Kanto TUK active Bluetooth loudspeaker

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Kanto Audio TUK

One of the tests many reviewers quietly run through their respective heads is the ‘would I?’ game. Would I recommend this to a friend or a family member? Would I buy one for a loved one? Would I be happy if I thought this was the dorm-fi of a son or daughter while at college. While there is no need to go all audio-proselytiser, there are still minimum standards that need to be maintained, and thinking of it in close friends and family terms seems more personal than ‘would I put my name to it?’ Besides, angry relatives can know how to punch and know where I live! 

All this is a way of saying a confident, ‘yes’ to all the above. I would be happy recommending the TUK to a family friend. I would be happy with it being the dorm-fi system. It might be a tougher call talking about it in terms of a downshifting audiophile, wanting to swap out tens of thousands worth of equipment. I wouldn’t completely discount this speaker as a kind of extreme de-audiophiling, I think the downshifter is more likely to opt for ‘more of the same, only smaller’ rather than this level of change.

I was extremely impressed by the Kanto TUK. It’s a very professional package with a very big, very powerful sound for so small a loudspeaker. It doesn’t rely on a tweaked balance to deliver that sound, and the overall balance of both the performance of the inputs and the quality of the drivers is such that they all work in a kind of dynamic balance. Top stuff!


Type: Active two-way stand-mount loudspeaker

Drive Units: 1×2x 25mm Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter, 1x 133mm aluminium concave cone mid/bass unit

Amplifier type: Class D

Analogue input sensitivity: 950mV

Frequency Response: 50Hz-20kHz

High/Low Pass Filter: 80Hz (selectable) 

Inputs: Bluetooth 4.2 with Qualcomm® aptX™HD and AAC codec
1x USB
1x optical (toslink)
1x RCA
1x RCA with dedicated Phono Preamp

Output:1x Subwoofer RCA, 
1x 5V 2A DC USB output
1x 3.5mm headphone out

Power Output: 260W peak power (130W total RMS)

Maximum USB bit depth/sample rate: 24-bit, 96kHz

Auto power down: Yes (Can be disabled for Always On operation)

Auto power up: Yes (Can be disabled)

Input Voltage/Frequency: AC 100V-240V 50/60Hz (auto switching)

Standby power consumption: <0.5W

Speaker Grille: Included

Remote: Included

Finishes: Matt black, matt white

Dimensions (H×W×D): 27.6 ×17.8 ×21.5cm

Weight: 5kg (master), 4.5kg (slave)

Price: £799 per pair

Manufactured by: KANTO AUDIO

URL: kantoaudio.com

Distributed by: Dynamic Distribution

URL: dynamic-distribution.net

Tel: +44(0)1242 820000 

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