Corsair SP2200 2.1 Speaker Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Corsair SP2200 2.1 Speaker Review


Ah PC Speakers. It wasn't very long ago that speakers were divided into two very distinct categories.

On one side of the coin you had two satellites made out of the kind of plastic you find around frozen food that, if pushed really hard, must just about be audible in all their affordable beige glory. On the other were huge sets of 5,6 or even 7.1 speakers made out of hefty wood with huge volume and costing about the same as a high-end GPU.

Thankfully there are now an array of speakers available that provide decent sound quality, decent looks and are around the £40-£50 mark. Today is the first of three reviews of speaker sets fitting that exact criteria, and we're starting with a set with a lot to live up to, the Corsair SP2200.

Regular readers will remember back in April that Tom reviewed their big brother the SP2500 and loved them so much that we could barely stop him waxing lyrical about them to anyone with a pair of ears. Fingers crossed the SP2200 haven't lost too much in the reduction from £200 to £50.

Technical Specifications

Pairing a 6" sub to a pair of 2" satellites should leave you in no doubt as to the main focus of the Corsair SP2200.

  • Frequency response: 40Hz – 20kHz +5/-5dB, -10dB @ 35Hz
  • Total power: 46 Watts total power measured via FTC “RMS” method
  • Subwoofer dimensions: 9.1” x 9.9” x 7.1” (23.1cm x 25.2cm x 18cm)
  • Satellite dimensions: 5” x 3.6” x 5.6” (12.7cm x 9.1cm x 14.2cm)


  • 6” (15.24cm) side-firing, ported subwoofer suitable for desk or floor placement
  • Subwoofer power: 30 Watts, measured via FTC “RMS” method


  • 2” (5cm) drivers
  • Volume and subwoofer output controls integrated in right satellite
  • Up-front auxiliary input and headphone output
  • Satellite power: 8 Watts per satellite, measured via FTC “RMS” method

I/O and Controls

  • Three inputs for maximum flexibility:
    • 3.5mm stereo PC input
    • RCA stereo auxiliary input for gaming consoles
    • 3.5mm stereo auxiliary input on right satellite for MP3 players
  • 3.5mm headphone output
  • Main volume and subwoofer output control dials on right satellite

Package Contents

  • Subwoofer
  • Satellites (Two)
  • Power cable
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Most Recent Comments

12-09-2011, 09:04:06

I could do with some new speakers and was half tempted by these until I read about the bass, I like to have the perfect balance between mids and bass but too much of either does my ears in.Quote

12-09-2011, 10:56:14

They look good, but personally I reckon it would be worth spending the extra for the 2500 edition.

For now, I'm still rocking some Cambridge Audio SBS52's Quote

12-09-2011, 11:02:17

I'll just stick with my headphones for now. They have a good mix of bass and the rest of the sound.Quote

12-09-2011, 13:39:25

i thought these were quite good i was gna get a setQuote

13-09-2011, 01:20:24

I have a set of these, and I totally agree with Bryan on this. Anything above 10 - 11 o'clock is too much bass. I think the best is probably within the 8 - 10 o'clock depending on the audio source you're listening to. The sound quality is still really good, although the midrange is being produced by the bass. If you turn up the bass too much it will get overpowered and the sound becomes really muddy.

I tested it without a sound card, connected to a PC, and then directly to a media player. It will definitely be enough for a small room, and especially enough if you're going to use it for general home theatre use. Turning the dial over 12 o'clock max would definitely be a big NO. While watching movies and music, I couldn't hear any distortion at max volumes; if there is, it's really minimal.

For the price, I think it's actually a good purchase for those who want to replace existing 2.1 systems or upgrade from an inexpensive 2.0 speaker set. Quote

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