Yes, I admit the title is a bit provocative. But in times where the gamer of the world grumbles about four-digit graphics card prices, the 845 Euros for a much more durable sound furniture like the Nubert nuPro SP-200 almost seems like a special offer. Graphics cards are pure wear objects whose half-life usually does not exceed 2-3 years before you replace them with the next, then more up-to-date bolide. With good speakers, on the other hand, you get something durable, because they can last 10 years and usually much longer.
So how about high-end on, rather than under, the table for once? The Nubert nuPro SP-200 are de facto a kind of compromise and the Einstig nuPro series from Nubert. Price and performance-wise, they are far above the nuBox A-125 and actually much closer to the nuPro X-3000 RC. Compromise because the nuPro SP-200 is not based on self-sufficient and combinable individual boxes, but a true pair of active master box (right) and passive slave (left). This saves costs, but it also narrows the flexibility somewhat. I’ll show you how to swap channel assignments for digital inserts in the teardown on page three. In addition, the app control has been omitted, but that is not really a tragedy.
Accessories, scope of delivery and general
The boxes are thus supplied as a permanently connected pair. Thus, the accessories are also suitable, because the 3 meter long, very sturdy link cable with the XLR-style angled plugs and cap nuts first catches the eye. This is used to connect the power amplifiers for treble and mid/bass to the passive speaker. In addition, there is a simple German user manual, a magnetically adhering front cover per box, the 2-pin and also 3 meter long power cable, a 3.5 mm stereo RCA cable and Toslink cable each with a length of 1.5 meters, a short HDMI cable (High Speed with Ethernet), 4 self-adhesive rubber pads (bumpers) for decoupled placement, as well as a quite valuable infrared remote control including batteries.
The remote control, which comes with a pre-installed button cell, fits well in the hand and includes all functions and defaults that can be set on the pair of speakers. In terms of design, it resembles the operation of the larger boxes, but differs somewhat in functionality. However, I’ll get to the special features of the adapted tone control in a moment.
In times of increasingly difficult to find components and broken or disrupted supply chains, it takes a bit of courage to launch a completely new series. Here Nubert has, also to prevent a certain fragmentation, for the complete SP series on almost identical electronics, which can be found both in the nuPro SP-200 and in the floorstanding speakers SP-500 as well as the soundbars nuBoxx AS-425 and AS-3500. The output power of the amplifiers and the power of the respective power supply are different, but the basis always remains the same.
Speaking of globalization, the active nuPro series is now manufactured entirely (under supervision) in Asia. Together with a main manufacturer known in the industry, the products of the “furniture joinery” together with the products of the specialized suppliers of all components, such as the chassis and printed circuit boards, together with the appropriate selection of components, also give a well-rounded picture. The sentence still applies here that you get exactly what you pay for – with the necessary addition that you then also monitor it sufficiently well on site.
Technical data and manual
I had already mentioned the most important technical data, but better safe than sorry – here is everything again in a compact, tabular form:
At this point, I would also have the four-page manual in digital form for the very conscientious, before we turn to the details and unboxing on the next page:nupro-sp-200-500-bedienungsanleitung