Kanto - YU2 3" 2-Way Powered Desktop Speakers (Pair) - Gloss White

With 3" woofers and 0.75" silk-dome tweeters, these Kanto YU2 YU2GW desktop mini reference monitors create a lush, detailed soundscape. A 3.5mm auxiliary input and a USB port allow flexible connectivity.

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$199.99
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Overview

What's Included


  • Owner's manual
  • Power cord, 3.5mm mini jack cable, USB DAC cable
  • Speaker wire, rubber feet
  • YU2 3" 2-Way Powered Desktop Speakers (Pair)

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 17)

Features


50W total power handling (25W RMS)

For robust audio.

3" composite woofer

Delivers mid-range and bass tones with minimal distortion.

0.75" silk-dome tweeter

Creates crisp, pure highs.

Rear bass port

Promotes extended bass response and helps eliminate port turbulence.

2-way speaker system

Sounds like 1 source rather than several separate sources.

3.5mm auxiliary input

Along with a USB port for flexible connectivity. A built-in sound card allows high-quality audio streaming directly from your computer's USB port.

Subwoofer output

Enables you to connect your existing subwoofer for enhanced low-end audio.

4 ohms impedance

Efficiently conducts power.


Customer rating

4.4
89%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

3.6

Pros

Cons

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great computer speakers with a balanced sound

    Posted
    Eric
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have never bought speakers without actually hearing them first. Research can only take you so far when there are so many brands that are not represented at major retailers. I had been looking at the Kanto speakers along with several other brands in my search for new computer speakers. I listen to the majority of my music through my computer these days. Mostly streaming and hi res through an Audioquest Dragonfly (I recommend one of those to anyone who loves digital music). I finally took the plunge with the Kanto YU2 when I had a nice reward certificate come my way! The YU2's fit my desk nicely which was why I picked them instead of one of the larger versions. I am extremely pleased with the sound of these little speakers. The mids and highs are lively and striking, especially vocals. The bass is strong and balanced with the smooth midrange and extends much further than I was expecting. That being said, I will definitely be getting a matching Kanto sub soon as I like more bass than these put out. I tried some Coldplay and the bass sounded a bit weak with the track Magic, which has a low bass guitar intro and pounding bass drum. I then switched to Motograter and their track Down and the bass coming out sounded much deeper and resonant. Another track, Wallace, from the Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack produced amazing results. The separation and extension from high to low was exquisite and alive! It just proves that recordings differ greatly as well as our expectations. I had some old Altec Lansing speakers with a sub before these and the Kanto's produce similar results with no sub. If you're a huge bass head you will be disappointed with these speakers by themselves and will need the sub. If you want smaller speakers at a great price that are tuneful and well balanced, these Kanto YU2's are a surefire success. I will update after I get the Sub 6 to note the difference.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    These should be used as satellite speakers only.

    Posted
    Jason
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    These speakers look beautiful, appear to be very high quality, and very well made. You will be very impressed by their appearance, the packaging was even impressive. When was the last time anyone mentioned the packaging of a product? It is definitely a high quality speaker and I wanted to love them, but if you are currently using good sub and sat system you will not be able to enjoy these speakers on their own without a subwoofer. I know that a 2.0 system will have a hard time matching a 2.1 system but since my current 2.1 computer speaker system is 17yo and is 20w for the sub and 6w each sat, I thought that this $200 original price system with 25w each speaker would come a lot closer and look amazing on my computer desk with a piano black finish. I was wrong. I got this on sale for $150 with tax so why would I invest more to buy a sub, when I can just return them and buy the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system for $150 before tax. I gave these speakers 2 stars on how beautiful they are and and the way they look on the desk and they would honestly be good satellite speakers. if you are not currently using sub and sat system wherever you would be using these speakers, and you mostly listen to music/watch movies on your headphones and not an actual home theater system then you will love these speakers. You will not know that the low to mid-low bass is missing. But if you really want get enjoyment from your music and movies get a sub to go with these or get a different system.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Kanto Living

      Jason,

      I'm happy to hear you appreciate the quality and design of our YU2's but I am sorry that they didn't live up to your expectations. We engineer our speakers to be accurate across the frequency range that they can faithfully reproduce. As you heard for yourself the 3 inch drivers on the YU2's cannot produce the bass that a subwoofer can. The frequency response of the YU2's is 80Hz – 20kHz which does not fall into sub-bass territory and is one of the reasons we include a subwoofer output on the rear of our speakers.

      As you mentioned the YU2's are good satellite speakers with smooth midrange and natural sounding high frequency response. The build quality and cabinet are excellent and they have a wide soundstage. If you listen to the Kanto's and Klipsch's side-by-side you'll be able to hear the difference in sound quality, especially if you're utilizing the USB DAC built into the YU2's. With that being said we understand that there are 2.1 computer speakers that fall within the same price-range and may suit others better especially if one is seeking the tactile sound that a subwoofer provides.

      Contact us directly if you have any additional questions or need our help with anything. Our email is support@kantoliving.com and at the end of the day we want to make sure you’re happy. Thanks! KantoLiving

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Speakers are the Bomb

    Posted
    Birdman
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I needed speakers for my desktop that had both 3.5mm and usb inputs. These speakers fit the bill and some. The speakers are versatile and can be used for many applications. For example laptop or even tv. The speakers were not available in my Best Buy store but that was no problem as the sales associate and I just ordered them on the good old web. They cost a little bit you get what you pay for. As a side note when ordered they said it would take 10 days for shipping. Two days later they were on my doorstep. Excellent! Only wish my computer was more powerful to truly test them. The sound is that good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for the office

    Posted
    Mike
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I use at work at low volumes (usually). The found is full and rich even at low volumes. The imaging is beautiful. A subwoofer would turn this into a great multimedia speaker system where you can enjoy it at louder volumes. Well worth the money I paid. I price matched it down to $159 and used a $35 reward certificate. It would be a decent value even at the $179 price it was selling for at the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound in a Small Profile

    Posted
    D163
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I purchased the matte black pair and they look terrific. I use the USB connection to my laptop and have them on my desk at home. The sound is wonderful. It is clear with no vibration and they fit perfectly on the desk. Did not like they came with cords that are bright white. The cords look goofy connected to black speakers but everything is shows great quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    very good , love it , thanks ,best buy!

    Posted
    lucky2016
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The speakers came with a 3.5 cable jack to hook up directly into a laptop/pc. Has a USB connection as well but not sure if the sound would be better through it or not. If not, I will stick with the 3.5 as it has a smaller footprint overall. Very happy with this purchase. Won't find a better set of 2.0 desktop speakers at this price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, Well Designed

    Posted
    Cedric
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    These small speakers sound fantastic. With the built in DAC, AUX inupt, and sub out, you can really put together a nice little system. Minus one star because the lows simply arent there - highly suggest pairing these with a sub if you'd like your audio to have a more full sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I don't think you could do better for the price

    Posted
    Bomo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought these to replace a 2.1 Altec Lansing speaker system. These are in a totally different league. The bass while not chest pounding is quite satisfying especially considering the size of the speakers. All in all, a great buy

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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