Soundbar 10 is the top soundbar in German manufacturer Canton’s Smart family of Wi-Fi-enabled speakers.

Priced at £899, it packs in features including Dolby Atmos Into a unit with a height of 7cm and depth of 10cm, and length of 99cm. Its cabinet is built from reinforced MDF to the standard of a  hifi loudspeaker, with premium touches such as the heat-treated glass top and metal grille at the front.

Dolby Atmos

In the centre, behind the glass, lies a touch-sensitive control panel. This is flanked by two speaker grilles, which cover upward-firing drive units. Smart Soundbar 10 has 300 watts of amplification powers an array of eight drive unitst. Four bass drivers sport 79mm aluminium cones and fire upwards, two of the four converting to full-range units when Dolby Atmos is engaged. These are joined by two front-facing midrange drivers with 50mm aluminium cones, together with a pair of 19mm fabric-dome tweeters.

These drive units work in tandem with a suite of sound processing options from Dolby and DTS. Dolby Atmos soundtracks utilise the upward-firing drivers. ‘Regular’ Dolby Digital decoding is also included, alongside DTS Digital Surround and DTS-HD. Or, you can simply listen in two-channel stereo if you prefer. Bass, midrange and treble controls enable the user to tailor the sound according to taste, while three equaliser presets facilitate sonic adjustment to suit the soundbar’s location. When watching video content, Lipsync technology synchronises speech with the image on screen.

Music Streaming And Multi-Room

The Smart Soundbar 10 has Google Chromecast and Spotify Connect built in, enabling direct streaming over Wi-Fi from popular music platforms such as Spotify, Tidal, Google Play Music, Deezer and TuneIn. Hi-res audio is supported up to 24-bit/96kHz over Wi-Fi and 24-bit/192kHz over HDMI.

Subwoofer

The soundbar can be connected to other speakers via Wi-Fi to build a multi-speaker home cinema system or create a multi-room environment. For example, add a Canton Smart SUB 8 subwoofer to further enhance the movie experience with bass; then add a pair of Smart Soundbox 3 speakers behind the viewing position for true surround sound, all without signal cables.

Chromecast is easy to set up and manage using the Google Home app for iOS and Android devices. Once connected to Wi-Fi, any available firmware updates are automatically installed to ensure the soundbar’s specification is always up to date. 2.4GHz and 5GHz WLAN connections are supported, while the addition of aptX Bluetooth enables users to stream directly from Bluetooth-equipped devices without connecting to the Wi-Fi network.

Connections

Four HDMI ports, three inputs and one output,  provide connectivity, all HDCP 2.2-compliant to enable transfer of 4K and HDR video. The HDMI output supports ARC, allowing those with a compatible TV to control the soundbar with its remote. The Smart Soundbar 10 also comes with its own handset. Two digital audio inputs, one optical and one coaxial, supply further options, together with a stereo RCA analogue input. A dedicated subwoofer output is also included.

Available in the UK from September in a  choice of black or silver, at an RRP of £899.

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