|Canton Ergo 609 DC|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Floorstanding Loudspeakers|
|Written by Robert Mead|
|Wednesday, 25 March 2009|
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As the keyboards were sent swirling around the soundstage, I was struck with my newfound awareness of the Canton speaker’s ability to bring out the dynamic range of this electrifying song without any coloration detected at all. I was also made very aware of the 609’s capacity of delivering the mid-range audio in a very clean and accurate way as the song continued to plow along as Gilmour unleashed a guitar solo that showed his true dexterity when it comes to structuring a fluid solo bereft of too much flash without any substance. As the song was slowly ending, I heard the softer bass parts disintegrating into the background of the tune with agility and grace.
We popped in a compilation CD of various types of music that would offer an example of the Canton 609’s delivery of different musical styles, specifically the blues. Although the CD did not contain any liner notes stating who the exact band members were on this CD, the blues guitar work of the band was at the forefront of the first song. The acoustic bass was used as the intro of the song and the steady strumming of the strings on the bass were well-defined and fluent, allowing the 609’s to display its range of bass dynamics.
The 609’s were more than capable of delivering a strong cacophony of brass, bass, percussion and aggressive guitar tones that struck me with its strength, but was not so overpowering to me that I wanted to turn the volume down at any time. On the contrary, I was so impressed with the speaker system’s agility to compress the song’s treble tones to extremely pleasurable levels. As the tune ended, I made sure that silence between that song and the next was completely devoid of any type of “pink noise” before the following song began. I could not detect any amount of noise whatsoever during this small time interval, so that was a really good sign that the Canton 609’s could handle the quietist moments of a CD with as much skill and aplomb as it could the loudest moments.
The Canton 609 series of loudspeakers will bring out every sound-engineered flaw and audio glitch that is heard in any CD you may have in your musical collection. If your tastes in music tend to migrate towards listening to musicians that never use a decent sound engineer, these types of poorly-engineered CD’s will sound blatantly poor as the quality of the Canton speakers expose these audio flaws exponentially. The brightness of these speakers will also tend to bring out an audio CD’s high range with much greater emphasis than you could be comfortable with.
The retail price of these speakers will run you a cool $3,200 for the pair. While that is a decent enough price point for a true audio connoisseur, the cost of this speaker system might be too overwhelming for someone who just wants a mild upgrade for a listening setup. As far as the speaker’s weight, having to lug around the 50 pounds of speaker bulk apiece might be too much to handle if you have to move frequently or want to install these speakers on a separate speaker mount for higher elevation in your listening space.
The Canton line of speakers is well-known for bringing a unique and scientific design element into every audio component they manufacture. After hearing the intricate highs and precise lows that these Canton speakers dished out, I was captivated by the overall quality of the 609’s. The Canton 809’s excelled, whether it was with the precise bass audio coming from the two woofers, or the excellent mid-range and treble audio signals emanating from the tweeter and mid-range cone. As long as your musical tastes are more aligned with well-engineered CD’s that cover the full musical spectrum of jazz, classical, rock, electronica, techno and the like, you will be vastly satisfied with the natural-sounding and sophisticated audio purity of the Canton Ergo 609 series.
Special thanks goes to Premiere Home Entertainment, a Las Vegas based home entertainment company specializing in the design and installation of home theater, home automation, and home integration systems. They are located at 2300 N. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 119 in Las Vegas.