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The Ugly Secrets Of Home Theater In A Box And Soundbars

High definition televisions created the biggest sales surge in consumer electronics history.  The only problem is that this boom has a dark side -- HTIB (Home Theater In a Box) and soundbars. 

Like a silicon plague, millions of customers wishing to take advantage of the high quality sound  are falling victim to HTIB.  Avoid becoming the next victim of HTIB by looking beyond the prices and paper specifications of these systems, and stepping up to a high quality, handmade system from Orb Audio.  Pairing a great TV with bad speakers is a recipe for disappointment we can help you avoid.


Top Reasons To Avoid HTIB

     *   Mediocre Performance
     *   Mediocre Reliability
     *   Poor Setup Help/Support/Service
     *   Lack of Upgradeability
     *   Limited Number Of Input Connections
     *   Ugly Plastic and Poor Build Quality
     *   Usually Replaced In 1-2 Years
     *   Little To No Resale Value

     *   Quickly Outdated

How Do I Detect HTIB?  


What Are My Options?


HTIB can be detected by looking for the cheap all-in-one "home theater" that includes a DVD/Receiver and a set of cheap speakers.  Manufacturers and vendors are offering these cheap, "all-in-one" solutions right now to cash in on the high definition boom because many consumers are unsure of what to buy and they are easy prey for the "all-in-one" trick.  

Consumers are also worried about installation and ease of use and manufacturers are offering inexpensive soundbars that will ultimately leave you disappointed.  A soundbar cannot fill a room with immersive sound, no matter what it says on the box.  It is also no more difficult to set up or use a real home theater system than any of the alternatives that have been pitched as an easy way out.

Many people also indicate that price is one of the main factors driving them toward an HTIB solution or soundbar. In our experience, it is very common for clients to replace these cheap systems within a year or two.  The combined cost of buying speakers twice is much higher than it is to just buy the right system from the start.  All of the money spent on the HTIB is ultimately flushed down the drain.  

Do not be fooled, "all-in-one" sounds good and easy, but it is not.  The easiest thing about HTIB systems is purchasing them, it is all downhill from there.  Most have major design and performance limitations that will undoubtedly leave you disappointed and in the market for a real system within a few months or years.

What Is Wrong With HTIB?

You have almost certainly seen ads for systems and soundbars infected with HTIB, because they are everywhere today. Most of these systems are mass-produced in China and sold in chain stores.  They come in one box and seem to promise the world for anywhere from $300 to $1,000.  Deep down you know there is a catch, and there is. 

First, the electronics (amplifier and DVD player) in these systems are usually of poor quality.  They have very little power and are not capable of producing clear highs and deep, full sound.  Yes, they will probably sound better than  the speakers on your TV, but if that is all you are looking for, why bother with home theater?
Soundbars and HTIB systems also have very few inputs, which means you might not be able to hook up everything that you need to your speakers.  This is a major drawback that people often overlook until they get home.

Worse, these HTIB-infected systems are most likely designed with extremely inexpensive materials and are almost entirely plastic.  The use of plastic as a major material in any component pretty much speaks for itself.


So what can you do?  We take a very unique approach to speaker design.  Our speakers are modular and upgradeable and you can start with our least expensive system and upgrade it to our highest performing system over time. 

This is truly unique to Orb can start with our $249 Quick Pack or $549 Classic One and ultimately turn it into our top of the line $1,289 Mod2 or $1,999 Mod4 systems.  Best of all, we sell direct, which cuts out the middlemen and retail markups and saves our average customer about $1,000 in markups.  Our direct business model pays off in both price and performance.

Plus, Orb Audio is an employee-owned American company and our Mod1, Mod2 and Mod4 satellites are handcrafted in the USA to ensure the highest possible quality.  We offer top notch customer service and support and will make sure you pick the right system and get it up and running in no time.

So, please do not get tricked into thinking an HTIB or soundbar is an easy, good solution.  It is neither easy nor good, as many disappointed customers can tell you.  Orb Audio can protect you from HTIB, or cure your HTIB if it is already too late for you.  

Please browse our website or call 877-ORB-AUDIO (877-672-2834) for more information, or email us at

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