Before we get into this review, just a quick disclaimer – I am not an audiophile. While I do appreciate great music and HiFi quality audio experience, there’s a limit to my personal knowledge and experience when it comes to reviewing a speaker set. In this review, I will share my personal user experience after using the Kanto YU6 speakers for about two weeks. My point of view may be subject to my music preferences, so you can disregard the audio quality part and just focus on the usability.
|Total Power||200W Peak Power (100 Watts Total RMS)|
|Frequency Response||50 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Bluetooth||4.0 with Qualcomm AptX|
RCA with Line/Phono Switch
2 x Optical (TOSLINK)
Subwoofer Out (RCA)
USB (5V1A output)
|Dimensions||13.98 x 6.89 x 10.71 inches|
The Kanto YU6 being a pair of powered bookshelf stereo speakers is designed primarily for music enjoyment. It will sit nicely with your audio setup be it a digital player or a turntable. It comes in four different colour schemes – Matte Black, Matte White, Bamboo and Walnut.
The Bamboo and Walnut colour scheme has a premium price tag at RM2100 compared to the RM1950 of the Matte Black and Matte White. Nonetheless, either one of the designs should go well with your home interior design.
The setup process is fairly straightforward – connect the power cable to the left (master) speaker and then link both speakers with the speaker cable and you’re pretty much ready to rock.
Depending on which input you’re planning to use, you may need a different cable for it. The YU6 supports:
- 3.5mm AUX
- 2x optical (TOSLINK)
If you’re not fancy with a cabled setup, the YU6 also supports Bluetooth 4.0 with Qualcomm aptX.
At first, I thought the USB port is used for input, turns out it only supports 5V1A power output. I was wondering why they went all the way to include a low powered smartphone charging port, but after thinking twice, it is useful to power a Chromecast audio puck. Personally, I think Kanto should’ve at least included USB input as an option, fully utilising the onboard DAC.
Controls & Indicators
While there is a push knob on the master speaker, personally, I think the remote control is easier to use because the indicator LED is not helpful at telling which mode you’re currently in right now.
The remote has all the controls you’ll need including selecting input, sound adjustment and even Bluetooth media control.
The sound quality is a subjective discussion as each of us has a different preference. I like how refined the sound quality coming from the YU6, especially on the mids and highs. The bass is fine but it is not as prominent as the sparkly details coming from the mids. I’d say this is an excellent speaker for vocals. If you want a punchy bass, the YU6 supports subwoofer output through the sub-RCA port.
We paired the speakers with the Kanto Sub8 and the listening experience got elevated to the next level. Then again, the Kanto Sub8 is going to set you back for RM1550. It is a worthy upgrade if you’re planning to use it for your home theatre setup.
The Kanto YU6 is an excellent speaker set for your music enjoyment. One thing for sure is that you will need a bigger table in order to properly place the speaker in a strategic position. Especially for PC users who want to level up their audio enjoyment. While it may not be the best option for esports players cause multiplayer gaming is all about communication hence headphones and a microphone is a must. Then again, if you’re a gamer who plays triple-A titles for the blockbuster experience, then this pair of speakers should do well. That is if you have the extra cash to burn for this beautiful pair of speakers.
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