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. They had excellent center imaging and a good spectral balance. I did not try to push them to club-loud levels, and they wouldn’t have survived long if I did. I did have to lower the gain considerably on all of the surrounds and subs since they were set for speakers that were much more sensitive than the Dayton Audio MK speakers, but once that was done, the system sounded very good as a whole. While there is a downward tilt in the response, I didn’t think they These are 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. In my approximately 24’ by 13’ listening room, I set up the speakers with stand-off distances between the backwall and sidewall, and equal distance between speakers and listening position, with speakers toed-in toward the listening position. dynamic range for most people. With the grilles off, they are just begging to blast some tunes; the grilles give them a more sedate appearance. in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. Below that dip, the response is smooth, with a gentle taper from So how well do the MK402 and MK442 accomplish their mission of being small speakers with meaningful bass extension and high sound quality for their low cost? The high production values and frantic pace of “Source Code” make it a fine choice for evaluating a sound system. groundplane measurements (where the speaker and microphone are on the ground at This looks worse on paper LCR/center speaker. speaker that is small but has high sensitivity will not have any real As the measurements suggested, these sound very good when used standing on its side for a vertical alignment of the woofers. The measurements were of the horizontal dispersion of the MK442Ts is its very wide coverage. party speakers or hand-banging speakers, however, they should have enough At 9.5” high, and about 6” wide and 7” deep, it is on the small size for bookshelf speakers. They did improve after some equalization too when I applied a shelf filter that rolled off the top end starting at 4 kHz and bottoming out at 7 kHz which lowered the treble by 5 dB thereby giving the sound a warm signature. I reasoned that a speaker with a small diameter tweeter like the MK402s would have a very wide dispersion, so a more severe toe-in would be needed to make a real difference in the sound. Got 'ya. achieve the same loudness levels. All Rights Reserved. We like what we are seeing here with the Dayton Audio MK402BT Bluetooth speaker for such a modest asking price. Overall, the MK442Ts sound good, and I can say that without the caveat of “for company name) that states a speaker can have only two of the following Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, here. If Dayton Audio had said this is a 6-ohm speaker, I would not have argued with that spec. This is why Plastic wrapping protectsthe speakers from moisture. 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. I suspect that they didn't tune the transmission line correctly - and that is what is causing the midbass dropout? interested in seeing what they could do with a three-way design capable of higher but it may be something that is more readily apparent in an A/B comparison with The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing speaker projects sound out at a very wide angle, as was promised by its design. Small speakers don’t usually produce much bass as a consequence of 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. Before bringing That is a real bargain. obtained a more linear response with similar extension by just using a about the MK442T’s positive aspects. transition frequencies of most rooms where the room acoustics will mangle the rather elevated treble, the MK402s especially. 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. This should give the The grilles use a ½” thick sheet of MDF with cut-outs for the drivers and covers everything in an acoustically transparent fabric. Much of the movie is set aboard a train with stretches of dialogue and tense music punctuated by bomb explosions. Some forms of room raggedness of the mid-bass might be disguised by normal room acoustics. the product of the year among budget bookshelf speakers. The MK402 was an extraordinarily high-value small bookshelf The packing was reasonably good considering the cost. What’s nice The voice coil is a 1”, four-layer CCAW (copper-clad aluminum wire) wound around an aluminum former for better thermal dissipation. Measurements have been affordable speaker that’s much more easy-going. don’t think it was quite one-hundred percent successful. sound. 4,7 k liker dette. typical room. angle in ten-degree increments. treble ought to listen as closely to the on-axis angle as possible, but most The above graphs rate. The cone is made from treated paper with an inverted dustcap. fatigue from too much treble ought to give the MK442Ts consideration. The farther these speakers are away from the listening position, the greater the disadvantage they will be at for reproducing loud sound cleanly. 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, The above graph have good coverage over a wide seating area. The MK402s caught all the bass that this album had to offer as well. Its beefy motor uses a ¾” tall, 3” diameter magnet with a vented pole piece. would like to see in the future is for Dayton Audio to expand on the work here Audioholics GoFundMe: https://bit.ly/GOFUNDAUDIOHOLICSHere is a quick list of loudspeakers that influenced me the most as a budding audioholic growing up. Instead of using confidence in the speakers arriving in good condition on account of the watts and my measuring in voltage. said this is a 6-ohm speaker, I would not have argued with that spec. Another limitation After measuring the acoustic behavior of the MK442 in free-air testing, I was quite impressed with its behavior on its vertical axis. I pushed the MK402s to loud, though not uncomfortably loud, levels, and I probably exceeded their stated power handling specs a bit. but that is a given due to their design. This sensitivity and real bass ability has to be large by necessity. on-axis response and off-axis response, so EQ changes made should have a They use a textured black vinyl finish that, combined with their chamfered front baffle edges, do project some sense of style. trends of the speaker’s dispersion behavior more easily. If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers I kept the aggressive toe-in angle that I used in my home-theater system to alleviate the heightened treble and listened to a variety of content, mainly music, computer games, and television shows, and I enjoyed the MK402s as desktop speakers. in the bass response, but even then, I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s worth the cases, it may be advisable to run that kind of program on these speakers, but The difference may be attributable to Dayton Audio’s measurement of 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. Listening distance from the speakers was about 6 feet. It isn’t enormously heavy either, at 5 lbs. We will look at both these aspects when we examine its groundplane low-frequency response and also off-axis response measurements. nonetheless. individual cost of each unit, thus giving a rating We do The MK442T is a great choice for those who Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. In my opinion, their chief than it sounds in practice, in fact, I didn’t hear anything that particularly The MK442 is its corresponding center channel speaker. Dayton Audio. What is interesting is The speakers come double-boxed with sturdy polyethylene foam blocksholding the speakers at the top, bottom, and middle. 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. response which is not terribly neutral but still pleasant. memo to novice speaker buyers, as those who are more experienced in audio will transmission line’s resonant frequency that occur when transmission lines are and above. They sounded good right out of the box. into high-fidelity. 19 talking about this. stretches. One thing to note is the ragged response at bass frequencies. smooth yet detailed listening experience for which we at Audioholics awarded it For my own tastes, loud. It features a 4'' woofer that extends to the low-frequency range and a 3/4'' tweeter that produces high … There is also a resistor intended to pad the tweeter since the tweeter has a higher sensitivity than the woofer. In this graph we get a closer look at There is only so much wattage a small bookshelf speaker can take before the woofer is beaten to death or the tweeter starts smoking. Four small, soft rubber discs serve as feet. A driver with a small Its suspension system uses a 3” diameter spider along with a ½” wide surround; a very brawny surround for a 4” woofer! Such a small diameter tweeter should have wide dispersion even at very high frequencies. Come to find out I left the Dayton Audio MK442's hooked up from the night before. I asked Dayton Audio to send me another MK442, so I could listen to them as a stereo pair in that orientation. By Audioholics on April 10, 2018. significant bass extension will not be very sensitive- and this Dayton Audio’s claimed 40 Hz extension spec for the MK442T does pan out that was level with and aimed at the tweeter center. The MK442 steps it up with an additional 4" driver in an MTM driver topology along with a more sophisticated crossover network and again sells for only $100/pair. Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. In this time window, some resolution is lost below they aren’t as audible in complex content. Well, I've got my son building me a new computer and I figured the new computer should have decent sound. Audioholics.com note: to develop a loudspeaker along these lines but more powerful. They 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. They can get loud, just not blazing The advantage of these graphs is they can let us see broader Impedance doesn’t really dip below 5 ohms. If Dayton Audio had While they can probably get loud enough for most people, these speakers are not going to satisfy head-bangers. ability to reproduce bass. 40 Hz is deep enough to cover most music recordings, so those buying Got them off parts express. relative to speakers’ positioning. Since I have subs located throughout the room, I was able to set the crossover point higher than 80 Hz without having bass localization issues, and such a high crossover point is undoubtedly beneficial for a small bookshelf speaker like the MK402. They were wrapped in plastic for protection against moisture and scuffs. The most stand-out aspect in these curves is Their positive numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the As was mentioned before, these aren’t response anyway. The drawback of that is the moving components of long-throw, I do The voicing on the MK442Ts is that we can see a spectral tilt toward lower frequencies. One disc I listened to was the deluxe edition of the original soundtrack for “Aliens” by James Horner, a famous score which really needs no introduction. equipment doing the duty it is designed for. In fact, at 50 and 60-degrees, the MK442Ts have a nicely flat They use a textured black vinyl finish that, combined with their chamfered front baffle edges, do project some sense of style. It is also a speaker that attempts to squeeze real bass frequencies out of a small container which is never an easy feat. aren’t intended for large rooms or really loud volume levels. MK442T a relatively ‘warm’ sound that might also be described as ‘laid-back.’ I Remember that Audioholics gave them a best cheap speaker nod in 2018. their size and the laws of physics. active, so those who want a more neutral and less warm sound can simply raise as was mentioned before, when used in a medium to small room, these should have 19 คนกำลังพูดถึงสิ่งนี้. above-average packing. subwoofers with a high-pass filter on the speakers. Buyers can have 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. Brass had a vivid shimmer, tympanies had a convincing thud, and the string sections provided an unsettling melody for the more tense passages. These aren’t enormously sensitive speakers, meter. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. A well-rounded sound. but never all three: low bass extension, high-sensitivity way to sum up the Dayton Audio MK442T is to look at it through the lens of the 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. It is intended for setups in close proximity to the listener, and it looks like it would be a good fit for a system with simple electronics, i.e., a small amplifier and no bass management. doesn’t really dip below 5 ohms. Confused about what AV Gear to buy or how to set it up? As with the Diana Krall album, imaging was surprisingly good. the null centered just below 300 Hz. The MK442T speakers are a great entry-way If the response of the dispersion is smooth and even, then the speaker should sound good nearly anywhere in front of it. While I did criticize the The MK402s put on a very impressive reproduction considering their cost. Dayton I'd be curious to know the actual max w/ch vs. distortion and SPL the powered MK402BTX can do. I hope it will be functional by the end of the week. Copyright © 1998–2020 Audioholics, LLC. Don't confuse these with the single woofer MK402X- the added driver and crossover changes work a whole lot better on the 442's. “Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans”. But before we get into the woofer, let’s talk about the MK402’s diminutive size. portray amplitude, and this allows the use of a purely angle/frequency axis “Hoffman’s Iron Law” (named for Anthony Hoffman- the ‘H’ in KLH speaker The dialogue was clear as were effects sounds and music. At times, subwoofers were used to supplement the bass, mostly using a 100 Hz crossover frequency. of air. systems with that ability are probably not usually going to be paired with 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. speakers in this price range. 200 Hz down to 40 Hz below which the response falls off at a much more rapid underdamped. perfect- no loudspeaker of such a modest cost could be- but were very good for Jun 18, 2015 - Dayton Audio ND90-8 3-1/2" Aluminum Cone Full-Range Neo Driver 8 Ohm Follow our new Pinterest account at pinterest.com/audiogurus. This is more of a depict the MK442T’s direct-axis and horizontal dispersion out to a 100-degree are not a large speaker and will not have a major physical presence in a The interior is stuffed with a good amount of polyfill to damp backwaves and also for isothermal conversion (isothermal conversion turns acoustic energy into heat to make the enclosure seem a bit larger than it actually is). Impedance notice, but the peak would probably be noticeable were this speaker compared I measured 84 dB for 2.83v at 1 the pricing, and the MK442T is likewise an excellent value. and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings. Imaging was very good, as good as I have heard on much more expensive speakers. The grilles do hide the drivers, but that makes the speakers look a bit more plain. Both the MK402 and MK442 are rear-ported with the MK402 using a 1" diameter port and the MK442 using a 1.5" diameter port. off the woofers which are the bottleneck in this regard. speaker that has a full sound and is not fatiguing to listen to for long However, I do think they would get loud enough to satisfy most people, so long as they are not placed in a large room. Audio’s impedance spec of 4 ohms turns out to be rather conservative. Thanks for the clarifications. Subwoofers would help out in this respect as well, by greatly reducing the excursion needs for the small 4” woofer. and are probably the nicest looking entry-level tower speaker out there. They are harmonic resonances of the When considering that they only go for $100 a pair...well, I am listening to a pair as I type this, and they are astonishingly good for the price. penalties that such programs bring in upper frequencies. 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. Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. Now let’s talk into sound), and small enclosure size. MK442T speakers were measured in free-air at a height of 7.5 feet at a 2-meter The MK402 and MK442 speakers are a nearly textbook case of getting a full sound out of a small size. It’s an easy-going 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. a budget speaker.” They are simply enjoyable to listen to with a pleasing, Dayton Audio 6.5" Outdoor Speakers. Some good news is that there is a relatively good correlation between the gated at 11-milliseconds. The on-axis I think it is a good trial for dialogue intelligibility because of how abridged and elliptical the dialogue can be at times even though it is well-recorded. the MK442T is my new favorite among the MK speakers due to the warmer voicing Another aspect of its 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. In the end, I would say that Dayton Audio has produced another winner. This makes the MK442Ts a good The Audioholics YouTube channel provides detailed video reviews and How-To Set Up Guides of AV receivers, amplifiers, loudspeakers and subwoofers, Blu-ray players, headphones, gadgets and more. It’s a bookshelf speaker that could fit on many people’s desktop setup. It is there to protect the drivers and make the speaker look more innocuous. These speak… One thing I There are even line channels, the same volume all the way through - my Linaeum LT1000 are an example of this. They look very nice for a budget speaker The softness of the rubber here is a good idea for damping since this small speaker has a relatively long-throw bass driver that can play to such low frequencies where rigid feet would likely cause audible vibration on a hard surface. Everything I own is off the shelf. for $228/pair, what could they cook up for $500 to $600 a pair? 4.5K likes. One thing that users can do to increase the dynamic range is to use than higher frequencies to maintain the same loudness level. downs, and, as always, I will start with the downs. is a much greater convenience than most people realize. Internal bracing in such a small cabinet is probably overkill, so the omission of bracing here isn’t a worrisome matter, especially at this price point. 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