Creative SOUND BLASTERX KRATOS S3 Review

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Creative SOUND BLASTER KRATOS S3 Review. The Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 is packed with a pair of powerful 2.75” satellites and a port-tube design 5.25” down-firing subwoofer that is designed for gamers who need an entry-level gaming speaker system without compromising sound quality. This speaker system fulfills your audio needs from chilling out to your favorite movies and songs, to high-intensity all-out gaming warfare.

Pricing on the day of review is 69.99, available direct from Creative or on Amazon

[Features and Specs]

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Expand to Read Specs
  • System Configuration – 2.1 system
  • Dimensions (H x W x D)Satellites: 158 x 95 x 102 mm, Subwoofer: 227 x 170 x 227mm
  • WeightLeft Satellite: 0.5kg, Right Satellite: 0.6kg, Subwoofer: 2.4kg
  • Connector Type – Analog
  • Color –Black
      • WARRANTY
      • 2-year Limited Hardware Warranty

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The product arrives in a sleek carton. Mostly red and with hints a black, a classic creative trait. From the edges, we can easily identify key features and specs of the KRATOS S3.  Internal packaging is very impressive, and I’m pleased to see Creative, have really gone that bit further than most brands.

After unwrapping the mass amount of film and protective coating, we’re met with the product. The first impressions are great and quality is instantly apparent. Creative products tend to have a real sense of power and presence, and the KRATOS S3  is no different.

Starting with the sub first, it comes in at 250 x 180 x 218mm. Design wise, it is a low-key effort with some Sound Blaster branding on the front side. The unit can produce a peak of  92 watts and while a 2.1 , when coupled up with  Sound BlasterX Acoustic Engine Lite it can emulate surround sound modes.

 

 

The KRATOS S3 has even more to give on the underside, the feet sit approx 35mm in height and are further aided with padding to tame the vibrations

 

Connectivity and bass control are all managed around the back, with a 3.5m cable for connecting to your source. While I’d like to have some converters or options fo console gamers. Adaptors and such are cheap these days on the like of amazon.  No extras like Bluetooth but that’s reflected in the asking price

The two satellites come in with dimensions of  155 x 95 x 110mm, making them perfect for smaller desks, or for those with limited space. Like the sub, these are also an all black affairs. With a crisp Blaster X logo on each. Around the tweeters, we find a high gloss ring, which just adds that perfect amount of eye candy. On the right speaker we find a volume dial and heaphone port, a much appreciarted addtion.

 

While we are fans of white audio products, the classic black with a subtle hint of red, will surely look the part on most gaming setups.
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So then it’s time to wrap up our findings and deliver a verdict. The KRATOS S3 carries a price tag of just 69.99 and for a 2.1 system that ain’t to bad. I came into this review as optimistic as possible, but with the Creative name behind the product, I had high hopes… It delivered so much more than I anticipated, and I’m left seriously impressed. Hold up though, we need to be realistic this is a set for under 70 GBP and it is predominantly aimed at gamers. If you’re a serious audiophile then you need to look higher up the range, that’s not to say there’s anything wrong here, but its  a balanced product, and not ultra high end.

It does not fail or struggle in one particular area. It is, actually a solid all around set, but pushes into the premium territory in some aspects. Looks will either appeal to you directly not, with a low key design and I’m confident it will please the masses. Build quality is stellar, and after working with some cheaper product lately, this just reaffirms that some brands nail it, and others don’t.

Audio quality, while highly subjective does make my life as a reviewer tricky when it comes to speakers, and headsets. I share what I feel and hear, and I always rope in the opinion of friends and family members, in the hope to deliver an unbiased and varied opinion. We all agreed the kit delivers the goods at low and mids, bit when the volume is above 80% or so, the higher frequencies do start to loose the crispness. Bass is where it makes up for the shortcomings, and it kicks out a serious amount. For general music, it performs well but really shines with movies and games. you can spend an age with the software to tweak, and that’s not a bad thing at all. The KRATOS S3 is a tweakers paradise when coupled up with creative Lite app. We cant find any real fault here, it surpassed the expectations of a sub 70-pound piece of kit.

For general music, it performs well but really shines with movies and games. you can spend an age with the software to tweak, and that’s not a bad thing at all. The KRATOS S3 is a tweakers paradise when coupled up with creative Lite app. We can’t find any real fault here, it surpassed the expectations of a sub 70-pound piece of kit. If you are in the market for a decent 2.1 setup, then put this at the top of the too consider list.

 

We would like to thank Creative for sending out the test sample

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