In mid-2019, Kanto had the idea of taking their very popular YU4 model and offering what we like to call a "Henry Ford" version. They felt not everyone needed all of the inputs and color choices, so they made something more basic to let music lovers on a tight budget get into really great sound.
Kanto YU is the new model that fulfills their goal to create a warm and musical sounding powered speakers. Designed to be an all-in-one speaker where the only thing you'll need is an audio source to start enjoying your music.
"These powered speakers are relatively compact and offer a rich, full near field listening experience"
Crutchfield writer, Eric A
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Keep things simple without forfeiting performance. Housed within YU's compact MDF cabinets is everything you need to get the most out of your favorite tunes. Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX provides high–quality streaming, a single RCA input covers all your analog needs, and a SUB OUT port gives you the option to really crank up the bass.
Equipped with 4–inch Kevlar drivers and 1–inch silk dome tweeters, this high–performance powered speaker system delivers smooth, natural sound while ensuring you experience the full impact of lower frequencies.
For laid–back listening, use the provided remote to make quick volume, tone and balance adjustments, as well as control playback while streaming via Bluetooth.
Two-Way Driver Design: The Kanto YU powered speaker system features a two-way driver design with a 1" silk dome tweeter and 4" kevlar cone woofer for clear high and detailed midrange/midbass frequencies.
1" Silk Dome Tweeter: The 1" tweeter is made from silk to deliver a high-frequency range that's bright and refined. The tweeter's dome shape improves sound dispersion to ensure your ears capture every sound, regardless of where you are in the room.
4" Kevlar Cone Woofer: The 4" woofer cone is made of a kevlar material and features a rubber surround for long-lasting performance. The woofer provides surprisingly controlled and accurate low frequency response.
Class D Amplifier: The 1" tweeter and 4" woofer are powered by a built-in 35 watt (RMS) / 70 watt (Peak) x 2 channel amplifier for dynamic sound reproduction. The built-in amplifier is located in the YU's "Left" powered speaker. The binding-post output terminals on back of the "Left" powered speaker and the included 16' speaker wire provide connection to the "Right" passive speaker's binding-post input terminals.
Bass Reflex Cabinet: The Kanto YU powered speaker system utilizes a bass reflex enclosure design with a rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. The speaker cabinet is available in black only.
24-Bit/96kHz DAC: The Kanto YU powered speaker system utilizes a 24-bit/96kHz resolution DAC (digital-to-analog converter) for high-quality sound reproduction.
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Kanto YU offers built-in Bluetooth 4.02 with support for wireless audio streaming (A2DP) and control (AVRCP). You'll be able to wirelessly stream your music libraries, music apps, and other audio content on your Bluetooth source device (such as your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer) to the YU speaker system. You can pair multiple Bluetooth source devices with the YU powered speaker system, but only one device can be connected and used for playback at a time.
Music Codecs: In addition to supporting the standard Bluetooth SBC codec, the YU system offers support for Qualcomm's aptX codec. Qualcomm's aptX codec provides even better sound quality with lossless, "CD-quality" (16-bit/44.1kHz) streaming for aptX-compatible source devices, such as many Android smartphones and tablet with OS 4.0 or newer.
Playback Control: You'll also be able to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the included remote control. Advanced music playback and song/artist display will still be done from your Bluetooth source device.
Line-Level Input: The Kanto YU comes equipped with a stereo audio RCA input (located on the "Left" powered speaker), allowing you to connect a line-level audio source. If you want to connect a turntable, you'll need a turntable with a built-in Phono preamp or an externa Phono preamp (sold separately).
Sub Out: The Kanto YU is equipped with a mono-RCA subwoofer output (located on the "Left" powered speaker) for connecting a powered subwoofer (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) to add deep, low bass to the speaker system. The YU's sub output is full-range, so you'll need a powered subwoofer with a built-in low-pass crossover.
Simple Control: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the Kanto YU speaker system (the IR receiver is located on the "Left" powered speaker). From the wireless remote you can control Power On/Off, Source Selection, Volume Up/Down, Mute, Bass/Treble, Balance, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track. There is also a rotary Volume/Source control knob on the front-panel and a Power on/off switch on the back-panel of the "Left" powered speaker.
Mounting & Placement Options: The YU powered speaker system is designed for either bookshelf or stand mounting (see Accessories Tab for desktop and floor stands - sold separaetely). The speakers come with self-adhesive rubber feet to protect your furniture (the feet add approximately 0.125" to the overall height of the speakers). The space between the two speakers and the distance from the listener is important. If the speakers are positioned too close or too far apart, stereo imaging will not be fully developed. Room characteristics and positioning also have a profound effect on the performance of the speakers, so time and effort devoted to achieving the optimum positions will be rewarded.
YU is designed to perform optimally at ear level and positioned at least 8" from the rear wall in an average listening room. However, it may not be possible to install the speakers in this position since rooms vary in shape, size, and furnishing. A certain amount of experimentation may be necessary to determine the most suitable position.
Moving the speakers very close to the rear wall will enhance the bass frequencies, but will tend to reduce soundstage depth, while moving the speakers away from the rear wall will tend to have the opposite effect. Avoid positioning the speakers close to or in the corners of the room, as this will excite undesirable room coupling in the low and middle frequencies. If the width of the rear wall is limited then toe-in the speakers slightly to reduce reflections.
Power Requirements: The Kanto YU's "Left" powered speaker includes a detachable 6' AC power cord that will need to be plugged into an AC power outlet or surge protector (sold separately - see Accessories Tab). The "Right" passive speaker does not require AC power.
Auto Power On/Off: The Kanto YU speaker system features Auto Power On and Off functions to save power. When no audio signal has been detected for 15 minutes, the YU system will put itself into Standby (Off) mode. If the audio signal returns via the same input that the YU was playing when it entered standby, the system will wake up and resume playing. It can also be woken up manually by pressing the "Power" button on the remote or pressing the rotary control knob on the front-panel of the "Left" powered speaker.
Note: The Automatic Power On function will not work if the YU system is manually switched to Standby (Off) mode using the remote or control knob.
|Woofer||4" kevlar mid/ woofer|
|Tweeter||1" silk dome tweeter|
|Power handling||70 watt RMS amplifier built into left (active speaker)|
|Frequency response||60 - 20,000Hz|
|Dimensions||5-1/2"W x 8-3/4" H x 7-1/2"D|
- Stereo RCA input
- Mono RCA subwoofer output
- Gold-plated binding post speaker terminals
*10ft speaker wire included to connect left and right speaker
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