At 2.4" thin, the Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-Channel Gaming Soundbar (Version 1) 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.