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How does these compare to the Kanto YUMI?
I listen mainly to Hip-Hop, Instrumentals/Chill, C/K/J-Pop, Jazz (Vocals, Big-band, Swing, Ballads), and EDM (Drum and Bass, Top 40).
I would be looking to get a subwoofer to aid in bass response anyways for movies, hip-hop, edm.
I'm assuming the YUMI's are more vocal forward? Less bass reproduction. Does it really make a huge difference to a flatter response in the YU5?
The YUMI's are our flagship speaker and can handle pretty much any type of music you throw at it. You're correct, the YUMI's are more vocal forward but they actually have more articulate, fuller sounding bass than the YU5's. The YU5's may have a hint more extension but they both roll off the low-end very differently. The biggest difference between the two is the treble. YUMI's have very accurate smooth high-end, whereas the YU5's can sound bright with some music. The sound-stage on the YUMI's is very wide and dispersive because of their tweeters, I never use them near-field like I do with my YU5's. I wouldn't say the YU5's are flatter compared to the YUMI, but I will say they sound very different.