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Antec Introduces New Audio Line at Computex 2012

By , Andrea Ferrario - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 14 comments

Antec is branching out.

When you hear the name Antec, you think cases and PSUs, right? Well, maybe soon you'll be adding audio products to that list. The company hit the show floor at this year's Computex Taipei conference with an entirely new audio product portfolio. The company wasn't sharing a whole lot of details just yet, preferring instead to gather feedback from Computex. 

 

Despite the company keeping quiet about names, availability and pricing, we did manage to get a peek of the devices on site. All of Antec's audio products will be wireless and Bluetooth compatible. They showed us a simple speaker concept with just two buttons, a USB port to recharge the battery and an audio jack. You can pair your smartphone, tablet or notebook to this baby via Bluetooth and the battery is said to be six hours.

   

We also caught sight of a pretty sleek looking pair of headphones that were all white with a minimalist design, as well as a pair of in-ear headphones complete with Bluetooth clip. These look like the kind of thing you'd wear while running or working out.

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    amuffin , June 8, 2012 10:48 PM
    frozonicthird to coment, you jelly jellyfagz???

    This is why I want to be a moderator.
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    wintermint , June 8, 2012 10:10 PM
    Hm this piqued my interest. I just hope it won't end up like Beats headphone which is like the Apple of headphone lines lol
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    livebriand , June 8, 2012 10:33 PM
    For a second, when I saw that second picture of the headphones, I thought they were beats ones!
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    amuffin , June 8, 2012 10:48 PM
    frozonicthird to coment, you jelly jellyfagz???

    This is why I want to be a moderator.
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    tanjo , June 9, 2012 1:03 AM
    The white headphone looks uncomfortable.
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    technicalbass , June 9, 2012 3:49 AM
    Any audio enthusiast knows that beats audio was garbage from day 1. This looks like garbage too. If you want quality headphones, you buy from a company that engineers for audiophiles. Not a company that makes computer cases and power supplies. These companies putting out garbage like this and marketing it as high end audio has got to stop.
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    joytech22 , June 9, 2012 8:53 AM
    technicalbassAny audio enthusiast knows that beats audio was garbage from day 1. This looks like garbage too. If you want quality headphones, you buy from a company that engineers for audiophiles. Not a company that makes computer cases and power supplies. These companies putting out garbage like this and marketing it as high end audio has got to stop.


    Not all companies are like that, Corsair did a wonderful job with the SP2500 speakers.
    I think they are the best within the price range too.
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    superblahman123 , June 9, 2012 2:35 PM
    joytech22Not all companies are like that, Corsair did a wonderful job with the SP2500 speakers.I think they are the best within the price range too.


    I was seriously just about to mention that. I'm a proud owner of the SP2500 2.1 system and it's absolutely the most fantastic system I've ever used. I was hesitant about the brand, but the reviews and specs turned me onto it. I have no regrets.

    Brand recognition has been such a selling point for certain lines of products that some people forget that a company has to start somewhere with their products. "OMGs! The computer case company makes audio stuff now! everything they make that isn't what they started with must be crap!" Are you serious? That kind of logic needs to die. Actually research the product fool.
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    superblahman123 , June 9, 2012 2:38 PM
    technicalbassAny audio enthusiast knows that beats audio was garbage from day 1. This looks like garbage too. If you want quality headphones, you buy from a company that engineers for audiophiles. Not a company that makes computer cases and power supplies. These companies putting out garbage like this and marketing it as high end audio has got to stop.


    Also, beats WAS designed for audiophiles... So based on your logic.... *blue screen*
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    waethorn , June 9, 2012 6:00 PM
    technicalbassAny audio enthusiast knows that beats audio was garbage from day 1. This looks like garbage too. If you want quality headphones, you buy from a company that engineers for audiophiles. Not a company that makes computer cases and power supplies. These companies putting out garbage like this and marketing it as high end audio has got to stop.


    Considering that Antec outsources most of their manufacturing (much like most companies that produce "audiophile-quality" stuff) it's all up to who is actually doing the manufacturing for them. For instance, if these were made to be equivalent to Technics DJ quality headphones, it's gonna be good stuff. I have yet to see (or hear) anything that is even close. Oh, and anybody that says that specs don't matter and says a headphone set with the uber-average 20Hz-20KHz range sounds good doesn't have a clue what they're talking about.
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    waethorn , June 9, 2012 6:04 PM
    Logitech made some really nice THX-certified surround speakers not that long ago, and they were a joystick and keyboard company, so saying that a company can't produce a good product in an established market that is new to them doesn't make one lick of sense.

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    force550 , June 9, 2012 8:12 PM
    I agree with technicalbass. I'm too fed up with pathetic headphones / speakers being THX certified,powered from USB and sold as audiophile-ish quality for 20$ LFMAO. Rather avarage sound stuff from rather avarage company. nuff said
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    waethorn , June 9, 2012 11:04 PM
    force550I agree with technicalbass. I'm too fed up with pathetic headphones / speakers being THX certified,powered from USB and sold as audiophile-ish quality for 20$ LFMAO. Rather avarage sound stuff from rather avarage company. nuff said


    THX isn't a pure audio quality "by the numbers" specification, but it does qualify speakers based on loudness, relative distortion, and surround field impression. THX is a proprietary standardization system for audio and video quality, and generally speaking, you won't find crappy stuff certified under it. It is one of only a handful of certification systems, but is also well respected in the industry. There is a reason why filmmakers use it.
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    TheBigTroll , June 10, 2012 8:01 PM
    holy crap those earbuds look like beats.

    just saying beats sound pretty good but the price is about 10x more for what you get
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    zak_mckraken , June 11, 2012 3:55 PM
    I'd give them a shot. I've always like Antec's sturdy products and smooth designs. I'm still using the Sonata III case I've bought 6 years ago.
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