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Dayton Audio BR-1 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Monitor Speaker Kit Pair

Brand:| Model: BR-1
Not only is the Dayton Audio BR-1 6-1/2" 2-way monitor kit a great-sounding speaker system, it is also an effective educational tool for those who wish to explore the loudspeaker construction hobby.
  • Exceptional value
  • Two hour assembly
  • 100 watt power handling
  • Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Kit includes everything needed to build one pair of speakers
  • Also available in a shielded version
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Weight: 43.1 lbs.  
List Price$239.99
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Dayton Audio BR-1 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Monitor Speaker Kit Pair

The high-end Dayton Audio BR-1 2-way monitor is based on the popular Dayton Audio DC28F-8 1-1/8" silk dome tweeter and DC160-8 6-1/2" woofer. It was designed to provide a low cost, easy-to-build 2-way system for the speaker building novice. The end result is a kit that can be assembled in a couple of hours and has a sound that rivals systems costing two or three times its modest price!

Overall, the speakers are smooth and detailed, with a wide soundstage that belies their smallish size. The tonal balance is on the warm side of neutral, which is pleasing with most types of music. The bass is also impressive for a system of this size. The cabinets are made of 5/8" MDF finished in an unobtrusive "black ash" vinyl laminate and include grills with black cloth. All driver holes are CNC precision cut for a perfect fit. The tweeter is flush mounted to reduce diffraction effects.

Note: This system is offered in kit form and can be assembled in about two hours. The crossover requires assembly, so soldering skills are necessary. We've included a tutorial that thoroughly explains the theory and design process, making this kit perfect for educational programs. Each kit includes everything needed to build one pair of speakers.

System Specifications: • Impedance: 8 ohms • Frequency response: 43-18,000 Hz • SPL: 85 dB 2.83V/1m • Power handling: 100 watts max. • Cabinet dimensions: 14-1/4" H x 8-5/8" W x 11" D.

Dayton Audio BR-1 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Monitor Speaker Kit Pair includes the following items:
Qty Part # Item
1300-645Dayton Audio BR-1CAB BR-1 6-1/2" 2-Way Speaker Cabinet Pair
1300-641BR-1 Kit Components
No substitutions allowed. The above may include some items that are not available for purchase separately.

Product Specifications
  • Cabinet OptionsFinished
  • Speaker TypeBookshelf
  • Woofer Diameter6-1/2"
  • Input Rating8 ohm
  • Configuration2-way
  • ColorBlack
  • Cabinet Dimensions (H x W x D)14-1/4" x 8-5/8" x 11"
Dayton Audio BR-1 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Monitor Speaker Kit Pair
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelBR-1
  • Part Number300-640
  • UPC844632014703
  • Product CategorySpeaker Kits
  • Unit of MeasurePR
  • Product Rating
    (60 Reviews)
  • Weight43.1 lbs.
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Dayton Audio BR-1 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Monitor Speaker Kit Pair
Dayton Audio BR-1 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Monitor Speaker Kit Pair is rated 4.4833 out of 5 by 60.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great soundingI took me about 4 hrs to build these. I'm not the best at soldiering but managed to get it done. Do not glue your cross overs down until you test them 1st. TEsted mine and had to find my bad solder. Otherwise it went perfect and the sound is much better than the cerwin vega cls 10s I had! The sound of these rivals kilpsch 6.5 bookshelf a. Love them!
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just Order This KitI did a lot of research and reading before I ordered this kit. I also practiced soldering on a few Elenco kits until I could produce a consistently perfect solder joint. I read the fantastic BR-1 instruction manual numerous times and searched the web for more detail on aspects of the design I didn't understand. I built my BR-1's over the course of a Saturday and have been enjoying them in my main vintage setup for a few weeks now. They sound very nice paired with my Yamaha CR-820. I'd like to do more kits from Parts Express in the future. You should order this kit, it's fun and they sound great.4 stars because my speakers arrived with broken pegs on the grilles. They need more styrofoam to keep them from moving around in the box during shipping. Also one cabinet was improperly cut for the tweeter and it wouldn't sit flush without some effort on my part. Neither issue was important to me.
Date published: 2014-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good look and soundI bought this kit to fill in a set of rear surround sound speakers, and wanted something to piddle with to give me a small side project, but that wasn't a huge undertaking. The kit was great. It was simple to put together, the finished product has a good sound, and looks great for the price.**Fair Warning** I had some issues related to the shipping of the boxes themselves. Apparently, it isn't uncommon for the mounting pegs of the face plates to come sheared off. I received the first set, one grill cover had all 4 bolts broken off in the holes. I sent it back, and received another in which half of the pegs on one of the covers were broken off. Good product, but understand that they pegs may give you issues.
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than you would think...My background has been as an audio technical engineer in the recording studio. My ears are accustomed to two channel monitor systems that cost $40,000 and are insanely good. After putting this together and firing them up, I'm very impressed with the overall quality of the pair. Do they rival speakers that are a lot more expensive? No! However, what they offer for the price is a very solid sound that I'm more than happy with overall.
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great project for newbieThis was my first speaker build. Once you assemble the first speaker, the second speaker is assembled in a flash. The directions were pretty clear, but you will need a soldering iron, hot glue gun or spray adhesive. I did drill the holes again where the screws attach the speakers, b/c they seemed a bit small and I was having a hard time screwing them in all the way.I am a newbie so I can't quite comment technically on the sound, but to me they sound pretty good for the price.I'm bit a sad that this project is over, really, but I am looking forward to another one.
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Met my expectations!I had a pair of the Smaller Advent loudspeakers which have a reputation for very good sound and bass. But they were almost 40 years old and parts are very scarce. So, after searching through Parts Express and getting ideas, I decided to take a chance with the Dayton Audio BR-1 kit. I don't have a wood shop or the tools to build a cabinet so it was nice to get at least prebuilt cabinets. The rest was easy to put together and the end result? Very Nice! I must admit that I had doubts about these sounding at least as good as the Advents, but after a day or two of listening, I was all smiles. They even sound better as the Advents were a little too "bright" but the Dayton's sound more neutral and clean and I bet even better with time as they break in!No disappointments here! The advisor I wrote to was very helpful, too. Thanks Parts Express!
Date published: 2014-02-01

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Dayton Audio BR-1 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Monitor Speaker Kit Pair

can i use these as studio monitors with a sub as i heard these sound really good

Asked by: djvibes
This depends on how critical the recordings need to be. These will work, but they do not have a perfectly flat frequency response like most high end monitors will have.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-10-20

I have 2 pair of these fine speakers and an old yamaha ns-c90 center channel in a 5.1 setup. Could anyone recommend a center channel speaker and sub that would complement these? Thanks in advance.

Asked by: Ilikeaudio

Intermittent Tweeter Cutout I have had the speakers for around a year now and I have noticed that the right tweeter cuts out occasionally.  some light tapping on the side of the monitor seems to help.  It only happens once in a while.

Asked by: James M
This symptom is usually associated with a cold solder joint in the crossover, likely the capacitor. I would pull the crossover out and re-heat all of the contacts just to make sure everything is making a good connection. You might want to double check the wire connection between the tweeter and crossover as well.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-09-08

Hello, What order is the network and type? Also is this board offered under its own part number?

Asked by: rob1234
The low pass filter is second order electrical and acoustical, the high pass filter is second order electrical and third order acoustical. Unfortunately the boards are not sold separately.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-09-09

I have the BR-1 Sheilded Kit. Does anybody know if these suffered from Vibrations at certain lower frequencies. I have been pulling my hair out trying to get rid of this vibration noise. I am wondering if it is the shield?

Asked by: Mr G
The vibration you are hearing is likely the woofer unloading or port noise below the tuning frequency. In order for the shielding cup or woofer frame to vibrate or resonate the frequency would have to be much higher, probably near or above the crossover point. An easy way to test this is simply to plug the port and see if the noise goes away. You also want to make sure the woofer and tweeter are sealed up tight against the baffle, any small air leaks can cause odd noises as well.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-06-09


Asked by: TODDH
For the best results you would want to use a single BR-1 speaker for the center. Since we do not offer these individually, a good option would be the BIC Venturi or Pioneer SP-C22 center.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-04-16

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