PartsExpress: Dayton "AIRs" -- what do y'all think?

I'm hosting a Chicago-area audio oriented get together this weekend and wish I'd both ordered that Kinter and a pair of the Dayton AIRs earlier. Whoops, too late.

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So -- no back story for the moment, but I am smoke testing listening to a Lafayette KT-630 integrated amplfier on the AIRs.
No kidding, this pairing sounds very good.

The KT-630 is a very modest 1960s era LRE integrated amplifier kit; pp 6BM8 for perhaps, on a good day, 8 wpc (give or take).

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Manage your expectations vis-a-vis the 6 dollar Kinter :) It's apparently based on a small PP stereo amp chip. On the plus side, three of the three I bought all worked as received (which, for six bucks, I did not take for granted). One of them sounds kind of "flat" (as in lifeless). The other two sound better (to me). The tone controls are not defeatable (although, perhaps, the can be excised from the circuit -- haven't looked yet).

The 6BM8s look pretty tired but tested OK (emissions-type tester). Haven' tried the phono section yet (which has a pair of 5751s instead of the 12AX7s that are supposed to be in there, interestingly).

The amp is supposedly at least partially recapped; haven't peeked under her dainties yet to see, though.
(one may espy a couple of little lemon drops peekin' out from the treble/power switch, though -- lending some credence to the notion that there's at least some truth to the claim).
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In the interest of full and complete disclosure -- I have recently spent a little time re-evaluating the cheap little Dayton B652 AIR loudspeakers (in bone-stock configuration)... and feel a bit more positively disposed to them.
  • They have absolutely (!) no bass. On the bright side, they don't play tricks with the alignment (Qtc) to make it seem like they do.
  • There is an "edge" to the treble that is reflected in rank & file commentary about them. At my age (i.e., given the state of my HF hearing limitations), it's not altogether a bad thing. :redface:
In between... they're actually pretty pleasant.

The one and only salient variable: I used them as cannon-fodder speakers ;) to test a freebie-pile AVR picked up last month at the semi-annual NEVEC (formerly NEARC) antique radio/electronics swapmeet The AVR was (ummm... is) a pretty pedestrian (nay, chintzy) Yamaha HTR-5830. The eagle-eyed among you just might be able to espy why it was on the freebie pile in the first place*! ;)
As it happened, a (very) generic remote control that I happen to have here -- programmed to operate (albeit vestigially) a Yamaha RX-V1050 (of similar provenance) that also happens to live here -- runs the HTR-5830 pretty effectively (and, to the point, including volume control). :)

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At any rate, as a firm believer in the pithy dictum trust but verify, I wasn't about to try it out on any loudspeakers bearing any sort of street cred, thus the Daytons were an obvious choice for smoke-testing this receiver. :confused::o The pairing sounded pretty good, actually.

That's all I've got -- but having thrown these cheap (and ugly) little black boxes quite vigorously under the bus earlier, I wanted to drag them out, at least a little bit, towards the metaphorical curbing. :smoke
* Indeed, the putative eagle-eyed readers might even be moved to speculate, correctly, on the contents of that cream cheese container perched atop the receiver in the photo.


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* Indeed, the putative eagle-eyed readers might even be moved to speculate, correctly, on the contents of that cream cheese container perched atop the receiver in the photo.
I'm guessing rapidly-curing Bondo for a cheap & cheerful DIY volume knob.
In the year or so before the pandemic it seemed as if the majority of stereo items on the shelves at local thrifts had at least one knob missing. I speculated at the time that it was the picker locusts swiping the knobs to make the gear unappealing to folks willing to pay the initial undiscounted prices. The underhanded practice annoyed me but never really affected me because little of any interest was ever on the shelves anyway.


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The knob is in with the cream cheese. I mean, the cream cheese is in the knob... umm... you know what I mean! ;)

The "volume control" has a plastic shaft. The (hollow) shaft was snapped, flush, in the knob. I have extricated the shaft from the knob and "plan"* to reinforce the shaft with a plastic or metal rod and carefully glue** the two bits, reinforced, back together, then re-install the knob.
I do worry about glue getting somewhere it shouldn't and gumming up the works (OK, more accurately, gluing up the works) -- and the remote control works the volume just fine, thank you -- so at the moment the lesion is more aesthetic than anything else. :confused::rolleyes:

* "planning" not being one of my core competencies.
** most likely with thick CA or epoxy.


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Just when we thought that the cheap speaker deluge was abating... I get a 'new product announcement' from the nice folks at Parts Express (or is that Part Sex Press? -- Google Safe Search is always a good idea for us sensitive audiophiles* :confused: :smoke )


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* especially if one is searching for tranmissions or transformers; e.g., googling "partsexpress trannies" -- yeah, Safe Search is a good idea)