We are thrilled to announce the Carmel 2 has been included in The Absolute Sound High-End Audio Buyer's Guide 2022.
YG’s Carmel 2 does not look, sound, or function in the real world the way you’d expect it to, given the speaker’s size, specs, and architecture. The smallest YG is an exemplar of fastidious engineering deployed to overcome what would normally be inherent limitations. The Carmel 2 doesn’t just defy expectations; it shatters them. Elegantly curved at the waist, the speaker is more stylish and graceful than a speaker its size has any right to be. Moreover, the fit and finish are breathtaking, right down to the complete absence of visible joints, seams, or screws, and the subtle ribbing that gives the front panel a luxurious sheen. The biggest surprises come when you consider that the Carmel 2 is an aluminum-bodied, sealed-box design that sounds nothing like similarly designed speakers. Aluminum enclosures are prone to ringing unless heavily damped, which in turn can lead to sonics as dead as the treated cabinet. YG avoids this pitfall by eschewing all damping in favor of proprietary anti-resonance devices. The result is a speaker that is both physically inert and sonically alive. Over the entire frequency spectrum, transients, decays, imaging, and rhythmic drive are first rate. For those building a compact reference system, the Carmel 2’s petite dimensions, ability to throw a tall, broad soundstage, and placement versatility make it particularly well-suited to such a role.The Absolute Sound High-End Audio Buyer's Guide 2022