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Corsair SP2500 Review

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eVoPhantom 11th April 2011, 09:55 Quote
Corsair......is there anything they can't do?

Even though I have no need for them I want them :(
andrew8200m 11th April 2011, 10:01 Quote
Yes, they cant do speakers.
bogie170 11th April 2011, 10:30 Quote
Only 2.1 sound though. If this set was 5.1 I might consider them.
Mentai 11th April 2011, 10:40 Quote
I've been looking for an excuse to buy some new PC speakers ever since my Creative T20's got a permanent hissing sound a couple of years ago. It's about time!
NickCPC 11th April 2011, 11:20 Quote
They do look good, but how badly will your neighbours hate you for buying them?
Aragon Speed 11th April 2011, 11:36 Quote
Ah good, finally a decent set of speakers available for the PC again.
andrew8200m 11th April 2011, 11:57 Quote
I am dissapointed.

So many review sites saying these are brilliant yet our customers who have bought these on an "upgrade" from say the Aego ms have been left with an bitter taste in their mouth and wishing they hadnt. So many DSRs. :(
mi1ez 11th April 2011, 12:20 Quote
Rubber feet? No. Just no.
srx08 11th April 2011, 12:29 Quote
I have a friend who bought these. He was upset when he heard my Klipch 2.1 system. Corsair has to stop expanding into products they know nothing about.
Woollster00 11th April 2011, 14:05 Quote
No comparison to the logitech z5500 which is easily and always will be the best speaker setup for pc systems.
Jipa 11th April 2011, 14:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m
I am dissapointed.

So many review sites saying these are brilliant yet our customers who have bought these on an "upgrade" from say the Aego ms have been left with an bitter taste in their mouth and wishing they hadnt. So many DSRs. :(

More than anything this makes me wonder what on earth your customers were actually expecting.

I've been very pleased with the set, easily the best computer speakers I've heard.
Th3Maverick 11th April 2011, 15:00 Quote
The spec sheet is impressive; it almost looks more inline with car audio than a set of desktop speakers. I wonder if BB or someplace is carrying these that I can take a listen...? And I gotta say: I do love the color scheme.

One curious point, though, and I can't find any pics to help me out on this. Most PC subs are downward firing, and in the review here it was said that the sub enclosure is sealed. What's the air port for, then?
lancer778544 11th April 2011, 15:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Th3Maverick


One curious point, though, and I can't find any pics to help me out on this. Most PC subs are downward firing, and in the review here it was said that the sub enclosure is sealed. What's the air port for, then?

The subwoofer uses a fourth-order closed bandpass enclosure:

http://techgage.com/reviews/corsair/sp2500/sp2500_bandpass.png
PingCrosby 11th April 2011, 16:50 Quote
mmmmmmmm.....sealed chambers....I love em.
Saivert 11th April 2011, 18:12 Quote
Ehh if you are an audiophile you wouldn't visit sites like this in the first place.

So why are there so many pretend-audiophiles in here?
This speaker set is decent for us regular folks,.
Lizard 11th April 2011, 20:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Woollster00
No comparison to the logitech z5500 which is easily and always will be the best speaker setup for pc systems.

The Z-5500 is an awesome set (we've been recommended it for years), but its 5.1, whereas this Corsair set is 2.1 so it wouldn't be a fair comparison. They're for different rooms/types of people.
MSHunter 11th April 2011, 22:10 Quote
At this price you would be better off with a set of Mercury custom V1s and an inexpensive amp like a Cambridge audio or Denon.
nhojnomis 12th April 2011, 00:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by MSHunter
At this price you would be better off with a set of Mercury custom V1s and an inexpensive amp like a Cambridge audio or Denon.

Is it even possible to get a NEW Mercury-Cambridge cobo providing 230W for £200?.........unlikely, I've tried.
vonster 12th April 2011, 04:23 Quote
Are you freaken kidding me?! These speakers sound terrible. It's like a person who owns a civic with a 15inch sub in the back driving down the street.

Personally, I see someone being paid off here. 9/10 for design?!? Come on... those speakers look like such crap.

Honestly, this is a lame review.
Jipa 12th April 2011, 08:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by MSHunter
At this price you would be better off with a set of Mercury custom V1s and an inexpensive amp like a Cambridge audio or Denon.

Is it even possible to get a NEW Mercury-Cambridge cobo providing 230W for £200?.........unlikely, I've tried.

Quick googling shows the V1's are available from £130, and you can easily get a stereo amplifier for £70. Nobody should seriously give a damn about the wattage so I'm not even going to go there. So yes, it is a feasible choice, and exactly that - a choice.

I haven't owned the Tannoys, but I do have a pair of similar (though more expensive) book shelf speakers and a proper subwoofer and I wouldn't want to have those on my desk. I much prefer to have the "proper" speakers with their two huge amplifiers on the TV-desk and the small and cute near field Corsairs on the desk. They also have the headphone jack and volume control on the remote, which I've found very practical. I'm all in for sound quality, but really with computer speakers bigger just isn't always better and you shouldn't just skip the practicality aspect...

ANNNNND no matter what speakers you choose, place them wrong and you ruin them.
Bindibadgi 12th April 2011, 08:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jipa
ANNNNND no matter what speakers you choose, place them wrong and you ruin them.

Not to mention the source of audio ;)
Jipa 12th April 2011, 08:58 Quote
...and the acoustics of your generic flat.
batfink 12th April 2011, 19:11 Quote
Quite why you'd pay £200 for a passive amp and speakers when there are PLENTY of active monitors available for that price or less, I don't know.

Just go look at Studiospares' website. Reasonable looking active monitors for £140.

Anyway, that's if you even have room for two big speakers on your desk. 2.1 sets may be a compromise, but at least the small satellites leave room for a monitor between them.
KMS-oul 12th April 2011, 23:19 Quote
9/10 for design ?!! To me it looks like some bog standard, generic, mid 90's speakers.
hurrakan 13th April 2011, 12:01 Quote
II the current magazine issue of Custom PC, they have reviewed about ten 2.1 speaker systems this month (NOT including the Aego Ms).

They gave the Corsair SP2500s by far the highest rating (87%).
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