BRITISH AUDIO FIRM Orbitsound launched the SB60 Airsound Base today, an all-in-one subwoofer and soundbar system built on the company's patented sound technology called "Airsound".
Updating the M series of wireless soundbars launched earlier this year in February, Orbitsound's SB60 Airsound Base is what the firm calls "a one-box TV sound solution with an integrated subwoofer without the need for additional speakers".
The Airsound Base is powered by the firm's Airsound technology, which was known as "spatial sound" in its previous lineup of products. It takes advantage of "sum and difference" audio signals, as opposed to left and right channels, to create what Orbitsound terms "a more solid image". However, the update gets rid of the need for a subwoofer seen in previous products.
"The wiressless subwoofer was always a bit of a sticking-plaster and a bit of a fad in the industry. You still had a subwoofer; you still had to plug it in, so it was not truly wireless and I think a lot of consumers didn't really appreciate that, so I've been trying to think of ways of making a product that doesn't need a subwoofer at all," Orbitsound's senior product manager Dan Fletcher told The INQUIRER, explaining why the firm decided to combine the two parts.
"In the early stages I was stuck on the soundbar concept making slightly bigger soundbars, and I know there are some out there that don't have subwoofers but they're quite limited in performance because to get bass you need volume and a decent amount of cubic centimetres of air behind the speaker in order to efficiently be able to create lower frequencies," he added.
"So we came up with the idea of [the Airsound Base], named SB60 because of its 60cm wide base; the best size we found for TV sizes, as its designed to sit underneath the TV."
The Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base measures 600x300x80m, suitable to sit snugly under TVs that have 32in to 55in screen sizes, depending on the size of the base. The device is aimed at improving the sound of TVs that have become slimmer and thus have inferior sound.
The system features 2x2in front speakers that deliver most of the sound definition, and the 5in down-firing subwoofer pumps the volume and power of the bass frequencies. The 2x2in side-firing speakers create a wider sound that "envelopes all the listeners, wherever they are in the room".
The Airsound Base has an optical cable to connect to a television, plus one additional electrical plug to the wall, and eliminates the need for any additional equipment, wiring or adjustment. Other devices can be connected using the 3.5mm jack input.
The SB60 Airsound Base will be available from retailers such as John Lewis from today for £299.
We've started testing the Orbitsound Airsound Base, so check back soon for a full review. µ