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.
Devyn Gerlach (verified owner) –
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.
Delaney Reinger (verified owner) –
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.
Henri Senger (verified owner) –
A great system
Adela Gulgowski (verified owner) –
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.
Quinten Denesik (verified owner) –
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.
Mallory Mante (verified owner) –
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.