Corsair SP2500 Gaming Audio Speakers Review

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TonyWinslet

Wanted to upgrade from my five year old Logitech Z-2300, so bought the Corsairs SP2500. They cost me $260 which is a lot of money for a 2.1 computer speakers.

Assuming that my older Z-2300 costs $110, the performance benifit is NOTHING. Of course it has a lot of gizmos, lcd screen & DSP. But I am quite an old man, all that I love is sound quality & nothing else. And sound quality wise my personal view is Z-2300 is better than SP2500.  

Comparing to my old Z-2300, the SP2500 satellites are bright but at the same time more hollow. They are also quite painful to hear for a sustained period. Z-2300 satellites are more smooth & does not strain my ears at the same volume. Even though SP2500 have separate midrange & tweeters(one of the main reasons why I bought these) they definitely sounded more empty to me than the Z-2300.

For example in a chorus track, I can hear some voices while the rest of the voices are muted while the sound seemed harsh. Playing the same track on Z-2300 the sound is much more pleasant to hear & also I can hear all the voices. I tried every equalizer setting from the control pod of SP2500, nothing helped. Every preset equalizer accentuates some frequencies & drop other frequencies. So, you never get what you want.

Comparing the base between the two, SP2500 goes a little bit deeper than Z-2300 but is much less defined than Z-2300. Compared to SP2500 base Z-2300 seems to be a bit lousy, but the kind of music I manly hear are classical, pop, jazz, instrumental the Z-2300 seems to produce more accurate & natural base than SP2500. Maybe the youngsters with a lot of techno & hip hop love the SP2500 base, but they are definitely not my taste. I love acoustic base and not techno base. 

Also the volume knob is very disturbing & unpredictable. The volume goes up & down by preset discrete levels in bars. They are definitely going back and according to me is not even worth the $260 price tag. I am quite depressed since only after reading the review from MaximumPC I went to buy the SP2500. I think I have to go for some bookshelves now. 

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bingojubes

just installed these on my desk, but am wondering about "levels" with the control piece.

right now i have both 2 notches into the green level, but it gets a bit too loud for me, so i left the sub woofer 2 notches into the green level, and the main volume down to a comfortable level. should this be okay? i did get a chance to try it out on house music, but no games yet. these speakers are great!

 

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Bimmerchick

Fry's Electronics should have them by end of week, if not already!

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TechLarry

At what frequency do they have the sub crossover at?

I have the high end Logitech's, and I hate them.  They are ok for gaming, but useless for music due to the fixed, ridiculous 125hz crossover point.

My ProMedia Ultra 5.1's finally died after 6 years, and if they were still available I would have bought another set but, alas, they were long discontinued.

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wester71

What a bunch of jackasses.It is simply a review lighten up a bit.You guys would freak if you seen real high-end equipment. It is not the end of the world.SO CHILL!!!

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syderwarp

I have not seen a  $230 price listing to buy them? Cosair site does not have a listing for a store. I found 1 online seller from Amazon for $260 which is not a good deal if MRP is $230. So WTF!? Why review speakers if you can't buy them?! Same with GTX 580 are sold out most retail webstores for last 5 weeks!!!  NewEgg is crap  they have no listing for  highend GTX 580 or Speakers in stock!

PLEASE MAXIUM PC stop reviews for products if you can't buy them!!!!!

I used to luv this mag/podcasts. =(

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Bimmerchick

Fry's Electronics should have them by end of week, if not already!

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MrMick

Corsair announced these speakers at CES, so it's not surprising that they haven't managed to stock store shelves, yet. But we'd rather get you information early to help you make a buying decision than wait until the product has been on the market for several months.

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sas281gt

You had me right up until bandpass.  I'll keep the best computer speakers ever thankyou, Klipsch Promedia.

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logicmaster2003

whoever mentioned 5.1 is overrated.. you're wrong.  As a gamer, you want the full 5.1 sound support so you'll know where the enemy is coming from.  It also work wonderfully for regular audio music use ! its like being at the club

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armada439

I lol at people who insist on buying computer speakers for their computer - my $200 sony stereo does 180 watts to each satellite and 150 to the sub (kinda weak yeah).  Pretty sure the sats are the same size as the sub in that corsair setup...just sayin' - it is pretty damn epic for what I paid all those years ago

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baker269

I guarantee you that your $200 sony stereo does NOT make 180 watts to each satellite. Your looking at peak power and not RMS. Peak power is a made up and useless power rating. Your stereo is more likely to be making 18 watts then 180.

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Keith E. Whisman

Quit complaining guys, new computer speakers don't come out everyday (not even every year) any more. So when a new set of computer speakers come out, it's worth rating them and it's also worth deciding if they are as good as they portend to be. I trust their judgment on this because they use the latest test and rating techniques available to grade and judge computer hardware and software. As this is MaximumPC price is and probably never will be a contributing factor when judging hardware or software except for when that product is labeled as affordable, or budget, and belongs to that group of products. Kinda like the GQ brand at WalMart is supposed to be considered budget pricing and should never cost as much as name brand products. Corsair does offer some budget products, these speakers aren't labeled as such. It's gaming hardware and we all know that Corsair makes highend expensive gaming hardware like their memory thats labeled for gaming is never really cheap, so why would you expect these speakers to be. $250 bucks is really affordable considering the price of the MaximumPC best of the best 2.0 Bowers and Wilkins speakers listed that these speakers have to compete with, you don't compare a 2.1 set to a 5.1 set, but you can compare a 2.0 to a 2.1 rig.

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JonPhillips

"As this is MaximumPC, price is and probably never will be a contributing factor when judging hardware or software except for when that product is labeled as affordable, or budget, and belongs to that group of products."

Keith is right, especially in the portion which I quote above. C'mon, everyone. We're just evaluating a set of interesting speakers based purely on their performance, and not making any arguments about how much the average enthusiast should pay for a set of computer speakers. I'll also add that our brand is called *Maximum* PC and we do gravitate toward the high-end. Not only do we think supreme performance is worth paying for (because PCs are our passion and hobby, and not just utilitarian tools), but even for the readers who can only afford budget parts, it's still important to "callibrate the marketplace" by explaining to people what the high end offers.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

5.1 is overrated. If you're buying $500 speaker sets for a PC, you've got more money than common sense.

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THE_REAL_MAVERICK

These babies are $250 and you say its priced cheap?  This is a 2.1 system not even a 5.1.  This is overpriced, as you can get a good set of 5.1 speakers for well under that.  If you really want the good speakers your gonna choose the others listed in the article, not these. 

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Peanut Fox

If you consider that a good entry level bookshelf speaker usually starts at the $150 range for one and subs of varying quality will go for about $100 to $300 this wouldn't be a terrible deal.  

Looking at the specs sheet, you wouldn't likely find these in my setup, but for someone else.  Something better than entry level for $250 is pretty cheap.

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