milkdudd, they are excellent but you will need two subwoofers and a proper two way crossover to make them sing. Little woofers can not project bass well under 100 Hz. But, that does not mean they won't try. They will flap about helplessly distorting everything else they are doing like a big chunk of the midrange. You have to roll them off at 100 Hz and hand that part of the spectrum to a speaker that can handle it. With two subwoofers and something like the MiniDSP subwoofer crossover you can have a very serious system for a room that size demanding a very high quality turntable as well as other high quality program sources.
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The Cantons are excellent speakers. They are not brutal to drive and will do a nice job in a small space but agree, a subwoofer would be essential. A subwoofer with an active crossover is always better than one without. I am not sure if 100hz is the right spot to roll them off but have had speakers that roll off at that point and they do well.
Tonally, slightly forward and best with warmer amplification. I just checked stock with the distributor and the Black version is in-stock and ready to ship according to the website.
I would put these up against the B&W 805 D3s and despite the price differential, I am not sure who would win. It would come down to personal preference. They are very good for the money.
Go figure indeed. I’m sure the Kef Ref 1 that he refers to is terrific. It’s a speaker I have considered in the past but at twice the cost of the Reference 9k (plus $1,000) that pushes it into pre-owned range price wise. Beauty of the Canton is at $3,500 instead of $8,000, I can buy them new without going completely overboard. I like the Dali Epicon 2 but also $8,000. Then there’s the TAD stand mount at somewhere around $15,000. Audiotroy I do appreciate all advice. I am familiar with the online retailer that discounts the Canton line. However they don’t and never have sold the Reference 9k model. As for the subwoofer I have been using a single 12-in Jamo Sub 650 connected directly to my power amp through the speaker level inputs. I know two would be better sonically but even one is nice to have for now. Sounds like Rythmik subs might be the way to go at some point. Two seems awfully overkill in my small room but I know it would still be better. Quite a disease us guys have here. 10 years ago I couldn’t imagine spending $2,000 on a set of speakers. The difference is back then I couldn’t imagine spending that much. Now I can’t imagine spending that little, at least to get exactly what I want. I know there’s plenty of great speakers for $2,000 but like anything once you go to the other side you don’t want to go back
I owned the Canton Reference 9.2 DC speakers. They're very good, neutral, detailed, and decent bass for their size.
The KEF Reference 1 is in another league entirely. There's a suggested retail price. That's not necessarily what you'll have to pay to own them. Definitely worth saving up for.
The Cantons never made it into my main system. The KEFs kicked my Harbeth super hl5 plus out of the main system.
I know the Kef Reference 1 is a great speaker and I don't doubt for one minute it was far better than you're Canton 9.2 DC. However comparing specs between the 9.2 DC and the Reference 9k shows that the 9k is larger in all directions, especially the depth and 6 lb heavier. I'm just wondering if the Reference 9k was revised in more ways then it might appear at a casual glance. I'd be pretty upset if I bought a pair and found out they just fudged the numbers to make it look all new but I really don't think that's the case here. A couple of days ago I added a Bel Canto DAC 2.7 to my system. It's sounding so good with my Usher speakers I have to consider if I already might be at my end game. I saw on the Canton website that they offer a 30 day return no questions asked. I'm not the type to buy something with the intention of demoing it and returning it, but if that's the case it takes some of the stress out of taking the leap. I'm not sure that goes across their range. That message popped up when there was a sound bar on my screen. It didn't make it totally clear. I'm pretty darn sure I would not be disappointed with them, just not sure they would be noticeably better than what I already have. I wish there was a way to demo them locally
I don't think you'd go wrong either way. The KEFs are going to image better, produce a larger soundstage, will play as loud as your ears can handle without distortion, and will be a little "warmer" (which for me equates to easier to listen to) while still being very detailed. The Cantons are very nice and it does look like they have improved on the 9.2.
These seem to be a good resources for information on Canton speakers. Thought I would share them. Hope that doesn’t break any rules here