The new soundbar from Canton includes Wi-Fi streaming. Audio can also be ‘cast’ to the soundbar from any device on the network including music from Spotify, Tidal, Google Play Music, Deezer and TuneIn. Native support for Spotify Connect also allows direct streaming from Spotify
The soundbar can be connected to other speakers via Wi-Fi to create a wireless multi-channel home cinema system or even a whole-house multi-room set-up. For example, add a Canton Smart SUB 8 subwoofer to make a 3.1 system then add a pair Smart Soundbox 3 speakers behind the viewing position for full 5.1 surround sound – all without signal cables.
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.
The Smart Soundbar 9 features 300W of power, an array of eight drive units, comprising four bass drivers and two midrange drivers – all with 50mm aluminium cones – plus two 19mm fabric-dome tweeters. A pair of passive drivers with 147 x 57mm diaphragms further augment the bass.
These drivers work in tandem with DTS TruSurround. Decoding for Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround is included plus PCM audio up to 24bit/96kHz.
Bass, midrange and treble controls are featured plus three equaliser presets. Also, Lipsync technology synchronises speech with the image on screen.
Onto ports now. There are four HDMI ports – three inputs and one output – are all HDCP 2.2-compliant to enable transfer of 4K Ultra HD video. The HDMI output supports ARC, allowing those with a compatible TV to control the soundbar with its remote. The Smart Soundbar 9 also comes with its own handset.
Two digital audio inputs – one optical and one coaxial – are together with a stereo RCA analogue input. A dedicated subwoofer output is also provided.
Spanning 89 x 7 x 10cm, its main cabinet is fashioned from reinforced MDF, embellished with heat-treated glass and a metal grille.
Available in the UK from late July in a choice of black or silver at £699.
To learn more, click www.canton.de or call 01279 822800.
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