- Written by Piero Gabucci
- Published on 19 November 2009
Gone was the washed out midrange, replaced by articulate and natural voices with dimension. Gone was the flat bass, instead a smooth and clean, weighty transition into the low end. Gone was the dullness in the upper range, the highs extended and delicate. I finally was hearing the true potential of the Canton 5.2 DC – a reference level performance.
First as always, the soundstage or breath was immediately evident, instruments were nicely imaged and separated across my room side to side, and front to back.
For big orchestra sound I pulled out one of my favorite sampler CD's, Super Sounds II, an XRCD24 format disc produced by Winston MA. If you ever want to impress anyone with your system, play them the first track, an incredibly dynamic rendition of the Magnificent Seven. The shift in instruments is startling and the speaker has to respond quickly, with snap, tightness, and recovery. Percussions are lively, metallic, while the brass section is brilliantly portrayed.
In the Cantus CD, While You Are Alive, believability and realism in abundance from the beautifully recorded nine male voice ensemble that make up Cantus. The Canton 5.2 DC captures the sense of space in the concert hall around you.
This is also very much evident in The Essential Tallis Scholars CD recorded in various chapels where the voices are sweet, full and distinct.
Something a bit more earthly is Raising Sand, the collaboration between Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. This recording is gritty and yet the pair's voices are smooth and harmonized. The 5.2's renders my favorite track, Please Read the Letter with such emotion and beauty.
It dawned on me that I chose music that was emotional and moving because I found the 5.2 DC that engaging. But I didn't exclusively listen to classical music, in fact jazz and rock made the rotation and I found no genre was excluded from sounding natural and organic. Treble elements such as acoustic guitars had snap and warmth, saxophones and trumpets popped. Highs were controlled but not overly bright. Bass transitioned so evenly it wasn't until something in the room shook that I realized how deep.
Finally I never fatigued listening to the Canton 5.2 DC; I never stopped just because I couldn't listen any more.