When I received a Father's Day gift from my grandchildren in the form of an Amazon gift certificate for $50, I knew exactly what I wanted to do! I had been thinking hard about purchasing a pair of Dayton B652 speakers for the living room system that is stored in our credenza. Whatever speaker I chose needed to be less than 12 inches high and front loaded or sealed since the speaker would reside in the credenza. I felt that a rear loaded speaker would most probably result in a muddy bass that would interfere with the overall sound. The Dayton B652-AIR , sold by Parts Express, is the upgraded B652 model of the speaker that had a checkered history. At first it was thought of as an amazing deal, selling for less than $40 a pair, with very nice performance. Then Dayton made an error when they switched manufacturers and the tweeter performed very poorly enraging their customer base. Parts Express apologized for the error and changed the tweeter design, then they offered to replace the defective speaker with the modified speaker at no cost to the user. The B652- AIR is the latest step where Dayton replaced the dome tweeter with a mini AMT type (Air Motion Transformer) with a pleated Kapton diaphragm. The 6.5” midrange/woofer speaker was unchanged. Wikipedia has an excellent description of how an AMT tweeter operates, if you would want to research it. The B652-AIR is a small bookshelf speaker, 11 -13/16” high by 7- 1/16” wide by 6- 7/16” deep. These dimensions were perfect for the speakers to fit in our credenza because the upper shelf was 12” high and the speakers could slide in easily. It has an impedance of 6 ohms, efficiency of 87 Db and a response covering 70 Hz to 20,000 Hz. It is a sealed system, without porting, and can work well in enclosed areas. The price was $59.60 for the pair plus $7.95 shipping bringing the total to $67.55, close enough to my $50 gift certificate for me to get some new speakers without having to deal with the WAF! The package arrived quickly, I opened it and was quite happy to see that the speakers were well packed in separate plastic bags accompanied by a small bag containing a well written two page owners manual that had excellent speaker placement suggestions. Two pairs of 20 gauge speaker wire were also included.Not bad for a pair of speakers selling for less than $100. Since I was replacing my AR215PS speakers, I decided to use the 16 gauge speaker wire I already had. My system contained my Yamaha R-S201 receiver, which I had already reviewed in this forum, and my Grace Digital GDI-IRTG200 Wi/Fi internet/FM tuner. The credenza is in a medium sized living room/ dining area 18' by 30' and my listening chair is 15' from the credenza and about 20 degrees to the side because there is a fireplace directly across from the credenza. The speakers are black vinyl covered MDF with removable grills, and look fine. A nice touch was that Dayton had mounted four pads under each speaker to isolate it from the mounting surface. At this point I felt that my investment was a good one, but the question remaining was how did they sound? When I first turned on my system I was very surprised at the clarity of the sound the Daytons exhibited. They had a more forward projection than the AR's and were almost TOO good. I was concerned that they were too “hot” and might cause listener fatigue, but after using them for a few days they settled down. They are not bass heavy and would need to be combined with a sub woofer for deep bass response, but their overall balance was perfect for the listening that I do. I listen to Pandora and have made “stations” that allow me to listen to favorite performances. I really enjoy listening to vocals in a club sized atmosphere and this is where the Daytons really were exceptional. I listened for hours on end to Louie Armstrong, Julie London, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Aretha Franklin and others perform great vocals. Hearing Rosemary Clooney sing “Good Morning Heartache” and sounding like she was right in my living room, holding a mike in front of her, was an experience to be remembered. The clear presentation of music was an eye opening experience. The speakers sounded so good that I was thinking about how they might sound with a high quality tube amplifier driving them. The 6 ohm impedance of the Daytons presented no problem to the Yamaha R-S201 amplifier and it ran without any buildup of heat. The only area that was a bit “off” was when I pushed the system while playing a Beethoven Symphony, I think it was the sixth, and this may have been reflective of the R-S201 reaching its limit. Clearly, these speakers are an excellent low cost option for people looking to get the best bang for their buck. So there we are, I hope this review was helpful to you, I have to run now because I have a date with Carley Simon!