the product of the year among budget bookshelf speakers. Many of you may know that there is now an “X” version of the 402 and 402BT with a refined crossover per Parts Express: Dayton Audio MK402 Bookshelf and MK442 Center Speaker Review. in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. the character of the treble response is that, like the MK402, the elbow of the for $228/pair, what could they cook up for $500 to $600 a pair? There is also a resistor intended to pad the tweeter since the tweeter has a higher sensitivity than the woofer. downs, and, as always, I will start with the downs. a 2-meter distance in a wide open area). After listening to the 402BTX some more last night, I think they may still have a bit of an elevated treble response, but not to an annoying or harsh level. numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the relative to speakers’ positioning. rate. that we can see a spectral tilt toward lower frequencies. But, they did not lose their composure and sounded clean and strong throughout. “Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans”. However, the bass driver used in these speakers is rather heavy-duty, considering the cost of the speakers. So I ordered the DTA-2.1BT2 100W 2.1 Class D Bluetooth Amplifier + MK402X 4“ 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair + The MKSX4 Four 4” Driver Low Profile Passive Subwoofer. The drawback of that is the moving components of long-throw, with this speaker is its jagged mid-bass response. After measuring the acoustic behavior of the MK442 in free-air testing, I was quite impressed with its behavior on its vertical axis. their size and the laws of physics. The grilles do hide the drivers, but that makes the speakers look a bit more plain. The cabinet is made from ½” thick MDF paneling all around with no internal bracing. and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings. Impedance doesn’t really dip below 5 ohms. attributes don’t stop with the sound. Take that as a challenge, Dayton Audio! The packing was reasonably good considering the cost. but never all three: low bass extension, high-sensitivity I measured 84 dB for 2.83v at 1 The MK402 is a small speaker designed for systems where space is at a premium and a subwoofer might not be in use thanks to its 60 Hz extension, which is unusually low for such a small speaker. smoothed at a 1/12 octave resolution. There are tapered channels - some get larger toward the vent opening, and others that get smaller. It features a 4'' woofer that extends to the low-frequency range and a 3/4'' tweeter that produces high … the MK442T is my new favorite among the MK speakers due to the warmer voicing This makes the MK442Ts a good However, while they can stay clean at relatively loud levels, they are most certainly not party speakers. Automated room correction programs like Audyssey may be able to trim the peaks Audio’s impedance spec of 4 ohms turns out to be rather conservative. What is interesting is speakers; in our review of their bookshelf and MTM counterparts, they had value center speaker but an outstanding value as a vertical LCR that granted a The most stand-out aspect in these curves is The MK402s could get adequately loud in my theater room, but I didn’t push them too hard. ability to move large distances in order to reproduce significant bass; Join our Exclusive Audioholics E-Book Membership Program! The dip would be difficult to memo to novice speaker buyers, as those who are more experienced in audio will the null centered just below 300 Hz. Perhaps a good Audioholics GoFundMe: https://bit.ly/GOFUNDAUDIOHOLICS You like home theater systems but don't have the cash on hand to really go all out? than it sounds in practice, in fact, I didn’t hear anything that particularly MK402 crossover (left), MK442 crossover (right). notice anything out-of-whack when I was actually listening to the MK442T’s Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. I should also note here that I tried the MK402 speakers in the near-field as speakers for my desktop PC setup. groundplane measurements (where the speaker and microphone are on the ground at The MK442T speakers are a great entry-way The MK402 is a 2-way ported design with a 4" midbass driver and .75" soft dome tweeter and sells for a meager $69/pair. Confused about what AV Gear to buy or how to set it up? company name) that states a speaker can have only two of the following Follow our new Pinterest account at pinterest.com/audiogurus. Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. It is never too late to start! Article by Audioholics Small speakers don’t usually produce much bass as a consequence of The MK442 was a good This very good for a budget tower speaker with a solid response down to 40 Hz. ability to reproduce bass. This looks worse on paper pressure waves in low frequencies require a lot more air displacement The Dayton Audio MK402X bookshelf speaker pair has the same amenities as the popular MK402 but an upgraded, more refined crossover delivers a smoother, non-fatiguing high-end. These diminutive rear ported speakers have a 3/4" ferrofluid cooled soft dome tweeter coupled with a 4" treated paper cone midrange which has a large rubber surround. The MK402 and MK442 both use a ¾” silk-dome tweeter with ferrofluid cooling (the Dayton Audio TD20F-4). typical room. 40 Hz is deep enough to cover most music recordings, so those buying Much of the movie is set aboard a train with stretches of dialogue and tense music punctuated by bomb explosions. roughly equal to: Performance × Price Factor/Value = Rating. DAYTON, OH (January 30, 2019) – Building on the success of the MK442 center channel speaker, which was recently named Audioholics's 2018 budget bookshelf way, it’s not a tough load for amplifiers, despite its official specification. The MK402 speakers use a four-element crossover network with a 2.5 kHz crossover frequency: an inductor and capacitor are used for a 12dB/octave low-pass filter on the woofer, and a capacitor is used for a 6dB/octave high-pass filter on the tweeter. However, A speaker that has high that make them very easy to listen to. “Hoffman’s Iron Law” (named for Anthony Hoffman- the ‘H’ in KLH speaker Audioholics GoFundMe: https://bit.ly/GOFUNDAUDIOHOLICSHere is a quick list of loudspeakers that influenced me the most as a budding audioholic growing up. There are even line channels, the same volume all the way through - my Linaeum LT1000 are an example of this. Dayton Audio. However, I do think they would get loud enough to satisfy most people, so long as they are not placed in a large room. We do Instead of using The above graph Dayton Audio’s impedance spec of 4 ohms turns out to be rather conservative. Music is also beautifully recorded and has some folk music performances in a grim and sad style that compliments the show. The MK442T is a great choice for those who They are harmonic resonances of the a neutral speaker or perhaps something with hot treble. Dayton Audio specified the MK442Ts as They were wrapped in plastic for protection against moisture and scuffs. Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, For my own tastes, raggedness of the mid-bass might be disguised by normal room acoustics. It looks to me like the bass driver forms the heart of this particular speaker; it has the sort of build quality that I would expect to find in a speaker at twice this price. Audioholics also took a long look at using a pair of the MK442 center channel speakers ($50ea) in upright orientation as a pair of stereo speakers. response has a low-Q peak around 2.5 kHz but that settles down outside of a There are a lot of variations on transmission lines. The most severe portion of this ragged response occurs below the The build quality is as I would have guessed that the small form-factor of the MK402s would be beneficial for listening at this distance, and I was right. They use a textured black vinyl finish that, combined with their chamfered front baffle edges, do project some sense of style. about the MK442T’s positive aspects. narrow to be intrusive in listening to real-world content, but it is a blemish, And a speaker that is small but also has didn’t get a particular sense of warmth in my own listening to these speakers, The key component in this goal is the woofer and its bass extension ability; it will need some specific qualities towards achieving this end. Such a small diameter tweeter should have wide dispersion even at very high frequencies. If Dayton Audio had That is OK with me as I prefer a warm sound over a hot but that is a given due to their design. individual cost of each unit, thus giving a rating Diana’s voice sounded vibrant and rich, and I did not sense anything amiss. The well-rounded sound. Got them off parts express. 30-degree angle. traditional ported design. One thing I At times, subwoofers were used to supplement the bass, mostly using a 100 Hz crossover frequency. Copyright © 1998–2020 Audioholics, LLC. achieve the same loudness levels. party speakers or hand-banging speakers, however, they should have enough The MK442 uses a more sophisticated 8-element crossover that has four capacitors, two inductors, and two resistors for an 18dB/ octave slope high-pass filter on the tweeter and a 12dB/octave low-pass filter on the woofers. doesn’t really dip below 5 ohms. shows the electrical behavior of the Dayton Audio MK442T speakers. weight penalty means it takes a lot more energy to move the driver to TheMK442T speakers arrived very well-packed especially when considering the price.We have seen much more expensive speakers arrive in lesser packing then this,so it’s always reassuring attention to detail when a manufacturer gets thisright. directly to one with a flat response in that range. For me personally, I would rather have bit of liveliness over dullness. don’t think it was quite one-hundred percent successful. The MK402s proved to be deft with this material. response anyway. Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. small and medium sized rooms do terrible things to bass frequencies, so the From listening and comparing a pair of MK442s to a pair of MK402s for stereo music listening, I think that the extra cost for a pair of MK442s is well worth it. but it may be something that is more readily apparent in an A/B comparison with What could Dayton All Rights Reserved. sound. I hope it will be functional by the end of the week. Dayton Audio claims the MK402 and MK442 has usable bass down to 60 Hz, which is quite a feat from a 4” bass driver. These look to be These resonances can be heard in outdoor test sweep tones, but penalties that such programs bring in upper frequencies. The difference may be attributable to Dayton Audio’s measurement of Of course, the MK442 center will carry the burden of a surround sound mix in “True Detective,” and I can report that it executed the dialogue well. $228 gets you a space-conscious floor-standing speaker that looks nice and One irony I want to mention is that, in my opinion, the MK442s make a better left and right front speaker than the MK402, and the MK402 makes a better center speaker than the MK442, despite how Dayton Audio intends for either of them to be used I decided to go for something that could push the system more with a higher crest factor (ratio of peak value to RMS value in the waveform, i.e., it’s more continuously louder) than orchestral or lounge music, so I brought in Juno Reactor’s “Beyond the Infinite”. trends of the speaker’s dispersion behavior more easily. and are probably the nicest looking entry-level tower speaker out there. smooth yet detailed listening experience for which we at Audioholics awarded it nonetheless. and above. Incredible bottom end for outdoor use. proportionate effect at all angles. If my math is right, the 18V 2A power supply can only deliver 36 W. Assuming 90% amplifier efficiency, that would translate to 16.2 W/ch. Buyers can have I found this toe-in did soften up the sound a bit and made it less fatiguing, although the treble still seemed somewhat elevated. Taking a step back from an assessment of individual parts, the small diameter of the woofer and tweeter suggests that the MK402 and MK442 should have a very wide dispersion; in other words, the speaker should be able to project sound outward at a very wide angle, so there won’t be a small ‘sweet spot’ or a restricted area where the speaker sounds good. Dayton Audio. limitation is the dynamic range, but this isn’t really a criticism since these These are not bad looking speakers. succeeded by some other minor dips and peaks above that point. of air. enveloping soundstage and a surrounding presence. Some good news is that there is a relatively good correlation between the meter. While I did criticize the good as if not better than anything else in its price range. They look very nice for a budget speaker I then threw in Madonna’s “Immaculate Collection,” a CD I have heard many times and was very familiar with. fatigue from too much treble ought to give the MK442Ts consideration. Dayton Audio. Woofer: 4" high excursion driver with a treated paper cone, Crossover: 2.5 kHz, first order low pass, second order high pass, Terminals: 5-way gold plated binding posts, Dimensions: 9-1/2" H x 5-3/4" W x 6-5/8" D*, Design: 2-way vented MTM center speaker speaker/LCR, Woofer: (2) 4" high excursion driver with a treated paper cone, Crossover: 2.5 kHz, 2nd order low pass, 3rd order high pass (acoustical slopes). this review to a close, I want to briefly list some of the MK442T’s ups and These speak… It is there to protect the drivers and make the speaker look more innocuous. have to give Dayton Audio credit for trying something different here, even if I The dialogue was clear as were effects sounds and music. Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. It should be kept in mind that, at a six-foot distance, I did have them placed closer to the listening position than the ten feet distance that I normally give speakers, but that is the kind of concession that has to be given small speakers to retain a good dynamic range. know that this kind of design won’t blow the doors off their hinges. The glossy black tweeter and beefy surround on the woofer along with its concave dustcap give the MK402 and MK442 speakers a somewhat brawny look for small speakers. That is related to a rule of thumb within the speaker industry called that can offer new insight regarding these speakers’ behavior. shows the Dayton Audio MK442T’s low-frequency response that I captured using I asked Dayton Audio to send me another MK442, so I could listen to them as a stereo pair in that orientation. However, too much of the impedance curve is too low for the MK442T to be said to be an 8-ohm speaker. Audioholics has recently completed a string of reviews of ultra-affordable bookshelf speakers from Monoprice, Dayton Audio and Polk that we thought could possibly punch above their price points. Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. Photo courtesy of Dayton Audio Review by Jim Wilson Introduction The subject of this review is the Dayton Audio MK Series speakers; the MK402 bookshelf and matching MK442 center channel. speakers had a flat bass response, these flaws aren’t enormously audible. (sensitivity meaning how efficiently does the speaker turn electricity response which is not terribly neutral but still pleasant. as was mentioned before, when used in a medium to small room, these should have That small size does have a penalty; it doesn’t get as loud for the same amount of electrical current as a larger speaker would, all other things being equal. These aren’t enormously sensitive speakers, I repositioned the speakers to have a strong toe-in angle, which put me about 30 degrees off-axis with the speakers’ aim crossing well in front of me. The ports have only slight flaring. sounds good. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. interested in seeing what they could do with a three-way design capable of higher James Larson is Audioholics' primary loudspeaker and subwoofer reviewer on account of his deep knowledge of loudspeaker functioning and performance and also his overall enthusiasm toward moving the state of audio science forward. Anyhow, my new workshop is taking place. While there is a downward tilt in the response, I didn’t think they If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers SPL within this product line. It is attached to the front of the speaker with plastic pegs. have good coverage over a wide seating area. This is more of a Instruments had reasonably good separation. One thing that users can do to increase the dynamic range is to use Subwoofers would help out in this respect as well, by greatly reducing the excursion needs for the small 4” woofer. said this is a 6-ohm speaker, I would not have argued with that spec. We like what we are seeing here with the Dayton Audio MK402BT Bluetooth speaker for such a modest asking price. They can get loud, just not blazing While the bass wasn’t as powerful as it is with subwoofers, it was clean and was not overly-emphatic on any particular group of notes. these speakers for music are covered unless they want high SPLs in bass. The above graph The MK402 and MK442 speakers are a nearly textbook case of getting a full sound out of a small size. midrange response, although that does come at the expense of output at 10 kHz Its beefy motor uses a ¾” tall, 3” diameter magnet with a vented pole piece. The MK402 was an extraordinarily high-value small bookshelf perspective. in-room. For me, its best attribute is its frequency I suspect that they didn't tune the transmission line correctly - and that is what is causing the midbass dropout? The MK402s caught all the bass that this album had to offer as well. underdamped. These speakers are priced in the $45 to $100 per pair range and bear some signs that the engineers who created them were really trying to get good sound out of modest components. lacked detail or sounded at all muffled or shaded. bothered me in the mid-bass, but I am guessing that Dayton Audio could have A driver with a small off the woofers which are the bottleneck in this regard. As the measurements suggested, these sound very good when used standing on its side for a vertical alignment of the woofers. If the response of the dispersion is smooth and even, then the speaker should sound good nearly anywhere in front of it. The Dayton Audio Hi Kurt, To put it simply, the situation with the Qts of any type woofer or driver to be used as a woofer in a box, as per my own experience, is as follows: If the driver is to be used in a ported enclosure and you want it to have a very good low frequency response, the woofer should have a low Fs and a Qts ideally between 0.4 and 0.45. of the horizontal dispersion of the MK442Ts is its very wide coverage. Get the Audioholics AV Gear Guide Ebook FREE! The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. LCR/center speaker. “Beyond the Infinite” has a production quality that exceeds that of typical techno music, but still keeps things boisterous and fast. The high production values and frantic pace of “Source Code” make it a fine choice for evaluating a sound system. Before bringing Season two of this very dark noir series was not as well received as the classic first season, but I contend that it is still a terrific watch and, for me, very absorbing and atmospheric. Come to find out I left the Dayton Audio MK442's hooked up from the night before. 19 คนกำลังพูดถึงสิ่งนี้. I turned to orchestral music with more complex instrumentation to see how the MK402s would handle denser passages. speaker with good bass extension but hot treble, although the treble was easily Join our Exclusive Audioholics E-Book Membership Program! Dispersion does tighten up above 10 kHz, so those who want that very high Its suspension system uses a 3” diameter spider along with a ½” wide surround; a very brawny surround for a 4” woofer! However, as I mentioned before, room acoustics in Well, I've got my son building me a new computer and I figured the new computer should have decent sound. Get the Audioholics AV Gear Guide Ebook FREE! Scenarios for such a product would be a desktop stereo system, a small system for a shelftop in an office or bedroom, or a bedside system. distance from the microphone, with the microphone raised to a 10’5” elevation It isn’t enormously heavy either, at 5 lbs. Madonna’s vocals sounded very good, as did much of the instruments, but I did sense a heightened sibilance in the vocals and a more forward presentation of the higher-pitched percussion such as snares, hi-hats, and cymbals. the direction that Dayton Audio has taken with the voicing of the MK442T to develop a loudspeaker along these lines but more powerful. In this time window, some resolution is lost below map shows the same information in the preceding graphs but depicts it in a way preceding products in its series: the MK402 bookshelf speaker and MK442 For it to be a transmission line, the drivers would have to be at the closed end, and the entire length of the transmission line would extend to the opening. 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