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I have been using Creative Soundblaster Katana for years. That soundbar was very good for its price. And I liked it for its form factor, which made it ideal to fit under most monitors. Lately, I’ve replaced the Katana with slightly different speaker systems, but I wasn’t satisfied with anything until SoundBlaster’s own Katana V2. This is unbelievable, and for most people, it will greatly improve the quality of your gaming and media usage beyond anything you can.
Creative Soundblaster Katana V2 is now available for 330. For that, you get two 63mm mid-range drivers, two 19mm twitter and a 165mm subwoofer driver with an average power of 126W. That’s a significant increase over the previous Katana’s 75W average power. In addition to the familiar optical-in, AUX-in and USB connections you get support for Bluetooth 5.0, HDMI ARC, and SXFI-out. Oh, and it comes with a remote in hand.
All that connectivity is just as important because you want to use Katana V2 with everything. Its sound quality constantly haunts me.
Soundblaster Katana V2 gives games and music the sound they expect
The best way to describe Katana V2 is both loud and clear. It may plaster you with decibels in the back of your chair, but it is its strong definition between frequencies that makes it such an extraordinary experience.
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Compared to previous Katana and other speaker systems you can get for PC 330 for your PC, Katana V2 is in its own league. Bass, treble and mids all come with precision and power. They can stand side by side without any confusion or excessive mixing. And when a musician wants to surprise you with a sudden swelling on the wall of quiet sound, Katana V2 will make you feel in your bones.
It may sound like hyperball, but the reality is that you probably haven’t heard music or played games through quality speakers before. The gap between what Creative is doing with built-in solutions or cheap desktop speakers and Soundblaster Katana V2 is huge.
This difference enables you to hear the echo of a gunshot echoing in the atmosphere, even as the world explodes and thunders around you. And in Steely Dan’s “Hey Nineteen”, the Katana V2 high hat distinguishes percussion from bass guitar, which actually enables you to hear better how they complement each other.
I regularly get chills while listening to music with Katana V2, and now I can’t even say about the most impressive visuals in the game.
The right device for every situation
One of the best parts of the device is that it is also versatile in terms of its capabilities and connectivity. On my desk, I never increase the volume above 20 (maximum of 50) on Katana V2. I don’t need him more loudly than he is sitting in front of me. But that power, coupled with support for HDMI ARC, means you can use this soundbar and subwoofer combo with the TV without losing anything. This system can also serve as the centerpiece for a large party.
Much of the credit for this should go to Creative’s audio processing. It uses the best algorithms in the gaming space to get the most out of its DSPs (digital signal processors) that complement the way humans listen. This is particularly noticeable in the Katana V2’s front-facing SXFI audio output.
Creative operates a headphone jack with a stunning DAC (digital-to-analog converter) that easily keeps up with many standalone DACs. But then you also get Creative’s awesome SXFI processing that makes the audio feel great and it comes from the speakers around you.
The most significant upgrade you can make
Whenever I sit at my computer, Katana V2 impresses me again. Games with consoles and GPUs have been looking incredible for a while now and you can get them for around 300 to $ 400. You can get a solid monitor at the same price. Now, it looks like Creative is finally bringing a matching audio experience in terms of both quality and price tag.
If you’re looking to improve your audio-video experience, I think Creative Soundblaster Katana V2 is the best bang for your buck. This is even more so if you work, play games and use video content in the same space or on the same desktop PC.
Creative Soundblaster Katana V2 is now available for 330. Creative has provided Gamesbeat with Sample Unit for the purpose of this review.
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