Apr 16 2011 - Typically, PC gamers enjoy a good set of speakers for a fully immersive gaming experience. Antec, maker of PC power supplies and cases, offers the Soundscience Rockus 3D. This set contains two satellite speakers and one subwoofer. With a 3D mode and an optical input for connection to a PC, gaming console, or home theater component, the Rockus 3D boasts decent performance. The only downside is the price, which at $199.95 MSRP is slightly higher than hoped. But overall, if you're looking for a midrange 2.1 setup for computer gaming, the Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D set offers clear sound with rich bass.
- Clear Sound with Rich Bass
- Anodized Aluminum Satellite Speakers
- 3Dsst Technology Mimics Surround Sound
- Bass Levels Are Controlled By a Switch on the Back of Subwoofer
- 2.1 Configuration
- 25 Watts Per Satellite
- 100 Watt Subwoofer
- 95dB Maximum Output
- 10Hz-20Hz Frequency Response
- 3.5mm, RCA, Digital Optical (TOSLINK) Inputs
- Satellites: 5.7" x 4.7" x 6.3"
- Subwoofer: 13.8" x 7.7" x 10.6"
Antec, well known for power supplies and PC cases, is adding to its list or products with the new Soundscience brand. With the launch of the brand comes a 2.1 speaker set dubbed the Rockus 3D. This set features two satellite speakers and a subwoofer in an attractive aluminum and black finish that gives the system a modern feel. With a retail price of $199.95, the Antec Rockus 3D speaker system is a great addition to a PC gaming setup. For budget-conscious consumers who don't need a full 5.1 package, these speakers offer robust sound at a midrange price.
At first glance, the Antec Rockus 3D speakers look like a space-age sound set. Antec combined design with function by using anodized aluminum, since the material better resists rattles and sound distortion over plastic. During testing, I found the Antec Rockus 3D speakers to offer crisp sound in a variety of environments, from PC gaming to listening to music. That's where this speaker set shines. It can be used in a multitude of scenarios. The speakers and sub can be connected to a gaming PC or console with ease. And if you have a small home theater in a bedroom, the Rockus 3D speaker has an optical input that works well for a fully immersive entertainment experience. Unfortunately, an optical cable is not included.
In terms of hardware, the Rockus satellites connect to the subwoofer via regular speaker wire connections, but setting up the system wasn't a tedious task by any means. However, the cables are a bit on the short side. The subwoofer itself is capable of handling 100 watts of power, while the satellite speakers are 25 watts each. There are three levels of bass to choose from via a physical switch on the back of the subwoofer, and the unit has a passive radiator which helps keep the unit fairly compact at the dimensions shown in the description above. The system also arrives with a circular control pod that adjusts volume and switches between sound modes and inputs (digital or auxillary). It would be nice if the level of bass could be adjusted easier without have to physically press a switch on the back of the unit.
But why is the Antec set called the Rockus 3D? The speakers and subwoofer are equipped with 3Dsst technology, which simulates surround sound. Gaming in 3D mode can't be definied as exceptional, but it definitely was no slouch. Playing first person shooter games that work best with surround sound did quite well with the Rockus set in 3D mode. But of course, it is no substitute for a true 5.1 setup, and that is fine considering there is a large market for 2.1 systems for users with space and budget constraints.
Overall, this system produced rich sound whether gaming, watching movies, or listening to music. At nearly $200, the price is a bit high in my opinion. But for PC gamers and home theater gurus looking for a solution out of the box that provides clear sound without necessary tweaking, the Antec Rockus3D 2.1 speaker set performs very well.