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Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speaker System and HS1A Headset

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It was back at the Consumer Electronics Show that we first caught a glimpse of the Corsair SP2500 2.1 channel speaker system. Dave and I were traversing the show floor while our compadres Mat and Jennifer were off gallivanting at a few private meetings at some lavish Las Vegas hotels. As we headed straight into the Corsair booth to check out some new cooling gear, new solid state drives, and a slick, white 600T case, we walked right passed the SP2500s, which were positioned on and end-cap at one of the corners of the booth. As our discussion with reps from Corsair winded down, we asked if we had seen all that Corsair was featuring for the show. The answer was no.

At that point we were escorted to the SP2500 demo and became more interested as the demo progressed. In a former life, I was a bit of a wanna-be audiophile and was immediately intrigued by the use of a fourth-order closed bandpass subwoofer enclosure, integrated DSPs, class-D amplifiers, and bi-amplified satellites, among a handful of other features. Although the idea of a 2.1 speaker system isn’t terribly exciting to some users in this era of multi-channel gaming audio and 5.1 channel speaker systems, the technology employed by the Corsair SP2500 2.1 channel speaker system grabbed our attention. Not only that, but the simple fact of the matter is, most PC users don’t have the right room and / or desk setup to properly configure a surround sound speaker system. If you own a high-end, 5.1 channel speaker system and your rear satellites aren’t positioned properly, at the right angle and distance from your ears, don’t scoff at the idea of an advanced 2.1 channel system. Odds are the 2.1 channel setup sounds better than the muddled mess that is an improperly setup and configured 5.1 channel speaker system.

That’s enough backstory and ranting. Take a peek at the Corsair SP2500 2.1 channel speaker system’s specifications and features below and then we’ll take a tour of the kit and give you our impressions. We’ll also be featuring a great companion to the SP2500s a little later, Corsair’s recently released HS1A headset. There’s lots to get to, so let’s crank things up to 11 and get this party started.


Corsair SP2500 2.1 Channel Speaker System
Specifications & Features

  • 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” 40W (IEC60628-5 24hr continuous rating) midrange drivers
  • 1” 16W (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
Package Contents

  • Subwoofer
  • 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

Looking strictly at the numbers, the Corsair SP2500 2.1 channel speaker system may not seem overly impressive. Only 2.1 channels, only 232 total watts, an 8” subwoofer, etc. But there’s definitely more to the numbers. As we’ve mentioned, a 2.1 channel setup may be ideal for users who cannot properly install and configure a 5.1 channel system (and no, sticking your rear satellites on the floor, under your desk is not adequate). Those 232 watts are an actual, measured RMS rating, not some meaningless peak power rating, and that subwoofer is wrapped in a tuned enclosure that minimizes distortion and maximizes output. The bottom line is the Corsair SP2500 speaker system has a lot going for it, that the numbers don’t explicitly show.

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Noticed an ongoing error.

3” 16 watt midrange and a 1” 40W ferrofluid-cooled silk diaphragm tweeter

40 watt midrange class-D amplifier and 16 watt tweeter class-D amplifier

Which way is it? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the 3" midrange should be 40W, with the 1" tweeter at 16W

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Yup. Will Fix. Corsair's actually got the specs wrong on their site and I just carried over the mistake. :)

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Thanks for the article I have been eyeing these and wondered how they perform. I have the HS1 Headset and I love it. I recently bought some speakers but I am not completely happy with them so these are tempting.

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I will like to pick up a new headset as mines is about to give any day now... :D. I would love to get the speakers too but i was looking for a 5.1 system, i will just have to deal with my monitor's built in speaker and my head set for now. Logitech should have some old controllers laying around!!!!! My controller for the speaker broke and the whole thing is basically useless :(

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Man, it seems like stereo sound will be rocking until the day sound days, and we have implants implanted that allow us to feel sound in every way possible.

Logitech should have some old controllers laying around!!!!! My controller for the speaker broke and the whole thing is basically useless :(

Tell me about it, the subwoofer for my X-530 is blown to high-heaven, surely Logitech has some subwoofers lying around for my poor 5.1 sound system...

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I had the same issue with the controller on my Logitech ZX 560's. In my case I was able to take it apart and found the issue to be a loose wire.

Anyway I really like the look of these Corsair speakers.

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I'm pretty sure Logitech sells spare parts for thier speaker system. I know they do it for some gaming mice.

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Not for products that are not in manufacture any more, that's according to their customer support. :(

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These speakers look great. Clean Lines and not a lot of unnecessary flash & bling to them. They are a tad on the expensive side, but are probably worth the money.

I need a new controller for one of my older 2.1 speaker systems too. It's a Microsoft Sound System II. When it works, it's amazing to hear.

I also have two pair sets of JBL 2.1 Creature-II's that sound great too.

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Bandpass boxes tend to be HUGE... and this subwoofer looks to be no exception to that. lol

Got any dimensions on that bad boy?

Nevermind, found them!

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