In the second of our booth spotlight series, we were lucky enough to be taken around their booth by the great guys at Antec. Back in the day, Antec was a household name when we talked about DIY casings as well as PSUs for the enthusiast market. Fast forward a couple of years and Antec are still one of those evergreen names in the industry, doing what they do well as well as branching into somewhere new.
This time, Antec has made a move into mobile wireless speakers under the handle A.M.P (Antec Mobile Products). Under this sub label, Antec also had various headphones, earphones as well as battery packs. Under the portable wireless speakers, Antec has the SP1, NFC enabled bluetooth speakers. If you have an NFC enabled phone, you don’t have to worry about the syncing process; All you need to do is tap the phone on the speaker and voila! If your phone has no NFC fear not, you’ll be able to connect it through regular ol’ bluetooth. The SP1 also comes in a variety of colours to suit everyone.
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On the other end of the scale, there is the SP3, the big brother to the SP1 that packs a whole lot more into a sexy frame. Coming in at full bluetooth with a 10m range, the SP3 also features full-range drivers and a frequency tuned amp for amazing sound quality as well as a genuine leather strap for aesthetics. The SP3 looks quite good and fits the whole vintage vibe.
With the big, there has to be the small. Another one of Antecs audio products is the tiny SPZero, the smallest in their collection. Made to be suspended by a carabiner, the SPZero takes the performance of its bigger siblings and transplants it into a minuscule form factor. I would most definitely see myself using this to be a disruptive teenager in public places. Gone are the days of “blasting” music with piddly little mobile phone speakers!
I’ve always liked Antec for their cases. The Nineteen Hundred can barely be called a case, rather a monolith. With an astounding 17 drive bays, 2 PSU mounting solutions, as well as 8 120mm Fans, this is no portable casing for the next Lan Party. The Nineteen Hundred is designed to be quite simple on the outside and has a rather minimalist vibe with the green accents.