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Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-Channel Soundbar - Bluetooth, AUX-in,USB FlashDrive, Headset-out, Mic-in,Optical-in £166.08 @ AMAZON
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Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-Channel Soundbar - Bluetooth, AUX-in,USB FlashDrive, Headset-out, Mic-in,Optical-in £166.08 @ AMAZON

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Not your average speaker set up, has a built in Creative Soundcard and 3 separate amplifiers , highly regarded in reviews

uk.creative.com/p/s…ana

Delivery is 5 days, it is available elsewhere on Amazon for £210 with next day delivery, i suspect this is being shipped from one of Amazons EU warehouses, other places are selling it up to £300

  • Powerful audio — The Sound BlasterX Katana utilises a tri-amplified, 5-driver design with for games, movies, and music. Each driver is individually chambered and powered for ultra-precise audio
  • Works with PS4, PC, and consoles — The Sound BlasterX Katana utilises both optical connectivity and USB, giving you great audio on PCs and Consoles. It even has Bluetooth for your phone!
  • Pumping Bass — The Sound BlasterX Katana utilises a 5.25" super stiff paper cone subwoofer driver, housed in a CARB-compliant MDF cabinet with a flared port tube. All this comes together for bass that reverberates through your bones!
  • Built in intelligence — The Sound BlasterX Katana's award-winning proprietary multi-core DSP is capable of producing 24-bit high-resolution audio. It is also a certified Dolby Digital decoder, providing incredibly realistic virtual 5.1 surround sound. It also supports virtual 7.1 channel audio input for immersive PC gaming sound.
  • Aurora reactive light system — The Sound BlasterX's base is lined with 49 programmable LED lights from edge to edge. This Aurora Reactive lighting system comes in 16.8 million colours that you can fully customise.
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Heat for the price. I bought one a few months ago for around the £200 mark.

This is a great small form factor soundbar for a gaming pc or console. It can get really loud and punchy with a powerful soundstage. The stock eq setting sounds quite weak but you can easily tweak the settings in Sound Blaster Connect 2 app to adjust to liking, along with the 'magic' settings for 5.1/7.1 virtual surround and clarity controls.

As I mentioned before, the volume output can go very loud. In order to get the impression of it being surround I think you need to really boost it's volume so the soundwaves can bounce around the room. Although even at a lower volume I got the impression that in a game where the characters were behind me it didn't sound like it was coming from the front. It was more like they were right beside me which I thought was very impressive. The upward firing speakers, in addition to the front speakers makes for very clear dialogue in movie or games.

Neat form factor, looks great, and fits nicely under your monitor or just in front blocking the bezel of a monitor.
cheers for that, i have ordered one as wanted a decent set of speakers to fit under my moinitor
Edited by: "deanos" 1st Feb
5thshogun01/02/2020 08:02

Heat for the price. I bought one a few months ago for around the £200 …Heat for the price. I bought one a few months ago for around the £200 mark.This is a great small form factor soundbar for a gaming pc or console. It can get really loud and punchy with a powerful soundstage. The stock eq setting sounds quite weak but you can easily tweak the settings in Sound Blaster Connect 2 app to adjust to liking, along with the 'magic' settings for 5.1/7.1 virtual surround and clarity controls.As I mentioned before, the volume output can go very loud. In order to get the impression of it being surround I think you need to really boost it's volume so the soundwaves can bounce around the room. Although even at a lower volume I got the impression that in a game where the characters were behind me it didn't sound like it was coming from the front. It was more like they were right beside me which I thought was very impressive. The upward firing speakers, in addition to the front speakers makes for very clear dialogue in movie or games.Neat form factor, looks great, and fits nicely under your monitor or just in front blocking the bezel of a monitor.


How do you find the 7.1 and 5.1 settings ?
Any good for a TV?
LiamSmith7801/02/2020 12:12

How do you find the 7.1 and 5.1 settings ?



I tested the virtual surround settings watching Mad Max Fury Road and was suitably impressed. You'd think it was being produced by a soundbar twice it's size and after tweaking the settings to preference the clarity is excellent. It can go super loud and I'm always conscious of not upsetting neighbours so I don't think I was able to fully appreciate it's soundstage by cranking the volume. There's also a night mode which helps reduce bass. The remote control is great for switching between up to 4 profile listening modes, which can be edited and saved to the device.

When gaming if NPC's were behind me it'd definitely fool me into believing that the virtual surround speakers were to the left and right of me rather than coming from the front. The sound quality is excellent when using headphones too. It provides a more fun, upfront, and clear listening experience from it's processing than using a soundcard designed for critical audio recording. It gave me the impression that my headphones were of a better quality.

My decision to go for this soundbar as opposed to a bigger soundbar or two speakers (where having two speakers further apart will most likely actually provide better audio quality/soundstage at this price range) was because of the features this soundbar provides, it's size being able to go under the monitor and directly in front of you sitting a computer/console, the remote, and being able to tune the listening profiles to preference.

One thing that was strange was the YouTube review and comparison videos I checked out I actually thought this soundbar seemed muffled and lacked detail. Listening to it in person I realised that's not the case. The upfiring speakers help "lift" the sound up in front of you so you have a better seperation of bass, mids, and treble. These are just my thoughts and audio can be very subjective to the listener, but I'm very happy with it.
5thshogun01/02/2020 14:11

I tested the virtual surround settings watching Mad Max Fury Road and was …I tested the virtual surround settings watching Mad Max Fury Road and was suitably impressed. You'd think it was being produced by a soundbar twice it's size and after tweaking the settings to preference the clarity is excellent. It can go super loud and I'm always conscious of not upsetting neighbours so I don't think I was able to fully appreciate it's soundstage by cranking the volume. There's also a night mode which helps reduce bass. The remote control is great for switching between up to 4 profile listening modes, which can be edited and saved to the device. When gaming if NPC's were behind me it'd definitely fool me into believing that the virtual surround speakers were to the left and right of me rather than coming from the front. The sound quality is excellent when using headphones too. It provides a more fun, upfront, and clear listening experience from it's processing than using a soundcard designed for critical audio recording. It gave me the impression that my headphones were of a better quality. My decision to go for this soundbar as opposed to a bigger soundbar or two speakers (where having two speakers further apart will most likely actually provide better audio quality/soundstage at this price range) was because of the features this soundbar provides, it's size being able to go under the monitor and directly in front of you sitting a computer/console, the remote, and being able to tune the listening profiles to preference.One thing that was strange was the YouTube review and comparison videos I checked out I actually thought this soundbar seemed muffled and lacked detail. Listening to it in person I realised that's not the case. The upfiring speakers help "lift" the sound up in front of you so you have a better seperation of bass, mids, and treble. These are just my thoughts and audio can be very subjective to the listener, but I'm very happy with it.


I should have added that I already have this soundbar and I just need to know where these settings are? This sound bar is great and does do a good job of simulating surround.
crazy_kalz01/02/2020 12:17

Any good for a TV?



I think it'd depend how far away you are sitting from the TV and what the soundbar's primary use it. In order to appreciate the soundstage of this soundbar I think you'd need to crank the volume louder (which it's very capable of). For quieter listening times I think you'd be better served being able to have speakers wider apart using a larger soundbar if sitting further away. Even then, feature wise I'm not sure you'll get a bigger soundbar capable of all this can achieve at this price, including the virtual surround listening modes. Being able to fine tune the sound settings via a pc application or app and save it as a profile is great.

At this price range you could probably go for a Logitech 5.1 setup but then you'd have the hassle of it taking up space and dealing with the wires. One of the reasons I went for this soundbar is because of the form factor. I sit near my monitor and lacked decent space for having a true 5.1 setup. It hasn't disappointed me.
LiamSmith7801/02/2020 14:15

I should have added that I already have this soundbar and I just need to …I should have added that I already have this soundbar and I just need to know where these settings are? This sound bar is great and does do a good job of simulating surround.



edit: I just realised what you mean regarding the surround. Woops... When connected via USB on PC go to your Sound Control Panel by going to Sound Settings - then scrolling down to 'Sound Control Panel'. In the playback tab, click on Speakers (it should say Sound BlasterX Katana) - click the button below that says 'Configure'. From here select 5.1 or 7.1 Surround. Click Next and make sure optional speakers are selected. Click Next and don't check that they are full-range speakers. Next, then Configuration will be complete.*

If connecting from a console, I think it's meant to be better to connect via your console's optical output to the optical input of the sound bar. I've heard this provides better audio quality (although connecting via USB audio is still possible).

Console settings on PS4: go to Settings - Sound and Screen - Audio Output Settings - Primary Output Port - DigitalOut (optical) - check Dolby Digital 5.1. Audio priority should be set to 'Bitstream (Dolby)'.
Edited by: "5thshogun" 1st Feb
5thshogun01/02/2020 14:32

edit: I just realised what you mean regarding the surround. Woops... When …edit: I just realised what you mean regarding the surround. Woops... When connected via USB on PC go to your Sound Control Panel by going to Sound Settings - then scrolling down to 'Sound Control Panel'. In the playback tab, click on Speakers (it should say Sound BlasterX Katana) - click the button below that says 'Configure'. From here select 5.1 or 7.1 Surround. Click Next and make sure optional speakers are selected. Click Next and don't check that they are full-range speakers. Next, then Configuration will be complete.*If connecting from a console, I think it's meant to be better to connect via your console's optical output to the optical input of the sound bar. I've heard this provides better audio quality (although connecting via USB audio is still possible).Console settings on PS4: go to Settings - Sound and Screen - Audio Output Settings - Primary Output Port - DigitalOut (optical) - check Dolby Digital 5.1. Audio priority should be set to 'Bitstream (Dolby)'.


Thank you again for the info, but that's not what I asked. I don't want to be rude and I'm sorry if it comes of that way .I wanted to know where you found those exact settings?
Im aware of all them settings you listed and the app . I just know that they got in trouble for listing this item as a 5.1 systemand its no longer listed as such. . It should be listed as a 2.1. they can say Dolby Atmos because the speakers are technically upfiring .
LiamSmith7801/02/2020 15:02

Thank you again for the info, but that's not what I asked. I don't want to …Thank you again for the info, but that's not what I asked. I don't want to be rude and I'm sorry if it comes of that way .I wanted to know where you found those exact settings? Im aware of all them settings you listed and the app . I just know that they got in trouble for listing this item as a 5.1 systemand its no longer listed as such. . It should be listed as a 2.1. they can say Dolby Atmos because the speakers are technically upfiring .



No worries. You're correct, it's not true 5.1 or 7.1. There are multiple drivers in the unit but that's more for seperation of the frequency ranges, not seperate surround channels. It's pseudo virtual 5.1 or 7.1 depending on the speaker configuration output of Windows or your console. If you tell Windows or the console to output 5.1/7.1 the soundbar will apply it's virtual surround settings which can be adjusted via the "Immersion" control in the app. If you don't want to use the 5.1 simulation, configure Windows as a 2.1 setup and for console allow the sound output to connect via usb and set to Linear PCM. It's similar to how surround headphones work when they only have two drivers.
5thshogun01/02/2020 15:27

No worries. You're correct, it's not true 5.1 or 7.1. There are multiple …No worries. You're correct, it's not true 5.1 or 7.1. There are multiple drivers in the unit but that's more for seperation of the frequency ranges, not seperate surround channels. It's pseudo virtual 5.1 or 7.1 depending on the speaker configuration output of Windows or your console. If you tell Windows or the console to output 5.1/7.1 the soundbar will apply it's virtual surround settings which can be adjusted via the "Immersion" control in the app. If you don't want to use the 5.1 simulation, configure Windows as a 2.1 setup and for console allow the sound output to connect via usb and set to Linear PCM. It's similar to how surround headphones work when they only have two drivers.


Look, I shouldn't have even replied but I'm trying to point out that this is an ok surround simulation and what you said earlier implied it has 5.1 and 7.1 surround options and it doesn't as I'm aware. This speaker is 2.1 and can only be simulated via windows software. I was just trying to confirm I missed something. Thanks for your replys though. And again I'm sorry if I came off as rude. Not my intention
So tempting, but for a living room so not sure if it's suitable. Anyone know how long the wire is for the sub?
Great deal , got one 1st day it came out and still love it to bits ......
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