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.
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.
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.
Also, beats WAS designed for audiophiles... So based on your logic.... *blue screen*
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.