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Antec Roundup July 2014 – featuring Nineteen Hundred Case and Kuhler 950/1250

Antec Roundup July 2014 – featuring Nineteen Hundred Case and Kuhler 950/1250

Antec Also Do Audio… A.M.P SP One and A.M.P. Gain


Before we go on to the performance page of this review it is worth taking a moment to talk about Antec’s range of Mobile Products (AMP). We have covered one of them in the past, a bluetooth speaker called SP-1 and found it to be pretty good. Based on the same idea, but more compact is the SPzero and recently added to the range is the GAIN.

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The GAIN arrives with some product documentation, extra ear pieces and a USB charging cable. What does it do? Well its basic function is to act as a set of earphones. Antec provide those and they are a decent quality but the main function is the ability to connect to our phone/tablet via Bluetooth and output that audio to ANY headphones. This means we can take our high quality earphones and use them wirelessly (ish) with the little box you see above (also available in Grey, white, blue and purple, all with integrated mic). The top surface of the controller rocks and allows us to skip, change volume and take/make calls which is a nice touch… as is the ability to clip it onto our clothing. So we could for example have a phone in our jeans pocket beaming our music to the GAIN in our shirt pocket without wires all over the place.

Specs: Bluetooth V3.0+EDR, 10m range, Frequency Band 2.4-2.48GHz, Spectrum FHSS, A2DP 1.2, HFP 1.5, HSP 1.1, size 40x23x15mm and battery life of 6 hours.

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The SPzero arrives with a 3.5mm audio cable to connect to non-bluetooth devices, a USB charge cable and a clip to hang the speaker if needed. Our model is a blue/white colour scheme but a wide range of alternatives are available and interestingly we can daisy chain them using the AUX port. Also present are 3.5mm and USB connectors and the sides, top and bottom of the device are rubber coated for durability. Up top are two handles, volume and on/off and action buttons… along with a mic to allow us to take calls when connected.

This is a Bluetooth 3.0 device with 10m range and support for A2DP, AVRCP, HFP and HSP. It weighs 218g and has dimensions of 86x57x94mm.

Our thoughts on these products? We very much like the Gain, especially as it allows the use of our own high end earphones. The SPzero does exactly what we would expect. Offers decent quality in a very portable form factor.

Now back to the main products for this review…

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Stuart Davidson

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  1. Nice review, I am now looking at either this case or the H440 NZXT case.

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