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

Brand:|Model: BR-1|Part # 300-640
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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  • 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
    (68 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 4.5 out of 5 by 68.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Value for moneyI bought these as a little DIY project to do over the weekend. The instructions were clear and it was relatively easy to put them together. One tip which I would give is to ensure that the speaker wiring is neatly tucked away before you seal the speakers in the box. This will prevent it touching/vibrating against the driver which was my novice mistake! I've run them in now with a dayton audio DTA 120 and they sound really good! I recommend playing .flac files over these speakers to bring out the best in them :)
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sounds goodThe instructions were meant for a different cabinet, as the foam for inside didn't exactly fit the way as described. I installed it as best as I could. Still everything else went just fine and they sound good.
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly goodI sell hifi for a living. Not at Best Buy, at a high end shop. I saw this kit a thought, they're cheap enough, lets build it for fun. I did, and now I'm almost embarrassed to say, these are my main speakers now, lol. What they don't have is a brand name, pretty cabinets, or high sensitivity. What they do have is good sound, good imaging, great bass for their size, and a nice smooth non-fatiguing tweeter. I'm powering them with a high end Class A amp and dang it they sound really good. I'd have to spend probably $600-$800 to get a bookshelf this good and even then I'd be losing bass response. If you can use a screwdriver and a soldering gun, the build is super easy. It's almost as if you've learned nothing in the process, everything is there you just assemble them. If you don't know how to use a soldering gun, well then you'll learn that I guess. They are low sensitivity so you'll need some good power to drive them, but otherwise no big deal. They're super cheap, for good sound. Seriously, you could put them in the basement shop or garage at this price, but they'll sound great in the family room too.
Date published: 2015-08-22
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
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Dayton Audio BR-1 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Monitor Speaker Kit Pair

Hello! I'm planning on buying some speakers for my computer, but I wanted to know if these speakers only come in black? Is there a way to get them as plain wood (like Overnight Sensations) so I can customize the color? Thanks!

Asked by: Bubu
These cabinets are only available in the black finish.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2016-01-20

I am thinking of purchasing this kit, however, I am new to building speakers, and I was wondering what else needs to be purchased so I can plug in my phone or ipod to play music. Do I need extra wires, cables, jacks?

Asked by: jgo123
All you will really need is a small amplifier and some speaker wire. Our DTA-120 would be a good choice for this, and 16-18 gauge speaker wire would be all that is necessary.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-12-16

In the older BR-1 manual, the designer suggests replacing the 47 microfarad capacitor with a polypropelene capacitor for improved sound, and using Mills resistors, also to improve the sound. Would these components fit on the PCB, please? Thanks

Asked by: Hobi
A Mills resistor is roughly the same size as a 10W Dayton, so it should fit without issue. A 47 uF poly cap will be significantly bigger than an electrolytic of the same value, so it may not fit on the board. If I'm honest, I would not bother replacing the 47 uF. It is part of the Zobel and not actually in the signal path, so using a higher end cap will not cause a noticable change in the sound. This kit uses good caps in all the right places already, I personally see no need to upgrade any of them.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-11-04

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: 2015-11-04

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: 2015-11-04

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
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