2020 Kanto TUK Most Modernist Premium Active Speakers
TUK Premium is Kanto Audio's flagship powered speakers, meant to fight fist and tooth against the Vantoo Transparent One Encore.
In our view, Kanto TUK is among the best wireless bookshelf speakers on the market and it has the ability to start to play in the big leagues of audio today! We personally guarantee you'll never be disappointed when you hear them. Plenty of features, sound really good, beautiful craftsmanship and probably the most modernist bookshelf speakers you're going to find in Malaysia at this price point.
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Delivering clarity and performance that put it in a class of its own, TUK is designed to push the limits on what a bookshelf speaker can achieve. Fine-tuned with onboard DSP, its high-performance AMT tweeters and 5.25” aluminum drivers produce sparkling highs and rich bass, bringing life to all your source material. Its active crossover further improves low-end resolution by filtering out sub-80Hz frequencies when connected to a subwoofer. Outfitted with dedicated phono, RCA and Optical TOSLINK inputs, a built-in USB DAC and headphone amp, and Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX HD and AAC codecs, TUK provides the flexibility you need to enjoy all your devices.
Achieve the ultimate desktop setup. TUK features a built-in DAC to allow for a direct audio connection from your computer via USB. Eliminate any interference that your computer’s onboard soundcard may pick-up while enjoying a fully digital, high-quality audio connection.
For more intimate listening, simply plug your headphones into the 3.5mm headphone output located on the front of the active speaker. TUK’s internal headphone amplifier ensures uninterrupted listening with any source.
Enjoy high-definition streaming with aptX HD. Supporting 24-bit audio, aptX HD offers better-than-CD quality sound while streaming over Bluetooth. AAC is also supported for improved streaming with Apple devices. Sit back and enjoy high-resolution sound, all from the palm of your hand.
Throw on your favorite record. Instead of a single, switchable RCA input, TUK features separate phono and line-level inputs to provide uninterrupted access to its built-in phono preamp. Simply plug in any vintage or modern-day turntable to enjoy all your favorite records.
Bring your movies to life. Bring high-fidelity sound to your home theater by connecting TUK to your TV via Optical TOSLINK. For an even more immersive experience, hook up a subwoofer and activate TUK’s active crossover.
1.0625" x 1.375" AMT Tweeter: The Kanto TUK wireless powered speaker features a high-performance 1.0625" x 1.375" AMT (Air Motion Transducer) tweeter that delivers bright and accurate highs with a remarkable soundstage. AMT tweeters are incredibly lightweight, allowing them to react faster than standard dome tweeters. This translates into super-quick, accurate treble. The pleated construction of an AMT tweeter also improves efficiency by increasing surface area, allowing for more air to be moved than by a comparatively sized dome tweeter. Their rectangular shape limits vertical dispersion so that less audio is reflected off the ceiling and floor, while still maintaining a relatively wide horizontal dispersion. This ensures all listeners in the room hear a consistent frequency response.
5.25" Aluminum Woofer: The TUK wireless powered speaker houses a 5.25" aluminum woofer that is highly rigid and lightweight. Aluminum drivers are incredibly rigid, making them less prone to deformation when pushed to their limit. By preventing the driver from flexing, Kanto reduces the amount of distortion the driver introduces to the audio being played. As a result, you'll hear midbass and bass frequencies with depth, clarity, and dynamics.
130W Amplifier: The AMT tweeter and aluminum woofer are powered by a built-in 130 watt (RMS) / 260 watt (Peak) x 2 channel amplifier for dynamic sound reproduction. The built-in amplifier is located in the TUK's "powered" speaker. The binding-post output terminals on back of the "Left" powered speaker and the included 15' speaker wire provide connection to the TUK's "passive" speaker's binding-post input terminals.
When cabling or the location of your power outlet requires the active speaker to be placed on the right, TUK makes it easy to maintain proper stereo imaging by giving you the ability to swap the left and right channels.
The included 15' speaker wire can be replaced with a long speaker wire (sold separately - see Accessories Tab), if your setup requires that the speaker's be placed further apart.
Bass Reflex Cabinet: The Kanto TUK wireless powered speaker system utilizes a bass reflex enclosure design with a rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. The speaker cabinet is available in a black or white finish, and comes with a matching magnetic grille.
DSP w/ EQ (Bass & Treble): The Kanto TUK wireless powered speaker utilizes integrated digital signal processing (DSP), designed to optimize audio quality and provide greater accuracy in sound reproduction at all volume levels. With the ability to save custom EQ settings (Bass & Treble) for each input, the TUK lets you control exactly how each of your devices sound.
24-Bit/96kHz DAC: The Kanto TUK powered speaker system utilizes a 24-bit/96kHz resolution DAC (digital-to-analog converter) for high-quality sound reproduction.
USB-B Port: Featuring a USB-B port (located on the "powered" speaker), the TUK speaker system lets you connect directly to your computer (Windows or Mac) via USB, eliminating any interference that your computer’s onboard soundcard may pick-up while enjoying a fully digital, high-quality audio connection. When connecting your computer via this USB connection, the noisy built-in DAC of your computer is bypassed, and the audio signals are instead decoded by the TUK's high-quality DAC, delivering rich and distortion-free sound to the speakers. The TUK speaker system supports 2ch stereo up to 24-bit/96kHz via its USB-B port.
To simplify the connection, Kanto tethered the volume of the speaker to the volume of the operating system. If you adjust the volume on your OS, TUK’s internal volume will change. If you adjust the volume knob on TUK, the OS volume will change.
Please ensure you have changed the proper audio output settings in your computer, so audio signals are output to the TUK speakers and not to your computer's internal speakers. Select "USB Audio DAC" as the output device in your computer audio settings.
No separate USB drivers are required for Windows PC or Mac.
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Kanto TUK offers built-in Bluetooth 4.2 with support for wireless audio streaming (A2DP) and control (AVRCP). You'll be able to wirelessly stream your music libraries, music apps, and other audio content on your Bluetooth source device (such as your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer) to the TUK speaker system. You can pair multiple Bluetooth source devices with the TUK powered speaker system, but only one device can be connected and used for playback at a time.
Music Codecs: In addition to support for Bluetooth's standard SBC codec and Apple's AAC codec, the TUK supports Qualcomm's aptX HD codec that provides much higher-quality sound than previous codec versions (available in a growing number of Android mobile devices and Mac computers). aptX HD preserves sound data through the wireless audio transmission, resulting in a "better-than-CD-quality " (24-bit/48kHz) listening experience.
Playback Control: You'll also be able to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the included remote control. Advanced music playback and song/artist display will still be done from your Bluetooth source device.
Analog Inputs (Line & Phono): The TUK is outfitted with two analog inputs; there is one stereo RCA line-level input and one stereo RCA phono input (both analog inputs are located on the "powered" speaker). The line-level input allows you to connect a external audio source, such as a CD player or tape deck. The phono input allows you to connect a turntable without the need of an external phono preamp. In addition, there is a ground-terminal for the phono input that reduces noise.
Optical Digital Input: The TUK is equipped with one optical (toslink) digital audio input (located on the "powered" speaker) for connection to your TV, satellite/cable box, Blu-ray player, or game console. The optical digital input supports 2ch PCM only, up to 24-bit/96kHz (not compatible with Dolby Digital/DTS).
Headphone Jack: The TUK wireless powered speaker system features a front-panel 3.5mm (1/8") headphone jack for connecting a set of headphones. When headphones are connected, the system's left and right speakers are muted.
Sub Out: The Kanto TUK is equipped with a mono-RCA subwoofer output (located on the "powered" speaker) for connecting a powered subwoofer (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) to add deep, low bass to the speaker system. The sub output features an 80Hz crossover filter which sends only low frequencies to the connected powered subwoofer, while all the high and mid frequencies are sent to the TUK speakers. The 80Hz crossover can be turned off if you want TUK speaker system to play at full-range and want the sub out to be full-range also, so you can use your powered subwoofer's low-pass crossover to dial in the correct low-pass filter frequency.
USB Charging Port: Use TUK's USB charging port (located on the "powered: speaker) to conveniently power and charge your smartphone or tablet device. The USB charging port is rated at 5V/2A.
Simple Control: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the Kanto TUK speaker system (the IR receiver is located on the "powered" speaker). From the wireless remote you can control Power On/Off, Source Selection, Volume Up/Down, Mute, Bass/Treble, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track. There is also a rotary Volume/Source control knob on the front-panel and a Power on/off switch on the back-panel of the "powered" speaker.
LED Source Indicators: Dedicated LEDs for each input (located on the front of the "powered" speaker) gives you visual confirmation of which input is being used. The brightness of the input display is also adjustable so you can dim or fully turn off the LEDs if you prefer.
Mounting & Placement Options: The TUK wireless powered speaker system is designed for either bookshelf or stand mounting (see Accessories Tab for desktop and floor stands - sold separately). The speakers come with self-adhesive rubber feet to protect your furniture (the feet add approximately 0.125" to the overall height of the speakers). The space between the two speakers and the distance from the listener is important. If the speakers are positioned too close or too far apart, stereo imaging will not be fully developed. Room characteristics and positioning also have a profound effect on the performance of the speakers, so time and effort devoted to achieving the optimum positions will be rewarded.
TUK is designed to perform optimally at ear level and positioned at least 8" from the rear wall in an average listening room. However, it may not be possible to install the speakers in this position since rooms vary in shape, size, and furnishing. A certain amount of experimentation may be necessary to determine the most suitable position.
Moving the speakers very close to the rear wall will enhance the bass frequencies, but will tend to reduce soundstage depth, while moving the speakers away from the rear wall will tend to have the opposite effect. Avoid positioning the speakers close to or in the corners of the room, as this will excite undesirable room coupling in the low and middle frequencies. If the width of the rear wall is limited then toe-in the speakers slightly to reduce reflections.
Power Requirements: The Kanto TUK's "powered" speaker includes a detachable 6' AC power cord that will need to be plugged into an AC power outlet or surge protector (sold separately - see Accessories Tab). The "passive" speaker does not require AC power.
Auto Power On/Off: The Kanto TUK speaker system features Auto Power On and Off functions to save power. When no audio signal has been detected for 15 minutes, the TUK system will put itself into Standby (Off) mode. If the audio signal returns via the same input that the TUK was playing when it entered standby, the system will wake up and resume playing. It can also be woken up manually by pressing the "Power" button on the remote or pressing the rotary control knob on the front-panel of the "powered" speaker.
|Woofer||5-1/4" aluminum woofer|
|Tweeter||highly accurate Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter|
|Power handling||130 watt Class D amplifier|
|Frequency response||40 - 20,000Hz|
|Dimensions||7"W x 11" H x 9-1/2"D|
- Toslink digital optical input
- Stereo RCA input (3.5mm to RCA cable included)
- Stereo RCA phono input
- Mono RCA subwoofer input
- Type-B USB input for connecting a computer (*cable included)
- USB Type-A charging port (5V/ 2A)
- Front mounted 3.5mm headphone output
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