Corsair SP2200 2.1 Speaker System ReviewnVidia_Freak - March 17, 2011
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Corsair's SP2200 is its first venture into desktop audio, and it's rather average. There are a few things things I think could use some fixing. First, the size of the drivers that the satellites use is very small at 2" across. This size of driver is more suited to reproduce treble and very upper midrange but these small drivers are being asked to cover not only that, but the entirety of the midrange down to mid-bass. This makes for a somewhat honky sound signature. Second, the subwoofer potentiometer should only control the volume level of the subwoofer and not the bass output of the satellites. Although this abnormality ended up working in favour of the SP2200, that's just not how it's supposed to work. Third, the tolerable variance between drivers at 5dB is very high, and in the case of the sample I received, very noticeable. This had the adverse effect of making low level listening and gaming very difficult since the volume must be increased to mitigate the obviousness of the channel imbalance.
On the other hand, with bass level at approximately 1/4 of max. the SP220 becomes a much nicer speaker system that is small and attractive and that can be connected to three devices at once. The SP2200 is a decidedly average speaker system, and I would recommend it if you have the ability to use it at moderately high levels. The only problem then is the price. Currently it can be had as low as $90 with most places selling for approximately $100. As a moderately powered 2.1 system with a few drawbacks, I don't feel it's worth so much money. Were it priced somewhere around $70-$75 I would recommend giving it chance. If you can find it for that much either used or on sale, try it out. Otherwise, let it pass.
- Can be used with three devices simultaneously
- Overpowered subwoofer
- Satellite drivers are small
- Subwoofer potentiometer affects satellites
- Very loose and audible output level variance