Canadian-based speaker maker Kanto has announced the YU powered speaker ($249.99/pair), a compact, high-value stereo speaker system suitable for desktop placement and featuring Bluetooth connectivity with aptX for music streaming, along with remote control operation. Its RCA input accommodates any line-level source, from portable music players, computers or other devices to turntables with a built-in phono stage.
Kanto’s YU features an automatic power-up mode that automatically turns the system on when the user selects a music track from their phone or other source. YU will also automatically go into standby a few minutes after music stops playing.
Measuring 5.5" W x 8.7" H x 7.5" D, each YU speaker features a 1-inch silk-dome tweeter and a 4-inch woven Kevlar midrange/woofer, driven by a 140-watt peak power (70 watts RMS) Class D amplifier that is tuned to optimally match the drivers. The cabinets are made from acoustic-grade MDF with a black wrap finish.
The included remote control has volume, input selection, bass, treble and balance controls, enabling easy operation and full control over audio quality. YU can also be operated from its single front panel knob, which rotates to provide volume control and also functions as a push button for input selection and power on/off.
YU also provides a subwoofer output and standard 1/4-20 mounting holes for securing it to an optional Kanto SP speaker stand. YU also has the capability to automatically switch from 100-volt to 240-volt 50/60 Hz AC power operation. The system comes with a power cord, speaker wire and rubber feet.