I’m zigging today when you expected me to zag. Up for review is the Orbitsound T3 portable battery powered personal stereo speaker with airSOUND. Yes, I know. This isn’t a power supply or case review. Don’t let yourself feel too disheartened. I have a case review waiting in the wings, but I took time off from that once I got my hands on the T3. Orbitsound is an UK-based company and the T3 is just one of their offerings that sport airSOUND® single-point-stereo technology. Before we can get into the review some explanation is necessary about airSOUND and what it does. What better place to find it than Orbitsound’s web site.
Orbitsound on the T3
“Orbitsound has announced the arrival of its new T3 personal powered stereo speaker. The T3 a whole new product concept – a truly original idea made possible only by airSOUND’s single point stereo technology: a miniature powered personal speaker, which worn around the neck and plugged into an iPod, music phone or any mobile audio/ video player, provides the wearer with a stereo aura around their head as an alternative to headphones. Unlike the sound from headphones, the T3 aura is a fully balanced stereo sound field produced from the miniature airSOUND speaker array.
Headphones clamp separated mono signals to your ears. To produce a full stereo sound field you have to hear both left and right channels with both ears, as you do with stereo speakers, to perceive all of the spatial cues. With headphones the left and right ears only hear the left and right speakers – this is why most people hear headphone sound in the middle or even in the back of their head. By comparison, the T3 immerses listeners in their own portable, highly accurate stereo sound field – with all the spatial information fully intact.
The T3 doubles as a high quality portable speaker system when traveling, or for sharing music with others; place it on a flat surface and connected to a laptop, or digital music player, it produces real stereo signals in the room. With airSOUND an identical stereo balance is heard everywhere – in effect providing an infinite sweet spot, rather the limited fixed sweet spot within which it is possible to hear an accurate stereo balance with conventional two speaker stereo.
Measuring just 102 x 60 x 19mm (22mm at maximum) and weighing 115g, the T3 is powered by a lithium rechargeable battery, providing up to10 hours playing time on a single charge. The amplifier supplies 8 watts of total audio power to the airSOUND speaker array within the miniature enclosure. Audio input is via a 3.5 mm stereo jack socket.”
Orbitsound on airSOUND®
The stereo aura, conventional Stereo and airSOUND® Orbitsound® produces the stereo aura from its single enclosure products by using the revolutionary airSOUND system of delivering true stereo from a single source. AirSOUND does not produce stereo in the form of normal left-right audio. It is a variation on the original principles of stereo that separates left and right information from the main signal and reproduces this ‘space’ in a form that mixes in the air. This means that the stereo sound of a song does not change, regardless of listener position within the stereo sound field .Conventional ‘stereo’ from 2 speakers: 2 speakers produce left / right audio. Sound fields interfere and cancel Stereo image is limited to sweet spot AirSOUND from a single source:
- Speakers produce volume and stereo image separately
- Sound fields interact positively and enhance each other
- ‘Infinite’ stereo sweet spot
You can also read more about airSOUND here
Orbitsound on Orbitsound
“Orbitsound products use airSOUND to generate true stereo from a single point. The following pages describe a little about airSOUND, how it works, and how it will change the way you listen to your music.”