I just got a Mod1 quickpack in the mail yesterday for my 2.1 TV/living room setup. The wife was NOT digging the bookshelf speakers sitting on (and nearly falling off of) the mantle... And, of course, when we hung the TV I told her I wouldn't want to add a bunch of big speakers and cables...
Anyway, I am initially quite pleased. They definitely require a subwoofer, and not just if you're an audiophile type. They start going "flub flub" if you try to force the bass out of these things.
This seems to bring out the worst in my cheap 12-inch sub as well. So now I'm going to be checking the Black Friday deals for a better but smaller one (WAF is a concern here as well). Right now I like the Energy ESW-8 for $160. http://www.amazon.com/Energy-ESW-C8-.../ref=pd_cp_e_3
I'm pleased with the Orbs for my very minimal 2.1 setup. Sounds great for movies and really fills up the room. "Lord Of The Rings" is sort of my test and it sounded wonderful, with the Ents stomping around and groaning, etc.
I don't foresee needing any Mod2s unless I was going to do a full surround system and needed extra for a center channel.
I ordered white, which seemed like breaking some kind of law (wtf white speakers?) but it really looks nice and blends in.
It's impressive how well they fill up the room. They are doing the job better than my Klipsh bookshelfs were for sure, which sounded kind of isolated and directional and seemed to misplace the dialog during movies. It's also a lot easier to set up the Orbs at the proper listening height.
When A/B'd the Klipsch sounded muddy and had kind of a ripping-paper quality when trying to handle highs like strings and cymbals. The Orbs seem ideal for movie scores but maybe not rock music (which I happen to love). Reedy woodwinds and cymbal crashes shine nicely with the Orbs.
It'll do just fine for music in a non-critical scenario though. I like to have some in the background while I get ready for work. And honestly, a lot of rock music doesn't sound that great to begin with, so you can't blame the speakers.
The Orbs do seem to have kind of a hollow quality for vocals at times, which probably isn't helped by my room's wood floors and opening up to other rooms on both sides (and a hallway!). I'm wondering if this is more of a room problem than an Orb problem. I'm thinking this might be what the above post meant by "nasally." It's almost resonant.
As usual, all this has really done is make me want to acquire more speakers (the Klipsch need to go)!!
Happy Orbing. I'm glad these things exist because I have few options at this size. Very nice product and I hope they break in even better.