Dayton Audio Launches Its Latest Budget Speaker: MK442T Transmission Line Tower
The MK442T 2-Way Transmission Line Tower Speaker carries a list price of $304 per pair (currently selling for $228/pair on Parts Express), which literally smashes the idea of budget audio. In fact, buyers can find the MK442T sold in bundled packages comprised of a center channel, bookshelf, and subwoofer for prices ranging from $399 to $499 (depending on a chosen configuration). That makes the potential for an intriguing home theater experience ripe for the picking, no matter what your budget is.
Utilizing the same driver and tweeter found on other MK models, the tower’s 4” treated paper cone woofers and ¾” silk dome tweeter are married by a crossover that taps a 3 kHz 2nd order low pass and 3rd order high pass section. The speaker's transmission line design enables output to dig down to a tightly controlled 40Hz. And because the enclosure doesn’t need ports to achieve low output, owners need not worry about bass dirtied by port resonance or chuffing.
The speaker is rather manageable in size, measuring 38.1″ H x 5.7″ W x 9.6″ D, so placement options should be rather room-friendly.
Power handling specifications are 80 watts (160 max), with a 4 ohm impedance and a sensitivity of 87dB.