Summary: Got these and noticed how small the retail box is that they are packaged in – nice that they were double boxed by Amazon. After getting them out, I inspected them and immediately can see that the fit and finish is extremely poor overall. There was glue and other abnormalities about the speaker boxes and the woofers were made sloppy how they were assembled.
Summary: Over the years I've bought and used cheap bookshelf speakers (Radio Shack and no-name) and mid-range consumer speakers (Bose, Definitive Technology, JBL) and these Dayton speakers are without a doubt the best value ever. For home bedroom or small living area or kitchen casual use I'm not sure they can be beat, especially at $49 and $35 which is what I paid for my two pair. Don't underestimate the value of Amazon Prime free shipping for speakers!
Summary: was very skeptical about trying a set because of the reviews concerning the revision made to the second gen version. The pair I received on 4 17 14 are clean clear and accurate. These are not $1k speakers mind you, but for surrounds, bookshelfs even as entry level monitors, they are a very good choice if limited on $$.
Summary: These little speakers are just the perfect size for my use at home. I use them with the little Lapai Amp and they produce a great sound, I strongly recommend. I use them with my turntable, phone, computer, and television and they produce quality sound with all of these. My only complaint is that the wiring that comes with them is a little small.
Summary: Paired this with Lepai LP-2020A+ for music in the garage. Using any smart phone its a great way to hook up via headphone jack and thrown on a streaming music app. Even though the amp is only 20 watts these speakers can put out some great sound.
Summary: Great sound for this size and price. Like many people, I purchased the speakers with the Lepai amplifier - very satisfied with the result. I can use it with my turntable, my phone, my laptop and my TV. I would not want a bigger one for my 1-br apartment, these are perfect.
Summary: Most of the time you get what you pay for... in this case you get a lot more that what you'd expect. Are there better speakers? Yes, but you won't get them without adding a couple 0's to your cost. I use them with the LP-2020A+ Lepai amp. I highly recommend the combination and will probably be buying another pair.
Summary: Purchased this speaker pair along with a LP-2020A+ Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier with Power Supply for about $60 to use as computer speakers. The system sounds great and is comparable to my Klipsch computer speakers for casual listening, although the Klipsch system has a subwoofer and is capable of deeper bass. But the Dayton speakers have enough bass to satisfy most listeners for small to medium size listening areas.
Summary: Whatever problems the company had with these speakers seems to have been solved. The speakers work great and I am using them with a vintage Lafayette stereo receiver from the 1970s that is in my basement. The speakers and the vintage tuner are a great match and have in their own way a richer more compelling sound than the more modern and expensive Sony receiver and Boston Acoustic speakers that I have in my den.
Summary: My daughter wanted a vinyl record player. It came with crappy speakers. I matched these with the Lepai 20W amp and she has a descent stereo. The bass response is just okay but at least it is clean and better than most others in this size.