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SP2500 upgrade

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by tintin82, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. tintin82

    Hitman

    Joined: Aug 27, 2009

    Posts: 656

    Hi folks,

    I have had the SP2500 speakers for over 5 years now, and whilst great, they have developed an annoying hiss at all volumes (even zero). This hiss is present regardless of the input, or in fact no input. It is not really bad by any means, but sitting a meter away you can notice it as soon as the unit is turned on, but it is a sound that you get used to, although annoying.

    So anyways that got me thinking about an upgrade as the wife often complains of the microwave size sub taking up space on a bookshelf.

    Primary use is music and gaming. I have a AE-5 sound card and want to stick with 2.1. Any recommendations. I want to get value, but do not mind spending to get a good set that will do for years.

    Thanks
     
  2. PapaLazaru

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 23, 2009

    Posts: 17,022

    What's your budget?
     
  3. tintin82

    Hitman

    Joined: Aug 27, 2009

    Posts: 656

    Up to £200, though would go further if I was convinced it was worth it. Ideally I want these to last a long time. Quite disappointing with the SP2500 in that regard. I had it in a repair store a few years ago due to a blown cap, the hiss, and the cover on the sub is peeling. Not the best quality!
     
  4. EsaT

    Mobster

    Joined: Jun 6, 2008

    Posts: 4,289

    Location: Finland

    Sounds like they put in new garbage capacitors, or did half assed job of replacing only couple capacitors, instead of properly replacing all.
    Or was it some warranty repair using original finest Chinese garbage capacitors?
    https://www.reddit.com/r/BudgetAudi.../corsair_sp2500_21_speakers_finally_blew_any/

    Making use of low quality capacitors illegal/environmetal crime would be certainly good way to lower environmental impact of modern society.
    (by making lots of stuff survive in average lot longer)

    Anyway as you mentioned also gaming, have you considered possiblity of headphones?
    Especially some fps etc gaming stereo sucks harder than vacuum.
    And if your head shape is close enough to average you can get very good sense of direction and even feel of distances.
    All it takes is good headphones and using binaural sound simulation of sound card.
     
  5. PapaLazaru

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 23, 2009

    Posts: 17,022

    Audioengine A2 are a good choice within budget. No sub, but no real need for one when sitting so close.
     
  6. WuMyster

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 28, 2012

    Posts: 1,690

    Location: London, UK

    SP2500 are great sounding for their price but the quality of components is absolute garbage. I had 2 sets, both the same issue. Some capacitor blew itself when not even playing anything.

    I ended up going with IKMultimedia iLoud Micro Monitors. Not sure if that would suit you as there's no sub but I don't have space for proper bookshelves.
     
  7. Renegade

    Associate

    Joined: May 1, 2017

    Posts: 21

    Location: Surrey

    I've also got the A2+ in my desktop setup; great speakers with a small footprint. Plus, if the OP wanted more bass he could always connect a separate subwoofer later on via the RCA outputs.
     
  8. monkentage

    Hitman

    Joined: Dec 7, 2004

    Posts: 899

    Location: England

    When mine went pop I replaced them with some kef X300As. I don't miss the sub one bit.
     
  9. lichfield

    Associate

    Joined: Oct 30, 2011

    Posts: 90

    My SP2500 suddenly lost all "oomph" one morning while turning my PC on. Definetly seems to be issues with these speakers. I'm on the lookout for something new too, Has anyone used Creative T40 series 2 speakers at all? I'll have a look at the X300As monkentage recommended.
     
  10. tintin82

    Hitman

    Joined: Aug 27, 2009

    Posts: 656

    Yeah that happened to mine about 3 years ago. Took them to a electronics store and the guy repaired them and they have been grand since (apart from an annoying hiss at all volume levels).
     
  11. lichfield

    Associate

    Joined: Oct 30, 2011

    Posts: 90

    Yeah they just went really quiet, like he amp had gone. Had them for 5 years, I wouldn't mind if I always had them turned up to 11 haha. No wonder Corsair stopped producing speakers.
     
  12. tintin82

    Hitman

    Joined: Aug 27, 2009

    Posts: 656

    I had a look at the Creative T40 series 2 on the back of your last post. They look pretty good, although the auto power off function could be quiet annoying.
     
  13. lichfield

    Associate

    Joined: Oct 30, 2011

    Posts: 90

    Yeah they look pretty decent and good reviews. Yeah the auto power off is weird, but the while gaming it shouldn't be a problem,which is what I mainly use my PC for. I'm just unsure about going from a 2.1 setup to 2.0. Price is less than I was willing to pay though