The Smart German
As a fan of home cinema and after I recently experienced the equally expensive Sounddeck Canton DM-101 from the previous generation and its astonishingly mature sound at a good friend's place, I was especially curious about the Smart Soundbar 9 – notwithstanding my limited experience in this field.
Narrow and solid
With a width of less than 90 centimetres, a height of only seven centimetres and a depth of ten centimetres, the Canton Soundbar, which is covered by a robust glass plate, is relatively compact. However, five kilograms in weight reveal a certain solidity and – yes – an abundance of features.
Protected by a metal grille, there are ten loudspeaker drivers on the front of the soundbar, eight of which are active. The two flat oval membranes flanking the display with an edge length of up to almost 15 centimetres are designed as passive drivers. That means they support the four long-stroke 50 mm drivers for the low frequencies just like a bass reflex port would, however without any airflow noise even at heavy volumes.