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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
#SetupGoals are now achievable with the Katana. Comes equipped with comprehensive connectivity connections, the Katana is versatile and compatible with many multimedia devices.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
9 out of 10
Sound BlasterX Katana
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