Antec, perhaps best known for its power supplies, is branching out into new territory (audio) with the introduction of its Soundscience Rockus system. Developed under Antec's new wholly-owned Soundsciene subsidiary, the Rockus is a 3D 2.1 loudspeaker system that will be shown off at this year's IFA trade show.
"People might be surprised to find out how many audio fanatics are part of the Antec team; we have a passion for great sound and wanted to launch our soundscience brand with a truly unique product." says Scott Richards, senior vice president of Antec. "The rockus speaker system delivers the expansive, enveloping audio experience of a traditional home theater system, yet it fits in any room. There’s no need for complicated whole-room setups or messy, difficult cabling. Plus, with analog and optical connectivity, it’s easy to get 3D sound from your computer, tablet, game console, MP3 player or any audio gear."
Antec says its Rockus setup analyizes incoming audio signals and then intelligently places them into a 3D sound field. It comes with a remote control pod for volume adjustment, 3D/music mode selection, muting and digital/analog input selection, as well as anodized aluminum satellites the company claims reduces vibration and distortion.
Other features include:
Active subwoofer with passive radiator technology
3D-tuned drivers to deliver audio optimized for Soundscience's 3Dsst technology
Dual-mode operation: 3D mode for games and movies, and music mode for, well, music
Optical input for digital audio from game consoles, like your Xbox 360 and PS3, and other devices
The Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 speaker set will ship this fall for $250. In the meantime, we'll dust off our proprietary mind control device to try and secure a unit for review.