Dayton Audio B652 vs. Dayton Audio B652-AIR

Dayton Audio makes two versions of its well-received B652 speaker. The first costs $40, and the second has an upgraded tweeter and costs $60. I’ve reviewed the Dayton B652 here, as well as the Dayton B652-AIR.

Dayton B652 (right) and Dayton B652-Air (left)
Dayton B652 (left) and Dayton B652-Air (right)

So the question here is if the fancy tweeter is worth $20. That’s why you’re reading this post. Lets look at the measurements

Comparison of the B652 and B652 Air Frequency Responses
Comparison of the B652 and B652 Air Frequency Responses

I did my best to line up the two lines, and its clear the big difference is in the tweeter area, just like we expect. It is always nice when measurements match what we expect. Now the tweeter on the B652-AIR isn’t particularly great, but it gets rid of that awful transition around 4000 Hz. The change is really quite dramatic to my ears. It goes from being distractingly bad to being something that’s listenable in a casual setting.

My verdict is that the B652-Airs are well worth the price; I’ve listened to both, and the tweeter issues on the B652 are hard to ignore. The B652-Airs on the other hand, aren’t particularly great, but they do a very competent job for the price.

Buy the Dayton B652 here.

Buy the Dayton B652-Air here.

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