Powered Desktop Gloss Speakers by Kanto. With its built-in soundcard, it can stream high-quality audio directly from your computer's USB port, or connect directly to any 3.5mm AUX jack for maximum input flexibility. 3" Kevlar drivers ensure a distortion-free bass and midrange, while the 3/4" silk dome tweeters effortlessly produce scintillating highs. A specially tuned bass-port on the rear extends the low end while keeping airflow away from your active workspace. If deep bass is your thing, simply connect a subwoofer to the SUB OUT port and revel in pure low-end bliss. KEVLAR DRIVERS The 3" Kevlar drivers provide distortion-free mid-range and bass tones - surprising performance for such a small speaker. SILK DOME TWEETERS YU2 features 3/4" silk dome tweeters to deliver clear crisp highs. ACCESSIBLE VOLUME KNOB Tucked neatly out of the way at the top of your active speaker, the smoothly rotating knob doubles as a power switch. INPUTS AND OUTPUTS Connect to the AUX input with the included Kanto 3.5mm cable to connect any device with a headphone jack to your YU2. Lighten the load on your computer's CPU by connecting directly to YU2's built-in DAC via a USB cable for a fully digital, high-quality audio connection. If you want a little more kick, connect a powered subwoofer. REAR BASS PORT YU2 has a rear bass port that has been carefully designed and tuned to eliminate port turbulence while extending bass response. KNURLED BINDING POSTS The speaker connection from Active (LEFT) to Passive (RIGHT) use high quality knurled binding posts. This standardized wiring system allows you to trim the included premium speaker wire to the desired length or purchase longer lengths for more versatility. Materials: MDF, silk, kevlar Dimensions: 5.9"Lx 5.3"Wx3.9"H Weight: 8.6 lbs
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Bamboo cabinet looks really nice.
Impressive volume from such little speakers and tweeters.
Front LED light so that you know they are on
A decent DAC with USB
Footprint. I don't like clutter on my desk and these give me plenty of space.
Included speaker wires are already tinned (soldered so wires are easy to insert into speaker jacks) for easy hookup. Nice little touch.
Packaging is nice
Instructions are clear
No Headphone output (This has me more than anything considering returning them)
Mids are lacking. I expected this with a speaker this small.
Price. I feel that for $200 they should have been a bit better sounding. Especially in the mids.
Couple of notes
You must manage your expectations on what these speakers can do. I felt that for the cost, and comparing to other $99 speakers like the Mackie's or M-Audio, the sound should have been better. They come in at twice the cost of these other speakers and when A/Bing them to the Mackie's, not a noticeable difference. If aesthetics are more important to you then overall sound, then by all means, go with the speaker with twice the price.
I deducted a star for not having a headphone jack and poor performing mids and a start for cost. $149 would be ideal for this type of speaker.
Ill begin with telling you to buy this product. It has far more strengths than weaknesses: the determining factor of any purchase. Out of the box, the speaker presentation is glorious. Extremely high quality of materials and great attention to detail. They're easy to set up, and easy to use. I will say, in person these speakers are very small. I was really shocked by the size upon opening. Nonetheless, build is flawless. As for the sound, it's easy to distinguish what these are good at. And that certainly isn't every genre. They are some of the most clear speakers I've ever listened to, however. They offer such a wide and sparkling treble that every time I turn them on, I smile. The mid-range is equally as clear, but is on the thinner side of high quality products. Considering the price, I am still extremely impressed with its presence. The bass is, as in other reviews, certainly a bit over-driven. It's very clean and well rounded at most suitable volumes however, and should keep a general audience happy if you're dealing with a quiet environment. So what genres are these best for and what can I expect? Upon purchase you can expect loud, high quality, hair raising sound that will put a smile on most faces. You should be able to enjoy most genres of music without any sort of uncertainty. In my opinion, I believe the speakers excel most in classical, jazz, and string/acoustic based music. They are decent for rock/pop and edm. Keep in mind they provided great definition of sound for all of these genres. I found them to struggle with hip hop/ rap most. They don't feel dominant and "in your face" enough to pull it off in a way that makes you feel alive. Don't get me wrong, they still sound defined and well rounded, but it's easy to feel the lack of power and punch in the low end. And that's why we can all thank Kanto for providing a sub out port.
Let's wrap it up. Great set of speakers, easily one of my favorite audio purchases. It must be the treble: so sparkly. Hope this short review helps!
What makes these so special for me? The sound on these little guys is spectacular! It is clean, crisp and accurate. At the same time there's no hissing or other background noise to detract from their clarity which may partly have to do with their USB connection to my computer. With the subwoofer I find it fills out the sound perfectly but it really wasn't necessary. Although I'd like the bass to be up nice and high, for some reason my neighbors seem to object to that! Nevertheless, I did test these speakers at both loud and quiet levels and both are excellent. In short, I'm really happy with my purchase, enough so as to immediately purchase the subwoofer which blew my budget completely but my ears and the rest of me are so happy!