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post #751 of 1392
Fantastic!!!! I knew you wouldn't be disappointed. After a few weeks would you mid disconnecting 2 of the Orbs in the Center then do a write up here telling us what you hear and if Mod4 Center is significant enough for Mod4 for left and right? Thanks. When I disconnect the Mod2 for a Mod1 I quickly return to Mod2. Its that much better. Just wondering if Mod4 will give you the same response.
post #752 of 1392
I will be happy to do that. I'll be gone for a couple of weeks though, and then will install the surrounds and rears. After I get that done I'll do some before and after tests on half of the mod 4 center. I'll send picks too, just for grins. The WAF is REALLY high now that she has heard AND seen this setup. Everybody wins! Orb Audio is definitely the way to go.
post #753 of 1392
I have a Yamaha RXV663 with people's choice and I have been struggling to get good sound from them at low to normal TV listening volumes. Sound is fine at high volumes. At low volumes, rear speakers and the subwoofer almost completely switch off. The sub sometimes arbitrarily wakes up (which is irritating actually). At low volumes the whole system sounds pretty much same as my TV speakers. Unfortunately, my typical TV listening volumes are low.
I have tried turning of Adaptive DRC/DSP with little improvement.

On a separate note, I think I dont need Mod2 Left/right. So if anyone wants to buy two Bronze Orbs in Los Angeles, please let me know.
post #754 of 1392
Neworbuser,
I am sure many will disagree with me, but I beleive your correct. At low volume levels I can barely hear any difference worth justifying the expense. If your sub is set to Auto and it wakes up on occasion then you definitely keep the volume low.
However, my wife and I are movie watchers and music lovers. We don't have a lot of time (she really doesn't) for it, but when we do we want it to be amazing and the Orbs at "reference" level volume are absolutely amazing.
But, alas, I do indeed agree. For typical reality show, news, etc...TV show watching at an appreciable volume, I hear little...if any disernable difference.
post #755 of 1392
neworbuser,
If you mainly listen at low levels, leave the subwoofer power switch in the "on" position instead of "standby". I've measured the current consumption in the two modes (with no signal obviously) and the draw is virtually identical so you're not using a lot more power just leaving it on. Orb, BTW, agrees with this.
post #756 of 1392
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Originally Posted by davelr View Post

neworbuser,
If you mainly listen at low levels, leave the subwoofer power switch in the "on" position instead of "standby". I've measured the current consumption in the two modes (with no signal obviously) and the draw is virtually identical so you're not using a lot more power just leaving it on. Orb, BTW, agrees with this.

I still have my Super 8 Sub from 3 years ago, I came home flipped the switch to on and it's never been turned off since. 24/7 365.....
post #757 of 1392
I have kept by sub in the ON position but even then I see the sub "waking" up if I increase the volume. It is definitely annoying but the bigger concern is just improving the low-volume sound in general. My rear surrounds also dont seem to really turn on at low volumes (I am using Dolby PL-II on non 5.1 sources) either. After this purchase, I have learnt not to rely on audiophile reviews! They dont consider how a typical household will use the speakers (i.e. low to medium volumes; predominantly TV viewing, etc) as opposed to people building home theaters.

Another problem has been directional nature of the rear surrounds. I can always make out where the surround sound is coming from which is also annoying. May be I should try with the rear orbs facing toward the TV.

Again this is not to criticize orbs. They sound pretty good if I turn up the volume to -30db or higher (normal listening at -37db).

I hope someone here can help out!
post #758 of 1392
Neworbuser,

Something is wrong. You should be able to listen to your Orbs at any comfortable (reasonable) volume. Sounds like it could be your electronics, speaker set-up or both.
post #759 of 1392
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Originally Posted by Perpendicular View Post

Neworbuser,

Something is wrong. You should be able to listen to your Orbs at any comfortable (reasonable) volume. Sounds like it could be your electronics, speaker set-up or both.

I agree. I have not experienced any of these issues.
post #760 of 1392
Nor have I.

Hey, I Want More. Boomer Sooner back at you. I'm an OU grad x 2 and in Tulsa. Where is the "middle of nowhere". (I know, I know. Some of you would say that Tulsa IS the middle of nowhere.)
post #761 of 1392
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Originally Posted by neworbuser View Post

I have kept by sub in the ON position but even then I see the sub "waking" up if I increase the volume. It is definitely annoying but the bigger concern is just improving the low-volume sound in general. My rear surrounds also dont seem to really turn on at low volumes (I am using Dolby PL-II on non 5.1 sources) either. After this purchase, I have learnt not to rely on audiophile reviews! They dont consider how a typical household will use the speakers (i.e. low to medium volumes; predominantly TV viewing, etc) as opposed to people building home theaters.

Another problem has been directional nature of the rear surrounds. I can always make out where the surround sound is coming from which is also annoying. May be I should try with the rear orbs facing toward the TV.

Again this is not to criticize orbs. They sound pretty good if I turn up the volume to -30db or higher (normal listening at -37db).

I hope someone here can help out!

1. For the most part, using Dolby ProLogic IIx on 2.0 cable TV sources will RARELY provide an audible 5.1 experience Just my experence with my receiver.

2. Frequencys the Orbs are capable or reproducing are directional in nature. A typical 5.1 home theater is difficult to disguise wear sound is coming from. My LS and RS speakers are on my side walls, pointing about 6" behind
wear my ears are and turned slightly further to reduce my ability to pinpoint the sound. It works well. SBL and SBR are directly behind me about 3 feet apart. 7.1 sources are accurately disguised and with me LS and RS speakers on my side and slightly back it is hard to detect and rarely interruptive.

Hard to see, but it is behind m listening position and slight pointed to the back. A little goes a long way.

post #762 of 1392
this is a good suggestion. I will try making the orbs face "behind" me rather than "at" me to reduce directional nature of surround.

Dolby-II on cable may be the cause for most of the issues but should not be on the HD channels which are sending 5.1 sound. Even there I face the same problems though to a less extent. Especially the subwoofer has trouble "waking" up. Also, I can easily point out the sub sound direction (not good!) and it seems to be reproducing some non-low-end bass sounds in a distorted fashion. My crossover is set at 120Hz.

In retrospect, I feel I may have been better off with somewhat cheaper 5.1 satellite system (e.g., Polk). To me sound quality difference is not noticable at my listening volumes and I would save ~$400 or so.
post #763 of 1392
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Originally Posted by cogipro View Post

Nor have I.

Hey, I Want More. Boomer Sooner back at you. I'm an OU grad x 2 and in Tulsa. Where is the "middle of nowhere". (I know, I know. Some of you would say that Tulsa IS the middle of nowhere.)

I'll give you a hint. Josh Heupel went to High School and played football here.
post #764 of 1392
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Originally Posted by I WANT MORE View Post

I'll give you a hint. Josh Heupel went to High School and played football here.

Yes, you ARE in the middle of nowhere and cold and wet as I write this.
post #765 of 1392
[quote=cogipro;16146646]Yes, you ARE in the middle of nowhere and cold and wet as I write this.[/QUote It's 50 and sunny today. Now tomorrow may be a different story.
post #766 of 1392
Hello,

I have an orb audio People's Choice HT system -- very happy with it.

I want to get a second system for music only for the living room (2.1). The problem is my wife is not happy about the orb subs for use in that room. Yes, they sound great paired with orbs, but she (so far) isn't happy with a black box sub in the that room.

She would be okay with a wood covered sub because it looks more like furniture.

Any alternative subs that you guys would recommend to pair with two mod2s for stereo? Obviously, something that comes with a wood option would be best.

Brief looking around came up with the SVS SB12-Plus in wood, but I'm not savvy enough to know if that will go well with orbs given the need for a high crossover (from what I've read). Any other suggestions I should consider?

Bonus question: any recommendations on low profile receivers or integrated amps to complete the 2.1 system? I was thinking about the Peachtree Decco -- anyone pair that with orbs, and if so how did it sound?
post #767 of 1392
Just a thought FWIW.

Apply wood-grained shelf paper to the sub. Make it look like wood.

Problem solved.
post #768 of 1392
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Originally Posted by flight planner View Post

Just a thought FWIW.

Apply wood-grained shelf paper to the sub. Make it look like wood.

Problem solved.

That's a creative idea! But really I'm going for something more professional looking than what I could put together myself.

Can anyone let me know what sub other than orb subs they have matched with orb satellites?
post #769 of 1392
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Originally Posted by purplesaber View Post

That's a creative idea! But really I'm going for something more professional looking than what I could put together myself.

Can anyone let me know what sub other than orb subs they have matched with orb satellites?

I think you should email Orb directly explaining the need for wood grain and they may be able to guide you on a compatible sub. They're known to be very helpful.
post #770 of 1392
You could spray paint it any color you want. Off white comes to mind as a good choice. It doesn't have to be white, you could also color-coordinate it with your decor. Let your wife pick out the color.

You could also paint a solid color background and let her tole paint it.

Get a light weight fabric and drape it over the sub like a doily.

Laminate the cabinet in Formica using contact cement.

The options really are endless. It is, after all, a wooden box. Just don't use anything that can rattle.

Personally, I hate Contact Paper. It is soft and easily torn in use. It never stays laminated - the edges always lift.
post #771 of 1392
Regarding the sub, I set up a friend's system with Orb-2s all around, paired with a old 10" CarverSunfire sub he "inherited" from his father-in-law (lucky bastard!).

Still a black box, but a relatively small one, and sounds GREAT. Crossover can be set up to 120hz, which still leaves a bit of a low-mid hollow spot, but not too bad.

david
post #772 of 1392
Well, after pouring over this thread and digesting everything I could find related to Orb's product, customer satisfaction and solid reviews, I pulled the trigger on the Classic Two/Copper Sat's/Boss Stands. For now, my Orbs will be for enjoying music only. I currently have only a two channel setup, but plan to purchase a new receiver sometime in the near future. I will also be one of the many that will be leaving the Bose ranks. I currently have a Bose Acoustimass Redline setup. I purchased them from a friend several years ago and only paid $250 for them, so I feel I got a lot of use out of them for that price. I think the Bose setup will be great for my garage! Recently, I have felt very underwhelmed with the Bose, so I started researching other speaker/SW setups with a similar footprint. I stumbled across the Orb thread here at AVS and now wait with eager anticipation to get my Orbs!

Thanks to all who added so much valuable input and dialogue in this particular thread, it helped me make what I feel is a solid choice.

-p
post #773 of 1392
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Originally Posted by purplesaber View Post

Brief looking around came up with the SVS SB12-Plus in wood, but I'm not savvy enough to know if that will go well with orbs given the need for a high crossover (from what I've read). Any other suggestions I should consider?

I use a SB12+ with Gallo Nucleus Micros (very similar to Orbs) with great success. I have the cross-over set at 120 Hz, which seems to work pretty well. I'd say that if it fits your wallet, it should be seriously considered.
post #774 of 1392
Hey All,

I have a couple questions, that I hope are best suited for this thread. I am seriously considering purchasing a trio of Mod2 speakers (for front L/C/R) for the new system I am setting up. The background: the Orbs would be paired with a Onkyo TX-SR606 set up for 5.1 surround, and the main use will be for viewing films and gaming. I am moving into an apartment in NYC, so form factor may be in an issue (it already is with the girlfriend, and I haven't even bought them yet...). The room they will be in will be around 12'x14'.

So, the questions:
1) From personal experience, do the Orb Mod2s cohabitate well with TX-SR606 receivers (or girlfriends ha ha ha)?

2) Since I am considering the Mod2's, and already swaying towards speakers that are nearly the same size as bookshelf speakers, what is the performance difference between Mod2's and bookshelf speakers that are similarly priced (~$500/pair)? Are they equal, or would I be sacrificing some level of performance by going with the Orb Mod2?

3) Since the room is relatively small, in you personal opinions, should I be more seriously considering Mod1's? If so, how do the Mod1's compare to similarly priced bookshelf speakers (~$250/pair)?

4) And I have to ask, anyone have any used Orbs they might like to sell?

Best,
Sam
post #775 of 1392
Warning!! 5 year warranty beware!! This is not to bash the company because i have high regards for their speakers. But to make a long story short , my speaker stop playing and had to send in for repairs ( had speaker 2yrs.) I got an email saying that i had dropped the speaker and that the driver was seperated (false) and that the repair would be 45 dollars, they says the speaker have a dent (false). So i responded that when i receive my speaker back that the dent should still be there, and his response was that they will fix the dent along with replacing the driver... HOW MANY SPEAKER COMPANIES WILL FIX THE DENT WHILE REPLACING THEIR SPEAKERS NONE Sounds like balogne to me... just a warning!
post #776 of 1392
When Orb replaces the speaker, the grill assembly is replaced as well. Maybe they got your speaker confused with someone elses...IE..Mine?
post #777 of 1392
Has anyone taken apart the Orb speaker? Do you need to pop out the grill first? I want to paint my black orbs a differet color, what would be the best way to do this?
post #778 of 1392
The grill is attached to the speaker. I found this out when I accidently dropped one and it separated from the enclosure. It looks like it has epoxy or some sort of glue holding the two pieces together. I don't know if it's wise to try and pry it apart but if you manage to figure it out, you can use a little bit of silicone to join the two pieces back together. You could always contact Orb directly and ask for instructions on separation because you would like to update the color.
post #779 of 1392
Let us know how that goes.

Somehow while I was away at work and my wife and others were home 2 of my grills became smashed.
post #780 of 1392
Has anyone here combined Orb Audio with Anthony Gallo Nucleus Ti or Adiva speakers?

Right now I have a Mod2 center channel and Mod1s for LF an RF speakers with the Super8.
I'd like to expand my system, and wonder if Gallo satelites are compatible with an existing Orb setup. TIA.
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