Canadian audio equipment manufacturer Kanto Audio has unveiled a new addition to their product lineup, the Kanto ORA desktop speakers. Priced at $349 per pair, these compact speakers promise to deliver a versatile audio experience suitable for a range of applications, from music and gaming to home studio use.
Measuring a mere 17.5 x 10 x 14.1 cm (HxWxD), the Kanto ORA desktop speakers are tailor-made for desktop settings, making them ideal for complementing your computer setup, whether it's beneath your monitor or alongside your laptop. They can be further customized with optional stands, allowing users to position them in either landscape or portrait mode, achieving the optimal height and angle for their specific needs.
The Kanto ORA's compact cabinets house a 2 cm silk dome tweeter and a 7.5 cm paper cone mid/bass unit, benefiting from 9W and 16W of Class D amplification, respectively. This configuration results in a total of 50W RMS output, promising "clear highs, a detailed midrange, and an impressively powerful bass," all within a frequency range of 70Hz to 22kHz.
Connectivity options are diverse, catering to both wireless and wired enthusiasts. The Kanto ORA desktop speakers come equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, providing seamless wireless streaming for those who prefer to cut the cord. For those who prefer a more traditional connection, the speakers also offer an analog RCA line-in and a USB-C input.
The USB-C input opens up compatibility with various devices, including MP3 players, smartphones (including the iPhone 15), PCs, and more. It's worth noting that the USB-C input supports hi-res audio up to 24-bit/96kHz, ensuring high-quality sound for discerning listeners.
Gaming enthusiasts and audiophiles looking for extra bass can opt for the optional SUB8 subwoofer, which can be easily connected to the ORA desktop speakers via the dedicated output. The subwoofer adds depth and richness to the audio experience, enhancing gaming and music playback.
One noteworthy feature of the ORA desktop speakers is the LED indicator on the front of the main speaker, which changes color to reflect the source input in use: Green for RCA analog, Yellow for USB-C, and Blue for Bluetooth. A volume control dial is also located on the main speaker's front panel, ensuring convenient and easy adjustment of audio levels.
For those looking to expand their sound system's capabilities, Kanto Audio offers the choice of dedicated speaker stands (sold separately) or wall-mounting for the ORA desktop speakers.
The Kanto ORA desktop speakers are competitively priced at $349 and are readily available through Amazon. Optional stands, including the SE2 and SP9, are available for $29.99 and $69.99, respectively. In addition to this, purchasers of the ORA system will receive a 60-day trial of Qobuz, a high-resolution music streaming service.