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Orbitsound T12v3 review



  • Recommended by TR
Orbitsound T12v3


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  • Excellent sound quality
  • Dashing design and high-quality construction
  • Easy to install and operate


  • Sub not wireless
  • Bass a tad boomy at times
  • No HDMI inputs

Review Price £249.99

Key Features: Spatial stereo technology; Optical and coaxial digital audio inputs; Supplied subwoofer; Built-in iPod dock; Bass and treble adjustments

Manufacturer: Orbitsound

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.

Orbitsound T12v3

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.

Orbitsound T12v3

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 T12v3

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.

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August 14, 2012, 1:13 pm

The review points to the cheapest deal from PCWorld or Currys. I bought this unit but subsequently discovered that it is not the unit which is reviewed here. I contacted Orbitsound support and got the following reply:-
'The product you have purchased is the Currys Orbitsound Bar. It is a different model to the T12, but is not an older model. The Orbitsound Bar mainly differs aesthetically, with a material front panel - instead of the T12s metallic grill - and a smaller subwoofer. Both models have the same technology and power output.'


February 1, 2013, 5:18 pm

Pretty good until you switch to an HD channel on a Samsung TV and then you seem to haver a large 500cc single cylinder motorbike in the room!


August 25, 2014, 6:34 pm

Sound is great, but I hardly ever use it because the remote is such a useless piece of kit I find it impossible to switch to the correct input or to alter volume, etc. therefore I have pretty much given up using it. I find it hard to believe any company feels it will build up customer loyalty by providing such a useless component to what would otherwise be great kit!

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