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Sound BlasterX Katana Wins Prestigious European Hardware Association Award

The Critically-Acclaimed Audio System Impresses Judges With Phenomenal Performance and Engineering Delivered by its Tri-Amplified 5-Driver Design, Powerful Subwoofer, Advanced Sound Blaster® Processor, 24-bit DAC, Dolby® 5.1 Decoding, and16.8 Million Colour Aurora Reactive Lighting System


SINGAPORE - 31 May 2017 - Creative Technology Ltd today announced that it had picked up the prestigious European Hardware Award in the Best Speakers category for its Sound BlasterX Katana at Computex Taipei. The Sound BlasterX Katana has received rave reviews for its astounding audio performance since in was launched.

The European Hardware Association runs the European Hardware Awards and comprises nine of the largest independent technology news and reviews sites from across the continent - with a combined audience of more than 22 million technology enthusiasts. The EHA conducts large scale, detailed research, which is presented at events like Computex and DISTREE. The European Hardware Award is an annual selection of the very best hardware products available in the European market - as chosen by its expert panel - as well as the European Hardware Community awards.

“We're humbled that the Sound BlasterX Katana has been recognized as a significant product in the European Market. The reaction to the Sound BlasterX Katana by reviewers and end-users alike has been very encouraging for us over the last few months. This award is really a validation for us and we are grateful. This inspires us to continue innovating and creating better products,” said Long Chye Low, General Manager of Creative.


Sound BlasterX Katana: Hi-Res 24-bit Under-Monitor Audio System


About The Sound BlasterX Katana

The Sound BlasterX Katana is the world's first Under-Monitor Audio System that comes with Creative's most powerful multi-core audio DSP, doubling as a high-end Sound Blaster sound card/DAC that projects 24-bit high-resolution audio for lossless, crystal-clear and impressive room-filling sound. Its sophisticated tri-amplified design that powers 5-drivers comprises of 2 up-firing midbass drivers, 2 high-excursion tweeters, and a long-throw subwoofer, each individually powered by a DSP-controlled amplifier for precise audio reproduction at each part of the audio spectrum. Incorporating BlasterX Acoustic Engine and a Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder, the Sound BlasterX Katana gives users immersive audio for games and movies. The sleek audio system, crafted with brushed aluminium, also features a programmable Aurora Reactive lighting system with 16.8 million colours.




Highlights of the Sound BlasterX Katana:


IR Remote Control
for the Sound BlasterX Katana

  • 5 high-performance drivers individually driven by DSPs
    • 2 up-firing midbass drivers
    • 2 high-excursion tweete
    • a long-throw subwoofer in an external subwoofer unit
  • Powerful 150W peak power (75W RMS) total output
  • 24-bit high-resolution audio
  • Doubles as an advanced Sound Blaster sound card
  • Automatically analyzes and restores dynamics in compressed audio tracks in real time
  • Fully customizable BlasterX Acoustic Engine audio enhancements capable of 7.1 surround sound
  • Certified Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder
  • USB connectivity for exceptional 24-bit/96kHz high-definition lossless audio playback from PC and Mac
  • Supports USB flash drive connectivity for convenient MP3, WMA, FLAC and WAV content access and playback
  • Optical input for high-definition digital audio playback from TVs and game consoles
  • Bluetooth® connectivity for wireless playback from mobile devices
  • Stereo 3.5 mm analog line-in
  • Fully customizable Aurora Reactive lighting system with 16.8 million LED lighting
  • Aluminium-reinforced monocoque chassis reduces unwanted vibrations that reduces audio clarity
  • Comes with an IR remote control

For more information about the Sound BlasterX Katana and the entire Sound BlasterX Pro-Gaming series, visit BlasterX.com. For more information about the European Hardware Awards and its winners for 2017, visit www.eha.digital/awards/european-hardware-awards-2017-winners-announced.


About Creative
Creative is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products. Famous for its Sound Blaster® sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment with cutting-edge audio solutions which include premium wireless speakers, wireless headphones, and powerful audiophile-grade amplifiers and digital audio converters. Today, Creative re-invents the Sound Blaster, which has a user base of over 400 million, with its ground-breaking Sound Blaster Roar and Sound Blaster X7 that aim at the new mobile networked generation by bridging the worlds of the computer, smartphones, and tablets. Creative's proprietary technologies, innovative hardware, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment - anytime, anywhere.

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This announcement relates to products launched in Asia Pacific. Availability is subject to change without notice and may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements. Creative, the Creative logo, Sound Blaster and the BlasterX logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd in the United States and/or other countries. Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. The Bluetooth® word mark and logo are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Creative Technology Ltd is under license. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


CONTACT INFORMATION

Creative Technology Ltd
Eugene Chong
(65) 6895 4190
yochong@ctl.creative.com