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Canton your_World - Sound Quality, Value and Verdict

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Sound Quality

The Canton your_World melds some of the simple, streamlined style of an iPod dock - no separate amp, minimal control - with the speaker size and quality of a proper hi-fi setup.

Each grille hides a standard two-way driver setup, with a mid-bass driver and a tweeter up above. Just as important as these units is the large volume of the cabinets. At 16cm deep, they're hardly monsters but give more room for sound to percolate than most iPod docks. On the back of each speaker sits a bass port, making them a little picky about positioning - sit them too close to a wall and they'll boom a bit.

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With correct positioning, though, they sound quite wonderful. For bookshelf speakers, they provide plenty of bass punch, lending music much greater weight and scale than the majority of sub-£500 iPhone-leaning systems. Treble detailing is excellent too - the your_World brings out fine detailing with excellent clarity and the right amount of top-end sparkle.

The benefit of the Canton your_World over something like the B&W Zeppelin Air is that here you can get a completely convincing stereo image by using careful positioning. It makes a huge difference, too. While many top-end docks offer wide sound dispersion for room-filling room, reproducing proper stereo is something altogether different.

We do have a few minor audio quibbles, though. The mid-range would benefit from greater texture and definition - as is vocals can sound a little flat, losing the presence they should command within arrangements in some cases.

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Value

Good value or bad value? Next to "top-end" wireless docks like the B&W Zeppelin Air and Klipsch Gallery G-17, the Canon your_World comes across well. Its wireless implementation feels a little unrefined, but it works and the sound offered is more "hi-fi" than those that rely in part on a single, large subwoofer driver to fill in the bottom-end.

However, faced with speakers that only provide that lifestyle feel in part, we'd be seriously tempted to look for a more traditional wired amp/speaker setup, or perhaps even a pair of nearfield active monitors such as the Genelec 8020BP, if your room is smaller enough.

Verdict

The Canton your_World setup is a pair of hi-fi speakers that tap into the lifestyle vein with wireless audio streaming. Their wireless ways aren't the slickest - using bespoke transmitters rather than Wi-Fi or Bluetooth - but streaming is reliable, pretty versatile and lossless. And, most important of all, sound quality is excellent, a true replacement for a bookshelf speaker-based separates hi-fi system.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Design 6
  • Features 7
  • Sound Quality 9
  • Value 8

Ellis Percival

July 7, 2016, 9:43 am

I'm afraid I disagree with both "Pro" points. We have four of these speakers in our office and despite having direct line of sight with no obstructions, the wireless functionality is very poor. Audible artefacts are heard regularly and often the sound cuts out completely. We have both the your_Dock and your_Stick, but the latter is practically unusable due to its abysmal wireless performance.

When the sound is transferred reliably, there is very little bass and the frequencies you can hear lack clarity. Considering the output from similarly sized active speakers at a quarter of the price, and the minimal cost of a Bluetooth receiver, I cannot see any place in the market for this Canton product.

Considering how expensive these speakers (and especially their accessories) are, I'm amazed that they'd achieve a four star rating. I'd give them 2/5 stars and return them to whence they came.

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