|Canton Ergo 5.0 Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Monday, 01 March 2004|
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The Cantons are hard to fault sonically as full-range speakers. They behaved fantastically well at moderate listening levels. It was only when they were pushed to obscene concert level volumes that I found them to exhibit an ever-so-slight harshness in the upper midrange level. The bass reproduction was first class. I doubt many enthusiasts, especially those in small to medium-sized rooms, will feel that the RC-As need additional bass reinforcement. In fact, when I listened to the RCAs without a subwoofer in a 5.1 surround system, I was not left wanting for bass with any 5.1 music, but with action movies I appreciated the extra low end “oomph” available from a quality subwoofer, such as the recently reviewed MartinLogan Descent.
I would also recommend keeping the rear-mounted toggle switch in the “on” position, rather than on “auto.” I found that when the switch was in the “auto” position and the system was at a low volume level, I could hear the relays switching on and off.
The Canton Ergo system is easy to recommend. The RC-As are the smallest speakers I have had in any of my review systems with truly deep and articulate bass. I found listening to the Ergos sans subwoofer to produce an incredibly clean and coherent sound field. It was only on some of the explosion-type scenes in a cranked-up action flick that I noticed the lack of impact that I have come to enjoy with the best subwoofer systems.
The Ergo system’s neutral and natural sound, including the deep and accurate bass, make it a worthy contender for both two- and multi-channel sound systems. I strongly recommend a close listen for those in the market for speakers in this size and price range, especially if you seek clean, deep and coherent bass response. The Ergos can hang with serious competition from B&W, Revel, MartinLogan and even Wilson, in some cases at a lower cost.