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Are they good quality? I just bought a pair, but didn't get to hear them first. it was at a yard sale. I hope they aren't blown. I took a chance on buying them.
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I remember some of the older medium/large Canton Karats as being well made and enjoyable with a wide range of music. Good bass, not the last word in detail, but a solid all around speaker. What did you pick up?
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Canton's resale sucked and I remember them being really bright. I also remember my Focal's distro's words when I picked up my Focals: "Canton, no Germans can't make good speakers."
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Canton's resale sucked and I remember them being really bright. I also remember my Focal's distro's words when I picked up my Focals: "Canton, no Germans can't make good speakers."

lol, good quote. Canton is much more established in Europe then they are here.

I demoed their entry level line, the GXE, and I quite enjoyed them. It is true that their are bright but in a 2 channel setup, they had good "upper" mid punch if you will, the towers anyway. I was demoing some Monitor Audio hooked up to the same Onkyo 609 and the MA were clearly more "neutral" or "laid back" sounding compare to the Canton but I still preffered the Cantons. Could be that it's what I'm used to.

Just do like the first reply said and plug them in.

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I payed 30 dollars for them at a church rummage sale. They are floorstanding. I don't know what model. They kind of look like a mtx dj speaker grill kind of. I am not sure how old they are. I remember seeing online before that they go for a lot of money sometimes new. I saw on amazon that some of the newer cantons go for 1,500 a pair. I was like wow. I hope they work lol. They are in the trunk of the car right now.
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Canton's resale sucked and I remember them being really bright. I also remember my Focal's distro's words when I picked up my Focals: "Canton, no Germans can't make good speakers."

Strange...because their resale does not suck these days. Cantons are a lively speaker and will sound bright depending on the amp and preamp you use. Just like anything, synergy is very important with audio gear. I like Focals as well, but their lower end models can be a bit sterile at times. Germans make some pretty nice speakers....so I disagree with you on your opinions. I was in a shoot out with Dynaudio and Cantons and the Dyns compared to the Cantons where a very boring speaker with a very unbalanced presentation because the bass was over powering. The Cantons where more in balanced and not boring at all. In the next few weeks I will compair the Monitor Audio GX 100 with the Canton 830.2. I just may purchase the Canton 830.2's
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if they work did I do pretty good at $30.00 or did I pay to much?
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Strange...because their resale does not suck these days. I like Focals as well, but their lower end models can be a bit sterile at times.

The resale would definitely depends on which country you're at. Yes, Focal Chorus lines are a bit sterile on the midrange but I got them because they were the most balanced performer for HT at the time and looks cool with the Optimus Prime grill.
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if they work did I do pretty good at $30.00 or did I pay to much?

Really? Do you even have to ask that question? You paid $30 for name brand floorstanding speakers, if they work you did an outstanding job.

If you don't like how they sound I'm sure you could sell them to someone else for $30.

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You should just make one big thread with all your questions .

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Well like someone said, the fact that you paid a mere $30 for a "name brand floorstanding speakers" reinstates my comment regarding the crappy resale of Cantons.
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someone else almost got them. They looked at the speakers, but decided to look at a boombox. I quickly grabbed them before the other guy changed his mind and got them. If the other guy had said I am buying the speakers also, I would have understood and not went for them. He said later on that he thought about them, but didn't know if they were good. I told him I don't know if they are blown. I will find out when I get home. I went to another rummage sale after that, but didn't find anything. I am still looking for a older used Nad or Rotel at these yard sales. If I don't find it I may buy a NAD or Rotel new towards July or August.
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You all are right $30.00 is a good deal for them.
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Canton's resale sucked and I remember them being really bright. I also remember my Focal's distro's words when I picked up my Focals: "Canton, no Germans can't make good speakers."

I use a 3-way set of DynAudio speakers in my car, and I have to strongly disagree. Germans make fantastic speakers, at least for car audio anyway. Rainbow I believe is also a German company, and have amazing car audio speaker systems.

As for Canton, A friend of mine uses 3 CM51 Cantons as his front-3 in his HT projector system, and he's very happy with them. Personally for home audio, I'm more of a UK/USA sort of guy (ML, KEF, B&W)

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$30 is a great deal if they work. I can drop $30 at a bar in 10 minutes.
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if they work did I do pretty good at $30.00 or did I pay to much?

Why are you so worried about any of the stuff that you are asking over and over .... it's only $30 ??
Try them out, if they work great, if you like them even better.

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It says on the back of the speaker Canton Karat 300
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I use a 3-way set of DynAudio speakers in my car, and I have to strongly disagree. Germans make fantastic speakers, at least for car audio anyway.

I'm sure your Dynaudio rocks, unfortunately they're Danish not German. I stick by my opinion that germans sucked at making good speakers
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I'm sure your Dynaudio rocks, unfortunately they're Danish not German. I stick by my opinion that germans sucked at making good speakers

Danish? good to know. I just noted that their website offered German or English options. I actually never looked to see where they were made. Rainbow has outstanding car speakers, though, and they are German. They also cost a crapload, though. Most people don't want to spend $2,000 to $10,000 USD on a front stage in a car, so yeah, other options that are just as good without dropping that sort of coin.

Thanks for the correction on the Dyns. I really do adore them

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The reason why Dynaudio sounds so good in the car audio industry is because their sound character is exactly what most car audio guys want. Dynamic + clear... Better than Focals IMO as far as car systems. For home usage Dynas used to be good as I owned a pair in the 90's. Nowadays there are far better offerings with ribbon tweeters for less
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yeah I never claimed Dyn was cheap.. haha I think I paid around $800 for my 3-way front stage some years back when I bought it, but every driver is sealed, so I don't have to worry about anything being behind the drivers, which makes installation in a car a dream. Especially when fiberglassing kickpods. They use silk tweeters which lends to that smoothness, as does their 6dB/octave crossover used for their separates. The XO is a bit shallow (first order) for my liking, which limits the power handling a tad, but they sound great if you're not a fan of voerly aggressive treble like you see with so many other brands. I have mine driven with an Orion 2250SX (300Wx2ch@4 ohms@14.4VDC) and they perform splendidly, but I'm a SQ guy anyway. SPL has no appeal for me in the mobile world. I outgrew that phase in my teens.

Ideally I'd like to move to a fully active setup, but for now the passive XOs work fine, and the head unit has mic-assissted time alignment and phase correction along with auto-EQing (a mobile version of Audyssey basically) so it works well, and I have a big enough car to allow for a decent signal path length. (old '66 Charger)

For home audio I'm mainly a UK/US sort of guy, leaning toward KEF Reference and MartinLogan for my tastes.

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Veda what are these ribbon tweeters that I keep hearing good things about? some of the best speakers only will use them? I thought I read somewhere that Magnepan uses them.
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Veda what is the difference in sound in ribbon tweeters compared to other Tweeters?
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Veda what are these ribbon tweeters that I keep hearing good things about? some of the best speakers only will use them? I thought I read somewhere that Magnepan uses them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnepan

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Well like someone said, the fact that you paid a mere $30 for a "name brand floorstanding speakers" reinstates my comment regarding the crappy resale of Cantons.

Or it could have been the person did not realize what
he had. Just because you dont like a product, there is no reason to push your bias on others.
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It says on the back of the speaker Canton Karat 300

IF you got these Karat 300 for $30, you got a hell of a deal! Out standing speaker!

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The reason why Dynaudio sounds so good in the car audio industry is because their sound character is exactly what most car audio guys want. Dynamic + clear... Better than Focals IMO as far as car systems. For home usage Dynas used to be good as I owned a pair in the 90's. Nowadays there are far better offerings with ribbon tweeters for less

I would have to agree that Dyns are not my cup of tea. They are a tad to laid back and dark for my liking.
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Veda what is the difference in sound in ribbon tweeters compared to other Tweeters?

Its not that they sound better than a traditional tweeter...just a different technology.

Just recently we did a shoot out with Monitor Audio GX 100 which has a ribbon, and the Canton 820.2 which has that new ceramic tweeter....well the ceramic tweeter was its equal. The ribbon tweeter that you find in the Goldenear speakers are also some nice ribbons...they are very delicate in presentation without any roll off.
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