Canton Reference 3 2023 black front with grills removed over white background
Canton Reference 3 2023 white front with grills removed over white background
Canton Reference 3 2023 black front with cloth grills over white background
Canton Reference 3 2023 white front with cloth grills over white background
Canton Reference 3 2023 black profile over white background
Canton Reference 3 2023 white profile over white background
Canton Reference 3 2023 black rear over white background
Canton Reference 3 2023 white rear over white background

Canton Reference 3 2023 | Passive High-End Floorstanding Speakers (Pair)

Regular price$16,000.00


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Canton's 2023 Reference 3 Offers Exquisite Canton Craftsmanship and Performance with an Exceptional 10 Year Warranty

  • Stand at 43" | 3-Way Bass Reflex System | 500W
  • Perfect for reference stereo reproduction and home theater applications
  • Features all-new rounded cabinets and new mid and bass drivers optimized with high-strength Black Ceramic Tungsten
  • 4 speaker drivers operate in a 3-chamber system, enhancing the acoustic qualities of each
  • Advanced bass wave-guide for optimized frequency delivery and separation
  • 10 year warranty on all Canton Reference Passive Loudspeakers
  • Price is per PAIR

Canton Reference 3 2023 white bird's eye in living space with creme couch

New Canton Reference 2023

Canton has been a leader in loudspeaker audio technology for over 50 years and the number one loudspeaker company in Germany. The new 2023 Reference Series are Canton’s highest performing speaker series to date and replace the Reference K Series originally released in 2015.

The new Reference Series features entirely new cabinets that offer exceptional sound with a smaller footprint than their predecessors as well newly developed drivers utilizing cutting-edge proprietary composite materials developed in Canton’s own materials science lab.

At the heart of the Reference 2023 Series is the all-new rounded cabinet. The new, intricate cabinet structure has been meticulously engineered to minimize unwanted resonance and are manufactured on a specially designed 5-axis CNC milling machine. The Reference 2023 Series also features new mid and bass drive units optimized and refined with a new high-strength Black Ceramic Tungsten material.

The Reference 2023 speakers are manufactured with the utmost care at the company headquarters in Weilrod, Germany. Thanks to the use of first-class materials and components, consistent and precise quality is guaranteed. The high-quality walnut veneer is refined using a special sanding technique and matte lacquer treatment. 12 layers of lacquer are required for the high-gloss black version with "piano finish" alone. Layer by layer, the cabinets are lacquered, sanded and finally polished.

Powerful Elegance

The edge-free design of the Reference 3 not only ensures a modern design but is the basis for perfect sound development, characterized by authentic spatial imaging and staggering music. 2 woofers with high-strength BCT cones made of black ceramic tungsten and the large midrange driver made of the same material ensure excellent dynamic characteristics in the perfectly tuned 3-way speaker. In the BCT diaphragm, 25% of the molecular structure of an aluminum cone is converted into a ceramic structure and refined with tungsten and additional metal particles. As a result, the diaphragms achieve a perfect stiffness-to-weight ratio and turn black on the front and back surfaces during the creation process. In addition, the specially shaped black midrange ceramic cone in TCC technology stabilizes the membrane and reduces unwanted resonances.

Canton Reference 3 2023 Tweeter

Sweeping Design

The 43" high Reference 3 are powerful speakers in elegantly shaped cabinets. Their curved side panels, gently sloping curved tops and round baffles create a flowing, harmonious design that skillfully conceals the large cabinet volumes. The newly designed base is not only a stable foundation for the speaker - it also forms the bass guide which radiates low-frequency tones throughout in equal parts. Thanks to the newly developed asymmetrical cover rings, the 4 loudspeaker drivers sit flush with the surface and without visible screw connections in the baffle. In addition, the cover rings act as waveguides, optimizing sound dispersion in the midrange and treble range. 4 individual, acoustically transparent and form-fitting fabric covers nestle against the baffle with magnetic adhesion.

Canton Reference 3 2023 white profile 3 quarter with decorative wood chair and curtain backdrop

Perfect Contact

The Reference 3's high-end binding posts come from established German manufacturer WBT. The low-mass WBT nextgen™ binding posts enable single, bi-wiring and bi-amping operation. The lower mass of the binding posts reduces eddy currents and ensures a superior sound image. If you do not want to use the bi-wiring or bi-amping mode, high-quality hard-gold-plated copper bridges are included.


  • Acoustic Principle / Resonator: 3-Way Bass reflex system
  • Radiation Direction: Downfire
  • Tweeter
    • Quantity: 1
    • Size: 1"
    • Material: Aluminum oxyd ceramic
  • Midrange
    • Quantity: 1
    • Size: 6.85"
    • Material: Black ceramic tungsten (Wave surround)
  • Woofer
    • Quantity: 2
    • Size: 8.6"
    • Material: Black ceramic tungsten
  • Nominal load capacity: 300W
  • Music load capacity: 500W
  • Transmission range: 20-40000 Hz
  • Crossover frequencies: 180 / 3.000 Hz
  • Impedance: 4 / 8Ω
  • Efficiency (2.83V/1m): 88 db
  • Level Adjustment: yes
  • Weight: 92.6 lb
  • Dimensions: 12.6" x 42.9" x 19.3"
  • Canton 10-Year Warranty
  • Canton Reference 2023 Manual

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