Canton DM55 2 – Good powerful sound!!

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.

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.

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. Here are the specifications for the Canton DM55 2:

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  • This 6-driver design transforms TV and movie sound, plus offers wireless music playback.
  • Sleek, glass-topped soundbase sits discreetly under your flatscreen TV
  • Ideal for larger rooms and flatscreens
  • 6 drivers: 2 tweeters, 2 midrange, 2 subwoofers
  • 2.1 channel amplification with 200 Watts system power

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

This is just what i needed – the sound is good although not ever so ‘surround sound’. It is very easy to set up and the sound is more than enough for a medium sized room. The sound is clear, with dialogue much better than the normal flat screen tv speakers and when it comes to deep sound it is tight and well controlled. All in all i feel this was a really good purchase and i am well pleased with it.

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  1. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black 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.
  2. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black 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. 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.
      1. 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.