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Creative Sound BlasterX Katana

Creative Sound BlasterX Katana

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How does this work for hearing where people are in competitive games such as pubg and counterstrike? I can't wear headphones so looking for an alternative


Do any of u see any problem with these PCBs? I opened mine up because either Creative or MAssdrop wanted to help. Is it possible to get a part for this thing?
Had on and off lighting bugs. Only shows the lighting on half of the soundbar. Comes and goes, any fix?
It's a known issue. RMA directly from creative
How much is this
Has anyone has this connected via optical cable to their PC sound-card ? I'm having intermittent issues with sound going all muffled suddenly. Powering the device on and off helps but only until the next time it happens again. The sound-card doesn't have this problem on regular speakers by the way. I would also like to know if there's any point in having the Katana plugged in to a PC this way (USB better ?).
I have an X-Fi Titanium dinosaur and have this soundbar hooked up to it via optical. Took a bit of fiddling to figure out that you need to set "Play Stereo mix using digital output" in the Creative control panel in order to get any sound at all. It's supposed to provide virtual 7.1 , bu how does that work when using a sound-card to process audio and output into the soundbar ? I can select 7.1 in the sound settings for what it's worth, but it's a bit unclear how this thing operates when you're using it just for output - not processing.
Anyone got any insights on this ?
Odd question (hopefully Digital Roynyn can help): The latest major update to Windows 10 seems to get rid of the speaker setup option which is what I used to set the Katana as a 7.1 speaker system (at first it was recognized as a 2.1 speaker only). Does Windows now recognize this as a native 7.1 speaker system?
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Thanks! I would have not found that. Windows did in fact set my Katana back to a stereo setup from a 7.1 setup.
Hi, Can you help fix mine? mine broke after less than 3 months. Even the lights for the display behind the grille dont light up, so I cant tell what is what. Got it from Massdrop and im in Canada !
Same item available at Costco. com for the same price. Plus you get it in 3-5 business days
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This isn't available at anymore. Just a confirmation.
LEDs (on the left side) are dead after a month; it seems to be a common issue (will try a reset and firmware update) and ask for a replacement later on
Hey there, contact us at so we can assist with this. We will get this resolved for you.
Did firmware reset help? Or did you have to get RMA? 90% of my LED strip died after 3 months of using. Very sad
Is this only Virtual Surround capable? Does this mean that native surround output from some games will not be output? Also, what is the place of manufacture?
Just add a comment that, I was finally received the Creative Sound BlasterX Katana from Massdrop. They sent it from US to Hong Kong and took 3.5 weeks. They are using DHL for the international part and using the Hong Kong Post for the last 1 mile.
So, if you are interested in this product, which is a great speaker and compact in size, and you are an international buyer, you don't need to worry about the shipping issue :)
ok guys so apparently when you buy this from Massdrop you only get 30 days warranty. Just so you know. If you live in US, creative will take care of the warranty stuff, too bad I live in Canada so creative won't help me. I'm throwing this speakers set in a garbage bin lol, lasted 3 months ish. Getting that new logitech speaker.
Have you contacted Creative or Creative support person who lurks on this forum?
Haven't been contacted. Listening intently.
My sound blaster x katana doesn't show up on any device when in bluetooth pairing mode. Impossible to connect to it then. What's the problem ??? It'd be bothersome to resend it ...
got the same problem
Did you send it back ? No way to fix ?
Got this thing, its nice.. software is nice but the usb computer cable is loose (the 1 that connects to the speaker). Keeps getting loose connection to the pc everytime it moves even a little.
Received my drop 28DEC17. Left side LEDs died about a week ago (just 3 months of use on my gaming PC with good backup battery). I've tried resetting, unplugging, etc.. It looks like it's just game over for the LED aspect. I've just turned the LEDs off; Far better to have no color than some lopsided failshow. The sound is still fine. Disappointing to have hardware failures in mere months. I guess I'll look into warranty stuff.....
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Same as mine.And i got it just cause of the lighting system. I am so frustrated with it.
i contacted creative back then and they wont help me because they don't do anything to ppl outside AMERICA ! and massdrop says there is no warranty on it lol. so 3 months for 350$ speaker gone. now just sitting in the box. I don't know if any1 can even fix this. so annoying.
Picked one up already when Costco had it for cheaper.
How much?
I committed to this drop at $229.99, but I just remembered that this was being offered at $199.99. Why the $30.00 increase? The last drop wasn't to long ago.
This is a warning for international buyers. Massdrop can't send this abroad due to it containing a battery (the remote has a battery). Save yourself the trouble and the charge/refund. Not sure why this drop is enabled internationally.
I went ahead and bought mine a few days ago on Newegg instead, already enjoying it at home.
Sound really is quite loud, could possibly fill a medium living room in a pinch. Great product.
We are you from? As to my knowledge they don't accept other than american credit cards
I think you need an international credit card. Been buying plenty from Massdrop, and others from outside the US have as well.
Does anyone have some EQ profiles that you've found to be really suited for 1) Shooters like PUBG/Overwatch (I wasn't a big fan of the default profiles) and 2) More open world RPGs such as Witcher 3?
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Hey! would really love to know if it will ship to United Arab Emirates, because i read elavas comment about not being shipped because of battery :(
Hello, how does this work for pubg? Is it as effective as headphones for hearing where people are?
First off, let me say that I absolutely love it. IMO, it sounds beautiful; the headphone slot is not as good as my E5 though but still okay.
But something that I want to get off my chest is the fact that I can't switch on the fly between headphones and speakers. If you plug in headphones it will disable the sound on the sound bar and only play in headphones until you unplug them, like a headphone port on a tv. So much for "doubling as a sound card."
If you're looking for good speakers, this is one, but if you want somewhere to plug in your headphones and/or mic,if you can afford it I suggest you buy yourself a proper dac/amp, otherwise this is okay, you will just have to deal with plugging in and out your headphones in everytime you want to switch between the two.
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I make no promises on if your setup is capable of being set up in the same (or a similar) way as mine. But, what I did to get around this is I plugged my speaker into the front Audio-out port on the case, and my headphones into the audio-out port on the motherboard I/O - I'm sure this could be switched around, just specifics of my setup require it to be like this for me.
But, I get the same audio through both my headphones and a speaker at the same time. Windows doesn't seem to pick up that they're separate ports, but the ROG/Realtek Audio Driver for the mobo can definitely tell somehow.
Wow yer kind of a dick
Anyone with the unit already could measure the distance between the legs/wall mount? I can't find the specification on their website/manual. I plan to hang it on my monitor arm under/above my monitor so it moves with the monitor.
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Hey there, it's 18 1/2 inches (18.5). Hope this helps!
Thank you It already arrived a while back so I went ahead and bought a cheapo tv-to-soundbar like yours, seems I went to a route similar to yours.
Also, I'm really pleased with the product. It doubles as a bed TV now since I can rotate the arm and reach my bed(dream setup for a while now) and on the plus side, the included remote also pauses/plays Netflix episodes :)
my December drop was returned with this reason: package contains hazardous material. so i get refund
but Still i want to buy it & i really want to know the problem is currently in progress or not
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For me it was Israel. This was sent fine from Newegg(there was only a thin cardboard box wrapping the product declaring the battery content), I suspect Amazon would've sent it fine as well. I don't believe the issue is the destination, but the shipping courier/shipping paid method.
It'd be great for others if you could fix it for future drops, I paid the full price on Newegg because I was very set on the Creative Katana product after an extensive research, and the Massdrop price was very attractive. Went a bit over my budget for this.
This is interesting because the only battery in the box is for the remote (which is tiny). I'll work on this on the logistics end. Thank you for the heads up!
Any thoughts on this vs the Razer Leviathan?
MUCH better than the Leviathan. Besides the 10 min shut down BS of the Leviathan, the sound is far superior. This is especially true if you use USB instead of optical. Bluetooth range is significantly better as well. I can stream my turntable from one floor down and it sounds spectacular. This was a huge upgrade for me.
Too bad i spent all my speaker money on those HiVi speakers sets which blowup as soon as they met any static electricity.
I use my PC 95% of the time with headphones, but bought this for times where that's just not convenient.
I rarely listen to music over it, but have gone through a pile of favourite tracks.
Thoughtless Motion by Ulrich Schnauss is basically a perfect tech demo for this speaker:
The bass drum is perfectly matched for the sub.
This shipped a lot sooner than I expected! Coming in early next week. Time to clean up my desk.
The last drop this was $199, and all of December this was $199 at Microcenter, free shipping. Any idea why we have to pay $30 more? This is my first drop, is there a chance if more people buy it that the price will lower further than $239?
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Cardioid mics (IIRC) are directional... they are supposed to have a much quieter pickup than in the main direction. The modmic is not cardioid, but it’s low sensitivity helps it mostly pick up sounds that are close to the mic, though it’s a “mod mic” because it’s meant to be an easy way to mod a headphone into a headset with something like an integrated mic. I’ll tell you what though, there will always going to be some bleed, also echoes off the wall behind you, and using speakers and a microphone is always going to be obnoxious with anyone you game with.
I did see some emerging tech though, where a DSP uses the sound from the game and tries to cancel out that from the mic input. Not perfect.
Also, the Yeti and the Snowball are two different microphone models. The regular snowball (not the cheaper ICE model) can change between being an Omni-directional mic, cardioid, and low-input cardioid modes.
Is this thing HDCP 2.2 compatible so I know it'll work with my Nvidia Shield and 4k TCL television at 4k?
I’d like to try share explanation of CMSS-3D and the “down mixing” that makes the Katana and other Virtual Surround Sound products by Creative, and what makes them special.
Creative has made sound products and DSPs that use HRTF’s (Head Related Transfer Function, which describes the way sound is split by our faces and bounced around our ears) for longer than a patent would last, and have some unique functionality. Let’s say we feed a Katana a 16-bit, 96 kHz, 5.1 channel sound input. If you imagine a 5.1 speaker setup in the living room, there are fairly large gaps inbetween speakers. Especially useful with games, the Creative DSP (now SBAxx-1) uses the information about how sound volume pans between these speakers to essentially guess positions between speakers, creating a “ring” of sound rather than just 5 funnels of direction. A 7.1 signal creates more accurate directionality, but a complete “ring” is the goal. Now, to simulate that surround sound ring, the DSP essentially converts any given clock position around this ring and applies the time delay between when your left ear and right ear would hear it (we humans only have 2 “input” channels), and creates a down mix with the time delays “baked in,” for whatever the output device, such as the Katana or headphones connected to the Katana. The signal remains 16-bit 96 kHz through this entire process, so there’s no downsampling.
Because Creative’s Virtual Surround solution is based on the math of HRTFs from any direction, it was actually able to utilize FULL 3D sound output back in the day when games would output such data, so you could have sounds coming from above (like Dolby Atmos and DTS-X) and below (imagine trying to set up speakers below the floor in a home theater!). Bioshock and Borderlands 2 were really cool in 3D surround, and can you imagine 3D surround in flight sims, horror games, or adventure games? Fortunately, 3D audio is starting to make a comeback with some Virtual Reality titles, but 3D audio by itself is much more accessible for those with budget or motion sickness constraints, and does a great job of expanding the environment and immersion beyond the screen in front of you.
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Is there any advantage to using a "higher quality" USB cable with this for the 7.1? Does it come with one or should I buy one from Amazon?
It comes with one, should do the job. I have tried nicer USB cables, and it surprised me to find out they do provide a smoother more even sound (not as surprising after learning that the signal that goes through USB isn’t perfect 1’s and 0’s), buuuuut that’s more obvious paired with gear $500 and up (like the Chord Mojo, iDSD Micro Black Label, and better). I’d say don’t bother buying a better one from amazon, though Wireworld makes very good cables that are “just” expensive instead of “skiddilyridiculous!”
Just so people know, the sound/lighting profiles cannot be saved to the device, so you cannot use custom ones if you're using this as a TV soundbar like I am. It needs to be connected to a computer running the Sound Blaster software to do that.
However, the default profiles aren't bad and cover all my use-cases (particularly the night-mode where it reduces bass).
If you hook it up to a pc you can adjust and save both the sound and lighting profile to the bar. However it will replace one of the presets.
I'll have to try it again. I explicitly tried to do this and even searched around in the manual / online for solutions but came up empty at the time. Thanks for the info!
Top firing speakers but no Dolby Atmos encode support? Talk about a useless product. It looked pretty promising too given the price.
I wonder if atmos can be added through an update or buying the atmos app on windows 10.