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Dayton Audio MK402X

I noticed Dayton has released an updated version of their MK402 small bookshelf speakers, the MK402X:
https://www.parts-express.com/dayton...-pair--300-465

Reading some past reviews, one of the major gripes about the original MK402 was elevated and offending treble. It looks like Dayton accepted that criticism and redsesigned the crossover in this updated MK402X, alas, I haven't seen any reviews yet. Has anyone heard them yet?

I'm looking for some inexpensive small bookshelves as L/R mains that will fit on the TV cart next to my TV and I'm working with very limited amount of space, so these naturally drew my interest. I am currently using DefTech ProMonitors 800, but their mid bass is seriously lacking, forcing me to keep my crossover to the sub relatively high. I'm hoping these Daytons will have slightly more low end due to the ported design and overall larger cabinet, but I realize there is only so much you can expect from a 4" woofer. I'm also hoping my old Yamaha RX-V471 can handle the load. Thankfully it's not a large room and I sit fairly close to the TV, so I don't crank it up too high, and it's only a 3.1 setup.

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Supposedly these have quite a bit of bass for such a small form factor.

No Audiophile did a review on these and was impressed? He had the old version and once he eq’ed the treble down (which they have done with this now) he said they couldn’t be beat for the price.

These also have more bass than the old Dayton’s which used a 6.5 woofer.

Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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I have the "older" version and they have a decent amount of bass for their size. You can definitely cross them over @ 80Hz and have nothing to worry about.
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I have the "older" version and they have a decent amount of bass for their size. You can definitely cross them over @ 80Hz and have nothing to worry about.
Great to hear. Thanks!

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Yes -- they look better and I may be interested -- the crossover looks like they really put some work in them -- the sensitivity is still low, for the extra bass response

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These also have more bass than the old Dayton’s which used a 6.5 woofer.
I have owned a speaker with a 3 inch woofer that can put out way more bass than the B652 Dayton

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I have owned a speaker with a 3 inch woofer that can put out way more bass than the B652 Dayton

Yeah, I think anything ported can.

When someone says anemic bass I immediately think to those!

Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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That's one heck of a crossover for the price--pretty amazing. Since they've upgraded the small guy, maybe the'll take up my suggestion to offer an upgraded BR-1 kit with my crossover. I'm still waiting to hear back.
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That's one heck of a crossover for the price--pretty amazing. Since they've upgraded the small guy, maybe the'll take up my suggestion to offer an upgraded BR-1 kit with my crossover. I'm still waiting to hear back.

I find it interesting how they almost doubled the crossover components but the price does not reflect that.

I’m wondering if they cut costs somewhere else in the build to keep the price the same....

At an immediate glance the foam covering for the crossover wires is missing.

Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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A long as you chop the treble a bit the older ones aren't that bad (hooray tone controls).

If anyone wants to take on a DIY project, the Overnight Sensations completely blow them out of the water for about $60 more (plus labor) and they are only a couple of inches deeper in dimensions.
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I ended up buying these little Daytons. Haven't had a lot of auditioning time yet, but so far no complaints. I re-ran YPAO calibration on my receiver: it applied an 80 Hz crossover. For comparison, it was at 100 Hz with my old ProMonitors 800. I listened to some music - again, they sound nicer than the 800s, alas, that's not exactly a high benchmark to beat. They do not sound overly bright to me. Rear ports do make some noise at higher volumes if you try to run them at full range. Fit and finish isn't spectacular, but not bad for $70.

My old Yamaha does get a bit more warm powering these, but hopefully it can manage. I don't turn it up anywhere close to max.







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I ended up buying these little Daytons. Haven't had a lot of auditioning time yet, but so far no complaints. I re-ran YPAO calibration on my receiver: it applied an 80 Hz crossover. For comparison, it was at 100 Hz with my old ProMonitors 800. I listened to some music - again, they sound nicer than the 800s, alas, that's not exactly a high benchmark to beat. They do not sound overly bright to me. Rear ports do make some noise at higher volumes if you try to run them at full range. Fit and finish isn't spectacular, but not bad for $70.
That is a good report for a budget friendly speaker -- some port noise is no surprise for a budget friendly speaker

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They are 4ohm speakers. I'd imagine they were designed to be used with some of the inexpensive Class D amps that PE sells (which is what I am running mine with).
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