If you’re short on time and just want the highlights of this article, here it is:
In conclusion, the Kanto Living YUP6 is an excellent bookshelf speaker that produces great sound quality with tight and punchy bass and smooth and natural treble response. It has a solid construction and comes with a vinyl finish to match any aesthetic. It has a variety of connections, including banana plugs, spades, bare wire, an RCA input and a 3.5mm auxiliary input, as well as Bluetooth connectivity with aptX technology.
The most ideal user of the YUP6 is someone who is looking for a high quality sound system with clean, uncolored sound. On the other hand, those who are looking for more powerful bass and more wattage may want to look elsewhere. Overall, I think the Kanto Living YUP6 is a great choice for those looking for a powerful and reliable bookshelf speaker.
Now let’s get to its bolts and nuts.
Kanto Living YUP6 Review: Sound quality
Let me tell you something right off the bat.
The sound quality performance you'll end up getting from a speaker will always depend on your room acoustics - particularly room dimensions and speaker positions.
The impact of the combination of these two is actually so strong that in most cases, it doesn't even make sense to utter a single word on sound quality without speaking of them.
This is also why it's not unusual to see completely different reviews of the same speaker.
In one case the speaker might be placed in a sweet spot inside the room and hence the user might be satisfied. In other cases the same speaker might be ill placed and hence user might even have returned it.
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The point most people miss here is that it mostly isn't even about the engineering behind the speaker itself. It's about where you place the speaker inside which room.
So, in order to solve this problem, I've partnered with Acoustics and Audio Engineering PhD Andrea Cicero from AC Acustica and created Soundton - a simple, 2D, browser accessible online speaker placement calculator.
With Soundton, now there's a way to figure the sound quality of most speakers before you buy them.
Read more about its working principles at soundton.com.
The end colormap provides you the locations with the best (green) and worst (red) acoustics.