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Another alteration is that the Stereo Width switch from previous versions is removed. It will run only in wide mode, with no mono option. The sockets enable you to connect up to two digital audio sources, two analogue and an iPhone or iPod (including older players without digital output). Apple gadgets can also make use of the video output for showing videos or photos. There is still no display or menu system for the soundbar itself though.

Orbitsound T12v3 soundbar

The top-mounted docking port supports both iPhones and iPods

The system gives a definite boost to audio quality compared to the flimsy, boxy performance of most modern tellies. Dialogue or singing remain vivid, even if the soundtrack is busy with sound effects. And for such a slim enclosure, it delivers a decent midrange response. Mark Strong’s sonorous narration in Who Do You Think You Are resonates warmly, as does the booming soundtrack to Channel 4’s Fresh Meat. It makes an effective and convenient music system too.

The subwoofer is passive, hence its amplification is handled in the soundbar, but it has plenty of impact, particularly when playing the Dexter opening sequence or High Violet by The National on an iPod. However, the product would benefit from being able to fine tune the sub’s dominance, as it can be over-loud at times. Alas, changes to the T12's bass control also affect the midrange output from the soundbar. The sub also comes with a very short cable but that’s easily replaced.

Orbitsound T12v3 soundbar

Give your telly a boost without cluttering up the lounge

Verdict

As a whole, the Orbitsound T12v3 cannot replicate a surround array of separate speakers and high powered AV receiver, but you shouldn’t expect it to. Such a set-up would involve a higher cost and require speakers all around the room. And even then, the ‘sweet spot’ can be more restricted than with the Orbitsound, which serves as a desirable upgrade for your TV and also delivers a very respectable two-channel audio output. ®

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Orbitsound T12v3 soundbar

Orbitsound T12v3 spatial soundbar

Orbitsound T12v3 Spatial Stereo Soundbar with iPod/iPhone dock
Price: £299 RRP

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