Creative Labs Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-Channel Gaming Soundbar with RGB Lighting (Version 1)

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Creative Labs Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-Channel Gaming Soundbar with RGB Lighting (Version 1)
Key Features
  • 24-Bit, High-Resolution DAC
  • Tri-Amplified, 5-Driver System
  • DSP-Controlled Amplifiers
  • Aurora Reactive Lighting System
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.
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Creative Labs Katana Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2General Features
  • 3Audio
  • 4Audio
  • 5Connectivity
  • 6Included Accessories

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.

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

Creative Labs Katana Specs

Speaker System
Channel Configuration2.1-Channel
Speaker Configuration3-Way
Wired Connectivity1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Input (Audio)
1 x USB Type-A
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Output (Headphone)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Input (Mic)
1 x Optical TOSLINK Input
1 x RCA Output (Subwoofer)
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth4.2
Bluetooth ProfilesA2DP, AVRCP
Supported Audio CodecsAAC, SBC
Compatibility
OS CompatibilityWindows 10
Windows 8.1
Windows
*As of July, 2019: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Processor Requirement2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon 64 X2
RAM Requirements1 GB
Storage Requirements600 MB
Required HardwareAvailable USB 2.0 Port or USB 3.0 Port
1/8" / 3.5 mm Output, Optical TOSLINK Output
Physical
DimensionsSoundbar:
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
WeightSoundbar:
3.3 lb / 1.5 kg
Subwoofer:
8.8 lb / 4.0 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight19.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)27 x 19 x 8"

Creative Labs Katana Reviews

Great

By Jayme
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-15

A great system

Compact design, great inputs, and good looks

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-29

I wanted a slim bar that would fit under my Sony 55 tv, sound great, and look good in the process. This did the trick. Sounds very good for it's size and has a ton of input options. Wasn't the newest, the loudest or the best sounding of options but it was the best all around for my needs. Bought on sale and worth every penny.

Defective - never worked correctly

By Mike
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-08-14

Received product on a Friday and by the next day discovered an issue where the tweeters would just quit playing, so you only heard mid-bass. Did some research and found several instances of this and Creative had declared them defective products. Well, could not get to support because they don't work on weekends, so ended up doing an RMA for store credit. It sounded great when the tweeters worked, but they were in and out every 2 minutes. There is a review on youtube that exactly mirrors my experience. I do have Creative T4's and have never had any issues with them. The product I received was also dated 9/2018 (received product on 8/2019), so a year old product when it got to me and it did not have the latest firmware on it. I did upgrade the firmware, tried different cables, messed with the settings in the application, but nothing fixed the tweeter issue.

Defective and what the heck on age of product?

By Mike
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-08-04

I had traversed a ton of reviews before this purchase and finally decided to give this a shot. I received this via drop ship, I'm assuming directly from the manufacturer on 8/2/2019. The first thing I noticed is that the date code on the box of 9/2018, almost 1 year ago. I went ahead and set the unit up and immediately noticed that firmware from Feb. 2019 had not been applied. Why would you send an old-dated product out and not update the firmware and test? Makes no sense. So, I updated the firmware and spent about 3 hours tweaking it to sound like I wanted. I thought I was happy until all of a sudden, the tweeters cut out and all I was hearing were bass and mid-bass. I turned off the unit, disconnected, rebooted the computer, reconnected everything, and viola, tweeters were back. Then they cut out again and 20 minutes later, cut back in. This happened repeatedly through the day through various attempts to correct, like different cables, settings, variations of connections, etc. Nothing worked. Really disappointed as I wanted to like this so bad. In its defense, it sounded great when it worked correctly, but that was about 10% of 2 days of listening and trying to correct the problem. Of course, you can't reach anyone on the weekend for support or exchange. This is horrible QA on a Chinese made product. Shame on Creative. I found that another reviewer on Youtube had the exact same experience, but his second bar was OK. Really not happy that I waited 5 days for this to come and will now be waiting another 10-15 days to get this corrected.

Great sound in a small package

By Krishanand
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-20

Aside from the anxiety inducing firmware update process (followed all instructions and still failed, thought I bricked it for a minute), everything is working great with this unit. I bought this to get more immersive gaming sound, replacing a 2.0 Bose setup. This fits the bill perfectly. Great simulated surround sound, full and rich audio across the board, and surprisingly fun lighting underneath. Excellent product overall.

Wow, I'm rarely impressed

By monica
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-06

I've purchased some highly rated computer speakers before, only to be HIGHLY disappointed once they were hooked up. Maybe I'm a sound snob, or just maybe, I just grew up listening to booming bass enhanced speakers, and couldn't live with anything less. I was just about to give up on my search for outstanding sounding speakers but, I remembered how I was never disappointed by spending a few extra bucks for quality. After reading review after review on this sound bar, I dicided to give it a go, and holy Moses, I couldn't be happier! The sound is rich, and the bass deep. You can discern every single note in any song, and these puppies are good and loud! The very pretty rgb led's are an extra bonus if you're a visual person, and I love the variety of light dances. All around great experience with these. 2 thumbs up.

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