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Orb Audio's handmade, modular speaker system

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April 28, 2008

Orb Audio speaker system

Orb Audio speaker system

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April 28, 2008 Orb Audio’s line of handmade compact speakers promise to deliver a sound usually reserved for much larger units by using state-of the-art components and high carbon steel housings in a modular and easily upgradeable package.

At the heart of the Orb speaker system is the Mod1 satellite, a roughly baseball-sized speaker which uses rare earth magnets, Santoprene, Nomex and CCAD voice coils to produce big, full sound. The speakers measure only about 4 3/16 inches in diameter, allowing them to fit just about anywhere, and the steel housings are handmade and hand-assembled in the company's Sherman Oaks California production facility.

The speakers feature a total system frequency response of 28-20,000hz and advanced high-excursion 3 inch full range polypropylene driver cones with Santoprene surrounds which maintain their sonic characteristics over long periods of time and through a broad range of temperatures and operating environments.

Available finishes include Metallic Black Gloss and Pearl White Gloss premium baked-on powder coatings and the Metallum Series, which consists of three handmade metallic finishes, created in very small batches: Hand-Polished Steel, Hand-Antiqued Copper and Hand-Antiqued Bronze.

The Orb Audio speaker system is also modular and upgradeable. Each speaker in an audio system can actually be made from one, two or four individual Orbs, (Mod1, Mod2 and Mod4), giving a buyer who starts with the Mod1 system the ability to easily upgrade to Mod2 or Mod4 at any time in the future. Orb also sells separately a choice of two high-quality, compact subwoofers, the Super Eight and the Uber Ten and complete systems including receivers and DVD players are available.

Orb Audio uses an internet-only, direct-to-consumer business model and prices start at US$119.50 for a single Mod1 speaker while Orb Audio’s most popular system, the Mod1 Plus Home Theater System, which includes 5 speakers, the Super Eight subwoofer, a handmade stainless steel speaker stand and all of the wires and cables needed to set up the system, sells for USD$999.

For further info and a complete list of available speaker configurations and prices visit Orb Audio.

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Noel McKeegan After a misspent youth at law school, Noel began to dabble in tech research, writing and things with wheels that go fast. This bus dropped him at the door of a freshly sprouted Gizmag.com in 2002. He has been Gizmag's Editor-in-Chief since 2007.   All articles by Noel McKeegan
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