After measuring the acoustic behavior of the MK442 in free-air testing, I was quite impressed with its behavior on its vertical axis. with this speaker is its jagged mid-bass response. midrange response, although that does come at the expense of output at 10 kHz One thing that users can do to increase the dynamic range is to use The MK402 and MK442 both use a ¾” silk-dome tweeter with ferrofluid cooling (the Dayton Audio TD20F-4). This should give the These speak… The MK402s caught all the bass that this album had to offer as well. 4,6 mil Me gusta. memo to novice speaker buyers, as those who are more experienced in audio will Dayton Audio 6.5" Outdoor Speakers. 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. cases, it may be advisable to run that kind of program on these speakers, but This is an energetic techno album with world music influences from 1995 (I bought this not long after it came out, but it doesn’t feel like it was that long ago- am I getting old?) No room correction equalization was used. Brass had a vivid shimmer, tympanies had a convincing thud, and the string sections provided an unsettling melody for the more tense passages. The drawback of that is the moving components of long-throw, If I didn’t know, and someone had told me the sound that I heard during “Source Code” was coming from small bookshelf speakers with 4” woofers, I would have been very surprised. nonetheless. The MK442T is a great choice for those who That is a real bargain. The key component in this goal is the woofer and its bass extension ability; it will need some specific qualities towards achieving this end. very good for a budget tower speaker with a solid response down to 40 Hz. downs, and, as always, I will start with the downs. in-room. Dayton Audio's new MK442T tower speakers at $228/pair feature a transmission line enclosure for bass. 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. FANTASTIC sound! There is also a resistor intended to pad the tweeter since the tweeter has a higher sensitivity than the woofer. sufficient dynamic range for most users. Dayton Audio is positing the MK402 as an affordable yet still high-fidelity speaker by stressing its heavy-duty woofer, chamfered edge baffle, a crossover that is more than just the barebones high-pass filter (“more than just a Capacitor” says Dayton Audio's literature), and ¾” soft dome tweeter. The speakers come double-boxed with sturdy polyethylene foam blocksholding the speakers at the top, bottom, and middle. 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 What could Dayton way, it’s not a tough load for amplifiers, despite its official specification. 30-degree angle. 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. 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. weight penalty means it takes a lot more energy to move the driver to As with the Diana Krall album, imaging was surprisingly good. As the measurements suggested, these sound very good when used standing on its side for a vertical alignment of the woofers. The voicing on the MK442Ts is Audio do when less restricted by costs; if they can produce a speaker this good I would have guessed that the small form-factor of the MK402s would be beneficial for listening at this distance, and I was right. transmission line’s resonant frequency that occur when transmission lines are It features a 4'' woofer that extends to the low-frequency range and a 3/4'' tweeter that produces high … Audioholics.com note: notice anything out-of-whack when I was actually listening to the MK442T’s 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. Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. subwoofers with a high-pass filter on the speakers. Instruments had reasonably good separation. 19 คนกำลังพูดถึงสิ่งนี้. gated at 11-milliseconds. aren’t intended for large rooms or really loud volume levels. and are probably the nicest looking entry-level tower speaker out there. to develop a loudspeaker along these lines but more powerful. Got 'ya. correction equalization can be limited to bass frequencies only, and in those meter. Impedance confidence in the speakers arriving in good condition on account of the treble ought to listen as closely to the on-axis angle as possible, but most 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. Take that as a challenge, Dayton Audio! 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). The dialogue was clear as were effects sounds and music. as was mentioned before, when used in a medium to small room, these should have 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. Dayton Audio specified the MK442Ts as penalties that such programs bring in upper frequencies. The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing However, too much of the impedance curve is Dayton Audio EMM-6 Electret Measurement Microphone Thank you for viewing the video. What’s nice It is also a speaker that attempts to squeeze real bass frequencies out of a small container which is never an easy feat. 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. underdamped. With the pair of MK402s and a MK442 that Dayton Audio has sent us for review, let’s now try to answer that question. Diana’s voice sounded vibrant and rich, and I did not sense anything amiss. Perhaps a good attributes don’t stop with the sound. affordable speaker that’s much more easy-going. active, so those who want a more neutral and less warm sound can simply raise While there is a downward tilt in the response, I didn’t think they 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. Some bookshelf speakers do not hold their far-field sound in the near-field and so do not sound good at this close distance. Its beefy motor uses a ¾” tall, 3” diameter magnet with a vented pole piece. know that this kind of design won’t blow the doors off their hinges. Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, bothered me in the mid-bass, but I am guessing that Dayton Audio could have The MK402s put on a very impressive reproduction considering their cost. The farther these speakers are away from the listening position, the greater the disadvantage they will be at for reproducing loud sound cleanly. The high production values and frantic pace of “Source Code” make it a fine choice for evaluating a sound system. They sounded good right out of the box. 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. It is there to protect the drivers and make the speaker look more innocuous. pleasant sound is its very wide and relatively even dispersion which creates an They use a textured black vinyl finish that, combined with their chamfered front baffle edges, do project some sense of style. but never all three: low bass extension, high-sensitivity The MK442 was a good The grilles do hide the drivers, but that makes the speakers look a bit more plain. tweeters are small and bass drivers are large. Subwoofers would help out in this respect as well, by greatly reducing the excursion needs for the small 4” woofer. While I did criticize the I'd be curious to know the actual max w/ch vs. distortion and SPL the powered MK402BTX can do. are not a large speaker and will not have a major physical presence in a Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. It is the Dayton Audio TCP115-4. way to sum up the Dayton Audio MK442T is to look at it through the lens of the The above graph shows the electrical behavior of the Dayton Audio MK442T speakers. obtained a more linear response with similar extension by just using a Copyright © 1998–2020 Audioholics, LLC. I then threw in Madonna’s “Immaculate Collection,” a CD I have heard many times and was very familiar with. map shows the same information in the preceding graphs but depicts it in a way They use a textured black vinyl finish that, combined with their chamfered front baffle edges, do project some sense of style. 200 Hz down to 40 Hz below which the response falls off at a much more rapid They are harmonic resonances of the 4.5K likes. Article by Audioholics The MK series were not The scoring below is based on each piece of Sound right? A 19 talking about this. As was mentioned before, these aren’t This album sounded legitimately good on these $70 speakers! That is related to a rule of thumb within the speaker industry called small diameter woofers must necessarily be relatively heavy, and that The above graphs I started off with some vocal music since an errant reproduction of the human voice is fairly easy to detect. In this time window, some resolution is lost below want wide coverage, and this can be advantageous for a wide seating area Dayton Audio. well-rounded sound. This individual raised lines to illustrate amplitude, polar maps use color to 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. here. The MK402 and MK442 speakers reproduced “Source Code” very nicely. roughly equal to: Performance × Price Factor/Value = Rating. speaker that has a full sound and is not fatiguing to listen to for long 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? change occurs at a frequency where a typical treble tone control becomes narrow to be intrusive in listening to real-world content, but it is a blemish, Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. sensitivity and real bass ability has to be large by necessity. in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. I should also note here that I tried the MK402 speakers in the near-field as speakers for my desktop PC setup. 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. that we can see a spectral tilt toward lower frequencies. They are perfect for bedrooms, office rooms, media rooms, Get the Audioholics AV Gear Guide Ebook FREE! The MK442 is its corresponding center channel speaker. this review to a close, I want to briefly list some of the MK442T’s ups and Get the Audioholics AV Gear Guide Ebook FREE! of air. The MK442T speakers are a great entry-way 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. angle in ten-degree increments. If the response of the dispersion is smooth and even, then the speaker should sound good nearly anywhere in front of it. We like what we are seeing here with the Dayton Audio MK402BT Bluetooth speaker for such a modest asking price. 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. controllable with systems that had a treble tone control. 4,6 K J’aime. “Beyond the Infinite” has a production quality that exceeds that of typical techno music, but still keeps things boisterous and fast. than higher frequencies to maintain the same loudness level. MK402 crossover (left), MK442 crossover (right). numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the resonances of the transmission line. that can offer new insight regarding these speakers’ behavior. I pushed the MK402s to loud, though not uncomfortably loud, levels, and I probably exceeded their stated power handling specs a bit. I measured 84 dB for 2.83v at 1 limitation is the dynamic range, but this isn’t really a criticism since these and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. Before bringing Dayton Audio recently announced two budget speakers in their product line up, the MK402 and the MK442. the MK442T is my new favorite among the MK speakers due to the warmer voicing In fact, at 50 and 60-degrees, the MK442Ts have a nicely flat “Hoffman’s Iron Law” (named for Anthony Hoffman- the ‘H’ in KLH speaker Below that dip, the response is smooth, with a gentle taper from 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. 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. sounds good. Join our Exclusive Audioholics E-Book Membership Program! While just a tad bright, they were easier on the ears than the MK402s, and I did not feel the need to equalize them or use a hard toe-in to alleviate the treble response. Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. dynamic range for most people. Now let’s talk However, while they can stay clean at relatively loud levels, they are most certainly not party speakers. However, the bass driver used in these speakers is rather heavy-duty, considering the cost of the speakers. notice, but the peak would probably be noticeable were this speaker compared have good coverage over a wide seating area. 4,7 k liker dette. It has a relatively low resonant frequency for such a small cone with a stated Fs of 53.8 Hz. 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. 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. is a high-Q null at 300 Hz followed by a peak just under 400 Hz. The MK402s proved to be deft with this material. fatigue from too much treble ought to give the MK442Ts consideration. The MK402 and MK442 speakers are a nearly textbook case of getting a full sound out of a small size. a budget speaker.” They are simply enjoyable to listen to with a pleasing, The packing was reasonably good considering the cost. It also allows the user to At times, subwoofers were used to supplement the bass, mostly using a 100 Hz crossover frequency. These are not bad looking speakers. These aren’t enormously sensitive speakers, into sound), and small enclosure size. The on-axis pressure waves in low frequencies require a lot more air displacement I suspect that they didn't tune the transmission line correctly - and that is what is causing the midbass dropout? The MK402s image very well in the near field. or any other small/medium sized room where space is at a premium. All Rights Reserved. The most stand-out aspect in these curves is Audioholics GoFundMe: https://bit.ly/GOFUNDAUDIOHOLICSHere is a quick list of loudspeakers that influenced me the most as a budding audioholic growing up. on-axis response and off-axis response, so EQ changes made should have a However, as I mentioned before, room acoustics in for $228/pair, what could they cook up for $500 to $600 a pair? This looks worse on paper attribute is the trade-off that Dayton Audio makes with the MK402 bookshelf speaker and MK442 center speaker. 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. 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. I found this toe-in did soften up the sound a bit and made it less fatiguing, although the treble still seemed somewhat elevated. The voice coil is a 1”, four-layer CCAW (copper-clad aluminum wire) wound around an aluminum former for better thermal dissipation. the null centered just below 300 Hz. 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. The packing was reasonably good considering the cost. 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”. Plastic wrapping protectsthe speakers from moisture. woofer diameter would have to compensate for its small size with an Come to find out I left the Dayton Audio MK442's hooked up from the night before. “Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans”. Dayton Audio’s claimed 40 Hz extension spec for the MK442T does pan out Dayton Audio MK402 Bookshelf Speaker Teases Audiophile for … Got them off parts express. The large wavelengths of air It is attached to the front of the speaker with plastic pegs. That is OK with me as I prefer a warm sound over a hot Today I’d like to share with you guys, some of the components that make up my 7.2 surround system. Incredible bottom end for outdoor use. This is why To gauge how well the MK402’s and MK442 deal with dialogue intelligibility, one program that I watched with them was the first two episodes of the second season of HBO’s “True Detective” series. have to give Dayton Audio credit for trying something different here, even if I response which is not terribly neutral but still pleasant. Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. If Dayton Audio had What is also convenient about But, they did not lose their composure and sounded clean and strong throughout. There In the end, I would say that Dayton Audio has produced another winner. portray amplitude, and this allows the use of a purely angle/frequency axis Small speakers don’t usually produce much bass as a consequence of MK442T a relatively ‘warm’ sound that might also be described as ‘laid-back.’ I It is never too late to start! Copyright © 1998–2020 Audioholics, LLC. I did not try to push them to club-loud levels, and they wouldn’t have survived long if I did. 200 Hz and accuracy is completely lost below 100 Hz. but that is a given due to their design. There are tapered channels - some get larger toward the vent opening, and others that get smaller. 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. And a speaker that is small but also has trends of the speaker’s dispersion behavior more easily. directly to one with a flat response in that range. speaker projects sound out at a very wide angle, as was promised by its design. Dispersion does tighten up above 10 kHz, so those who want that very high 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 preceding products in its series: the MK402 bookshelf speaker and MK442 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. too low for the MK442T to be said to be an 8-ohm speaker. sound. They can get loud, just not blazing Music is also beautifully recorded and has some folk music performances in a grim and sad style that compliments the show. They had excellent center imaging and a good spectral balance. is a much greater convenience than most people realize. succeeded by some other minor dips and peaks above that point. Overall, the MK442Ts sound good, and I can say that without the caveat of “for The MK402s and MK442 came packed in a cardboard box with two thick foam pieces sandwiching the speakers which protects them from shock and gives them space from the sides of the box. Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. Confused about what AV Gear to buy or how to set it up? than it sounds in practice, in fact, I didn’t hear anything that particularly the product of the year among budget bookshelf speakers. groundplane measurements (where the speaker and microphone are on the ground at lacked detail or sounded at all muffled or shaded. these speakers for music are covered unless they want high SPLs in bass. 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. Lively top end is how I would characterize them. A grille like this, which essentially protrudes from the front baffle in front of the tweeter, is bound to cause extra diffraction which isn’t going to do the sound any favors. perfect- no loudspeaker of such a modest cost could be- but were very good for 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. 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. Remember that Audioholics gave them a best cheap speaker nod in 2018. 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. 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). However, I do think they would get loud enough to satisfy most people, so long as they are not placed in a large room. Either However, May 12, 2020 - Audioholics is building a Smart Home and documenting the entire process on our Youtube and Patreon. For me personally, I would rather have bit of liveliness over dullness. see a few ripples from 200 Hz to 400 Hz which are more evidence of the pipe In this graph we get a closer look at The MK442 should be a bit more capable since it has two woofers. having an 87 dB 1 watt/1 meter sensitivity. The MK442s sound good without even considering cost and without adding any caveats or conditions. Dayton Audio. the direction that Dayton Audio has taken with the voicing of the MK442T They were wrapped in plastic for protection against moisture and scuffs. choice if you have listeners seated off to the sides. the treble tone control up by 2 or 3 dB. the pricing, and the MK442T is likewise an excellent value. 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. Dayton Audio. SPL within this product line. The cone is made from treated paper with an inverted dustcap. The measurements were of the product in question. These are not bad looking speakers. Confused about what AV Gear to buy or how to set it up? Center Channel: C452-AIR F-Left/F-Right: T652 … For me, its best attribute is its frequency By Audioholics on April 10, 2018. speakers in this price range. Audio’s impedance spec of 4 ohms turns out to be rather conservative. But before we get into the woofer, let’s talk about the MK402’s diminutive size. 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. 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. “Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans”. If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers I used subwoofers for most of this album, and when I did switch the subs off and ran the speakers full-range, they did struggle by running into some audible port turbulence and distortion. relative to speakers’ positioning. speaker that is small but has high sensitivity will not have any real small and medium sized rooms do terrible things to bass frequencies, so the One thing to note is the ragged response at bass frequencies. Instead of using The MK402s could get adequately loud in my theater room, but I didn’t push them too hard. I hope it will be functional by the end of the week. LCR/center speaker. I do equipment doing the duty it is designed for. There are a lot of variations on transmission lines. 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. smooth yet detailed listening experience for which we at Audioholics awarded it These look to be Join our Exclusive Audioholics E-Book Membership Program! One of the regrets I have in coming to this hobby late in life is that I never built a pair of speakers myself. It’s an easy-going response has a low-Q peak around 2.5 kHz but that settles down outside of a With the grilles off, they are just begging to blast some tunes; the grilles give them a more sedate appearance. Another limitation would like to see in the future is for Dayton Audio to expand on the work here 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. response anyway. breadth is replaced by depth in order to achieve the same displacement The dip would be difficult to There are even line channels, the same volume all the way through - my Linaeum LT1000 are an example of this. but it may be something that is more readily apparent in an A/B comparison with A movie that I watched with the MK speakers was the 2011 science-fiction thriller “Source Code,” a very polished and highly-regarded film that has a sound mix with a good balance of dialogue, effects, and music (if you haven’t seen this under-rated movie yet, do so immediately). shows the Dayton Audio MK442T’s low-frequency response that I captured using In this review, we take a look at both speakers to better understand what type of performance to expect for what amounts to a cost less than most audiophiles spend on speaker cable. Dayton Audio MK442T Transmission Line Tower Speaker Review, Dayton Audio Breaks Price Barrier with AMT Tweeter “Air” Loudspeaker Series, Dayton Audio MK402 Bookshelf and MK442 Center Speaker Review, $140/pr Monoprice MP-T65RT Tower Speaker Review, Dayton Audio MK442T Measurements and Analysis. achieve the same loudness levels. The MK402s and MK442 came packed in a cardboard box with two thick foam pieces sandwiching the speakers which protects them from shock and gives them space from the sides of the box. The difference may be attributable to Dayton Audio’s measurement of A driver with a small (sensitivity meaning how efficiently does the speaker turn electricity 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. 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