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Corsair's entry into the Audio arena is something we've keenly followed here at the Digit test labs. In fact we were fairly impressed by the Corsair HS1 headphones that we'd got our hands on sometime back and since then were eager to try out the Corsair SP2200 speaker set. Much to our delight the SP2200 has been with us for quite some time and so without much ado lets delve into each of the aspects of the speaker system targeted at gamers. The satellites have a fairly small footprint which is good for cramped desks and huge gaming mats considering these are after all aimed at gamers. The front panel of the twin satellites have a metallic grey finish while the body is matte black . The trapezoid shape looks quite attractive while the see through grille adds that raw edge which we're sure gamers would appreciate. The right speaker has all the control dials (volume and bass) and connects to the subwoofer unit via a thick 12-pin proprietary cable. This satellite also features a headphone jack and an auxiliary input for quickly connecting other sources. At the back you have a hardwired 3.5 mm jack going to the PC. The left satellite connects to the subwoofer via what seems like a regular RCA connect.
Okay, Corsair, you’ve gone too far. First you dabbled in Power Supplies and then Computer Cases, but this time you’ve crossed the line and provided us with reasonably priced Speakers!? Whoever would have thought that the prominent solid state memory producer would ever venture into the speaker market? Surely, I didn’t. Today we take a look at the Corsair SP2200 2.1 Speaker System; a 46Watt 2 Satellite, 1 Sub, Ball-O-Fire. Corsairs’ website proclaims that these speakers are, “Designed for gamers and media enthusiasts who want a compact 2.1 speaker system that doesn't take a lot of space. It delivers big gaming sound in a small package.” Today at ThinkComputers we find out how true that statement actually is. Looking over the Corsair SP2200 box you get your fill of all the information your little head could desire regarding this speaker setup. Actually if you get bored from reading the English section you can try to wrap your brain around the Italian and Spanish section. When opening the package you are first presented with a manual (picture page) that will aid you in the use and setup of this tiny power house. The Instructions are very clear and are written so even the most audio illiterate could install these speakers on whatever they desire.
Corsair blew our minds with its first speaker-building effort: The 2.1-channel SP2500 rocked hard. Now the company is back with a scaled-down system, the SP2200. This 2.1-channel set offers smaller and fewer drivers driven by a less-powerful amp. It also lacks the fancy tethered control module, but it’s $150 cheaper than its sibling. Can Corsair wow us again? Yes and no. This is one helluva speaker system for the money, but Corsair can’t defy the laws of physics—or economics. The SP2200 uses a pair of bridged Class D amps to deliver 30 watts to the 6-inch paper driver in the ported subwoofer, while two independent Class D amps drive the 2-inch full-range paper drivers in the satellites with a modest eight watts each (46 watts in total). The satellites in the pricier SP2500 system are bi-amplified two-way speakers, with separate amps driving each tweeter and midrange (232 watts in total). The satellites in the SP2200 consist of full-range speakers, meaning a single driver in each cabinet is tasked with delivering the entire sonic spectrum (or at least all the frequencies above those assigned to the subwoofer). That’s a difficult task, and the SP2200’s satellites tend to over-emphasize the mids and flatten the highs.
Corsair's impact on the PC audio market can only be described as phenomenal. Coming out of the blue with it's HS1 headset, it showed that it wasn't going to do things by half. A month later with the SP2500, Corsair really showed how serious it was about audio. Very few companies could step into a new and highly competitive market with such a splash. Under review today is more audio goodness with the SP2200 PC Speakers, the little brother to the SP2500 reviewed a couple months back. While the SP2500 catered to the high-end segment with its $250 price bracket, the SP2200 aims for the more mainstream segment at $100. With the price difference also comes a size and power difference. At half the price of the SP2500, it's also a quarter of the size with one sixth the power, but don't let that fool you. The power may be down, but the performance is surprisingly well balanced. Let's go over a few details first. The SP2200s are a near-field, desktop PC speaker set taking up a very modest footprint compared to its bigger brother. It's a 46 watt set, measured again by the FTC method rather than 'peak'. Of this 46 watts, 30 goes straight to the 6 inch ported sub unit; a good 65% of the total power.
Corsair, Corsair...we certainly have been seeing a lot of each other, haven't we? I went into this treating it like the usual fling, and, even though you were the best I've ever had, I didn't think anything of it. But then...but then I saw you again. It wasn't as exhilarating as the first time, but there was a curious feeling. After we were finished and you had left, I realised that you were different from all the others. I realised that the feeling I had experienced wasn't mere ecstasy from the throws of passion. No, it was more than that. I didn't just want to do it. I didn't want just anyone, I wanted you. I wanted you. I...needed you. (editor's note: he can't help it, he's a Harlequin Romance novel writer deep down inside). O! Corsair, come into my arms and allow me to hold you tightly. Don't you feel the Unrelenting Jet emanating from my Fountain of Love? Do you not have the same feelings for me that I have for you? O!, I know that you do, I can feel it - I know it. Say unto me that which your heart desires you to. Hold nothing back, for our connection runs far deeper than imaginable. Corsair!, I cannot cannot contain the amount of love I have for you, and, I cannot adequately express my true feelings through the archaic use of speech.