Originally Posted by entourage12
Hi all, just joined this forum because I believe, unless someone jumps in before I get a verification email, I have just bought a pair of (rarely) used Canton Karat 720 bookshelf speakers.
I've searched far and wide for a reputable review on these speakers but there doesn't seem to be that much information on them. I'm coming across from a fairly cheap 5.1 set-up andI intend to use the Canton's purely for music purposes so I'm hoping it's a good upgrade.
Can anyone here vouch for the speakers? Are they good with bass or is a subwoofer necessary? In general I've heard good things about the Karat series but not much specific about the 720.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated
FWIW, I own a pair of Canton Karat 920 DC's. I purchased them "new" in 1996 to go in a media cabinet housing our first 5.1 Dolby Digital theater system. I hadn't heard of the brand but it didn't matter. I'd been a pro musician in the 1980's and spent months at a time in recording studios with bazillion dollar audio systems. Which spoiled the HELL out of me. No need for a salesman to advise what sounded good, or a high-end badge on the speaker. A good listen was all I needed and I listened to them all. The sound quality emitting from the Canton's was undeniable and I was smitten. They ended up the "clear winner" for me. Of course speaker selection is all very subjective, thus the "FWIW" disclaimer.
Over the past 17 years, they've always sounded superb with everything I've powered them with. I've never heard them distort, no matter the volume. That said, I've always paired them with 2 Velodyne F1200 sub-woofers. After all, they are bookshelf speakers.
I'm happy to say they've recently been promoted to audiophile duties in a new "music-only" listening station. In case anyone is interested - the source material starts out as uncompressed FLAC files on an internal hard drive in an Asus netbook/ which are then processed through foobar2000 WASAPI/ then streamed through an Audioquest Forrest USB cable to a Schiit Modi DAC/ which is connected to Denon DRA-1025r Class-A receiver I purchased "new" in the late 1980's. This was Denon's flagship model at the time, and a truly amazing match for the Canton's. This may seem dubious to some but I'm not using any crossover between the Canton's & the sub. Rather, I have RCA "Y" connectors at the Denon's "MAIN OUT" with half of the "Y" going to the sub (the sub only reproduces to 85hz so I have the internal crossover turned off) and the other half going back to the Denon's "MAIN IN" where the signal is amplified "full-range" and sent to the Karat 920 DC's.
It's a work in progress, and I'll likely change this someday, but so far it sounds surprisingly good. That said, If I were buying speakers today for a music-only system, I would take the $3000 I spent on the two Velodyne sub woofers plus the money spent on the Canton 920 Karat DC's and buy a good pair of Canton towers. No need for a sub or the space they require. No "where-the-hell-do-I place-these-friggin-sub woofer" problems. No weird crossover issues. No need for speaker stands either.
But, for now... I'm just going to take some time and enjoy listening to my favorite music. That's why we do all this, isn't it?