Digital amplifiers, wireless signal transmission and variable filters to Canton to mix with the boxing scene. The solution is extremely smart.
- Canton Chrono SL 530 speakers
- Data sheet
The latest product from Canton appears like a piñata doesn’t show the right off the bat, what is everything in there. WA 100 is the electronic set, is not particularly in need of space or wool.
It consists of two equally-sized, dark-gray box and a remote control in credit card format with 21 light-emitting diodes and as many buttons. All parts together weighing barely two kilograms; Counting instructions, cable or plug.
Its functions can be divided into three areas: A clever distortion of boxes, a digital transmission link, as well as an ultra compact stereo power amplifier. But what exactly and why?
The transmitter unit is connected via cinch or speaker cable with an analog audio source, for example the Pre-Out jacks of a precursor or a multichannel receiver. The sensitivity is variable. The subsequent stages digitize the signal and optimize (if desired) the acoustic characteristics of the boxes.
The A/D converter used by Canton works with 24-bit resolution and a sampling rate of 48 kHz. Transmitter and receiver module using the most significant 16 bits of it. The Wi-Fi-like radio link made a noise of 93 decibels according to manufacturer and bridging distances of up to 25 metres in enclosed areas.
On the receiver side, an ultra-compact switching amplifier is installed using the chipset TAS 5342 by Texas instruments. Connoisseurs appreciate the power amplifier drivers due to its low feedback. The associated power supply operates at the limit of performance with a reduction of the power stroke and avoids so hard distortion in favor of a much more pleasant Softclippings.
Establishing the radio transmission takes place automatically within a few seconds. A miniature remote control, which is due to their design rather cumbersome to use and requires good vision with their tiny labels submitted inputs of all kinds.
But worth the effort, because the extensive filter functions give conventional passive boxes an adaptability that achieve only active models. So there are five in frequency, goodness (scope), and level in addition to various ready-made sound curves changeable filter.
Brave passive speakers sound like studio monitors
With their help, to inhibitor effects can be weaken as well as acoustically-induced bass peaks or tonal distortions due to unusual reverberation times through a wall near speaker positioning. This universal sound tuning works with transducers of different nature and origin.
Even more interesting is the kit for owners of current Canton speakers, the sound of which is perfect with model-specific filter settings can be. Related settings are available shortly after launch of the WA 100 on the Canton home page.
To verify the effect of model-specific sound tuning, the tester to the WA 100 ordered a couple Chrono SL 530 pair price 800 euros to do so. The compact all-round high gloss lacquered box is equipped with chassis of newest construction with aluminum membranes.
The digital filters offer significantly, partly also huge sound improvements in the bass range as also an increased linearity total. The fixes to AutoComplete by remote control level model-specific peculiarities of body, turnouts and chassis, whose clearing out with passive components would be too costly.
Sound corrections are a fine thing
The application compact speaker that produce no too deep bass is particularly promising. But also owner of the stand boxes may be stretched. Depending on the constellation of sound gains depth or accuracy, about when box and electronics into the team quicker swing as the transducer alone.
The variety of applications of the WA 100 according to the test ran more tracked. First, power amplifiers and box in their respective categories were tested on reference devices. The ratings can be found in the results tables. Then joined the SL 530 with the WA 100 testers and enabled the model-specific enhancement.
Operated on conventional electronics, the compact box scored a Price-specific very fine sound with a remarkably precise depth and beautiful sound colors, what very pleasantly designed singing and classical music.
The WA 100 with Equalization switched off, she proved a class typical behavior: substantial low bass was in short supply, for the keynote range was over emphasized. With equalization, the sound was almost unrecognizable. The fundamental type hype was, the play fell considerably more grown-up and neutral. The correction by the WA 100 thus proves to be as meaningful as well as low-cost tuning action.
The wireless system is mature immediately, only the service sucks. The amp sounds pleasantly tired despite tiny dimensions and harmonious, the entry-level must not hide from conventional amps. Particularly worth the purchase for Canton-boxes smaller series. The gain in flexibility, neutrality and bandwidth is well worth the money. The increase is striking in the bass.
Canton Chrono SL 530
Technical data and test results
|Installation tip:||free-standing on speaker stands, distance 2 m, normal sq-damped rooms up to 30 m|
|Operating voltage for 90 dB SPL||3.5 V|
|Impedance minimum stp||4.1 ohms|
|Maximum volume upper value||100 dB|
|Maximum volume lower value (> 45 Hz)||100 dB|
|Lower cut-off frequency (-3dB)||57 Hz|
|Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB)||44 Hz|
|Short conclusion||Cheap passive compact box with precious lacquer cabinets. Sounds alive and corporeal. The type-specific filtering in the WA 100 significantly improves bass and neutrality.|
|Sound points (70 points)||44|
|Overall rating (max. 120 points)||well 62|
|Price / performance||Very good|
|tested in output||3 / 10|