I once read a quote by George Lucas that said “Sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie.” I thought about it for a moment and realized that he was right. We often focus so much on what we are seeing that we forget about sound. Would Jaws be as scary without its eerie score? Would Transformers be as good with out those amazing sound effects? Of course not. Great audio is the unsung hero of the movie experience.
Do you have an HDTV? Many people in the last five or so years have replaced their old standard def TV with a great big plasma or LCD. That 40 or 50 or 60 inch set looks amazing, but if you haven’t surrounded yourself with some quality speakers you are missing out on the full home theater experience.
Enter the good people from Sherman Oaks California at Orb Audio. I hadn’t heard about this company until I started my research for this post, but what I discovered was impressive. Almost all of the customer reviews that I found were excellent. They all gushed about the sound and build quality and couldn’t recommend these speakers enough. From here I read a few professional reviews and they were also impressed.
Orb, as the name suggests, makes round soft ball sized speakers. They come in a variety or finishes and colors, I prefer stainless steel. They can be placed on a shelf or you can mount them on one of several beautiful stylish stands. Orbs speaker systems are customizable and expandable. You can buy a small starter package and add speakers as your system grows. These are top notch speakers for consumers that are serious about audio.
As with most purchases the primary decider will end up being price. As I said, theses are high end speakers. You can easily spend over 600 dollars depending on the package you are looking to buy. I have my eye on the HT Express Pro Complete 5.1 / 6.1 / 7.1 Home Theater System with a starting price of $1139.00. Will I be buying this any time soon? No. I have a wedding to pay for and a house to save for after that. For now that beautiful dream system will remain just that, a dream.
If you are in a position to buy. You should also consider that a system like this is a long term purchase. I know many guys who bought great speaker systems in the 80’s or 90’s that still have them today. It is very possible that your Orb speakers will out last several televisions. Keep in mind that quality audio equipment like this also has a higher resale value then most other electronics.
In the end it all comes down to sound and what you are willing to pay for it. If you are a movie lover or and audiophile and you are looking for great hand made speakers. Then you can’t do much better then a nice set of Orbs.