Wireless speakers such as these Canton your_Duo sound like a great idea, freeing you of cable clutter while playing multiple sources.
But they’re hard to execute, especially if you’re trying to match the quality of a wired system.
You can stream music to the your_Duo speakers through two transmitters: a USB dongle (your_Stick) or an iPod dock (your_Dock).
These have a range of up to 20m, and you can connect additional Canton products to create a multiroom system.
Canton your_Duo: PowerThe amps in the speakers output 50W each. They are encased in a sleek cabinet, nicely finished in gloss white or black. At the back is a switch to choose between three zones, and a channel selector.
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And there’s a nicely finished remote control.
On their own, the your_Duo speakers cost £500/pair, but Canton is offering a starter bundle of the speakers with either the dock (£150 on its own) or the dongle (£130).
Pairing up the speakers with dock or dongle is easy. The dock charges your iPod while playing and can also be connected to an existing system via wired line inputs.
The dongle needs no software installation and you can stream via iTunes or Spotify.
Canton your_Duo: PerformanceThe speakers fill the room with a solid sound. Vocals are smooth and the bass is weighty, though it could be a little more precise and taut.
Streaming is stable, the speakers bring out the best of low-res files, and they’re easy to listen to over long periods of time.
But the Cantons fall between two stools. They’re too big to be desktop speakers, despite the flexibility.
On the other hand, compare them with conventional wired hi-fi speakers, and the Cantons fall short in terms of quality.
VerdictIf you’ve got your heart set on wireless, you’ll have to increase your budget to get the best sound. At this price, these are acceptable wireless speakers that perform decently.