- Page 1Canton your_World
- Page 2 Sound Quality, Value and Verdict
- Excellent sound quality
- Reliable wireless streaming
- Slightly clumsy wireless implementation
- Looks lack grace and style
- Review Price: £599.99
- 50W per speaker
- USB/iOS transmitters available
- Remote Control
- Wireless streaming
- Glossy white finish (black an option)
Wireless audio is very “in” at the moment. However, it’s relatively expensive to implement, easy to muck up and – usually – adds a level of faffing you don’t get with good old wires. But, done right, it is seriously impressive. German loudspeaker maker Canton has now produced its own attempt. The Canton your_World takes a pair of traditional-looking bookshelf speakers and squeezes into them wireless hardware that shouldn’t – in theory – deteriorate audio quality.
Design and Features
The Canton your_World setup is comprised of four bits. You have the two main speakers, which Canton calls your_Duo, and two transmitters – the your_Dock and the your_Stick. This is an either/or deal though, as most packages only include the one transmitter. The your_Dock is an iOS dock for iPhones and iPods, and the your_Stick a USB connector for computers.
We’re told the latter is the more popular of the two – and it’s a bit more flexible as well, packing a 3.5mm audio socket that’ll let you connect just about anything. This wireless implementation isn’t exactly the slickest we’ve seen – with AirPlay or Bluetooth there’s no need for a dock or transmitter at all, and needing the extra hardware does make the Canton your_World seem a little clunky.
But, most importantly, it works very well and is easy to setup. Each speaker and transmitter has a little light on it – a neat little ring behind the grille in the speakers’ case – that can show one of three colours representing the three wireless channels your_Works works over. Like a simple game, match up the lights and the speakers and transmitter will start communicating.
Changing speaker channels requires a simple tap of a button on the remote and the your_Stick has a channel change button on its bod. Having such a mechanical feel to the wireless connection feels a little off in this age of apps and AirPlay, but we found it very reliable. We suffered no drop-outs, no distortion and no interference. The multi-zone, multi channel approach makes it very easy to switch which transmitter is piping audio to which speaker set too – a multi-room setup is totally possible, although it wouldn’t have quite the slick feel of a Sonos system.
You need to make sure you’ll want to use wireless all the time, though, as there’s no other option here. Where some wireless speakers include a physical audio input as well as streaming, there are no connections on the back of each speaker beyond the power socket.
The Canton your_World speakers are powered – essentially active monitors – which makes us a little more comfortable with the £600 package price as there’s no need for a separate amplifier here. Although anything else would, of course, pretty much decimate the usefulness of the wireless-ness. Each box boasts 50W of power.
Standing 24cm tall, these are the size of standard hi-fi bookshelf speakers. They have a seamless glossy white finish and a tough, removable metal grille. Get your hands on them and you can tell instantly they’re top-quality speakers. However, we’re not completely convinced the mandatory all-white look was that great an idea. Canton was probably aiming for a sleek lifestyle look, but what it has ended up with has a slight whiff of… Hospital radio, or something along those lines. Hopefully, the black edition would look better in the flesh.
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It’s no great surprise, though, when Canton’s home cinema hit rarely strays from the ultra-boxy Hi-Fi staple look.