|Canton Ergo 609 DC|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Floorstanding Loudspeakers|
|Written by Robert Mead|
|Wednesday, 25 March 2009|
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The room in which I handled the 609’s was the smallest showroom at Premiere Home Entertainment, with the total length of the room measuring in at 14 feet long and 10 feet in total width. In smaller rooms such as this, I find it is easier to discern tonal quality from high-end speakers. The speakers were attached to the Marantz AV8003 AV pre-amp/receiver with music being sourced from a Rotel RDV-1093 CD player.
For an isolated demonstration of the 609’s, I made sure that the two subwoofers in the room were off. I wanted to hear exactly how well the Canton speakers performed without the added benefit of a subwoofer and determine if the two wave-geometry woofers installed in both speakers could deliver powerful bass. The two 609 speakers were situated at a 70-degree angle at either side of the room and I was sitting 6 feet away from them against the wall. The break-in time of these speakers is very low, approximately two weeks. The Rotel RDV-1093 DVD/CD player has the capability to play DVD-audio, DVD-RW, and CD-R/RW formats, but I made sure the Marantz AV8003 a/v receiver dispersed only true 2-channel stereo signals.
The AV8003 has the capability to output 192 Khz/24 bit audio D/A conversion, so I knew that this a/v receiver could really show the true power of the Canton speakers. The receiver was set up in the room using the Audyssey MultEQ auto calibration tool in the AV8003 receiver, and the room was very well insulated from any outside noise.
The first audio CD that was used for this demonstration was from Pink Floyd’s 1992 release, “The Final Cut”. This recording was made during the last days of the original Pink Floyd line-up as guitarist David Gilmour and bass player/vocalist Roger Waters were not getting along together at all, and the mostly sullen songs on this CD reflects that type of in-fighting mood. The first track I heard on this CD was “Your Possible Pasts”. The song starts out with sound effects very reminiscent of Floyd’s best material in the 1980’s, and the Canton 609’s were extremely capable of delivering the various sound effects in the build-up of this song such as the pool hall sounds, quiet footsteps and barely intelligible whispers with no problem at all. I could clearly hear a door closing right before the guitar cuts into the song and really kicks the tune into a much higher gear.
As the first defined squeals came out of guitar player’s David Gilmour’s instrument, the subtle yet strong percussion broke into the song structure and then Roger Water’s well-defined low vocalization was highlighted front and center of the audio soundstage. The instrumental interludes of this song were warm and had a nice degree of tonal balance. The small showroom was filled with the rather large sound of propelling guitar, vocals and piano tinkling that perfectly meshed in a cohesive and non-contrived fashion during this part of the demonstration. The keyboards being played by the late Richard Wright sounded animated and completely vibrant without any kind of compression loss when the volume control of the entire audio system was raised to a higher level.
The Canton 609 speakers handled low-end extremely well, and the two 8-inch woofers that accompany both of these speakers seemed to make all the difference. I was able to discern that the 609’s were pushing out high levels of low-end, yet the sound displacement from the speakers made me get out of my chair and check yet again to make sure the subwoofers were indeed off. Much to my surprise, they were, yet the bass levels fully encapsulated the audio experience using just the Canton 609’s and nothing else. “Your Possible Pasts” continued along, encasing my ears in sweet sounds of guitar leads, light piano and the deep vocals of Roger Waters, and as the song faded into the next, I could not wait to hear what a different, more tonally ‘alive’ song in Pink Floyd’s repertoire would bring to the Canton 609’s.
The song I next listened to next was also from the “Final Cut” CD and was entitled “When the Tigers Broke Free”. This song moved along at a much faster pace from the start, a type of tune that could show the range of the Canton speakers, along with the Marantz AV8003 a/v receiver’s capabilities to power such a hard-driving song. The track starts out with the drummer hitting his cue as the keyboard playing of Wright breaks through during this song’s early moments and then the fluid guitar licks bring the song to its highest level of mid-range tones. Roger Waters’ vocals sounded fluent with a wider vocal range than I’m accustomed to, having primarily only heard his vocal abilities by listening to the early Pink Floyd years of 1968-1980. The 8-inch woofers from the Canton speakers again delivered the low-end tones from Waters’ heavy bass guitar without any distortion whatsoever yet managed to emphasize the bass lines with a powerful impact.