Creative Sound Blaster Katana V2 Review (Page 4 of 4)

Page 4 - Conclusion

The Creative Sound Blaster Katana V2 is the improved version of the Sound BlasterX Katana, keeping the tri-amplified design, but added 68% more power, improved the tweeter and subwoofer, put in the Super X-Fi UltraDSP chip, and even has a built-in microphone. Is this a good attempt with results that will surprise us? With both products sitting side-by-side here at APH Networks, I will tell you the Creative Sound Blaster Katana V2 is conclusively, without a doubt, superior to the original Katana in literally every way. Starting with the sound quality, the bass is better thanks to a bigger subwoofer and more power, the midrange is improved and more controlled, and the treble is a giant leap forward relative to its predecessor. The look and design of the Katana V2 is also modernized, but retains the use of quality, cool-to-touch metal on the soundbar surfaces. At the back, there is a generous input array suitable for 2022 with HDMI ARC, optical, and USB Type-C in addition to the Bluetooth 5.0 wireless support. The integrated beamforming dual condenser microphones adds to the convenience for those who need to jump on a quick call with decent quality. Even the remote control is made better compared to the original Katana, with the feel and features suitable as a home theater device rather than a generic computer accessory. The customizability of the RGB LED lighting and audio profile via the smartphone app was also something we recommended in our 2017 review that was implemented in the 2022 model. There are a few key areas of improvement for the Sound Blaster Katana V2 though. While the audio performance was passable, it still is not impressive. Significant improvements in the soundstage and midrange's thickness, saturation, and warmth will go a long way. Adding AAC and aptX support will make the sound quality over Bluetooth 5.0 better. Combining the Creative and SXFI apps together will streamline usage. Lastly, take out the registration requirement in the SXFI app. For about $380 at press time, this is a well-designed and well-built soundbar, but it will be a much more compelling proposition in the $200 to $250 range in my opinion for the sound quality it delivers.

Creative provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.

APH Networks Review Focus Summary:
7/10 means Great product with many advantages and certain insignificant drawbacks, but should be considered before purchasing.
6/10 means A product with its advantages, but drawbacks should not be ignored before purchasing.
-- Final APH Networks Numeric Rating is 6.5/10
Please note that the APH Networks Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other publications.

The Creative Sound Blaster Katana V2 continues to be a well-designed and well-built soundbar like its predecessor with noticeable positive changes in every area, but the sound quality has room for improvement for the price.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware
3. Subjective Audio Analysis
4. Conclusion