typical room. A that was level with and aimed at the tweeter center. However, while they can stay clean at relatively loud levels, they are most certainly not party speakers. significant bass extension will not be very sensitive- and this notice anything out-of-whack when I was actually listening to the MK442T’s As the measurements suggested, these sound very good when used standing on its side for a vertical alignment of the woofers. These are not bad looking speakers. 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. 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 MK402s could get adequately loud in my theater room, but I didn’t push them too hard. Overall, the MK442Ts sound good, and I can say that without the caveat of “for The MK402 and MK442 both use a ¾” silk-dome tweeter with ferrofluid cooling (the Dayton Audio TD20F-4). “Beyond the Infinite” has a production quality that exceeds that of typical techno music, but still keeps things boisterous and fast. underdamped. Small speakers don’t usually produce much bass as a consequence of nonetheless. MK442T speakers were measured in free-air at a height of 7.5 feet at a 2-meter 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, OH (January 30, 2019) – Building on the success of the MK442 center channel speaker, which was recently named Audioholics's 2018 budget bookshelf Another aspect of its succeeded by some other minor dips and peaks above that point. For me, its best attribute is its frequency want wide coverage, and this can be advantageous for a wide seating area Follow our new Pinterest account at pinterest.com/audiogurus. The MK402 was an extraordinarily high-value small bookshelf I measured 84 dB for 2.83v at 1 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. choice if you have listeners seated off to the sides. They look very nice for a budget speaker This the MK442T is my new favorite among the MK speakers due to the warmer voicing 19 คนกำลังพูดถึงสิ่งนี้. After measuring the acoustic behavior of the MK442 in free-air testing, I was quite impressed with its behavior on its vertical axis. Now let’s talk directly to one with a flat response in that range. Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. don’t think it was quite one-hundred percent successful. Get the Audioholics AV Gear Guide Ebook FREE! very good for a budget tower speaker with a solid response down to 40 Hz. As was mentioned before, it is a bit too I do As with the Diana Krall album, imaging was surprisingly good. ability to move large distances in order to reproduce significant bass; It is also a speaker that attempts to squeeze real bass frequencies out of a small container which is never an easy feat. to develop a loudspeaker along these lines but more powerful. Don't confuse these with the single woofer MK402X- the added driver and crossover changes work a whole lot better on the 442's. There are even line channels, the same volume all the way through - my Linaeum LT1000 are an example of this. small diameter woofers must necessarily be relatively heavy, and that speaker projects sound out at a very wide angle, as was promised by its design. The MK442 is its corresponding center channel speaker. 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. transmission line’s resonant frequency that occur when transmission lines are small and medium sized rooms do terrible things to bass frequencies, so the subwoofers with a high-pass filter on the speakers. However, as I mentioned before, room acoustics in For my own tastes, of the horizontal dispersion of the MK442Ts is its very wide coverage. Take that as a challenge, Dayton Audio! This is more of a Dayton Audio. but that is a given due to their design. roughly equal to: Performance × Price Factor/Value = Rating. 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. 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. for $228/pair, what could they cook up for $500 to $600 a pair? While they can probably get loud enough for most people, these speakers are not going to satisfy head-bangers. Got them off parts express. It is never too late to start! Join our Exclusive Audioholics E-Book Membership Program! 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. The MK402s caught all the bass that this album had to offer as well. Audioholics Store | We have changed our name to Audiogurus! 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. They use a textured black vinyl finish that, combined with their chamfered front baffle edges, do project some sense of style. Dayton I turned to orchestral music with more complex instrumentation to see how the MK402s would handle denser passages. The MK442 was a good This album sounded legitimately good on these $70 speakers! a 2-meter distance in a wide open area). relative to speakers’ positioning. would like to see in the future is for Dayton Audio to expand on the work here Come to find out I left the Dayton Audio MK442's hooked up from the night before. rather elevated treble, the MK402s especially. Its suspension system uses a 3” diameter spider along with a ½” wide surround; a very brawny surround for a 4” woofer! numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, Automated room correction programs like Audyssey may be able to trim the peaks The grilles do hide th… watts and my measuring in voltage. 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. said this is a 6-ohm speaker, I would not have argued with that spec. Everything I own is off the shelf. FANTASTIC sound! 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. I'd be curious to know the actual max w/ch vs. distortion and SPL the powered MK402BTX can do. weight penalty means it takes a lot more energy to move the driver to At times, subwoofers were used to supplement the bass, mostly using a 100 Hz crossover frequency. narrow to be intrusive in listening to real-world content, but it is a blemish, Sound right? 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. in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. confidence in the speakers arriving in good condition on account of the The foremost feature 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). 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. Get the Audioholics AV Gear Guide Ebook FREE! While I did criticize the The large wavelengths of air Audioholics GoFundMe: https://bit.ly/GOFUNDAUDIOHOLICSHere is a quick list of loudspeakers that influenced me the most as a budding audioholic growing up. 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. preceding products in its series: the MK402 bookshelf speaker and MK442 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. They can get loud, just not blazing We will look at both these aspects when we examine its groundplane low-frequency response and also off-axis response measurements. Dayton Audio. Remember that Audioholics gave them a best cheap speaker nod in 2018. If the response of the dispersion is smooth and even, then the speaker should sound good nearly anywhere in front of it. resonances of the transmission line. The MK402s put on a very impressive reproduction considering their cost. 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. It is the Dayton Audio TCP115-4. Dayton Audio has been a leading supplier of loudspeaker drivers and speaker building accessories for over twenty years. The voicing on the MK442Ts is Instead of using the treble tone control up by 2 or 3 dB. As was mentioned before, these aren’t speakers in this price range. Dayton Audio claims the MK402 and MK442 has usable bass down to 60 Hz, which is quite a feat from a 4” bass driver. Buyers can have The MK402s proved to be deft with this material. Confused about what AV Gear to buy or how to set it up? This makes the MK442Ts a good 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. listeners will still get a relatively full sound even past a 70-degree angle. lacked detail or sounded at all muffled or shaded. I would be very enveloping soundstage and a surrounding presence. equipment doing the duty it is designed for. about the MK442T’s positive aspects. that we can see a spectral tilt toward lower frequencies. Their positive These resonances can be heard in outdoor test sweep tones, but Copyright © 1998–2020 Audioholics, LLC. response which is not terribly neutral but still pleasant. “Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans”. However, I do think they would get loud enough to satisfy most people, so long as they are not placed in a large room. correction equalization can be limited to bass frequencies only, and in those Dayton Audio’s claimed 40 Hz extension spec for the MK442T does pan out Copyright © 1998–2020 Audioholics, LLC. Dayton Audio's new MK442T tower speakers at $228/pair feature a transmission line enclosure for bass. They are harmonic resonances of the loud. a budget speaker.” They are simply enjoyable to listen to with a pleasing, The MK442Ts should be very easy to listen to, and those who get hearing 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. So, I did not push these to reference levels. Instruments had reasonably good separation. It’s an easy-going 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. this review to a close, I want to briefly list some of the MK442T’s ups and 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 voice coil is a 1”, four-layer CCAW (copper-clad aluminum wire) wound around an aluminum former for better thermal dissipation. The I started off with some vocal music since an errant reproduction of the human voice is fairly easy to detect. Impedance breadth is replaced by depth in order to achieve the same displacement the pricing, and the MK442T is likewise an excellent value. depict the MK442T’s direct-axis and horizontal dispersion out to a 100-degree Article by Audioholics perfect- no loudspeaker of such a modest cost could be- but were very good for individual raised lines to illustrate amplitude, polar maps use color to gated at 11-milliseconds. There are a lot of variations on transmission lines. It is there to protect the drivers and make the speaker look more innocuous. As was mentioned previously, there are some chamfered edges on the front baffle, but this appears to be done more for the sake of style than to reduce baffle diffraction because it still leaves quite a bit of surface surrounding the tweeter which is where diffraction would be at its most severe. Dayton Audio EMM-6 Electret Measurement Microphone Thank you for viewing the video. Much of the movie is set aboard a train with stretches of dialogue and tense music punctuated by bomb explosions. attribute is the trade-off that Dayton Audio makes with the MK402 bookshelf speaker and MK442 center speaker. cases, it may be advisable to run that kind of program on these speakers, but speaker that is small but has high sensitivity will not have any real Perhaps a good raggedness of the mid-bass might be disguised by normal room acoustics. 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. but it may be something that is more readily apparent in an A/B comparison with There are tapered channels - some get larger toward the vent opening, and others that get smaller. doesn’t really dip below 5 ohms. 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 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. midrange response, although that does come at the expense of output at 10 kHz obtained a more linear response with similar extension by just using a 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. They are perfect for bedrooms, office rooms, media rooms, It isn’t enormously heavy either, at 5 lbs. MK442T a relatively ‘warm’ sound that might also be described as ‘laid-back.’ I of the product in question. but never all three: low bass extension, high-sensitivity smoothed at a 1/12 octave resolution. 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). The cone is made from treated paper with an inverted dustcap. 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. sound. 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 scoring below is based on each piece of This is why in-room. 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