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Kanto YU3 4" 2-Way Powered Bookshelf Speakers with aptX Bluetooth 4.0 - Gloss Black (YU3GB)

0% Positive Reviews
Rated #30 in Speakers


Pros: Sound quality

Cons: Features not complete

I bought the Kanto YU3 speakers on April 26, 2016. I have had ample enough time to test them for everything I do on a computer fully which includes music, movies, and gaming. These speakers are hands down the best bang for the buck when it comes to sound quality. I have had several too throughout the years to compare.

These speakers have more features than anything I have ever seen in the past. However, they should have done a little more in developing the features to the maximum because the features are what makes these speakers unusable! Because of the extra features that these speakers have, I am now actively seeking a new set of speakers to use with computer.

In no particular order I will now go into this list.

You cannot turn off the Bluetooth. That isn’t a huge issue, but I have been pranked once or twice, or several times, by roommates connecting and being awoken in the middle of the night due to the scream from a zombie in Left for Dead.

The auto off senor is 100% trash. I often fall asleep watching Archer, ATHF, Home Movies, Ed, Edd & Eddy, Johnny Bravo, etc. At very low levels, but low enough to hear clearly five feet away from the source, the auto off timer engages and every 10 minutes I have to turn the speakers back on. I remind you, this is while VLC is playing a video with sound.

Another problem, this is when the auto timer has put the speakers into the standby mode or essentially off state. Say I am in TS and no one in the channel has said anything. They will have powered off and someone comes into the channel. “User has entered your channel” sound effects play when they do. The speakers auto detect doesn’t turn the speakers back on. Any sounds, what so ever, should turn the speakers back on but it doesn’t. In addition, Windows sounds also do not cause the speakers to turn back on.

Next, when sounds from the computer actually do get recognized by the speakers, there is a 10 second lag before the speakers actually start playing the sound. Assuming a call out was made or someone is trying to talk to you, you completely miss it and you may get to hear the tail end of the conversation and you are forced to completely ignore the previous sentence or ask them, “Can you repeat that? My speakers turned off.”

These are very simple examples just to get my examples and points across. I have though had the speakers turn off during mid fire fight in Battlefield 4 and other games. They honestly act as if beta testers consisted of a very specific kind of individuals and their testing didn’t encompass everything that they might have been used for.

Once again, when the speakers are actually on, they sound great. It’s clean, crisp and clear. They are absolutely perfect for gaming assuming you have the desktop space. They did a great job! It is just unbelievable that a company that excelled in this and wanted to add additional features wouldn’t have included a little extra time and effort to see the additional features through. These features can be solved by simply including and making it easy for the end user, the consumer, the ability to turn off some of these extra features such as the auto off timer and Bluetooth functionality.

Believe it or not, the speakers have performed 100% according to specs. I got a hold of a Kanto rep on Reddit and he said that there was nothing to be done even though there are these issues. The conversation between us was just that, a conversation, and they were very professional. And maybe these aren’t issues at all. For me, the gamer, they are though which makes these speakers a hassle and not worth using. As such, I absolutely cannot recommend these speakers to another gamer.
Kanto YU3 4" 2-Way Powered Bookshelf Speakers with aptX Bluetooth 4.0 - Gloss Black (YU3GB)

Bridging the gap between desktop and bookshelf speaker, YU3 makes no compromises with 30W per side of built-in Class D amplifier power giving crystal clear sound. 4 inch Kevlar drivers and 1 inch silk tweeters provide distortion-free sound fed by YU3’s impressive input section. Featuring the same inputs as the larger YU5, two optical TOSLINK inputs, integrated Bluetooth 4.0 with Qualcomm aptX audio for wireless streaming, an RCA port and a 3.5mm AUX jack input, YU3 is ready for anything. Easily add a subwoofer to your system with the sub-out port, and ensure your mobile devices are always ready to go with the USB charging port.

Feature2x Optical (TOSLINK) Audio, BluetoothTM 4.0 with Qualcomm® aptXTM, 3.5mm mini-jack AUX, RCA L/R Inputs 30 Watts Per Channel Class D Amplifier, 4 inch Kevlar® drivers, 1 inch Silk Dome tweeters Subwoofer Output Remote Control included, Each speaker measures 5.5" W x 7.5" D x 8.6" H (14 W x 19 D x 22 H cm)
TitleKanto YU3 4" 2-Way Powered Bookshelf Speakers with aptX Bluetooth 4.0 - Gloss Black (YU3GB)
Warranty2 Year Manufacturer Warranty
ColorGloss Black
Item Height8.6 inches
Item Length5.5 inches
Item Width7.5 inches
Package Height11.2 inches
Package Length15.8 inches
Package Weight14.6 pounds
Package Width15.8 inches
UPCList - UPCListElement800152713588
Item Weight12 pounds
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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