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Tuesday, 01 January 2008
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Orb Audio Mod4 Speaker System
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The Downside
While I applaud the overall achievement that is the Mod4 system, there were a few things that bothered me. First and foremost, the Mod 1 binding posts are far from my favorites, even on inexpensive speakers. While they’re the same binding posts you’ll find on Gallo and Morel, and it’s somewhat the standard price of admission for “round” speakers, man, do I dislike them. Even with thin speaker cable, especially if you have to use bridging straps, getting more than a single run into the tiny holes is an exercise in patience. Also, because of the style of floor stand used with the Mod4s, it makes getting to the binding posts a bit more difficult. Still, I prefer the style of the Mod4 stands to the competition, so it’s a bit of a double-edged sword.

With a factory direct price of $1,999, the Mod4 speaker system from Orb Audio is quite an achievement. The Orb Audio Mod4 stands with larger systems just beyond its class and head and shoulders above those below it. With a robust bottom end that must be heard to be believed and a rather refined top end, the Mod4 system is about as complete a system as you’re going to find for a sub/satellite combo without spending some really serious coin. In addition, the Mod4 system is not just a "no holds barred" Orb speaker set. Orb has created the Mod4 system to be an upgrade path for those current Orb owners. Owners of the Mod2, or even the Mod1, can upgrade for a relatively small fee to the Mod4 system. For example, if you purchased the $1,289 5.1 Mod2 system last year, you can upgrade to the Mod4 for less than $200 per speaker. This ability to upgrade makes Orb Audio a true contender in the home theater speaker market. If you keep the system within its limits and have a large to moderate-sized room, the Mod4 system will reward you in spades. The Orb Audio Mod4 system is good fun and enjoyable at every turn, whether music or movies, not to mention being an absolute knockout in terms of style. There is a new king of round speakers in the AV industry and its name is Orb Audio.

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