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My speakers died the other week, they lasted me about 5 years I guess and they were only £25, they were pretty good but I am looking for something better.

I am interested in getting the SP2500 and SP2200 but cannot find much info/reviews on the 2200.

2500 costs £230
2200 costs £70

huge price difference, but why?
is it worth it to buy the more expensive ones?
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Here are the differences I can see (all regarding the 2200, mostly):
  • Inferior frequency response of 40Hz - 20kHz +5/-5dB, -10dB @ 35Hz as compared to the 2500's Frequency response: 35Hz – 20kHz +/- 3dB (I think that this means the 2500s have a noticeably deeper low end with less low end distortion)
  • 186W less power than the 2500s (the 2200s have 46W of power)
  • 6" subwoofer instead of an 8"
  • The 2200's have a generic description of the subwoofer while it sounds like the 2500s have quite a superior high-end one by saying "8” 120W (IEC60268-5 24hr continuous rating) subwoofer with durable rubber surround" as compared to just "6” (15.24cm) side-firing, ported subwoofer suitable for desk or floor placement" (the 2200's subwoofer power is 30W)
  • The 2200's subwoofer description ends there while the 2500's continues with:
    • 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
  • The Satellite description of the 2200s looks pretty inferior too:
    • 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
  • Here's the description for the 2500's Satellites:
    • Bi-amplified, two-way design with detachable audio cables
    • 3” 16W (IEC60628-5 24hr continuous rating) midrange drivers
    • 1” 40W (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
  • Even that controller on the 2200s sounds cheesy in comparison:
    • 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
  • For the 2500's:
    • 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
    • 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

I may not know what some of this stuff means, but I'll tell you this: I have Altec Lansing VS4121s, and it sounds to me like I'd be downgrading if I bought the 2200s. In addition, based on that one review of the 2500s, it sounds like I'd be making an extremely major upgrade!

But I think that the 2200s would be a considerable upgrade for someone on a very tight budget who has crappy speakers.
Edited by TwoCables - 3/10/11 at 10:54pm
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2200 set is HORRIBLE !
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SP2500 is the best upgrade!
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I might stay away from both.

I considered buying the SP2500 for a long time, and people say it's great, but the one complaint I hear over and over about both systems is that they have a bad midrange and the sound sounds hollow.
post #7 of 26
No purpose buying either of these. The 2500 is getting good reviews, but in that price range, you're already looking at Swan M200MKII's. A little more and you're in A5 territory.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Simca View Post
No purpose buying either of these. The 2500 is getting good reviews, but in that price range, you're already looking at Swan M200MKII's. A little more and you're in A5 territory.
This. For $99, you can get the NHT SuperZero 2.0 speaker set which sounds great with an amp (unpowered so you need an amp) and a soundcard or DAC. A receiver would do OK. I think the Swam M10s are good too but are a little expensive. The A5 and A2 from audioengine are great speakers. You don't need an amp for those.
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klipsch promedia ?
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post #10 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
How do you know?
I bought one last week,,,,,,,,,,,,its heading back to Newcrap for my money back
I have heard 29.99 systems that outperformed the corsair 2200.

thats how I know,I do not think I have been more disappointed
from a single computer product in years - I have wrote corsair as well,
I think they have allot of nerve ,its a 20 dollar system at best
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