Creative Reveals The Sound BlasterX Katana Soundbar!
Influenced by the slender construction of the Japanese Nihonto, Creative has designed a soundbar with visual characteristics reminiscent of the most deadliest blade – the Katana. Adhering to theme quite literally, Creative has provided the most appropriate title for their "Samurai-Soundbar" – the SoundBlasterX Katana. Touting a slick frame and reinforced brushed aluminium, the SBX Katana holds a strikingly clean finish with a simplistic approach to features and functionality.
Measuring just 2.4” in height and 23.6” in width the SBX Katana has been designed to rest under the display of the gamer's setup, holding the most visual appeal for those with multi-monitor and ultrawide displays. Featuring a – the SBX Katana may just be the most distinctive piece of audio equipment yet. Comprised of just five buttons for operation, the SBX Katana allows for volume control, switching between audio sources, LED preferences, and power/Bluetooth.
Giving way for a selection of audio sources most common to the gamer, the Katana features a 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack, auxiliary input, USB for external media, optical-in for Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, and a micro-USB for dedicated 24-bit, high-resolution, 96kHz audio signals. Included with the Katana is a slim-line remote with full functionality of the Katana's operations, styled in a clean black finish with soft-rubber buttons.
Allowing for precise, clear audio through a 5-driver design, the Katana features a DSP-controlled amplifier known as the tri-amplifier. This DSP uses a multi-core processor much akin to the standalone soundcards found in desktops, and this allows for frequency balancing with two speakers per amp. Firing upwards for a wider output of midrange and dynamic bass, owners will notice the two midbass speakers located at each end of the Katana. Along with two high-excursion tweeters for low-resonant frequency and low frequency response, the second pair of speakers sit toward each side of the speaker, pumping sound forward providing full coverage.
With a standalone amp for the Katana's subwoofer, heart-thumping bass through a longthrow driver is guaranteed to provide the immersion that gamers are seeking. Compatible with PC, consoles and mobile equipment, the SBX Katana is as versatile in its hardware selection as it is within its software. Supporting 7.1 Virtual surround sound and high-resolution 24-bit 96kHz on PC, Digital 5.1 through optical-in, auxiliary-in for analog equipment and USB playback for MP3, WMA, FLAC and WAV formats – the SBX Katana is built for versatility. Along with the Sound Blaster Connect software, gamers can customize their audio preferences for a variety of games, with equalizer configurations and the Aurora Reactive Lighting to define their setup.
Available for pre-order today, the Sound BlasterX Katana will be available to wield on the 30th January with a price of £279.99.