Speakers Canton Reference 1.2 DC

With a bundle of measures, Canton reference 1.2 DC (20000 euro) has renewed its top model. Can the magnificent furniture meet the high expectations?

  1. Speakers Canton reference 1.2 DC
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Saving dimensions and pleasant shapes are virtues, which are becoming increasingly important in the everyday products. Digital cameras around can be small enough not many, even if for some compromising image quality and operation are connected. From this trend , the loudspeaker scene is affected, which again leads to disappointments – when for example, Hedonists have to realise that too much on weight-loss trimmed asparagus Boexchen with Woofer support often sound like, how they look, namely thin and inconspicuous.
It seems all the more laudable therefore that Germany’s most famous boxing Bauer has resisted the temptation to downsize its top model when replacing the second generation only because a certain life style clientele could regard them as chic. Actually the Reference 1.2 DC at an unchanged level has become even a few centimeters wide and deep. Although the differences only in direct comparison in the eye sting, the net volume of the bass Department by nearly 40 percent rose while the remaining volumes declined something. At unchanged 12 inch woofers, an once again lower lower limiting frequency arises: the benchmark slipped down whopping 7 Hertz and is now close to the 20-hertz mark.
At the same time, cantons flagship over the entire frequency range 1 decibel has become louder and is one of the Watt-most linear, and the broadest passive boxes (see measurements) at all. Metrologically significant surpassed Grande (deep bass) she is currently only of the focal utopia EM. The boxing reference however costs more than six-fold and requires considerably more room.
That the stately format (gross volume of 300 litres) is subjectively surprisingly socially responsible therefore, is a skillful design. The formerly solid flat front is now narrower design in the field of Central and tweeter. A housing depth of now almost 60 centimeters disturbs less than an improper height or width.
Ansehbar is the reference 1.2 anyway, ensures even the pristine piano lacquer in black, silver or white, whose degree of perfection considerably exceeds the predecessor in 2006. Alternatively, there is the 96 kilograms, to be handled only by two persons de luxe tone furniture in hand-selected cherry veneer with varnish, even custom colours are available on request.
The vastly improved Terminal not significantly contributes to the quality overall impression. Saying that it is bi-wiring capable and more recently has an integrated site customization (small screw pins) for the fine adjustment of the tone of the. There were very few changes on the bass driver, here essentially new beading to the usage and a changed vote in relation to housing and crossovers. Sonically, bass as also the remaining branches will benefit from an improved enclosure, whose construction (wood laminate) is based on complex calculations.
Midrange and tweeters are new designs with numerous clever details. The 7-inch midrange metal membranes have now three radii and are much stiffer in the area of the voice coil neck. At the tweeter, a ceramic dome driver is used, with significantly higher bandwidth and improved omnidirectional.
Conspicuously neutral in terms of tonal sounded the predecessor model, however, trumpeted the development a whole corner again more naturally and effective. Heretic could hold the reference 1.2, their sound was featureless, without suspecting what enormous compliment they the developers.
Indeed, the black, shiny luxury tone furniture met timbres with precision, the professional sound engineers certainly would greatly enjoy. Women’s and men’s voices and acoustic instruments, the most sensitive tests for the loudspeaker sound far and wide, the canton’s flagship with almost breathtaking naturalness timbrated.
This character property and their good-natured electrical behavior – without wild fluctuations in impedance or increased need for Watt – significantly simplify the choice of amplifier. Easily harmonized the canton’s flagship amplifier designs with virtually all grades. The jury needed only the sound descriptions of amplifier tests to call and could be sure that the described character of reference 1.2 DC really shines through.
Whether the sensitive Supernait Naim (test in issue 9/07) the canton was allowed to dine or the sleek integrated amplifier, Brinkmann (5/09) – each combination was a pleasure in itself. Sound point were issued but the comparability due to whatever on the ultra-sovereign Thorens Mono amplifiers TEM 3200, providing whopping 400 Watts into 4 Ohms. Level talent and differentiation capacity of reference 1.2 again significantly better came to light.
Puzzle Quest songs, whose Machart already animated listen to loud, so about the larded with bass runs and punch tool “Samb Adagio” the Scandinavian Studio band Safri duo, the speakers seemed to completely cold, generated among the audience for more enthusiasm.
This dance floor-ready sound sample, which makes today rather sedately seem some really not unflotten speaker of the 80’s and 90’s, could hash on easily the new reference in detail, without hard or even clinically to act, as was partly the case with the previous model.
Even the probably most popular competition box of 20_000 European League, the 800 D B & W (test 1/2006), got there at a disadvantage. The Teleclub sounded usual smooth, powerful and homogeneous, but gave not the precision and constancy, which makes dealing with the new top model of the canton to experience.
Canton reference 1.2 DC

Manufacturer Canton
Price €20000.00
Rating 64.0 points
Test procedure 1.0


Technical data and test results

General data
Width 42.0 cm
Height 143,0 cm
Depth 58.5 cm
Weight: 96.0 kg
Installation tip: free-standing, distance from 3 m, differently-damped rooms from 35 m²
Measured values
Operating voltage for 90 dB SPL 2.8 V
Impedance minimum stp 2.7 Ohms
Maximum volume upper value 111 dB
Maximum volume lower value (> 45 Hz) 111 dB
Lower cut-off frequency (-3dB) 27 Hz
Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB) 23 Hz
Short conclusion Large-volume, beautifully dignified processed Super box with latest technology and best values. Sounds high-neutral and enjoyable, a majority, officially.
Sound Absolute top class
Naturalness 13
Fine resolution 13
Border dynamics 13
Bass quality 13
Figure 12
Sound points (70 points) 64
Measured values 9
Practice 6
Valency 9
Overall rating (max. 120 points) very good 88
Price / performance outstanding
tested in output 9 / 09