Canalis Anima loudspeaker Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Two-way stand-mounted, rear-ported loudspeaker. Drive-units: ¾" metal-dome tweeter, 5" anodized aluminum-cone woofer. Crossover frequency: 1900Hz. Frequency response: 44Hz–33kHz, –3dB. Impedance: 8 ohms. Sensitivity: 86dB/W/m.
Dimensions: 16" H by 10" W by 10.5" D. Weight: 14 lbs.
Price: $3250/pair. Matching stands cost $2300/pair.
Manufacturer: Canalis Loudspeakers, 2606 Ninth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Tel: (510) 559-2050. Web: US distributor: Immedia, 1516 Fifth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Tel: (510) 559-2050. Fax: (510) 559-1855. Web:

Canalis Loudspeakers
US distributor: Immedia
1516 Fifth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 559-2050

OneMic's picture

I was reading the article when something jumped out at me: $800 for a sheet of bamboo plywood!  

The only way I can figure out how to pay $800 a sheet for plywood is: pay $200 for the largest/highest quality sheet of bamboo + $600 tip?

I love the use of bamboo as a building material as it is head and shoulders above MDF, but seriously why lie about what it costs?  High quality bamboo plywood has a fairly stable commodity price; any supplier charging $800 per sheet is high as a kite. 

Also: the F3 is 60Hz not 44Hz , the bass load behavior is a classic reflex with 24db/oct. roll off not a QB3 design with 18db/oct. , and their does not appear to be a BSC network on the woofer (as JA hinted) not even a "proprietary Joachim Gerhard DC-Module"  (god help us). 

I can see why manufactures lie about specs, cost, design, and features but Stereophile get your $%*#  together and stop posting the manufactures' ad copy in your articles like it is actually true.  This is lazy and irresponsible

John Marks's picture

I thought that the claim of $800/sheet plywood, which is a price I more usually associate with ritzy countertop materials, was worth mentioning, so I did.

The fact that you found so much to sink your teeth into in one brief evaluation, to me at least, not only shows that I was sweeping nothing under the rug, but also that I am neither lazy nor irresponsible.

Have a nice day.


OneMic's picture

I hope you didn't get the impression I was picking on you as most every writer on the Stereophile staff does the same thing.  

It is obvious that the several inaccuracies in the article came from Allen Perkins; and it is understandable why he would want to stretch the truth, who doesn't want to sell a product that defies the laws of physics (Hoffman's Iron Law).  

But my question is why do the writers on this staff reiterate the bogus claims that manufactures make; hench giving validity to them?


P.S. John, 

Including several inaccuracies in your article, no matter the source, does not show that you sweep nothing under the rug.  By not checking your facts you are doing a disservice to your readers.  

Groove1's picture




Hello OneMic,

The price of the bamboo is from invoices from our cabinet maker and its based on part yield. I can buy bamboo for as low as $130 per sheet. If I want parts without internal voids the part yield per sheet goes down fast. When he calculates yield this is what the persheet cost would be. Its an easier way to explain our QC that trying to tell people the cost per panel of a cabinet.

John was very professional in his review practices with us. He asked lots of questions and questioned the answers. We have both a facebook page and web site where we can be contacted directly. If you want to call our claims bogus or say I stretch the truth do it directly. I never claim to do anything outside the laws of phyics.

Allen Perkins