleek, Yet So Powerful

The Katana can be effortlessly tucked right under your monitors and TV. With a slim profile shorter than 60mm, this Under Monitor Audio System is drastically superior in form and function to ordinary “gaming soundbars” and is perfect for all setups, especially multi-monitor PC and/or console gaming rigs.

The chassis is exquisitely crafted and reinforced with a sturdy, brushed aluminum panel. This construction minimizes harmful vibrations that reduce clarity. Together with its clean, purposeful lines, the detail-oriented craftsmanship behind the Katana makes it a truly remarkable piece of tech and art.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Aurora Reactive Lighting System: Light Up Your Setup

The Katana incorporates the Aurora Reactive lighting system, where its base is lined with 49 programmable LED lights from edge to edge. Just like each unique harmony of the Japanese sword, the Aurora Reactive lighting system comes in 16.8 million colors for you to customize your ambiance lighting effects to create your own unique profile that elevates your gaming and movie experience.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Inside the Gaming Soundbar

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

2.5″ (63.5mm) Upfiring Midbass Drivers

The highly efficient 2.5″ midbass drivers housed in an optimally tuned ported enclosure pump out clean, transparent midrange and dynamic midbass. Directing the audio upwards also provides for a wider soundstage that doesn't require the listener to be situated in the audio sweet spot.

1.3″ (34mm) High-excursion Tweeters

The high-frequency drivers feature inverted alloy dome diaphragms and wide polymer surrounds for low-resonant frequency and extended low-frequency response. These high-excursion tweeters allow us to cross them to the midbass at a much lower frequency than conventional tweeters, resulting in seamless driver integration and uncompromising clarity.

Inside the Subwoofer

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

5.25″ (133mm) Subwoofer Driver

The long-throw subwoofer features a super stiff paper cone and low loss surround for clean, detailed, chest-thumping bass. The driver is housed in a CARB-compliant MDF cabinet with a flared port tube for laminar air flow and increased output. Experience the Katana to hear its powerful bass that reverberates through your bones.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Tri-Amplified Design: Put the Cutting Edge in Audio

The Katana utilizes a game-changing tri-amplified design with a total output of 75RMS/150W Peak Power to deliver room-filling audio, with uncompromisingly clear, high-definition, well-balanced audio and deep resonating bass. With the tri-amplified design, the amplifiers are controlled by our proprietary multi-core Digital Signal Processor (DSP) - two dedicated to driving mids, another two dedicated to delivering the high frequencies, and one dedicated to churning out the heart-thumping bass. From traversing through ravines to bullet-fast evasive maneuvers, you can hear all the details that other speakers fail to deliver.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Comprehensive Connectivity Options

#SetupGoals are now achievable with the Katana. Comes equipped with comprehensive connectivity connections, the Katana is versatile and compatible with many multimedia devices.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Optical-in

When connected via optical-in, the Dolby Digital certified Katana delivers realistic virtual 5.1 surround sound, giving you the most of your console gaming and movie nights.

USB Audio: 7.1 Virtual Surround PC Gaming

Level up your PC gaming experience with Virtual 7.1 audio when you connect to the Katana via USB. You can also enjoy 24bit/96kHz high-resolution audio via the USB Connection.2

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Crystal Clear USB Audio for Sony® PS4™, PS4 Pro, and PS4 Slim

Enjoy cinematic audio performance on the Sony® PS4™, PS4 Pro, and PS4 Slim via USB! Beyond powerful audio performance, in-game communication is also enhanced with a full suite of noise-reduction and voice morphing technologies made possible by the Katana's built-in advanced Sound Blaster processor.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

USB Flash Drive: Integrated Audio Player

Play your entire music collection directly from the Katana via your USB Flash Drive that contains your favorite songs and press the Play button to enjoy a fantastic listening experience. You may also refer to your playlist from the Sound Blaster Connect

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Bluetooth: Wireless

The Katana supports Bluetooth v4.2 that gives you a connecting range of up to 10 meters, so you can enjoy all the convenience for great wireless audio.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Perfect for Late Night Games

You don't have to wake up the entire house to be a late-night gamer. With the headphone jack and microphone inputs, the Katana works with most headphones and headsets, so you can conveniently put your best game forward, even when everyone else is in their deep slumber.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Remote Control: Wield all that power remotely

Sit back and enjoy your movie. The Katana comes with an IR Remote Control, so you can have access to all the controls at your fingertips.

Specifications:

Dimensions (H x W x D)

Soundbar: 60.0 x 600.0 x 79.0 mm (2.4 x 23.6 x 3.1 inches), Subwoofer: 333 x 130 x 299 mm (5.1 x 11.8 x 13.1 inches)

Weight

Soundbar: 1.5kg (3.3 lbs), Subwoofer: 4kg (8.8 lbs)

Drivers

Soundbar: 2 x 34mm Tweeters, 2 x 2.5" Midbass Drivers, Subwoofer: 1 x 5.25" Long Throw Driver

System Configuration

2.1 system

Bluetooth® Version

Bluetooth 4.2

Bluetooth Profile

A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth)

Supported Codecs

AAC, SBC

Connector Type

Bluetooth, AUX-in, USB FlashDrive, Headset out, USB Audio, Mic-in, Optical-in

Color

Black

Remote Control

Infrared

Design

Tri-Amplified Design

 

System Requirements

  • For Wireless Streaming:
    Compatible Bluetooth devices that support the Stereo Bluetooth Profile (A2DP)
  • For Wireless Control:
    Compatible Bluetooth devices that support the Bluetooth Remote Control (AVRCP)
  • For 7.1 Virtual Surround Audio Playback:
    Windows PC
  • For Digital 5.1 Audio Playback:
    Optical-in
  • For High-resolution 24-bit 96kHz Audio Playback:
    For PC via USB Connection
  • For Playback via USB Flash Drive:
    Up to 128GB formatted in FAT16/32/exFAT.
    Common audio formats such as MP3, WMA, FLAC, and WAV.
    (MP3 and WMA up to 320kbps and FLAC up to 1.3Mbps).
  • For Sound Blaster Connect:
    For Windows® OS
    Intel Core™2 Duo processor 2.2 GHz, AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core or equivalent processor
    Microsoft® Windows 10, Microsoft Windows 8.1 32-bit or 64-bit
    1GB RAM
    600MB of free hard disk space
    Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
    Internet connection (optional)
  • For Direct Connection to AUX-in Jack:
    Analog audio devices with a 3.5mm output
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Package Contents

  • 1 x Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar
  • 1 x Sound BlasterX Katana Subwoofer
  • 1 x Power Adapter
  • 1 x USB Cable (1.8m)
  • 1 x USB Cable (0.6m)
  • 1 x IR remote (battery included)
  • 2 x Wall Mount Brackets
  • Warranty & Technical Support leaflet
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety & Regulatory leaflet
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Warranty

1-year Limited Hardware Warranty

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