Orbitsound T12 review

A neat system but sonically it doesn’t knit together especially well Tested at £250.00

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Our Verdict

A neat system but sonically, it doesn’t knit together especially well

For

  • Decent alternative standard TV speakers
  • iPod connectivity and full control via remote

Against

  • Bass notes sound flabby and ill-defined
  • lack of integration between sound bar and subwoofer

The soundbars we review are usually designed to deliver surround sound. Not the T12. There are no HDMI inputs, surround sound processors or video upscalers here.

The sensibly sized speaker (slightly wider than a DVD player) contains eight drive units and comes with a subwoofer. The bar features an integrated iPod dock and analogue inputs – useful if you want to replace your TV's speakers.

An auxiliary input means you can connect an additional source. There's also a remote control that gives full control over iPod menus.

Spatial stereo, but no surround
Instead of attempting to create surround sound, the T12 uses airSOUND technology to create a more spatial stereo sound. There's a switch on the back of the bar that offers three settings: off, normal and wide.

With airSOUND turned off, music sounds muffled. Switch it to wide and, while the volume of the side speakers is increased, the sound is messy with vocals and instruments tripping over each other. The T12 performs best when set to normal.

Bass is detached and ill-defined
There's no real harshness or brightness in the treble. It's only when you switch to tunes with a decent amount of bass that the T12 is sent into a tizz. The bassline of Gwen Stefani's What you Waiting For kicks in, and makes the sub sound detached.

Consequently the system fails to deliver a coherent, rhythmic rendition of the song.

To its credit, the bar does a perfectly decent job when used as an alternative to tinny-sounding flatscreen speakers, but that subwoofer is a sticking point and one that prevents the T12 from really blossoming.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.orbitsound.com
Brand NameOrbitsound
Product TypeSound Bar Speaker
ManufacturerOrbitsound Ltd.
Manufacturer Part NumberT12
Product NameOrbitsound T12
Product ModelT12

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • T12 Sound Bar Speaker
  • Head Unit (Soundbar) with iPod dock
  • Subwoofer
  • Remote Control
  • Power Supply
  • Subwoofer Speaker Cable
  • Mains Cable
  • Handbook
  • Audio Connection Cables
  • iPod Dock Adapters
Compatibility
  • iPod
  • TV

Technical Information

Minimum Frequency Response40 Hz
FeaturesairSOUND Technology
Maximum Frequency Response16 kHz

Audio

Subwoofer TypePassive
RMS Output Power80 W

Physical Characteristics

Subwoofer Height46 cm
Width60.5 cm
Depth11 cm
Subwoofer Width23 cm
Height10 cm
ColourHigh Gloss Chinese Lacquer
Dimensions10 cm (H): 60.5 cm (W): 11 cm (D)
Subwoofer Depth23 cm

Power Description

Power SourceAC Adapter, DC Adapter

Warranty

Limited Warranty12 Month