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Ever heard of Soundscience, a speaker line from a manufacturer called Antec? Neither had we, but the Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System ($199.99 direct) looked too interesting to pass up. The PC speaker set features a graceful, cylindrical design for the satellites, and a large subwoofer. The bad news: The design could be more ergonomically friendly than it is. Wired cables for the remote are a bit short, and the inputs (and Power switch) are in the last place anyone wants to reach - the back of the subwoofer. The good news: The speakers sound flat-out fantastic. They're powerful, they don't distort at even ridiculously high volumes, and they are the most audiophile-friendly computer speakers I've heard in this price range. They're an easy Editors' Choice. The Rockus has two satellite speakers, which measure 5.7 by 4.7 by 6.3 inches, and a 13.8-by-7.7-by-10.6-inch subwoofer. The black matte speakers are cylinder-shaped, with a reflective metallic frame that faces the listener and transparent black cloth speaker grilles that show off a honeycomb-patterned plastic grille beneath.
It's only February, and 2011 is already shaping up to be an exciting year in the world of PC audio. Companies that previously didn't offer speaker systems have entered the market with bold new products that feature impressive build quality and specs but also come at a premium price. Recently Tweaknews had the opportunity to check out Corsair's SP2500 2.1 speaker system and while it's pricey, it demonstrated exceptional sound quality through all frequencies. There's a new kid in town though - a 2.1 system that comes in at the same price as the SP2500. Enter the Rockus 3d 2.1 speaker system from Soundscience. You may not have heard of Soundscience, but you will soon because they are a newly-formed subsidiary of a well known name in the PC enthusiast market - Antec. Some of the best and most popular cases, power supplies, and PC accessories sport the Antec logo, but how well can they do PC speakers? I'm about to have a listen to the Rockus 3D 2.1 system and find out. Soundscience, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Antec Inc., designs and creates audio- and video-enabled lifestyle products and accessories for the PC and home entertainment markets.
We all know Antec for making great PC cases and power supplies. We all know someone with an Antec case and that just shows the quality of their products. Antec knows a lot about making cases and power supplies, but when I heard they were going to making speakers a was a little bit skeptical. We have seen so many companies just use an OEM to get into another market, and what comes out is a very poor product. Luckily Antec is not one of those companies, they introduce you to Soundscience an Antec subsidiary that is set to produce audio and video lifestyle products. Their first product is the Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System and we have them up on the testing block today. Special thanks to Soundscience for providing us with the Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System to review. The Rockus 3D 2.1 speaker system comes in a nice retail box. On the front there is a large photo of the satellites. On the side of the box there is an explanation of many of the features. Opening the box up everything is nicely packed with large pieces of Styrofoam. Getting everything out of the box you will find a large subwoofer, 2 satellites, control module, left and right speaker wires, 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, and a RCA to 3.5mm cable.
If you think like us, you dread seeing a 3D moniker emblazoned on any speaker system. If the material isn’t recorded that way, don’t monkey with it. Antec wisely gives you the choice of running the audio through its digital signal processor or just reproducing what the artist has wrought. We dig the stands that angle the satellites up toward our ears, but we could do without the honeycomb grilles and the garish flared rings in Antec’s Rockus 3D Speaker System. Given the number of aluminum cases Antec builds, it comes as no surprise that the company would choose the material for the cylindrical satellites in this 2.1-channel speaker system. Aluminum is an uncommon material in this price range, but it’s a good choice. Aluminum doesn’t flex, like MDF or even ABS plastic, so you hear more of the speaker and less of the enclosure. But it matters a great deal what type of drivers go into those enclosures, and Antec tries to get away with one-way, 2.5-inch paper-cone drivers (more on that when we discuss the system’s performance). The satellites don’t use hardwired cables, but you’ll need either RCA couplers or RCA plugs you can solder onto longer cables if the ones provided aren’t long enough (the other ends of the cable are tinned wire that connect to spring clips on the subwoofer).