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.
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Highlights
  • Exceptional value
  • Two hour assembly
  • 100 watt power handling
  • Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Kit includes everything needed to build one pair of speakers

Product Details

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
    (65 Reviews)
  • Weight43.1 lbs.
  • California Prop 65

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

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Reviews

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 4.4923 out of 5 by 65.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice speakers, fun project.This was an outstanding project to fill a couple of evenings. I took my time, carefully read through the manual, and learned a lot about filters and crossover design. I don't often say this, but the instructions were one of the highlights of the project!All components were exactly correct, and reasonably easy to assemble. Everything fit together well. Installing the acoustic foam was challenging, but with a little determination, I figured it out.Sound is great, with surprisingly good bass for such a small system. Also, they look great and don't take up much space, perfect for apartment living.Note to soldering newbies: The PCB has some enormous ground planes, which makes a couple of the joints difficult. Make sure you have a pretty powerful iron and a little patience. Technique is important. A little solder on the tip of the iron will improve heat transfer dramatically.
Date published: 2015-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY IMPRESSED!!I // WE HAVE ONE ASSEMBLED..... MY 9YR AND 7 YR OLD GOT A CRASH COARSE ON BASIC CIRCUITS AND SOLDERING ETC,(THEY LOVED IT!) I ALSO THOUGHT THE INSTRUCTIONS WERE COOL, A LITTLE HISTORY AND EXPLAINING ON PRODUCT DESIGN ETC. AS WELL AS HOW TO!! ALL AND ALL I THOUGHT THEY SOUNDED AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN THE NAME BRAND STUFF I'VE OWNED ( COMPARABLE SIZE etc. OF COURSE) AND WHAT NOT. AMERICAN ACOUSTIC//INFINITY . WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND ! GREAT TEACHING TOOL, GREAT PRICE AND FOR MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH PARTS EXPRESS (BEING A RETAIL GUY MYSELF) SERVICE, PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ARE VERY WELL BALANCED.THANX AGAIN
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from well worth the time to build!I had already bought and built a pair of overnight sensations to use as near field monitors at my work bench but wound up using them in a small system. So I decided to get a pair of BR1's to replace them. I'm glad I did! They are pretty easy to put together, the directions are clear and easy to follow as well. Once assembled they sounded really good! I wasn't expecting them to sound as good as they do for the price, but they sound better than some of the other small monitors I've owned that cost more.
Date published: 2015-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent entry level kit.This is kit is very fun and easy to put together. The instructions are about as clear as it gets. As far as value goes look no further, this seems like a smart choice to try out before moving on to other more expensive, less guided builds. For instance if this is your first time and you are looking at this in comparison to the over night sensations or some other kit from wherever, I would do this one first because it gives you a good impression of the effort required to complete these types of things.Some tips in my opinion.1. Don't be shy with the hot glue on the crossover components.2. Be patient and slow when soldering, check for shorts and test before mounting.3. Go ahead and buy the "77", $20 bottle of foam adhesive.4. **Most of all**, be careful with the speaker caulk and the delicate foamy gasket material around the screw holes of the mid-woofer. Once that caulk sticks, it does NOT like to come off and the driver/cabinet/gasket material can be damaged easily when trying to remove it. So triple check everything before mounting the mid with the caulk. No biggie if you are careful.As for performance. It definitely competes with a lot of reasonably priced bookshelf speakers I have heard. The silk dome is pleasant and detailed, no signs of distortion or any problems at fairly loud volumes. The mid is...decent. It has fairly low extension in this cabinet. I did notice some ugliness in the 150hz-400hz low mid range (beyond that range's inherent ugliness), but nothing too bad. Vocals are clear, not incredibly realistic, but good. Again for the price, its a really really good value. The lepai 2020 seems to be a good match power wise. If you are kinda of up in the air about this one I would pull the trigger, its a fun build and they sound good.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy to Build, but far from great soundThe build went well, no issues there. I wish I would have checked the sensitivity of the speakers before building, at 85dB they are low compared to my other bookshelf speakers and there in lies the issue. They just don't match up well with other speakers I have. Their strength is in their bass response, but I find the mids lacking and the highs a touch harsh. Alone you can EQ them to get a pretty good sound, but they are hard to match up with other speakers since their EQ is far from flat and they are so inefficient.
Date published: 2014-11-18
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
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Dayton Audio BR-1 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Monitor Speaker Kit Pair

I realize that it is completely subjective; but how do others (more experienced than I) compare the Dayton BR-1 kit to the Overnight Sensations kit?   Thanks!

Asked by: SeanMcCauley

What low cost (but good) amp/receiver would you recommend for these speakers? They will be used on a tv.

Asked by: postits
I would recommend using one of the Lepai amplifiers or the Dayton Audio DTA-120 for a more expensive unit.
Answered by: MattW
Date published: 2015-06-15

Is there a pre-assembled crossover that you would recommend for this kit?

Asked by: Drew222
Unfortunately no, the crossover in this kit is optimized for the drivers and we do not recommend using a preassembled crossover in its place.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-31

Hello I'm looking for speakers to play vinyl and want to reach the best quality music filling an 32 m² / 344.45ft² room. price range somewhere between 100$ / 200$.  Is the Dayton Audio BR-1 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Monitor Speaker my best choice ? 

Asked by: slickrick45464554
These will work very well for this application since they do not really require a subwoofer for music applications.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-16

I bought the BR1 speaker to assemble and I encounter problem. After I got it together, the tweeter doesn't work. I tested the unit and it was working but not together, I must have made an error in assembling the crossover. HELP!!!!!

Asked by: Mike Barrett
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, tech@parts-express.com or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-10-21

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
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