The housings of the three-way Canton Smart Townus 8 are reinforced from the inside. The crossovers use high-quality components, and internal wiring is made with custom cable of increased cross-section. The tweeter here is the same one that came down from the top lines – with a 25 mm ceramic dome and an aperture body. The same can be said about the main 174 mm drivers, and for the Townus, the heads with titanium diffusers were equipped with advanced Wave suspensions, which distinguishes them favorably from the previous generation Vento. In addition to the Canton Smart Townus 8, a new series of active speakers in the Canton catalog is also represented by the two-way bookshelf speaker system Smart Townus 2. The design of all speakers in the Townus series is harmonious and fashionable, with rounded edges, and in addition to the white matte texture, Canton offered classic walnut veneer and black piano lacquer.
Numerous input interfaces on the Canton Smart Townus 8 allow you to connect almost any device directly to the system: analog balanced XLR and line RCA inputs for connecting classic sources, while the use of a USB input with an XMOS driver guarantees playback in High Resolution quality. You can connect your TV, Blu-Ray player or any other player directly using the optical or coaxial input. Canton Smart Townus 8 systems also provide outstanding sound quality for movie soundtracks. Thanks to high-quality amplifiers built into each speaker, 24-bit processing, and innovative solutions of the Vento series, systems are able to reproduce powerful high-end sound. As part of the new Canton Smart family, these models are ideal for music streaming.
Canton Smart Townus 8 can be used as regular active monitors, sending an analog signal from a pre- or source with an adjustable output to the RCA or XLR terminals that are provided on each speaker – both the master and the slave model. And last time we made sure that this option is perhaps the most musically advanced – the same sound quality is achieved as from professional studio monitors. You can also use digital inputs (coaxial or optical) – this option will become the main one for our setup, since it allows you to easily connect the panel and, if desired, a BD player (cables no longer need to be connected to each speaker – just to the “master” is enough) ). Finally, there are options: starting a signal from a computer via USB or from any mobile gadget via Bluetooth. So in total we already get six sources – all are selected from the remote control of the speakers.
With its help and the not very informative “three-digit” LCD display, which is on each speaker, you will have to carry out the initial setup process, which, to be honest, is not easy to do without instructions and due attention. However, this procedure is performed only once, and in fact it is much clearer than the terrifying “tree” of the entire algorithm that is depicted on paper. For example, the most complex procedure for wirelessly pairing speakers into a multi-channel configuration is done stupidly step by step: turn on the master speaker, call up the pairing mode and assign a channel, then turn on the second speaker and assign its channel, then repeat this with the third “slave”, with the fourth, etc. .d. Since the Canton Smart family is based on an 8-channel digital platform, one “master” can “distribute” a signal to seven more active systems, and there is no need to think about matching crossover frequencies – this is done systematically, without your participation.
All that remains is to set the levels and actual distances to the speakers. As a result, connecting and configuring the entire system takes much less time than a traditional multi-channel system with a set of passive acoustics and an AV receiver, which, as a rule, begins with the tedious process of connecting all the speaker cables, a long walk through the multi-line menu of the bass manager and ends with a multi-stage auto-calibration procedure followed by correction. In our case, we generally do without the above. You can also calculate the savings: from the budget we exclude the cost of all speaker cables, blades and “bananas” for them, as well as the cost of the AV receiver itself and, as further listening showed, the subwoofer too, since the Canton Smart Townus 8 is replaced twice and completely volume.
Characteristics of Canton Smart Townus 8
Configuration: 4 emitters, 3 bands
Acoustic design: bass reflex
Inputs: USB Type-B (only on the Master system), Coax, TOSLink, linear L/R, XLR
Outputs: Coax, SUB
Built-in decoders: Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround, DTS TruSurround
Modes: Virtual Center for configuration 4.0, Virtual Surround for stereo, Music & Surround Sound
Wireless protocol support: Bluetooth 3.0 aptX
Frequency range: 24 – 30,000 Hz
System (total) power: 350 W
Crossover frequencies : 160, 3100 Hz
Dimensions with supports: 23 x 101.5 x 33 cm
Weight 1 piece: 21 kg