Canton DM55 2 – Excellent soundstage. No issues as yet with synchronisation

Very decent sound, looks very smart, more minimalist and much less obtrusive than a sound bar. There are however a couple of baffling oddities. Firstly the remote only works if you hold it about 25 to 30 cms. In front of the device (which kind of defeats the entire point of a remote) and every now and again it just randomly switches itself off. I’ve replaced the remote battery twice but there is no improvement, a promised replacement remote never materialised. Neither of these things are hugely problematic though, and i’m generally quite pleased with my choice.

Great sounds and sounds natural. Does not take up a lot of space and looks good below my tvs. I have not had any problems with this lovely product.

Sound reproduction is great.

Almost perfect but still wonderful alternative to separate ‘subs’ and rear speakers. I did exchange the white for the black but both are of equal build quality – we just felt that the black fitted in better for us. Also, purchased when on offer at £249 (nov 2016)wonderful, quality soundbasereplaced a wireless rear speaker surround sound system (one speaker failed)was apprehensive at first but after following the guidance to allow the canton speakers ‘settle’ over a few days, we’ve been 100% deligfhted with the quality of the sound. It’s possible to ‘tweak’ both the bass and the treble and the choice between stereo and surround makes a very noticeble difference on most films. Volume is way more than enough than we need or will ever use. Quality sound, though should be balanced and have sufficient ‘separation’ between full on bass and full on treble (i’m also sounding as if i’m very knowledgeable. I’m not, but i enjoy quality audio) to my ears, the canton does provide super clarity and ‘separation’ so that the spoken word or singing isn’t battling against ‘mushy’ ( it’s a persoanl technical term) background. It fits perfectly under our 4 legged samsung 40′ tvthe remote controler is re-assuringly ‘weighty’ and cleverly but simply designed. Well, a key reason we selected the canton was bluetooth. Perhaps we’re missing a setting choice but if we have bluetooth enabled on either phone or ipad, the canton seems to prefer that source to the tv (or dvd) source and has occasionally ‘switched’ from tv if we have begun using the devicewith bluetooth switched off on phones and ipad, there is absolutely no problem. We have set the canton to use tv as default source but we may well be missing some nuance setting. If i do find it, i’ll update this review (and will most certainly up the canton to 5 stars)if you find this report helpful, please like.

A beautiful looking device, sleek and discrete and packs quite a punch with clear and well defined sound. It’s so much easier than fiddling around with a huge av receiver and the innumerable wires and extra speakers. One mark deducted for lack of a decent display on the front panel, and also the remote is not particularly sensitive.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Excellent soundstage. No issues as yet with synchronisation
  • Good product when working
  • Good piece of kit works well with my 42 inch

Very easy to install and operate. Apart from adjusting your tv to recognise the sound output, very easy to install and operate. Good rich sound – mumbling a thing of the past.

Fantastic sound, although speaker broke after 13 months. Does what you want and more, although i must say that the right speaker stopped working after only 13 months. No problem though because amazon agreed to exchange at no cost.

Classy looking soundbase with a richly powerful and adjustable sound. The soundbase option seems to be becoming an increasingly popular choice, despite being a relative newcomer in the tv audio market. This is the best sounding smaller base i have heard to date and, more importantly, one that gives the user a good amount of control over the settings, is easy to use, and i have happily shed a load of cables and separate speakers etc to accommodate it. The base is entirely black (silver and white options are available), very well built with a sleek black glass top. 3cm deep, just a tad over 7cm high (including the four shallow feet it sits on) and 55cm wide. The front speaker mesh is hard and classy looking, sitting behind which is a very well designed display panel. This has very clear (and large) blue text which makes it satisfyingly easy to see what options you are selecting with the remote, but otherwise shows nothing other than a feint, very small green light when in use or red one on standby, so nothing to distract the viewer at all. The display also conveniently displays the sound from the source when changing tv channels (e. The remote is one of the best i have seen for a tv sound system and very well built (solid and chunky) and simple and easy to use (cr2032 battery is included). Bass & treble can independently be adjusted to -6 to +6db, but i found the default setting pretty much spot on. There are also three settings to slightly adjust sound direction according to whether your tv sits right on the base, or the base is on a rack below or below a wall mounted tv. You can, with one button on the remote, switch between standard stereo and surround modes in an instant. You can also, using the infra red learning options, easily pair functions such as sound volume, on/off, mute, source etc with your tv standard remote. When i paired volume control with my samsung standard remote, the volume indicator appeared on the base display, not the tv screen. There are three cables provided in the box including a toslink digital optical, another digital coaxial connection to hook up a dvd or bd player etc directly if required, and an rca analogue connector. There is also a sub out port for a subwoofer if required. There are no hdmi connections, but if you already use your tv as a hub with dvd/bd, games console, set top box etc already hdmi connected to your tv, this means that all you need to do is plug in the digital optical cable from the sound base to your tv, change your tv speaker from tv speaker to audio out/external speaker and that’s it – it literally takes just a couple of minutes out of the box to set up and play.

Great sounds and sounds natural. Does not take up a lot of space and looks good below my tvs. I have not had any problems with this lovely product.

Tips for getting the sound base working correctly. Tips for getting the sound base working correctlybelow is a short guide which should help you access voice and hotel settings. Press and hold the ‘sound’ button on the remote control for at least three seconds. ‘lip’ will show up on the display. To adjust lip sync, use the volume ‘+ or -‘ keys to toggle up or down in steps of 10ms. Press the ‘sound’ button briefly to move to the next function. ‘sub’ will show on the display. To switch the subwoofer output on/off, use the volume ‘+ or -‘ keys. Press the ‘sound’ button briefly to move to the next function. ‘eq’ will show up in the display.

Needs to be turned right up beyond 65% to be audible for some reason. Other than that highly recommended.

Good piece of kit works well with my 42 inch. Good piece of kit works well with my 42 inch panasonic tv. Bigger tv’s would be unlikely to fit on top of it as it is very compact.

Very happy with this bad boy. The bass is epic from such a discrete box. Nice weight remote and good inputs including bluetooth streaming. At times it feels as though the midrange takes a back seat but this could be the source material.

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  1. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Silver Glass

    I’m on my 3rd canton dm55 now because the first two developed faults. Luckily amazon’s customer service is top notch and they have replaced both faulty units no questions asked.
    1. I’m on my 3rd canton dm55 now because the first two developed faults. Luckily amazon’s customer service is top notch and they have replaced both faulty units no questions asked.
  2. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Silver Glass

    No issues as yet with synchronisation. No issues as yet with synchronisation. Minor issue getting it to work my samsung tv otherwise great product – worth the dosh.
    1. No issues as yet with synchronisation. No issues as yet with synchronisation. Minor issue getting it to work my samsung tv otherwise great product – worth the dosh.
      1. It sounds amazing, with a subtle but deep bass. I have this set up in my bedroom, and it couldn’t be easier to use. It sounds amazing, with a subtle but deep bass, and every voice sounds super clear.
  3. It sounds amazing, with a subtle but deep bass. I have this set up in my bedroom, and it couldn’t be easier to use. It sounds amazing, with a subtle but deep bass, and every voice sounds super clear.