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Canton CD 90 SB photos

Canton's three-channel CD 90 SB compact sound system combines good looks with above-average sound quality for music and movies.

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Canton's new CD 90 SB ($650 suggested retail price) is a different kind of sound bar. At first glance, the sleek design doesn't look so different than sound bars from Polk, Definitive Technology, or Zvox, but the CD 90 SB is, essentially, a three-channel speaker.
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Peek through the perforated-metal grille and you'll see the CD 90 SB's left, center, and right speakers arrayed across its front baffle.
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The Canton CD 90 SB contains three--Left, Center, and Right--speaker channels, internally isolated from each other. The center channel section features two 3-inch aluminum woofers flanking a single 0.5-inch tweeter.
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All three speakers are two-way designs; the left and right channels each use a 0.5-inch aluminum dome tweeter and a 3-inch aluminum woofer.
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The speaker's backside is fitted with three pairs of all-metal spring connectors that accept bare wire ends, or wires terminated with pins or spades; banana plugs won't fit.
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As much as we liked the exterior design, we found the recessed speaker connector frustrating to deal with.
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The CD 90 SB comes with a metal wall mount bracket and small rubber pads for buyers who prefer shelf mounting.
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The rubber pads are better than nothing, but we would have preferred a more substantial cradle, like the ones included on the Polk Audio SurroundBar 360.

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