The spatial sound technology, invented by Orbitsound founder and renowned audio electronics designer Ted Fletcher, generates the main audio information from a wide-bandwidth mono transducer, while two smaller spatial speakers, directed at 90° to the main speaker and 180° from each other, produce the spatial information. The interaction between the three speakers means that it sounds like proper stereo when it reaches your ears.
These spatial speakers are 2in full-range drivers located at either end of the soundbar, while behind the grille you’ll find two 1in tweeters and four 2.5in midrange drivers. The soundbar offers a frequency range of 40Hz – 16kHz.
There’s a volume dial on the back, while treble and bass can be adjusted using the remote. On the back of our pre-production sample is a switch that allows us to switch between Off, Normal and Wide settings, but this isn’t found on the retail version – it will be set to Wide at all times.
The T12v3 is a breeze to install and operate. Placement is easy due to the compact nature of the components, while the passive subwoofer (which features a 6.5in woofer) simply connects to the main unit via the supplied speaker cable, sadly using springclip terminals. It’s a shame Orbitsound couldn’t have upgraded to a wireless sub which would have made installation even easier – something to think about for T12v4…
You can press the volume dial on the back to toggle through sources. But day-to-day operation is much easier when using the remote, which has also been upgraded from the previous generation. It features volume, bass, and treble plus/minus keys, centrally placed menu controls and buttons for controlling an iPod (play, stop, skip).