Kanto YU4 Powered stereo speakers with Bluetooth® and phono preamp (Matte Black)
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Kanto YU4 Powered stereo speakers with Bluetooth® and phono preamp (Matte Black)

Part Number: Kanto-YU4-Matte-Black
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Powered stereo speakers with Bluetooth® and phono preamp (Matte Black)

Kanto YU4 speakers feature a built-in phono preamp, so you can enjoy records without a receiver or power amplifier (stands not included).

Versatile powered stereo speakers

I'll admit, the first thing I noticed about the Kanto YU4 speakers is how beautiful they look. But of course they're built to sound sweet, too, with a pair of 4" Kevlar® woofers and 1" silk dome tweeters, powered by 70 watts of amplification built into the left-hand speaker.

I'd recommend adding a pair of Kanto S4 stands (pictured on the right). They elevate the speakers by 16 degrees for optimum performance.

Handy wired connections

I love being able to plug all of my gear into my powered speakers, and the YU4 delivers on that score. There are two Toslink digital optical inputs on the back - useful for connecting a CD player and your TV. The stereo analog RCA input is ready for a turntable or other analog source, and there's a 3.5mm aux input for making a quick connection with a mobile device.

And if you want - or even need - a little more bass, there's a subwoofer output on the back.

My hands-on experience with Kanto YU4 bookshelf speakers

I got a chance to audition a pair of Gloss Black Kanto YU4 speakers at home, and I really enjoyed them. I decided to use them in my bedroom, where the 4" drivers could really fill the available space. I thought they sounded nice when I played my "speaker test" playlist the first time, but each track really came alive when I added a matching Kanto SUB6 to round out the low end. Jaco Pastorius and James Blake, in particular, benefited from the punchy, musical bass.

When I'm in my room, I watch Netflix and movies more often than I listen to music, and the YU4s had me covered there, too. I used the optical input on the back to connect my TV, and everything got better - I could hear dialogue better, soundtracks were more present, and the sub made sound effects more immersive.

If you're looking to rock out in a larger family room or living room, the YU6 with a SUB8 will do a better job, but this setup looks elegant and sounds great in a small- to medium-sized space.


Vinyl is making a comeback, but for some folks it can be difficult to find room for a receiver or amplifier. The YU4 speakers have their own built-in amp and switchable phono preamplifier, so you can directly connect a turntable and save space.

If your turntable has its own preamp built in, set the switch to "Line" and you're ready to go. If not, the "Phono" setting engages the speakers' built-in preamp.

Smart power saving

You can engage the speakers' standby mode, and they'll remain active in low-power mode waiting for input. When you start playing music again, the system automatically returns to full power and starts to play.

Product highlights:

  • Bluetooth® 4.0 with high-quality aptX™ audio streaming
  • switchable phono preamp built in
  • each speaker features:
    • 1" silk dome tweeter
    • 4" Kevlar® woofer
    • rear-firing bass-reflex port
  • built-in Class D amplifier provides 70 watts total RMS power
  • frequency response: 60-20,000 Hz
  • remote included
  • gold-plated binding post speaker terminals (16-foot speaker wire included to connect left and right speaker)
  • dual Toslink optical digital audio inputs
    • optical digital inputs support up to 24-bit/96kHz input (two-channel PCM only)
  • analog stereo RCA input with phono switch
  • analog 3.5mm auxiliary input (6.5-foot cable included)
  • mono RCA subwoofer output
  • USB Type-A charging port (5V/1A)
Dimensions and warranty:
  • speaker dimensions: 5-9/16"W x 8-3/4"H x 9-11/16"D
  • weight: 6.9 lbs. (left speaker), 5.5 lbs. (right speaker)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • MFR # YU4MB

What's in the box:

Kanto YU4 owner's manual

  • Wireless powered speaker (left)
  • Passive speaker (right)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (YU/SYD)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 16' Speaker wire
  • 6.5' Stereo minijack cable
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • User Manual
  • "Thank You" note

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