Creative SoundBlasterX Katana review

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Why are there not more soundbars for desktops? If you have a pair of speakers, a regular-sized desk and perhaps a 24-inch monitor, it’s likely that you’re fighting for space. Cue the SoundBlasterX Katana, a soundbar for pairing with a PC monitor that creates 2.1 audio – using a separate, wired subwoofer – and offers a whopping 75W of power.

Although a relatively rare genre, the Katana does have competitors, most notably the ageing Razer Leviathan and the even older XtremeMac Tango bar.This is the first soundbar for desktops that we’ve seen for a good few years. It’s selling for US$299.99/UK£279.99 (about AU$390).

Design

The Katana has a robust build quality. Measuring 59cm long, it has two small feet beneath it, which creates about a centimetre of clearance between it and the desk.

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