1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Orb Audio Mod1's - half price Gallo alternative

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by common, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. common

    common
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2001
    Messages:
    1,384
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Location:
    Oxford UK
    Ratings:
    +8
    I recently took delivery of 2 Orb Audio Mod1's to start a 'looks first, sound close second' 2.1 system (together with a Panasonic PE30 plasma and KEF PSW2500 sub and Denon 770 amp)

    They look great in polished silver and the cost came to $300 inc shipping (they put $50 on the customs note so no extra duty)

    Once ran in for a week they have really opened up and sound bloody good - i've owned many speakers from Kef Eggs to an active Meridian system so I have a bit of experience- I only listened to the AG Micros for about 5 mins in a dealership but to my ears these babies sound better (and that was with a Pioneer AX5 amp rather than my budget Denon) I've only really tested them fully with 2 channel music so far, but I was impressed enough to dig out a few old CD's to try and actually sit back and enjoy the music.

    I can recommend these speakers to anyone looking for an alternative to Kef Eggs or AG Micros - they can also be 'upgraded' by adding another Mod1 on top, I'm going to give this a go and post my findings.

    Highly recommended

    http://www.orbaudio.com/index.asp?PAGEACTION=COMPANY
     
  2. scouse

    scouse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2003
    Messages:
    273
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Balham
    Ratings:
    +3
    Please keep posting because i'm very interested in your feedback.

    I have a small room so i'm keen on sub/sat combo as long as music won't suffer. I'm not especially audiophile but can tell if something sounds cr@p!!

    :laugh:


    they do look lovely... a raid on my savings account may be occuring soon

    :suicide:

    keep postin!!! :lease:
     
  3. mevetts

    mevetts
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2003
    Messages:
    439
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Ratings:
    +1
    Look just the ticket, keeps us informed.

    Was the compnay good to deal with?
     
  4. common

    common
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2001
    Messages:
    1,384
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Location:
    Oxford UK
    Ratings:
    +8
    Yes -very good to deal with, speakers arrived within 5 days very well packaged
     
  5. Smurfin

    Smurfin
    Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2002
    Messages:
    20,523
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +3,837
    Always good to see people trying new alternatives to the usual suspects:)
     
  6. scouse

    scouse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2003
    Messages:
    273
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Balham
    Ratings:
    +3
    Hi common

    hope the orb's are still sounding great, i was wondering how you had connected your sub to the amp and speakers... i'm assuming the denon 770 is a 2-channel one

    thanks
     
  7. common

    common
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2001
    Messages:
    1,384
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Location:
    Oxford UK
    Ratings:
    +8
  8. scouse

    scouse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2003
    Messages:
    273
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Balham
    Ratings:
    +3
    ah right, i was wondering because i use a computer as my one and only source, (for dvd's, music etc)

    i've posted a thread in the subwoofer forum to gain clarification on a proposed setup...

    thanks fella
     
  9. scouse

    scouse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2003
    Messages:
    273
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Balham
    Ratings:
    +3
    How do they fit it all in to such a slim line box, when you compare to a 'normal' av receiver? :eek:
     
  10. common

    common
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2001
    Messages:
    1,384
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Location:
    Oxford UK
    Ratings:
    +8
    Same processors less power therefore size than the 'big Denons' - i'm impressed though - does what it should very well for less than £300
     
  11. Bassbin

    Bassbin
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Messages:
    2,395
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Leicester
    Ratings:
    +56
    The Orbs look interesting. Their office is in New York so they might let you collect a set in person if you arrange it with them. They also say you can demo them in New York. I'll put a not in my diary ahead of my next trip.
     
  12. scouse

    scouse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2003
    Messages:
    273
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Balham
    Ratings:
    +3
    So does that mean it is more suited to smaller rooms than its bigger brothers?

    How would it compare to a marantz 5400 or similar in its price range?
     
  13. jon smith

    jon smith
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2001
    Messages:
    3,320
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Location:
    Leeds
    Ratings:
    +137
    This is the first i've seen of the orbs and they do look really interesting compared to the Gallos. I may have to order a pair just to try them out.
     
  14. Sulis

    Sulis
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2004
    Messages:
    574
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Bath
    Ratings:
    +1
    I'd love to try the Orbs with the new B&W PV1 sub... Wouldn't that look great? However, the most important thing for me is clarity (especially for AV) - from the sound of it the Orbs don't need a big soggy sub. How does the KEF do? Can you set the roll-off? Thanks.
     
  15. Kell

    Kell
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Just placed my "pure faith" order for a 5.1 Mod2 system. I'll let you guys know what I think once I've got them up and running.
     
  16. Malky1903

    Malky1903
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2003
    Messages:
    1,908
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Aberdeen
    Ratings:
    +64
    While it's refreshing to see a speaker away from the norm, I'd be a bit hesistant in buying these based on some of the photos they have on their website. My main concern is in some of the photos where the centre Orb's are shown in pairs. Either it's just to show you that you can double up for the centre or they don't cut the mustard as a single speaker for centre duties. Just a thought. They do look the business though :smashin:
     
  17. ronski99

    ronski99
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2001
    Messages:
    71
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Ratings:
    +3
    I have recently got a set of Orbs - Mod2s for LCR and 4 Mod1s for rear backs and surrounds. I have a kef 2500 providing sub duties. Overall performance has been very good. The movie performance I am really enjoying with a really nice mid-range and crisp treble. Me and a friend watched the day after tomorrow and he made several comments on the quality of the sound.

    A brief audition with regular stereo is also pretty good but nothing special. The orbs are driven by Denon 3805 with source Denon 3910.

    These speakers met my two main criteria - great movie performance and small/stylish to boot.

    Kell - good luck with yours!


    BTW - I found the company a real pleasure to deal with

    cheers

    ronski
     
  18. Sulis

    Sulis
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2004
    Messages:
    574
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Bath
    Ratings:
    +1
    Hi ronski99 - I'm after the same setup as yours: how much (as a percentage of the purchase price) did you get stung for tax when shipping them over?
     
  19. ronski99

    ronski99
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2001
    Messages:
    71
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Ratings:
    +3
    10% of the purchase price. They mark them down on the customs form to $40 a speaker. The end tax bill inc. admin fee was £50
     
  20. smallangryboy

    smallangryboy
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2003
    Messages:
    1,848
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Ratings:
    +56
    common

    Thanks for the review. As someone looking at moving to AG Nucleus [from large boxy floorstanders] these peaked my interest, especially as they cost £360 compared to £1200 for the AG 5.1 setup.

    I'm reticent to buy blind however, without first hearing them, as music then movies in that order is my priority. Though by the sounds of things they seem to cut the mustard.

    Do you know if they will attach to other stands, as the ones on the site look a bit brutalist for my taste plus shipping from the US to here would be pricey. Also could you partner them with alternative subs, such as REL ? I look forward to your findings...

    Due to the limits of space I'm moving from a Monitor Audio Silver surround system and REL sub [the sound of which I love], I've never pushed this system so am downsizing. I wondered how the Orbs would stack up in their style of sound, what are they simialr to tonally ?
     
  21. ronski99

    ronski99
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2001
    Messages:
    71
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Ratings:
    +3
    smallangryboy - as far stands go - the orbs come with a fixing screw on the back so I would see no problem attaching them to stands with a mounting bracket. Alphason and Sony both so something that would work.

    Also I think using the Orbs with a REL sub would give a good result.
     
  22. RajUK

    RajUK
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2001
    Messages:
    157
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Reading
    Ratings:
    +6
    Hi All

    I have been using my JBL Creature 2.1 Speakers (which used to be for my PC) with my Plasma Screen, since I have been a bit lazy and not been bothered to move over my Mission Cinema 7 (with REL Strata III) from the Projector.

    Have to say I'm very impressed with the sound out of the JBL's.

    Though we haven't had them up loud, but for normal TV watching and XBOX'ing they seem fine.

    I know you "proper audiophiles" are probably laughing at my statements, but I'd easily recommend the JBL Creatures to someone who wants a small speaker system.

    regards

    Raj
     
  23. smallangryboy

    smallangryboy
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2003
    Messages:
    1,848
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Ratings:
    +56
    If I decide to go for the Orb's, I'd most likely be wanting bespoke stands as I don't paticularly like the HOSS ones they ship with, they are a bit brutalist for my liking.

    I have a feeling the Anthony Gallo floor stands may not work with them [if they do, great, as that's what I'm after] If not I wondered if anyone would know of a bespoke metal worker that could make some to a design ? I've included a quick render of my idea.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  24. digisocialist

    digisocialist
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2004
    Messages:
    477
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +2
    Looks like something from 'Day of the Triffids'!

    Has anyone considered the science of suspension? I'm not entirely sure how stands work, other than they provide stability and a degree of isolation to prevent unecessary vibration from elswhere... for those who have followed my comments in the 'my plasma is too high' thread, you may note that I have a current fascination with Aarnio Earo chairs... taking the Ball Chair to it's next evolutionary step might see a marriage in heaven with the Orbs - yes, suspend them from the ceiling (if there's some science to it).
     
  25. smallangryboy

    smallangryboy
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2003
    Messages:
    1,848
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Ratings:
    +56
    lol, or that very poor BBC series the Tripods !

    Just auditioned the Anthony Gallo Nucleus and A'Diva. Neither disgraced themselves, thought the A'Diva was much better with a music source, being slightly larger, I'd hoped it would be. Didn't rate the sub [REL stampede] at all and really wanted to partner them with a Velodyne but the shop didn't stock them.

    I'm going to try and audition them at kent homecinema if I get the chance, as they do have Velodynes.


    Common,

    I know you may not of had the chance but how do the Orbs stack up against the A'Diva, I also wondered how they would fare in pairs, as the Orbs can be sold partnered up for each channel. I also wondered if you would get 'tired' after a while, I sometimes find that when listening to satelites I'm willing the music out of them, and it somewhat spoils my listening experience...
     
  26. Sulis

    Sulis
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2004
    Messages:
    574
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Bath
    Ratings:
    +1
    Yessss..... I've been thinking about that, too. Will there not however be some movement due to the speaker's pushing against the air? Is this not what speaker stands are supposed to avoid?
     
  27. Yaka

    Yaka
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2000
    Messages:
    1,675
    Products Owned:
    2
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Ratings:
    +113

    Hi mate, i use this http://www.schaeffer-apparatebau.de/ german company for varioust thins including making my own custom made pc case and mother board tray. the service they offer is top notch and shipping is cheap too. only down side is you have to use thier CAD aplictaction (its free) quality of the stuff is great and if they messed some thing up they send you a replacement.
     
  28. chubbyandy

    chubbyandy
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Has anyone compared the Mod2s against the MS Genies?
     
  29. Doctor_AB

    Doctor_AB
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2003
    Messages:
    2,312
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Buckinghamshire
    Ratings:
    +74
    I have monitor audio silver and need rears and centre. These look like they will work as rears but what about centres with MA? or should i get matching MA silver centre.
     
  30. Tejstar

    Tejstar
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2002
    Messages:
    22,501
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    London
    Ratings:
    +995
    I would stick with matching equipment if I were you.
     

Share This Page

Loading...