Canton Moves to Indi Imports
Canton has existed since 1972 when four HiFi enthusiasts joined together with the goal of producing the best loudspeakers of their class. The name Canton is a combination of the Latin word "cantare" (to sing) and the German word "Ton" (musical tone).
Interestingly, after acquiring an empty village school building and house in Niederlauken, those foundation years for the company saw loudspeaker development and testing performed in the house's living room. The philosophy of the Canton developers was:
Speakers belong in the living room and must therefore be tailored to fit this environment and the people in it. Canton’s speakers were from the very beginning designed not only to excite the audio freaks, who were mostly men, but also to please the aesthetic senses of women who were delighted with the refined appearance of the enclosures.
Canton has enjoyed much success in the 40+ years since their inception, and the company has continued to evolve with market trends, now producing not only affordable stereo speakers, but a range of lifestyle products and soundbars, right through to the flagship Reference K line of audiophile loudspeakers.
Canton speakers are still developed with those same core principles in mind, but growth dictated a new purpose-built development centre in Weilrod, near Frankfurt, Germany. All Canton's speakers drivers, crossovers and cabinets are produced in-house.
The move to Indi Imports sees Canton join the distribution portfolio that includes Cyrus, System Audio, Sonoro, Unity Audio, AMC, Elfi Design and Myryad.
For the first time in Australia, Indi Imports says Canton's Reference K range, the pinnacle of German engineering and speaker design, will now be available in Australia. This includes the flagship K1 which will sell locally for $38,999 RRP. The Reference K range is entirely handbuilt by one engineer only at specific times of the year.
Paul Riachi, Managing Director of Indi Imports told StereoNET:
We are so honored to be trusted with such a prestige brand in Canton. Personally I have an attachment for the speaker brand, as it was one of the very first brands I sold. Canton’s build quality I have to say is extremely consistent, from their sound bars to their high end floor standing speaker systems, Canton not only makes you feel good with sound, but you really know you have bought an investment and not just another speaker. As an electronics technician and a having a true passion for audio, it’s quite easily to see on the outset that these speakers are the real deal.
Indi Imports has updated Canton's pricing which they say is now more affordable than previously available, and for the first time, at price parity with European local pricing.
With the exception of the Refernce K range, Canton became available via Indi Imports from December 1st, 2016.
For more information visit Indi Imports.
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