Canton DM55 2 : DM55 is peerless!!

As a 7-year zvox 555 listener, i was totally blown away by the canton dm55. The vast improvement in sound immersion is truly awesome. And its appearance is truly rich and luxurious. You wouldn’t be disappointed, and the price is incredibly low for this powerhouse of a sound base.

Very easy to setup and integrate with the tv. The sounds is exactly what i expected after reading plenty of other reviews, not disappointed.

Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

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  • This 6-driver design transforms TV and movie sound, plus offers wireless music playback.
  • Sleek, glass-topped soundbase sits discreetly under your flatscreen TV
  • Ideal for larger rooms and flatscreens
  • 6 drivers: 2 tweeters, 2 midrange, 2 subwoofers
  • 2.1 channel amplification with 200 Watts system power

Great sounds and sounds natural. Does not take up a lot of space and looks good below my tvs. I have not had any problems with this lovely product.

Apart from adjusting your tv to recognise the sound output, very easy to install and operate. Good rich sound – mumbling a thing of the past.

I bought this because it was highly recommended by which. It’s ok and has improved my tv’s audio somewhat. However it hasn’t been as good as i hoped. For some reason the background music seems too loud and the speech too quiet. I have tried fiddling around with the settings, but to no avail.

Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass : Good piece of kit works well with my 42 inch panasonic tv. Bigger tv’s would be unlikely to fit on top of it as it is very compact.

A great sound system let down slightly by a basic remote control.

Sound quality not comparable with an external sub but still good.

Sound reproduction is great.

Slim, well built and sounds good. I would like a little bit more from the twin subs but there is still plenty for most in the low frequency range. Overall a big step up from the tv speakers.

Sound is impressive but you do have to crank up the volume especially on different inputs with varying levels. Probably should have gone for the bigger version given the size of our living room.

I’ve waited a while before reviewing this product given some of the negative reviews. So far, i’ve experienced none of the problems other reviewers have documented. I have the canton setup in my bedroom with a samsung t24h390s smart 24′ led tv and the profile of the canton fits the tv perfectly. The sound is fantastic for a small room. Great clarity and a pleasing neutral sound which can be adjusted to suit your taste. Bluetooth connectivity is great too and easy to set-up. As others have noted, the remote is impressive and built like a brick. For those that complain about sound drop-out, i wonder if it’s linked to their to their tv provider’s box?. I’ve experienced sound drop-out, and isolated it to my virgin media v6 box.

Smart, tidy and the sound quality good.

Bought it as a present for my husband.

So far so good,great sound indeed cant see what other reviewers were going on about,and at last a remote that feels like a remote and not a piece of card. I have had the extra guarantee just incase but i cant see me needing it if it works like this all the time.

After reading other reviews i was expecting something exceptional – the sound is good but i wouldn’t call it exceptional. Maybe i’m restricted by living in a terraced house where i can’t turn the volume up too high. Having said all that as i say the sound is rich and clear and i find i don’t need subtitles as often as used to and there are quite a few nice features like being able to have it switching off and on automatically when the tv is switched on and off.

No issues as yet with synchronisation. Minor issue getting it to work my samsung tv otherwise great product – worth the dosh.

Having carried out research on the internet this had rave reviews and quite rightly so.

I attached this to a sony bravia kdl 32w654a which was attached to a virgin media tivo box. Tivo remote control is able to control the volume. Took about 15 mins to set up. First impression is that it has not made much difference. But then sat down to watch rush and the difference is amazing. The sounds that you hear in the cinema are now coming through and add depth giving you an emotional response. Great addition to tele experience and much better than investing in 4k which has little content.

Not a patch on the lg surround system it replaced, so if you watch a lot of movies – don’t buy this. Ok for slim screen tv’s for improved sound. Looks very sleek but i found the placement of the inputs fiddly and difficult to access. I waited ages before installing it and in fact, would have returned it after i’d set it it up and heard it due to my disappointment.

Replaced a good but cumbersome surround sound set and i haven’t looked back. The from the bluetooth to watching movies it great. Good quality and plenty of adjustment level means this is a great addition to my tv setup. Quality device that looks the part, is a bit bigger than i expected but wasn’t a problem at all. I have also attached my existing sub-woofer to it and now i roars if i want it to. Good for everything from movies, sport and everyday tv. Also i have used it to play music from my phone and has been good for the odd kids party.

Clear and convincing sound quality. Films and the proms – marvellous.

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Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System - Black Glass
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  1. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    The sound quality is fantastic. Make sure to buy a plug conversion as it is a german sound system. It also fits nicely under my 65” tv.
    • The sound quality is fantastic. Make sure to buy a plug conversion as it is a german sound system. It also fits nicely under my 65” tv.
  2. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    My canton dm55 went into continuous on – off looping cycle that is commonly reported. I was trying to pair between two other bluetooth devices at the time (nothing to do with the canton), so seems to be root cause or big coincidence. Doesn’t appear anyone has discovered a user fix and being out of warranty not economic to repair. I got just under 3 years out of it. Annoying because it feels like if as a user you could do a factory reset it be back to working. Update: contacted canton support in germany and they agreed to repair unit at no cost, i just had to pay for shipping to germany (although heavy, delivery was under £15). The same unit was returned after repair and is fully working, the overall process taking about 5 weeks. Was told by canton that the underlying issue (they didn’t provide any more details) has been resolved and so won’t recur.
  3. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    My canton dm55 went into continuous on – off looping cycle that is commonly reported. I was trying to pair between two other bluetooth devices at the time (nothing to do with the canton), so seems to be root cause or big coincidence. Doesn’t appear anyone has discovered a user fix and being out of warranty not economic to repair. I got just under 3 years out of it. Annoying because it feels like if as a user you could do a factory reset it be back to working. Update: contacted canton support in germany and they agreed to repair unit at no cost, i just had to pay for shipping to germany (although heavy, delivery was under £15). The same unit was returned after repair and is fully working, the overall process taking about 5 weeks. Was told by canton that the underlying issue (they didn’t provide any more details) has been resolved and so won’t recur.
    • I purchased the first one of these from john lewis. It lasted about 18 months before failing. They were unable to replace the item because they were out of stock and therefore the cost was refunded. I purchased a second from amazon. As the item is now out of warranty they would not repair or replace. It is now a beautiful, £330 brick. Thanks, canton you have wasted my time and money.
  4. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    I purchased the first one of these from john lewis. It lasted about 18 months before failing. They were unable to replace the item because they were out of stock and therefore the cost was refunded. I purchased a second from amazon. As the item is now out of warranty they would not repair or replace. It is now a beautiful, £330 brick. Thanks, canton you have wasted my time and money.
    • Bought this having previously bought the sky soundbox – both having very good reviews with the canton d55 having a great review on which review. The d55 initially sounded a lot better than the sky soundbox. However , when using the surround sound option , the sound although wide , felt unnatural and weird. The sound on stereo setting was not bad , however for the price of the system l did not find it impressive. I pulled out an old pioneer docking station ( nas 5-s ) and compared the sound , and can say with confidence that the sound was astoundingly better. Don’t waste your money on the d55. It will sound better than your tv , but the virtual surround sound is in my opinion rubbish and confusing to your ears. If you are lucky , try and find a pioneer nas 5-s on ebay. They did retail for over £500 , but can be picked up now on ebay for around £100.
  5. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    Bought this having previously bought the sky soundbox – both having very good reviews with the canton d55 having a great review on which review. The d55 initially sounded a lot better than the sky soundbox. However , when using the surround sound option , the sound although wide , felt unnatural and weird. The sound on stereo setting was not bad , however for the price of the system l did not find it impressive. I pulled out an old pioneer docking station ( nas 5-s ) and compared the sound , and can say with confidence that the sound was astoundingly better. Don’t waste your money on the d55. It will sound better than your tv , but the virtual surround sound is in my opinion rubbish and confusing to your ears. If you are lucky , try and find a pioneer nas 5-s on ebay. They did retail for over £500 , but can be picked up now on ebay for around £100.
    • Not impressed, we had the earlier model and had to throw it away due to issues. The dm55 we received went the same way almost right away, first it starts to crackle and pop and then you loose all sound very annoying half way through watching anything. Will not be buying any more canton products.
      • Not impressed, we had the earlier model and had to throw it away due to issues. The dm55 we received went the same way almost right away, first it starts to crackle and pop and then you loose all sound very annoying half way through watching anything. Will not be buying any more canton products.
  6. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    I’ve waited a while before reviewing this product given some of the negative reviews. So far, i’ve experienced none of the problems other reviewers have documented. I have the canton setup in my bedroom with a samsung t24h390s smart 24″ led tv and the profile of the canton fits the tv perfectly. The sound is fantastic for a small room. Great clarity and a pleasing neutral sound which can be adjusted to suit your taste. Bluetooth connectivity is great too and easy to set-up. As others have noted, the remote is impressive and built like a brick. For those that complain about sound drop-out, i wonder if it’s linked to their to their tv provider’s box?. I’ve experienced sound drop-out, and isolated it to my virgin media v6 box.
    • I’ve waited a while before reviewing this product given some of the negative reviews. So far, i’ve experienced none of the problems other reviewers have documented. I have the canton setup in my bedroom with a samsung t24h390s smart 24″ led tv and the profile of the canton fits the tv perfectly. The sound is fantastic for a small room. Great clarity and a pleasing neutral sound which can be adjusted to suit your taste. Bluetooth connectivity is great too and easy to set-up. As others have noted, the remote is impressive and built like a brick. For those that complain about sound drop-out, i wonder if it’s linked to their to their tv provider’s box?. I’ve experienced sound drop-out, and isolated it to my virgin media v6 box.
  7. 1.0 out of 5 stars Two faulty units....but might be Amazon’s fault as much as Canton.... on said:

    This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    Two faulty units in a row from amazon. Crackling distortion of the mid range, especially noticeable on low volume sections of music, like the intro to show me a leader by alter bridge. What’s worse still is that it looks like amazon might be reselling these faulty units through the warehouse deals without repair.
    • Two faulty units in a row from amazon. Crackling distortion of the mid range, especially noticeable on low volume sections of music, like the intro to show me a leader by alter bridge. What’s worse still is that it looks like amazon might be reselling these faulty units through the warehouse deals without repair.
  8. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    The first one failed after 19 months. . The replacement barely lasted 6 months. Don’t know how they are still in business.
    • The first one failed after 19 months. . The replacement barely lasted 6 months. Don’t know how they are still in business.
      • Read previous negative reviews. I had this product 18 months before the rh speaker stopped workingi contacted amazon ref a repair under warranty but they kindly offered a replacement, next day delivery. This duly arrived, i set the replacement up only to discover some of the buttons on the new remote were sticking fortunately i was able to use the old onewished i’d have asked for a refund.
  9. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    Read previous negative reviews. I had this product 18 months before the rh speaker stopped workingi contacted amazon ref a repair under warranty but they kindly offered a replacement, next day delivery. This duly arrived, i set the replacement up only to discover some of the buttons on the new remote were sticking fortunately i was able to use the old onewished i’d have asked for a refund.
    • I’m on my 3rd canton dm55 now because the first two developed faults. Luckily amazon’s customer service is top notch and they have replaced both faulty units no questions asked.
      • I’m on my 3rd canton dm55 now because the first two developed faults. Luckily amazon’s customer service is top notch and they have replaced both faulty units no questions asked.
  10. I have this set up in my bedroom, and it couldn’t be easier to use. It sounds amazing, with a subtle but deep bass, and every voice sounds super clear.
  11. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    I have this set up in my bedroom, and it couldn’t be easier to use. It sounds amazing, with a subtle but deep bass, and every voice sounds super clear.
  12. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    It worked for just over a year then the sub woofer/s began to distort & boom. There is no longer any canton uk customer support either by phone or email. My authorised dealer attempted to contact canton in germany without success during 2 week period. Seems i’m now stuck with a defective unit so perhaps i should have purchased the dm55 through amazon to have (hopefully) enjoyed a stress free return / repair service since the unit is guaranteed for 2 years. I’m disgusted and will never purchase canton kit again.
    • It worked for just over a year then the sub woofer/s began to distort & boom. There is no longer any canton uk customer support either by phone or email. My authorised dealer attempted to contact canton in germany without success during 2 week period. Seems i’m now stuck with a defective unit so perhaps i should have purchased the dm55 through amazon to have (hopefully) enjoyed a stress free return / repair service since the unit is guaranteed for 2 years. I’m disgusted and will never purchase canton kit again.
  13. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    Han to send back for refund. Cutting out when playing, great sound when working.
  14. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    Han to send back for refund. Cutting out when playing, great sound when working.
    • As stated early , sound really good but quality shocking, not good enough especially for a german company. Less than 3 months old and went in the tripping mode, on / off /volume not buying a replacement due to bad quality , read other reviews on the web.
      • As stated early , sound really good but quality shocking, not good enough especially for a german company. Less than 3 months old and went in the tripping mode, on / off /volume not buying a replacement due to bad quality , read other reviews on the web.
  15. Does what you want and more, although i must say that the right speaker stopped working after only 13 months. No problem though because amazon agreed to exchange at no cost.
  16. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    Does what you want and more, although i must say that the right speaker stopped working after only 13 months. No problem though because amazon agreed to exchange at no cost.
  17. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    Awful sound at cantons recommended volumes (65-75), hates my samsung tv with a vengence, sync is an issue, shuts down when pausing streaming tv. Generally utter rubish and absolutely not worth £300, more like £30. I have no idea why this gets good reviews but mine is going back-thank you john lewis.
    • Awful sound at cantons recommended volumes (65-75), hates my samsung tv with a vengence, sync is an issue, shuts down when pausing streaming tv. Generally utter rubish and absolutely not worth £300, more like £30. I have no idea why this gets good reviews but mine is going back-thank you john lewis.
  18. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    When it works, this sound base is amazing. Unfortunately for me, my first unit had an intermittent remote fault and developed an issue with the power up process. Canton sent a replacement remote control and this was also broken. I exchanged it for a new unit and this worked well, again the remote was faulty. An infra red remote tester showed that all remotes were not transmitting correctly. I got a refund & bought the bose solo 5. It hasn’t arrived yet, but my bose earphones and bluetooth soeaker (soundlink 2), are amazing, so i’m already a fan of the brand. As for canton – like the heading says, “beautiful sound, terrible build quality”. I hope canton address the quality control issues so future customers won’t have the same issues.
    • When it works, this sound base is amazing. Unfortunately for me, my first unit had an intermittent remote fault and developed an issue with the power up process. Canton sent a replacement remote control and this was also broken. I exchanged it for a new unit and this worked well, again the remote was faulty. An infra red remote tester showed that all remotes were not transmitting correctly. I got a refund & bought the bose solo 5. It hasn’t arrived yet, but my bose earphones and bluetooth soeaker (soundlink 2), are amazing, so i’m already a fan of the brand. As for canton – like the heading says, “beautiful sound, terrible build quality”. I hope canton address the quality control issues so future customers won’t have the same issues.
      • Great sound, but poor quality. Mine has been replaced twice under warranty and just received a brand new unit and it switches on but does nothing else. Its such a shame as its just the right size for me and sounds great, but what an awful quality product, and its german. They must be loosing fortune in warranty replacements.
  19. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    Great sound, but poor quality. Mine has been replaced twice under warranty and just received a brand new unit and it switches on but does nothing else. Its such a shame as its just the right size for me and sounds great, but what an awful quality product, and its german. They must be loosing fortune in warranty replacements.
  20. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    Very decent sound, looks very smart, more minimalist and much less obtrusive than a sound bar. There are however a couple of baffling oddities. Firstly the remote only works if you hold it about 25 to 30 cms. In front of the device (which kind of defeats the entire point of a remote) and every now and again it just randomly switches itself off. I’ve replaced the remote battery twice but there is no improvement, a promised replacement remote never materialised. Neither of these things are hugely problematic though, and i’m generally quite pleased with my choice.
    • Very decent sound, looks very smart, more minimalist and much less obtrusive than a sound bar. There are however a couple of baffling oddities. Firstly the remote only works if you hold it about 25 to 30 cms. In front of the device (which kind of defeats the entire point of a remote) and every now and again it just randomly switches itself off. I’ve replaced the remote battery twice but there is no improvement, a promised replacement remote never materialised. Neither of these things are hugely problematic though, and i’m generally quite pleased with my choice.
      • Bought this as it was or is a which best buy. Utter junk, looks great but worked for precisely 10 minutes. Contacted the manufacterer who were no help. Sent it back to amazon and will not be buying another. My existing panasonic soundbase sounds better, has better features and is much cheaper. Be very careful there are many of these canton things that fail, great if you are lucky enough to get one that works but many do not.
  21. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    Bought this as it was or is a which best buy. Utter junk, looks great but worked for precisely 10 minutes. Contacted the manufacterer who were no help. Sent it back to amazon and will not be buying another. My existing panasonic soundbase sounds better, has better features and is much cheaper. Be very careful there are many of these canton things that fail, great if you are lucky enough to get one that works but many do not.
  22. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    Very happy with this bad boy. The bass is epic from such a discrete box. Nice weight remote and good inputs including bluetooth streaming. At times it feels as though the midrange takes a back seat but this could be the source material.
  23. This review is from : Canton DM55 2.1 Virtual Surround System – Black Glass

    Very happy with this bad boy. The bass is epic from such a discrete box. Nice weight remote and good inputs including bluetooth streaming. At times it feels as though the midrange takes a back seat but this could be the source material.
    • Needs to be turned right up beyond 65% to be audible for some reason. Other than that highly recommended.
      • Needs to be turned right up beyond 65% to be audible for some reason. Other than that highly recommended.
  24. This is the 2nd canton dm55 in three months that has developed an identical fault. Great for 3 or 4 weeks then the same problem occurred with auto on off function. Trying to have the latest unit replaced by amazon is proving difficult.
    • This is the 2nd canton dm55 in three months that has developed an identical fault. Great for 3 or 4 weeks then the same problem occurred with auto on off function. Trying to have the latest unit replaced by amazon is proving difficult.

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