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Canton Introduces Vento Reference 1 DC Loudspeaker Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 June 2006
Canton has introduced its largest and best performing loudspeaker to date. The Canton Vento Reference 1 DC is designed to showcase the company's advances in loudspeaker engineering, modeling, and testing over the past decade. By combining the ultimate in achievable sound quality with peerless aesthetics and craftsmanship, this $30,000 per pair system ranks with the world's finest loudspeakers. "The Vento Reference 1 DC was designed by a five man engineering team over the course of three years, " comments Canton's head of engineering Frank Göbl. "This is intended as a definitive statement - the ultimate expression of Canton's design philosophy and manufacturing capabilities. The results have exceeded our highest expectations. "

The Canton Vento Reference 1 DC is a large 3-1/2-way floorstanding model that stands 56.3-inches tall, 15-inches deep, 22.2-inches wide, and weighs 194 pounds. The cabinet walls are over an inch thick (28 mm) and are constructed from seven layers of acoustically inert fiberboard, pressure laminated one at a time into a sturdy monocoque structure. Internally, the cabinet is separated into four isolated chambers, allowing for optimal matching of internal volume to each individual driver. The lowest of these chambers, housing the large bass transducers, is a bass reflex design, with a port that is precisely flared at both ends, and open to the cabinet's bottom for outstanding bass response linearity with virtually no port noise at any sound pressure level.

The Vento Reference 1 DC employs a sophisticated 3-1/2-way design that makes optimal use of its five drivers. Deep bass is handled by a pair of 12-inch aluminum cone woofers, which have a linear excursion range of 2-3/8 inches (60 mm) for exceptional response and power handling. There are two seven-inch aluminum midrange drivers vertically flanking a single ADT-25 aluminum-manganese tweeter. The lower of these seven-inch drivers reproduces the entire midrange spectrum from 180 Hz - 3kHz, while the upper driver is active only from 180 Hz to 400Hz to supplement output in the demanding mid-bass range. This arrangement takes advantage of the increased power handling, response, and efficiency of using dual mid-bass drivers while avoiding the unwanted cancellations and off-axis anomalies that occur when using this arrangement in the upper midrange.

The Canton Vento Reference 1 DC loudspeaker is currently available in real wood veneer finishes of cherry or maple, or with a hand rubbed silver piano lacquer finish. It has a retail price of $30,000 per pair.

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