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Reviews Summary for MFJ ClearTone 281 Speaker
MFJ ClearTone 281 Speaker Reviews: 63 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $12.95
Description: Communication Speaker
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N8FXH Rating: 5/5 Dec 20, 2009 18:59 Send this review to a friend
Great for the price  Time owned: more than 12 months
Liked my first one that I bought four years ago so much I bought a second one. They both work better than the old Yaesu SP 102 they replaced. One of better things MFJ makes and is definitely not CB Junk.
N4MJG Rating: 5/5 Dec 20, 2009 08:53 Send this review to a friend
Awsome Speaker !!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I brought mine back 2001 when i first got into ham radio,i love that how it sounded no noises at all.

KB5WVK Rating: 2/5 Dec 19, 2009 21:43 Send this review to a friend
CB Junk?  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I was going to say it was just a CB speaker, but the ones that my buddy has from the truck stop actually sound better. I will stick with my homebrew.
K2TJR Rating: 5/5 Jul 21, 2009 11:19 Send this review to a friend
Guess I don't "get it"  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
So many reviews complaining about tinny sound, high frequencys amplified, not HiFi quality etc.

Heeeelllloooo...It was designed that way! It's the very reason I bought it!

I heard this speaker in use by a HAM who I was assiting as net control for our local ARES group. I could not believe how clear and sharp this speaker sounded! When you are Net control you better be able to hear clearly. I just knew this was the speaker I needed in my convertable. The sound cuts right thru the noise so well I can operate with the top down @65 MPH no problem.

I am older (55) but my hearing is still good...maybe not as sensitive to the high frequencies as some other reviewers here who are offended by the clarity. But I just had to was designed to be very clear at the sacrifice of some midrange and low. Get over it or buy something else. It hardly rates a 1 or 2.
K7UA Rating: 4/5 Apr 23, 2009 19:37 Send this review to a friend
Good for what it is  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I installed a new 2M FM mobile with a detachable control head. The rig is under my truck seat. I couldn't hear the rig's internal speaker with any highway noise. I had a limited space for a speaker. I saw a MFJ 281 at the local ham dealer. I bought it because of the size and price - just as an experiment. I didn't expect much from it, but it worked out ok in this application. Not hifi quality, but ok for what it is. I bought another one to use on an old boat anchor receiver. Its ok, especially for the low price.
W8AAZ Rating: 4/5 Apr 4, 2009 20:51 Send this review to a friend
Passable modified  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have a removeable mobile 2M FM consisting of a Yaesu FT-1500. It's tiny built-in speaker is excreble and usable as a last resort. I got the MFJ and it's bracket mounted nicely on top attached by the screws that mount the 1500. However in the mobile, with this radio, I found the MFJ speaker to be rather tinny and sharp sounding also. As I recall, I stuffed some fibreglass batting inside to absorb the backwave, and I selected an electrolytic cap across the speaker inside, based on how much of the high freqs it rolled off. Be careful not to overdo it. But that can take some of the edge off of the tinny highs and make it acceptable as it fits my application well. What do you expect from a small speaker anyway? It ain't hifi but hifi speakers cost hifi prices. It is a comprimise for size.
N8FXH Rating: 4/5 Jan 10, 2009 04:44 Send this review to a friend
Good not great  Time owned: more than 12 months
For the money this speaker is hard to beat. Sure it is not a top class speaker but does a fine job on SSB...I own two and will probably pick up another at my next hamfest.
KB1RNX Rating: 1/5 Jan 9, 2009 17:08 Send this review to a friend
Save your money  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
What a waste of money. Did A/B test with several speakers and this is no better than any (even the built in speaker of the radio), in fact it is worst on audio because it is so tinny sounding that it increases the hiss. Does absolutely no reduction of noise in any way. Checked it on all emissions CW, SSB, AM and FM. It did help a tiny bit on CW but that was about it, but not enough to justify buying one. So far to date the speakers that have done the best are a pair of cheap computer speakers with a bass, treble adjustment on the speakers paired with a stereo to mono plug. These cheap speakers cost only about $8.00. Walla, fidelity is a lot better and the hiss and noise can be adjusted to a lower level, by changing the tone a tad.
KG0WX Rating: 4/5 Feb 16, 2008 22:10 Send this review to a friend
Works, good value  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I didn't have much choice when picking speakers - I needed two identically looking speakers to fit in a 4x9" area on my mobile console and wanted to spend less than $30 total. I new I probably would not get HiFi quality sound for that price/size but that's not what you need for H/VHF SSB/CW/FM when you are doing 60 down the freeway, IMHO.

This speaker comes wired to a right angle 1/8" mono plug - bad idea for situations like mine where I had to route the lead through the thick console. A straight plug would have only needed a 1/4" hole but this one required a bigger hole to get through the 3/8" thick wood console front...

The sound quality *is* tinny but what sounds not so good in the shack does the job nicely going down the road. Want a comparison? Try this speaker mobile - with the windows open & on the freeway. There the punchyness of the speaker makes a HUGE differance in readability.

What's more, the price was good ($12.95 ea) and I read no reports of failure (MFJ-ness) here on eHam so I'm looking forward to a long term of satisfied ownership.

KE7NHQ Rating: 5/5 Feb 10, 2008 10:04 Send this review to a friend
Good speaker  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I'm a newer ham, and I don't have much to compare it to (other than the internal speaker of my 857), but this little speaker does a great job and I have no complaints about it. For the money, you can't go wrong.

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