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Dayton Audio B652 6-1/2-Inch 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair

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  • Small size, profound performance
  • Black ebony pica vinyl cabinet finish
  • Removable grille
  • Excellent clarity and detail
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Dayton Audio B652 6-1/2-Inch 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair + LP-2020A+ Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier with Power Supply + AmazonBasics 16-gauge Speaker Wire - 100 Feet
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Product Specifications

Brand NameDayton Audio
Speaker TypeBookshelf
Color NameBlack
Frequency Response Curve70 Hz - 20,000 Hz
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers40 watts

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Dayton Audio
  • Model: B652
  • Color Name: Black
  • Speaker Type: Bookshelf
  • Speaker Connectivity: Wired
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 7.1 x 11.8 inches ; 11.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B002RMPHMU
  • Item model number: B652
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,318 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 12, 2009

Product Description

Dayton Audio's B652 two-way bookshelf speaker is perfect for offices, dorm rooms, apartments, or any other living area. Measuring under 12-Inch tall, these small but mighty speakers will never overwhelm the decor in any room. The B652's two-way design features a 6-1/2-Inch polypropylene cone woofer and a 5/8-Inch polycarbonate ferrofluid cooled dome tweeter to accurately reproduce audio from 70 to 20,000 Hz. Installation features include quick connect speaker terminals, key-hole hanger and removable grill. These small, powerful speakers make a great addition to any living space. Packaged and sold in pairs. Includes two 9-1/2 foot long 20 AWG speaker cables. Specifications: ; Woofer: 6-1/2-Inch polypropylene ; Tweeter: 5/8-Inch polycarbonate ferrofluid cooled ; Power handling: 40 watts RMS/75 watts max ; Impedance: 6 ohms ; Frequency response: 70-20,000 Hz ; Sensitivity: 87 dB 1W/1m ; Dimensions: 11-13/16-Inch (H) x 7-1/16-Inch (W) x 6-7/16-Inch (D) ; Sold in pairs.

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Customer Reviews

They have clean bass and crisp detailed highs.
John
The speakers were well recommended so I tried them out and they sound great.
Paul Burrie
These sound better than speakers I have spent A LOT more money on.
Steven W. Schoen

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90 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Jolly Roger on May 20, 2013
This is the most disappointing purchase I have ever made. There was so much hype going into these that it actually affected the way they sound at first, but once the confirmation bias wore off I knew something was wrong. When going from these speakers to listening to music in my car, the music got better even though it was playing through factory speakers on my aging car. I tested other cheap and worn out speakers around my house with the same results. Some 20-year-old radio shack speakers and some cheap KLH speakers both sounded better than the B652s; in fact, the only speakers worse were the ones in my tv. The tweeter in the B652s is practically nonexistent at the high end, is harsh and inaccurate for cymbals and electronic music, and it gets lost in the midranges coming from the woofer. I spent extra time breaking these in to no avail. I felt like I was listening to a completely different speaker than the ones that others had purchased in the past, and it turns out I was. I searched for information on the crossover and found out it doesn't really have one, but the originals didn't either. The woofer is wired straight from the spring terminal and then to the tweeter in parallel. (I also don't think these can be 8 ohms as the label claims.) The tweeter then has a single inline capacitor that is now 50v instead of the 100v capacitor on the original. This shouldn't necessarily change the sound, but it's inferior nonetheless. A review on budgetphile.com showed pictures of some of the differences in the new model, and comments on reddit noted similar concerns.Read more ›
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December 12, 2013
Jolly, we would like to thank you for your past support for Dayton Audio products. We are intense audiophiles here at Dayton Audio, and knowing that any customer received a pair of B652's that disappoint them really gets our attention! As background, early this year we found that a number of B652's in the field had tweeters with reduced output levels - which is the main cause for the perceived poor sound quality some of our customers experienced. We immediately addressed the issue and have made other minor refinements to make sure the B652 sounds even better than ever. We understand and know that our reputation as a quality manufacturer is directly linked to the sound, value, and performance of our products. Since this unfortunate incident, we have implemented further QC standards and measurements to ensure that the B652 will never receive another black eye or unhappy customer and feel confident that the current supply chain is without any previous performance issues!

Since the first identification of this issue and subsequently correcting it, we have instructed anyone that owns a set of B652's that feel are lacking in performance or sound quality to contact our support staff for immediate replacement or refund. Again, thank you all for supporting Dayton Audio and we look forward to providing you with years of affordable, fantastic performing products!
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Alex on May 31, 2013
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In short, they changed the components of these speakers to lesser quality. They now suck. Don't buy them. Hopefully this helps.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Ec on May 23, 2013
The new revision (late 2012-2013) of these speakers makes them a total crap. I never tried the original ones but these i got now are very bad, there is no bass, treble roll off, the sound is far far from being accurate or clear even at the $40 price tag. Everything sounds THIN AND UNNATURAL!. My very old creative 2.1 computer system did better, or even my Lenovo Y580 JBL laptop speakers are at the very least as good as these Dayton B625. I am going to return them.

Just a side note. Coming from a Sennheiser HD800 and Stax, to my ears these speakers sound worse than $1 ear-bud. Head-fiers should definitely stay away from any sub $100 speakers system or get ready for huge disappointment.
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60 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence H. Bulk VINE VOICE on December 23, 2009
I received these Dayton B652 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair speakers recently and I have played them for many hours. The amplifier I used mostly is the Dayton DTA-1 Class T Digital Amplifier 15 WPC which works beautifully with them; this versatile and excellent amplifier can be powered by AC or by batteries. (I can also highly recommend the Dayton Audio DTA-100a Class-T Digital Amplifier 50 WPC, which, though somewhat more expensive, is more powerful - no battery operation though.)

I am currently using this Stanton S.300 Tabletop CD Player with MP3 Compatibility as my source and I have played a large number of classical CDs.

The sound is quite amazing for such inexpensive speakers. It would be amazing if the cost were four times their low price. No kidding!

They do seem to work best in a near-field arrangement but they also easily fill up my bedroom with fine sound. I have them placed on these Dayton SSMB24 24" Speaker Stand Pair Square Steel Base, about six feet apart, and four feet from the rear wall (and more than that from the side walls).

The bass is not going to "knock your socks off" - but it is certainly not lacking either.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By RoBert on April 1, 2013
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The old version of these speakers was great, but they have released an "Update" that completely ruins the sound quality. Do not buy unless you want to be ripped off.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edward L Carter on August 27, 2013
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Realizing the waxing and waning in the love that has occurred in recent months over these speakers, let me attempt to describe my initial interaction with them: INCREDIBLE! Having researched bookshelf speakers for nearly 2 years prior this purchase, I can honestly say I believe I have read every review from C|Net, Stereophile, Apartment Therapy, Amazon, Parts Express, etc. I have seen the price steadily climb from $25 to $52. I have read with great interest recent reviewers who have had less than favorable results with recent batches (sub-optimal tweeter response, muddy base, lack of crossover, etc). Which led me to have some second thoughts when I recently pulled the trigger to order a set.

Bottom line for me, they are absolutely the best value in near-field monitoring acoustics at this price point that I have found. I am using them in a home-office application, and the soundstage, clarity, vocal response, and overall range of these little guys is impressive. They compare favorably with some of the Klipsch, JBL, and Bose products that inhabit other parts of my home.

Perhaps I simply lucked into one of the "better" batches aforementioned, or maybe my expectations had been tempered by reviewers disappointed in the performance of recent incarnations of the B652s. Either way, these speakers perform well above their small footprint. They fill the entire (office) space with gorgeous sound. To be fair, I am not trying to fill a garage or larger space, nor have I tried them with other video components, although many reviewers sound off about how well they perform in surround packages. I have them paired with the 2013 version of the Lepai 2020A+ amp (also a great value, IMO). No subwoofer (yet) although I don't foresee needing one. If I splash for one, it'll be the Dayton Audio Sub-800, though. If the speakers I purchased are indicative of what Dayton is shipping now, I can say without hesitation you will not be disappointed. Buy a pair, and see for yourself.
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