Creative’s soundplane is for players and the only one in the USB input test that replaces the PC and Mac sound card.
The sound image gets ok surround sound on movies and games, and the subwoofer fits well with the sound from the sound board. A clear display simplifies the use.
The overtones are well-restrained, dialogues on movies sound somewhat woolly, and the music lacks a little spark. The subwoofer is not wireless, HDMI is missing and the same does support for DTS.
Creative is best known as the inventor of the Sound Blaster sound card as the dominant PC market in the 1990s. Then it is appropriate that the soundtrack Katana can function as a PC sound card via USB. An overview display makes the sound board easy to use in everyday life. Unfortunately, HDMI input is missing. The solution then becomes to connect the TV to the optical digital input, and hope that the audio is synchronized with the image, so that the dialogs are heard as the lip moves (lip sync). That’s all right with the Sony TV we used to test with. The sound is so little in the aftermath that we think it’s innafor.
Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Sound quality
The soundplank engages when the driving features come to the press with the Forza Horizon 3 car game on the Xbox One S. It smells good in the subwoofer when crashing and the engine sounds solid enough. A hack rider than Panasonic, but Creative is nevertheless more powerful.
The blue light on the underside of the shelf under Gaming sound mode is less sure whether it’s a good thing or that the entire underside lights up in the rainbow’s colors at Concert Sound on Music.
Film engages well, the subwoofer is hanging out. It is wired and thus less placement-friendly, but the Creative Plank works quite well.
Music, on the other hand, becomes quite a tame experience, with odd singers due to little energy in the treble. Which is where the harmonics and clarity of the music lie. But Bluetooth actually works here, much better than Panasonic.
Creative Sound BlasterX Katana is a good attempt on a soundplane. It is by no means a power sample, but has enough muscle to engage in games, and it also works well on movies and television.
We miss resolution in the treble, which makes the music experience less tempting. Without HDMI input, we have to opt for optical input from the TV, and you’re not guaranteed perfect lip sync.
Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Characteristics
- Match screen size: 26 “and up
- HDMI: 1 ut (ARC)
- Digital input: Optical, USB-A, USB-B
- Wireless: Bluetooth
- Analog inn: 3,5 mm AUX, mikrofoninngang
- Web: creative.com
Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Price: $3,495, –