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
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Weight: 43.1 lbs.  
List Price$239.99
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Part # 300-640
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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
    (63 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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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 4.4762 out of 5 by 63.
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
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
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Dayton Audio BR-1 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Monitor Speaker Kit Pair

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

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
We do not have a specific center channel to match these, although they will work with pretty well every center we offer. I generally recommend sticking to similar cone/dome materials for a close voice match, so something with a paper cone woofer and soft dome tweeter will be your best bet here.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-10-22

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
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