In the movie world, sequels should be bigger and better than the original, but some simply look to repeat what came before with a few tweaks. Canton seems to have taken this approach with the Movie 130 compact 5.1 system – the follow up to its successful Movie 125 MX from last year – keeping the satellites pretty much the same but tweaking the subwoofer. Let’s hope this revamped version is more Evil Dead 2 than Men In Black 2.
Canton has kept faith with the design of the speakers, again offering a choice of high gloss black or white. The four identical satellites used for the front and rear channels feature the same cabinets as the 125s, each one measuring just 115mm high. That means you can discreetly place them on your TV stand and furniture with minimal disruption to your living space.
As we unpacked them from the box, their excellent build quality was immediately apparent. They have a nice bulk to them (each one weighs just under a kilo), which doesn’t necessarily equate to great sound quality but it’s a good start. Then there’s the way the edges are smoothed-off and taper towards the rear end, giving them a touch of elegance that you don’t always get from compact speakers. We were sent the white version to test, but the gloss black is by far the sexier finish.
On the front is a mesh that can’t be removed, hiding the two speaker drivers. On the back a recess houses metal spring clip terminals – push these in to reveal the hole, feed in the bare cable through and it grips the wire when released. So far so good, but sadly their position inside the deep recess makes them hard to access, requiring serious manual dexterity to feed the wire into the hole. The irony is that Canton calls this cable connection system ‘Easy Link’.
The satellites can be placed on any flat surface (self adhesive foam pads found in the box) but there are a couple of alternative ways to mount them. You can place them on the wall using the supplied metal brackets (finished to match the colour of the speakers), which are L-shaped for the satellites and horizontal for the centre speaker. Canton also sells optional floor stands (LS90.1), which will set you back somewhere in the region of £100 and make the speakers look even more elegant.
As for the centre speaker, it’s slightly larger than the fronts and surrounds to accommodate the extra woofer, but still compact enough to cause no problems when placing it below your TV – a process aided by its horizontal orientation.
The subwoofer’s design is different to that of the Movie 125 MX. The cabinet is marginally taller and slightly heavier, with a greater internal volume. Whereas the Movie 125 MX’s sub had a mesh on the front this one is mostly blank, except a large port towards the top. It’s well-built but not exactly compact, so it’ll require some shrewd positioning to stop it sticking out like a sore thumb.