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probably the best budget soundbar money can buy.,
This review is from: Orbitsound T9 Soundbar - Black (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
I can remember my first Dolby pro logic system,
I watched Armageddon and spent a weeks wages on that system and therein started my sonic appreciation.
Over the years I invested in a YAMAHA who were an early pioneer of soundbar tech when rivals still offered a full 5.1 wired setup.
Now we all know the latter sounds great (depends on where you're sitting mind) but it's not always practical.
Rooms all come in different shapes and sizes too.
Hats off to Bose, who have offered a "lifestyle" system for some years now-albeit for a small mortgage.
When I first heard of Orbitsound I was instantly intrigued by this "Airsound" and it's application, no searching for a sweet spot? True stereo wherever I am in the room?
Other brands had promised this and for me it was like sitting in a hollow cave and to be honest I was losing faith.
DTS, Dolby Digital, not to mention manufacturers proprietary sound systems have saturated the market but without the full speakers setup, left me short changed.
I'm not knocking anyone or thing here, it's purely based on a dedicated opinion, you need only ask my wife how long I've spent tweaking my kit to understand I'm a bit borderline obsessive about getting the best from my products.
I watched Ted's spiel (the inventor) via youtube and became more interested by Orbitsound, this really did seem different.
The TARDIS like speaker enclosures across the range only go on to make you question if this is all possible but hey , 40 years in sound makes him pretty qualified if you ask me.
Cut to now, I went to John Lewis at the Trafford centre and stood motionless for a few minutes after a demo.
Honestly, It felt like getting Castle Greyskull for Christmas as a kid, elated, happy, satisfied, bag it up my good man.
I set it up at home later that day and in the last 48 hrs or so I've thrown (sonically) everything at it and it's simply brilliant.
Depth, clarity, gusto bass all around (and I mean all around me) no hiss, distortion, customizable controls in a sleek remote and the main units satisfyingly made of wood.
Important this, as you don't see Mr Clapton with a metal or plastic guitar do you ?
My wife thinks I can get too technical at times and I could mention cross-cancellation and spatial stereo at source but really all need serve you is that Orbitsound really have managed to encapsulate a lifestyle system that's neat, unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing.
Mine's a T9, and this is the base model, but by no means do I believe this inferior.
Simplicity is also where they gain key ground, no selecting codecs or switching from this to that (other than a fully controllable ipod dock).
Even the cable from the hi-gloss finished main unit to the subwoofer is reassuringly thick and of a high standard.
If this makes me a fanboy then I stand guilty as charged, it's simply one of the best things I've ever bought and I urge anybody interested to go and listen to one.
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2014 20:49:43 GMT
rachel rowntree says:
Love this review it totally sold me on getting this product...thanks for writing a legendary review
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2014 20:55:08 GMT
C. balmer says:
Thankyou for your kind comments.
Almost a year on and it still continues to impress me. This is a Halo product, it truly shows Orbitsound capabilities at a price that beggars belief for how good the sonic reproduction is from this unit.
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