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The driver arrangement of the spherical satellite speakers is intriguing. The 1in tweeter (ferrofluid cooled, neodymium magnet) is suspended in front of a 4.5in midrange woofer using an arm permanently attached to the frame of the speaker. This coaxial-style arrangement allows the high and mid-range frequencies to emanate from the same part of the speaker, which could help to achieve a fast, cohesive sound. In terms of spec, the satellites can handle up to 80W of power and boast a frequency range of 75Hz to 20kHz.
With the cables permanently attached to the back of each satellite, setup is quicker and less fiddly than a standard 5.1 system. Only the subwoofer is tricky to install, due to its hefty weight and the various pieces needed to put it together, not to mention little things like fitting the light bulb.
The sub features a row of five dials that let you tweak its performance to suit the satellites, as well as the acoustics of your room. They control volume, crossover, bass boost (up to +6dB), bass contour (35Hz, 40Hz and 50Hz) and phase shift.
If you’re so inclined, you can personalise the system to suit your décor with optional rings that fit around the diameter of each speaker. The available colours are black, white, grey, red and blue, and they’re made of ‘soft touch’ rubber. You can also buy coloured speaker domes that slot onto the front (available in black, white, grey, orange and blue), fashioned from a fetching combination of aluminium and cloth. At £12.95 a pop for the rings and £45 for the domes, these extras aren’t cheap, but when you’ve spent over £5k on the speakers it’ll seem like peanuts.
Within the Oh range, the speakers can be bought with other types of stand – a multi-position block support (£649), which can be attached to the wall or ceiling, or a ‘high stand’ (£849) that looks a little like a retort stand from a school science lab. Both options are striking and distinctive.