Dayton Audio likes to push what’s possible when it comes to price performance ratios. The new MK442T transmission line towers continue that tradition.
New from Dayton Audio is a slim transmission-line tower called the MK442T with a list price of $304 per pair and a street price of $228 per pair.
These are being sold as parts of 5.1 kits, with a center channel, surrounds and a sub, for prices ranging between $399 (8″ sub) and $499 (15″ sub). This speaker system utilizes a transmission line design, which allows its dual 4 inch paper cone woofers to dig down to 40 Hz. These woofers are paired with a three-quarter inch soft dome tweeter.
According to Dayton, the speakers utilize a second order low-pass, third order high-pass crossover centered around 3 kHz and feature a smooth, flat frequency response. The specified frequency response is 40 Hz to 20,000 Hz, with a sensitivity of 87 dB 1W/1m. Cabinet dimensions are 38.1″ H x 5.7″ W x 9.6″ D and a pair weigh 40 pounds.
Speaking of the 5.1 kits, these are timbre-matched speakers that are designed to blend with Dayton MK402 bookshelf speakers as well as the MK442 center channel speaker. Toss in the 15 inch SUB1500 and you’ve got quite a capable piece of kit for very few dollars.
These speakers can handle 80 W RMS and 160 W peak power. They are rated at 4 ohms impedance, so you’ll get more power out of your amplifier—just make sure your AV receiver is 4 ohm compatible.
Read the official AVS Forum review of the MK402 bookshelf and the matching MK442 center channel speakers here: Dayton Audio MK Series Speakers Review