Creative Labs Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-Channel Gaming Soundbar

Creative Labs Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-Channel Gaming Soundbar

Creative Labs Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-Channel Gaming Soundbar

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Product Highlights

  • 24-Bit, High-Resolution DAC
  • Tri-Amplified, 5-Driver System
  • DSP-Controlled Amplifiers
  • Aurora Reactive Lighting System
  • 16.8 Million Colors
  • BlasterX Acoustic Engine
  • Dolby Digital Decoding
  • Bluetooth/Optical/3.5mm/USB Connections
  • Virtual 5.1 & 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Integrated Audio Player
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Creative Labs Sound BlasterX Katana overview

  • 1Description

At 2.4" thin, the Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-Channel Gaming Soundbar from Creative Labs is an Under Monitor Audio System (UMAS) that is powered by the BlasterX Acoustic Engine and Dolby Digital decoding. Its construction is a combination of a 24-bit / 96 kHz high-resolution DAC and a 5-driver system. Thanks to its tri-amplified system, the five drivers, which include two upfiring mid-bass drivers, two high-excursion tweeters, and one long-throw subwoofer, are individually powered by DSP-controlled amplifiers, which help to deliver audio to each part of the spectrum. Furthermore, Katana is a versatile system, thanks to connectivity options such as Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless devices, USB Type-A for flash drives and other USB devices, virtual 7.1-channel audio playback, S/PDIF for optical devices, and 3.5mm AUX-in, mic-in, and headphone-in jacks.

In addition to providing immersive audio for movies, games, and more, the Sound BlasterX Katana incorporates the Aurora Reactive lighting system. Its base is lined with 49 programmable LEDs—from one edge to the other—and up to 16.8 million colors can be customized to your liking. The Sound BlasterX Katana is compatible with Windows, and included is an infrared remote control, a battery, and two wall-mount brackets.

General Features

Audio

Sleek & Powerful Under Monitor Audio System (UMAS)
The Katana can be tucked right under your monitors and TV. With a slim profile shorter than 2.4", the Katana is well suited for most setups, especially multi-monitor PC and/or console gaming rigs. The chassis is crafted and reinforced with a sturdy, brushed aluminum panel. This construction helps to minimize harmful vibrations that can reduce clarity.
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. The Aurora Reactive lighting system comes in 16.8 million colors for you to customize your ambient lighting effects and create your own unique profile that elevates your gaming and movie experience.

Audio

5-Driver Design: Well-Tuned Acoustics
The Katana houses a 5-driver design, consisting of two upfiring mid-bass 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 delivery high-fidelity audio.
2.5" Upfiring Mid-Bass Drivers
The 2.5" mid-bass drivers housed in a tuned, ported enclosure pump out clean, transparent midrange and dynamic mid-bass. Directing the audio upwards also provides for a wider soundstage that doesn't require the listener to be situated in the audio's sweet spot.
1.3" 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 for crossover to the mid-bass at a much lower frequency than conventional tweeters, resulting in more seamless driver integration and clarity.
5.25" Subwoofer Driver
The long-throw subwoofer features a stiff paper cone and low-loss surround for clean, detailed, and powerful bass. The driver is housed in a CARB-compliant MDF cabinet with a flared port tube for laminar air flow and increased output.
Tri-Amplified Design
The Katana utilizes a tri-amplified design with a total output of 75W (RMS) / 150W (peak) to deliver room-filling audio, with clear, high-definition, well-balanced audio, and deep bass. With the tri-amplified design, the amplifiers are controlled by Creative Labs' proprietary multi-core digital signal processor (DSP), with two dedicated to driving mids, another two dedicated to deliver the high frequencies, and one dedicated to churn out the bass.
24-Bit Audio
In addition to powering the tri-amplified design, the Katana features Creative Labs' proprietary multi-core DSP that is capable of producing 24-bit, high-resolution audio for lossless, clear, and room-filling sound. It is also a certified Dolby Digital decoder, providing realistic virtual 5.1 surround sound.
Immersive 3D PC Gaming Audio
The Katana doubles as a sound card which supports virtual 7.1-channel audio input signals within Microsoft Windows via USB to deliver realistic gaming effects and audio cues with high levels of accuracy and positioning.

Connectivity

Comprehensive Connectivity Options
Multiple setup configurations are now achievable with the Katana, which comes equipped with comprehensive connectivity connections, allowing it to be versatile and compatible with many multimedia devices.
Optical Input
When connected via optical-in, the Dolby Digital-certified Katana delivers realistic virtual 5.1 surround sound for gaming and movies.
USB Audio: 7.1 Virtual Surround PC Gaming
Heighten your PC gaming experience with virtual 7.1 audio when you connect to the Katana via USB. You can also enjoy 24-bit / 96 kHz high-resolution audio via USB with Windows and Mac systems.
USB Audio for Sony's PS4, PS4 Pro, and PS4 Slim
Enjoy a cinematic audio performance on the Sony PS4, PS4 Pro, and PS4 Slim via USB. Beyond a 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.
USB Flash Drive: Integrated Audio Player
Play your music collection directly from the Katana via your USB flash drive with support for MP3 and WMA files up to 320 kbps and FLAC files up to 1.3 Mbps. The Katana is compatible with USB thumb drives up to 128GB, formatted in FAT16, FAT32, and exFAT. WMA Pro and lossless audio is not supported. You may also refer to your playlist from Sound Blaster Connect, which is available on Windows only.
Bluetooth Wireless
The Katana supports Bluetooth 4.2, which gives you a connecting range of up to 33' so you can enjoy the convenience of wireless audio.
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 put your best game forward, even when everyone else is in their deep slumber.

Included Accessories

IR Remote Control
The Katana comes with an IR remote control, so you can have access to all the controls at your fingertips.
UPC: 054651191235
In the Box
Creative Labs Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-Channel Gaming Soundbar
  • 1 x USB Cable (5.9' / 1.8m)
  • 1 x USB Cable (2.0' / 0.6m)
  • 1 x IR Remote with Battery
  • Power Adapter
  • 2 x Wall-Mount Brackets
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty for Hardware
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    • 1Description

    Creative Labs Sound BlasterX Katana specs

    Specifications
    System Configuration 2.1-channel
    Design Tri-amplified design
    Bluetooth Version Bluetooth 4.2
    Bluetooth Profile A2DP (wireless stereo Bluetooth)
    Supported Codecs SBC & AAC
    Connector Type Bluetooth, 3.5 mm Aux-in, USB Type-A, 3.5 mm headset-out, 3.5 mm mic-in, S/PDIF optical-in, subwoofer
    Color Black
    Remote Control Infrared
    System Requirements
    For Wireless Streaming Compatible Bluetooth devices that support the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
    For Wireless Control Compatible Bluetooth devices that support the Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
    For 7.1 Virtual Surround Audio Playback Windows OS
    For Digital 5.1 Audio Playback Optical-in jack
    For 24-Bit / 96 kHz Audio Playback For Windows computer via USB Connection
    For Playback via USB Flash Drive Up to 128 GB formatted in FAT16, FAT32, or exFAT, audio formats such as as MP3 and WMA (up to 320 kbps), FLAC (up to 1.3 Mbps), and WAV
    For Sound Blaster Connect 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    AMD Athon 64x2 Dual-Core or equivalent processor
    Windows 10 or 8.1 (32-/64-bit)
    1 GB RAM
    600 MB 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 3.5 mm output
    Dimensions & Weight
    Dimensions Soundbar: 2.4 x 23.6 x 3.1" / 61 x 600 x 79 mm
    Subwoofer: 5.1 x 11.8 x 13.1" / 130 x 300 x 333 mm
    Weight Soundbar: 3.3 lb / 1.5 kg
    Subwoofer: 8.8 lb / 4.0 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 19.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 27.0 x 19.0 x 8.0"

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