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Orb Audio Mod2 Speakers Review

by August 19, 2005
  • Product Name: Mod2 Speakers
  • Manufacturer: Orb Audio
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: August 19, 2005 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 1169
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Satellites

Drivers:  3" polypropylene driver
Efficiency:  89db
Power Handling:  15 - 110 watts
Maximum SPL: >115dB
Frequency Response: 80Hz - 20 kHz
Impedance:  8ohms per sphere
Construction Materials:  American carbon steel, assembled in USA 
Dimensions:  Mod2 On Desk Stand: 4 3/16" W x 9 1/2" H x 4 7/8" D
Weight: 33 oz

Subwoofer

Type: High-performance ported bass-reflex design. 
Port: Precision-tuned flared snorkel port. 
Driver: Super long-throw 8" high-performance driver with composite paper/high density ABS cone. 
Amp:  150 cont/400 max AB, <.1%thd, S/N >95db
Efficiency:  89db
Power Handling:  15 -110 watts
Maximum SPL:  111dB (107dB continuous)
Frequency Response: 28Hz -180Hz
Dimensions:  12" H x 11 3/4" D x 11 1/2" W

 

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Super high WAF (small and cute)
  • Better than expected low end range
  • Very cool
  • Modular

Cons

  • Distorts at higher volumes
  • Unusual wire connection points (bare wire only)
  • May not be suitable for larger rooms

Introduction

Not all of us have the luxury or the ability to spend thousands of dollars on high priced, high performing, extremely accurate but outrageously ugly speaker systems. And those of us that have that ability may often have to deal with a "significant other" whose love of feng shui may be as strong as our love for tight, accurate, and heart stopping bass. All of a sudden, we have to explain why small, cute speakers are simply inadequate for producing the type of sound quality that an audiophile in training longs to possess. And for the most part, this is true until now. Enter Orb Audio. Sold online though their website only, Orbs are offered in a variety of packages: Single Orbs (Mod 1), double Orbs (Mod 2), or any combination you want including mixing and matching the four available finishes (white, black, hand polished steel, and hand antiqued copper).

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As Associate Editor at Audioholics, Tom promises to the best of his ability to give each review the same amount of attention, consideration, and thoughtfulness as possible and keep his writings free from undue bias and preconceptions. Any indication, either internally or from another, that bias has entered into his review will be immediately investigated. Substantiation of mistakes or bias will be immediately corrected regardless of personal stake, feelings, or ego.

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