May 09, 2008
| by Arlen Schweiger
German loudspeaker manufacturer Canton is revitalizing its Karat series to replace discontinued models with six new speakers, and the high-end line is certainly a gem.
Built on the same basics as its discontinued predecessors, Canton’s new Karats feature improvements in transducers, crossovers and internal cabinet details, the company says, with a refinement between the tweeter and midrange drivers chief on the list. Better aluminum diaphragm, soft rubber surround and associated crossover circuits of the midrange drivers help in that regard.
So what’s in the offerings? Three 3-1/2-way floorstanding speakers (795 DC, 790 DC, 770 DC) with large side-mounted woofers; a three-way pedestal or bookshelf speaker (730 DC) with a side woofer; a two-way bookshelf speaker (720) ; and a 2-1/2-way center channel (755 Center).
All models are available in graphite or silver lacquer finish, with select ones in an optional high-gloss white or black lacquer at a 15% surcharge. Pricing goes form $600 each for the 720 to $2,400 each for the top-line Karat 795 DC.
You can still round out a Karat system with the AS 750 SC subwoofer.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.