The T12v3 is the third generation of Orbitsound’s impressive stereo soundbar, successor to the OrbitSound T12 v2. We were impressed by how well its proprietary ‘spatial stereo’ technology worked, generating a convincingly wide sound no matter where in the room you’re sitting, eliminating the traditional idea of a sweet spot.
This new, upgraded version of the T12 brings an improved subwoofer with smoother, tighter bass response, plus the inclusion of higher-quality components within the main speaker are said to achieve a cleaner, more rigid and balanced sound, with louder volume.
It’s a great solution if you want hi-fi quality sound in the living room for TV, movie and music listening, but don’t like the wires and clutter associated with a 2.1 or 5.1 system. It’s discreet too – the compact main unit (605mm wide) can easily be placed on a TV stand and the vertically-orientated subwoofer should be easy to tuck away in a corner.
It’s luxuriously built and highly attractive to boot, boasting a lustrous gloss black finish and a metal speaker grill that gives the unit a stamp of quality – remove it and you’ll expose the six front drivers in all their glory. A red/blue LED flashes when it receives commands from the remote.
The coup de gras is the iPod/iPhone dock found on top, which makes it mega-simple to play your tunes through the system. On the back is a surprisingly generous selection of sockets, including coaxial and optical digital audio inputs, 3.5mm stereo input, analogue stereo input and two composite video outputs that allow you to watch videos from connected iPods.
Orbitsound missed a trick by not providing HDMI inputs, which means you can’t sample the delights of hi-res Dolby True HD or DTS HD Master Audio though this unit, which may have benefitted from Orbitsound’s audio talents, even in stereo.