Aurum Cantus Leisure 2 SE Floorstanding Speakers

4.56/5 (9 Reviews) MSRP : $1299.00


Product Description

  • High-quality crossover components
  • 3kHz crossover point
  • Aluminum ribbon tweeter-G2
  • Light-weight and high-rigidity carbon fiber cone material


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ian Meyers a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2017

Bottom Line:   
This COULD be a very good speaker. Not IS but COULD be. The bullets:

1) This is the SE version, i.e. tweaked in Canada with 'better' parts.

2) The two drive units are very, very good. Like belonging in $5k speakers good.

3) When you open up the speaker it appears to have been assembled in a barn by some 5 year old kid. The crossover components are NOT on a circuit board but a broken off piece of peg board. Yes, that's what I said. I was shocked.

4) On one of my speakers the tweeter was wired out-of-phase (i.e. red to negative terminal, black to positive). So much for quality control.

5) Both tweeters had some crappy resistor wired in PARALLEL to reduce output. Don't think I've ever seen that before. I dumped the resistor and wired in a Ohmite Audio Gold 2 ohm resistor in series. The change in audio quality was dramatic.

6) For all the 'better parts' talk, the internal wiring is crappy zip cord that I replaced with vintage Western Electric cable. Another HUGE degree of difference.

The way I've got it configured now it's a very,very good speaker. As I said the drivers are nice, especially the ribbon tweeter which wouldn't be out of place in a $5k speaker.

If you can get them cheap (i.e. less than $300) and are handy and willing to upgrade the wiring and reconfigure the tweeter you will get a monitor that is unbelievably life-like on jazz and vocals. If you have heard the speaker before and concluded it sucked it's because of how it was built. How they Chinese could take such great drivers and built a mediocre (or worse) speaker with it is beyond me. And for that firm that upgraded the original version (a Canadian company whose name escapes me) could assemble the crossovers on a piece of peg board...WTF????

I am tempted to try and find a pair of the AC floorstanders (if I can get them real cheap) and see what I can do to them. I will give them this, the woodworking on all the AC speakers is gorgeous and very wife friendly.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Chingo sincondon a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2015

Bottom Line:   
These speakers are great ,for the price but they are not made of quality craftsmanship if you open them up you can see the cheap quality, they sound almost as good KLH $100.00 speakers, I donated them. Chineesecrapman.

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Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by markmendenhall a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Fabulous speaker! The KAV Design version of the Leisure 2 SE represents an incredible value and sounds much more like a full range, floor standing loudspeaker than its modest, monitor size would suggest. Excellent bass, outstanding soundstaging and excellent mids and highs from a very affordable, attractive package that leaves your jaw agape with its full, broad, detailed and musical presentation. I'd have to disagree slightly with a previous reviewer: I've played these with both a 45 watt EL34 based tube amp and a 200 watt ss integrated and I much prefer the presentation with more power. The tube mids might be a little better, (might) - but the full weight and scale these speakers can produce are fully realized with more power. Great bass response, excellent in all areas, these are nothing short of fabulous speakers.

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Product model year:   2005



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Mendenhall a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2009

Bottom Line:   
The Aurum Cantus Leisure 2 SE from KAV Design is nothing short of a fantastic loudspeaker. Given its frequency response range, you'd think you were listening to a full range, floor standing loudspeaker, not a modestly sized monitor. For such a small bass/mid driver, the bass response is alarming: deep, taut and musical. Mid range and upper frequencies are produced with realism, weight and are incredibly smooth, even at high volumes. I'd have to disagree slightly with one previous reviewer: I've powered mine with both modestly sized tube gear and high powered, high quality ss gear and these speakers prefer more power. It is counter-intuitive, I know, but smaller speakers just sound better with lots of power. Fortunately, you don't have to spend a ton of money to get extremely high quality ss integrated amplifiers, which work extremely well with these speakers. Stunning finish, nice stands, these speakers represent tremendous value for the investment. The ribbon tweeters are fast, but not at all brittle or thin - they get the notes and body of the music right! Unless you have to fill a large room or insist on the deepest of bass, the Aurum Cantus deliver in all areas including delicacy, musicality, soundstaging, detail, frequency response and realism.

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Product model year:   2006



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jk121764 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2006

Bottom Line:   
After going through a few different sets of speakers and wasting quite a bit of money, I took a chance on these after seeing them on Ebay. Fortunately for me it was a good decision. I like them very much. Excellent for near-field monitors, and one of less fatiguing speakers I've listened to.

Note: Mine are the Williiam Schaefer Monitor One speakers. The cabinents are modified, and the crossover is switched to bi-wire. Other than that I couldn't get much info on the mods.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Ebay




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