While the gadgets we play out music on gets smaller and more portable there are times when we still want to have that big sound, and still want speakers that can pack a punch. The Orbitsound T9 is a speaker system with the almost expected iPod dock but offers its own brand of innovative special sound technology.
With its two piece design the speaker system is looking to take up the least space as possible and look good in doing it. With its bassy loud sound it’s looking to have some punch and add to your home entertainment experience. In a market where there are many speakers which allow you to dock your iPod it’s going to have to make a difference to be noticed.
When used with an iPod or iPhone it is easy to get working, the device just slots into the top of the speaker then the slim remote control that is provided is easily used to select the device you are wanting to use for input (and to also control the iPod/iPhone itself).
Other systems that can be used with the speakers are of course the home entertainment system and game consoles, it should also be noted that you can also use it on computers if you have the space for the main block of the speakers on your desk. The subwoofer will probably placed on the floor, this would be less of an issue. The Spatial Sound technology build into the speakers makes the sound high quality wherever you are in the room, so no having to look for that “sweet spot” to get the best sound.
Of course when the speakers are to be part of your living room entertainment system they have to look good. The Orbitsound T9 speakers quite average in style, and with the big sub-woofer and smaller docking system it’s quite an uneven match. The best thing to do really is to hide the sub-woofer (which is usually done anyway) and use the more stylish docking system block in a reachable area. The speakers come in either black or white to match the style of your room (or just style of your iPod of course, depending on your need).
When connecting the speakers to your home entertainment systems, consoles and computers this is of course one of the most important areas. Surprisingly there is no HDMI port as would be expected of most of the latest speaker systems but included in the box for the speakers are plenty of connectors to help you out in connecting things up. There is also of course a connector for headphones.
Testing the sound on the system it’s obvious that the real power is in the bass, somewhat over proportionally. Moving the speakers around the room around a bit the miss-balance can be fixed but the bass is still evident, especially in films and music. As long as you like your sound with plenty of bass this is not that much of an issue really.
This set of speakers is a budget system, so if you can overlook the lack of style and sometimes heavy bass of the sound they are a good choice. They definitely add a new element to the sound produced from your iPod or flat-screen TV and will offer you plenty of entertainment when playing games so they do their job well. Just don’t expect them to look that stylish, especially the big bass.