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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
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
    (57 Reviews)
  • Weight43.1 lbs.
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    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 4.4912 out of 5 by 57.
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: 2014-03-28
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: 2014-04-10
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: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh god...Beautiful SoundThese speakers are amazing!!! The highs and mids are so crisp and clear, like no system I have ever owned before. And I had many. Currently have these hooked up to an old computer power supply and a cheap SPX car amp. The only reason I have not gotten a nice receiver for these black angels is that I am afraid I will never leave my apartment and just eargasm all day. These speakers even make the worst music sound amazing. With a pair of these, a Serbian lumberjack will have no problem listening to One Direction as he shaves with his trusty axe. Bottom line... Fantastic SpeakersP.S: as with all speakers, proper positioning will really ensure your getting the most out of the sound. 
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great kit to begin speaker 101Loved assembling the kit, gives one an A-Z experience on what is involved in speaker building. Great project and you are going love the end result.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very nice, compact speakersBought this kit to replace the (very large) speakers we have had for over 20 years. I don't have lots of experience with a soldering iron, but finished the speakers in about an hour. The instructions were pretty clear, although the black-and-white photos did not always have enough contrast to see details of the process. One step in the instructions (about scraping some of the ceramic shielding off of one of the inductors) was a bit unclear, and I was not entirely sure I did that step correctly, but the speakers worked fine when I hooked them up.
Date published: 2014-04-10

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

Where do the speakers get the power?

Does it plug into a wall outlet?
Asked by: n00bmn3
No, this is not a powered set of speakers. You would need to hook these speakers up to an amplifier or receiver like any standard speaker.
Answered by: Honest Rob
Date published: 2012-04-13

Same as the ones years ago?

I bought this kit about 10 years ago. Are these the same or has there been any changes?
Asked by: softflashpop
Yes this kit has been unchanged since it was first released.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-10-21

No sound from woofers and quiet tweeters

I finished building my br-1's, but when I hooked them up to a 30 watt dayton T class amp, the woofers had no sound and the signal from my tweeters was low, even with the amp at max volume. Does this sound like I made a mistake during setup or should I get an amp with more wattage?
Asked by: Keenan
It sounds like you mixed up your crossover outputs (Tweeters hooked up to the Woofer Out and Woofers to the Tweet Out). Double check your wiring before hooking up to any more amplifiers or you could seriously damage the tweets.
Answered by: JDoyner
Date published: 2013-09-19

I just finished assembling my BR-1 kit and connected them to my Hafler DH-200 amp.

I get only woofer sounds from one and tweeter sounds from the other. I've checked all the connections to make sure they are correct and then connected them to a Sony amp. Same problem. Did I mess up the cross-overs somehow?
Asked by: brettlee
I suggest you check your wiring from each your crossovers again. Sounds like you might have crossed woofer and tweeters in one. Also check your soldering connections for defects. In addition, check the pre soldered connectors and PCB traces for errors or lifts.I have definitely mixed wires more than once even after checking twice, labelling, and color coding. It happens.I drew up a quick PCB diagram from the instruction manual. I have not put these speakers together, but from the pictures, parts list, and my own experience I label the parts. I am unsure about R2 and R3, so if the silk screen had them placed the other way around, default to that.Best of luck to your trouble shooting and hope you have great sound very soon.
Answered by: JDoyner
Date published: 2014-02-05

which would be the best choice for a subwoofer, the dayton SUB-1000 10' 100 watt, or the SUB 1200 12"120 watt? the room is about 14' x14'

Asked by: bark424
The best choice is impossible to answer. Either of these subs will fill a room that size nicely assuming it is located in the proper place. It boils down to how loud you like your music/movies. If you tend to not crank it up all the time or it is for lower level listening than the 10" should be perfectly fine. If you want the added headroom and think you might crank it up, the 12" would be a little better suited.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-04-10

How loud are these speakers?

Using the calculation SPL+ln(watts) = dBa, I get that these can produce at max 90dBa, and with a 30 watt amp they will produce around 88dBa. I do not know how loud this is? How large of a room will it fill? Can I uses these to play music at a fairly large party? I have no caparison between dBa and actual volume. Thanks.
Asked by: James M
90 dB is quite loud especially in a closed environment. As a comparison, a running lawnmower is roughly 90 dB from 3 feet away. If you mind the bass knob a bit these could go slightly louder.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-04-10

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