CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Orbitsound T12 review: Orbitsound T12

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7

The Good Soundbar is fairly slender; great stereo sound; looks good.

The Bad Overwhelming bass; expensive.

The Bottom Line The Orbitsound T12 soundbar and subwoofer will serve you well as an upgrade to your TV's built-in speakers, but it doesn't offer the same sound quality as a dedicated hi-fi system when it comes to music

6.5 Overall

Review Sections

In traditional speaker set-ups, the left and right speakers work in tandem to create a sweet spot in the centre, where you receive well-balanced sound. But, when you move around the room, your bonce breaks free of the optimal zone and you start picking up one channel more than the other. Orbitsound hopes to eliminate this problem with the T12, a soundbar and subwoofer combination that purports to offer stereo sound from anywhere in a room. You can use it as a music system, or as an upgrade to your TV's built-in speakers.

The T12 can be yours for around £300, but is it worth it?

Barred for life

The soundbar, which features a dock on top for connecting an iPhone or iPod, isn't as chunky as we'd expected. At 605 by 100 by 110mm, it'll fit pretty snugly under your telly, or anywhere else. The subwoofer is a good deal chunkier, at 230 by 460 by 230mm, so you might have more trouble finding a home for it.

We see the T12 being used mainly as a music player if you're part of the iCrowd, but others can use it to upgrade their telly's rubbish built-in speakers, thanks to two digital inputs around the back of the soundbar. There's an optical cable included too, so you can plug in an MP3 player, laptop or anything else with a 3.5mm socket.

Setting up the T12 is pretty simple. Aside from whacking in the power cable, you'll only need to wire up the subwoofer to the soundbar using the included cabling and you'll be ready to rock. But does this system actually sound any good?

Spatial awareness

The answer is: yes and no. On the one hand, the T12 does a really good job of delivering stereo sound without the need for separate speaker units. It does so thanks to two side-firing speakers built into the left and right of the soundbar. Listening to Ke$ha's Tik Tok (yeah, yeah, we know), we could hear elements of the mix that were panned to the left maintaining a strong presence even when we moved over to the right. We didn't find the mix becoming unbalanced, no matter where we moved to in our testing room.

Best Speakers for 2020

All best speakers
  • VIZIO SB3621N-E8

    The Vizio SB3621n-E8 is the best budget soundbar we've ever heard, period.

  • Q Acoustics 3020i

    Starting at: $314.99

    The Q Acoustics 3020i bookshelf speakers combine cutting-edge design with excellent sonics.

  • Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2

    Starting at: $349.98

    The Elac Debut B6.2 changes things up with a greater emphasis on build quality and sonic...

  • Sonos One

    Starting at: $197.96

    With great sound, a compact size and the option of either Google Assistant or Alexa, the...

  • ELAC Uni-Fi UB5

    Starting at: $299.98

    The ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 shattered our expectations for the sound quality we could expect from...

More Best Products

All best products