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I assume there are some Canton fans, so this is a place for us to write all about the this brand.


I own older Canton Ergo 700DC in stereo, driven by NAD 320BEE. CDP is NAD 524.


Ergo's provide clear, opened, dynamic and live sound, but I would say highs and mids are quite edgy (harsh), longer listening can be fatiguing. They are detailed, but I've heard speakers in such price range with more details. I feel lack of basses, but this depends on quality and style of recorded music. Big problem is my room with horrible acoustic and 'bass hole' inside.

I like every style of rock (except of nu metal), mostly progressive rock, Cantons play rock quite good, but I would appreciate more basses and depths. Bass drums are perforemed very well and generally Cantons play drums superbly.

I think slower music fits them better, jazz and acoustic music is very good. Their sound is not warm, but 'hard'.
 

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Common guys.... I do not believe nobody owns some of them, Canton is a perfect brand...

I didn't care for them very much when I auditioned the Karat's. So, they aren't a perfect brand for me....
 

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I do think the Ergos and the entry level LE/GLE series have outstanding off axis performance. I bet they are great for home theater.
 

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I have a pair of Canton CT 1000's that have worked well for me for many years. If I saw another pair I would buy them.


Now I'm looking to set up a 7.1 sytem im in my den and I'll be looking to Canton again to see if they have a solid solution.
 

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I purchased a pair of Canton Karat 709 DCs and the 705 CM (Center) hooked up to an Onkyo TX-NR905 (...bi-amping the 709s) in a 13'x19'x8' room. Unfortunately I don't have much experience with other speakers to offer good comparisons. I kind of took a leap of faith by purchasing them without first auditioning them, but I'm pleased with them. I liked them enough to blow the budget and purchase a pair of Karat 702s for surrounds (...obviously the wife likes them too).
 

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I recently purchased a pair of 703DC's for my mains, a 705CM for my center, and the AS300SC for my sub. The build quality and finish are superb. The 703DC's are small 3-way bookshelves yet the sound is very full for such small speakers. My previous setup was based on the Revel F50a, a phenomenal speaker. The Cantons are much smaller, cost less, their modern/contemporary design fits my decor better, and they sound just as good. I'm debating getting another pair of 703DC's for rears or getting a pair of 707DC's or 709DC's for the mains and moving my 703DC's to the rear. Truly, the 703DC's sound so good that I do not miss having a full sized 3-way tower.
 

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The first review does a great job of showing the build quality.


Review of the Karat Reference 2 DC:
http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...reference-2-dc


Strereophile's Review of the Karat Reference 2 DC:
http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/755/


Review of the Karat M80DC Floor, CM-7 Center, M30DC Bookshelf, and AS-300SC Sub:
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...rs-3-2002.html


Review of the Karat S 8 DC Floor, CS-4 Center, S1 Bookshelf, and AS-200SC Sub:
http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/speakers/496
 

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I own the Canton LE102s, mostly because they made my bedroom setup look good...


To be honest, I am a little spoiled, and find my Cantons fine but unspectacular...


The finish is probably as good as Infinity Betas ... but defnitely not on par with what you can get online.


The highs are good, the midrange is there, but recessed. The lows are as advertised, but nothing more...

The sound is fairly refined, it doesnt have rough edges ... but they aren't exactly overperformers either ...


I team them with a small but powerful subwoofer, and it makes a pretty good setup.


I paid about $250 for these, not alot of money, so I wasnt expecting alot, and they matched my expectations. But they never wowwed me.


On the other hand, Canton has great stylists working for them, I love the swanky metal grills! ...
 

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The LE's are there budget line. Big difference when you move up to the Karats, and Ventos. I own the Karat M-10 monitors. I had many speakers in my listening room to compare, and the Karats keep beating them. Last I compared them to Von Schweikert VR-1, Energy RC-10, B&W 601, among others. The Karats still remain on my stands. Awesome speakers!
 

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I while back I went to a custom installers home. He was considering picking up another line of speakers, so he got a couple pairs of Cantons to listen- GLE *02 and Vento 802, both bookshelves, brand new in box. We listened to the GLE's first, the newly updated version of the LE. They sounded pretty good. Then we hooked up the Vento's, and they DID sound really good. Going back and forth there was an obvious sound difference between the GLE and Vento. It was almost like the GLE had some coloration to them. After listening the Vento it was very noticable, but the longer you listened to the GLE's the better they sounded as I got used to the sound. I believe MSRP for the GLE was around $400, $2000 for the Vento pair. We listened to some other speakers that were around $800 msrp, and I told the guy that I do not think I would pay the extra $400 for them over the GLE's. However, with money not so much of an issue the Vento's would be the way to go. He thought they were some of the best speakers he had heard and picked up the Canton line later that week. The Vento's have been updated as well now so you can find the previous models on sale. I've seen the 802's for as little as $1000 a pair recently.
 

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The LE's are there budget line. Big difference when you move up to the Karats, and Ventos. I own the Karat M-10 monitors. I had many speakers in my listening room to compare, and the Karats keep beating them. Last I compared them to Von Schweikert VR-1, Energy RC-10, B&W 601, among others. The Karats still remain on my stands. Awesome speakers!

Yep I'm sure. And the LEs would be fine speakers $150-200 a pair, thats about the level of finish they had on them, etc.
 

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Last year for my home theater I used 2 LE107 floorstanders with an Ergo 605 CM center channel AS100sc sub and 2 in-ceiling 800's for rear (had to use in-ceilings for rear for room design)---May sound to some like a different mix but I enjoy the setup---For music and /or movies very nice warm sound in my opinion---Listened to many before choosing Canton
 

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One of my family members owns a par of Ergo 900's. To my ears they are bright and could use better bass extension. Are they detailed? Yup. Have I heard better or equal detail in a cheaper and less ear fatiguing speaker? Yes.


Still, better than Bose!
 
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