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post #31 of 1392
Should be no problem at all. The Mod 2s boast high sensitivity and should be able to be driven by just about any receiver. I'd leave it in the 8 ohm mode for maximum power.
post #32 of 1392
why does every one have there orbs crossed over so high. They are specd' down to 80 hz, and I have mine set at 100hz. i am doing something wrong, or is it just peoples preference?
post #33 of 1392
They don't get anywhere near 80. Gary Pelled, Mr. Orb, recommends 150 and that's how they have them set up in the listening room at Orb. Since lots of receivers (particularly older ones) only had 80 or 100 as a crossover, Orb did not want to lose sales by demanding the high crossover. I guess they figure most people probably wouldn't notice the missing frequencies.
post #34 of 1392
So, right now I'm missing out? You think even if I was to upgrade the sub, i would still need the Super 8 for the mid frequencies? I'm about to get a HSU vtf3 mk3. I though just replacing the sub was good enough, but the hsu won't cross over as high as 150. funny thing is, when i called orb about upgrading the sub, they said optimum crossover was 120, but 100 would be no problem at all. was i lied to? talked to orb audio again today, and they stated 120 as the best crossover point.
post #35 of 1392
Anyone running orb audio satellites with a 12inch or larger sub? I want more kick than the super 8 gives down low, but the recommended crossover point for the orbs is 120hz.
post #36 of 1392
I have a pair of of NHT W1s that include dual 12" per side and they sound great. It is a sealed sub though, that's that goes up well beyond 150.
post #37 of 1392
tony, does having them at 150hz localize your bass sound. where do you have them positioned in respect to the satellites?
post #38 of 1392
My 5-year-old old Yamaha receiver has a fixed crossover at 90. I specifically asked the guys at Orb what I was missing by not being able to set the crossover at 150 and whether it would be worth it to buy a new receiver. In fact, I email them every so often and ask them again to make sure nothing has changed. They continue to tell me that if I set two receivers up side-by-side, one at 90 and one at 150, that I would barely be able to hear a difference IF I knew what to listen for, but the difference would be very slight. Believe me, I am looking for an excuse to buy a new receiver but according to the guys I have spoken to at Orb, the crossover issue is not a big enough deal to justify spending the money. If you have the option on your receiver, then 120 - 150 is what is recommended, but go with what sounds the best to you.
post #39 of 1392
Exactly! Go with what sounds good for you. I have my crossover about 140 on the super 8 sub, I noticed though 100 to 150 works just as well depending on your bass setup. I have a 2 channel mod2 set working with an onix 60 mk2.
post #40 of 1392
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Originally Posted by noka View Post

Anyone know if a typical receiver that's spec'd to drive an 8-Ohm impedance will have problems driving the mod-2 (4-Ohm load with two 8-Ohm speakers in parallel)?

Specifically, I am looking at the Sony STR-DA3200ES AVR which say "8-Ohm impedance" in the specification summary but indicates there is some menu setting for 4-Ohm.

I have been running a 7.1 Mod2 system with the 3200 for a couple of months now. I have the crossover @ 150 and the ohms set @4 in the receiver.
post #41 of 1392
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Originally Posted by Mark McIntosh View Post

My 5-year-old old Yamaha receiver has a fixed crossover at 90. I specifically asked the guys at Orb what I was missing by not being able to set the crossover at 150 and whether it would be worth it to buy a new receiver. In fact, I email them every so often and ask them again to make sure nothing has changed. They continue to tell me that if I set two receivers up side-by-side, one at 90 and one at 150, that I would barely be able to hear a difference IF I knew what to listen for, but the difference would be very slight. Believe me, I am looking for an excuse to buy a new receiver but according to the guys I have spoken to at Orb, the crossover issue is not a big enough deal to justify spending the money. If you have the option on your receiver, then 120 - 150 is what is recommended, but go with what sounds the best to you.

I wouldn't worry about it.

I have an orb setup with an SVS PC Ultra and an HSU MBM-12.

I've tried crossing at 100, 120, 150 and 200hz.

I've found that crossing them at 100 or 120hz is the best.

150 and 200 make it very easy to localize the Subs.

I've done SPL tone tests at all the crossovers that I mentioned and Your not missing much by crossing at 100 or 120, a few decibals down at 125, but that could be my room.

You will hear all kinds of opinions for crossing them, but anything higher than 120hz seems easily to locate from my ears.
post #42 of 1392
does using the mbm 12 make a difference with the orbs?
post #43 of 1392
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Originally Posted by CKYRO1 View Post

does using the mbm 12 make a difference with the orbs?


Yes, and it would make a difference with any type speaker.

By placing the MBM-12 nearfield behind the couch, one gets punch from the Mid-bass range. Depending on how you set it up. my MBM is set from 50hz to 100hz or 120hz with the orbs. So you feel the bass in this range when on the couch.

Of course I also Feel infrasonic bass when the Ultra kicks in too.
post #44 of 1392
so would you highly recommend the mbm 12, or is it just a nice addition to have.
post #45 of 1392
Well I did it, dropped the card on the table and got me the people's choice setup. The people at Orb were extremely helpful even though I had a gazillion questions for them :-)

I will be mating this system to a Denon 2807 and a Panasonic TH-58PX600u beast! I have a LG DVD recorder with progressive scan that will do for now while I research which upscaling dvd player to to get (probably a Denon) HD/Blue Ray is not an option until prices go WAYYYYYY down

I am very excited and look forward to these beautiful retro looking Orbs.
post #46 of 1392
I am about to order speakers and was wondering if any of the orb guys had listened to any of the following for comparison...

- HTD Middies
- Pork 6800 series
- Mirage Nanostat
- Klipsch Quintet

I am trying to decide if the People's Choice package are the best fit for me with a mix of 70% HT and 30% music in a 12Dx25Wx18H room.

Thanks!
Chris
post #47 of 1392
I thought people reading this thread might find it worth a look - maybe the similarities are just superficial, but it's still interesting. From an eBay auction (not my auction, or anything like that)





From an eBay auction that the forum won't let me link to, but if you search on 1960s Round Orb Vintage Speakers or 320071660642 you'll find it.
post #48 of 1392
After waiting 2 weeks for my back-ordered Super 8 sub, I finally received it last night. My Orb 5.1 Mod's were set up and in use for some time now. The setup is in a 22x17ft basement room (with drop ceiling). I can honestly say that the Orbs did nicely by themselves for movies that didn't make heavy use of bass. Now that I got the Super 8 I can honestly say that it doesn't quite have the oomph that I was expecting. Granted... it hasn't broken in yet. Just curious what you guys think... how does a broken in Super 8 differ from a brand new Super 8? Will this thing get a little louder/deeper? I am by NO means disappointed by my set up. I was just expecting a little more rumble. Who knows... maybe someday I'll look into adding a second sub with a lower range.... I doubt it though.
post #49 of 1392
BTW... those are Mod 2's all the way around.
post #50 of 1392
well, i upgraded to the hsu vtf3 mk3 subwoofer. super 8, it was nice knowing you. super 8 is a great sub for the size/price, but the difference now is not just audible, it's physical.
post #51 of 1392
any body using anything else for floorstands for mod2's other than what orb sells. the stands are nice, but 300 bucks is more than the price of the speakers.
post #52 of 1392
There was a post a while back that Walmart had a decent set of stands that would work with the Orbs for around $30 or $40. I looked at them once when I was there and they seemed to be decent, but I haven't seen them set up.
post #53 of 1392
Thread Starter 
Are these the stands perhaps?


Im not sure how these would work with Orb speakers
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post #54 of 1392
nice find buzzy! I was watching and listing to clock work orange with my orbs 2 channel setup, and the 60's retro style was profound all around me. i've always been drawn to the style and the orbs are "spot on".(another clique from ol english retro).
post #55 of 1392
I am looking to purchase the 5.1 Orb's with Mod 2's all the way around. Does anyone know if the JVC RX-D702B receiver would be a good match with these speakers? Thanks in advance for all in.
post #56 of 1392
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Originally Posted by jfrlhobbs View Post

I am looking to purchase the 5.1 Orb's with Mod 2's all the way around. Does anyone know if the JVC RX-D702B receiver would be a good match with these speakers? Thanks in advance for all in.

It should work well with the crossover set at 120 Hz.
post #57 of 1392
I have the People's Choice with the Pioneer VSX-1016 receiver. I watch movies on THX setting. The receiver is set at 80 as the crossover for THX. Has anyone used the THX setting with a higher crossover and liked it better?
post #58 of 1392
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Originally Posted by 1Time View Post

It should work well with the crossover set at 120 Hz.

Thanks for your help!!
post #59 of 1392
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Originally Posted by jpapin1 View Post

I have the People's Choice with the Pioneer VSX-1016 receiver. I watch movies on THX setting. The receiver is set at 80 as the crossover for THX. Has anyone used the THX setting with a higher crossover and liked it better?

The helpful folks at Orb Audio will tell you themselves to set your crossover higher and disregard the THX hyperbole.
post #60 of 1392
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Originally Posted by 1Time View Post

The helpful folks at Orb Audio will tell you themselves to set your crossover higher and disregard the THX hyperbole.

The Orb Audio manual actually says to keep the setting at 80 if that is what the THX receiver recommends. I just thought I would ask if anyone tried it higher and likes it better.
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