Unplggd blogger tryout, Ryan Ray, reviews a very affordable audio speaker product for those of us with audiophile aspiration, but modest budgets. Be sure to share your thoughts about the review below.
Product: Dayton Audio B652 Bookshelf Speakers
We all want to be audiophiles, the only problem separating us from this dream is money. It costs a lot of cold hard cash to start listening to music as it was meant to be heard. Don't despair though, we've got some great news for those on a budget.
What comes in the box? Packing foam and the beautiful speakers, that is all.
Once you wear out of those white earbuds, here is a way to better spend $30 bucks than replacing them. A company called Dayton Audio makes a great pair of high quality, but low cost bookshelf speakers. They are a great size and deliver beautiful clarity and separation you've been missing in your music. The speakers come tightly packed in a small box and their only accessory is a speaker grill that comes already attached to the speakers. You can take it off if you like the naked look of the speakers though.
Performance: These aren't powered speakers, so you can't just pull them out of the box and plug them into an audio source. You'll need some sort of amp between the speakers and source. If you're looking for a budget amp then definitely check out the Maverick Audio TubeMagic A1. It's a great tube amp and costs far less than any other tube amp out there. Of course you can pair it with whatever amp you'd like. Dayton makes their own $50 solid state amp. If you can, we recommend going for a tube amp though. The tubes make a big difference in sound.
Anyway back to the speakers. They have a solid build and are made for any kind of indoor use. We personally put ours on our desk and blast music all day long. They feature two speakers in each cabinet. The main speaker is 6-1/2" polypropylene and the tweeter is 5/8" polycarbonate ferrofluid cooled. To describe the sound these speakers produce in one word is clarity. The stereo stage is perfectly wide. Finally you can hear the mix just as the musicians heard it in the studio. The highs are clear and strong as well as the midrange. The bass is very tight coming from these speakers. Which contrary to popular belief is how it's supposed to be, and how we like it. Bass isn't supposed to be muddy and rattle everything in the house.
Overall for just under $40 you can't beat these speakers. They have a great size and produce awesome sound. You'll be blown away how good your music sounds once you set these guys up.
Pros: Super cheap speaker set, great sound, looks good anywhere.
Cons: Unpowered speakers, may be bulky for some people.
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