The sense of space the soundbar creates gives a good level of immersion when watching films. It’s not as encompassing as a quality 5.1-channel surround sound setup, but it’s not trying to be. It is we think, a more immersive and enjoyable effect than virtual surround sound. And arguably, it’s less distracting and fatiguing to listen to sound coming from the direction you’re looking, which lets you concentrate more on the picture.
It’s with music that the Orbitsound T12 v2 really excels, though. With an iPod plugged into the system’s dock – or any other source connected for that matter – the special stereo tech really shows its prowess. Again, that the subwoofer isn’t always entirely cohesive is an occasional problem, but the high- and mid-range performance of the soundbar is sunblime.
The Orbitsound T12 v2 does a great job of resolving detail in tracks played through it. Vocals in particular come across well-defined, standing out from the rest of the mix, but without sounding detached. There’s a great sense of placement in the instrumentation, too. You can really get a sense of where in the mix that guitar, or those drums, or these violins were placed during production.
You’ll get the same effect when sitting in the sweet spot of any stereo speaker set-up of course, or when wearing a high-end pair of headphones, but the beauty of the Orbitsound T12 v2 is that its spatial stereo tech works irrespective of where you are in relation to the system.
Letting the side down is the remote control. While the buttons are logically laid out, they’re installed in cheap and nasty plastic that feels horrible in the hand. And while it does its job, there’s no denying that for a lot of potential buyers, the subwoofer will prove inconveniently large. If Orbitsound can produce an all-in-one system similar in size to just the soundbar part of this unit, it’ll really be onto a winner.
The Orbitsound T12 v2 soundbar produces an almost eerily immersive stereo output that’s truly a pleasure to listen to. While we have a few niggling criticisms, they’re not with the system’s performance.
Score in detail
Sound Quality 9