Logitech has built more computer speakers over the years than just about any manufacturer, and it’s learned a thing or two about building decent low-cost models. Take the 2.1-channel Z323 system: We could name any number of speaker systems that sound better, but few that are priced better.
Note: This review originally appeared in the March 2013 issue of the magazine.
We don’t bring products into the Lab just to beat them up, so we almost didn’t bite when Genius pitched these speakers. We also try not to prejudge products, but we didn’t have high expectations for this 2.1-channel speaker system: It looks cheesier than a wedge of Vermont cheddar and sells online for less than 50 bucks. We were fully prepared for a craptastic audio experience. Wow, were we ever off base.
Corsair blew our minds with its first speaker-building effort: The 2.1-channel SP2500 rocked hard. Now the company is back with a scaled-down system, the SP2200. This 2.1-channel set offers smaller and fewer drivers driven by a less-powerful amp. It also lacks the fancy tethered control module, but it’s $150 cheaper than its sibling. Can Corsair wow us again?
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."