The Canton Movie MX-10 system is new this year, and was by far the smallest in this round-up. If you are looking for a system that is very unobtrusive, this is it.
The fit and finish is on par at this price point. The metallic grilles add a touch of class and distinction from the rest of the group. The speakers are small and easily concealable in a home. This set is a definite 10 on the spouse acceptance factor (SAF) scale. It is available in the silver color we had for the review or black/metallic.
The Cantons are designed for a specific price point and for small rooms. The compromise to create this small (as in "tiny") speaker is its output. The MX-10 system sounds good, but suffers in volume capability. There just simply isn't a way to squeeze more out of a speaker that is less than 4" high. But, let me say this: The MX-10 package does outperform another very well known "cube" speaker system (we can't mention their name). Realize that for its size, the Cantons perform VERY well. All five satellites together are smaller than a single PSB speaker in this round-up.
The system exhibited good frequency response, with midrange roll-off occurring at 200
Hz. There was a peak at 1.5 kHz, then an extensive valley from 2 kHz to 7
kHz before regaining the response level below 1 kHz. There was another peak
at 14 kHz, then steep roll-off. When dishing it out, it became apparent that the sub is an integral part of this system. I left the crossover turned up all the way on the sub, and placed it as far forward as possible.
The MX-10 sat speaker had an average THD mark of 0.78% at 90 dB - 2". Very respectful of a system this size. The THD did get a little out of hand approaching 100 dB (3%), and the internals of the speaker prevented further output. The system provided for clean sound at moderate to low levels, perfect for a studio apartment or dorm.
Imaging from the system was good. The monopole speakers could be a problem in placement, but the small size of the speaker should more than make up the difference. Due to the high crossover frequency of the sub, placement was crucial to good imaging.
The Movie 10-MX system is a reasonably priced system that is compact and clean. Although the system plays clean, don't expect to be waking up the neighbors. The compact design makes this system an easy integration into homes where speakers are tough to place. The system comes with mounting brackets that allow the installation and aiming
to be done right on the wall. If you are considering a cube/compact type system, give the
Cantons a listen before you plunge into the marketing hype.