Canton speakers

MID/HIGH-END REFERENCE K series with unique Ceramic/Tungsten drivers offering a Powerful, Dynamic, Finely Detailed, Deep, Rich, Coherent song HAND MADE in GERMANY - the name "CANTON" Latin Cantare "TO SING" & German Ton "TONE"
CANTON REFERENCE K series - "TIMELESS CREATIONS for ULTIMATE MUSICAL PLEASURE

CANTON is one of the largest loudspeaker manufacturers, proudly designing and manufacturing virtually every component ”in house” in Gernamy, while developing many unique technologies and innovative solutions. Their technology, engineering, build quality and finish of their speakers rivals the best having won may accolades over the years.

Canton possess more than 40 years of development experience and have their our own development centre with an anechoic chamber. Technical head Frank Göbl works with their own analysis and simulation software.

Their speakers are bold speakers, all the resolution is there together with deep, rich bass, captivating dynamics, spades of fine, revealing detail, natural decay and a wonderful dance of nuances to capture your imagination, but its presented in a rare balanced, natural, open, coherent way. There is a very low fatigue factor with these wonderful speakers, they're one of the few speakers that really allow you to forget about the gear and get lost in the music.

Canton's unique Ceramic & Tungsten/Ceramic drivers in their REFERENCE K series speakers has taken all this new heights again. Many others promise, but it is the Canton Reference K series speakers that we can say, truly deliver that elusive magic for the discerning audiophile.

German Loudspeaker Tradition
We are GERMANY'S leading developer and producer for over 40yrs of high quality loudspeakers, it is our goal to offer the ideal sound solution for discerning audiophiles.

In 1972, four hi-fi enthusiasts joined together with the goal of always producing the best speakers of their class. The founding partners were Hubert Milbers (Managing Director), Otfried Sandig (Marketing and Sales), Günther Seitz (Engineering/Technology) and Wolfgang Seikritt (Research/Development).

Our speakers combine innovative technologies, including unique ceramic/tungsten drivers & DC Technology ('Displacement Control'), developed by Canton prevents the uncontrolled deflection of the bass loudspeaker membrane at low tones. It suppresses the subsonic (i.e. not audible) oscillations and allows the bass tones to sound perceptibly sharper and more precise. highest in quality. With REFERENCE K series we offer a remarkably wide range of models and designs with sound experiences that are unmatched. We always place the highest priority on the best possible price-performance ratio. and available on most models our unique.

The name CANTON is a combination of the Latin word "Cantare" (TO SING) and the German word "Ton" (MUSICAL TONE).

“My aim is for our speakers to give a great many people the opportunity to truly listen to music without compromise."
…..Managing Director Günther Seitz

"Developing loudspeakers is like living in a monastery. Strict asceticism and a focus on essentials lead to a steady improvement in virtues. For me, the new Reference K Series represents one more step towards inner maturity, outer perfection and complete sound. With its great potential it offers greater composure and more thrilling vivacity than ever before"
.……Frank Göbl The designer of the Reference K Series

QUALITY AND SERVICE
Only the highest quality parts are used in our loudspeakers. Their assembly takes place exclusively in Germany. Each speaker is subsequently subjected to comprehensive quality controls. Many of our loudspeakers have received awards for their Wondeful Sound, their Excellent Design and their Remarkable Price-Performance ratio.

OUR "REFERENCE K" Series loudspekaers marks the beginning of a new age of sound. Characterised by the classic virtues of the Reference family, a constant drive for innovation and a focus on the fundamental elements of sound, it strives for ever greater perfection. A perfection that is achieved in an impressive way. With the introduction of the REFERENCE K series loudspeaker, Canton has taken its design and engineering to a new level of performance and appearance. For the Reference loudspeakers, the Canton engineering team was given free rein in terms of time, budget, and resources to produce the best full-range loudspeakers the company has ever built.  While the lessons from the research and development program have been integrated into much of Canton's catalog, the ability to design a new flagship line from the ground up has given the company's engineers the freedom to develop loudspeakers that make absolutely no compromises in sound quality.

CHASSIS
nnovative driver technology
The drivers of the Vento & Reference K Series have been comprehensively redesigned. To maximise their rigidity while maintaining optimum internal damping, the woofer and midrange cone drivers are now also fitted with a tunsten membrabe on Vento & ceramic-tungsten membrane on Reference K. Not only does this enhance their outward appearance, but it also ensures a precisely controlled swing-in and swing-out behaviour across the whole transmission range. The natural resonance is therefore always outside the transmission range.

Perfected tweeters
Ceramic is a unique material in the world of sound. That’s why the Reference tweeters have evolved still further to include a one-piece ceramic dome for the K Series. The one-piece wave guide, which first appeared in the Reference Jubilée, now supports the dispersion characteristics of the K system.

Striking TCC midrange system
The triple-curved cone membrane of the midrange speaker with its ceramic-tungsten structure represents an optimum design standard. Together with the new, tripled-folded wave surround, it gives extreme rigidity and excellent balance in terms of the swing-in and swing-out behaviour through to the highest frequencies. Another new feature in the shape of the high quality front rings made from die-cast aluminium increases the mechanical stability of the driver system.

Innovative woofers
The woofers now also come with a Tugsten/Cermaic membrane in REFERENCE K. This gives optimal control of the surround behaviour, allowing perfect bass tones at all volumes.

TECHNOLOGY

First class components
Perfection is all about the detail. This is why the components of the Vento & Reference K loudspeakers are carefully checked and acoustically optimised. The results are impressive right down to the very last nuance of sound.

New Crossover
With noticeably lower frequencies and crystal clear higher levels, the new crossover system ensures an even greater frequency range. With the exception of the Reference 9 K, all models in the series work as 3-way systems.

DC Technology ('Displacement Control'), 
Developed by Canton prevents the uncontrolled deflection of the bass loudspeaker membrane at low tones. It suppresses the subsonic (i.e. not audible) oscillations and allows the bass tones to sound perceptibly sharper and more precise.

Optimised connection terminals
Four gold-plated metal screw-clamp terminals, suitable for cable diameters up to 10 mm² and banana plugs, enable bi-wiring and bi-amping operation. The high quality of the components used results in virtually loss free signal transmission. The models 1 K and 3 K also allow fine-tune adjustments to be made in the midrange and tweeter ranges.

Exclusive cabling
The six-wire internal cables that have been specially designed for the CANTON Reference models, complete with a special core and high-end sheathing, secure optimum signal transmission from the connection terminal through the crossover to the individual loudspeaker systems.

CONSTRUCTION

Exclusive look
The cabinets of the new Reference K Series are wider and above all deeper than before. This gives them an extremely compact appearance while simultaneously increasing their internal volume. The multi-layer laminate used has a wall thickness of up to 50 mm and the elaborate internal reinforcement reduces natural vibration to a minimum.

Solid foundations
For the first time, CANTON’s own bass reflex system with Base-Guide® has been used in the freestanding loudspeakers of the Reference K Series. The bass reflex port is built into the cabinet and operates on the down-fire principle: The air is controlled by a channel set into the base plate and fed to the front and back of the cabinet. This gives an extremely stable bass resonance regardless of its position in the room.

Massive resonance
The base plates have been redesigned to be even more massive. New spacers optimise the flow and ensure an even more effective separation of the cabinet and base plate.

Internal reinforcement
The computer-optimised multi-chamber structure of the Reference loudspeakers uses elaborate internal reinforcement to suppress the natural vibration of the cabinet. Each driver is acoustically isolated in a precisely defined resonance chamber within which it is able to operate optimally.

LOOK

Perfect surfaces
The surfaces on Reference loudspeakers are as exquisite as the technology used inside each cabinet. First impressions are positive. Second impressions are awesome. The colour tones and wooden surfaces underline the highly sophisticated character of the Vento & Reference loudspeakers.

Piano Finish
The high gloss, smooth and robust piano finish is applied and polished in up to 12 layers on Refeernc K and 8 layers on Vento. It gives extraordinary depth to the surface of the cabinets of the Reference K Series.

Loudspeaker Covers
Acoustically optimised fabric covers with magnetic fastenings complete the exclusive look.

SURFACE

Depending on the model speakers may be available on some of the following finishes:
Black lacquer “piano finish“ (standard to all models)
Cherry veneer “piano finish” (optional for some models)
White lacquer “piano finish” (optional on all models)

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CANTON REFERENCE K9 = 5 STARS - Sound Quality 95% - OUTSTANDING
Tom Frantzen

SUMMARY: Unbelievably dynamic and powerful compact speaker with refined musicality plus the assertiveness of a floorstanding speaker. Highly recommended at the price!

EXTENDED REVIEW: The „Reference 9.2“ was a superb and affordable compact speaker in the top class. The new REFERTENCE 9K is supposed to be even better

The smallest model in the current Reference K portfolio presented at last year’s High-End, though 40cm tall, is still a compact speaker, designed to be positioned at ear height on stands. Compared with the previous Reference 9.2, the volume has been “opened up” a bit more, in order to deliver bass reproduction that doesn’t lag behind that of small to medium floorstanding speakers. 

The 25 mm dome tweeter, with its ceramic/aluminium-oxide diaphragm, is derived from the “9.2”, but has been further developed with the waveguide already known from the “Jubilee”, to enhance its dispersion characteristics. Also for the K series all the larger drivers benefit from the improved speed, robustness, and lack of coloration delivered by the company’s “ceramic-tungsten” membranes and “Wave” surround. 

In the novel cone design, up to 20% of the aluminium is transformed into a ceramic material, into which tungsten particles are introduced to give optimum rigidity-to-weight and improved self-damping properties. Meanwhile the “Wave” surround allows maximum excursion while maintaining a pistonic action. 

The extreme stiffness of the 180 mm driver used in the 9K is supposed to come extremely close to the ideal of warp resistant, piston-like movement even at abnormal volumes. The natural resonances of all drivers thus lie clearly outside of the transmission spectrum, the tweeter’s grid and special acoustic lens ensuring that the resonance peak above the audible range is damped. The shiny, twelve-coat piano finish of the strikingly heavy bass reflex housing is available in gloss white, black, and cherry, with the grilles attached to the baffle magnetically. 

All grown up 

Like all K-models, the new 9-series has grown up tremendously in terms of effective internal volume, and this is reflected in lab measurements which attest to this still-compact speaker’s lower cutoff frequency of 31Hz – usually the domain of large floorstanding models. Except for the very lowest registers of a church organ, this compact flagship from Weilrod now covers the entire instrumental spectrum – exactly what development chef Frank Göbl strove for in his aspiration to deliver spectacular, vivacious and “complete” speakers, stable even at high levels.

Even though its predecessor was a fantastic speaker, which could already replace a small floorstanding design, the 9K goes a step further thank to its “larger chest” and the new driver. That’s not just by luck – there’s no such thing as coincidence at Canton. Doesn’t happen. Instead, the engineers spend many hours with simulation software, measurements, and material research, and In addition to resonance spectra, omni-directional diagrams, and laser interferometry, we have been shown extremely precise illustrations of the pressure distribution in the speaker housing based on which the material thickness and struts in the cabinets are designed

In fact, only the mounting of the drivers is subject to countless man-hours and sound tests in Weirdo, helped by the fact that Canton doesn’t use standard drive units but develops its own, its best designs then successively trickled down to other models over time, similar to the way the car industry operates when it comes to core technologies

The corresponding LS 850.2 speaker stand, to which the 9 K can be firmly bolted, has also been designed to accommodate the clearly larger housing. 

Breath-taking pressure Pressing “play” almost feels like unleashing the Kraken, an effect made doubly dramatic by preconceptions that a speaker so compact shouldn’t be able to project as much physical presence as. The fierce, attacking, driving bass in the title piece of Chuck Mangione’s “Children Of Sanchez” will leave you sitting on your chair with your mouth open – after all, small monitors can usually only deliver rather tired and irritating sounds from this piece, whereas here you’ll be blinking at the sheer physical impact. But the Canton can do a lot more

More sensitive, less visceral, music shows that these speakers are also unusually refined, the midrange presented with phenomenal clarity to give Eva Cassidy’s “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” full expression even a trace of harshness. The Cantons create an open, spacious, and accurately layered soundstage, placing the musicians of German folk band “Cara” almost visibly in front of the listener. 

Let’s cut to the chase: the 9K can basically do it all. Audiophile sophistication? Check! What some of my colleagues (disdainfully?) term “fun speakers”? Check, and all in one – for me that’s the way it should be, as I really wouldn’t want to have to change speakers or even the entire system for every CD or record. 

Considering what it offers, the Reference 9K is almost too cheap, and even if you’re considering compact floorstanding speakers up to the 5000 Euro class, you should definitely take a look at (and a listen to) these speakers at about half that price – they even looks great, albeit in an understated sort of way. 

Maybe she’s the one: invest in proper electronics, e.g. a musical Symphonic line power amp, which will inspire it, drive it to top-performance, and make it “sing”. My hat is both raised, and blown off! 
…..Tom Frantzen

Reference 3K has a huge sound image that hangs from top to toe, without any hassles. Can sound deliciously rhythmic and sugar-sweet, depending on the music.
Geir Gråbein Nordby

SUMMARY: Canton Reference 3K is a large speaker, with an equally magnificent sound. It is not afraid to thrive when it comes to and massage the entire body with sound waves.

Speakers turn out to be absolutely awesome with classical music. I mentioned Wagner, and then it is the opera "Valkyrian" that applies.And the way in which speakers fill the room with tones from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the strictest way is really a chapter by themselves. 

The "Valkyrierite", the most famous part that we recognise from countless films, almost makes us feel welcome. The speakers do not give the least signs of hesitation, trumpets, trombones, and eagles are banging out of them, while the tubers and pukors thrive in the deep bass register. Lighter wind instruments and cymbals hover in the top and spread outwards in the two-dimensional plane. The music becomes alive like with a few other speakers, it sounds like a military invasion is taking place in the room.

Arcas Spanish-singing voice appears weightless, floating and beautiful. The transition from midrange to treble is completely seamless, the stereo perspective is as cast, and despite the height of the speakers, it is possible to sit quite so close without losing the perspective. 

Whatever music I put on, the speakers respond to both massaging my senses and letting me dance. As long as the recording is good.

EXTENDED REVIEW: The Canton is one of Germany's greatest hifi pride, where it's about telling the whole and true truth. Whether it's Beethoven, Wagner or Rammstein who is on the rhythmic playlist, the music will be reproduced to the smallest detail. No shortcuts are accepted, which is a truth that only becomes more pronounced the higher up in the price ranges that come. We have previously known Canton's cheaper speakers, and several of them have impressed us. But it is in the high-end class that the Canton thrives the best.

With a price of over SEK 100,000 for a pair, Reference 3K is definitely high-end. A class where you expect the speakers to wake up dead artists from the grave to give private and intimate concerts where music history is painted on a holographic screen and the sense of time and space is almost solved. Everything but amazing sound is a flop, it requires flawless dynamics, almost endless amounts of sound colours witout any distorion down to the deepest bases. Something you should get because you have burned the household's savings money and a part of the pension on a couple of speakers to achieve the high level!

Enormous stuff

Reference 3K is not the largest model - the honour goes to the mighty Reference 1K - but it is still large stretches 1150mm above sea level and houses two 220mm (8.5-inch) bass drivers. The weight of 56kg per speaker means that one is the strongest advise of trying to handle them on their own.

The first thing that strikes me is the massive cabinet. It is obviously solidly built, and acoustically optimised with an arched front plate that counteracts diffractions in high frequencies. On a flat front plate, short noise waves travel back and forth along the surface and collide with each other causing phase distortions. The wider the front, the worse it will be, so on such a large speaker it is an advantage if the front bends off. The walls are 50mm thick and consist of several layers to prevent resonances.

If you think I'm talking about the cabinet in a technical and mechanical way, it's because they raise such feelings. The whole design is built for the sake of purpose, and available in piano black or piano white lacquer.

Construction

The diaphragms in the base and middle register elements are mainly made of ceramic treated tungsten. It will provide an optimal stiffness to weight ratio and additionally extra damping on the inside. Everything for the sake of music, so that the tones can flow as unaffected as possible.The treble is also made of ceramic.

The split filters use circuit boards with a little self-resonance and the internal cabling is minimised. The cables themselves are specially developed for the Reference K series.

In addition to the rear terminals there are two link terminals that can be connected in different ways to provide more or less treble or midrange, according to listener preferences. In our rather subdued rooms, they work best in neutral mode.

About location

Reference 3K goes deep into the base, but Canton promises that they are not so violently difficult in terms of placement relative to back and side walls. Much thanks to the bass reflex port that has a special waveguide that spreads the sound waves better and reduces turbulence in the mouth of the base port.

When dealing with such a large speaker, which goes so deeply in the base, it is still important to work with the location. It's about getting as tight a bass as possible combined with an optimal stereo perspective. Close to the wall can be a lot of bass - maybe a bit too much and too daring - but a flater stereo perspective. Long on the floor often provides a thinner base but a larger and deeper sound image.

In our test room, which measures approximately 7 x 4.5 meters, the speakers work best around 1.1 m from each side wall, measured from the centre of the treble element, and with the front plate 1.7 meters from the back wall. If you want an optimal starting point to work in your own room.

One, swipe, turn!

Time for music. The speakers are connected to Ayre's electronics: the digital media player and QX-5 Twenty digital converter are connected to the KX-R Twenty power amplifier and the 2x200 watts potent power amplifier VX-R Twenty. Sure, quite crazy, I know. But yozy so that combination sounds! And when you test expensive speakers you want to hear what they really do with optimal equipment. 

Speakers turn out to be absolutely awesome with classical music. I mentioned Wagner, and then it is the opera "Valkyrian" that applies.And the way in which speakers fill the room with tones from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the strictest way is really a chapter by themselves. The "Valkyrierite", the most famous part that we recognise from countless films, almost makes us feel welcome. The speakers do not give the least signs of hesitation, trumpets, trombones, and eagles are banging out of them, while the tubers and pukors thrive in the deep bass register. Lighter wind instruments and cymbals hover in the top and spread outwards in the two-dimensional plane. The music becomes alive like with a few other speakers, it sounds like a military invasion is taking place in the room.

Even electronic, rhythmic music makes the speakers easy to play.The new song "Anocha" of the odd hip-hop phenomenon Arca is a kind of crossing between hip and classical music, with Spanish songs in the midst of a wonderful big and open soundscape and a heavy, beautiful bass. 

The Canton speakers produce everything in a particularly cool way and present it in a giant soundtrack. The loudest loudspeakers of the speakers are the vast landscape that effortlessly fills the room, completely free from masking puckles or swirls.

Arcas Spanish-singing voice appears weightless, floating and beautiful. The transition from midrange to treble is completely seamless, the stereo perspective is as cast, and despite the height of the speakers, it is possible to sit quite so close without losing the perspective. This is because the treble element is at the earpiece below the middle register. In practice, you can sit as close to Reference 3K as the much smaller Audiovector SR3 Avantgarde Arreté and Sonus Faber Olympica III.

A comparison

If you compare, Olympica III is not as airy in the harmonics. The smaller Sonus faber speakers focus more on the middle register, giving the music a darker tone. 

Reference 3K may not be the same focus on the centre as the Sonos, the width and depth of the sound image is superior to the Germans. This is repeated with Daft Punk's cool debut song "Lose Yourself to Dance", where Canton unfolds the sound image an extra snap. Again, Pharell Williams's voice is probably a little bit better planted in the middle of Sonus fabs, but the Canton fills the room in a completely different way.

Reference 3K is also more linear from the middle base to the bottom so that bass instruments breathe better. The Bastrumman makes the less of the bass guitar, there is more weight further down and everything sounds more unobtrusive, especially at high volume.

The significantly more compact Audiovector SR3 Avantgarde Arreté has even more air at the top thanks to the bandwidths, but Reference 3K breaks them when it's about weight in the bass register. In the price range around SEK100,000, there are not many who beat the Canton when everything is added together, because they are so good at everything.

German to German

Soundly wakes Reference 3K memories from the ELAC FS 509 VX JET, another German high-end speaker we tested in 2012. They have the same strength, thus a giant sound image with extreme openness and precision, but the Canton speakers are even more benefiting from their big bass, while we thought the FS 509 was a bit restrained in the middle base.

Whatever music I put on, the speakers respond to both massaging my senses and letting me dance. As long as the recording is good, please note. An overcompressed pop production gets nothing for free here.

About amplifier

The Canton K3 speakers don’t need colossal expensive amplifier combination to let brilliantly. They are light enough to work with an integrated amplifier like Hegel Voice, as long as you keep the noise level below what the neighbours think is acceptable. 

We also got an aha experience with the Hegel P30 preamplifier along with the Hegel H20 power amplifier and even more meat on the legs with the McIntosh MA7000.

If you have acoustic problems, the Arcam SR250 with Dirac space correction can also make wonders. But with the Ayre plant we came even closer to the music, heard more details and sat almost spellbound. Speakers deliver a high degree of what they receive.

Conclusion

Canton Reference 3K is a large speaker, with an equally magnificent sound. It is not afraid to thrive when it comes to and massage the entire body with sound waves! 

But it also sounds as good at low volume, which is not the case with all major speakers. 

The bass is deep and beautiful, it's super fast and the sound image is presented in a holographic and comprehensive way. 

The music style does not matter, Reference 3K does not care if you like classical, flamenco, metal or hip hop.

There are speakers that have even more airy harmonics, and there are those who have an even more centred centre in the soundtrack, but when you put everything together, Reference 3K is a pair of speakers that sounds amazing almost anything you do. Add that they are easier to place than the size implies that the case should be done.

Canton Reference 3K is a large speaker, with an equally magnificent sound. It is not afraid to thrive when it comes to and massage the entire body with sound waves!
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Canton Reference 3K is rightly called Canton Reference. It is not only a precision record for moderate 10 kilos, but it can also be a sin with its outstanding homogeneity, relaxation and spatiality.
Malte Ruhnke

STEREOPLAY test report: Sound: absolute top class; Price / performance: outstanding

Dissolution, neutrality, and transparency are there, the hyper complexes of the "Agnus Dei" from Dvorak's Requiem (RCO) were represented in full splendour and precision, which would have made every sound master joyous. On the other hand, details are not imposed on the silbert tablet, but are rather presented with coolness and serenity. To the interpretation of the old master Mariss Jansons, the work discovers its spiritual side with etheric sound colours than emphasising extreme dynamics.

EXTENDED REVIEW: Beryllium, diamond, aluminium & ceramics - with high tech, the loudspeaker manufacturers are trying to gain the decisive advantage at the world's peak. Canton is now opening a new round - with tungsten ceramic membranes in the Canton Reference 3K. We have tested these floor speakers.

Expensive must be a membrane for a flagship high-end loudspeaker, rarely and as complicated as possible to process? The impression could be gained by following the race between diamond, beryllium and co. However, in the case of the perfect membrane material, it is quite simple technical characteristics: the membrane should be light, stiff, but with high internal damping and, if possible, free of resonances in the working area.

In Canton's new Reference K series - here the Canton Reference 3K in the test came another requirement from chief developer Frank Göbl: With regard to material and inner construction all membranes should be identical from the small tweeter to huge basses in order to allow a sound as homogeneous as possible over all frequency ranges.

Ceramic Department

Ceramic chassis had already worked successfully in the predecessor series, but only in the high frequency - which is why only the trained eye noticed that the diaphragm was not white, but had a brownish-grey veil. The reason: in place of aluminium is the even lighter and stiffer ceramics of the metal tungsten plays a role. With the Reference 3K, for the first time in the Stereoplay listening room, there was a Canton box, which was equipped with this miraculous ceramic in all three ways; correspondingly, all three tones are colour-coded from the usually ceramic-coated ceramic chassis.

The driver housing is tapered and chamfered in the upper area and gently tapering to minimise edge reflections in the mid-high tone. The basses, which are 220mm in size, are located in the lower part, they are quite similar in terms of membrane geometry, material and structure to the mid-range driver (left), but optimised for significantly higher strokes.

The chassis diameter, chassis dimensioning and the basic concept of the 3K are based on the previous limited edition Jubilee: a three-way assembly with a pair of parallel-connected 220mm bass drivers, a 180mm mid-range driver and a 25 cm tweeter

The mid-range driver, for reasons of run-time and phase optimisation, sits in the head of the box, the main task is as it converts all the tones between 200 and 3000 Hz and thus virtually the entire voice and formant range (overtones of the vowels) from a single cast , Its membrane is said to benefit most from the ultra-hard tungsten ceramic compared to the previous models. Because it is stiff and light at the same time, it can also be designed larger than other mid-range speakers, and in the basic tone it can descend more deeply.

Hard diaphragm and large diameter - according to the laws of acoustics to the upper application area produces a noticeable bundling behavior, which is also wanted by the Canton developers. If the top models of the new Reference-K-series can still be used even in larger rooms and correspondingly more difficult rooms.

So that the directivity does not come to a break, the tweeter adjusts in the beam angle to the mid-range driver. A combination of a somewhat narrower sound guidance and a sound distributing lens in front of the ceramic membrane homogenises this angle: in the range of 3 to 7 kHz somewhat narrower, in the range above 12 kHz much wider than in the case of an assembly of the tweeter plan on the baffle.

Their edge reflections therefore have hardly any tonal significance. In favour of better image sharpness, however, the Canton men decided to use a narrow baffle in the mid-range, which extends downwards to pick up the two basses.

They work on a separate housing, separated from the mid-range driver, which opens into a bass reflex at the base of the Canton Reference 3K. In order to reduce the flow noise and compressions, and at the same time to minimise the longitudinal resonances of the room, the channel of the reflex was propagated in the base of the box and terminated in the form of a trumpet-shaped extension.

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The old reference series have already been given excellent marks for neutrality, bass, timing and resolution - what is to make the new still substantially better? With Richard Strauss' "Rosenkavalier-Suite" (Guschlbauer) from the point of view of the music analyst not much. And so the Canton Reference 3K offered a perfect, wide-ranging sound colour presentation, a lot of musical impetus and a powerful bass, which was powerful and rhythmic.

Where exactly are the new worlds, which are supposed to conquer the miracle material? As a listener, they are discovered - with time. The longer the rousing waltzes and the music of the final tenor sounded, the more relaxed, homogeneous and spatially deeper the sound image over the Canton Reference 3K. Certainly, the previous models 3 and Jubilee could not be objectively denied a reproduction error, but the certain severity of technical negligence and a very listening-based approach will surely not have appealed to everyone.

The Canton Reference 3K, on the other hand, builds the sound image from behind and from the room corners, making live discs (like the Tri-Band live at Schloss Elmau) even more relaxed and atmospheric w when a good position is found (in this room about 1.2 mtrs from the wall), where the bass did not thump.
 
Dissolution, neutrality, and transparency are there, the hyper complexes of the "Agnus Dei" from Dvorak's Requiem (RCO) were represented in full splendour and precision, which would have made every sound master joyous. 
On the other hand, details are not imposed on the silbert tablet, but are rather presented with coolness and serenity. 
To the interpretation of the old master Mariss Jansons, the work discovers its spiritual side with etheric sound colours than emphasising extreme dynamics.

...Serenity!

"Stop Those Bells" by Sara K was swinging and grooving that it was a pleasure, and "millions of legions" from the "Unplugged" Album of the Fantastic 4 pounded into the listening room with an incredibly deep, space-filling rhythm, which did not allow anyone to sit quietly on the sofa in the listening room and animate spontaneously hiphop-dance-ins. Even Madonna's not even audiophile "Material Girl" defied the Canton still sparkling 1980s charm and playfulness.

Canton Reference 3K is rightly called Canton Reference. It is not only a precision record for moderate 10 kilos, but it can also be a sin with its outstanding homogeneity, relaxation and spatiality.

XXL SPECIAL of the HIGH END: Cantons new Reference K-series summary - HI-FI at its finest
Carsten Rampacher

With numerous innovations Canton waits until morning in Munich. Highlight is the new Reference K-series, the Canton under "forever. Or imports for ever "when an interested audience. What distinguishes this new luxury speaker series? First comprehensively revised driver. The rigidity with optimum internal damping has been optimised, so the woofer and midrange cone drivers are now equipped with a high-tech ceramic-tungsten-membrane structure. Even for optical reasons affects attractive, but of course are acoustic pluses at the centre of all constructive endeavours. A highly accurate transient response and the entire frequency range is characteristic, the self-resonance is always outside of the transmission range.

The "TCC" midrange systems have a shape optimised cone diaphragm, with ceramic-tungsten structure which is three times curved. Together with the newly developed and tri-fold wave surround has been made when entering and swinging an excellent rigidity and a good balance - up to the maximum stroke. The particularly high-quality front rings made from die-cast aluminium additionally increase the mechanical stability of the oscillating systems. The woofer, with the same membrane materials convince also by an optimal control of the vibration behaviour - are the audible result of the constructive measures precise, powerful and clean structured bass at almost every level. Of course, the ceramic tweeter has been further developed. For the first time in the Reference Jubilee introduced at that time, the one-piece Wave-Guide now also supports the coverage of the K-systems.

In all standing speakers of Reference K-series for the first time, the Canton-own bass reflex system with Base-guide comes used. The bass reflex tube is installed after Downfire principle in the base. Thus, the air is also controlled by an incorporated into the base plate channel and led to the housing front and back - which has an emphatic, solid, controlled bass as a direct result. The floor panels have been revised and also occur again solid on. New, flow-optimised spacers ensure a practically perfect decoupling of housing and baseplate.

Deeper and broader housing for optimised internal volume

The housing of the Reference K-boxes are wider and also become significantly deeper. Thus appear the transducer, because the height is measured not overly large, as quite compact. At the same time, the internal volume has been increased. The used multi-layer laminate with a wall thickness of 50mm and the elaborate bracing inside the boxes ensure an effective reduction of the natural oscillations - down to an absolute minimum. Of course, the case of the Reference K speakers are a very classy finish. In up to 12 layers of high gloss varnish is applied, the result: An incredible depth and an outstanding purity. The fabric covers, acoustically optimised are, of course, provided with a magnetic mount, so no unsightly mounting recesses for grid disturb the front.

Canton demonstration

In the first screenings of Canton we could equally convince them that this is anything but "pure theory": The bass is extremely powerful, but never applied too thick, very controlled and well-founded. The interplay between the base guides with the new chassis with ceramic tungsten membrane is exemplary and shows impressively what modern building of boxes made in Germany can.

Connection Terminal

Canton is in the Reference K-series optimised, especially high-quality connection terminals a. Four gilt-metal screw, suitable for cable diameters up to 10 mm and banana plugs, allow bi-wiring and bi-amping. The fact that is set to a very high quality of the components, the signal transmission is practically free of losses. Models 1K and 3K also allow the fine-tuning in the mid and high frequencies for perfect reproduction. Width comes in the speakers of the Reference K-series specially developed for Canton internal wiring used. It is six-wire, equipped with a special core and a shell, particularly valued. She is responsible for the transmission of signals from the connecting terminal on the crossover to the individual drivers. Speaking of crossover: Again Canton has made all things new, especially in order to guarantee a high bandwidth. Besides Reference 9 K are all Reference K-sound transducer, moreover, 3-way systems.

Therefore, one of the best-attended demonstrations was the Canton demonstration with the largest new box of Reference K-Series: The imposing, interestingly shaped Reference 1K. It operates on the three-way bass reflex principle and is temporary able fabled 900 watts. The end-play Audionet chain could thus quite mobilise all the available power reserves. 500watts are specified as permanent load. The efficiency of each high-tech construction is 89.5dB - which can be described as good.From ultra deep 18Hz to 40kHz at high ranges of the transmission range, thus the precious transducers from Hesse as predestined for music files with high dynamic range. 125cm high, 48cm wide and 69 cm deep is the "Grand Master" of all Canton constructions. Optional processed high-gloss finish in white or black is available for disposition. Acoustically, the German exception speaker draws almost all the stops: satellite, controlled, strongly acting, the sound transducer in the bass range. Votes are middle of the room, can be solved excellently by the transducer. The enormous precision, the promised precise inputs and decay of the membrane is also noticeable in practice. The speaker never seems overwhelmed, but always confident, he is always "master of the situation" and flirts with his merciless performance in terms of the management of dynamic jumps. He always hits exactly the right point, the transient response is exemplary. Feature of the Reference 1K is incidentally also the terminal with level adjustment, very practical. Another characteristic - the massive processed base with Base Guide.

Reference 3 K 

Is a three-way bass reflex speaker is permanently with 350 and temporary able 600 watts. 89 dB is the efficiency, according to Canton-Flyer is also the Reference 3 K frequencies from 18Hz to 40 kHz again. On occasion, we will ask if this is a misprint. With 115cm height, 33.5cm wide and 49cm depth, the 3K is noticeably smaller, which also is not "small" the word really appropriate. The connection terminal here has a level adjustment, and the massive base Guide-base structure is also found in the 3 K. Next model is 107.5 cm high, 30.5 cm wide and 44.5 cm deep Reference 5 K. is not only, as 1 K and 3 K, in high-gloss white and have black, but also in cherry veneer "piano finish". 

Reference 5K

Is a three-way bass reflex speakers, with 280Watts continuous performance and short-term maximum load of 440watts. Also from this speaker is a solid base with Base Guide. This feature adorns the Reference 7 K also, 

Reference 7 K 

Is available in three colour variants. As with the 5K the efficiency is 88.5dB, while the 5 K frequencies between 20Hz and 40kHz reproduces, the 7K frequencies between 22Hz and 40 kHz assumes. 29 cm wide, 100 cm high and 42 cm deep, the Reference 7K and does so properly chic and elegant living room or music room, because it never forces itself into the foreground by the restrained dimensions. They can be loaded with a maximum of 340w and 170watts for long periods.

Reference 9 K 

Really interesting, also because of the price / performance ratio, the reference is 9K, a classy bookshelf speakers for which it also provides an optional matching pedestal. This is a 2-way bass reflex speaker with outstanding processing and long-term carrying capacity of 120 and a short-term load capacity of 200watts. From 25Hz to 40 kHz is the frequency response, the efficiency is 87dB. 

Reference 50K Centre. 

"50K" is - thankfully - not veiled reference to the purchase price per piece. Available in three colours, the Centre is 70cm wide, 22cm high and 35cm deep. It has a nominal capacity of 130w and a music power of 220watts and brings an efficiency of 87dB with. It is a three-way bass reflex design.

CANTON VENTO 896 DC - 5/5 STARS
HIFITESR.DE

GERMAN to ENGLISH GOOGLE TRANSLATION - SUMMARY: Cantons loudspeakers score points with outstanding performance in our measurement lab. The Vento 896 DC play very linearly and reach deep down, radiating Their behavior is Exemplary. So Measured off the main axis below 15 and 30 degrees, the amplitudes are excellent. In addition, the loudspeakers score with low distortion and fast decay.

The still dewy Ventos in the program by the Hessian speaker specialist Canton are elegantly designed, perfectly finished and promise best sound. We make it to the test, and test the flagship models Vento 896 DC.

At first glance, the new Vento is not much different from its predecessor. Why should the makers in Canton change so also wantonly? The speakers in her elegant gown are in fact very much in demand in the hi-clientele since the publication of the series. Clearly, the Hessian, under the technical direction of Frank Göbl, purely visual change little. Under the hood, however, some things have: from minor technical corrections.  

Canton Vento 896 DC
The 896er has been strictly speaking in the past. In the 110 cm high cabinets Canton installed three woofer and midrange systems with the new membrane material titanium, which are supported by the proven ceramic tweeters in their musical goings.

The membranes made from Titanium are made of titanium and aluminum.
In order to achieve greater stiffness is coated with a layer of titanium, an aluminum membrane. Although this results in a slightly higher weight than pure aluminum, but the acoustic performance wins againt. In combination with the now three-fold wave surround a very controlled and decay so is obtained. The two woofers work in a ventilated volume, the outlet opens invisible on the base. Four spacer feet in front of the loudspeaker.

The curved cabinet is made of multi-layer laminate and available with three different surfaces. Cantons Vento 896 DC is a varnish lacquer - several layers of varnish are applied in succession, sanded and then sealed with a high-gloss varnish.

The two woofers with nominal size 200 are responsible for a range of approximately 30 to 250 hertz. Uncontrolled deflection of the bassdrive prevents Cantons Proven DC technology, which will ensure that the speakers are up to very high sound levels play undistorted. Above 250 hertz of high midrange assumes the director. Acoustically transparent fabric covers are magnetically fixed on the baffle.  000 Hertz passes the baton to the tweeters with attached Waveguide. Acoustically transparent fabric covers are magnetically fixed on the baffle. Acoustically transparent fabric covers are magnetically fixed on the baffle. 

Laboratory

Cantons loudspeakers score points with outstanding performance in our measurement lab. The Vento 896 DC play very linearly and reach deep down, radiating Their behavior is Exemplary. So Measured off the main axis below 15 and 30 degrees, the amplitudes are excellent. In addition, the loudspeakers score with low distortion and fast decay.   

Hearing test
After  warm-up period from the standing speakers Vento 896 DC has become a true sovereign rounder that copes with all listening situations with flying colors. Down around the model has plenty of power, with a bass that makes listening to enjoy music. The performance is highly accurate, easily follow the woofer and midrange audio signals. So you can enjoy as a listener at low volumes finely differentiated music. The resolution is excellent, even delicate musical details are worked out exactly. Who wants to be on the gas - please! So dominating the Canton tower speaker very confident. By the skillful vote, the Vento 896 DC maintains the balance between aggressiveness and the high noise level in the long term.
Chris Jones and Co. Reproduced the Canton Ventos so skillfully in the listening room, which we listened to them very attentively. From start to finish - and that's saying something!

Conclusion
Cantons new Vento flagship 896 DC in our test across the board. The elegant speakers are ideal for enjoying music. As usual, of Canton, is the processing at very high levels. 5/5 STARS

 

Awards

STEREO (German mag) AWARDS REFERENCE K1 VERY HIGH 97% RATING - AWESOME

Testimonials

WOW

Hi Terry,

"Well after a week of late nights and great music both digital and via my new Clearaudio Concept turntable what can I say, WOW, my new Cantons Reference K3 speakers have really started to sing. 

The mid range and top end detail is there in spades just as you suggested it would be , however I just can't believe the effect they have had in the lower registers. Both subtlety and raw horse power all combining to create a very special loud speaker, thanks again for steering me in the right direction and I'm sure as this journey continues our paths will cross again".

Cheers

Shane

The system synergy all came together with Tellerium Q Ultra Black speaker cables
“After 3 months of trying hard to get synergy in my system and not achieving the desired sound, and about ready to give up Terry encouraged me to persevere and asked me try the TQ Ultra Black speaker cables in my system. Encouraged by Terry I bought the amp back to its original configuration and revised the speaker plinth set up, this time the whole system with TQs installed it all came together and sounded so much better, now the Canton K7 speakers and amp synergy etc was finally what I had been searching for"

"Comparing them with other combinations and cables the consensus was a unanimous no brainer. They bring out acoustic detail, soundstage accuracy and refined dynamics that could not be replicated with the other cables on a variety of music".

"Thank you Terry.” .

….. Dave   

Videos

REFERENCE K series introduction