Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-channel Gaming Soundbar review: Page 4 of 7

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

A Closer Look

 

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

It seems like quite the complicated pile with everything out of the box, but it’s really not that bad, most of it is different power cords you won’t need.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Let’s look closer at the speaker features. The Sound BlasterX Katana has a Sound BlasterX logo on the top of the buttons. 5 buttons to control on/off, volume +/-, Source, and SBX. The on/off button doubles as your Bluetooth pairing button as well.  The SBX feature is the 5 sound and light presets. There is also enough room for peripheral cords such as your mouse and keyboard to run under it.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

The Sound BlasterX Katana comes with 3 power cords. This allows for use internationally without the need for regional SKU’s. a North American ‘Type A’, a nearly universal Europlug ‘Type C’, and the UK favorite ‘Type G’. The Katana’s power brick supports 100-240VAC 50/60Hz input so it should work about anywhere if you can get it plugged in.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

This lets you see the Sound BlasterX Katana from the below.  You can see the thin addressable RGB LED strip as well as the feet that allow the Sound BlasterX Katana to sit up enough to allow the bottom vents to give ample air flow.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

Let's look a little closer at the back plugins.  Here you can see where your DC power and Subwoofer output cords plugin as well as Mic, headphone, aux line-in, optical, USB flash, and computer plugins are.    

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

The remote comes with a battery pre-installed, but don’t forget to pull the little battery protector out and discard prior to use.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

An eight-character display hides behind the grill. You can see it’s messages any time you make a change to the source, EQ, Inputs, or while powering up or down. It fades out after a short while to keep the seamless experience.

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar

The lighting under the bar is indirect and makes a nice splash across your desk or table without being too distracting.

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