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CES 2011: Corsair launches speakers, cases, coolers and more

CES 2011: Corsair launches speakers, cases, coolers and more

The Corsair SP2500 2.1 speakers have a lot of clever features, but will be expensive.

CES 2011: Whereas most companies will launch one or two new products at this year's CES show, Corsair has gone new-product crazy for CES 2011, launching a new range of gaming speakers as well as new cases, coolers, and announcing its first SATA 6Gbps SSD.

The speakers are the headline act though, with the Corsair SP2500 topping the range with a price tag to match. This 2.1 set is set to go on sale for upwards of £200, but Corsair looks to have done plenty to justify the price. Six separate amplifiers, two for each satellite and two for the sub-woofer, allow for some serious noise levels with the set rated at 232W of output.

Digital signal processor-based crossovers also mean that audio is split between the tweeters, mid-range speakers and sub-woofer precisely, and the levels at which this is done can even be adjusted via an integrated 1.8in LCD-equipped control panel.

This also means that adjusting equaliser settings, or switching the bass output from the sub to the satellites can all be accomplished without having to quit your game, or go reaching around under your desk. We've been impresed thus far by Corsair's demonstrations of the SP2500, and are looking forward to giving the set a full review once we're back in the UK.

For those of less extravagant means, Corsair also announced it's mid-range speaker set, the SP2200. Rated at 46W output, this is a more conventional set of 2.1 speakers, with few of the fancy trappings of the SP2500 and a more down to earth price tag to match.

Also fresh out of the factory was a new low-cost liquid-cooling unit, the Hydro H60, featuring a redesigned contact plate and cooling loop, and a smaller version of Corsair's Obsidian case, dubbed the 650D. With a much simplified internal layout from the original 800D it looks to be a great looking case with some attractive features. We'll have to wait until April this year to find out for sure.

Finally, Corsair also confirmed it's first SATA 6Gbps SSD, to be based around the Marvell 9174 dual-core ARM drive controller currently used in the Crucial C300 line of SSDs. Dubbed the Performance 3 Series, Corsair has been very aggressive with its custom firmware and the quoted speeds of 480MB/sec read and 320MB/sec write are certainly encouraging. We were told the drive won't be shipping with Intel 25nm NAND though, at least at first, so prices may well be high.

Looking forward to the new lineup from Corsair? Let us know in the forums.

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Jack_Pepsi 7th January 2011, 11:28 Quote
I know I shouldn't be a chump, but I can't help but really like Corsair products.
The_Beast 7th January 2011, 11:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jack_Pepsi
I know I shouldn't be a chump, but I can't help but really like Corsair products.

Same here, I'm a sucker for Corsair products
raxonb 7th January 2011, 12:09 Quote
ditto
greigaitken 7th January 2011, 12:12 Quote
i dont get throwing proper money at pc speakers.
fine for up to £100 but after that, surely hi-fi stuff is better value, and better quality
wuyanxu 7th January 2011, 12:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Beast
Same here, I'm a sucker for Corsair products
only XMS, not enough :P

so when can we build a Corsair PC? a PC that only uses corsair products. the list is shorter every day: keyboard+mouse, monitors, CPU and mobo.
The_Beast 7th January 2011, 12:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
only XMS, not enough :P

so when can we build a Corsair PC? a PC that only uses corsair products. the list is shorter every day: keyboard+mouse, monitors, CPU and mobo.

That's XMS2 to you :D



BTW I have a HX 750, which I believe to be a Corsair product


This is the new case, kinda meh in my book
http://www.corsair.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/6/5/650d_a.png
wuyanxu 7th January 2011, 12:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Beast
That's XMS2 to you :D



BTW I have a HX 750, which I believe to be a Corsair product
not good enough :P

Corsair Hx620 soon after their release (their first power supply, don't forget), some Corsair XMS2 as well, Corsair DDR3 Dominators and hopefully arrive later today: Corsair Ax850 (their latest and greatest Seasonic built unit, Hx1000 and Ax1200 are not Seasonic built)


the 650D is not good looking, and doesn't have the seperate heat zones in the other D cases. still think the 700D is best Corsair case so far.
greigaitken 7th January 2011, 12:27 Quote
if only they made corsair ships for the bath
Mattmc91 7th January 2011, 12:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Beast
That's XMS2 to you :D



/snip


looks like a shocked face with those silly handles at the top.
azrael- 7th January 2011, 12:36 Quote
Always liked the look of the Obsidian 800D, but likewise it's always been way too big. Looking very much forward to the "shrunk" version. Now, if only I could find out how deep it's going to be. Corsair seems mum on the subject.
do_it_anyway 7th January 2011, 12:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Beast

This is the new case, kinda meh in my book
http://www.corsair.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/6/5/650d_a.png

You are entitled to your opinion. But you're wrong.
'Tis bootiful
pimonserry 7th January 2011, 17:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by greigaitken
if only they made corsair ships for the bath

I'd buy that, and I don't even own a bath.
M7ck 7th January 2011, 18:01 Quote
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I like it although I don't like the side panel handels, I agree with Mattmc91 on the shocked face look.

Edit/ using my very limited paint skills, this is how I would want it to look.

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=421&pictureid=15877
Quote:
Originally Posted by greigaitken
if only they made corsair ships for the bath

oooo that would be cool
wafflesomd 7th January 2011, 18:53 Quote
Six separate amplifiers? Why?
confusis 7th January 2011, 22:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
Six separate amplifiers? Why?

Why not?
The_Beast 7th January 2011, 22:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by do_it_anyway
You are entitled to your opinion. But you're wrong.
'Tis bootiful


Neither one of us is wrong, you like that, I like cleaner lines than the 650D can provide
azrael- 7th January 2011, 22:57 Quote
Well, I wouldn't be opposed to a model '600D', which loses the side window and the handles.

Otherwise, this case does show a lot of rear end... :)
HourBeforeDawn 7th January 2011, 23:15 Quote
you know Im still waiting for a PC based sound system that can out do the Logitech Z-5500 at or less its price point... so far nothing has.
Blackmoon181 9th January 2011, 11:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
you know Im still waiting for a PC based sound system that can out do the Logitech Z-5500 at or less its price point... so far nothing has.

+1

haven't the Z-5500's been out for a while now anyway ? a true testament to their success.

505w of music / explosions from BC2 is a fantastic way to annoy pretty much anyone living around you!
[USRF]Obiwan 10th January 2011, 13:43 Quote
Seems more like a rebrand deal then a actual Corsair product like their memory and cases and PSU's (although I suspect the PSU is also a rebrand)
B1ackbeard 12th January 2011, 12:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
Six separate amplifiers? Why?

It uses two 60W amps, bridged, for the sub, and two each for the satellites. The satellites are independently bi-amplified.
ninety2wo 12th January 2011, 20:50 Quote
What's wrong with Corsair?
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