Kanto YU2 Powered Desktop Speakers - Pair


Kanto YU2 Powered Desktop Speakers - Pair

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Proudly designed in Canada, the YU2 desktop mini-monitor will make you believe that big sound can come in a small package. With its built-in soundcard, it can stream high-quality audio directly from your computer's USB port, or connect directly to any 3.5mm AUX jack for maximum input flexibility. If deep bass is your thing, simply connect a subwoofer to the SUB OUT port and revel in pure low-end bliss.

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The Kanto YU2 is the smallest speaker in the family of compact YU speakers. The YU2 uses a 3” composite material woofer and a ¾” silk dome tweeter. The YU2 is available in a variety of colors, including bamboo, gloss black, gloss white, matte black, and finally matte white. We don’t think you will have any trouble finding one that fits your style!

Features & Technology

The YU2 makes a perfect desktop speaker. On the back, you’ll find a mini-plug aux input, and a USB input to handle the USB out from a computer or laptop. It comes with the cables and speaker wire, so setup is a breeze.

This has a small DAC (digital to analog) converter built-in, which converts the signal to analog and passes it directly onto the built-in amp. This is a very clean and simple signal path.

If you are unfamiliar with connecting up via USB, it is a great way to port sound from your computer to an audio system. Your computer will send a pure digital signal out of its USB connection, while the other end plugs into the back of the Kanto YU2.

Front view of a pair of Kantu YU2 powered speakers with Bamboo finish available at audioadvice.com.
Rear view of a pair of Kanto YU2 Powered Speakers in Bamboo finish available at audioadvice.com.


Standing alone, the YU2 produces a very nice warm sound, but as you would expect, due to the small size, it is lacking in bass. Luckily, the YU2 has a subwoofer out, allowing you to add one of the Kanto subwoofers (the SUB6 is only $249) to fill out the bottom end.

If you plop these on your desk as an upgrade to your built-in computer speakers or something from a big box store, however, you should undoubtedly notice a huge improvement -- even without the sub.

All and all, for a little over $200 a pair, this is a great little speaker value to improve your computer sound or to connect up to a turntable with a phono stage built-in.

  • Silk Dome Tweeters

    YU2 features 3/4" silk dome tweeters to deliver clear crisp highs.

  • Composite Drivers

    The 3" composite drivers provide distortion-free, mid-range and bass tones - surprising performance for such a small speaker.

  • Inputs & Outputs

    Use the AUX input with the included Kanto 3.5mm cable to connect any device with a headphone jack to your YU2. Lighten the load on your computer's CPU by connecting directly to YU2's built-in DAC via a USB cable for a fully digital, high-quality audio connection. If you want a little more kick, connect a powered subwoofer to the SUB OUT port.

  • Rear Bass Port

    YU2 has a rear bass port that has been carefully designed and tuned to eliminate port turbulence while extending bass response.

  • Knurled Binding Posts

    The speaker connection from left to right uses high-quality knurled binding posts. This standardized wiring system allows you to trim the included premium speaker wire to the desired length or purchase longer lengths for more versatility.

  • Accessible Volume Knob

    Tucked neatly out of the way at the top of your active speaker, the smoothly rotating knob doubles as a power switch.

Details & Specs


Number of Speakers 2
Series YU2
Peak Power 100W
Power Output 50W
Amplifier Type Class D
Drivers 3/4" Silk Dome Tweeters, 3" composite Woofers
Interfaces/Ports 1 x 3.5mm stereo, Mini-jack AUX, 1 x USB Audio DAC, Left and Right Binding Posts
Outputs Subwoofer
Frequency Response 80 Hz - 20 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion < 0.1%
Power Consumption 0.5W Standby
In the Box Power cord, Speaker wire, 3.5mm Audio cord, USB DAC cable, Rubber feet, Manual
Impedance (ohms) 4 Ohms
Sensitivity (dB) 84 dB 2.83V (/1W/1m)
Crossover System 2-way
Crossover Frequency 2.5 kHz


Speaker Height (in) 5.9
Speaker Width (in) 3.9
Speaker Depth (in) 5.3


Speaker Weight (lbs.) 3.1
Shipping Weight (lbs.) 9

Warranty Information

Parts Warranty 2 Year Limited
Labor Warranty 2 Year Limited
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Warranty 2 Years
Crossover Frequency 2.5 kHz
Dimensions 3.9 x 5.3 x 5.9
Frequency Response 80 Hz - 20 kHz
Inputs 1 x 3.5mm stereo
Impedance 4 Ohms
Output 1 x USB Audio DAC, 1 x USB Audio DAC
Tweeter 3/4 inch Silk Dome
Woofer 3 inch composite
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