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Corsair SP2500 review

Corsair sets sail for high-end audio, with surprising results

Our Verdict

Simply superb audio quality with few, if any, drawbacks.

For

  • Crisp, rich audio
  • Bone-shifting bass

Against

  • Poor TFT viewing angles

Corsair's first speakers have to be heard to be believed. They're that good.

You have to hand it to Corsair, it doesn't do things by half. Recent years have seen it branching gradually from the flash-and-RAM business into new areas, and each new product line has been approached with an eye to quality.

Its PSUs, SSDs and gaming headsets may not be cheap, but by gum, they're good.

After the firm's first foray into gaming audio with the HS1 headset, Corsair now has its sights firmly set on the desktop speaker sector, and its first 2.1 speaker system, the SP2500, is nothing short of a revelation.

The set comprises a desktop control unit, two reassuringly heavy satellites, and a truly titanic sub-woofer, comprising six amplifiers, and capable of a room-filling 232W of output.

Setup is a breeze, and the colour-coded PSU-style plugs mean you simply cannot get your left and right satellites mixed up.

Corsair sp2500

Each satellite features a midrange driver and silk-domed tweeter, each of which is independently amplified to avoid signal-bleed between the midrange and treble, and it's a noticeable difference to the majority of desktop audio setups; the sense of spatial separation between unique sounds is excellent.

Likewise, the fourth-order bandpass construction of the sub, which is essentially an internal partitioning system within the box that filters out undesirable frequencies to minimise distortion, leads to rich, resonant and surprisingly detailed bass-tones.

Corsair sp2500

All tidy innovations that look impressive on paper, and mean that the Corsair SP2500 doesn't come cheap – it'll set you back around £200.

So how does the system sound?

Tech Specs

Product TypeSpeaker System
Speaker Configuration2.1
RMS Output Power232 W
Subwoofer TypeActive
Brand NameCorsair
ManufacturerCorsair
Product ModelSP2500
Product NameGaming Audio SP2500 Speaker System
Product LineGaming Audio
Frequency Response35 Hz to 20 kHz
Input Voltage220 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberCA-SP211EU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.corsair.com
Marketing Information

The Gaming Audio Series SP2500 high-power 2.1 PC speaker system is the product of a design philosophy that embraces the importance of clean, detailed audio reproduction - not just for games, but for movies and music as well.

Building a great PC speaker system is more than about giving you room-shaking power. You also need optimal imaging and positional accuracy, and sonic depth and detail.

Since you have only one speaker system, you don't want to make compromises. That's why we've created the SP2500.

Package Contents
  • Gaming Audio SP2500 Speaker System
  • Desktop controller with 1.8m Cable
  • 3.5mm to Stereo RCA Cable for PC Input
  • 2 x 1.8m Satellite Audio Cables with ATX4 Connectors
  • Power Cable