Orbitsound ONE P70 review

Orbitsound is a British company that makes great-sounding speakers. The ONE P70 is the first of its new generation of what it’s calling an intelligent multipurpose audio solution. But to you and me, it’s a soundbar that can be mounted in various positions.

It’s a little like a mash-up of the firm’s SB60 sound base and the more recent A70 sound bar.

That’s because it has an integrated low-profile subwoofer like the SB60 rather than a separate box like the A70.

But you can position the ONE horizontally like a traditional soundbar, or sit it on its rear edge on a shelf so it’s vertical. It can also be wall mounted above or below a TV, and all the fixtures and fittings for doing this are included in the box.

Orbitsound ONE P70 review: Price

The ONE costs the same as the SB60 did when it launched. You can buy the black version of the ONE P70 from John Lewis for £299, or direct from Orbitsound. White and Bamboo versions are coming later in the year.

This is cheaper than the airSOUND A70 which costs £499, and it undercuts other soundbars from Bose and Sonos which are twice the price.

Orbitsound ONE P70 review: Design

The ONE is the first product that has been designed entirely in house, and it looks quite different from the A70. The P70 weights a reassuring 5kg and measures 700x173x77mm.

Orbitsound One P70

It’s made from ‘engineered’ wood and covered at the top, front and sides in neat metal grilles. The Orbitsound badge can be popped out and rotated 180 degrees so the logo is the right way up no matter which speaker orientation you choose.

On one end are buttons for controlling volume and input, and a simple (and also reversible) LED display shows volume, bass and treble levels along with green, red and blue indicators so you can tell which input is being used.

The display is mounted at 45 degrees to make it visible regardless of orientation, but the reflective surface can make it tricky to see unless you’re in front of the speaker.

Underneath is a recess into which power, analogue and digital cables can run. The power supply is an external box, and the two wired audio inputs are 3.5mm minijack and TOSLINK optical. There’s no HDMI input or output, as Orbitsound says there’s no benefit for most people – and it keeps costs down. The third input is Bluetooth, so you can pair your phone, tablet or other device and play music wirelessly.

Orbitsound One P70

On the bottom are bosses for 200mm VESA mounts for wall mounting.

Inside is a 5.25in subwoofer – the same size as in the SB60 – and four custom-designed 2in woofers. Two of these are placed right next to each other in the centre at the front, and the other two are placed on each end. These are Orbitsound’s signature: airSOUND. The middle speakers provide clear vocals, while the side speakers deliver the ‘left’ and ‘right’ information for stereo sound. This arrangement helps to avoid the traditional deadspots when listening off-centre, and also serves to create a much wider soundstage than you’d expect from a self-contained speaker bar.

The ONE also has a couple of other nifty features. One is that it can learn buttons on a standard infrared remote control. So you can use buttons on your TV or set-top box remote to control the P70’s volume, input and power rather than having to grab two remotes just to watch TV.

The other is an optical volume boost which can be enabled if your TV’s output is too quiet.

You will need to use the setup guide to do anything more than adjust volume or switch inputs, though, because the minimalist display and minimal number of buttons mean you need to use special button combinations.

Orbitsound ONE P70 review: Performance

Thanks to the two front drivers being so close together, clarity of vocals and speech is excellent. Whether you’re watching TV or listening to music, the P70 is crisp and focused.

The smaller cabinet means that bass isn’t quite as powerful as the SB60, but for a compact all-in-one unit it’s very good. If bass is your priority, you may be better off with a bar and a separate subwoofer, but the P70 succeeds in its aim to be a self-contained unit with great sound quality.

As ever, the airSOUND part does its job admirably. It widens the soundstage way beyond what you’d expect and delivers stereo audio that sounds more like a surround-sound system.

Quality doesn’t deteriorate at quiet or very loud volumes, although we did find you have to turn it up louder when in the vertical orientation. This stands to reason, as there are no speakers in the top surface.

Although it’s likely you’ll use the P70 for video most of the time, it’s a great-sounding Bluetooth speaker too. It’s easy to pair with your phone and in our tests, we found it reliable with no cutting out or dropped connections.

Orbitsound ONE P70: Specs

  • Multipurpose soundbar
  • Bluetooth
  • TOSLINK optical digital input
  • 3.5mm minijack aux input
  • Weight: 5.1kg
  • Dimensions:77 x 700 x 173mm (HWD)
  • Infrared remote control
  • 200mm VESA bosses
  • Wall mount kit, optical cable and analogue cable included in box
  • Multipurpose soundbar
  • Bluetooth
  • TOSLINK optical digital input
  • 3.5mm minijack aux input
  • Weight: 5.1kg
  • Dimensions:77 x 700 x 173mm (HWD)
  • Infrared remote control
  • 200mm VESA bosses
  • Wall mount kit, optical cable and analogue cable included in box

SHOULD I BUY ORBITSOUND ONE P70?

The ONE P70 is a great speaker, whether you use it as a traditional TV soundbar or stick it on a shelf and use it to play music via Bluetooth. It’s well priced and, although not the cheapest around, rivals the quality of speakers costing twice as much.