Anima

The Anima is our most popular loudspeaker. The two-way compact monitor-style speaker has been an audiophile standard for decades, thanks to its ability to present music in a coherent fashion, tonally and spatially. Designing a two-way loudspeaker is a two-edged sword: it can be a platform for a designer to show his or her mettle, or it can be a harsh and revealing sonic microscope, in that its relative simplicity (compared to multi-driver designs and their more complex crossovers and driver interactions) leaves no room to hide any sonic flaws.

The way to achieve musical excellence in a two-way monitor-type speaker is by controlling cabinet resonances, selecting well chosen, high-quality drivers, and paying precise attention to the crossover design. These sonic strengths are exemplified in the Anima.

The Anima sounds open and spacious with the three-dimensional sonic space that is on the original recording. So neutral is the spectral balance that top mixing studios worldwide have installed the Anima they can rely on its truthful reproducing of the master recording.

Accurate time domain behaviour is vitally important for all aspects of realistic sound reproduction, and in a small to medium sized room, the Anima provides like-life music reproduction with expressive dynamics and volume levels that belie the speaker's compact size. It is Anima's bass extension, however, that surprises first-time listeners.

To achieve these qualities, designer Joachim Gerhard uses psychoacoustics principles to encourage your brain to provide what physics restricts. We cannot cheat the laws of physics, but with a keen understanding of how the human body processes sound, Joachim uses our brain's perception mechanism to our advantage.

Studies have proven that when we hear harmonics associated with a fundamental frequency, our brain re-creates the fundamental frequency as a part of our hearing experience - even when the fundamental frequency is not actually present. For this to occur properly and convincingly, the harmonics must be very accurate. The Anima's harmonic accuracy allows your brain to take this sonic information and fill in low fundamental frequencies the speaker cannot actually reach. This is most obvious in the bass region, but is also true through the entire frequency spectrum, and contributes to the "solid" authoritative sound from the Anima. This is not a phenomenon that shows up in microphone measurements, but what is more important, measurements of your listening experiences? Listen to the Anima and decide for yourself...

Driver Technology

The tweeter is a combination metal and soft dome. In the middle of a very wide textile surround is a compact aluminum-magnesium dome. This dome is very light, stiff and distortion free to frequencies far above human hearing. The large surround allows increased output and lowers its cut-off frequency, which permits very low crosover points. It is just a critical component to the entire Canalis line. In fact, it is the only component common to all models, regardless of price.

The woofer/midrange cone is uniquely shaped and made with a light but stiff ceramic coated aluminum alloy. The cone only begins to distort above 8kHz, over 6kHz above its operating range in the Anima! Designed for dynamic resolution, this driver delivers exceptional definition. The combined result of our efforts is drastically reduced distortion and higher output with more expressive dynamics.

Cabinet Technology

When investigating cabinet material, our goal was to find the ideal balance between beauty and performance. We were not satisfied with the thinly veneered Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) even though it is relatively inexpensive and easily manufactured. Because MDF is heavy and flexible, the sound pressure generated internally by the drivers turns the entire cabinet into high distortion panels. Instead, we chose remarkable 3-ply, 3/4 inch thick, cross-core Mao Bamboo plywood. Our plywood incorporated multi-dimensional constrained layer damping construction, which results in a naturally quiet material for loudspeaker cabinet. Mao Bamboo, actually a grass, is an efficiently grown renewable resource that is naturally beautiful and elegant. With custom furniture grade craftmanship and one of our three finish treatments, there is a Canalis speaker to compliment any decor, from traditional to contemporary. The Anima is available in three finishes; Honey, Cinnamon, and Licorice.

Specifications

  • speaker type: 2-way, Bass Reflex, Rear Port
  • cabinet material: 3/4" three-ply, Cross-Grain, Vertical-Core MAO Bamboo, bonded with environmentally friendly NAUF glue
  • woofer: Seas 51/4" Ceramic layered Aluminum Cone woofer. Low mass aluminum voice coil for transient speed and long throw, 20mm cone travel
  • tweeter: seas .75" High Definition aluminum/magnesium cone. Wide surrond for extended low frequency linearity. Coil and winding are optimized for low compression at high power transient peaks
  • internal wiring: Proprietary Spiral Groove GrooveLine micro-litz wire for all audio signals. Single wire connection, Eichmann Bullet Plug Binding Posts
  • crossover: 18dB Transitional filter. Linear phase, minimal group delay. Proprietary Joachim Gerhard DC-Module minimizes baffle step interaction due to cabinet size
  • impedance: 8 Ohms
  • efficiency: 86dB/1W/1m
  • power handling: 120W
  • frequency response: 44Hz - 33kHz (-3dB); crossover freq. 1.9kHz
  • dimensions: 41 x 25 x 27 cm
  • weight: 5.7kg (pc)
  • color options: Honey, Cinnamon, or Licorice