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Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 Review

Low cost, high quality materials, fantastic sound, and a customizable experience all combine to create one of the best systems money can buy right now.

April 14, 2017

/ by Tin Salamunic

The Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 is an incredibly long name to say but it sure doesn’t skimp on features. For its class, this is hands down the best speaker system I have ever encountered. I know, I know, that statement seems like it might be a lot to just take at-a-glance, but let me tell you about my near flawless experience with these speakers, and I bet you’ll be just as convinced as I was by the time I was done.

I’ve been testing the Kratos S5 for about two weeks now and I couldn’t be happier. It’s only a 2.1 system, but frankly, this thing rivals speakers that are 5.1 or better. Sure, you don’t have the full surround sound experience, but it would take an audiophile to hear much of a discernable difference in the quality of the sound being produced.

The Kratos S5 features two powerful 4” satellite drivers and a reasonably sized 6.5” subwoofer driver in lightweight wooden enclosures. It’s easy to set up with convenient USB plug in that is compatible with both PC and Mac that delivers high-quality 24-bit/96KHz digital audio. In terms of full disclosure, this review I’ll specifically focus on the PC experience, so please be aware that any part of this review could be different when considering it from a Mac perspective.


"The Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 is an incredibly long name to say but it sure doesn’t skimp on features. For its class, this is hands down the best speaker system I have ever encountered."

The device delivers in both aesthetics and quality. The speakers are well designed, low-profile, and have some really interesting features built-in that help propel it ahead of the pack. All sorts of little extras help to enhance the user experience, but one of the coolest things is its built-in dynamic lighting.

Featuring an Aurora Reactive lighting system, the speakers help provide ambient light that can be easily tweaked to work with whatever titles you might be playing. Combine this with the BlasterX software and you have a readily accessible system that can be quickly customized to meet the needs of any experience.

The BlasterX software doesn’t just give you access to lighting tweaks, it’s a full-on platform that allows even the most discerning users to mix their audio experience flawlessly. With EQ options that let you control levels of surround, bass, dialogue, and more, the software helps to ensure that users will have a fantastic, and more importantly, level experience that doesn’t make any compromises.


"Low cost, high quality materials, fantastic sound, and a customizable experience all combine to create one of the best systems money can buy right now. I cannot recommend it more, and I can’t see myself switching this speaker system out any time soon."

One of my favorite features about the Kratos S5 is its audio control pod. This circular pod measures in at around 2.5” in diameter and can sit right on your desk to allow users to quickly adjust their volumes with just a twist. What’s even more awesome is the fact that once the volume is turned off on the control pod the speakers shut down and my system automatically booted over to my Astro A40 headset. This allowed me to quickly switch out my audio experience with no need for accessing volume settings to manually change defaults. For users without a mixamp or other USB accessible headset you can always use the 3.5mm headphone jack built right into the control pod.

Creative really seems to have thought of everything with the release of the Kratos S5. Low cost, high quality materials, fantastic sound, and a customizable experience all combine to create one of the best systems money can buy right now. I cannot recommend it more, and I can’t see myself switching this speaker system out any time soon.

This is as close as it gets to a flawless experience with a 2.1 gaming speaker system, and that’s not said lightly. Praise is due when it’s due, and Creative will see no shortage of it from me when it comes to this system.

Review by: Palmer Sturman

A+

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