Originally Posted by gasrc
The sub does have it's limits though. I found that for the most part, the Orbs are really nice. I have the People's Choice setup and most movies doe fine. The Starwars, Ep 1 pod racing scene was supprisingly enjoyable. Watching U-57, the sub didn't sound bad, but didn't really deliver....but I really didn't expect it too. It did good for it's size plus the room is not very well setup for the sub to really do well. I read a review that the sub showed its limits on the 'tap' scene of "Finding Nemo." (chapter 25, I think) I tried it. It wasn't too bad for me. There was some cone noise though. I pretty much just had to turn "The Incredibles" off . The sub was struggling too badly and sounded bad. If I were about to cut out everything below 25hz (pulled-out-my-butt figure), maybe the sub would have done better for that film. The sub is not bad, it just has limits that a 8" sub should have. There are some times when the sub is quite suprising though. The rest of the speakers sound great to me. I even put my reciever on All-Channel-Stereo and popped in some music and turned it up pretty loud. There was no strain, cracking, or any bad sound coming from the speakers.
I'm not disappointed with my purchase, I'm just having mental issue with having paid considerably more for it than the SVS 5.1 (with PB12-NSD sub) that I just bought. But, I bought the Orb system for the living room, where I didn't want any of the audio/video items to take up much space or stand-out visually, except the flat panel TV.
You summed up my thoughts exactly!
I had the SVS 5.1 (with the PB12) but returned it for aesthetic reasons given the purpose of the room (Kids shows/non-HD viewing/some light TC) and went with the People choice (MOD2s all around). The price did hurt some as the SVS set is in a different class IMO.
It was hard losing that PB12, really hard but, given the junction boxes I had already and the ease of mounting the orbs w/the junction box mounts, their size and use it was a no brainer. I'm considering asking Orb to take back the sub and buying an SVS as a replacement (or possible a B-stock super 8 to add to the system).
That said, having the SVS in house (I own an SVS PC39+ for the main system upstairs) I can't wait for their mid-tower line as it will be perfect for my main system (if not a bit of overkill due to the room size =D
Customer service with Orb Audio was great as well, one of my Orbs was DOA and they swapped it out ASAP.
Just be sure to base your purchase on your needs and set expectations.