Kanto YU2 3 Inch 2-Way Powered Desktop Speakers – Gloss : I needn’t have worried as these are more than capable desktop speakers with good all round qualities

Brilliant speakers, shame about the stands. Really excellent small desktop speakers, they even rival the much bigger speakers from the old denon hifi that i’m replacing – which i wasn’t expecting. Only downside is i had to spend nearly 1/3rd of the cost of the speakers ordering the stands (kanto s2) from amazon usa. I don’t understand why the manufacturer is selling the speakers in the uk but not the stands?for anyone looking for a pair of small, great value (natural sounding) desktop speakers i would recommend these over the very similar audioengine a2’s (muddy sound, all bass/no clarity) and the bose companion 20’s (horrible boomy, over-exaggerated low end bass – okay if you like that). I have also tried the tibo plus mini’s which are a bit cheaper than these, less stylish but just as good in terms of sound. The only reason i didn’t go for them is that both pairs in richer sounds were faulty, but they’re definitely worth a look if you want to save 10 or 20 quid. Hope that helps, and thanks kanto – it’s great to have finally found a really decent pair of small desktop speakersp. They’re very directional so you do need the stands.

Firstly, when i received these, i had a scratch on the front of my matte white speakers. Immediately i went to return them, only to find kanto had raised the price from £149. Great i thought, i’ll just have to keep them, not a good start though. I bought this to connect to my 2015 15′ rmbp via usb – to take advantage of the usb dac for improved audio. It also allows me to keep my headphones plugged in and toggle between outputs depending if i need to take a call – a very neat setup. I purchased these with the s2 stands to get the most out of them. I’d say the stands are essential. You do have to have them at 50% volume to start to benefit from the speakers. If you have them too low then they don’t sound anything special. Crank them up a little and wow, they really do a fantastic job, so clear and crisp.

I needn’t have worried as these are more than capable desktop speakers with good all round qualities. Was looking for something a bit bigger than the kanto yu2’s but saw them in a flash sale and took the chance. I needn’t have worried as these are more than capable desktop speakers with good all round qualities. Don’t be put off by their size as they pack a punch. Very happy with them sound wise and aesthetically pleasing. Great addition to a desktop set up in any colour.

Rock the room but for pc listening they are perfect. Sound quality is really good. They are small and will not rock the room but for pc listening they are perfect. Sound quality is really good. I added the sub6 (unfortunately not sold in europe, i bought it while on a trip in the usa) and it completes the set beautifully. The volume knob on the back is quite odd and it takes a while getting used to. On the front it would be better.

Great speakers, well made, good sound.

Having said that i’m going to consider a subwoofer in the future.

I needn’t have worried as these are more than capable desktop speakers with good all round qualities. Was looking for something a bit bigger than the kanto yu2’s but saw them in a flash sale and took the chance. I needn’t have worried as these are more than capable desktop speakers with good all round qualities. Don’t be put off by their size as they pack a punch. Very happy with them sound wise and aesthetically pleasing. Great addition to a desktop set up in any colour.

Excellent design and sound for the money. The only minor problem is the position of the switch dial.

I bought these as i preferred the idea of the matt white however having compared these with an existing pair of a2+ i have hooked up-to my tv, i was unimpressed with the audio of the yu2’s. I was also a little underwhelmed by the build quality which although still good, it is not perfect. 3 stars due to reasonable audio, a stylish look and a beautiful matt white finish.

Firstly, when i received these, i had a scratch on the front of my matte white speakers. Immediately i went to return them, only to find kanto had raised the price from £149. Great i thought, i’ll just have to keep them, not a good start though. I bought this to connect to my 2015 15′ rmbp via usb – to take advantage of the usb dac for improved audio. It also allows me to keep my headphones plugged in and toggle between outputs depending if i need to take a call – a very neat setup. I purchased these with the s2 stands to get the most out of them. I’d say the stands are essential. You do have to have them at 50% volume to start to benefit from the speakers. If you have them too low then they don’t sound anything special. Crank them up a little and wow, they really do a fantastic job, so clear and crisp.

Excellent design and sound for the money. The only minor problem is the position of the switch dial.

Dac in these speakers don’t make them sound very nice. They sound somewhat natural but the base is. Hmm the usb dac in these speakers don’t make them sound very nice. They sound somewhat natural but the base is non existent, and they are not particularly loud. I have some rourk r2’s and in comparison they sound way better but have a little too much base. I was kind of looking for muma bear. I decided i would try these speakers again using a sabre 9018 usb dac (can’t recommend this dac enough) combined with hifime’s usb isolator to remove hum. Wow, these are like completely different speakers now. They sound way better in terms of base and richness, but still very natural. Which is what i wanted as i use these speakers for a desktop computer.

I bought these as i preferred the idea of the matt white however having compared these with an existing pair of a2+ i have hooked up-to my tv, i was unimpressed with the audio of the yu2’s. I was also a little underwhelmed by the build quality which although still good, it is not perfect. 3 stars due to reasonable audio, a stylish look and a beautiful matt white finish.

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  1. This review is from : Kanto YU2 3 Inch 2-Way Powered Desktop Speakers – Gloss Black (YU2GB)

    No problems, great speakers. Got these when they were £350. Good sound and very easy to connect up to my pc and projector, and they look the part too.
  2. This review is from : Kanto YU2 3 Inch 2-Way Powered Desktop Speakers – Gloss Black (YU2GB)

    No problems, great speakers. Got these when they were £350. Good sound and very easy to connect up to my pc and projector, and they look the part too.
  3. This review is from : Kanto YU2 3 Inch 2-Way Powered Desktop Speakers – Gloss Black (YU2GB)

    Firstly, when i received these, i had a scratch on the front of my matte white speakers. Immediately i went to return them, only to find kanto had raised the price from £149. Great i thought, i’ll just have to keep them, not a good start though. I bought this to connect to my 2015 15″ rmbp via usb – to take advantage of the usb dac for improved audio. It also allows me to keep my headphones plugged in and toggle between outputs depending if i need to take a call – a very neat setup. I purchased these with the s2 stands to get the most out of them. I’d say the stands are essential. You do have to have them at 50% volume to start to benefit from the speakers. If you have them too low then they don’t sound anything special. Crank them up a little and wow, they really do a fantastic job, so clear and crisp.
  4. This review is from : Kanto YU2 3 Inch 2-Way Powered Desktop Speakers – Gloss Black (YU2GB)

    Firstly, when i received these, i had a scratch on the front of my matte white speakers. Immediately i went to return them, only to find kanto had raised the price from £149. Great i thought, i’ll just have to keep them, not a good start though. I bought this to connect to my 2015 15″ rmbp via usb – to take advantage of the usb dac for improved audio. It also allows me to keep my headphones plugged in and toggle between outputs depending if i need to take a call – a very neat setup. I purchased these with the s2 stands to get the most out of them. I’d say the stands are essential. You do have to have them at 50% volume to start to benefit from the speakers. If you have them too low then they don’t sound anything special. Crank them up a little and wow, they really do a fantastic job, so clear and crisp.
  5. This review is from : Kanto YU2 3 Inch 2-Way Powered Desktop Speakers – Gloss Black (YU2GB)

    Audiophile but the sound of this small speakers is fantastic: warm and with the right amount of bass. I am not an audiophile but the sound of this small speakers is fantastic: warm and with the right amount of bass. Moreover i love the style (bamboo). If you need a pair of speakers for you desktop kanto yu2 is the right choice.
    1. Audiophile but the sound of this small speakers is fantastic: warm and with the right amount of bass. I am not an audiophile but the sound of this small speakers is fantastic: warm and with the right amount of bass. Moreover i love the style (bamboo). If you need a pair of speakers for you desktop kanto yu2 is the right choice.