The Reference 3K ranks third in the Reference K Hierarchy. Slightly smaller and less heavy than its larger siblings, the Reference 3K nevertheless offers everything a hi-fi heart desires: the incomparably good Canton sound and a noble appearance. The heavy cabinet with perfect surface finish, the technically superior equipment and the elegant design make it unmistakably clear that the Reference 3K is a speaker of the very highest quality. In the slim 3-way speakers, the two ceramic tungsten bass drivers provide unleashed dynamics and enormous low bass. However, thanks to the low-loss wave surrounds that clamp the midrange and woofer and the superbly resolving ceramic tweeter, the Reference 3Ks also impress with their excellent fine dynamics at low volumes. The acoustically optimized enclosures with the characteristic bow shape and organically curved side walls set standards in terms of radiation behavior, stability and low resonance.
Canton develops and manufactures the loudspeaker systems of the Reference K Series in their factory in Weilrod in the Taunus region of Germany. This is the only way to maintain the necessary quality standards, minimize tolerances, eliminate defects, and keep the high sound requirements for their top products. The Reference 3K cabinets are made of high-quality multi-layer laminate. In an elaborate special process, the characteristic bow shape of the speaker is milled from solid material. The noble, high-gloss surface finish "Piano Finish" is applied, sanded and elaborately polished in 12 work steps. It gives the Reference 3K cabinet an overwhelming sense of depth. Acoustically optimized two-piece fabric covers, which are elegantly held in place on the baffle by magnetic fasteners, round off the elegant appearance.
The Reference 3K benefits sonically from the solid, multi-stiffened cabinets made of multi-layer laminate, which keep sound-diminishing resonances away from the speaker drivers used. In the low and midrange, Canton uses the most technically advanced drivers. They take advantage of the excellent material properties of aluminum-ceramic cones refined with tungsten particles, which are characterized by their enormous stiffness combined with high, internal damping... all this with very low weight and extended frequency range. The excellent 1" dome tweeter with aluminum oxide ceramic diaphragm is used in the high frequency range. Sound-optimized crossover components and the highly effective base design with Bass Guide ensure the highest possible fidelity.
The Reference 3K is equipped with a high-quality biwiring/ biamping connection terminal, allowing the low and mid-high ranges to be driven separately with different amplifiers or with specialized cables. 24k gold-plated, stable screw terminals with a capacity for cable cross-sections of up to 10mm2, ensure optimum signal transmission. The levels for the midrange and treble can be finely adjusted at the connection terminal, depending on personal preferences or room acoustic conditions.