Mids, Volume Control
The speakers and volume control for the Rockus system feel pretty nice. They’re all quite solidly built, though I’ll admit that is less so with the volume dial than the mids.
It features a plastic turn dial on the top which allows you to alter volume. Depressing it once mutes the system, doing so again unmutes it.
Running along the base is a single button that allows you to switch between music and 3D modes, with the other LEDs keeping track of whether you have the 3.5mm and/or the optical connectors plugged in.
It has a satisfying, quality feel “tick tick” (not noise, feel) to it as you adjust the volume up and down.
As we see with other 2.1 systems with individual volume controls, the cabling connecting it is unique. Presumably so you don’t get confused with the other cables available available.
The speakers themselves are made of a more solid material than the volume control’s plastic. Antec has specially designed these with an aluminium shell. This apparently reduces vibrations found in the cheaper plastic and also helps them remain sturdy even when higher volumes kick in. While I can’t say yet if it makes them sound better, it certainly makes them feel nice and of high quality.
The back has a single optical (phono) connector that you use to connect the speaker to the sub. The rest is merely rounded off Aluminium in a silvery grey.
The only plastic part on these speakers is the front, chrome like trumpet ring that sits around the edge of the grilled section in the centre. Antec claims its mainly for decoration, but if that was the case, I’m not sure I’d have included it.
The bases for these mids are also aluminium, and sit flat against the desk top quite comfortably. However, without any sort of rubbery spacing material, moving them around does cause the surface to receive a few scratches.
I can’t help thinking that centre portions of these speakers looks somewhat like a football.