Antec (http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/) has released the US$249.99 soundscience rockus 3D/2.1 speaker system, which is “designed to create a personal theater experience, bringing the power and realism of 3D sound together with the clarity and accuracy of high-fidelity audio, making it an ideal solution for experiencing game and movie sound in 3D,” says Scott Richards, senior vice president of Antec.
Soundscience’s 3D audio technology, 3Dsst, is a suite of DSP (digital sound processing) algorithms that creates a virtual surround sound experience from 2.1 stereo speakers. 3Dsst actively analyzes incoming stereo audio signals and intelligently places them into a 3D sound field, resulting in immersive 3D sound for your movies and games from 2.1 speakers, according to Richards. The soundscience rockus also boasts a dedicated music mode optimized for organic stereo sound reproduction, letting users hear music with deep, visceral sub-bass; powerful, spacious mids and crisp highs, he adds.
The soundscience rockus 3D |2.1 speaker system’s satellites are made entirely from anodized aluminum, which is designed to reduce distortion caused by enclosure vibration and rattling that plagues traditional computer speakers. Additionally, its subwoofer utilizes passive radiator technology to deliver an expansive range of bass.
The total output of the speakers is 150W, with each satellite delivering 25W and the subwoofer producing 100W. The rockus boasts 3D-tuned drivers to deliver audio optimized for soundscience’s 3Dsst technology. The speaker system has dual-mode operation: 3D mode for enveloping games and movies, and music mode for stereo music playback There’s an optical input for playback of digital audio from game consoles (Xbox 360, PS3,) and other, similarly equipped devices. The rockus also sports a remote control pod for volume adjustment, 3D/music mode selection, muting and digital/analog input selection.