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Published on May 10th, 2017 | by Greg


Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S5: Good Sound, Great Looks

No matter whether you’re a Windows or PC user, rely on a desktop or a stationary laptop, the fact is that you probably use your ‘work station’ for way more than work. For most of us, Netflix and Hulu have made the computer a centerpiece of our entertainment center, while the computer will always be superior for many types of games. And even if you’re the sort who has a big television and mostly uses a console, you could probably use a decent set of speakers just for streaming music the many on-demand services out there like Spotify and Pandora.

The Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 isn’t just another speaker system though- it’s a 2.1 desktop setup with built-in customizable lighting, called the ‘Aurora Reactive lighting system’. We’ve seen plenty of other computer accessories add color-changing LEDs, from keyboard to mice, but this is one of the first of its kind. In the box, you get dual four-inch satellite drivers and a separate 6.5-inch subwoofer. For full support, you’ll want to connect using the USB cable, compatible with both PC and Macs, delivering 24-bit/96KHz digital audio.

There’s no optical cable input, but you probably won’t miss it. We liked the volume control pod with it’s headphone connector; at this price point, it’s rare to get such a hefty knob with a solid tactile feel. You will need to install some software to really take control- their BlasterX program offers complete command over the lighting (with presets or the ability to choose your own glow) plus EQ settings that let you adjust various sound options like simulated surround, bass level, and even enhance dialogue.

You might know Creative best for their long-running line of sound cards, but it’s nice to see them entering new categories, as with their Katana gaming soundbar that we checked out a couple of months ago or their Bluetooth wireless family. It’s even better to see them improve on existing and long-time categories, adding a nifty feature that some gamers will certainly appreciate. Available online and in stores for around $$119-129, the Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 is an incredible bargain- well worth the price tag even if you don’t need the special effects, but a great bonus for anyone who enjoys some flair with their sound.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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