After running the 125 MX system in we quickly learned that it’s a very competent performer, offering an exciting, tightly-integrated and, most importantly, crisp sound that doesn’t fall foul of common budget speaker nasties. It really sparkles with Hellboy II’s DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack, particularly the battle between Hellboy and the Forest God in chapter 12.
It’s a silky sound that doesn’t fall apart when pushed, refusing to let high-frequencies sound shrill or distorted. You can sit back and watch raucous action scenes like this without having to keep turning the volume up or down to prevent your ears from getting fatigued.
The tinkle of glass as Hellboy frees the baby from the car shows off the system’s beautiful high-frequency handling, while the roar of the creature and screams of terrified bystanders are certainly authoritative but never uncomfortable.
In fact most effects are delivered with real thrust, particularly blasts from Hellboy’s Big Baby shotgun, which sound deep and punchy. That’s due in no small part to the efforts of the sub, which integrates seamlessly with the satellites without undermining them. It’s not one of those subs that’s likely to blow your roof off, but it simply does a brilliant job of underpinning the other speakers.
Dialogue punches through the mix easily too, and surround effects are spread around the room reasonably well. If you’re looking for a wider or more ferocious sound then you might need to save up your pennies for larger speakers, but as compact packages go this is a really impressive proposition that measures up well to the similarly-sized competition.
If you’re trying to decide which compact home cinema speaker system to buy, the Movie 125 MX isn’t about to make your choice any easier. Like systems from Jamo, Tannoy and Cambridge Audio, Canton’s system offers superlative build quality, smooth sound quality and a minimal footprint that makes it easy to integrate into your living space. You get a bit more for your money from Jamo’s cheaper and more powerful A101 HCS 5 system, but if Canton does get your vote, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Score in detail
Sound Quality 9