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Old 20-01-2017, 08:11 PM   #31
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Ok, so can hoot ah this product?

Done, so much to talk about so I did my best to summarize.
Any question do let me know.
Now I just want to cure my headache after an intense session
at Creative HQ.
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Old 20-01-2017, 09:07 PM   #32
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Ok, so can hoot ah this product?
If you unsure can go test.
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Old 20-01-2017, 09:56 PM   #33
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Thanks for the indepth review! I got a few questions:

1) The subwoofer cable is permanently attached to the main soundbar? If yes, what's the estimated length of the wire?

2) Can I say that the subwoofer is side firing? Correct me if not.

3) If the woofer cable is attached, I might have to place it under my desk. That would be considered a less ideal placement even if I isolate it off the floor?

4) I have no doubt about its near-field capabilities. How about sitting some distance away from the unit, say 2m+?
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Old 20-01-2017, 10:17 PM   #34
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Thanks for the indepth review! I got a few questions:

1) The subwoofer cable is permanently attached to the main soundbar? If yes, what's the estimated length of the wire?

2) Can I say that the subwoofer is side firing? Correct me if not.

3) If the woofer cable is attached, I might have to place it under my desk. That would be considered a less ideal placement even if I isolate it off the floor?

4) I have no doubt about its near-field capabilities. How about sitting some distance away from the unit, say 2m+?
Subwoofer cable is not premanently attached to the main soundbar
but the subwoofer.
Maybe I have to rephrase if not some may misunderstood.
If you placed under the table should be alright, estimate length
is about 2 meters+.
What I meant is why is this a concern is if they are who
don't placed it under the table but rather to the side like this.



May have issue if the distance is longer.

2) Yes side firing

3) Can't really comment unless you show me a pic of your desk
than I can advice.

4) As it's a surround sound bar, actually the further you are.
The better the experience but also depends on room size and acoustics.

Hope this helps, I will try to rephrase the cable part.
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Old 20-01-2017, 10:38 PM   #35
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Ok thanks, noted on the cable. Hopefully the end is RCA-type terminated so for users needing longer they can easily use another cable to extend?

Ok so if you say side firing means the woofer driver itself. So referring back to the last HTS picture you posted, I can just place the woofer against the wall so now the driver faces the user (from side become front) and as long as there's allowance for the ports?
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Old 20-01-2017, 10:48 PM   #36
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From what I know, woofer as long don't block the port should be fine. Doesn't matter which way you fire it from as human ear cannot detect where sub bass come from. You can put it anywhere around you and effect should not defer much I think?

Ok thanks, noted on the cable. Hopefully the end is RCA-type terminated so for users needing longer they can easily use another cable to extend?

Ok so if you say side firing means the woofer driver itself. So referring back to the last HTS picture you posted, I can just place the woofer against the wall so now the driver faces the user (from side become front) and as long as there's allowance for the ports?
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Old 20-01-2017, 11:03 PM   #37
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Ok thanks, noted on the cable. Hopefully the end is RCA-type terminated so for users needing longer they can easily use another cable to extend?

Ok so if you say side firing means the woofer driver itself. So referring back to the last HTS picture you posted, I can just place the woofer against the wall so now the driver faces the user (from side become front) and as long as there's allowance for the ports?
Subwoofer cable are usually RCA cable but just that they have shielding.
No issue if you need longer just re-terminate the end will do.

For my experience and knowledge, usually the sub placement
is the driver facing front like how you place your main speakers.

From what I know, woofer as long don't block the port should be fine. Doesn't matter which way you fire it from as human ear cannot detect where sub bass come from. You can put it anywhere around you and effect should not defer much I think?
If possible not in tight spaces or even inside a cupboard.
BTW seems like Mod have merge the thread, possible to re-arrange the order by newest first than oldest?

Thanks.
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Old 22-01-2017, 10:27 AM   #38
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For the sake of easy reading, I have edit and move my findings onto a word document hosted on my Google Drive.
If you have issue accessing the file, kindly let me know.
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For the sake of easy reading, I have edit and move my findings onto a word document hosted on my Google Drive.
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Old 22-01-2017, 02:26 PM   #41
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Now can test at Best Denki Vivo according to facebook. Can go try and buy there.
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Old 22-01-2017, 02:59 PM   #42
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But unless it's a closed room, you won't get a good feel of the product; sad case for all audio products in general.

Now can test at Best Denki Vivo according to facebook. Can go try and buy there.
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Old 22-01-2017, 03:04 PM   #43
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My hands-on article on HWZ covers the HTS experience.

As I've a full fledged HTS setup at home, I want to run it side-by-side to compare the difference in expectations; that's what I want to do next. It will be challenging and not to its advantage as my hall is large, but that's precisely what I want to do - throw it in the fire and see if it can withstand such extreme use-case scenarios.


Wow Dr Vijay has spoken. Good assessment, some people like me are looking at an all rounder for both near field and not-too-far field listening. Do test it as a HTS and update us, thanks.
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Old 22-01-2017, 04:28 PM   #44
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My hands-on article on HWZ covers the HTS experience.

As I've a full fledged HTS setup at home, I want to run it side-by-side to compare the difference in expectations; that's what I want to do next. It will be challenging and not to its advantage as my hall is large, but that's precisely what I want to do - throw it in the fire and see if it can withstand such extreme use-case scenarios.
@Dr. Vijay, with respect I also wish to do the same but
since I am into HTS for so long and Creative supporter
since the Blaster era. (Sound, 3D, CD-rom and etc.)
Competing the Katana Soundbar against AVR + 5.1 setup
is clearly out of the picture cuz Katana is still a PC segment
soundbar.

When I test I actually based on my experience of
Creative Katana (PC Segment) VS my own Sony CT380
(HTS Segment)that I owned that is why I can write such a long article.

To be honest, Creative are still PC speakers manufacturer.
When talking to the rep/engineers, could also that feel their field
of expertise is in PC.

Their subsidiary Cambridge Soundworks which actually is a Home Theater speaker expert/manufacturer with many popular products with rave reviews in the USA but since that is US based hence Creative did not allow it to be sold here.

The only exemption is the Cambridge Soundworks Megaworks 250D/550D
those are CS design not Creative.
But Cambridge Soundworks division was closed down many years back,
the Newton HD was the last great set of speakers.

https://www.cnet.com/products/cambri...system/review/

Creative last attempt at 5.1 design was my faithful Gigaworks G500
which I shared that I felt the design and footprint was almost close to that.

If you pit Gigaworks G500 against HTS segment soundbar, probably it could win seriously no job in terms of sheer power and bass.
This I also share with the engineers but why did I give up my G500 is because prolong usage it overheat and died.

If the G500 had an external amp something it would have been a good product. Katana and the G500 share almost the same characteristics, punchy sound and deep bass since both are design for games.

I got nothing against you for testing the Katana in a auditorium room but as mention the sub placement will be a key factor.
The ideal placement as seen in my video is that the sub will be below
the main unit with the driver facing front. (The rep place it that way.)

Since Katana is PC segment based soundbar, how will it fare if one were to treat it as HTS soundbar that I leave to you.
For my I have come to a verdict for PC use is great no doubt.

But for HTS/Pro/Audio space user, sadly Katana is not for me.
After that demo session, I went through again the testing that I done which was recording in my mind with my own Sony CT-380 to conclude.

Few things still bug me especially positional audio when using devices other than PC it can be hard to be heard
due to Dialog Plus.
Yes sometimes I wish Creative should have no closed Cambridge Soundworks, if they are still around.

Cambridge Soundworks Newton Soundbar maybe we still live to see it.
Nevertheless Katana Soundbar is a worthy PC soundbar but HTS users not all may consider it.

Not to forget some competitors had soundbar that is priced lower than Katana like Yamaha, Sony and etc.
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Old 22-01-2017, 06:41 PM   #45
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No problem, be here to help if there's question or problem.
what do you feel about the built in soundcard, is it comparable to some of the stand alone usb/pcie soundcard already in the creative/asus lineup?

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