Feeds
65%

Orbitsound T3 mobile 3D stereo speaker

Get a 3D music soundscape wherever you go

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Whilst listening to a radio documentary on Syd Barrett, strange things began to happen as the T3 went to town on the rather crude stereo placements on Interstellar Overdrive, half of which was now playing in some seemingly impossible position behind the laptop screen. These effects certainly prick up your ears, but so does the puny bass response. Aural pleasures aside, the lack of bass does make for fatiguing listening and, after prolonged testing, it was actually a relief to turn it off.

Orbitsound T3

Urban innit?

In yoof mode, with it dangling round the neck, the T3’s bass response is even more noticeable by its absence. The short lanyard keeps the T3 in close proximity to the ears and heightens the spatial projection. Purists will be pleased to note that, stereophonically, the left and right channel integrity is preserved in this position. While the T3 continues to produce startling effects and can get fairly loud before distorting - something it does with comparative ease - the fact remains that it’s just gutless. While Madonna’s Ray of Light sparkled with spatial gymnastics, it failed to throb and, like most music without a pulse, seemed dead as a result.

So what is Orbitsound trying to pull off here? The hype goes something like this: headphones send direct signals to the lugholes and don’t deliver the same spatial depth without psychoacoustic treatments. The airSound system relies more on physics than digital signal processing and, is thus, ‘purer’ and also affords the listener an awareness of the surroundings. While this may be true, headphones can deliver a decent bass response and have the advantage of insulating the listener from outside disturbances - such as some yoof dangling a distorting Orbitsound T3 on the train home.

Orbitsound T3

Sound in the round

Verdict

Overall, the T3 is best on a tabletop - just remember to turn off the iTunes Sound Enhancer or the T3 will sound very brittle and nasty. Yet the impression is that this is a device that should be given away at trade shows, as proof of concept, rather than taken too seriously. After all, given its somewhat grandiose price tag of £49, you’d want it to have Bluetooth. Instead, given its woeful lack of bass, it’s a rather expensive gimmick. There could be a solution, but not one that airSound audiophile Ted Fletcher would approve of.

SRS' TruBass is a psychoacoustic system that, by using harmonics, tricks the brain into perceiving bass from small speaker systems. Combine airSound and TruBass and you might have something worth hearing. But unless Orbitsound does something to improve the T3’s bottom end, then aural excitement alone is unlikely to be to everyone’s taste. ®

More Audio Gadgets...


Motorola TLKR T7

Olympus LS-10

Bayliss Eco Player

Logitech Boom

Build a business case: developing custom apps

65%

Orbitsound T3 mobile 3D stereo speaker

Spatially, it’s a tease. But sonically, it fails to please.
Price: £49 RRP

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.