Corsair SP2200 2.1 Speaker System ReviewnVidia_Freak - March 17, 2011
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The Corsair SP2200 satellites and subwoofer in the flesh. Also in the box are:
- Safety Information foldout
- Information foldout
- Warranty guide
- 'Stop!' paper
- Male RCA interconnect
- Male 1/8" stereo TRS interconnect
- Power brick and cord
Interestingly, both information foldouts present their information in eight languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese, whereas the warranty guide and 'Stop!' sheet provide their information sans Chinese and Japanese. Of note are the information foldout and warranty guide. The information foldout provides several tips for getting the best sound from the SP2200 in various situations. These are, briefly:
- Face the subwoofer port (the vent opening) toward you and keep the 25cm immediately in front of it free of obstruction.
Facing the subwoofer toward you will direct the bass more in your general direction, and keeping the port clear of obstructions gives the displaced air room to move, increasing the richness and deepness of the bass.
- Set the output level of the soundcard or portable music player as high as possible without distortion.
This is more of a safeguard against soundcards with low-quality parts that might not take to gain adjustment so well, or may clip at higher output levels.
- Use a high quality sound card.
The previous ties in with this, because generally, high end soundcards will use quality parts and high end audio processors.
The warranty guide states the terms under which the warranty will be honoured by Corsair. This is Corsair's standard two year warranty that will be honoured so long as the user does not tamper with the product in any way.
The satellites for the SP2200, although seemingly large for the size of driver they house, are at least photogenic. The protective mesh that cover the drivers are removable should they need to be for any reason. As can be seen, they latch onto four holes that each contain screws that hold the driver to the housing. Although this voids the warranty, it's nice that Corsair gives the user the option to fix problems themselves. As someone that likes to tinker and fix things on my own, this is very much welcome. The right side satellite contains the master volume control and a separate volume control for the subwoofer. Along with these controls are two jacks. One of them is a 1/8" stereo TRS output jack for headphones should you want to use those instead of the speakers, though this is hardly ideal. The other is an auxiliary 1/8" stereo TRS input jack for use with other devices.
The subwoofer is also very photogenic and features a 6" side-firing driver. The subwoofer also houses the majority of the SP2200's inputs. From top to bottom these are:
- 1x RCA jack stereo pair (input)
- 1x RCA jack for left satellite
- 1x DIN jack for right satellite
- 1x power jack for use with 17V 2.5A DC power adapter
Though I understand why the 1/8" TRS auxiliary jack is on the front of the right satellite - to make using it with portable devices easier, I think it would look just a little nicer on the back of the subwoofer with everything else. That said, the SP2200 can handle inputs from three separate devices. The third input is in the form of a male 1/8" stereo TRS plug that emanates from the right satellite. Normally this would be used to go to a computer's soundcard, but, just as with any of the inputs, with adapters, anything is possible.