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Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker Kit Review
|Product:||Antec Soundscience Rockus 2.1 Speakers|
|Date:||Thu, Nov 18, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Brian Giacoletti -|
Antec Soundscience Rockus 2.1 Speakers Up Close
When I took the speakers out of the box right away I noticed the killer looks of the anodized aluminum satellites. I also took notice that they are cylindrical instead of the regular square or rectangular shape that most speakers tend to have. Not only does this shape help the projection of the sound it looks awesome sitting on your desk. And who really wants ordinary stuff on their desk? Not us, right? Each satellite contains a 2.5" driver that is made from hemp, yep you heard right... HEMP! Thats a new one to me, although I was told by Antec that it is not all that uncommon. Not that it matters sitting on my desk, there is so much clutter I can barely see the speakers but I can sure as heck hear them.
One thing that Antec did not skimp on in this speaker set is the wiring. Can you say heavy duty? The cabling for these speakers is insanely thick. I think we all need to tell Antec we want to listen to music, not tie stuff down in the bed of our trucks.
The sub-woofer contains a 6" speaker that features passive radiator technology. The front of the sub is attractively covered with a cloth type black covering and it proudly displays the Soundscience logo, as it should. I can tell you that this is a fairly compact sub-woofer, but it has a huge sound and, in my opinion, has a far tighter sound than my Klipsch Promedia sub-woofer. Much like the Klipsch sub-woofer the Rockus Sub-woofer appears to be made of wood, as wood gives sub-woofers a nice, deep sound. At least, in my opinion, wood sounds far better than some of the plastic subs that have crossed my path over the years.
A quick look at the back of the sub shows us where everything gets hooked up to this system. We can see where to attach the speaker wire and where the RCA jacks get plugged in. Also, you will have to pay attention while you are hooking up the speakers to the right or to the left because unlike most computer products the Antec Soundscience Rockus 2.1 Speakers are not color coded and you will have to decipher the correct sides for yourself.
Now, let's move on to the very interesting and quite handy "Pod." The pod is where you get to take control of this fine machine. Although it looks very much like the top of a mason jar it is far from that. The top gray section of the pod is actually the volume control. If you push down once on the volume control it will mute the whole system.
Moving to the front side of the pod we can see that it has a button that allows you to choose the particular mode you wish to enable depending on the media type you plan to listen to. As you can see, the selections are Digital. This is, of course, for when you have the speakers hooked up with an optical cable. Next in line is Music. Can you guess what that is for? Yep, for listening to music. Now we get to the special one, 3D; this is for when the super secret 3D sound algorithm is activated. I asked about the algorithm and was not given a definite answer; I was just told it was proprietary and made especially for Antec and these speakers.
A quick move to the back shows us a PS2 type connector that is for hooking the pod up to the rest of the system, and if you had been paying attention back when we looked at the other side you would have seen where the other end of the cable plugs into the sub-woofer.
From the honeycomb grills to the anodized aluminum to the chrome on the front of the satellites, this speaker set was not just made to blow you away with its sound; they were made to blow you away with their looks as well, as you can see.
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