Date: Tuesday , January 11, 2011
For over 15 years, Corsair Memory has manufactured some of the most reliable performance products available to PC users. The company began manufacturing and selling PC memory modules and used the ensuing success to expand its product strategies. The company has went on to create some of the finest PC cases and power supplies available in the marketplace today.
Apparently, the company is never content to rest on its laurels, so it created the HS1 USB gaming headset for the PC audio market. We reviewed that headset in October and found it to be excellent. Shortly after reviewing the headset, we learned the company intended to unveil its first set of 2.1 speakers at the beginning of the new year.
In the last three to four years, the PC speaker market has become stale. Consumers continue choosing products from the last few remaining brands or use home theater components instead possibly because there is no new innovation to be found. Today, we will examine Corsair's SP2500 2.1 speaker system in order to see if this talented company has successfully brought another great product and fresh innovation to the PC audio world.
Corsair's SP2500 speakers have an MSRP of $249.99. The speakers are not widely available yet, so the retail price may vary by retailer shortly after widespread availability should be seen. We received a retail set of the speakers directly from Corsair and we must say, the retail box is absolutely huge.
Just as it did with the HS1 headset, Corsair uses a blue, black, and white color scheme to catch a potential buyer's eye and perhaps create brand association. The box has a life size picture of the speaker set on three sides and a general listing of product features and design philosophy, in three languages, on the fourth side. The top of the box lists product contents and all the technical specifications that a knowledgeable buyer would want to know.
Each speaker was individually wrapped and everything was well padded with many pieces of shaped cardboard isolating each component. The foam paper that wrapped the speakers certainly prevents the possibility of the speakers becoming scratched during shipping. All of the necessary wiring was individually wrapped as well. Nothing was just "thrown in the box."