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Sound BlasterX Katana

Multi-channel Gaming Soundbar

Features

Overview

Named after the sword so technologically perfect in structure and so demanding in its creation, the Sound BlasterX Katana exhibits the same sleek sophistication and formidable strength in its design and audio prowess. In a league of its own, the Katana fits right under your monitor with a slimness that's unmatched by other so-called gaming “sound bars”, and is powered and enhanced by our award winning multi-core audio DSP making it the world's first true Under Monitor Audio System (UMAS). In addition, the Sound BlasterX features the Aurora Reactive lighting system, a series of 49 programmable LED lights lined from edge to edge of the Katana chassis, making it the perfect addition to fully optimize and customize your PC and desktop setup.

The Katana gives you an immersive audio experience for your games and movies with the BlasterX Acoustic Engine and Dolby Digital 5.1 Decoder. This audio system embodies the perfect combination of our most powerful 24-bit high resolution DAC and sophisticated 5-driver system. Housing a tri-amplified design where the 5 drivers are individually powered by DSP-controlled amplifiers, the Katana delivers ultra-precise audio at each part of the audio spectrum. Equipped with a plethora of connectivity options, you can trust the Katana to be one of the most versatile and most powerful speakers to ever grace your desktop.

Design

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.

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 hamon of the Japanese sword, the Aurora Reactive lighting system comes in 16.8 million colours for you to customize your ambience lighting effects to create your own unique profile that elevates your gaming and movie experience.

Audio

5-driver Design: Expertly Tuned Acoustics

The Katana houses a 5-driver design - two up-firing midbass drivers and two high-excursion tweeters in the soundbar, and one long-throw driver in its subwoofer.

Each driver is individually chambered and powered by a DSP-controlled amplifier to deliver ultra-precise audio.

Inside the Gaming 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

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 flared port tube for laminar air flow and increased output. Experience the Katana to hear its powerful bass that reverberate through your bones.

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 deliver the high frequencies, and one dedicated to churn out heart-thumping bass. From traversing through ravines to bullet-fast evasive maneuvers, you can hear all the details that other speakers fail to deliver.

High Resolution 24-bit Audio: Immerse Yourself in Your Games and Movies

In addition to powering the tri-amplified design, the Katana features our award winning proprietary multi-core DSP that is capable of producing 24-bit high-resolution audio for lossless, crystal-clear and impressive room-filling sound. It is a certified Dolby Digital decoder that converts analog sound (stereo or 5.1) from an optical source into digital 5.1 configurations at up to 24-bit 96kHz.

Immersive 3D PC Gaming Audio

The Katana doubles as a sound card which supports Virtual 7.1 channel1 audio input signals to deliver realistic gaming effects and audio cues with near-perfect accuracy and positioning when you hook it up via USB.

Connectivity

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.

Optical-in

When connected via optical-in, the Dolby Digital-certified Katana delivers realistic digital 5.1 audio, giving you the most for 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

USB Flash Drive: Integrated Audio Player

Play your entire music collection3 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 Connect4.

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.

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.

Included Accessories

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.

1 Works for USB connection to Windows PC.
2 Available for PC and Mac.
3 Supports MP3 and WMA up to 320kbps and FLAC up to 1.3Mbps. Compatible with USB thumb drive up to 128GB formatted in FAT16/ FAT32/ exFAT. Does not support WMA Pro/Lossless.
4 Sound Blaster Connect is available on Windows OS only.

 

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REVIEWS

Digital Trends

The Katana is a compelling system for anyone looking to improve their home audio. TV speakers have only gotten worse over the years, and the Katana is an improvement in spades over that, especially at the price. Whether it’s a PC gamer, a console fan, or anyone looking for more in the living room, bedroom or basement, Creative’s Katana cuts through them all in an impressive swipe.

Sound BlasterX Katana

2017-02-14

PCWorld

Creative’s Sound BlasterX Katana is an all-around attractive package. It looks good, sounds good, and manages to do so without taking up your entire desk. Oh, and it bears repeating: It gets loud.

4 out of 5

Sound BlasterX Katana

2017-02-16

The Game Scouts

Creative Labs’ newest Sound BlasterX Katana is in a league of its own. The Katana offers the best audio performance I’ve ever experienced from a soundbar, and it does it without taking up much room in your entertainment setup. It’s a phenomenal audio device that may very well be one of my favorite pieces of tech this year.

TGS Instant Classic

Sound BlasterX Katana

2017-02-13

Sound BlasterX Katana 5.0 out of 0 based on 3 ratings. based on 19 reviews.

Customer Reviews

M. Ong

Not a fan of soundbar but the Katana changed my view. You get good imaging, and the sound quality is better than most PC speakers. The best part about it is space saving and there are less messy wires. Highly recommended!

A Closer Look

Specifications

System Configuration
2.1 system
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)
Bluetooth® Version
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profile
A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth)
Supported Codecs
AAC, SBC
Connector Type
Bluetooth, AUX-in, Optical-in, USB FlashDrive, USB Audio, Mic-in, Headset out
Color
Black
Remote Control
Infrared

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

Package Contents

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

Warranty

2-year Limited Hardware Warranty (EU Countries)

1-year Limited Hardware Warranty (Non-EU Countries)

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