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Dayton Audio DATS Dayton Audio Test System

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The most complete and easy-to-use audio test system toolkit yet! Dayton Audio's DATS is a powerful, versatile measurement and analysis device—use it and build better loudspeaker systems!

Note: The Dayton Audio DATS is temporarily out of stock due to a hardware update. This hardware will upgrade the DATS to the DATS V2. An estimated time of arrival will be provided when Dayton Audio is further along in development. The DATS V2 upgrade improves the stability, reliability, and virtually eliminates the startup time associated with past iterations of the DATS and WT3 systems.

  • Compact USB interface with molded test leads and alligator clips
  • New signal generator with selectable waveform, frequency, and amplitude
  • Data can be printed or saved to create a driver parameter library
  • Parameters can be exported to WinSpeakerz and other popular box design programs
  • Measures Vas using added mass, test box, SPL method, or calculate from specified Mmd
  • Straightforward, easy-to-use measurement software
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Due In: 8/29/2014
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Dayton Audio DATS Dayton Audio Test System

Note: The Dayton Audio DATS is temporarily out of stock due to a hardware update. This hardware will upgrade the DATS to the DATS V2. An estimated time of arrival will be provided when Dayton Audio is further along in development.

The highly successful Dayton Audio WT3 speaker tester has now outgrown its name! DATS, the Dayton Audio Test System, is the proud successor to the WT3, includes everything WT3 users have come to love about that system—but adds much more. Don't worry, the new system still measures loudspeaker parameters or R, L, and C values in just seconds and still includes the WT3's unique Rub and Buzz test. But now with the introduction of DATS, the system has grown beyond impedance testing and T/S measurements to include a second test mode featuring a general purpose signal generator and oscilloscope working in tandem.

The scope and generator combination provides a powerful general purpose audio test set. When used with the DATS hardware, the oscilloscope monitors the DATS generator output and is calibrated. When standard audio interfaces are available, the oscilloscope input can be switched to another device to allow the monitoring of arbitrary input signals in addition to the DATS generator output.

DATS provides the following improvements over WT3:

  • New signal generator with selectable waveform, frequency, and amplitude
  • Sine, square, triangle, saw tooth, impulse, pink noise, and log sweeps
  • New oscilloscope with dual traces and adjustable time and amplitude scales
  • Oscilloscope and generator compatible with other audio interfaces
  • Improved audio device selection dialogue
  • Improved alligator clip leads provide a more consistent test lead impedance
  • New method for calculating Vas from specified Mmd
  • Faster hardware startup time (reduced from 90 seconds to 30 seconds)

DATS measures over 30,000 data points in just a few seconds using a new swept sine technique. The result is a very high-resolution impedance measurement that allows the extraction of an extremely accurate driver parameter set, suitable for the most critical loudspeaker design work.

Free air parameters are measured in just a few seconds. Vas can be measured by traditional test box, added mass, SPL, or calculated from the driver's specified Mmd. No other impedance tester is as fast, versatile, or as easy to use as DATS.

DATS hardware consists of a compact USB interface unit with attached USB cable and alligator clip leads. It's manufactured on state-of-the-art equipment using precision surface mount components. Windows compatible software provides an easy-to-use interface that allows you to be up and running very quickly. You can save as many as 20 impedance measurements per project and then overlay and compare any or all of the measurements to create a custom report complete with all your notes. Perfect for quick incoming QC inspections.

Minimum System Requirements: IBM PC or compatible system with 64MB RAM; 500 MHz Pentium III processor; MS Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 7, 8, or Vista; One available USB 2.0/1.1 port.

For software upgrades, please visit the DATS Software Upgrade Page.

Dayton Audio DATS Dayton Audio Test System
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelDATS
  • Part Number390-806
  • UPC844632094255
  • Product CategorySPL Meters / Audio Analyzers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (31 Reviews)
  • Weight0.35 lbs.
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Dayton Audio DATS Dayton Audio Test System is rated 4.4839 out of 5 by 31.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love the DATS;I have some very expensive discontinued drivers with which I wanted to expand my system, So I bought a couple of used drivers from someone and when I got them realized that the surrounds were NOT like the originals. I wanted to ensure that the "new" drivers I received did NOT deviate too much from the stock drivers. I was shocked by how much deviation there was between the stock and these "new drivers" (Qts. =.27 vs .41; Fs = 27 vs 41)... Wow... now I see I need to replace the surrounds with original type. Thank goodness I spend the money on the DATS before I spent the time building new enclosures on the assumption of the factory specs as being true. The DATS was soooooo simple to use (just as the video states)... I had both speakers TS parameters within 20 min. of getting the product (including install time). Great product. I only gave a 4 as I have not tried using the other parameters of the program, but will revise accordingly after I do.
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice toolI am Impressed by your shipment, I had it 4 days after ordering. It works nicely and I have a lot of fun with it.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dayton Audio DATS Test SystemI just recently got back into speaker building and decided to do it with some knowledge, and actually testing speakers for resonance, etc. That was a good exercise for sure. I decided that I should try this product as it promised to make the process very easy. Well, I have only gotten to the first screen, and am having so much fun with it, I consider it already paid for. Testing all the old speakers in my tickle trunk, can actually make use of them now. Takes three seconds to do a complete test, print out, stuff it into the cage of the speakers. This thing is stupid easy to use, prompts are perfect, what more can I say, a must for any speaker builder that wants to have good information to plug into a design program, even the free ones.
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect!Easy, simple to use and gets the job done! If you are serious about speaker building,this is an essential tool.
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick deliveryParts express quickly ships an order! They have never made a mistake on any of my orders (About 35 orders).9
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very usefull fro quick testing speakersI like the easy way it works and it's easy to use.!
Date published: 2014-01-29

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Can this be used for setting up a turntable ie; right and left balance. and other aspects associated with analog music. Other software such as Feickerts and is used for high end turntable setup. The common key seems to be the scope and geneartor

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Is there an upgrade path for owners of the previous DATS to DATS version 2? What wil this version offer over the previous?

Asked by: mtencza
Visit the link below for upgrades and product features.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-08-19

Hi there. So, this item has been out of stock for a long time now and the last estimate due in was 7/17/14 and it has changed like 4 times now. There is other product bellow the $ 160.00 mark that is "in stock" that can measure T/S parametes ?

Asked by: JohnJones
Unfortunately the DATS system is the only thing we offer in that price range that will measure T/S parameters.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-07-22

With the DATS can you test a speaker through speaker wire? What o mean it's, say a speaker is in an enclosure, can you unhook the speaker from the amp and test a speaker from the speaker wire it is attracted to?

Asked by: database
Yes this can measure a finished speaker simply by plugging into it.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-05-29

I like to wind my own crossover coils but I am never sure that the formula for winds and core diameter is accurate. I noticed that the DATS will measure Le of an individual speaker. Can DATS be used to safely measure the impedance of a crossover coil?

Asked by: rcmac
Yes this does have the means to measure caps, coils and resistors individually.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-17

Can this be used to accurately find the given area of sealed enclosures, and ported enclosure tuning frequencies? I'd like to get something that does all this. It's either the DATS system or the SMD IM-SG tool.

Asked by: Fuze
This software allows you to find the Thiele/Small parameters of a given speaker but it will not model enclosures for it. Using the parameters this program gives you, you can use a box design program to model enclosure sizes.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-02-19


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