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Features, Setup and Operation

By Danny Phillips

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Orbitsound T12v3

Summary

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9

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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.

Orbitsound T12v3

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.

Orbitsound T12v3

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.

Orbitsound T12v3

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…

Orbitsound T12v3

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).

IanR

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.'

finchamgroves

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!

Debendavey

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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