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Antec Soundscience Rockus 2.1

by Antec

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  • Anodized aluminum satellites that reduce vibration and minimize distortion, resulting in clear mid and sparkling high-range sound
  • Dual-mode operation: 3D mode for enjoying games and movies, with a music mode for faithful stereo music playback
  • Power, Satellites 25 watts x 2 RMS, Sub 100 watts RMS, Frequency Response 10HZ to 20kHz,
  • Designed to deliver an audio experience matching the visual immersion of 3D video
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Technical Details

  • Model: soundscience rockus 2.1
  • Connectivity Technology: wired
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Weight: 20.40 pounds
  • Warranty: 2 years parts and labor

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.7 x 5.7 inches ; 20.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 21 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0045U9PFW
  • Item model number: soundscience rockus 2.1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 9, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Immerse yourself in the excitement of 3D sound with the soundscience rockus 3D|2.1 speaker system. Featuring soundscience's proprietary 3D technology, the rockus connects to your PC, game console, DVD/Blu-Ray player, or other home A/V device to deliver a theater-like experience, filling your room with powerful and realistic 3D audio. Aside from enhancing audio for movies and games, the rockus also lets you switch to music mode and enjoy true high-fidelity sound with deep bass resonance, and clear mid-tones and high notes. You can easily change modes and adjust the volume with the included remote control pod.

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rockus 3D|2.1 speaker system
At a Glance:

  • Dual mode operation optimizes for music or 3D movies/games
  • Anodized aluminum satellites minimize distortion, ensuring crisp highs and clear mids
  • Subwoofer utilizes passive radiator technology for expansive bass
  • Inputs for connecting game consoles, DVD/Blu-Ray players, and more
  • Includes remote control pod
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soundscience rockus 3D|2.1 speaker system

soundscience rockus 3D|2.1 speaker system
Two 25-watt anodized aluminum satellite speakers minimize vibrations for remarkably clear audio.View larger.
soundscience rockus 3D|2.1 speaker system
Powerful 100-watt subwoofer delivers expansive bass.View larger.
Cinematic 3D Sound

Using advanced 3Dsst sound processing and 3D-tuned drivers, the soundscience rockus 3D|2.1 speaker system creates a realistic, theater-like sound that you'd expect from a larger audio system. 3Dsst actively analyzes incoming stereo audio signals and intelligently places them into a 3D sound field. This puts you in the middle of the action whether you're racing cars, dodging bullets, or simply enjoying your favorite film soundtrack.

Two Satellite Speakers and One Powerful Subwoofer

Constructed with solid anodized aluminum that minimizes vibrations, the rockus' two 25-watt satellite speakers deliver audio clarity with minimal distortion, even when played at high volume. The powerful 100-watt subwoofer uses passive radiator technology to create extended low-frequency response, producing deep, rich sound from the compact enclosure.

Music Mode Optimizes Sound for Rich Stereo Reproduction

Not only does the rockus provide 3D audio for movies and games, it also optimizes the sound for your music. For stereo sound delivered in accurate hi-fidelity audio, simply switch to music mode. You'll get clear sound reproduction with deep sub-bass, rich mid-tones, and crisp high notes--ideal for the discerning audiophile.

Optical Input for High-Quality Digital Connectivity

Connect your PS3, CD players, and favorite home A/V components digitally for pristine audio quality.

Full-Featured Remote Control Pod

The easy-to-use remote control pod gives you fingertip command of the volume, muting, music mode selection, and digital/analog input selection. The grey mode button switches between 3D and music modes, and holding it down enables or disables the optical input.

The satellite speakers measure 5.7 by 4.7 by 6.3 inches (H x W x D) and can sit right on your desktop. The 100-watt subwoofer measures 13.8 by 7.7 by 10.8 inches (H x W x D).

About soundscience

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. Founded in 2010, soundscience brings Antec's expertise and reputation in PC enclosures, cooling, and power systems to speaker systems and multimedia components.

The soundscience rockus 3D|2.1 speaker system is backed by a limited two-year warranty.

What's in the Box

soundscience rockus 3D|2.1 speaker system; two satellite speakers, subwoofer, remote control pod; 3.5-millimeter to 3.5-millimeter cable, speaker cable (speaker cable - 2 x RCA to open end); RCA to 3.5-millimeter cable, remote cable, and quick-start guide.


Product Description

soundscience rockus 3D|2.1 speaker system is the best way to experience all your game and movie sound in 3D. Utilizing our proprietary 3Dsst audio technology, the rockus 3D|2.1 speaker system creates realistic, immersive 3D soundscapes for your movies and games. Switch rockus into music mode and you’ll hear audio optimized for superb stereo sound reproduction.soundscience puts 3D cinematic sound and high-fidelity music in its place: your room.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris on March 4, 2011
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After an exhaustive search for a computer speaker system that offered regular speaker connections (rather than proprietary connectors and always-too-short cords), I had given up. I just wanted a simple 2.1 system where I could choose what type and length of speaker wire to use. Is that so much to ask?

Then I stumbled across Rockus, a cute little speaker system by a brand known for its PC cases (of which I own one, and love dearly). Hesitent to plunk down $200 on a newcomer to the speaker market, I ran through the gamut of online review sites. Unfortunately, due to the newness of this product the most comprehensive reviews I could find were from customers. 5-star after 5-star convinced me to try these out, and I'm glad I did.

Form:

First, I'll say that the subwoofer is larger than the pictures make it out to be. And the whole set is heavier than I would assume given the size, which means they probably are using beefy magnets. Second, the satellites have a single RCA connector in back. I don't know why Antec didn't use standard terminal posts, but at least RCA is easy enough to deal with. Third, the satellites are mounted to a basic metal hoof. The angle isn't adjustable, nor do the speakers have any sort of wall mount option. So you're kind of stuck with the placement & angle of the speakers. Bummer.

Function:

As mentioned above, your placement options for the satellites are limited due to the nonarticulating stands. The good news is that these speakers (in my opinion) sound better off-axis. If you listen directly on-axis, especially at close range, the highs can get a bit... crispy. However, as you back off the mid-range really comes in and fills out the sound nicely.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert McCullough on November 18, 2011
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Background: I'm no audio expert, but when I buy new A/V equipment, I usually scour the internet looking for reviews because I want the BEST product (that fits within my budget). These SoundScience speakers had a number of positive reviews from some smaller blogs. I also saw a few mixed reviews on other blogs. However, the Rockus scored an "Editor's Choice" from PCMag. According to their "Lead Analyst, "it sounds so magnificent, we can't believe it costs just $200".

With that in mind, I decided to give the Rockus a shot -- especially given the current $100 price point. My first set arrived with a bad satellite speaker. Fortunately, Amazon is very good at returns. The second set had no problems. I promptly compared them side-by-side with my Klipsch Promedia (which have long been a standard for desktop audio). The Rockus seem to put an emphasis on clarity -- in comparison, the Klipsch seemed a little muffled.

In my research, there seem to be two main objections to these speakers: lack of bass and tinny highs. Regarding the supposed lack of bass: I think many (most?) desktop speakers artificially boost the bass to cover poor sound. That includes the Klipsch: I always found the recommended bass level really high, but I always left it at the recommended setting because, well, it was "recommended" (kind of dumb now that I think about it).

After spending a couple of weeks with the Rockus, I can definitely say the bass is NOT lacking (I have the subwoofer switch set to 3). It's enough to shake my desk on certain songs. IMPORTANT: the speaker on the Rockus subwoofer is on the BACK of the unit. The front of the subwoofer is basically a hole (a "passive radiator"). My first inclination was to put the subwoofer right against the wall under my desk -- don't do that!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By STEVE on January 5, 2012
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I'm starting with initial impressions, but I can add more ideas after using this product longer. Like many people who shop for these higher-end PC/Media speakers, I spent days scouring different products, user ratings, and even professional blogs and reviews. Here are a few systems that intrigued me:

Audioengine A5 Powered Multimedia Speaker System (Black)
Harman Kardon Soundsticks III
Several others (Bose, Klipsch, etc) with somewhat more inconsistent reviews and several simply out of my price range.

I focused my search on active self-powered 2.0 or 2.1 systems because I was specifically looking for something relatively portable that would connect with different media. Even though I was not looking to build a component-based system, I still wanted something that added power and depth to my music.

The Audioengine and HK both looked very appealing from user and professional reviews (cnet) but I was not entirely comfortable pulling the trigger for that much money. With the A5, many reviewers think it's a beautiful sound, but numerous references even from people who like the system to major overheating problems (acknowledged by the manufacturer) and poor "low volume" functioning were a concern. The newest generation (Audioengine 5+) adds a heat sink to correct the overheating, but then you pay an additional $100. For a company that prides itself on trying to imitate the Apple standard there is no way they should go 5 long years with a product that has a known design flaw.
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