- Model Number: soundscience rockus 2.1
- Connectivity Technology: wired
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Item Display Weight: 20.40 pounds
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 2 years parts and labor
Antec Soundscience Rockus 2.1
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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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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.
soundscience rockus 3D|2.1 speaker system
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).
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful sound, and I love the controller puck and it's easy mute (you just slap your hand on it). Bass is great.Published 7 months ago by SimonB
Still using the amp and sub. Couldn't stand the harsh sound of the speakers so I replaced them with Behringer monitors. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Woodnowin
The price dipped down to 80 bucks so I bought it right away. What. A. Steal. The sound is so clear (and clarity, to me, is the main indicator for sound quality to me), the bass is... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Peter
The Antec Soundscience Rockus 2.1 sounds warm and full, with crisp highs. Better sound than sets of double the price or more.Published 23 months ago by Kino
Good bass and crisp highs but very poor midrange.
Watching movies and listening to music the vocals and spoken voice suffers.
I hope a V2 fix this.
They sound awesome with very good bass. Though the bass can get a little boomy, at moderate volume, these speakers produce very warm and robust sound.Published on May 24, 2013 by Matthew C Gilson
These speakers sound great for the price and size, and the sub is an absolute monster which I actually have to keep on the lowest setting. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Noisyturtle
this rocks my table top computer with sound and bass. This is so far best setup ever since I had many systems of sound for computers. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Parker Knight