Between reviews and my love for tech as a whole means that a lot of the hardware around our house changes up over time and it is rare that any one thing sticks around for an extended period of time. This has been the focus of the year-end roundups where I check back in to see what hardware over the years I’m still using. There have been two consistent on there. I’m still using the Sound Blaster X7, six years in now, though I would love to see a new version of that come out. The other is the Sound Blaster Katana soundbar that my wife has been using. We liked the Katana so much that we ended up getting a second one to use in our living room as well. Well, Sound Blaster brought out the Katana 2 this past fall and today I’m going to see how it compares to the original. Is it worth the upgrade? Let’s find out!

Product Name: Sound Blaster Katana V2

Review Sample Provided by: Sound Blaster

Written by: Wes Compton

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Specifications

Power Output

Soundbar: 66W RMS, Total System Power: Up to 126W RMS (Peak: 252W)

Frequency Response

50–20,000 Hz

Drivers

2 x 63 mm (2.5") mid-range drivers

2 x 19 mm (¾") tweeters

1 x 165 mm (6.5") subwoofer driver

Bluetooth Operating Frequency

2402–2480 MHz

Operating Range for Bluetooth Devices

Up to 10 meters / 33 ft (Measured in open space. Walls and structures may affect range of device.)

Bluetooth® Version

Bluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth Profile

A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth)*

*Stereo Bluetooth or A2DP profile enables wireless transmission of full stereo sound to other Bluetooth devices. To determine whether your device (notebook, PC or mobile device) is equipped with A2DP-enabled Bluetooth technology, refer to your device manufacturer's documentation / website for more information.

Supported Codecs

SBC

Connector Type

AUX-in, Headset out, Optical-in, USB-C, DC-in, SXFI-out (USB-A), Subwoofer-out, HDMI ARC

Built-in Microphone

Yes

Remote

Yes

Operating Temperature

0—40°C

Dimensions

Soundbar: 600 x 95 x 62 mm / 23.6 x 3.74 x 2.44 inches, Subwoofer: 150 x 367 x 367 mm / 5.9 x 14.4 x 14.4 inches

Weight

Soundbar: 1.52 kg / 3.35 lb, Subwoofer: 6.4 kg / 14.1 lb

System Requirements

For Wireless Streaming:

  • Compatible Bluetooth devices that support the Stereo Bluetooth Profile (A2DP)

For Wireless Control:

  • Compatible Bluetooth devices that support the Bluetooth Remote Control (AVRCP)

For 5.1 Surround Audio Playback over USB:

  • Windows® PC

For Dolby Audio 5.1 Audio Playback:

  • Dolby® Audio (Dolby Digital) source connected to Optical-in and HDMI-ARC

For High-resolution 24-bit 96kHz Audio Playback:

  • PC via USB Connection

For Creative application:

  • macOS 10.15 Catalina and above
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 32-bit or 64-bit
  • iOS 11.0 or later
  • Android 7.0 and above

Package Contents

1x Soundbar

1x Subwoofer

1x Remote Control*

Power Adapter

Optical Cable

USB-C to USB-A Cable

Quick Start Guide

Wall Mount Brackets

Warranty

1-year Limited Hardware Warranty

 

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