British audio brand Orbitsound has today announced the latest addition to its soundbar range, the A70 airSOUND Bar. It will be available from retailer John Lewis for £500, and features a wireless 6.25in subwoofer, apt-X Bluetooth streaming (with NFC) and a learning remote control among its specs.

The A70 uses the airSOUND technology that has become a staple of Orbitsound's lineup, where the combination of side-firing and front-facing driver and DSP work to widen the soundstage and eliminate sweet-spot issues. The A70 employs five speakers, driven by digital amplifcation. Frequency response is rated at 45Hz-18kHz; total power at 300W.

The 'bar is fairly compact, measuring 75cm wide and 6.5cm high and suitable for both wall- and table-mounting. Connectivity – in addition to Bluetooth – comprises optical digital audio and 3.5mm inputs.

As a premium-priced soundbar, the Orbitsound A70 is constructed from engineered wood with a hand-polished, high-gloss piano black exterior. A newly-designed control panel offers touch-sensitive 'hidden' controls for audio source, remote learning mode, Bluetooth, etc. 

Says Orbitsound’s Product Architect, Daniel Fletcher: 'The A70 airSOUND Bar is designed to cater for those who want a complete audio experience that does not contend with their living space.  This soundbar is the first of our new generation of soundbars, and it’s one that I am personally really proud to see brought to market.'

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