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Play Ball

Orb Audio proves that form and function aren't mutually exclusive.

Author Adam K. Raymond Photography John Lawton


Mod1 Plus / $1,000 / www.orbaudio.com

The unfortunate truth about top quality sound systems is that they’re usually best when heard and not seen. Orb Audio is out to change that with its Mod1 Plus Home Theater System, which includes five 4.18-inch-diameter speakers made from hand-finished steel, and a compact subwoofer. Artisan metalworkers shape the sleek speakers around rare-earth magnets, CCAD voice coils and other complicated technology that allows these softball-size speakers to produce audio so crisp and clear you’ll swear you can’t afford it. But you can. At $1,000 the Mod1 doesn’t even approach the price of other high-end speakers, much less the cost of cabinets needed to hide them.


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