They are small, round, and quite beautiful. But turn them on, and everything about them is big: a big, beautiful sound usually reserved for much larger speakers. A big change aesthetically over those clunky old behemoths of sound. A big difference in the way they’re made. And a big improvement over speakers costing 2 to 3 times their price.
The heart of the Orb speaker system is the spherical Mod1 satellite speaker, which is a little bigger than a baseball and is made from high carbon steel. The Mod1 uses advanced technologies like rare earth magnets, Santoprene, Nomex and CCAD voice coils to produce big, full sound from the smallest possible package. All that great sound emanates from beautiful steel cabinets that are designed with both sound and style in mind – the Orbs will sound great and look great in the living room.
The Orbs are handmade by metalwork artisans and hand-assembled in the company’s Sherman Oaks California production facility. The speakers are round and measure only about 4 3/16 inches in diameter, so they fit anywhere. With five finishes available, they are sure to blend with any décor. The Metallic Black Gloss and Pearl White Gloss are both luxurious, premium baked-on powder coatings that rival the beauty of the finish of the most upscale automobile.
The MetallumTM Series consists of three handmade metallic finishes, created by California artisans in very small batches: Hand-Polished Steel, Hand-Antiqued Copper and Hand-Antiqued Bronze. These finishes achieve a level of detail and beauty more commonly found in sculptures than in audio equipment, so consumers can fill their room with sound, not big, ugly speaker boxes.
Best of all, an Orb Audio speaker system is modular and upgradable, which is another completely unique feature. Each Orb speaker in an audio system can actually be made from one, two or four individual Orbs (Mod1, Mod2 and Mod4). A buyer who starts with the Mod1 system can upgrade to Mod2 or Mod4 at any time in the future, going from the entry level Orb system to the top of the line, as their needs or budget require. Other speaker systems have to be completely replaced if you want to upgrade them.
Orb also sells separately a choice of two high-quality, very compact subwoofers, the Super Eight and the Uber Ten, that again surpass the performance and sound of units many times their size and price. If a buyer needs a complete system, Orb obliges with a variety of choices and combinations of receivers and DVD players.
Orb’s most popular system is the their 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. Orb Audio products are priced starting at $239 for a Quick Pack of two satellite speakers, which of course can be upgraded to any complete Orb system in the future.