Corsair SP2500 speaker review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/27/2011 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Even though originally dedicated in computer memory and power supply units, Corsair is no stranger to the audio scene as the company already released the gaming orientated HS-1 headset as well (review here)
So before we begin let's have a quick chat about what Corsair is offering you at roughly 180~190 EUR. The product is called the Corsair Gaming Audio SP2500, it is a 2.1 kit (two speakers and one Sub-Woofer) with a Speaker RMS of 232 Watt of of continuous power thanks to six class D amplifiers, the set pairing two bi-amplified satellites with 3-inch drivers and 1-inch ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters. Alongside it you need to place a 8-inch subwoofer in your room..
|Satellite Speakers||1-inch silk dome tweeter; 3-inch midrange paper cone|
|Satellite Enclosures||ABS plastic|
|Subwoofer||8-inch long-throw driver, fourth-order bypass design|
|Subwoofer Enclosure||12mm MDF|
|Amplifier Class||Class D|
|Stated Power Rating||16 watts to each tweeter; 40 |
watts to each midrange; 120
watts to the subwoofer
|Inputs||Two 1/8-inch and RCA for analog stereo|
|Outputs||ATX PSU sockets for speakers;1/8-inch on remote for headphones|
Included in the kit is a a wired remote control which functions as DSP which has some pretty nifty features as it holds a 1.8-inch TFT-LCD color status display. The menu has multi-lingual user interface which we'll take a closer look at in this review of course.
The initial price tag of roughly 250 USD made this kit as expensive as say a Klipsch or Bose 2.1 speaker system, but since we are a few months away from launch prices certainly have dropped quite a bit. You can spot them for 199 USD / 178 EUR. This black colored kit which comes with a 2 year carry in warranty.
- Frequency response: 35Hz 20kHz +/- 3dB
- 232 Watts total power (measured via FTC RMS method)
- Subwoofer dimensions: 18.1 x 10.2 x 11.7 inches (46 x 25.8 x 29.7 cm)
- Satellite dimensions: 4.25 x 4.7 x 6.25 inches (10.8 x 12 x 15.9 cm)
- 8 120W (IEC60268-5 24hr continuous rating) subwoofer with durable rubber surround
- Fourth-order closed bandpass enclosure design
- Bridged dual 60 Watt class-D amplifiers with integrated DSP for 120 Watts of power (measured via FTC RMS method)
- Ultra-efficient integral power supply with 100V 240V AC input
- Bi-amplified, two-way design with detachable audio cables
- 3 16W (IEC60628-5 24hr continuous rating) midrange drivers
- 1 40W (IEC60268-5 24hr continues rating) ferrofluid-cooled silk diaphragm tweeters
- 56 Watts per satellite (measured via FTC RMS method):
- 40 Watt midrange class-D amplifiers with integrated DSP
- 16 Watt tweeter class-D amplifiers with integrated DSP
I/O, Controls and Programming
- PC input on subwoofer
- Dual 3.5mm auxiliary inputs (one on subwoofer, one on desktop controller)
- 3.5mm headphone output with digital signal processing
- Wired desktop controller with high-resolution color 1.8 (4.6cm) TFT display and multi-lingual interface (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese)
- Mod X theatrical audio processing for Blu-Ray and DVD audio that recreates the theater experience
- Dynamic DSP programs and EQ curves for late night listening, environment simulation, and optimal enjoyment of game and movie genres
- Satellites (Two)
- Desktop controller with 6 / 1.8m cable
- 3.5mm to stereo RCA cable for PC input
- Two 6 / 1.8m satellite audio cables with ATX4 connectors
- Power cable
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