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Canton Karat Reference 2 DC Speakers Review

by Steve DellaSala February 11, 2004


  • Product Name: Canton Karat Reference 2 DC
  • Manufacturer: Canton Electronics
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: February 11, 2004 23:00
  • MSRP: $ 10,000/pair
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Engineering Principle
3-way, bass reflex system with passive membrane

Non./Music Power Handling
350 / 600 Watts

SPL (1 watt/1m)

Frequency Response
30 Hz to 24 kHz -3dB
18 Hz to 30 kHz -10 dB

Crossover Frequency
150 / 3,200 Hz

Crossover network
3-way crossover, mounted externally - acoustically-decoupled - on the rear of the enclosure

Enclosure Finishes
Beech wood veneer, Cherry wood veneer or Satin Silver Lacquer

12" (310mm) cellulose graphite with Cast Magnesium Allow basket

2 x AM - 180 / Reference 2 x AM-180/Reference arranged in a D'Appolito configuration with the tweeter
180 mm, aluminum membrane

ADT - 25, Reference 1" (25mm) aluminum-manganese

Nominal Impedance
4 to 8 ohms

Dimensions (WxHxD)
11.8" x 47.2" x 20.8" (30 x 120 x 50 cm)

139-lbs each (63Kg)

Special Features
DC-Technology high end cabling with FastAudio Compact 6M gold-plated biwiring/bi-amping terminal, side firing woofer, cabinet 32mm multilayered MDF, 5 chamber system in asymmetric sandwich design


  • Incredible cabinet build quality
  • Esthetically appealing design
  • Trapezoidal cabinet to reduce standing waves
  • Hefty side firing woofer
  • Built in isolation base plate for easy installation
  • Passive radiator tuned below audible range for excellent bass integration
  • D'Appolito style driver configuration
  • Impressive bass performance for design


  • Limited colors (silver and beech or cherry wood)
  • Hard to find and audition
  • Require high-powered/current amp for optimal performance


Canton was founded in 1972 by four hi-fi enthusiasts who joined together with the goal of always producing the best speakers of their class. Canton is a combination of the Latin word "cantare" (to sing) and the German word "Ton" (musical tone). Canton started officially with 35 employees on 1 January 1973 assembling speaker enclosures. Their initial development work was done in a living room.

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