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Canton Ships First Model in New Flagship Range

The Canton Reference 3.2 DC includes the first use of the company's new ceramic dome tweeter and TCC (Triple Curve Cone) midrange and bass drivers.

Minneapolis, MN–Canton, Germany’s largest and best selling loudspeaker manufacturer, has announced immediate shipment of the first of its new flagship “Reference” line of high-end loudspeakers. With the introduction of the Canton Reference 3.2 DC high performance full-range loudspeaker, the company also launches its first ceramic dome tweeter to set a new higher standard for frequency response and power handling performance.

“Since Canton has a traditionally taken an evolutionary approach to product development, the new ceramic dome tweeter is a big deal,” said Paul Madsen, president of Canton USA. “With the new tweeter and several other engineering improvements, the Reference 3.2 and the models that will follow it will allow audiophiles to experience new realms of sonic performance. For Canton, it is an ambitious transition to ceramic driver technology, but I believe it has produced what is arguably the world’s best tweeter.”

The new Canton Reference 3.2 DC is a large floor-standing three-way bass reflex system with outstanding deep bass response and an exceptionally smooth high frequency response that is linear to 38.5 kHz. The enclosure is a two-chamber monocoque structure with curved side panels formed of five pressure-laminated layers of acoustically inert fiber-board and a high quality veneer finished in black, white or silver piano lacquer, or a cherry wood veneer with a rich piano finish. Thanks to engineering advances in the driver suspensions, motor systems, and the new designed TCC (triple curved cone) diaphragms, the upgraded Reference series drivers exhibit improved power handling, greater bass extension, and a 6-9 dB increase in deep bass output compared to the extremely capable versions previously used in the company’s floor-standing loudspeakers.

Among its key technical refinements, the Reference 3.2 features Canton’s new ceramic dome tweeter, which replaces the company’s high performance aluminum-manganese dome with one made of aluminum oxidethe only substance harder than aluminum oxide is diamond. By incorporating this new material with Canton’s well proven and powerful narrow-gap motor system, this driver can achieve exceptional sound levels and high frequencies without harshness or distortion.

The tweeter is complemented by a 7-inch aluminum midrange driver and a pair of 8-1/2 inch aluminum woofers. These powerful drivers employ the new Canton-developed TCC triple curved cone, which replaces the traditional flat-radius cone shape with a complex curved cross-sectional profile that shifts break-up modes to frequencies well above the speaker’s operating range.

The Reference 3.2 DC employs a very high quality crossover network with electrical performance that is fully integrated with all the drivers and enclosure characteristics. The speaker also uses Canton’s signature “DC” displacement control circuitry to limit uncontrolled driver excursions at infrasonic frequencies.

One of the key reasons Canton engineers are able to achieve these high levels of performance is through the use of its state of the art computer modeling and testing laboratory to generate refined computer models of all physical, magnetic, and acoustic aspects of the loudspeaker design. These capabilities, many of which are unique to Canton, allow the companys engineers to generate complete loudspeaker designs on a computer and predict every aspect of their behavior and reproduction capabilities with remarkable precision. This allows the design team to freely experiment with new techniques and ideas with the confidence that the finished product will perform almost exactly as predicted by the computer model. While similar capabilities have been available to loudspeaker manufacturers for many years, few approach the level of implementation achieved by Canton.

Each Canton Reference 3.2 DC loudspeaker is 45-3/8 inches tall, 11-5/8 inches wide, 15-7/8 inches deep, and weighs 99 pounds. This loudspeaker system is currently available at a suggested retail price of $16,000 per pair. Additional models in the Reference line will be announced in the coming months.