|Canton Vento Series (809 DC, 802, 805 CM, AS 850 SC) Loudspeakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Ken Taraszka, MD|
|Tuesday, 01 August 2006|
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The more I listened to these speakers, the more I grew to love them, but they aren’t perfect for everyone. Their slightly laid-back and warm presentation of music might not be forward enough for hard rock or punk lovers, so if you want to bang your head to AC/DC at high volumes, you might have to look elsewhere.
The 809 DC’s bass response seems to drop off on the lower bass registers, causing me to use the sub in many of my listening sessions. In today’s system, I assume most people will opt for a sub to get the most from the low ends of their soundtracks.
The WBT binding posts are exquisite but do not accept spade connectors, which can be a problem for some users, who will need new speaker wires.
I have long seen Canton advertisements, but until last month, I was never privy to hearing the speakers. It was truly my loss. The full, rich and slightly warm sound, combined with the incredible detail and clarity with which they reproduce music and movies, is exceptional. The Canton Vento speakers all share the same drivers, which allow them to mate seamlessly, the surround effects are topnotch and they offer accurate imaging and a deep and wide soundstage. Throughout all my movie and TV listening to the Cantons, voices were easily discernable and distinct.
The Canton Vento system can envelop you in sound as only few systems can. I just loved watching movies and listening to music with these speakers. They reproduce the dynamics you need, and do so with a smooth and even grace. They never are fatiguing, even on treble-heavy material. How much did I like them? When it came time to return them, I bought them for my reference system instead. They’re that good.