Tech review: Kanto SYD Bluetooth speaker


Kanto SYD has enough power to drive a small party — and you can hook up a turntable

I’ve been lucky enough to test out some amazing audio products of late – including the powerful Kato SYD Bluetooth speaker. 

There are so many things to like about one of these machines, not least the brilliant design and form factor.

The front panel has no speaker grille so you can see the beautifully crafted tweeters and woofers in all their glory.

Bass from the 4in Kevlar drivers is deep and room-filling without ever overwhelming you. It’s crisp and defined.

Kanto SYD

Mid-range and top-end from the 1in tweeters was sharp and had plenty of clarity.

The overall soundstage is wide and detailed but stereo separation is minimal as you would expect from a one-box speaker unit. But this kicks ass as a compact sound system.

You’ll impress all visitors to the home as it looks like a proper audio beast. And it comes with a neat little metal stand that tilts it upwards at an angle.

Aside from that, the front only features a small LED indicator and a discrete knob for selecting your audio source.

Vinyl

My review model is white but other colours – matte black, pink and burgundy – are available.

Around the back are more things to love. This isn’t just a Bluetooth speaker.

Kanto SYD

The Kanto SYD has a 3.5mm minijack input, an RCA jack input and an optical input port – the latter delivers exceptional audio quality. There is also an output to connect it to a subwoofer.

For a vinyl lover like me, it’s just fantastic that the RCA jacks double as a phono input so you can hook up a turntable directly. There is a terminal to connect the ground plug from your Technics SL1200 (or whatever turntable you are using).

To enable the built-in amp, you just set the switch on the rear to Phono.

The rear also houses a handy USB port for charging up your smartphone or tablet as you listen.

There is no smartphone app to control the speaker. Instead it comes with a handy remote control for controlling bass, treble and volume and selecting your input source.

Kanto SYD

Kanto SYD includes the aptX Bluetooth codec so the connection was consistently stable and reliable. No dropouts, no glitches. The results are mightily impressive.

And with 70 watts of continuous power, Kanto SYD has enough audio output to drive a small party.

The only downside would be there is no WiFi connectivity, but that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for me as the multitude of other connectivity options make up for it.

Kanto SYD costs €339.

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