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The Canoe

Role Audio Canoe

"... the Canoes have an uncanny ability to unravel complex passages.."

Dimensions: 16 X 5.5 X 7.25 inches (H X W X D), 41 X 14 X 18 cm
Frequency Response: 47Hz - 20kHz +/- 3.5 dB
-10dB referenced to 1kHz: 38Hz



"When properly set up on a desktop, the Role Canoes disappear as completely as the best two-way monitor speakers I've heard."
Steven Stone, Hometheater Review, 11/2013

"This speaker has superb imaging, as well as fine low-level detail retention."
Steven Stone, Hometheater Review, 11/2013

"Going from the lower-priced $800 per pair GoldenEar Aon 2 speakers to the Role Canoes wasn't a subtle change. While the Aon 2 is a fine speaker with many outstanding traits for its price, it is not as high-resolution or neutral as the Role Canoe. One example of the Canoe's transparency is that it presents different recordings with widely varying soundstage sizes."
Steven Stone, Hometheater Review, 11/2013

"The Role Canoes have quite a lot in common with the $2,200 per pair ProAc Anniversary Tablettes. Both excel at retaining low-level detail and make it easy to listen deep into a mix."
Steven Stone, Hometheater Review, 11/2013

"If you're looking for a great under $1500 US-Made desktop monitor, the Canoes are a must-audition speaker."
Steven Stone, Audiophile Review,1/2013

"If you are a fan of unvarnished, "truthful" speakers, you'll appreciate the Role Canoe's many virtues."
Steven Stone, Hometheater Review, 11/2013

"Another aspect of the Role Audio Canoes' performance... was their ability to make it easier to listening into a dense mix.
Steven Stone, Hometheater Review, 11/2013

"... the Canoes have an uncanny ability to unravel complex passages through their rock-solid imaging and to retain very subtle locational cues."
Steven Stone, Hometheater Review, 11/2013


Most desktop loudspeakers are simply small bookshelf loudspeakers that are not designed to address the issues of nearfield listening such as time coherency and accurate bass reproduction. Two telltale signs are distal placement between the woofer and tweeter, which means the sound from both drivers will not be integrated at close range, and the rear placement of ports, which means the bass will be muffled when the speaker is placed near to a wall.

The design of the Canoe addresses these and other issues that are crucial for accurate, full-range, music reproduction and nearfield listening. With a small footprint of only 5.5 by 7.25 inches, the design of the Canoe is based on the design of our highly regarded Kayak and Windjammer loudspeakers. The Canoe is time coherent, minimum phase, and uses our proprietary folded transmission line design to deliver effortless low bass. There maybe no need for a subwoofer since the Canoe produces extended bass.

The Canoe uses one of the finest soft dome tweeters available which is closely mated to an extraordinarily accurate woven carbon fiber cone woofer to form a near point source. The Canoe is outfitted with film foil capacitor, metal oxide resistor, laminated perfect lay coil, DH Labs silver plated copper wire to the tweeter, oxygen free multi-strand copper wire to the woofer and SuperiorTM insulated five-way binding posts, mounted on a terminal cup to facilitate on wall, or near wall placement.

The woofer and tweeter are placed high on the front baffle to eliminate the need to tilt the speaker to project the sound to the listener's ears, which would upset the time alignment of the drivers, and the folded transmission line is vented to the front to produce clear articulate bass. 

As a result of these design choices, the Canoe produces sound that is integrated, even a foot and a half from the speakers. The tweeter produces smooth non fatiguing highs.The Canoe's bass is riveting and it's imaging and soundstaging are heard to beat. Indeed the Canoe is powerful enough to fill even large rooms with vibrant, full-range, non-fatiguing sound.

Moreover, there is no other desktop speaker that is built to the high standards of non-toxicity and eco-friendliness employed in the manufacturing of the Canoe. We go to extreme lengths to make the Canoe health friendly and free of cancer causing formaldehyde vapors that are present in the materials and paints used to manufacture the typical desktop loudspeaker. The cabinets of the Canoe are constructed from health friendly, certified green, birch plywood and CARB2, no urea formaldehyde added, medium density fiber board. They are assembled with non-toxic glues and materials and painted with non-toxic paints. You can enjoy the Canoe up close on your desktop knowing that the Canoe is non-toxic and free of cancer causing formaldehyde vapors.*

From its immaculately finished folded transmission line cabinets, and magnetic grills, which are constructed in-house for the highest quality control, to its transducers and crossover components, no cost is spared. The Canoe is simply one of the very best nearfield loudspeakers you can buy.

Note: The canoe ships in 3-5 business days. However, because the black and Spanish cedar finish is a custom finish It may require 3 to 14 days to ship depending on availability. You should email about its availability prior to purchasing it.


  • Folded transmission line design
  • Minimalist three element, first-order crossover: film foil capacitor, perfect layer laminated coil, and metal oxide resistor
  • Hard wired and hand soldered with lead-free solder, silver plated copper wire to the tweeter, and multi strand oxygen free copper wire to the woofer.
  • Frequency response: 47 Hz to 20 kHz +/- 3.5 dB
  • Front vented folded transmission line and recessed SuperiorTM five-way binding posts terminals mounted on terminal cups reduce the depth of the Canoes and facilitate on wall or near wall placement.
  • Riveting, extended low bass response
  • Smooth non-fatiguing sound
  • Optimized for near field listening
  • Front vent and shallow cabinet allow flexibility in placement including desktop, near wall, and on wall placement
  • Health-friendly: Only non-toxic glues and water-based paints and materials are used.
  • Environmentally friendly: Certified green white and red birch plywood and satin black CARB2 MDF cabinets
  • Magnetic grills