Additionally, lest your wallet's not padded enough or your aural needs not quite so extreme, today sees the debut of Corsair's more modest SP2200 2.1 set for $99 alongside the introduction of an HS1A gaming headset, the latter being an almost carbon copy of the well received HS1 from last year, save for the replacement of the USB connector with a more conventional analog one.
Corsair SP2500 2.1 speakers unboxing and hands-onSee all photos
SP2500 2.1 speakers
- Highly detailed bass response
- Volume goes to 11 and beyond
- Separate controls for volume and bass
- Enormous subwoofer
- Remote control can be fiddly
- Mostly useless EQ presets
The inevitable first thing you'll notice about the SP2500s is their sheer bulk: they come packaged in a box the size of which we haven't had to deal with since we stopped buying 20-inch CRT monitors. Padding and arrangement inside the box were both beyond reproach, however, as we were able to unbox and unwrap everything without scratching our heads once. Setup was also a cinch, as evidenced by our total lack of regard for the manual. Hell, we don't even know if one came in the box, it certainly wasn't necessary. Praise must also go to Corsair's exhibition of the lost art of creating packaging suited to re-boxing a product. We tend to be hopelessly lost when trying to repackage big products to return to their manufacturer, but the setup here was very intelligently laid out and made that bit a doddle as well. It's almost like these guys know what they're doing.
In truth, you'll be doing yourself a great disfavor if you never take these puppies out for a ride in boomtown. We didn't find enough of a difference between them and our usual Logitech X-230s when going about our daily business of trolling YouTube and listening to our collection of gangster rap classics, but then we put Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy soundtrack on and turned things up. The sound stage presented by the SP2500 is very impressive (though obviously not in the same class as a full 5.1 speaker system) and we'd go so far as to say that the sound it delivered was closer to what we heard while watching the new Tron movie in the cinema than what we can obtain from our usual desktop cones.
The wired remote control unit for the SP2500 comes with a 1.8-inch LCD, which color-codes the speakers' ideal volume range. Unsurprisingly, the green-shaded area for best output is way up in the high end, which yet again reiterates the point that this 2.1 set is designed to raise mayhem first and foremost, but also serves as a reminder that you should probably look elsewhere if you keep to more moderate volumes. The remote control itself is impressively versatile -- with separate sliders for bass and overall volume, a bunch of EQ modes (we didn't find any of them more appealing than the default output), and a very handy headphone-out jack -- though we do have a couple of grumbles to share. One is that the LCD used is of a poor quality, which typically wouldn't matter -- we're not so fanatical about high pixel density as to demand it here -- but the viewing angles are terrible and that can't be readily forgiven on a peripheral that you'll most often look at from an oblique angle. The blue and green sections of the volume bar both discolor to the point of being indistinguishable from one another. Our second complaint is that the cable wired to the remote is too stiff, elevating its rear end slightly and never allowing it to lay perfectly flat on our desk.