Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 Review

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅29-11-17
Conclusion
Before we had experienced the Sound BlasterX Katana, we were sceptical of having customisable RGB lighting on speaker systems, however, afterwards, we can see the growing RGB trend being more and more accepted as it becomes more advanced. From RGB systems, peripherals, desktop/background lighting, there is certainly a shift to using RGB lighting to create a background ambiance that helps to draw people more into their games and movies, or simply to help relax, or create a lively atmosphere. The Kratos S5, admittedly doesn't quite have the same scale of lighting as the Katana soundbar, but it does have enough to create an interesting desktop display. As a 2.1 speaker system, the large 4" drivers on the satellites do a fantastic job delivering crisp, clearly defined sounds that provide an excellent stereo experience, while the subwoofer adds a competent warmth and richness to give that powerful kick just when you need it.



Other advantages include the built in DSP, meaning it has onboard high-quality 24-bit/96kHz audio processing via USB connectivity, which also enables various customisations to both the audio and RGB lighting. For versatility Creative has included RCA and AUX-in connection options, however fall short of providing optical and Bluetooth connectivity, something that many may have hoped for.

At 129, it sits at a fairly reasonable price for a 2.1 speaker system of this level, however, some might want to consider their audio needs directly before deciding if this is the system for them. If you feel you would benefit from the USB connectivity or you would like the Aurora Reactive RGB lighting, then these features are almost exclusive to this 2.1 system. However, considering the competition, and the lack of certain features, it may not have everything some users may be looking for.

The only real downside regarding the performance is that we noticed that the bass can reverberate and get rather sloppy when the bass level (dial at the rear) is set too high. This means that the bass level does have to be turned down a bit to remain tight and enjoyable, though we doubt many people actually enjoy the sound from a subwoofer set to maximum bass, the fact that it cannot handle such a possible setting, may disappoint some.

Despite the above, the Kratos S5 is a fun, feature packed 2.1 system that delivers awesome sound and is worth considering if you are looking for a new 2.1 speaker system for your desktop system.

The Aurora Reactive lighting is the cherry on top for any fan of RGB lighting, allowing your speakers to add colour to your desktop. If that isn't your thing, then you will be equally happy with the rich, crisp sounds and deep bass.

Pros.
+ Solid construction
+ Clear mids and highs with deep bass
+ RCA, 3.5mm analogue, and USB connectivity
+ Headset passthrough
+ Desktop remote
+ Customisable RGB lighting

Neutral.
+- Subwoofer only rated for 55Hz+ Frequency response

Cons.
- No Bluetooth/optical connectivity
- Bass Distortion (when bass level is set too high)

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