Sound BlasterX Katana

Multi-channel Gaming Soundbar

Named after the sword so technologically perfect in structure and so beautiful in creation that gives rise to aristocratic creed, 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 unparalleled by other gaming sound bar, making it the world’s first Under Monitor Audio System (UMAS).

£279.99

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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.

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.

    Sound BlasterX Katana

    2017-02-16

    4

  • TechnoBuffalo

    This has found a home directly below my TV, and it will accompany me into the far future of gaming on the couch, and that, as an audiophile, makes me happy.

    Sound BlasterX Katana

    2017-02-13

  • 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.

    Sound BlasterX Katana

    2017-02-13

  • Expert Reviews

    In a nutshell, the Katana’s sound quality is great, the build quality is marvellous and the plethora of inputs and outputs Creative provides means it’s suitable for a wide variety of application and listeners.

    Sound BlasterX Katana

    2017-02-13

    4

  • Venture Beat

    As I kicked back in my chair, the Katana frequently blew me away with its performance. Combine that with its compact form-factor, and it’s an ideal audio solution for just about any dedicated gaming space. You can’t beat it for the price, and you’d need to jump up to a dedicated audio receiver and surround sound speakers to do better — and that’s a lot more expensive.

    Sound BlasterX Katana

    2016-12-16

  • Hardware Asylum

    It is hard to point out any single reason you might need a dedicated gaming sound bar but the Creative Sound BlasterX Katana will help you find one. The Katana is a fantastic sound bar providing clear nuanced sound from a small package which can easily handle my most demanding music and gaming needs.

    Sound BlasterX Katana

    2017-02-21

  • eTeknix

    The Creative Sound BlasterX Katana is as much of a deadly weapon as its namesake. It may be compact and slim, but it gives a stellar performance that’s sure to put a smile on anyone who cares about high-end audio performance in their favourite movies, music, games and more!

    Sound BlasterX Katana

    2017-02-20

  • Vortez

    ... it is difficult to hold any reservations in our praise for the Creative Katana, its versatility caters for everything a modern gamer could demand from their sound system and it totally deserves to be in that number 1 spot on your shortlist if you are currently looking to upgrade your sound system.

    Sound BlasterX Katana

    2017-01-26

  • Geek Culture

    During my game tests with several shooter titles, the positioning of the 7.1 virtual surround audio was immensely accurate. Gamers can easily detect distinct adversaries coming in from the right, left, rear and front. ... A word of warning though, these speakers can get loud, and I do mean really loud. Which is a good thing if it’s placed in your living room, but no small apartment room is equipped to handle this baby. There is a satisfying soundscape emitting from the one speaker that carries no compromise on audio quality, or carries any hint of distortion. I even played my favourite tunes on the concert setting, cranked up the volume, closed my eyes, and had trouble telling where the acoustics were coming from!

    Sound BlasterX Katana

    2017-01-03

  • Hardwarezone

    Creative's Sound BlasterX Katana is the most power packed miniature sound bar we've ever experience to-date and their audio engineering decisions have certainly paid off. We were truly awed by the Katana’s larger than life audio performance – something that can only be rivaled by much more complete and pricier audio systems.

    Sound BlasterX Katana

    2017-01-16

  • Overclock

    The soundstage seemed to be even wider than the speakers themselves. The 5.1 and 7.1 audio reproduction were remarkable too given the Katana's form factor. The rear channels were clearly distinct form the front. The Katana gets loud too, very loud. The volume indicator goes all the way up to 50 but I never went above 20, even when I plugged it into my home theater. The sound is room filling and enjoyable to listen to. I found the Concert setting to be best for everyday listening.

    Sound BlasterX Katana

    2016-12-14

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Sound BlasterX Katana 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. based on 12 reviews.

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
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    • 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
    • Download Drivers
    • Manuals / Safety and Regulatory information
    • 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

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Multi-channel Gaming Soundbar

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