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Creative's leaner new Katana V2X hopes to be your compact gaming soundbar of choice

By Vijay Anand - on 29 Sep 2022, 8:43pm

Creative's leaner new Katana V2X hopes to be your compact gaming soundbar of choice

Meet the new Creative Sounds Blaster Katana V2X, now with a more compact subwoofer. (Image source: Creative)

Speaker choices are aplenty for music lovers and gamers, but there are not many that get it all right in a form factor that's easy to stomach, while still delivering a great all-round experience. Creative's Sound BlasterX Katana was one of them, and that got a thorough upgrade to fulfil the home theatre experience in small spaces with last year's Sound Blaster Katana V2.

While Creative still sells both editions of their under-monitor speaker system, sooner or later, the original Katana will bid us adieu as stocks run out and Creative puts all its focus on the Katana V2. The original was slightly more compact because it offers a 5.25-inch subwoofer, while the Katana V2 packs more punch with a 6.5-inch subwoofer.

To placate those looking to house an excellent all-around speaker system in even tighter spaces that has all the modern connectivity standards, RGB and in a mini soundbar form factor, the new Katana V2X is basically the same V2 but with a smaller 5.25-inch subwoofer. In essence, it's a very similar subwoofer (and size) that's used for the Stage Air, Stage Air V2 and Stage 360.

Note the exposed top-firing speakers on the Katana V2X. (Image source: Creative)

Apart from the subwoofer variety and the exposed top firing speakers on the main speaker, it is identical to the Katana V2. As such the Katana V2X is a more ideal fit in tighter confines without losing much of the essence of what made the Katana series attractive in the first place. Here's how the Katana models differ in physical traits:-

Creative Sound Blaster Katana Speakers compared
  Katana V2X Katana V2 Katana
Soundbar size 600 x 95 x 62mm 600 x 95 x 62mm 600 x 69 x 60mm
Subwoofer size 116 x 250 x 423mm 150 x 367 x 367mm 130 x 299 x 333mm
Subwoofer volume 12,267cm3 19,440cm3 12,944cm3
Subwoofer driver size 5.25-inch 6.5-inch 5.25-inch
Total speaker power output Up to 90W RMS (180W Peak) Up to 126W RMS (252W Peak) Up to 75W RMS (150W Peak)

For a visual feel of the subwoofer, check out the links embedded in the dimension stats above. To recap, here's everything new on the Katana V2 from last year that you'll also get on the V2X, which the original Katana doesn't sport:-

  • Super X-Fi: Creative's Super X-Fi Headphone Holography to re-create the multi-speaker soundstage over headphones thanks to a SXFI-out connection. Find out more about Super X-Fi here as tested here and products that support Super X-Fi.
  • SXFI Battle Mode: Help gamers get an edge in their games through more accurate positional audio to better determine your enemy's position and other sound effects. Find out more about SXFI Battle Mode as tested here.
  • Better connectivity options: Bluetooth 5.0 and HDMI with ARC support
  • A more capable remote with customizable buttons
  • Built-in microphone: One less accessory on your desk and easier on your ears from not having to wear a supporting headset to carry out a conversation quickly.

Note that the subwoofer is much thinner, and occupies less depth, but it's also taller. The overall volume occupied is however much lesser, and thus, the subwoofer can fit in tighter confines.

Would the new Katan V2X still hold up as good as the original Katana V2 with the change of a lower-tier subwoofer? We'll find out in further assessment in the near future.

The most telling aspect that the new Katana V2X is a proper replacement for the original Katana is its price point. The new Katan V2X is retailing for S$419, identical to Katana's debut price. It's now available to purchase at

At the moment, our personal recommendation is to go for the Katana V2 if space allows and it's not like it occupies a very big footprint either. Best of all, it doesn't cost much more at just S$479.

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